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German Gymnasium Grand Cafe, London,

German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.1
4.1
1762 Reviews
£26 to £40
German
Conveniently situated in the heart of King’s Cross, German Gymnasium offers a stunning all-day Grand Café, a sophisticated first floor Restaurant, two bars and an outdoor terrace. Enjoy the Mittel-European inspired menu for breakfast lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, and late-night glamour at the chic Meister Bar.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 144 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    German, Contemporary European, Regional German
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 08:00–21:45 Sat 10:00–21:45 Sun 10:00–20:45
  • Phone number
    020 7287 8000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Alex Thiel
  • Area
    King's Cross
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    King's Cross and St. Pancras tube and train stations are both less than 1 minute's walking distance from German Gymnasium.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

    £30.00 per person

    10 Mar 2024 only
    We are offering Afternoon Tea on the first floor. Mother’s Day is all about spending quality time with your Mother figure. Located on the doorstep of Kings Cross Station, German Gymnasium is a great spot for families to gather from all around London. Share a three-tiered Afternoon Tea tray between two people, alongside unlimited tea and coffee for £60. Or, treat mum to a glass of Sekt for an additional £5 per person. Our Afternoon Tea menu is full German-style baked goods, including sweet and savoury miniatures like Salmon Roulade, Pickled Herring Tartar, Apple Strudel and Chocolate Gugelhupf.
    Mother's Day Afternoon Tea photo

What 1,762 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North London

    Good for business meals

  • North London

    Good for business meals

  • North London

    Most Booked

1,762 Reviews
  1. NicoleB

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, awesome drinks, fast service! I would recommend!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great as always, but the service was terrible. The waiter forgot our starters and when asked where they were attempted to say we hadnt ordered them. He tried this twice before eventually admitting he had simply forgotten to write them down. When we eventually received our starters I ordered a beer. It took at least 20 minutes to arrive and when it did it was the wrong beer (despite it being the second of the same variety). It took 10 minutes of trying to catch the waiter's eye before we could get our bill. And when we passed him on our way out he looked through us as if he'd never seen us before in his life. Overall, not the level you expect at that price level.

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  3. SamD

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a good evening. We were seated on the ground floor. Service was ok. All just very busy, could do with more staff as the team were very professional but had to deal with high turnover Food was great

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  4. DamianB

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location around King’s Cross station with lovely interior and exterior decor. Great service and fantastic atmosphere.

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  5. JuliaE

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Regular customer and as ever a very happy place to meet a friend for dinner, the Grand cafe is always busy and welcoming, lovely atmosphere and ambiance.

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  6. JessZ

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely building with great atmosphere. Food was disappointing and quite pricey. 13.50% service charge added. Pretty steep. Is that standard in London. I do hope it actually goes to the waiting staff. I would go back, but probably just for drinks/cakes. Not good value overall.

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  7. Anonymous

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Approximately half the main dishes on the menu were unavailable making it a very limited choice. Generally service was average (grumpy and disengaged staff, with one or two exceptions).
    German Gymnasium Grand CafeResponded 3 days ago
    Dear Guest, Thanks for rating your recent visit to the Gym. It's obvious we were unable to meet all your expectations, and we are very sorry. I can assure you we have taken your feedback very seriously and have shared it with our Executive chef and address with our waiting team. Thank you again for your time, and please accept our renewed apologies with the real hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back, at which time we will spare no efforts in exceeding your rightful expectations. Kind regards, Gaurav

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  8. davros

    Essex

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The last time I came to GG they’d removed the dish I wanted from the menu, which meant their menu had become very meat heavy. That was about a year ago, so I thought maybe I’d give them another try as I do like the ambiance and location is convenient - but it was a mistake. This time the dish I wanted wasn’t available. So I chose something else but that wasn’t available either. The waiter recommended another dish, I went for that but then unbelievably he came back to say that one had ran out too. So 3 dishes not available. Pretty rubbish for that to be the case in any restaurant. We were in a bit of a hurry, our table wasn’t ready when we arrived and even tho we mentioned we had an appointment after food was still quite slow to show. They gave us a discount to acknowledge the unsatisfactory situation but overall GG is not recommended

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  9. Maggie

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Superb service from waitress Monika. All staff very pleasant. My only complaint was that I booked a few weeks ago but ended up with a small table for four people next to the stairs and serving area - felt very cramped and like an add on table rather than one that had been booked in advance .

