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Ben's on the Beach

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Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
+27 21 853 7977
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Situated on the beachfront in the Strand, Ben's on the Beach boasts...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
What a fortunate wrong turn

We ended up at Ben's quite by accident- what a fortunate accident it proved to be- for our anniversary dinner. Lovely ambience, great service and delectable food. All this at a price you expect to pay at a family steakhouse? Excellent. The music was a delight too. Thank you to Toni for making our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
VenessaAnne
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We ended up at Ben's quite by accident- what a fortunate accident it proved to be- for our anniversary dinner. Lovely ambience, great service and delectable food. All this at a price you expect to pay at a family steakhouse? Excellent. The music was a delight too. Thank you to Toni for making our evening wonderful. You guys rock.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Warm friendly place for an evening meal on a cold winter night. Steak was great as was the lamb. Will be going back.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Ben's restaurant is really a great place. My family took me here for my birthday. I cannot fault them on anything. The food was fantastic, service professional and the atmosphere cozy and warm. Be sure to make a booking over the weekend and during the holiday season as they are usually very busy.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I celebrated my birthday here. The restaurant has a warm inviting atmosphere.My wife ate the Greek Lamb(on special at R124) and I enjoyed the Piri Piri chicken . Both dishes were excellent, VERY generous and good value. Highly recommended!

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Invited 2 special friends for a Saturday lunch at Be n's. The warm reception and the heaters were a perfect setting for a rainy Saturday. The lunch did not disappoint! The steaks were unsurpassed and the Ox tongue "melt in the mouth" Prices well within reason and our efficient friendly waitress Ashlin made this a definite to do again !!

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Bideford, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Undoubtedly the best steak restaurant in the Somerset West area in our opinion. It was so good we had to go back again a few days later. Friendly staff, great atmosphere and yummy food topped off with a Dom Pedro. Would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant and will definitely be back next time we are in Cape Town,... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My wife and I decided to have a cheeky Friday lunch out. We booked a table for two a couple of hours before arriving. The restaurant looks incredibly inviting, colourful and warm from the outside, with a stunning view from your table of False Bay and Strand Beach. On entering we saw they had warm fire towers, which was a... More 

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Strand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

First time visit with friends from out of town!! Everything was perfect!! We really enjoyed it!! Well done on a great restaurant!!

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Bens is just so consistently good all round: the decor, ambience, setting, value, the staff that are all so friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine and of course the FOOD! My steak au poivre was melting in the mouth good and the flavour combinations with the side dishes were excellent. Bens must have the best steak in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

"Life's a beach...... Had a lovely meal at bens overlooking the beach- quite special even on a rainy day! Had the Greek lamb Athena ( special of the day)- a hearty, tasty portion of slow cooked leg of lamb!! Atmosphere was warm and cosy, and service by Ashlyn was efficient and friendly . We shall return ...

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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 8 - 15
Cuisine: International, Grill

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Strand
  • Phone Number: +27 21 853 7977

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: International, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

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!
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

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