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“First Rate!”
Review of Cafe Portrait

Cafe Portrait
Ranked #179 of 2,700 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$17
Cuisines: European, Mediterranean, Scottish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: New Town
Description: Conveniently located in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, set within the beautiful Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Cafe Portrait has become a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and wonderful homemade food. Everything we cook or bake is prepared every day from scratch in our cafe kitchen, using seasonal, fresh and local ingredients wherever possible. Our daily changing menu includes soups of the day, hot and cold main dishes that will normally combine Scottish & International flavours (always with a modern twist), colourful and delicious salads, scrummy home baking and decadent afternoon teas. As we cook from scratch, you'll always find a variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free options.
Reviewed 19 April 2015

Had a fabulous lunch in Café Portrait at Edinburgh's National Portrait Gallery. Not your usual run of the mill soup and sandwiches, instead delicious filled croissants and rolls, mouth watering bakes - it's a must! Would highly recommend the food and excellent customer service.

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Thank 360ajr
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CafesbyHPL, Manager at Cafe Portrait, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2015

Thank you for choosing our cafe, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our tasty made from ‘scratch’ food and our service. We always aim to provide wonderful food and a great experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to make your visit so enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you back to our café in the not too distant future.
Sincerely,
Yvonne,
Café Manager

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Reviewed 15 April 2015

Booked for today afternoon tea, my friend is diabetic, this was not a problem to head baker aisha, amazed when both our afternoon teas came and looked very alike, everything on the plates were described to both of us, Amy who served us was brilliant and very happy, cheery nothing was a problem, soup was lovely I believe made by Leanne top marks very enjoyable and highly recommend to everyone

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Thank Ann A
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CafesbyHPL, Manager at Cafe Portrait, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2015

What a terrific review; thanks so much for spending time to share your thoughts on our afternoon tea and the service. Aisha and Amy will be delighted to hear your lovely comments. Aisha changes our afternoon tea menu frequently to incorporate the best of seasonal, Scottish produce. We hope you’ll pop in for this treat again soon to try something different but equally delicious.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Best Wishes,
Yvonne
Café Manager

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Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

I had not been here for years and was surprised by the change around and revamp. The cafe is now a much larger and brighter space. Used to come here as there was proper home baking. Not sure that today's confections were produced in some wee wifey's kitchen but they were still tasty enough. Lovely place to drop in to for a coffee and a sweet treat.

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CafesbyHPL, Manager at Cafe Portrait, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2015

Thank you for spending your time to give us your feedback. We’re delighted you enjoyed our café’s surroundings and our tray bakes, we bake them from scratch every day in our kitchen, that’s why they taste so good! Hope you can come along again for a coffee and a sweet treat sometime soon.
Looking forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best regards,
Yvonne
Café Manager

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Reviewed 13 April 2015

Have been going for years and it is consistently good. Excellent and unusual fresh salads (Hendersons look to your laurels), interesting variety of mains with lots of veggie options, splendid home made soup, cakes you just can't bypass. Friendly efficient staff. It gets very busy at lunchtime and deservedly so, but the table clearing staff do a good job and have always managed to get a seat even if sharing a table.

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Thank Mar186525
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CafesbyHPL, Manager at Cafe Portrait, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2015

Thank you for your superb review - we are pleased you enjoyed our made from ‘scratch’ food and service during your numerous visits to Café Portrait, means a lot coming from regular customers like yourself. Many thanks for visiting and hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

Best Wishes,
Yvonne
Café Manager

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Reviewed 8 April 2015

i came back for coffee and cake to portrait cafe, like last time i was very hapy with my visit, i will be back for sure very soon

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Thank Jakub S
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CafesbyHPL, Manager at Cafe Portrait, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2015

What a lovely review, thank you. We’re delighted that you enjoyed the coffee handcrafted with love by our brilliant baristas. Many thanks for visiting and hope to see you again in the near future.

Warm Regards,
Yvonne
Café Manager

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