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Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe

Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD, England
+44 (0)20 8299 8717
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Ranked #10,234 of 17,006 restaurants in London
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Most recent review
- Jul 10, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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40% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I like this restaurant . A friend and I regularly visit the restaurant prior to visiting the gallery.I have always found the food good, excellent service and the restaurant is light and fresh. However, recently the banquette has been moed away from the wall and the aspect when takeing tea has not been so good. I cannot see any reason... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Mediocre service, overpriced pretentious menu and bare-faced profiteering. Visitors to the gallery would be best advised to ignore this restaurant with it inflexible rules designed to earn its greedy owners maximum profit and visit nearby Gail's where the service and variety could not be more different. As a Friend of the Gallery, it's time to evaluate how damaging to the... More

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Dulwich Picture Gallery’s restaurant’s objectives are to provide refreshments for the many visitors who view the paintings and to charge slightly higher prices than the market rate in order to provide modest funds towards the running costs of this remarkable gallery. The restaurant is famous for its afternoon teas which are deemed to be amongst London’s top ten. It... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were a group of 3 and not particularly hungry but we had a cake each and 3 different teas. The coffee cake was probably the best I have ever tasted, the carrot cake was excellent. My townie was good, the vanilla ice-cream that came with it was wonderful and our 3 teas were great. The other food that we... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We shared a vegetarian mixed plate to start, one excellent Smoked haddock gratin, one excellent lamb salad, one glass wine and a soft drink..... Good value at just over £40 incl service. Busy but service OK. I suspect mixed reviews reflect a very busy spot.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I am a frequent and long standing visitor to the Cafe as I am a friend of the gallery . Sometimes I bring friends and family but also, frequently visit the cafe on my own. Today I was made to feel very much surplus to requirements. First in line for the next available table, I was overlooked twice in favour... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This is a great location, but to be honest I think they could do a lot better. Average food, not substantial. Very small portions. Poor choice. Average service.

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88 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We enjoyed the café - food, ambience and service. The menu was varied, providing for light meals or something a little more substantial. The cakes on view were splendid, the coffee fairly good and the tea very nice indeed (including a pot that did not drip! and a strainer).

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Having visited the Gallery in December, I became aware of the Cafe and decided to return to try it out today. The staff were extremely friendly and provided an efficient service so I was surprised to find so many negative comments about the service online. They were clearly well acquainted with regular customers and ushered to help those with prams.... More

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London, England
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

They open before the Gallery does, which is good, but the staff were still half-asleep. I didn't like the coffee and the croissant was generic-poor. West end prices, inattentive staff but a service charge is added. Until they improve, take your own and sit in the gardens, instead!

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