The Garden Cafe

4.4
198 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual

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About

The Garden Café offers a daily menu consisting of fresh and seasonal food, and a focus on simple ingredients.

Chefs Harry Kaufman and George Ryle welcome people to enjoy a long and relaxed lunch, both to visitors to the museum, and to curious passers by.
Please note that whilst we welcome customer requests, we cannot guarantee to offer all customers window seats.
We allow 90 mins at tables for lunch and 2 hours for tables at dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Lunch served 12-3pm
Dinners Tuesday and Friday from 6pm.

Please be advised we only accept bookings for lunch.
Tea/coffee and cakes are available outside of the hours of 12-3
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Phone number
020 3640 9322
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Harry Kaufman, George Ryle
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Additional
Beer, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m a big fan of the Garden Museum cafe in its current incarnation. It’s a little bit whimsical, the service is always charming, although occasionally not particularly attentive, but the short menu always has really well cooked, often unusual dishes. Definitely recommended.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it - thank you so much for creating a beautiful addition to London's riverside.

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Smart venue and good staff. Ideal in spring, summer if a little austere in winter.

Menu creative and tasty

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c
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My third visit and I was not disappointed, even though the choice for non-dairy eaters was limited. But the chef was very willing to be creative. Service very friendly and helpful. The batter on the whiting was crisp and thin, and the venison chops huge and tender.

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B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was made with unusual ingredients, tasted delicious and was beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were friendly, efficient and pleasant and made the lunch a real pleasure. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, although booking is essential.

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LO
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic lunch, lovely and unusual food combinations with attentive and charming service. A small and delicious selection of wines. This is a little off the beaten track and all the better for it! Great ambience and very scenic - I would totally recommend the Garden Cafe.

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely recommend! It’s great in terms of lovey seasonal food, friendly professional service (tables cleaned in between courses), ambience- great modern architecture combined with historic building.

5 stars - I’m now a regular, especially as I live close by.

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent three-course dinner after an evening talk. With a glass of a decent wine the bill came to just over £40 which I thought very reasonable value. The food and service were really good by a dedicated team. I will be going back again.

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N
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read a review in the WASHNGTON POST of this resturant and wanted to try it. Food absolutely delicious! As it's out of the way, I never would have "run into it." So I am pleased I planned ahead.

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came for a lunch for two and was so impressed with everything that this restaurant had to offer. SImple dishes that were delicious! Also being able to have a carafe of wine rather than the whole bottle was great for lunch. Will definitely be back

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L
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had an enjoyable Sunday lunch at the restaurant. The setting was lovely. The starters and main courses were very good. The only let down was the dessert, the Paris Brest pastry was a bit dry. Happy to return for a meal.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a find. Excellent lunch, great menu, lovely ambience. Will certainly return.

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

We enjoyed our meals in the very pleasant setting. I had the partridge, tasty but lacked some green vegetable and potato. Also only just warm, the plate needed to be hot. My son had plaice, again delicious but would have benefited from some starch accompaniment.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Super meal and setting, as always. The dishes are always exciting and seasonal. Good for sharing, if desired.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely spot for lunch in modern open space. Highly recommend.

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great, much attention to detail and interesting, seasonal dishes. Also very nice that the staff are so knowledgable and obviously interested in the food and wine. The glass box means it's light in the day-time, close to the road on one side but you really don't hear it, the other side a garden with some impressive monuments.

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EH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited the Garden Cafe as part of our visit to the Garden Museum (St Marys Church) to celebrate the fact that we had got married in that church 50 years ago that week.
The staff could not of been more helpful and attentive. The food was exceptionally good and the fact that the Chef provided us with ' deserts on the house' when they knew why we were there made the day more special.
We now live in West Dorset so that means we do not travel to London often but in future when we do we will certainly visit the Garden Cafe again.

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here in evening recently (only had a good lunch before) and was not disappointed. Every course was extremely good (starter, Main and dessert) and with a glass of Montepulciano only £38 - I think extremely good value for this quality of food and service.

