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Ben's on the Beach

Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
+27 21 853 7977
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Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Strand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: International, Grill
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Situated on the beachfront in the Strand, Ben's on the Beach boasts spectacular views across False Bay, towards Cape Town. Veteran award-winning restaurateur Ben, and his wife, Shirley (a former hotel school lecturer), established Ben's in 2004. They have created a stylish yet relaxed venue, where a varied and well-priced selection of dishes is offered. Ben's is one of the few remaining establishments that continues to dry-age meat - the time-honored and superior method. At Ben's you will not find over-priced and under-portioned "haute cuisine". We believe that the new expression "less is more" is gobbeldygook, where food is concerned. We concentrate on the simple yet timeless dishes that diners return to again and again, such as a great steak, fresh linefish, and the ever-popular creme brulee. At Ben's, you will discover generous portions at honest prices. We look forward to your visit ... And then return!
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We had a warm welcome from the very friendly staff for lunch on a Saturday. The view was pleasant and the atmoshere relaxed but smart. The meal was piquant - cold spicy tomato soup, bobotie samoosas, parisienne burger - all very generous and tasty. Wow! The wine Arabella chardonnay was a perfect match. Will be back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Went to Ben's for their annual New Year's Eve bash and wow what an evening! They offered a three course menu form which we had Carpaccio and "Skilpadjies". My husband reckons they are most probable the only restaurant that serves this truly authentic South African dish. For mains it was fillet béarnaise and pork belly. The fillet tender and matured,... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We have now been to Ben's many times and it is one of very few places that is so consistently good. The view is wonderful as is the staff, the decor very pleasant and the chairs comfortable. The food is great and always good. How do they do it? Well done Ben's you are more than 5 star. You can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We called here and were told that we could not get a reservation, so we showed up and got a table anyway. So this was not the best start to our visit. Once we got there the waitress was super nice and helpful with menu and specials. Overall a good experience but just a little worried they are ahead of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Also booked for New Years Eve and had a ball of a time.The set menu had a bit of everything so catered to our party of 8 needs.Carpaccio was very good and the fillet was so soft i could cut it with a butter knife.I had the creme brulee on my first visit to Bens(this was my 2nd visit) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

After Mom's passing this was our first Christmas and New Years Eve without her. My Dad and I sooo happy to be told there was a cancellation so that we could go for Christmas lunch! We arrived to very friendly staff and guests... with a very Christmasy atmosphere! The food was fantastic, so much to choose from you cannot go... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We saw in the New Year at Ben's who once again went the extra mile for a special occasion. We have been to a few special occasion dinners at Ben's in the past. And they always provide an excellent dinner special at reasonable cost. The restaurant is right on the beach and when the clock struck midnight on 1st of... More 

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Western Cape, South Africa
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

First time visit .great experience .good quality meats at a good price .great view watching the sunset.very good service and good choices of wines

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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We were glad to get into Bens once most of the holiday makers had left the town, as its generally booked out. The setting is ideal right on the beach road and the beach themed decor makes one feel on holiday. After the freindly waitress read through the specials of the day i opted for one of them the Mousaka... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We had our year end function there and I just have to compliment Bens on the Beach staff on an exellent time and food to boot.Ours was a set menu at R180 per head which included steak.Best steak I've had in years!!My springroll starter was really good and pavlova dessert was delish!All 3 courses at R180 made this affordable for... More 

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Additional Information about Ben's on the Beach

Address: Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 853 7977
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Strand
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
Cuisine: International, Grill

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