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German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

4.3
4.3
910 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7287 8000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bjoern Wassmuth

  • Neighborhood

    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. A large number of buses 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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Set Menu | Two/Three Courses £30/£35

    £30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy two courses for £30 or three courses for £35 as part of our weekday Set Menu. Available Monday to Friday from 11.30am - 5.30pm (last seating.)

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What 910 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • North London

    Hot Spot

  • North London

    Great for Lunch

  • North London

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SM

    SusanM

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place. Always friendly and the food is delicious.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were greeted by a very sour hostess however our waiter was a lovely and polite chap Our beers were not that cold even though it was a hot day and we sat outside, we did point that out and the second round of beers came yet again at the same disappointing temperature unfortunately, however the wine was freezing cold The schnitzels were a bit too oily also and looked a bit tired , not really impressed but the chips were delicious Everything was a bit hit and miss Overall I’d say great location however the food and service were mediocre at best!
  3. JK

    JanineK

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and food was amazing!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loving the new plant based menu, long overdue. Seems a little over priced, but that’s the German Gymnasium for you.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The service was great and staff were friendly. Great team! The breakfast food was disappointing unfortunately. The food didn’t taste bad - however, it was middle of the road so didn’t feel it was value for money.
  6. B

    Bess

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Waited an hour to get first order of drinks. Food also delayed. Once we had finished we were then rushed to pay and leave. The food was not worth the wait
  7. J

    Jtjt

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, lovely menu and delicious food!
  8. F

    Foodie

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Buzy atmosphere
  9. JH

    JanH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good stuff…pleasant environment and good food good alround
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service wasn’t great. We had to chase our wine as it took fifteen minutes. Then ask for menus after we sat at our table for ten minutes. The sausage starter was overpriced and what’s the point of asking on the booking if it’s an occasion being told it’s an 81st birthday then not even acknowledging it? Prawns were amazing though.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent setting, sat outside in beautiful weather on a Friday afternoon! What more you you want/need?
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great atmosphere and ambience, beautiful building. Good service, love the Vienna schnitzel. Helpful Sommelier. Third time eating here will definitely return.
  13. MG

    MaurizioG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a smart environment. Beautifully starched tablecloths and napkins. Very well organised staff who were attentive but not intrusive
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Unfortunately I have had many good experiences with GG over the years (professionally and personally) but this evening was a joke - I was embarrassed to take my friends there. 35 mins waiting time for a drink - “because it came from downstairs”, average food with no sides - that were then ordered and not delivered with the mains, 13.5% service charge for the worst service…all round bang average. This used to be a beer hall with food, then became a restaurant with good food, now it is neither. Maybe an off day but genuinely disappointing.
  15. SA

    SAH1

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great venue. Portions are large. Main chicken course was too salty.
  16. O

    Olive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service started out ok, we ordered drinks and mains which didn't take a noticeable length of time, but there after it went downhill. We were sat there for ages trying to ask to see the dessert menu, finally got it but then no one came to take our order. Then a guy (who hadn't been serving us) came to the table to say and rudely announced we needed to leave because we had gone over our allotted time slot. I explained that I understood that however in that allotted time slot we had only been served one course and had been waiting for ages to order dessert. After a bit of back and forth he walked away leaving us unaware if we needed to leave or not, they hadn't brought over the bill or anything..? Sometime later our original server came and took our dessert order, i said we were told we needed to leave but hadn't had our bill, but she said it was fine to order food. When dessert came one of the orders was wrong, so again we waited ages. Also at this point we had only had one bottle of wine between 5 of us. We would have easily had 3 but we didn't have an opportunity to ask. I managed to ask for some more water, 1 bottle between 5 doesn't stretch that far. I have never experienced being so desperate for some form of hydration in a restaurant, it was unbelievable. When we ordered desserts we had asked for the bill because we knew it would take a while. After dessert we asked again, twice. It finally came with a 13.5% service charge added, i get that this is standard, but with service as poor as this, no way was i paying that. We had to leave quick so that we could go somewhere else and actually get served a drink sometime within the hour. Overall the food and ambience was good, but such poor service just leaves a nasty taste in your mouth.
  17. AM

    AlanM

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Another lovely lunch experience at one of our favourite lunch venues. As always, the food was well cooked and presented. Whilst I enjoyed my grilled chicken breast, I didn’t enjoy the seasonal greens as much as the previous accompaniment but this is purely a personal preference. As mentioned in a previous review, I think the wine list is overpriced and this distorts the value of the experience, however, I have no qualms about choice or quality. The service was excellent and my welcome from Deborah was genuinely warm and charming. The server at our table was exceptional in her manner and efficiency. She was polite, friendly and helpful. We dined outside, which was very pleasant but marred slightly by the extraneous music from the nearby, ‘tinny’ sounding speakers. Overall, the restaurant delivers very good quality with some excellent features and all of my gripes are minor but I hope valid and helpful.
  18. LM

