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Lemon Tree Bistro

Clock Tower Centre | Main Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
+27 33 701 1589
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Ranked #1 of 3 restaurants in Underberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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...
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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...
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Lyttelton, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful place with the friendliest personnel. Elsabe and her staff make you feel at home immediately and the service and food are exceptional. Will definitely return on my next trip.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This little hole in the wall was suggested by a local & it was AWESOME!!! Went for desert & coffee & we had the crepes filled with apples and a side of ice cream. It's a cute little coffee shop that offers a variety of great eats & deserts. We didn't eat lunch or dinner but the food we saw... More

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

Thank you ever so much, Briana M for heeding the advice offered by "a local", which caused you to pay us a visit. We are seldom graced by the company of visitors from the United States and you are the first to do so from Columbia SC. We are honoured and happy to hear that your experience was not only... More

Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

When ever we travel to Underberg this is our number 1 stop. Good food and excelent service. Served by the owner personally on a few occasions. Very friendly people and locals seem to visit it regulary.

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

Thank you Skuwerini for making the Lemon Tree a regular stop when visiting from Durban. The combination of mountains, fresh air and fragrant and tasty pancakes, kinda works for the soul, doesn't it? For the taste buds, too! We are privileged to have your regular custom and are heartened to learn that our food and service meet your exacting standards.... More

Underberg, South Africa
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Being a local, I am always loathe to write reviews on local restaurants. However, on a recent luncheon to the restaurant, I am willing to bend my rules. They have a new menu, and finally, the salad that Underberg has been waiting for.....Chicken with mango, chickpeas and cashews! It is a meal on its own and puts the conventional lettuce... More

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

Thank you so much Caron for being prepared to bend your rules. It is a gem review like the one you made that really matters and encourages us to develop new and sometimes risky dishes. Since you assured us that you found the salad very good, we have promoted it with extra confidence and in doing so have consistently justified... More

SOUTH AFRICA
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Went with part of my family for mid morning coffee. Restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and the owner was very friendly .She had a long chat to us to ensure that we had enjoyed our refreshments and food.. We ordered 2 choc cappuccinos and one hot chocolate and share a large slice of cheesecake. All were ready good. The staff... More

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

Thank you Barrybe for your complimentary review. We hope the next time you visit our delightful mountains you'll stop with us again to try our luncheon or perhaps enjoy dinner with us. We trust you also enjoyed your visit to Underberg. More

Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

My children and I had the pleasure of visiting Lemon Tree Bistro during autumn 2014. The food, coffee, wine & the service was just fab. I thoroughly enjoyed the hot chocolate made Belgium style with a mug of steamed frothy milk and blocks of chocolate to mix yourself. The chocolate was so delicious I bought a couple of blocks of... More

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

Thank you Gailleafe for taking the time to drive all the way from Johannesburg to visit Underberg and the Lemon Tree Bistro. It was a privilege to host you and your family. We are delighted with your expansive review and to note that you enjoyed all the elements we had to offer. We consider this a great compliment, knowing the... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

One of the best locations we ate while in underberg. Although the cafe is bang in the middle of the town and has no views to offer but the food's really good. Coffee was great too. We tried Salad, Fish & chips and burgers.

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

Thank you MSiddiqui for your cryptic but very complimentary review. We are heartened to learn that you enjoyed the food and the coffee at the Lemon Tree Bistro. We trust the rest of your visit to Underberg was enjoyable and that you will return one day to relive many pleasant memories.... More

Durban, South Africa
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

A great vibe! Really pleasant little, cosy place to eat - very country style with home made delicacies and great food and service. Will always return.

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

Thank you Jenny-Lee for your cryptic but very heartening assessment. It is due to patrons like you, who make regular visits to our little bistro and give frank feedback that we are able to manage and maintain a level of service that experienced reviewers like you find acceptable. Thank you for your loyalty. We want to assure you of our... More

San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Lemon Tree is one of a kind. Beautiful ambience, great service and very friendly owner Bev. And not just an eatery. They sell books, trinkets, wines, delicacies and much more too.

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

Thank you Jennilaz for your succinct and very complimentary review. It's not often that we are visited by someone from San Diego, Ca. and we are fortunate that you took the time to visit our bistro. We trust you enjoyed your visit to Underberg and South Africa. More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Location is very convenient for both Underberg and Himeville visitors, with parking right outside. The food was very good and portions large, so overall very good value for money. They also offer specials between 5.30 - 7pm which are amazing. Highly recommended is the scampi - big portion for a starter so consider as a small main meal or a... More

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

Thank you MorphetN for a quality review. This is what the prospective visitor wants to read... a concise description of the services on offer in addition to parking, situation and surrounding facilities. We are heartened to learn that you enjoyed your visit to our bistro and we look forward to meeting you should you be visiting Underberg again More

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