German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.3
477 reviews
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£26 to £40
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German
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Comfort Food
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday
Breakfast:
8am-11.30am

Lunch:
12pm-5:30pm

Late Afternoon:
4pm-6pm - Kaffee & Kuchen.

Dinner:
5:30pm-10pm


Weekends & Bank Holidays
Brunch:
10am-4pm

Dinner:
4pm-10pm
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Phone number
020 7287 8000
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Bjoern Wassmuth
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Public Transit
The main station of kings cross and St pancras is less than 1 minute walking distance from the German Gymnasium. A large number of buses as well stop within walking distance of the restaurant. In addition, a black cab rank is located by the side of the restaurant entrance .
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 477 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FT
Hertfordshire
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great liver l, the best I’ve had in a long time. Love the bustle of downstairs and the simple food done well. One of my favourites.

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DB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere. Cool, cool bar. Good food (Mac and cheese very good). Will definitely return.

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always - thank you. Staff very attentive.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and they prepared a lovely, special, sweet surprise for me at the end of the meal. I dine here often. Food and service are always great.

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PG
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Good food not great. Decent service. Ambiance is good and the bar is very cool. Felt it was a bit overrated but overall pretty good.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance was perfect👍🏻

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DM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are regulars here - always good. Restaurant was very busy and our drinks orders were a bit slow but otherwise excellent as ever

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M
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good vibe, really good food. Felt like the place to be on a hot summer Friday evening in #lovelondon

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P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Gorgeous venue with amazing food.
The staff isn’t the friendliest, but all great otherwise!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal, staff and ambiance.

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E
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, excellent cocktails

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was very very disappointing. Very poor quality. When we asked for the bill, I was surprised when the maitre collected the still full plates, did not even bother to ask why they were still full. We only ate about 30% of our food. We noticed that others tables left a lot of food in the plates but no waiter had the decency to ask why.

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MH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely as usual! Fantastic setting great atmosphere. Service is impeccable from being seated for a pre dinner drink upstairs and then smoothly seated downstairs for our meal...

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The length of time you get the table is very short 90 mins for a table for ... disappointing

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JU
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

It was lovely, however the staff seemed slow confused at our requests, even though we had chosen the afternoon tea option.

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t
London
25 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Extensive German food menu, Schnitzel etc ... service is outstanding, the place is lovely and the space impressive. Despite this, the layout is not great with many table close to the bar, door and other unpleasant passing through area. Food is delicious but oh god so overpriced! A schnitzel with Asaparus GBP 45.00 main course before service & taxes please ... fried chicken and steamed asparagus!
Sadly all good except those horrendous prices, I was even impressed as they have a small cigar selection...

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h
London
140 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was my fourth visit to the Gymnasium--third time in the ground floor cafe...upper floor seems only to be open at dinner.
The food is extremely well prepared...as expected mainly middle European/German dishes but this time I had delicious coconut crusted prawns.
The extremely lively/noisy ambiance to be honest suits families and the young more than it does an ageing foodie (inexplicably to me yet another King's Cross place where pounding recorded music adds to the already overpowering din) but enjoyable as a once in a while place to visit when in the mood...

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l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, our waiter was helpful and friendly and the ambience was great. Only downside was tables bit snug for 4 people

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TM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were great, especially front of house. I turned up on wrong day (idiot) and they still found me a table for 4 and moved me to a better table. Book though, don't just turn up. It's always been busy so I was really lucky and well looked after. Thanks guys

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B
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ate at the German Gymnasium for the first time based on an internet selection when looking for a restaurant close to Kings Cross. As someone with close connections to Germany and a love of national dishes from that country it seemed ideal as a venue to meet a friend with a similar background. We were delighted with the whole experience, the setting, the superb service in particular from the member of staff who dealt principally with us in the Grand Cafe, and the general ambience. We chose Schnitzel and Black Forests Gateau but the menu had plenty of other options to suit a variety of tastes. On the day in question the outdoor seating area was very popular but we very much like the feel of the interior and would definitely return.

