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The National Dining Rooms

Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
+44 20 7747 2525
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good25%
  • Average22%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible14%
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CUISINES
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A useful location for a light lunch or tea, although the view and light is very restricted - so can feel gloomy. Also, the food selection has become more limited - although scones still good.

Thank 28HBS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OK for a pot of tea and really quite decent carrot cake. London prices. Minimal service. Almost always plenty of spaceMore

Thank Mike P
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Mike P, Thank you for your review. As always we appreciate all feedback provided by our guests. I am glad you found our carrot cake to be decent. It is a counter service designed to have guests grab and go without any fuss. I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there about lunch time and there was not a large variety to chose from; however, the cake was decent. The service was abominable as the wait for anyone to serve us was quite long and then it seemed the staff were not trained...More

Thank arazi1991
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

The make over of this cafe very disappointing- more of a works canteen and all the old ambience gone. The food slow but when it came excellent and well presented. Our lunch made by the first class service from our waiter Mario. He was friendly,...More

Thank Irene H
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Irene H, Firstly I would like to thank you for your feedback which I will pass on to the National café team. The Café has recently undergone a refurbishment to create a more up to date look. The management team are always working on...More

Reviewed 7 April 2017

This place used to be smarter, tables laid with white table cloths. That's gone, but it seems to me the prices stayed about the same. My guests had fish, apparently well done, and I enjoyed a duck confit. The side dish of potatoes was advertised...More

Thank NickG1951
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Booked for lunch eventually using the website. No-one answers the phone number on the landing page. Food was indifferent and over-priced - but worst of all was the air conditioning, which appeared to be on at full blast on a chilly London afternoon. Not an...More

Thank orxata2017
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Orxata2017, Thank you for your review. Guest feedback is very important to us and we are always working on solutions to improve our product and service. I am sorry that you felt our food was indifferent and over-priced. I would like to assure you...More

Reviewed 2 April 2017

Late lunchtime so not overly busy. Was given menus but had to call over a waitress ten minutes later for our order to be taken. Unfortunately we chose the wrong waitress who pointed to a waiter and said "ask him, I can't take orders". The...More

Thank lesleyd
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Lesleyd, Firstly, Please accept my sincere apologies for the experience you encountered with us. I am disappointed that on this occasion you found our Staff indifferent and the salads unfulfilling. Our chefs are constantly working hard to ensure that our menu caters to all....More

Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Afternoon tea is average, service was lacking. The staff were not paying attention to customer. Management needs to supervise moreMore

Thank Anteater222222
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Firstly I would like to thank you for your feedback. We take our guest experience very seriously and pride ourselves in offering great service. I am disappointed that on this occasion you found our afternoon tea average and the service lacking. Rest assured...More

Reviewed 25 March 2017

Staff indifferent even when empty. Coffee tepid and unremarkable and you had to go to order and collect. Needs more charm and atmosphere. Some seating has views over Trafalgar Square and the empty plinth. Assorted cakes were expensive. Did not look at menu.More

Thank travell_a_lot
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this review

Dear travel_a_lot, We take our guest experience very seriously and pride ourselves in offering great service. I am disappointed that on this occasion such experience was not met. Rest assured I have passed your feedback to our team so that we can make immediate improvements....More

Reviewed 20 March 2017

The National Gallery's restaurant seems to have kept up standards despite the change of francise. Service was a little slow but my ham hock scotch egg was tasty and filling though billed as a starter.

Thank J_Jarndyce
Nearby
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
...More
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Restaurant Details

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Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
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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Description
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.