German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.4
509 reviews
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£26 to £40
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German
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual
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

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

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: 15 September 2018

Ends: 25 November 2018

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

What 509 People Are Saying
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D
Essex
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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KD
London
3 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
78 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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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at German Gymnasium. Food was great. They were very accommodating and it was a lovely atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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MW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always ambiance great, with good food and excellent attentive service. Definitely the best way to prepare for a longish train journey back north.

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DC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Busy fun environment. Lovely friendly staff. Service really top notch. Food delicious

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SH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun location, given all the redevopmemt of King’s X into a thriving leisure destination.
Interesting food, good to try something different as most of us are not familiar with the German culinary repertoire. Eclectic and good wine list.

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JR
London
30 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Grand Cafe is a very impressive space, but full, on a Saturday evening, it's so noisy that it's very difficult to have a conversation. My food was good comfort food, German sausages with sauerkraut and mash, all of which I like and were done well, and for an upmarket restaurant in that part of London the main courses were good value. My companion's hot dog was good, but the potato salad, which I also tried, must be an acquired taste! Desserts were OK and the house wine was good, as was the service. I've said I'd recommend it to a friend, but with caveats.

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good lunch in great surroundings with good service. Definitely recommend.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at the German Gymnasium 4 times, and every time has been a lovely experience. Cocktails are amazing, and the currywurst was surprisingly delicious. The building is beautiful a real joy to visit.

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h
London
159 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had late lunch in the cafe. Good choice in the menu. We all went for different types of sausages, everyone please with their selection. Also great selection of puddings, all looking delicious. Great location and very good service.

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L
London
16 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed brunch - interesting menu with lots of German favourites.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food presented well, service attentive but slow..
Decor stylish and contemporary..
Mix of people , would be better with a dress code , ie smart
Would prefer more lighter options menu wise..

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Been here often. Probably 10-15 times. Staff were quite grumpy this time. Service was otherwise still good as was the food and setting.

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SH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my parents here for their 40th wedding anniversary. The staff were wonderful throughout the meal, very attentive and happy to field any questions we had. The service was efficient without ever feeling rushed and they brought out a special anniversary desert which was a lovely touch! We all thoroughly enjoyed our food here and I will definitely be coming back. P.S. the strudel is to die for!!

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L
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at GG. Authentic food, excellent service, great building.

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and would recommend thid restaurant for pork lovers. The strudel was declious but could of been warmer as mine was cold.

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents for dad’s birthday. Delicious food and wine as ever

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The reception staff were wonderful, they allowed my support dog into the Restaurant with a welcome,
She is not a guide dut helps me mentally with panic atacks etc and she just sleeps under the table as trained
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Thank you everyone for a special lunch with my special buddy, if only the laws would change for support dogs. Colin and Maggie and my ding friends

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - lovely atmosphere and hot dog is amazing

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had really good service and the food was good too. It was my birthday and they brought out a cake which was lovely.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service here is very good. The venue is very impressive inside however we chose to sit outside. The only downside to this was other people smoking while we were eating.

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g
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The German Gymnasium is a fun lively restaurant - unfortunately the food we ordered was not up to what you would expect from a restaurant charging what it does...

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FT
Hertfordshire
27 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
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
10 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
15 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
4 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
50 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
8 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
22 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, excellent cocktails

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, superb service, great atmosphere. No matter how busy they are, the service is always fast and great. Delicious food, friendly staff. It never disappoints!!!

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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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