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La Pentola

5 Riviera Galleries | Well Street, Pretoria 0084, South Africa
(012) 329-4028 / 9123
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Ranked #14 of 290 restaurants in Pretoria
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: French, Italian, Mediterranean, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: La Pentola established in 1995 is the perfect venue for executive chef/owner Shane Sauvage's authentic fusion cuisine. The atmosphere is cozy, romantic and relaxed. All food is prepared to order, using only the very best quality ingredients, real butter, fresh cream and fresh herbs.Yes absolutely no MSG! The menu by internationally renowned executive Chef/ Patron & award winning author Shane Sauvage,comprises of a large variety of fresh seafood (Mozambique Style Prawns, free range cuts of beef (KWV Fillet, hand made pasta, exotic game dishes, a great selection of vegetarian fare (Aztec Mushrooms) and a decadent selection of in-house deserts (Chocolate Terrine). La Pentola offers a Diamond award wine list with a large variety of local and international wines. We are an A la Carte restaurant that also caters for corporate functions, intimate weddings and special occasions. Open Monday to Sunday Lunch & Dinner.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The meals at LaPentola are always fabulous - we inevitably overeat and rave about everything we had. The wine-pairing evenings are FANTASTIC, and brilliant value for money. At approximately R225 pp for a four course meal with four different types of wine, you'd go a very long way to find anything better. Everyone I've referred to LaPentola have come away... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Fantastic flavors and never before heard of combinations, treat yourself to a wide range of unique dishes. Service was prompt, little pricey but was worth it

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Kigali, Rwanda
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a 3 course meal which overall was good but bit overpriced. The curry was very nice, with lots of seafood. The steak wasn't very big though with only a few veggies and potato croquet on the side. I would say that the dining room could do with a make over as it is a bit dated, but very... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Went to Hermanus on holiday recently and visited the La Pentola there Chef Shane and Chef Hugo made such a fuss about us and made us feel like part of their family, so on my return to Pretoria I decided to give the branch this side also a try! Must say me and my wife were blown away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not only... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Was enjoyable and good value for money! Head Chef went to a lot of trouble as it was a birthday! One of very few places to still offer smoking section!!! Thanks!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Friendly staff welcoming you at the entrance and took you promptly to your table. The place is not what you really expected, but soon the aroma of flavours made you feel relaxed. What an experience! Food from start to finish were exceptional! Will surely visit the place again. It's worth a visit more than once!

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Pretoria, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

La Pentola has been our favourite restaurant for many years. The dishes with mixed flavours and smells are all interesting. The menu presents a wide choice of dishes which makes the food selection an adventure. Aztec mushrooms combines the flavours of cacao with sesame seeds and fried mushrooms, the choc terrine fuses 3 ice cream flavours, and the list goes... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My wife and I attended this establishment with high-hopes but were ultimately not satisfied. It is as if the restaurant tries too hard. Positive things first, we had a great welcoming cocktail. That said, my wife’s calamari and cherry fusion dish was drowned in cherry. One would expect a carefully prepared dish, with accents of the flavours. We could not... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

La Pentola has been around for decades which is always a good sign. The food is superb and the specials of the day always creative. The restaurant is amazing but the decor doesn't match the first class food. Its very outdated and a bit shabby! A good makeover would make this a perfect venue for any special occasion!

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Not much too look at, but the food is special! Visited here once and was impressed. Then booked again for a family birthday and was blown away again! This place did not lye me down. The pallet cleansers, sorbets, are great. But have to say the livers in phyllo are a must.

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