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The National Dining Rooms

Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
+44 20 7747 2525
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good28%
  • Average22%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible15%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was bland from starter to dessert. Although selected from the set menu, certainly not a good value for money considered the quality. Friendly service even though rather slow.

Thank Rita C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Museums cafés tend to have a bad reputation. This place explains why that stereotype exists. We entered and were barely acknowledged. They had a couple of decent-looking cakes and muffins. So I asked for a walnut cake that was on display and the girl at...More

Thank Alicia_Boricua
Reviewed 31 December 2017

The National Dining Rooms in The Salisbury Wing of The National Gallery ( NG ) are a national disgrace and should either be closed or hived off to an organisation that can do the simple job of serving 'a nice cup of tea and cake'...More

Thank Brianandnikki
Reviewed 30 December 2017

I was at the National Cafe a couple of years back and wanted to go there again, only to find the whole place had been completely renovated. Confused, I went looking for the National Dining Room instead to see if I remembered it wrong. It...More

Thank cutepandainhk
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Had lunch here after a day in National Gallery. The food was good. The desert was great. Nice views of Trafalgar Square.

Thank dxr777
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

The dining rooms provide a good start or finish to a visit to the gallery and a respite from the crowds in Trafalgar Square. The architecture of the place leads you to expect good things from the place but they haven’t got their act together....More

Thank ochre8
Reviewed 7 December 2017

It would be a perfect combination of location, place and food, but it was a dissapointment. A we arrived, it was unclear weather we were to be seated or we should grab a table. The only staff around did not see to notice us Nd...More

Thank Elena R
Reviewed 20 September 2017

I was appalled today when I visited the national galleries restaurant and cafe, I’d thought that such vandalism of interiors was left behind in the sixties. All the charter and charm of a wonderful space has been ditched, it now resembles a high street café....More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

My friend and I arrived to find the Dining Room relatively quiet and we were seated immediately at the table of our choosing. Water was supplied quite quickly though we had to ask twice for ice. The menu was of an unusually sensible length with...More

Thank dlewisbill
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by a friendly and chatty hostess who happened to be our waitress. We noticed she enjoyed talking to customers in different tables. She mentioned taking a liking in backpacking in different destinations whenever she can. There are two sections: a cafeteria and...More

Thank TecunUman
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7747 2525
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The National Dining Rooms offer stunning views over Trafalgar Square; the perfect place for an indulgent, unhurried lunch away from the crowds below. Our chefs use regional produce that represent the best of Britain’s independent, agricultural traders. Open daily (and until late on Fridays) for both formal lunches and casual snacks. Our cosy cafe area holds host to our famous National Afternoon Teas: a lavish spread of sandwiches, scones and cake, fine loose leaf teas and champagne. Surrounded world famous artworks, The National Dining Room is the ideal environment to enjoy a culinary masterpiece while discussing the galleries contents below.
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