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall really nice. Not that many options for vegetarians, and the menu felt a bit pricey but we didn't get main meals, just starters and sides.

Still, lovely decor so would probably go back for a coffee or drinks if I'm in the area!

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CL
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. Beautiful setting.

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MH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous setting!!

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Beautiful venue but tables are incredibly close together and the walk ways are narrow.

The food was very disappointing. I had the chicken with grilled asparagus and potato rosti. Chicken was moist and had flavour but the rest was a bit of a disaster. The rosti had clearly been sitting in a warm cabinet as it was just limp and soggy. The asparagus had been fried on too higher heat as it was burnt on the outside and hard as a rock on the inside. My extra veg, spinach was virtually cold. I had the twice baked cheesecake with blueberry compote. Cheesecake texture was very odd and the blueberry compote a joke. The worlds smallest tasteless blueberries.

My advice is chose a different D&D restaurant as this one wasn’t great

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AR
London
68 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved our dinner at the German Gymnasium. The menu includes authentic German dishes, good quality ingredients and good presentation. Would like to see more German wines on the wine list - the good quality ones that perfectly complement a lot of the dishes.

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FF
London
37 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve become a bit of a regular here but there service is excellent, the food filthily delicious, and the ambience top notch. What more is there to say?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Quality of Food vs price is not reasonable.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal for our anniversary at the German Gymnasium. Food was lovely and great service especially by the manager Sam. The extra touches were very much appreciated. Thanks!

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PJ
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is an agreeable place for lunch. The service good. Recommended.

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RQ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 6 and the waitress we had (Dominique) was brilliant. She was attentive, knowledgeable about both the wines and the menu and very patient with us. The food was absolutely delicious - I had the veal schnitzel which was divine.
I would definitely recommend this place. And I look forward to my next visit.

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SI
London
55 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The food at German Gymnasium is quite good, but portions are quite small (at least of the currywurst) so I would not recommend it to most men with average appetites unless they were ready to buy more than one main course! The building is great, lots of space and light, but service is only ok as our meal went on we felt a little rushed. It would have been fine to simply politely remind us of the turnaround time for the table instead of subtly (or not) trying to hurry us along.

I won't rush back, but I haven't written the place off. Another visit will probably happen at some point and I suspect the place will be very child friendly, so it may be a good option with my young family.

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OT
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Over priced for what you get. Average. Impressive location though.

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M
London
35 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wanted to visit this restaurant and we managed a booking. It has a very nice atmosphere and I will be returning, maybe for drinks. We had the fillet steak and a dessert plus a bottle of wine and the final bill was about 130 for two people. The food was very nice! thumbs up.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, I would recommend it.

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l
London
23 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like German food they execute it very well here

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid German food and unbelievable service in a landmark building. Highly recommended

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c
London
20 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a very nice lunch on a Saturday in the downstairs restaurant. I had the crispy prawns and spring salad which were very fresh and tasty. I also had the rhubarb crumble which was delicious. The service was good to start but slowed down considerably at the end. We found out there was a system issue which meant they couldn’t print bills or pay with card. The staff were very apologetic and gave us a free tea to compensate.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a really nice birthday dinner at the German Gymnasium Grand Cafe.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cocktails. Nice for a special occasion. Great atmosphere in the Grand Cafe and not at all pretentious. Staff were really friendly. Only comment on food which was delicious was I ordered the coconut crusted prawns and they were deep fried intact in the shell. I think some warning of this would have been good.

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F
London
47 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I think this restaurant is probably a great option if you enjoy eating pork, but if you don't or your vegetarian its not ideal, if you are vegan forget about it. We went for brunch and of the options available on a weekend, only a couple of the breakfast-type dishes didn't do pork - poached eggs or a dish which had tomatoes, courgettes and eggs in them, the latter of which I ordered and didn't find inspiring. I also thought it was a bit bizarre that in a huge restaurant that was far from bustling when we arrived (and while we were there, on an early Saturday morning) that they decided to seat 5 of us squashed on a table of 4 when there were plenty of larger more comfortable tables available, even when we left.

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