Portrait Restaurant

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The Gallery’s rooftop restaurant has one of the most enviable views in London. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner alongside an unparalleled view of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.

It is a smart, stylish place to enjoy dishes based on superb seasonal ingredients we source from the country’s most esteemed suppliers, for instance, smoked salmon from West Country sustainability champions Severn & Wye, plus Portland crab, Devon Rose veal, and venison from the Royal Estates. We support local producers when it comes to drinks too, serving Chapel Down English wines from Kent, and beers from London’s Meantime brewery.

Those with a sweet tooth will not want to miss our new afternoon tea or dessert range, both of which have been designed by world-renowned pastry chef Claire Clark MBE. This season she has put a contemporary spin on nostalgic recipes and much-loved flavour combinations, creating treats that are sure to delight with every bite.

The Portrait Bar is a destination in its own right – a fun place to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne, cocktails, beers and bar snacks and still take in that fabulous view. Whatever your reason for visiting us, we look forward to welcoming you on Floor 3 of the National Portrait Gallery.

Become a Member of the Gallery and receive a 10% discount at the Portrait Restaurant

How to book

To reserve your table please book below or call 020 7312 2490. The Portrait Restaurant and Gallery spaces are all available for exclusive hire. To find out more click here.

Download the Sargent exhibition Special Events Menu. 

Sample Menus

Childrens | Breakfast | Afternoon Tea | Pre-Theatre Dinner | Lunch & Dinner | Sunday Lunch | Drinks

Party Menus

Winter | Christmas Lunch | Christmas Dinner

Recently, the Portrait Restaurant has been causing a stir amongst leading London bloggers. ‘We oooh'd and ahh'd through every mouthful… I was really blown away by how good the restaurant is. I can't recommend a visit enough,’ says Rosie of The Londoner. While LelaLondon exclaims: ‘Holy hidden gem, you guys… I haven’t had such a lovely, friendly meal (with portrait-ready views, to boot!) in quite some time.’ With new menus featuring glorious autumn produce, there has never been a better time to introduce friends to your favourite Gallery restaurant.

Restaurant Vouchers

Looking for a present for someone who has everything? With Christmas approaching, a Portrait Restaurant gift voucher is a wonderful, flexible – and very delicious – solution. Make a gift of a champagne afternoon tea for two, or choose a general restaurant voucher for your preferred denomination. Our vouchers also make ideal prizes for company incentives, competitions and raffles. Friends, family and colleagues will be delighted you introduced them to your favourite Gallery restaurant with its delightful rooftop views. Please email for further details.

Book your table below or telephone 020 7312 2490.

Our Portrait Restaurant vouchers make wonderful gifts email for details.

If you wish to have just tea or coffee we would recommend you visit the Portrait Café, which is located by the Bookshop on Floor -3.

Portrait Café Menu


Portrait Restaurant opening hours

Breakfast: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:00 (last orders for the kitchen 11:30)
Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 11:45-14:45 (last orders for the kitchen 15:00)
Afternoon Tea: Monday-Sunday, 15:30-16:45 (last orders for the kitchen 17:00)
Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 17:30 - 20:15 (last food orders for the kitchen 20:30)
Pre Theatre: Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 17:30-18:30 (last orders for the kitchen 18:45) 2 courses - £17.50 per person or 3 courses - £20.50 per person (excluding service charge & beverages)

Dinner on Saturdays
Please be advised that reservations for Saturday evenings can only be made 6 weeks in advance. Entrance to The Portrait Restaurant on a Saturday evening from 18:00 would be via Orange Street (see map).