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Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe

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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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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent!

Went there with my sister in November qfter seeing Escher's exhibition qnd what a nice surprise! Unusual but perfectly cooked and delicious dishes and an amazing sticky toffee pudding! (the best I have eaten since I moved to London!!) I definetely recommend but will avoid being too close to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
cam621
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there with my sister in November qfter seeing Escher's exhibition qnd what a nice surprise! Unusual but perfectly cooked and delicious dishes and an amazing sticky toffee pudding! (the best I have eaten since I moved to London!!) I definetely recommend but will avoid being too close to the door next time because of the cold draft.

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Thank cam621
Norfolk
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148 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove down from Norfolk to see the Escher exhibition before it closed. Our visit started with a surprise; free parking on the road outside, and space to park too! Is this still London? After a necessary visit to the gents (a bit like a phone box, with little elbow room) we had time for a cappuccino before seeing the... More 

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Thank RobertAshton
Bromley, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can access the café whether or not you visit the art gallery. Plenty of seating inside to be sheltered when the weather isn't so good, and plenty of seating outside to enjoy the weather when it is good!

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Thank kapple999
Germany/UK
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143 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were waiting for friends to arrive and had coffee and (giant) croissants when they did. The service was attentive and efficient. It's a nice little café.

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Thank Ian2109
London, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Simple salmon fish cakes for two accompanied with fresh salad and mustard mayo with a portion of great chips, a piece of cake and two coffees for about £30. Good service.

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Thank Bill W
Reading, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Nice ambiance, attentive staff, small but good menu of innovative food. BUT: and that is a big BUT!!! A 12.5% service charge is slapped on the bill and the staff only get 60% of that, the rest goes to padd the profits of the owner. That is ripping of the cheapest labour about and not right. I am going to... More 

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Thank stentipede
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We just wanted a light lunch before entering the gallery. It was filled with buggys and chattering mums. We ordered our meal, a simple macaroni cheese and a sandwich. It took 35 minutes before the tasteless meal arrived having been given various reasons why there was a delay. The young staff seemed more interested in chatting with customers/friends than getting... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated. We very much welcome the local mums and dads to our Café, I hope you agree that it makes for a vibrant café and shows that we are also very much a cafe for the local community. We’re very disappointed to hear of the delay in serving your lunch and that our staff... More 

Raholt
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

A small cafe/restaurant in the grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery. We wanted to eat around 13.00 hrs. and it was very busy so we had to wait around 15 minutes for a table. But could look through the menus and choose Our meals beforehand. The dishes available were surprisingly unusual and an interesting blend of ingredients. They were delicious too.... More 

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review, we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. Please do visit again! Zoë on behalf of Betty, Nadia, Wilf and the team at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe More 

United Kingdom
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82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The cafe is worth a visit to Dulwich, even if there were no pictures. We started off with mid-morning coffee and cakes. The cakes were home made and I had a deliciously tart lemon drizzle cake. Then we did a round of culture in the gallery and returned to the cafe for lunch. Everything was freshly prepared and served sleekly.... More 

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Thank RamblingRose47
ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Rambling Rose, Thank you for your lovely review, it's much appreciated. It's very kind of you to mention Nadia...we totally agree with you, she's a star! Please do visit again soon... More 

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We went in to the cafe before viewing the current exhibition, with my mother,who has dementia. The staff were very kind indeed and the food was good. When we came to pay, I checked to see if the staff received the tip that had automatically been added to the bill. Only to be told that the staff receive only 60%... More 

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2 Thank n0tnilc
ZOEW1, Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. It is correct that the Café retains 40% of the service charge. The remainder of the 60% of the service charge goes directly to all the staff working on each day. Additionally 100% of all the cash and credit card tips are retained by the staff and shared equally each day. The 12.5% service charge... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British
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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