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Lemon Tree Bistro

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Clock Tower Centre | Main Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
+27 33 701 1589
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8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Since 2002 hundreds of coffee devotees have trooped through the Lemon Tree...
Since 2002 hundreds of coffee devotees have trooped through the Lemon Tree doors every day to enjoy the amazing cappuccino. For the second time in three years a survey of around 350 restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal rated LEMON TREE’s cappuccino one of the province’s 20 BEST. This accolade was achieved in the definitive 2010/11 and 2012/13 Sunday Tribune Cafe Society Awards. The international hospitality monitor, TripAdvisor recognised Lemon Tree Bistro with its 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award places the restaurant in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and indicates businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.The hospitality and catering team, guided by owners Huck and Elsabe Orban, has taken what was essentially a coffee shop with a Continental slant to the level where it is one of the best recognised country restaurants in South Africa. Not only is it listed on several international country travel guides as a "Must Visit!" - amongst which the popular Lonely Planet - but it also serves as destination for both foodies and coffee aficionados. Its easy-dining, bistro menu to which special features like Venison Pie, de-boned Rainbow Trout, the incomparable Kudu Fillet and the famous pistachio-crusted Lamb Cutlets have been added, ensures that everyone's taste from essential to eclectic, is catered for. Besides the crisp croissants, baked on the premises every day, the Lemon Tree will serve you the most memorable Prawn Pasta, Prego Roll and hand crafted Toasted Sandwich you have ever had. Finish that off with the oh-so-moreish Beetroot Cake and a cappuccino and you'll be back for more.... time and again. When you walk through the door you enter the Lemon Tree's wonderful world of goodies... an interesting selection of books - both old and new, a range of branded and house coffees, brewing and cookery requisites and a deli filled with a delightful range of wines, imported biscuits, chocolates, jams and condiments. See you there...
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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
a place to go daily

friendly helpful staff and good all round value -- a good selection of food and well presented. We tended to go there on a daily basis not only for refreshments but to chat with all in the bistro

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
JOHN R
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

friendly helpful staff and good all round value -- a good selection of food and well presented. We tended to go there on a daily basis not only for refreshments but to chat with all in the bistro

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Underberg for 2 nights. Since there is absolutely nothing to do in Underberg we decided the 2nd night to eat again at the Lemon Tree. To our surprise it was closed on a Sunday evening! The day before we had dinner. The waitress is very nice, the food is ok. Our steak tasted good and was cooked... More 

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you AFBN1981 for taking the time to write your impressions of our restaurant. We're glad to see that both the restaurant interior and the steak were to your liking. Sorry to see that the vegetable/s was/were not up to scratch. Which can probably be attributed to your not delving into the dish which your vegetables was served in.... All... More 

United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Perfect coffee shop to stop off in in Underberg en route to or from Sani Pass. Delicious cappuccino. Open on Sundays until 4.30pm. Lovely goodies for sale and good opportunity to stock up on quality Olive oil.

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks, Veekayhay for popping in for a cappuccino. Your trip up Sani appears to have left you with happy memories and we trust that your visit to Underberg was in every way enjoyable. Perhaps we'll see you for something to eat some time in the future More 

Norwich
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We were staying at Bushmans Nek and took a 20 minute drive to have dinner at the Lemon Tree. Zandi served us and she was great, and brought a lot of atmosphere to the restaurant. 6 of us had dinner and we all enjoyed our meal, but all loved desert. If you are in the area then give the Lemon... More 

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you Jimbarrettsmith for driving all the way from Bushmans Neck to join us for dinner. We are delighted that you found the experience worth awarding 5 stars. We trust your visit to Underberg and South Africa was enjoyable and that you are considering a return visit some time in the future. More 

Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Was visiting friends in Underberg and went there for lunch. It was a hot day and we sat out back in the nicely shaded patio. I had a craving for a salad and I choose the mango chicken option. It was absolutely fantastic. It hit all my senses so very well. I liked it so much I asked for the... More 

