German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.4
572 reviews
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£26 to £40
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German
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • 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.

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: 28 March 2019

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

What 572 People Are Saying
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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
13 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
23 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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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
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great attentive and appropriate level of service

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TA
London
1 review
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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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Kept waiting for 15 minutes. Mains arrived but aides took a while.

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AL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

i have booked via open table, received a confirmation email, they called me 2 days before to confirm and still when I arrived they said they did not get my booking and that opentable did a mistake and the lady at the reception was very rude and not polite! will never go back again. Please make sure your staff is nice to client!!!!

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L
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for four uni friends to reunite. The mock tails in dry jan were ace and food delicious.

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B
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Breakfast. Great twist on usual breakfast. Fab setting.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The veal was v tough and had to leave it
The waitress asked if all was ok and explained
We got a free coffee but had to pay c £50 for the bad veal
My client was not impressed

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am half German and the food is legit. Service was super friendly and attentive. I will return.

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M
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good quality and excellent service. The venue is outstanding. The portions were a bit tiny but overall it was a nice experience.

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Good food but small portions and over priced

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LM
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lunch was brilliant, everything I needed to meet a client in the area.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience, great food. Attentive service and a lovely surprise at the end for my birthday!!

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

Good food and service

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HV
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, with good food and service

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Period building provides nice ambiance. We got there for a late lunch one day after Christmas. Maybe they were short staffed, however service was slow and brusque.

Food was ok, not worth the price. Burger we ordered, even though they took into account the allergy requirementsq, when it arrived had no sauce. As they thought sauce may have allergens, but would have been good to mention that before taking order so it could be changed. In essence it was a dry patty between burger buns ( admittedly the diner asked to remove onions and bacon form burger). Steak was ok, you can get better at many other London steak houses at similar price. Prawns were fine, again not worth the price.

They need to improve food quality at least. The dismissive service could be a consequence of Christmas staffing ( hopefully a one off).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Xmas day absolutely no atmosphere had to ask them to change the music. Very patronising manager. Goose was good rest of the meal very average.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall I enjoyed the experience.The staff were very polite ,welcoming and attentive.
My codling guojons were rather over cooked but the chips were lovely.
The restaurant is very convenient for Kings Cross Station.
Would go there again.

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s
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good place lovely menu the food was really good. I had a vegetarian mushroom knocci dish. The service was very good and accommodating

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SS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked at table for 6 people at 7pm and we got the best table in the house right in the middle of the Grand Cafe. We had a lovely, helpful waiter who was with us all evening making sure we were happy and our drinks topped up! Despite being told we only had the table for 2.5 hours we were not rushed at all. In fact we were lucky and were able to see stay at our table till 11pm. The food and cocktails were all top notch and it came to £60 per person which we all thought was excellent value for such a special night out. Will definitely return soon.

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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service.

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place to get a yummy and different kind of food. Staff very friendly and location is fantastic!

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WM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I have been to GG a few times on dates, seated up stairs with great service. However on this occasion I brought my mother and new boyfriend where we were giving what seemed to be a last minute throw together table next to the stairs on the ground floor.

Whilst waiting for our table the receptionist suggested for us to grab a drink at the bar. This quite frankly was a joke, people are seated around the whole bar and you have to order inbetween couples interupting their conversations. Not only that but I was rudely asked to move around the other side of the bar to be served.

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Y
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was fine... when it arrived. we waited over an hour they forgot to put our order through, then to compensate brought us two thin slices of stollen between three at the end.

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V
London
21 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I first discovered German Gymnasium last year, and loved my dinner in the upstairs restaurant. I wanted to try the grand cafe, as it is a bit more casual. We were sat quite close to the door, and it was quite cold everytime the door opened, so in winter ask for a table at the far end! The food was lovely, although to be honest, I prefer the upstairs menu and think it’s woryh the tiny bit mor ether charge.
Service was attentive, and we were not rushed out when we had paid, and could finish our drinks in peace whilst waiting for trains, etc.

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d
London
46 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for w catch up with friends. It’s a great location with the service excellent. The food is also great.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was beyond slow and food was disappointing- what a missed opportunity for such an amazing venue - truly stunning

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E
London
125 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I always love the Christmas nutcracker
theme at this time of year. Was there for breakfast and the German power breakfast had meatloaf, rosti and sauerkraut making it the perfect fuel for the day. Although it came looking like a big Mac, the combination blended perfectly with the mild mustard. Fresh orange juice was sweet and service was attentive. This is my go to place when travelling from Kings Cross and I get there deliberately early to ensure I have time to visit the German Gymnasium.

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