German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.4
547 reviews
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£26 to £40
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German
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  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
German Gymnasium is a spectacular Grade II-listed building right between King's Cross and St Pancras. Its ground floor and extensive outdoor terrace is a tribute to those classic European Grand Cafés, serving great Mittel-European food right through from breakfast until dinner.
Also offering two bar areas on a first come first serve basis.

Special Offers

GG Afternoon Tea with tea or coffee: £18.50

Enjoy afternoon tea for £18.50 per person, add a glass of Schloss Vaux Sekt sparkling wine for £4.50. Available in the Grand Café and Terrace. Credit card details will be required to secure bookings for parties of 6 and above.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 3 January 2019

Ends: 15 March 2019

Availability: Sun 16:00-17:15
Thu-Fri 15:00-17:15
Sat 16:00-17:15

What 547 People Are Saying
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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience, great food. Attentive service and a lovely surprise at the end for my birthday!!

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HV
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, with good food and service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Period building provides nice ambiance. We got there for a late lunch one day after Christmas. Maybe they were short staffed, however service was slow and brusque.

Food was ok, not worth the price. Burger we ordered, even though they took into account the allergy requirementsq, when it arrived had no sauce. As they thought sauce may have allergens, but would have been good to mention that before taking order so it could be changed. In essence it was a dry patty between burger buns ( admittedly the diner asked to remove onions and bacon form burger). Steak was ok, you can get better at many other London steak houses at similar price. Prawns were fine, again not worth the price.

They need to improve food quality at least. The dismissive service could be a consequence of Christmas staffing ( hopefully a one off).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Xmas day absolutely no atmosphere had to ask them to change the music. Very patronising manager. Goose was good rest of the meal very average.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall I enjoyed the experience.The staff were very polite ,welcoming and attentive.
My codling guojons were rather over cooked but the chips were lovely.
The restaurant is very convenient for Kings Cross Station.
Would go there again.

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s
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good place lovely menu the food was really good. I had a vegetarian mushroom knocci dish. The service was very good and accommodating

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked at table for 6 people at 7pm and we got the best table in the house right in the middle of the Grand Cafe. We had a lovely, helpful waiter who was with us all evening making sure we were happy and our drinks topped up! Despite being told we only had the table for 2.5 hours we were not rushed at all. In fact we were lucky and were able to see stay at our table till 11pm. The food and cocktails were all top notch and it came to £60 per person which we all thought was excellent value for such a special night out. Will definitely return soon.

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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service.

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place to get a yummy and different kind of food. Staff very friendly and location is fantastic!

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WM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I have been to GG a few times on dates, seated up stairs with great service. However on this occasion I brought my mother and new boyfriend where we were giving what seemed to be a last minute throw together table next to the stairs on the ground floor.

Whilst waiting for our table the receptionist suggested for us to grab a drink at the bar. This quite frankly was a joke, people are seated around the whole bar and you have to order inbetween couples interupting their conversations. Not only that but I was rudely asked to move around the other side of the bar to be served.

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Y
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was fine... when it arrived. we waited over an hour they forgot to put our order through, then to compensate brought us two thin slices of stollen between three at the end.

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V
London
20 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I first discovered German Gymnasium last year, and loved my dinner in the upstairs restaurant. I wanted to try the grand cafe, as it is a bit more casual. We were sat quite close to the door, and it was quite cold everytime the door opened, so in winter ask for a table at the far end! The food was lovely, although to be honest, I prefer the upstairs menu and think it’s woryh the tiny bit mor ether charge.
Service was attentive, and we were not rushed out when we had paid, and could finish our drinks in peace whilst waiting for trains, etc.

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d
London
46 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for w catch up with friends. It’s a great location with the service excellent. The food is also great.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was beyond slow and food was disappointing- what a missed opportunity for such an amazing venue - truly stunning

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E
London
118 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I always love the Christmas nutcracker
theme at this time of year. Was there for breakfast and the German power breakfast had meatloaf, rosti and sauerkraut making it the perfect fuel for the day. Although it came looking like a big Mac, the combination blended perfectly with the mild mustard. Fresh orange juice was sweet and service was attentive. This is my go to place when travelling from Kings Cross and I get there deliberately early to ensure I have time to visit the German Gymnasium.

