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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Coffee

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Adrian C
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Reviewer
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

Royal Berkshire
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Did not intend to stop here because of recent reviews but we had good tea(leaf in a pot), cafetiere coffee and reasonable cakes here this morning prior to our gallery visit. Staff were pleasant but possible need a bit more training to cope with busy periods more efficiently.

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

Thank you for paying us a visit and for your positive review. Delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tea, coffee and cakes. Tom our General Manager is aware of your feedback regarding training and has acted upon this. More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
219 reviews 219 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The cafe is located right in the grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery with views of the grounds. Menu is small but interesting arancini delicious! Helpful staff and a good waiting system for drop ins. Quite pricey but a good place to combine with a tour of the Gallery.lovely in the summer as it has outside seating

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

Dear Imogen Thanks for your review, great to hear how much you enjoyed the Cafe at Dulwich Picture Gallery and your positive feedback about our queuing system. The warmer weather's (almost) here so we'll see you on the terrace soon! More 

London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

arrived at the café just after 11.30 wanting nothing more than a coffee. Ten minutes later order taken. Waiters now setting tables for lunch and busy seating customers. Coffee machine now extinct due to wine opening needs. We left 30 minutes after arriving, without a hot drink on a very cold morning.

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

Dear PamMHall So sorry to hear that your coffee order was overlooked, I can assure you that your experience doesn't reflect our usual high standards of service and I do hope that you will return to the Cafe soon. 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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