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What diners said about this restaurant:
Shirley M. • 1 review
10 November 202310/10
Afternoon tea for a friend’s birthday… was excellent!!
Andrea S. • 1 review
8 July 20239/10
We enjoyed our afternoon tea at Cafe Portrait. The food and service was great. They could improve on the ambience IMO for the afternoon tea room. It's a pretty basic cafeteria look - although we knew this ahead of time. It's a nice, reasonably priced tea spot.
Paul A. • 1 review
17 May 202310/10
Fantastic friendly and efficient service and best afternoon tea we have ever had. Soup and savouries were delicious and a lovely change from the sandwiches which usually come with afternoon tea at other places. Lovely selection of scones and cakes- looked good and tasted even better. Can’t wait to go back!
Myfi F. • 1 review
21 April 202310/10
We loved our afternoon tea here! We had the room to ourselves and it was very peaceful. Portions were great, felt like a total steal. The wait staff was so kind and were very prompt. Hope to come back next time I’m in town!
Betty G. • 1 review
29 March 20238.5/10
There were 4 of us enjoying a lovely afternoon tea including one needing gluten free which was very good. I would have preferred sandwiches to the savouries to be honest but scones and cakes were very good. Staff were friendly and helpful. The separate room was great too
Carli W. • 1 review
19 March 20233/10
Chose Cafe Portrait for Mothers Day as their afternoon tea was rated really good in an article I had read. The actual Cafe is a beautiful space but we were put in a separate section which was for everyone having afternoon tea. This was very small, had no character & didn’t feel special at all. The staff were very inattentive, the table next to us had to remind them they still hadn’t had their afternoon tea after 30 mins. No refill of tea was offered, we had to seek out someone. The actual afternoon tea was very under whelming, the picture on the Cafe Portraits website was certainly a lot more appealing than what came. No sandwiches, the pastries although very nice were cold & dried out. The cakes were very tasty but again didn’t feel very fresh. Everyone who was having afternoon tea I imagine was there for Mother’s Day too & you could tell there was a disappointment in the room. No fuss was made for the occasion. Such a shame, will be paying the extra to go back to the Signet Library in future!
Janet S. • 1 review
16 February 20239/10
Very good afternoon tea. The food was varied, a super selection of fresh savoury and sweet treats. Our server was lovely, so friendly and helpful. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Karen M. • 1 review
26 January 202310/10
My Mum and I had a lovely afternoon tea in Cafe Portrait. The food was delicious and there was so much to eat, we had to take some away! The snug is quieter than the main cafe and it’s very comfortable. The afternoon tea is excellent value for money compared with other Edinburgh venues. Highly recommended
Natasha S. • 1 review
21 January 202310/10
Attentive and friendly service. The vegetarian afternoon tea was a delicious selection of savoury and sweet with a fusion of different cuisines as well as traditional scones.
Elisa H. • 1 review
6 January 20235/10
We were expecting a more traditional afternoon tea, and this felt a bit like a “grab and go” experience. We liked the bites served, though! The desserts were a bit too sweet but the scones and savory bites were rigorous.
Gordon W. • 1 review
31 December 202210/10
My wife and I had a lovely afternoon tea. Our waitress was super. The food was lovely and we even managed to take the leftover cakes home. I would highly recommend an afternoon tea!
Kirsty L. • 1 review
28 December 202210/10
Excellent attentive staff & delicious food. Impossible to get hold of cafe staff beforehand (phone call or email) to give further information. But wasn’t a big problem. Last to leave so think that says it all! Thank you ????
August E. • 1 review
24 December 202210/10
I went with my parents for a wee Christmas treat and it was absolutely brilliant! The afternoon tea was delicious, staff were super accommodating and friendly; overall a superb experience.
Kimberly M. • 1 review
23 December 20223.5/10
This was an absolute joke of a tea experience. The staff didn’t check on us once. We got no refills. And they served us the food after 20 minutes wait. Much to our surprise the manager came over and told us that we were served too much. Tried to take our food away to give to another party. Like your incompetent behavior was our fault??? I think not. Then told us and the other table that she had no additional food because it was all frozen. Miserable experience and very poor customer service
Victoria M. • 1 review
14 December 202210/10
Really wonderful afternoon tea. Food was excellent, one of the best afternoon teas we’ve had. Would definitely recommend to anyone coming to visit
Sally B. • 1 review
13 December 202210/10
Food was fresh and delicious and service was impeccable. A lovely afternoon tea experience with my mum and sister ????
Gillian M. • 1 review
10 December 202210/10
Delicious food- the best afternoon tea at very reasonable price. So much attention to detail especially as vegetarian!! Superb service and will definitely return. Thank you to the very hardworking staff :)
Shirley A. • 1 review
13 November 202210/10
Absolutely delicious afternoon tea and such good value for money. Staff were very attentive and the service was great. One of our party was gluten free and said it was one of the best afternoon teas she has every had. Thanks Portrait Gallery for a lovely afternoon. We will be back.
Marion M. • 1 review
22 October 20228.5/10
The room where the afternoon tea was served was perfect. Nice quiet area that was away from the main cafe. Service was amazing and the food was good. We didn’t eat or enjoy everything but that was down to personal preference not the food so no complaints at all. The staff were very attentive and helpful. They described everything accurately. I would definitely recommend this and would also return.
Nicola K. • 1 review
16 October 20229.5/10
The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The high tea was superb - scrumptious mini-cakes and scones, as well as an assortment of fresh savoury options. Tables were far enough apart not to make one feel too cramped. We loved the modern art decorating the walls. We will be back!
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