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NH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Recommend highly for business or pleasure.

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and family friendly. Staff were helpful to order our sons food first whilst we were waiting for our friend.

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Met with two German businesses colleagues prior to their departure on Eurostar
Midday food service was prompt and friendly and of good quality. The music playing in the washroom amused my guests
Overall an ideal meet eat great and chat location

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SB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Great ambience.
Good service and nice food.
Looking forward to a return visit.

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ZY
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Curry wurst was great! Schnitzel was ok, I would probably try something different next time but would like to go back again, lots of choices on the menu sounded good. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was really good too.

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MW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal here. The pork knuckle was amazing. Quiet and good ambiance.

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B
London
23 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I booked a late dinner at the German Gymnasium Grand Café on a Tuesday night and we had a great time. The food was excellent (a bit slow to arrive though but well worth the wait), the service very attentive.

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m
Hertfordshire
12 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great experience. Very busy and noisy environment. My friend and I were very happy with that and everything else but not for people who prefer a quiet life perhaps?!

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A
London
38 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely chicken schnitzel. Amazing steak. Super building. The service was fab. The upstairs bar very nice too.

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R
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Friendly and very accommodating when I needed a vegan option

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and team

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AR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Goulash soup very salty. Schnitzel dry and tough. Roast salmon was OK. Nice building, very noisy so difficult to have conversation given one of the 3 of us slightly deaf. Nice wine and enjoyed the surprise birthday ‘cake’. Good service. Offer to replace the schnitzel which was good customer service. But overall disappointed and expensive for what it was.

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CV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A memorable evening at the beautiful Grand cafe. Ambience, delicious food a ribeye steak & burger although returned due to it being Luke warm was handled quickly & efficiently. The French manager offered a glass of wine as an apology which didnit detract from a lovely evening.

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KS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food, ambience and the service.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had s fantastic dinner this evening. The hostesses and our wonderful French waiter (who I unfortunately did not catch the name of) arranged for a special birthday cake that we had brought to be brought out with an additional plated happy birthday dessert and message. From the moment that we walked in the service could not be faulted and the food and cocktails were delicious. Our party tried lots of different dishes and everyone was very happy with their choice. Our waiter really was amazing and made us feel very well looked after, making our special occasion dinner an evening that will be a treasured memory. Thank you again to our waiter and the team. We will certainly be back to dine with you.

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m
London
52 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We went up to the bar for an aperitif before dinner - as per staff downstairs who asked if we'd like to go to the table or get a drink. That was a mistake. We subsequently lost the table and could not get seated for 45 minutes. What's worse is that the staff at the bar would not tell us what was happening (despite >5 times I tried to get an answer). The manager then came by to talk to us and tried to blame the situation on us - that we were not clear re what we wanted to do. I was really angry and unhappy. I said so and got ZERO reaction. Nearly walked out. But I had friends from out of town with me and it wasn't clear where else we would go at this time of night.
The waiter downstairs though did redeem our night a bit. He was great. Food was good.
I was very disappointed by the experience. I vouched to never go back. Big promise, but hopefully not too hard to keep.

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D
Essex
30 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

German Gymnasium never fails to disappoint. Brilliant food, excellent service and one of the most impressive restaurant buildings in London! A real gem in King's Cross

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e
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely brunch. The food was delicious and very well thought out. The staff were tentative but not overbearing. I would highly recommend for a lazy morning breakfast with friends, family or partner.

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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good place to go

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KD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Extremely busy on a Saturday afternoon (I recommend booking in advance if you fancy going) - food was good, and the service efficient. The food was very quick to arrive, I only had the one course and a drink and I was in and out within 35 minutes or so, not one to go to if you like places that take their time.

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T
London
80 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Reception less than friendly. Rather brusquely being told where we may sit

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L
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely night at German Gymnasium.
Great bar and drinks, food was good and staff were friendly. The bar staff are great.
Would definitely recommend and the location is terrific.
Will be back...

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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FT
Hertfordshire
27 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favourite places for a business meal. Let down only by the service outside at the bar. Waited 10 mins for a beer and they weren't busy. Lots of people milling around but only one guy behind the bar... still won't stop me going back.

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