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JB
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Dined here ahead of a talk at the Garden Museum. Restaurant opens at 6pm with talk starting at 7pm so it is a bit rushed. Ideally, the restaurant needs to open at say 5.30. You can't enter the building until 6pm so we all waited outside - fortunately the weather was dry.

The menu contains a limited number of choices which is good because you know that the food is freshly prepared. The food itself is very good; portion sizes are small/medium - again fine with me (although some may wish for larger portions).

Wine is available by the glass, carafe and bottle.

Setting is lovely, overlooking the gardens.

Restaurant is open for dinner on Tuesdays and Fridays only.

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g
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

An enchanting, light filled space ideal for a relaxing lunch after a visit to the Garden Museum esp when the weather is sunny. Food was delicious though some of our party found the mains a little on the small side and could have done with at least one carbs offering. Puddings by contrast are generously portioned... and yum.

We arrived at peak lunch so service was a bit slow and patchy though the very endearing and amusing head waiter more than made up for this.

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LE
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Although the chef did offer to prepare a vegan meal there was no vegan option and no vegan cakes. This is London!

Food nice but overpriced - a plate of beetroot was basically £14

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely, good food and staff amazing but quite pricey.

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CK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A calm spot for lunch in a modern setting with greenery nearby, a small but perfectly formed menu and a good range of wines.

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BW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to have a business lunch or a quiet place to share a cup of tea and catch up with a friend! Food is delicious and service is friendly and efficient. The adjacent museum is interesting too!

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U
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at the Garden Cafe but will definitely be returning. The food was very good indeed, seasonal and unusual. Portions were good and we did manage to have three courses which we didn't really want but were tempted to have.
Nice and quiet so we could talk without shouting over loud music. Were didn't get rushed ordering but got our drinks straight away and a lovely gap between courses. A thoroughly lovely lunch.

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PJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very pricy . Nice building but not worth it for the food.

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always, lovely staff. We ate a homemade pasta dish and a fish dish - both excellent. Often go for the best bacon sarnies for breakfast also

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, casual yet refined. Especially impressed by the attentive and friendly staff!

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the unusual menu, with most meals not what you'd find at a straightforward English restuarant. The food was lovely.

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

Very nice food -fresh and interesting dishes and taste combinations.
Good range of wines at a reasonable price.
Friendly and helpful staff .
Quiet and calm ambiance but welcoming.

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DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The unusual menu seems to change daily. We chose a main course and a dessert. The food was beautifully presented and very tasty. Perhaps a little pricey for some. Service was very good, our table was ready for us on arrival. If visiting the Garden Museum it’s an excellent stop for lunch. Would definitely recommend and will return at some point.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We try to meet friends there for lunch as it has never failed to be enjoyable.

The food is unusual and interesting and the service pleasant. The outlook, especially onto the inner courtyard is lovely

I took a friend who is a better judge of such things than I am and she was agreeably impressed.

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic food - the best sardines my mum or I had ever tasted (including on the Atlantic coast!). Good ambience. A real find in the middle of London. Worth the walk. Great museum too!

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Generally find they have really interesting food combinations, I had the bean, courgette and ricotta/pesto dish and will be trying to recreate at home. Salad option was a bit ho-hum.

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E
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Didn't enjoy it at all wouldn't recommend it to anyone didn't enjoy my experience maybe I'll give it another go

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j
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location lovely staff and good service. Good food but overpriced as portions quite small I felt hungry after despite 3 courses. Good to have a limited menu as often hard to choose but mains were expensive even by London standards.

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b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service and food, however quite pricey for what you get.

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MR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in gorgeous calm oasis. Had rather long wait between courses and afew dishes could have been presented better, but the taste was sensational. Will definately be going back.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal with friends. There was a good choice of food. Good place to meet and close to Newport Street gallery. On bus route to Vauxhall underground. Can happily recommend to friends and family.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really well executed dishes, confident service, beautiful room. A quality act

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