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“school dinner tapas, but with a glorious view”
Review of Terrace Restaurant

Terrace Restaurant
Ranked #7,075 of 24,651 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Southbank
Description: Modern, eclectic and featuring indoor and outdoor dining spaces with views over the river Thames and the south bank, the Terrace Restaurant at the National Theatre offers a delicious, Mediterranean-influenced menu, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Choose a selection of small plates, such as Bavette served with barba di frate and roasted pepper sauce, our spiced quinoa salad with spinach and cime di rapa or the popular black gnocchi with squid, cherry tomato and basil pesto. Our menu includes a variety of vegetarian dishes and vegan options. Our specially selected wine list has a distinctly European edge, as well as a representative variety of great growers from around the world. Or why not try a cocktail for our seasonally-evolving list such as Pear & Ginger Martini, Grapefruit & Plum Collins or Sloe Gin Negroni.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Can't fault the setting, and convenience of eating here just before the theatre, but that is unfortunately where the positives stop.

The tapas had some highlights (the prawns for example were good), but overall the dishes were boring, at times stodgy, and not at all tasty.

We started with the Black olive tapenade, with a 'selection of bread'; which consisted of three rather sad looking rolls with no discernible difference between them. A simple bread basket with an actual selection of bread would have been much preferable. The tapenade was very tasty, though with only three small pieces of bread you will not finish it all.
We then moved on to a selection of tapas dishes that were very hit and miss.

The patatas bravas has clearly been sitting under a heatlamp for hours, as the potatoes had started to dry out and shrivel up.They had some sauce unceremoniously lumped on top and were served just like that. Good for filling you up, but not much else.
The courgette fritti were flavourless and scoldingly hot on the inside where the water inside the courgette had heated during frying.
Avoid the aubergine gratin. Overcooked, stodgy and tasteless.
One dish that was very good was the wild boar ragu, which whilst tasty, was not really a tapas dish, and a slightly odd one to share.

I could go on listing all the dishes we had, but that would be rather tedious. Overall we were very disappointing with the quality, though there were a couple of good dishes. However you expect more from a meal that costs £30 pp, even if it is pre-theatre.

You would hope that they could have scraped back some praise with the service, but unfortunately dirty plates were left on our table for ages, even though we stacked them up and made it clear that we wanted them removed. The bill was then hidden under the sugar bowl as we had coffee, and despite being pre-theatre they were very slow to bring the card machine over. This would be excusable if it was busy, but there could only have been 6 covers in the restaurant that evening.

You have plenty of other pre-theatre options in the area. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.

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Thank naoshc
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Guillaume G, Manager at Terrace Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am sorry you were disappointed with our previous menu.
Since your last visit we changed most of our menu; Amongst the new dishes, we serve a shrimps, squid ink tarama & avocado salad,
the sardine tarte fine, courgette & basil and the ricotta & pesto gnudi prove to be very popular. We also received good feedback on our new puddings including our orange, amaretto & almond cake, crème fraîche and the chocolate mousse, raspberry & sorrel sorbet.
Hope you will give us another try,
Best wishes.


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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Tapas gives a selection of options and gluten-free options available. Service was fast as it needs to be pre-theatre. Agree that the area is "cavernous" but its a mid 20th century concrete structure so was trendy at the time.

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Guillaume G, Manager at Terrace Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

thank you for your review. We aim to balance our menu so there are some options suited to most dietary requirements, including Vegan.
As you said, the National Theatre is a listed example of brutalist architecture and I understand it is not to everyone's taste but note that you don't get the 'Cavernous' feeling when you dine alfresco on our balcony overlooking the south bank and the river Thames!
hope you will visit again soon.
Best wishes,

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Yet another 'sharing plates' place; I am beginning to forget what it's like to have a meal in a restaurant on a single plate which is designated as mine.....anyway, the space is pleasant enough (a bit cavernous though) and you really need the light to fade so that the concrete walls all around you soften a bit. Service very on the ball and pleasant. Food was ok - a bit of a curate's egg. A lamb dish had great potential but the fat hadn't been rendered down so it was really fatty, aubergine parmigiana was tough and stringy but the zuchinni fritti were great (despite not being shoestring fried courgettes -these were more of a courgette fat chip - and none the worse for it let me tell you..) and we enjoyed a very good ragu despite that pasta being too thick. Good range of wines by the glass and once it had filled up, a lovely atmosphere. A bit of a tweak in the kitchen and this would be great.

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Guillaume G, Manager at Terrace Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thank you for your review.

I am happy to tell you that the dishes you did not like (lamb and parmigiana) were removed from the menu last month. We replaced the lamb with a Beef straccetti, cherry tomato, Parmesan, rocket in a white wine sauce. the Chef also created an aubergine gratin entirely vegan that received great feedback. I am a big fan of our zucchini fritti as well!

We also developed a 'croquettes' section: the cod & couscous with Rouille are fantastic! please come again to try these.
Despite being reasonably sized, I always make sure that our wine list reflects a good range of tastes and prices, like our menu.

Hope that you will visit us again soon,

Best wishes,

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Dependable, convenient, quick, light - key ingredients for a pre- theatre meal and the Terrace Restaurant adds in tasty as well. Menu choices are limited which enables the kitchen to respond quickly. Service was courteous and attentive; they ask what performance you plan to attend and make sure you know the way. Three small dishes per person was recommended but six was more than enough for us. We are regulars at the National and will definitely return - an outside table on a warm evening would be great.

Thank Edward M
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Guillaume G, Manager at Terrace Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thank you very much for your nice review Edward.

I am happy that you enjoyed your pre theatre dinner at Terrace restaurant. While we pride ourselves in giving a friendly and relaxed service, we remain attentive and available to our guests so they attend the play on time.

From end of May we will switch to our summer opening time, serving until 9.30pm. So if you are not attending a performance you can enjoy a peaceful dinner out on our balcony overlooking the South Bank.

We look forward to seeing you again soon,

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

I grew up in the Midwestern USA, I am practically a connoisseur of bland food. This food was bland TO ME. My husband said it was like eating several plates of snow. The "spicy" meat croquettes tasted barely warm to me, which means they would not be described as "spicy" by ANY human being, save maybe a picky 2-year-old (or my aunt who lives in a one-traffic-light town). Even the mild dishes lacked basic seasoning. That said, the food is presented well, the ingredients are good quality, everything was cooked well, the atmosphere was nice, and the staff were lovely. I would have given them 4 stars if they'd just paid a bit more attention to the taste.

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Thank Dana F
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Guillaume G, Manager at Terrace Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Dear Dana,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am sad to read that you did not enjoy the dishes you ordered as the chef takes pride in preparing each dishes with care using quality ingredients. I have to agree that the description of the 'spicy beef croquette' could be misleading since the chilli and spices used add more flavours than hotness. We took your comment on board and we therefore renamed the dish as Spiced Beef, to avoid disappointment from hot chilli expectation.
Thank you for your kind words on the service, I passed it on to the rest of the team.
Hope you will give us another try,
Best regards,

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