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

We're delighted to have you join the long queue of our chicken salad devotees, Mossnclover. Remember to add a block of butter to the mango before you add the chicken breast fillet. I suspect, your Victorian friends can look forward to a touch of Underberg cooking gracing their salad bowls on your return. I trust you enjoyed your Underberg walking... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We stopped here for a breakfast snack on a trip from Durban up the Sani Pass, and I was blown away by the standard of food and service! The staff were very friendly and accommodating. I ordered a bacon, egg and salad roll, and it was a huge 2 hands burger! I was totally stuffed and couldnt finish it. I... More 

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you ever so much, Gemma L for taking the time to write a review of our little bistro in the southern Drakensberg mountains. To be awarded a perfect score by one of TripAdvisor's TOP reviewers, is for us an honour and a huge compliment. And keeping in mind that you hail from Australia's culinary capital, even more so. We... More 

East London, South Africa
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A more friendly and homely welcome you could not ask for . The food is normal coffee shop style food and is really tasty. If in Underberg worth a visit or passing through, the place to stop as is in a delightful little centre on the through road

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you Chefane for your complimentary review of the Lemon Tree. It is evident from your past that you are an accomplished reviewer and the content of your assessments are relevant and informative. We are elated to learn that you were received with friendliness and that you enjoyed our style of food. We hope to see you again when next... More 

Perth, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Simple really: great food and friendly service with good suggestions on local attractions and amenities.

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

...nothing beats a restaurateur learning that his restaurant was a surprise. That is, if the surprise turns out to have been a pleasant one. Happily such was the case with you. A long way from the comforts of home in Perth, lots of things can prove unsatisfactory and we are elated to have had the opportunity to ply you with... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Best Coffee Bistro in the mountains and awesome friendly service. Always welcomed with a friendly smile and made to feel welcome. A great menu with good options. Keep it up guys!

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Dear John N, If we had an armful of regular customers like you, we would have an armful of the best friends in the world. As it is, we are thankful to have you as our friend and we want to extend our gratitude to you for taking the time to write a review. With your extensive experience in the... More 

Durban, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Popped in for lunch, friendly hosts, amazing coffee aromas. Stunning, country atmosphere. Simply the best Prego Steak rolls around, big..... Food was excellent, we will be back again. Well worth a visit.

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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you Jon B for your succinct and very complimentary review of our country bistro. It's for special guests like you that we try to create a true bistro atmosphere and thankfully there are guests like you who appreciate the effort and take the time to write a review. Regarding us being friendly hosts... I bet you encounter pleasant experiences... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Clock Tower Centre | Main Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Underberg
  • Phone Number: +27 33 701 1589

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 12
  • Cuisine: International

Description

Since 2002 hundreds of coffee devotees have trooped through the Lemon Tree doors every day to enjoy the amazing cappuccino. For the second time in three years a survey of around 350 restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal rated LEMON TREE’s cappuccino one of the province’s 20 BEST. This accolade was achieved in the definitive 2010/11 and 2012/13 Sunday Tribune Cafe Society Awards. The international hospitality monitor, TripAdvisor recognised Lemon Tree Bistro with its 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award places the restaurant in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and indicates businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.The hospitality and catering team, guided by owners Huck and Elsabe Orban, has taken what was essentially a coffee shop with a Continental slant to the level where it is one of the best recognised country restaurants in South Africa. Not only is it listed on several international country travel guides as a "Must Visit!" - amongst which the popular Lonely Planet - but it also serves as destination for both foodies and coffee aficionados. Its easy-dining, bistro menu to which special features like Venison Pie, de-boned Rainbow Trout, the incomparable Kudu Fillet and the famous pistachio-crusted Lamb Cutlets have been added, ensures that everyone's taste from essential to eclectic, is catered for. Besides the crisp croissants, baked on the premises every day, the Lemon Tree will serve you the most memorable Prawn Pasta, Prego Roll and hand crafted Toasted Sandwich you have ever had. Finish that off with the oh-so-moreish Beetroot Cake and a cappuccino and you'll be back for more.... time and again. When you walk through the door you enter the Lemon Tree's wonderful world of goodies... an interesting selection of books - both old and new, a range of branded and house coffees, brewing and cookery requisites and a deli filled with a delightful range of wines, imported biscuits, chocolates, jams and condiments. See you there...
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?