German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.4
600 reviews
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£26 to £40
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German
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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.
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H
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Impressive inaidr

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CW
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Food was nothing special. No particular ambience on main floor. Maybe better upstairs? Service was lovely however. Feels like the restaurant does not mind if people don’t return as others are queuing out the door.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fabulous place, the service & food were excellent & I can’t wait to go back soon!

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L
London
22 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday meal with friends. The food was absolutely amazing - better than usual.
Drinks in the bar was the perfect end to the evening.

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DJ
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here, great food, great atmosphere, service always good even if they are mega busy. Look forward to my next visit

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday afternoon

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IG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always try to dine here on my trips to London, but it is very hard to get in. I wish they would expand the upstairs to accommodate the same menu as downstairs. It would make it much easier for me when I entertain clients. The food in the cafe is excellent and the beer is the best. It’s always hard to choose between the schnitzel and bratwurst. Get the white asparagus if it’s in season.

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HV
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here lots of times now and always enjoy the experience. Food and service is great, good location and great atmosphere.

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Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our server was so kind.

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were very helpful, checking bags and providing wine recommendations. My meal (Schupfnudel) was the most delicious (the others in our group had chicken and soup), but all were tasty, well-presented and reasonable portion sizes. Tasty cocktails (both alcoholic and non) and wine too.

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p
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a great breakfast here with my Bavarian friend. We went for the German breakfast and it was spot on.

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JF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Everything was just OK. Nothing special as the article touted! The Easter eggs still hanging on the tree were pitiful. No flowers, no beauty!

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We were so disappointed with our experience here - we booked for a special occasion, 7 of us, having heard great things about the place.

The waiter was sweet but the service was poor; only half our starters arrived initially, we had to wave to get his attention for anything during the meal, perhaps he was new or covering a larger area than usual?

The food was average which was disappointing, particularly in light of the cost. I don’t know if our poor experience was due to it being a bank holiday, perhaps the usual staffing levels weren’t present?

The beautiful building and decor was the only aspect of our visit to wow us unfortunately.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the feel of the place, however food needs a bit of German supervision, too fried and oiliness for some of the mains dishes.

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e
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time for my partner’s birthday. Great service, very nice food and a lovely birthday surprise for him. Thank you!

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PB
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great value food, sat on terrace which was lovely. Staff v helpful.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I went to the Gymnasium purely out of nostalgia and it did not disappoint. The food is an excellent representation of German cuisine und der Linsen Suppe besondres lekke, very tasty indeed.

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T
London
20 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great venue, great food and good service. Just don't get a table near the waiter station by the bar as the team are unable to stack dirty plates and cutlery without making a racket.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a great setting. The service was great too.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice setting and good service

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London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely host — no rush to turn the table and delicious food!

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SM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

German Gymnasium provides a great setting for a family meal, couples meal or drinks. The food on the menu is what you would expect - tasty German cuisine. The staff could do with being a little more attentive, but all in all we enjoyed ourselves and would recommend it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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E
London
129 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for brunch before getting our train and so were on a schedule. Service was good although my order was incorrect. The brunch menu is varied and had some vegetarian options. Eggs florentine was to a high standard. Fresh orange juice never fails to deliver and service was brisk. All in all, we were in and out in just over an hour so all good.

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d
Edinburgh
145 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service from some staff a little frosty, verging on snooty, but beer and food are authentic. Pity there’s so little German wine on the list, and what there is is overpriced.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was alright, however the service was one of the best we came across thanks to a lovely Polish waitress, who really tried to accomodate us with everything, which is something that you don’t find often in hospitality anymore, even in the best places.

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HK
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not as fab as I had hoped but still a great meeting place and the food is good.

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Fab vibe. Great bar. Sensational Schnitzel - good value for the sort of restaurant. Amazing servers and service.

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TJ
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, buzzy but not too loud. Went with friends. Wine list interesting, not seen so many Eastern European wines on offer. I hadn’t been before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect so was delighted by it.

Service was good if anything a little overly attentive. At the end of the meal I asked the waiter if the management took a share of the service charge and was told yes. When I asked to do what I normally do - not pay the service on my card but leave it on the table - the waiter asked me not to as it would be likely to get him reprimanded for poor service.

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LV
London
24 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every way! X

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyable evening, fantastic atmosphere, and delicious deserts!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had booked this several weeks ago for an important business meeting for 4. I asked for a special table and something unique , my 4 turned into 5 and I was then moved to a terrible table, they were not accommodating and were fine with me leaving and taking my business elsewhere. . Even worse. When I wanted to see what my table of 4 was going to look like it was a basic table. Why would i waste my time requesting a special table only to not be given it.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The quality of the bread needs improving , very dry
Desserts enjoyable! Texture and consistency correct to what was been served .

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great attentive and appropriate level of service

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TA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, would highly recommend it for good food and good service and great ambience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and setting

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been on the Ground floor and it was EXTREMELY noisy and busy.... people were constantly passing by our table.
The food and drinks though were amazing!!!

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top germanic brunch action. If you love meat, eggs and cream then get your face into this place immediately. Also, the ice cream to finish was whip sharp and wild. Fine work Germany, all is forgiven.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The one thing that did spoil the evening was one of your customers sitting by the bar love the sound of his own laughter.
When it came to our turn to eat we were offered a table near the bar which we refused, eventually were given a table near the front door but we could still hear him. We couldn’t understand why your staff couldn’t have a quiet word with him to keep it down I’m sure we were not the only people really fed up of hearing him.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I do like this place however it is very busy and quite noisy. The food whilst lovely is overpriced. £24 for Schnitzel and sauce and chips are extra at £5. So £30 for a main with no veg....

That said high quality and tasty food.

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