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  10. Carola

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic welcome, service and ambience. The main courses we requested were not available/substituted. But what we had instead was very good.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really liked the building. It is quite big and you don’t get that stuffy feeling in some of the smaller restaurants. We were on the top floor. Nice decoration. We tried the schnitzel and monkfish. Both were tasty. Tried one of the German wines which was good. I initially order cod, 5 mins later waiter arrived to tell me that they serve sardines instead. Weird, maybe they just run out cod after I ordered. My only complaint is: The waiters were insistent! we ordered some cocktails first and in 20 mins were asked 3 times if we wanted to order food. We had to ask if there is a limited timeframe for the reservations. They said no. I find it a bit rude to be honest. I wanted to say “Just let us to catchup first and we will order the bloody food!” Same with the wine. The waiter was filling up the glasses even before there were half. Leave us alone I wanted to shout. Overall, nice place but be ready to be annoyed by service crew.

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  12. RobP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, atmosphere and setting let down by very slow service. Orders turned up reasonably quickly once ordered, but staff were not what you'd call attentive. Not ideal if you're in a rush.

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  13. AllanB

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Rated 3/5 which is "good", not great. The Holstein Schnitzel was dry, the accompanying egg overcooked, and because of this the serving size was too large and felt like a burden. The Chicken Schnitzel on the other hand, was moist and served with tasty red cabbage. Very loud space but quietened down. Service was good to begin with, but was hard to find at the end of the meal.
    German Gymnasium Grand CafeResponded 3 days ago
    Dear AllenB, Thank you for your valuable feedback. I'm really sorry to hear you did not enjoy the Holstein Schnitzel. I will share your feedback with our Executive chef for his attention. Thank you again for your time, and please accept our renewed apologies with the real hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back, at which time we will spare no efforts in exceeding your rightful expectations. Kind regards, Gaurav

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  14. JoanneB

    Kent

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff and tasty food. Good sized portions

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  15. AlanC

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food in a buzzy atmosphere. We d booked a late table 9.30 and owing to train problems didn’t order until 9.50 but started to feel intense pressure to leave by about 10.40. Maybe thats normal but felt we were being rushed out- at that price point i d expect a minimum of 90mins to eat and probably 120. Would still return as like it but a slight mark against

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  16. ElaineS

    Cambridge

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent visit to the Grand Cafe. Food and service very good. Cocktails, beer and wine excellent.

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  17. DavidH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food, great staff and very nice location

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  18. BethG

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was patchy, food was only okay (strudel was made without proper strudel pastry!) and my grandfather was very ill after eating the cucumber side. They also don’t have calorie free menus. Nice lighting, good noise level, nice drinks etc though.

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  19. DavidG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good beer and if you commute using KX / St Pan it's the perfect location.

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  20. TOne

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxed atmosphere, waiter attentive, timely food delivery

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I used to like this restaurant, that’s why I brought here my friend. Food was really tasty, chicken really well cooked with braised red cabbage and a lovely mashed potato. Pork sausages was lovely as well. Our waitress was really attentive and helped us to choose the food, had a lot of patience with us because we were talking and never making a decision. We always had our glasses full of wine or water! The reason why I’m not giving 5 stars is because around 9.45pm ish a manager or head waiter (I’m not sure) came to us and asked us if we needed anything else in a very rude way. We felt he wanted us to leave. I understand at a certain point restaurants need to shut but you should first let guests know in a polite way, making last orders. We asked the bill trying to forget it, but the guy came with the bill and card machine at the same time. My friend was a bit shocked and started to check the bill (of course you want to see the bill to know what you’re paying for) and the guy looked at her like she was an alien and asked if “everything was ok” in a rude (again) and very sarcastic way. My friend chose to don’t make a big complaint to don’t spoil our night out, and I would like to highlight we paid the 13.5% service charge just for our waitress (which I thanks again). This guy needs to learn first how to make last orders, then to bring the bill and give a bit of time to let the customer to check. But this shouldn’t happen in a lovely restaurant like German Gymnasium, as it destroyed the whole experience.
    German Gymnasium Grand CafeResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you so much for taking time to share the review and I'm extremely sorry that we could not meet your expectations. I can assure you I have taken your feedback seriously and will address it to manager on duty. Thank you again for your time, and please accept our renewed apologies with the real hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back, at which time we will spare no efforts in exceeding your rightful expectations. Kind regards, Gaurav

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  22. WilliamN

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth a visit for the Steins, Schnitzel and Oompah music in the gents toilets. Oh, and the service.. 🍻

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  23. HChen

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Poor service. The waitress had difficulty in communicating and she came to ask if the table can be clear up several times before we really got finished. When we paid the bill, she treated us very rudely.
    German Gymnasium Grand CafeResponded 3 days ago
    Dear HChen, Thank you so much for taking time to share the review and I'm extremely sorry that we could not meet your expectations due to shortfalls in the service. I will share the feedback with the team so we can work on it. Thank you again for your time, and please accept our renewed apologies with the real hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back, at which time we will spare no efforts in exceeding your rightful expectations. Kind regards, Gaurav

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  24. Christof

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch and the menu was just right, nice choices and not too many or confusing.