    LondonMum

    London

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Who knew German food could be so good? OK, it's a predictable comment, but also true. We started with seafood — half a dozen oysters and shrimp cocktail. Both were excellent, though hard to get wrong so long as the seafood is fresh. The mains menu is a sea of sausage, so when in the German Gymnasium... My Welsh friend had curry wurst (naturally) and I went for the smoked and grilled cheese pork sausage. Both were banging. There is, of course, the mandatory Vienna schnitzel (and a chicken one if you don't eat veal), but the menu is quirky. There's an entire menu of white asapragus, for instance (with meat as a supplement if you wish). The location is brilliant, just a stone's throw from King's Cross St Pancras, and the restaurant is light, bright and spacious. Probably not to everyone's taste, but we'll be back.
  19. MR

    MarkR

    Aberdeen

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The maitre d was superb.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Some of the food was excellent and some was just mediocre. It was a bit hit and miss.
  21. L

    Libby5

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Fab location and lovely layout, we were this time sat in the middle of the walk way and it was very noisy so not really good location to catch up and chat. food was ok this time just medico- but for the price i do expect a bit more.. Staff we nice albeit rushed of their feet. 2 waiters collided with each other- neither looking where they were going and a big tray of glasses went flying- no apologies for the glass that was strewn all around- it was a pretty terrifying experience to witness and no apology! bad show to be fair!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Great atmosphere Overpriced food
  23. NP

    NigelP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasty food!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    Great service.
  25. AW

    AmyW

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good cocktails and good food. I’d go back again. :-)
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early dinner - amazing as always. Brilliant and friendly staff.
  27. SI

    SevaI

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was really not good for this price, o had steak tartar and there were huge pieces of raw meat, some were ok but some were really big and it wasn’t possible to eat normally. the schnitzel was dry. Also I wrote when booked that we will be with little baby, and I hoped that our table will be in that area where we will not disturb anyone and it will also be a little quieter (for example, by the window), but we were sitting at the entrance, the restaurant workers touched the stroller every time they tried to squeeze through and there was a noisy company next to us. well, and another small minus, I wrote that the reason is a birthday, but no one asked about it.
  28. k

    kate2012

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, I had the pork knuckle which was delicious.
  29. RB

    RossB

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I thought this was more of a German beer hall and was pleasantly surprised; good atmosphere and architecture to dine in. We had a sprightly Irish waitress who was attentive and knew her stuff. Enjoyed the traditional food and wine, but the chocolate praline mousse was disappointingly ordinary, whereas the strudel was fantastic. Good location too and I’ll be back
  30. A

    Alfred

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Tables are very close together so very noisy. Very helpful staff. Lovely champagne. Stewed coffee.
  31. RR

    RR1980

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Firstly the setting and venue is stunning. It’s hot history and very well designed. We overall had a fantastic experience and we must say a massive thank you to our waitress Maria who really made a special effort and was a delight!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I was charged twice for something I ordered to share. It came double but was not pointed out although it was clear we wanted to share this portion. It is not fair.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and value for money
  34. VD

    VictoriaDiner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Nice food. Vastly overpriced for sausage and chips!
  35. HN

    HollyN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely food but please note there is no lift serving upstairs seating. We had to wait for another table to be found downstairs as the upstairs wasn't accessible. This table felt like it had been squashed in at the last minute.
  36. G

    Gary

    London

    35 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very poor experience. Waited at our table only to be asked by our server if we had been served! Ordered wine and water, had to remind server that it hadn’t arrived after 20 mins of waiting. Had to ask to order our food. After 25 mins a warm bottle of £85 wine arrived. Servers struggling with a full complement of covers We left.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent evening. Presented with a small happy birthday dessert. Great cocktails. Great service
  38. TN

    TimN

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Apart from a grumpy lady serving it was a good night. The other young lady was a lovely character so overall a good experience
  39. v

    victorias

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good friendly service. Nice food good atmosphere Would go again
  40. J

    Jennifer

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Good for a quick after work catch up / quick dinner near station. Quite pricey for what it is

FAQs

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

German Gymnasium Grand Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 910 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Deliveroo
  • Logo image for Supper
Google Map for German Gymnasium Grand Cafe

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    King's Cross

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, Contemporary European

  • 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. A large number of buses stop within walking distance of the restaurant. In addition, a black cab rank is located by the side of the restaurant entrance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bjoern Wassmuth

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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