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Portrait Restaurant

2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
+44 20 7312 2490
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sluggish service, underwhelming food, we went for breakfast and won’t return. I had the most expensive, smallest ever bacon sandwich on the largest plate in my life.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank binkydozer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a bit of research and was able to book at short notice- phone, as on-line booking system said they were full. Really good decision. What a view and great food, drinks and service. Not cheap but considering the relaxed and unhurried time we spent...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank stella19NorthYorks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked in for the pre theatre set menu, from the moment we arrived the service was exceptional. Staff were all lovely and extremely efficient. the set menu is incredibly reasonable considering the location and the view you get! Food was beautiful would 100% recommend...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Helly013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited The Portrait many times, my last review however, was in 2011. We were welcomed in, and had our coats taken, and were sown to a window table. The service was generally attentive, just one detraction was that they could have taken our...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank rjs6Pint
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think it was the financier Gordon Gekko who once said “lunch is for wimps”. I used to avoid it because it knocked me out for the remainder of the day. But as I’ve got older the urge to seize every moment has taken hold....More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank 38PaulR38
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 of us had a really lovely lunch here on Saturday, on a friend's recommendation. Make sure you book as it was really busy. Food was great and views were amazing. Our waitress Valentina was super friendly and helpful. I had the hangar steak which...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jellifer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Afternoon tea with a bottle of champagne, a beautiful companion and views of Trafalgar Square and Westminster. Discrete attentive service, Bliss

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tony F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two or three years since we were last here, a visit to London for an afternoon concert at the Royal Albert Hall, prompted us to book again. We booked a couple of weeks in advance and were glad we did because it was almost full....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank demoncodger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice ambience, view and buzzy. The food is on the whole good, even if the portions are on the small side; usually the main course requires a side which furtther bumps up the price. The service was patchy - rushed, then disappears for a time...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dalessandri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first visit to this fine restaurant sited on the top (third) floor of the National Portrait Gallery and we were given a table with good views of London. We both chose fish, Wye salmon for starters; followed the sea bass and pan-fried...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John W
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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Melissa D
15 May 2018|
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Response from WalkingLadyJ | Reviewed this property |
Whatever you where to visit the museum should be just fine. We were there weekday for dinner and most people were “business casual” or more dressy.
Janet D
26 March 2018|
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Response from gmeredith | Reviewed this property |
When you look at the website, there's the ability to reserve a table. Portrait is open this weekend. I suggest that you make reservations ASAP. Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Thursday and Friday until 21:00
Janet D
26 March 2018|
Response from rjdixon5419 | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$38
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 20:15
10:00 - 20:15
10:00 - 20:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7312 2490
  • E-mail
At the top of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant and Bar is renowned as one of London's most desirable dining venues. With sweeping panoramic views across Trafalgar Square and irresistible British cuisine, The Portrait Restaurant provides an unforgettable and unique dining experience. Set 92 feet above ground level - on the third floor of the Gallery's Ondaatje wing - The Portrait Restaurant and Bar features a sleek and stylish dining area with a contemporary decor and wooden floors. The highlight of the interior design is the striking wall of windows, enticing diners to enjoy stunning views of London's famous landmarks. From here, you can enjoy a fine meal whilst looking out at Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and, naturally, Nelson's Column.
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