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“The Terrace Restaurant at the National Theatre”

Royal National Theatre
Ranked #3,074 of 24,429 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$14
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Southbank
Reviewed 23 July 2014

As we were coming to see 'Great Britain' we booked a pre-theatre supper at the Terrace Restaurant (£17.50 per head). The venue is lovely. There are tables outside where you can people watch on the South Bank and gaze across the busy Thames. Inside it is cool and roomy, ideal on a scorching hot July late afternoon. It turns out the £17.50 covers two small starter dishes and one 'main' dish from a tapas style menu. It really wasn't our taste at all. We are not fans of raw fish, raw meet or squid. We struggled to find anything to eat and as the plates are 'small', you still feel hungry at the end. The food is well presented and service slick. To assuage our disappointment, we bought the sharing pudding platter which was delicious - a shame the rest of the meal was so average. We also tried a lovely Galician Sauvignon Blanc - relatively good value in comparison to the rest of the drinks menu. The meal therefore turned out to be much more expensive than we'd budgeted for. If I'd known what the meal deal entailed, I wouldn't have bothered with it. I'll know next time! This place is worth coming to for the ambience, the views and the convenience for the Theatre, though If you want value for money, there is a Pizza Express just across the road!

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We were grateful to get a table in the mezzanine tapas restaurant as we were running late and were off to see Polly Stenham's Hotel (excellent!). The maître d' was very nice and managed to squeeze us in but that was where the good service ended. Although the staff were all very nice and friendly, there seemed to be no system in place and no-one was attending to our table. My husband had to go and accost a member of the waiting team. Then our food arrived before our drinks - all these sort of things are sloppy and let the place down.
The tapas were nice particularly the gambas and confit fennel bug the calamari was too heavily coated and tasted like the oil that it was cooked in needed changing. Send the chef to Valvona and Crolla in Edinburgh to show him/her how calamari should be done. Desserts were lovely especially the chocolate and cherry mousse.
All in all an average performance that won't be getting an encore.

5  Thank foxxylizzy
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

There's a new-to-me bookshop cafe on the riverside of the National Theatre. It's much brighter and airier than the foyer cafe wasn't so crowded and had a really interesting selection of cakes. Plus some good books and theatre related gifts.

Thank malaita
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We went to see King Lear in April which was an excellent production and well worth seeing. We had also been to see Othello previously and this was truly exceptional. Every moment was charged with energy. Adrian Lester was exceptional. The relationship between Othello and Desdemona was uncomfortable to watch as is disintegrated and the inevitability of it's finale didn't stop me from wanting to stop it happening. There was a silence at the end of the performance and it was the world beyond the stage which seemed unreal. A truly remarkable experience.

Thank Caroline K
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Dreadful on all levels. Horrid plastic furniture, unenthusiastic service, tasteless horrible over-priced food. The calamari looked like it had not long been taken from the freezer and then crucified further in the deep fat friar. It was served with some unidentifiable pink gloop which was synthetic and tasteless. The lamb chop was TINY and the avocado salad had NO avocado in it. The only thing I enjoyed was the bread, but we had to ask 3 times before we got a decent sized amount of olive oil to dip it in. Go to Pizza Express just around the corner instead!

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3  Thank Helen R
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