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  25. GreggW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tucked snugly between Kings Cross St Pancras and Kings Cross International, German Gymnasium is a total find in the heart of London. Its spot-on location means it's a breeze to get to. But it's not just its handy location that makes this place a winner – it's the cool mix of architecture, decor, and downright delicious food that really seals the deal. On a recent visit, we arrived just as they were switching from the breakfast to lunch menu. The staff were great and super accommodating, allowing us to order from the breakfast menu. Once our food hit the table, we were seriously impressed. The presentation was on point, and every dish looked and tasted great! So yeah, if you're on the hunt for a top-notch dining spot in London, German Gymnasium is where it's at. Whether you're in it for the location, the vibes, or the food (or all three!), this place totally delivers.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Heading to the table on the top floor I slipped and fell onto my arm .. the floor is was slippery although I was told that there was nothing there they actually didn't check properly.. We were left 30 mins before having someone took our drink and order.. if you're in a hurry don't come here and be mindful of the flooring !! Food was adequate

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  27. ClaireK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, amazing cocktails and friendly service

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  28. Bonnie

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Food ok but overpriced. £27 for schnitzel then extra for chips. Topped with a 13.5% service charge

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  29. JohnB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever, excellent service, range and quality of food. Wonderful central location. Highly recommended.

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  30. Helen

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very enjoyable brunch at the German Gymnasium Grand Cafe on Saturday. We had booked online and I had added that it was my son's birthday. After the food a sorbet with a little candle arrived on a plate with beautiful lettering - Happy Birthday in chocolate! The food was excellent although I would have liked more obvious German influences - Brötchen, perhaps instead of toast. But it was all of good quality and the service was excellent too.

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  31. AleksK

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Waited for ages to get our beers after ordering. Food and beer feel overvalued, but at least the beer quality was great. Food hasnt impressed.

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  32. lindaL

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We took our teenage grandson out to lunch yesterday at the German Gymnasium. We all really enjoyed the experience --very good food and atmosphere.

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  33. DavidA

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visitor! My wife and i really enjoyed the food and great service which all made for an exceptional night.

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  34. James

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were sat on a table where everyone was walking past to go to the toilet with not enough room. At one point someone knocked in to me and I spilt my wine on myself. Was disappointing when I asked to move table the lady was dismissive of my request. We were sat 25mins late to our table. Food was fairly average and not good value for the quality. Overall, the ambience was fine but was I disappointed with the lack of service. Toilets had no toilet paper in and there was sick everywhere.

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  35. Kathy

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was terrible. We ordered cranberry juice with no ice and received apple juice with ice. We ordered one bottle of still water and other drinks , the guy who took our order brought two bottles. I made very clear I only ordered one and he said he assumed that being five persons we need two bottles. I asked him to take one bottle back. We had to wait 40 min for bread and olives to come. The food wasn’t so tasty as used to be. The wiener snitzel was a bit oily and too hard to cut. The potatoes salad too dry and tasteless. We usually go for desserts but because we waited so long for food to arrive we didn’t want to risk waiting another half an hour for a dessert to arrive. We didn’t had a good experience, had to deal with a very rude Waitrose who seems to be bored of his role and work. Very dissatisfied. We won’t return for sure

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  36. Alison

    Cumbria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The venue is very nice, the staff efficient and pleasant, the toilets clean. Unfortunately, it was very noisy and the tables were too close to each other. However, what really let it down was the fact that our food was lukewarm and the portion of zucchini schnitzel was not value for money at all.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Inside it’s really nice but the service and the food are laughable will not be returning

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice wait staff, good food and nice setting. We enjoyed it!

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  39. theMadBatter

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited GG several times over the years either side of Covid. The service and food are both dependable, the atmosphere busy, and the pricing of both food and wine is realistic. Of course there are better restaurants and preferences are personal, but if you like the type of food that is on the menu and you're not looking for whispered conversation, then you really can't go wrong. We'll be back, obviously.

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  40. EasyWinder

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice evening, great food, great service all round great

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FAQs

German Gymnasium Grand Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Supper London.

German Gymnasium Grand Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 1762 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 144 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

1 Kings Boulevard, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4BU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    King's Cross
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 08:00–21:45 Sat 10:00–21:45 Sun 10:00–20:45
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    German, Contemporary European, Regional German
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    King's Cross and St. Pancras tube and train stations are both less than 1 minute's walking distance from German Gymnasium.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Alex Thiel
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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