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Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD, England
+44 (0)20 8299 8717
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Stopped for late morning weekday coffee with friends before picture exhibition. Drinks good, but service very slow despite low numbers of customers. Some staff oblivious to customers, others rather grumpy.

2 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Yogamad76
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Stopped for late morning weekday coffee with friends before picture exhibition. Drinks good, but service very slow despite low numbers of customers. Some staff oblivious to customers, others rather grumpy.

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Burgess Hill
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37 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We came for breakfast on a Sunday morning before visiting the gallery (the cafe opens at 10am on Sundays, but the gallery opens at 11). Very good coffee, excellent eggs florentine and danish pastry between us, good service and a very nice view over the gallery grounds. We sat indoors, but there are also plenty of tables outside. A very... More 

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London
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Four of us visited the cafe at 4 pm on Easter Monday. We were told that there were no cakes available, but we had scones. We ordered tea for two, and two coffees. The scones eventually turned up but without drinks. We then waited 30 minutes to get these. The supervisor told us that that they had run out of... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Very busy cafe attached to picture gallery - delicious coffee but quite a few items on morning menu were unavailable and the service seemed a little disorganised but was friendly enough

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france
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Excellent food, original recipes, beautifully presented. I had the Serrano ham and smoked mozzarella arancini with aioli and for dessert the Warm apple & blackberries crumble with vanilla ice cream. Absolutely 5-star. only faults of the restaurant are: 1) that there is no double-entry door so the cold air kept coming inside 2) the terrible state of the staffs' shoes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I have taken my elderly parents here several times recently and haven't been disappointed. The food is exceptional and beautifully presented as is the coffee. The setting is beautiful in the idilic picture gallery grounds which is a lovely place to visit especially if you have a young family. The staff here are wonderful and very tolerant to dietry requirements... More 

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ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear K Fielding We're thrilled with your review and couldn't ask for more. Thanks so much! More 

Fairford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Stopped by on the off chance Sunday just gone and had a lovely lunch. Salmon gravalax was superb one of the best I've ever tasted, then had the frittata for my main course which was equally good. Staff were very friendly even though we could see it was really very busy and they were under some pressure. Highly reccomended.

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ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Emylouc Thanks so much for your review, much appreciated. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to the Cafe and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

What kind of place does not have a visible outside or by its entrance for all to read before entering? The Maitre'D, or someone masquerading as one (yes, it pretends to be one of those sort of places) insists that one of the staff has to show you to your table before you are allowed to inspect the menu, and... More 

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ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your constructive review. I apologise for the lack of a menu in the external display cabinet; at the time of your visit we were displaying information regarding the exhibition however the menu has now been reinstated. Our cafe at Dulwich Picture Gallery can get very busy so we show customers to the tables in order to accommodate... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You can expect to spend around £7+ for coffee and cake but good coffee and nice selection of homemade cakes so that's fine. However, the lunch is very poor value for money. I had a lighter meal, Gravadlax; four ultra thin slices or salmon with similarly served pickled cucumber. Was ok, not special or worthy of the £7.95 spent. I... More 

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ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Karen Thank you for taking the time to review the Cafe at Dulwich Picture Gallery. I'm sorry that you felt the lunch menu didn't offer value for money. Our team at Dulwich have reviewed this and have made changes to the spring and summer menu which have taken on board your comments. I do hope you will return; please... More 

Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited the Emily Carr retrospective at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and stopped at the cafe for tea and cakes. The cafe was clean. It was staffed by bright young people. The tea was loose leaf and the cakes creamy. Why only 4 stars? The had run out of scones at 4pm! A very pleasant and relaxed venue for a... More 

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ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for our 4 stars. If only we hadn't run out of scones..... In our defence they're baked fresh every day and without wishing to sound flippant 'when they're gone they're gone' - however Chef will now be baking a larger batch! Thanks again More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)20 8299 8717
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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