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1 Queen Street
0131 558 7031
Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Bookings required for Afternoon Tea only from 2:30 pm (24 hours notice required for bookings).
Let us know of any dietary requirements
The magnificent building that is the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street is a marvel in itself, let alone its collection of world-class paintings and photography. Our ground floor counter-service café here combines sleek contemporary styling with a high church-like ceiling and wonderfully gothic windows. Sit surrounded by light and art or choose a table in the Snug – a smaller area a little more tucked away.
Serving our trademark ‘cooked from scratch’ soups, sandwiches and home-baking, with lots of emphasis on freshness, exciting blends of flavours and taste, it’s our salads that often impress the most, including the food critics from The List magazine who ‘hit-listed’ Café Portrait in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 edition and said this: “Fabulous salads are the stars of the show, each colourful, distinct and full of flavour.” We were delighted that our signature foodie experience has been recognised, and even more delighted that our customers (not just tourists and gallery visitors, but a growing loyal band of local fans too) are appreciating the extra touches we like to add. As in all our cafés there is always a strong emphasis on vegetarian food and also non-gluten-containing and dairy-free dishes and bakes so everyone can have a treat.
Talking of treats, you can now book a table in advance at Café Portrait for our proper Afternoon Tea or buy a gift voucher, our vouchers make a great present for any occasion, what's not to love – a tiered stand of deliciousness if ever there was one. Why not push the boat out with a glass or two of Prosecco! Our Afternoon Tea is always a winner with our customers so we'd advise that you make a reservation and let us know of any dietary requirements in advance (24 hours notice is required for Afternoon Tea bookings and we cater to vegetarian and dairy free diets as well as using non-gluten-containing ingredients, at this time we don't offer a vegan afternoon tea.)
Please note all customers are required to pay 50% of the afternoon tea prior to the date of their visit, unless you have a voucher. Our staff will be in touch prior to your visit to take your payment over the phone.
Please note that we only accept afternoon tea bookings.
AFTERNOON TEA GIFT VOUCHERS - £40 for two when you book in advance (or £20 for one.) Please book using the booking facility on this page.
When the counter gets busy, our Roving Barista serenely glides around the tables, ready to be flagged down to order an expertly-made latte and a slice of lemon polenta cake or whatever you fancy to end a lovely lunch and a unique cultural experience.
Yvonne is our brilliant café Manager here, supported by the nifty front of house double act which is Lewis and Veronica. In control stove-side is head chef Jay who is a source of inspiration to all our café cooks, and Arleta, our queen of salads.
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