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German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.3
444 reviews
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£26 to £40
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German
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  • Business Meals
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

Special Offers

German/Austrian 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, with a 24hr cancellation policy.

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

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 1 October 2017

Ends: 30 June 2018

Availability: Sun 16:00-17:30
Thu-Fri 15:00-17:30
Sat 16:00-17:30

What 444 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Very nice place, I would recommend it.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

If you like German food they execute it very well here

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Lively places with great food. Highly recommend the curry wurst. Great service and will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Staff were absolutely wonderful!!!

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2.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Can't see why it is so busy. Over priced, very average food

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

I’d long wanted to come here as had heard good reviews and it was hard to get a table. We managed to get a 10am brunch on Sunday, which was great as not crowded then. The only issue with brunch is that it feels a little early to eat from the lunch/dinner menu, which looked the most interesting.

The restaurant has a fancy look about it with space, silver tea service, proper napkins and the menu choice was good, including the kids menu. However, I have to say that food on brunch menu was just OK, nothing memorable and have had better. The poached eggs tasted vinegary and everything else was pretty standard.

I will be back though to try the dinner menu as there were some interesting options!

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Wir waren vor zwei Jahren schon einmal im German Gymnasium, zu dem Zeitpunkt war das Essen (Leberknödel waren nicht durch) und der Service(sehr hektisch) besser. Wir würden trotzdem wiederkommen.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Amazing place for brunch!! Service and ambiance were impeccable.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Decent german food in a trendy environment. A big place but reservation is typically needed.

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1.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Too many interruptions whilst talking we will order when ready not because someone hassles
Very annoying

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1.0Dined on 11 March 2018

This was my third time and probably my last. It was my father’s birthday.
Despite that he is disabled and cannot stand,
He was asked to stand until the table gets cleaned. I tried to explain in a polite way but it was futile.
I had to ask for the menus twice fifteen minutes after we arrived. The service was so slow! It took almost an hour to get our mains.
The food was ok- good but nothing amazing.
It is a beautiful place but with this service they won’t go very far. I felt bad for my choice on this special occasion. Even in a local pizza house, they will do something for a special occasion.

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2.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Great venue - food and service a little disappointing. Good portions.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Amazing food, great service, loved everything about it! Will be back.

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4.0Dined on 8 March 2018

This restaurant is really beautiful and has a lovely lively atmosphere. Its very easy to find right opposite Kings Cross. The service was fast, friendly and the food was tasty. The menu is very different and I only had a starter prawn cocktail and pudding rhubarb crumble both were really good the pudding especially was really very good.

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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

Vibrant ambience Wide ranging menu, incl some real German dishes. High level of service, effective and efficient, yet we didn't feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on 5 March 2018

Really lovely food and gorgeous decor. The staff were quick and helpful and gave my partner a piece of cake for his birthday, very kind and appreciated.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

We Dined last Saturday to help celebrate our nephews 20th birthday, he’s in to all things German so as we chose the German Gymnasium as we had previously been to the Delaunay. The GG comprises of a massive dining hall on two levels, the place was full to the rafters with a noisy Saturday evening buzz going on. We ordered Oysters as a pre-starter followed by starters of herring and sausage, followed by more sausage and various schnitzels as our mains. Beware the portions are gargantuan so be careful not to overindulge and the Oysters at the start were definitely not needed, however the food was tasty and the service for a very busy Saturday was very efficient.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Superb food in a lovely setting, nice cocktail bar upstairs too. Service was very good and food was traditional German - delicious.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Best cocktails ever.
Talented bar staff
Efficient friendly professional waiters
Good atmosphere

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Food was quite good but fairly expensive. The value is in the staff, service and atmosphers

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

My family & I are regular visitors to German Gymnasium and each visit is as good as the last. We were there very recently (25.02.18) to celebrate my mother's birthday and I was very happy that this honoured by the small cake and candle - it went down a treat! It's a perfect location for us as my parents catch a train from Kings Cross and every time we come it feels like a special visit. We will keep returning so keep up the good work!

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4.0Dined on 22 February 2018

Returning within three months to meet friends I was pleased again with level of organisation and of course the food and drink. Quality ingredients and varied menu offers wide choices, puddings were unfortunately the weak spot this time. Nice atmosphere for a large room and in a location that is easy to reach. Obviously if attendance was poor this feeling might just evaporate, but today it appears to be a popular destination in a popular reinvigorated part of London.

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5.0Dined on 21 February 2018

The lentil and barley Eintopf was fantastic! Good veggie options.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

We took a late lunch at the German Gymnasium Cafe based on the reviews of previous diners. The restaurant has great character with high ceilings and the nod to it's previous use as a gym back in the day. The food was excellent with a mix of traditional English dishes and authentic German delights. Service was friendly and attentive. This is a great little hide away.

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3.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Been meaning to try German Gym for some time and a friends 40th seemed the perfect occasion. Enjoyed a drink at the bar and then got moved to our table, which was way too tight for 5. All fine and kindly moved us to a better suited table.
Took a while to get a wine list, to order drinks and food, but once we got their attention the service improved and we had a great meal, sharing a super tasry sausage platter and some nibbles. I had chicken schnitzel which was epic and the other guys meals went down a treat.
Went to order after dinner drinks and got told we had to vacate the table within 15 mins. Fair enough, we took the table later than planned (buying expensive drinks at the bar) and had been there a couple hours. BUT, when asked what our options were, we were told table outside on the terrace (too cold and we don't smoke but thanks anyway) or space standing up at the bar (which we were told would be avail).
Ok, standing up by the bar after sitting down for a long (and expensive) meal is cool. Except, there was no space, and when asked if we could find some space to have a drink, after spending a load of money having drinks earlier on at the bar, before having an expensive meal in the grand cafe, it was met with blank faces and a very un-accommodating attitude, which basically resulted with the bar manager saying there was absolutely no space for us or anything they could do to accomodate us anywhere, basically resulting in us having to leave the venue to have a nightcap somewhere else.
Priorities are wrong, trying to keep happy a passing trade from travellers in and around the Kings Cross train system.
I have been using Top/Open Table for years, having made many reviews, mostly positive, and this is by far the longest but felt truly cheated of an all round great experience by a place that just wasn't focused on the finer detail of impeccable service.

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4.0Dined on 15 February 2018

On booking was told that we only had the table for two hours, which meant that we rushed. However, we were lucky as they didn’t need the table in the end, so we got to stay longer than our time a lot.

Food wise I’d recommend the prawns - they were delicious. My date had the schnitzel which she couldn’t finish.

Cocktails were pretty good - so much so that we paid more for them than the meal itself!

I’d recommend going on a weekday where you might not have to give up your table after two hours.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Great food but quite expensive for what it is.

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Great space and wonderful details all over the restaurant - including BIG details like the amazing roof. Food is very German (obviously) with only a few twists. Not great for veggies. Would go again but probably just for drinks.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Fabulous restaurant in great location. I am a regular because the food is great and so is the ambience

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

I really enjoyed my visit at the German Gymnasiam! The staff were very attentive and the food was really good! Also the wine was lovely! Reasonably priced also.

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

Great ambience. Great food. Great place with a buzz.

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

We had a lovely meal at the German Gymnasium on a Sunday evening after arriving by train into St Pancras. The room was great and had a good buzz, the food was lovely and the service was excellent - we were very well taken care of. We would definitely recommend it.

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