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Al Pescatore

14 Edward Place, Ballito, South Africa
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Ranked #5 of 52 Restaurants in Ballito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $40
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Enjoyed the proximity, ambiance, and liveliness of the restaurant, but the food was cold, and pretty bland. I'd say it's akin to an Olive Garden, which I usually try to enjoy when travelling anywhere. Staff was super-friendly, but feel like their "hay day" has passed, and they need a revitalization of the menu.

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Trevor W, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

I'm saddened to hear you felt the food bland and cold.If you had brought this to the attention of myself or Management , it would have been rectified. Thanking you Trevor. More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great food and great views. We always have such a great experience at Al Pescatore in Ballito, a great Italian restaurant. Great specials and a big variety on the menu to choose from. On nice sunny days - Sit on the terrace or enjoy a cosy environment inside. This restaurant has perfect sea views and great friendly staff. The seafood... More

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Trevor W, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. Our Med. Grill has been a hit for years.Cant seem to better it so we keep it as our platter special.Hope we will have the pleasure to serve you soon again. Thanks Trevor. More

MONTPELLIER
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This restaurant is in front of the sea at the first floor. You will be able to eat on the terrace with the view or inside. Good food , generous meals, very nice staff. The owner will take the time to guide you to choose a local wine or a specific bier, you just have to follow him ;-) Think... More

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Trevor W, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

What a nice review ! I love connecting with my guests and walking them through the specialists and menu.Our wine list is a new one with a lot of very good wines.I'm always there to help in any way.Any special request will be considered. Big thanks again Trevor. More

Ballito, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

we went as a department last year for our xmas lunch the owner himself met with us and described the menu he has a unique menu will definitely tantalise the tastebuds large portions be careful how much you order -you may not be able to finish perfect setting overlooking the beach

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Trevor W, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

Thanks , I still after 25 years , love to describe our amazing specialtys . Yes you are right , our portions are a bit large , but I feel its a mortal sin to leave a restaurant hungry , so I make sure you are full :) Hope we will see you again. Trevor . More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Just ate at Al Pescatore was ABSOLUTELY devine the ambiance, the friendliness and most of all the food I personally am not a big eater and if I have a starter I rarely finish my mains but I completely finshed my starters and my mains simply because of the flavour and tastefulness. I recommend it to anyone who is coming... More

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TWolf468, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

Thanks for this wonderful writeup . Yes you so right , i love my creations and I'm passionate about them. Its sad you get people on this great medium that take pleasure in slating restaurants when clearly they have no idea what they writing about ( Mr Vader , From the dark side ). I hope you enjoyed the Tiramisu... More

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were dropped off outside this restaurant after a one day safari; we were tired and hungry but not hopeful of a table at 7.30 on a Friday night. We were given a warm welcome and immediately shown to a table. Had great food, excellent service from delightful staff and the owner even took us back to our holiday apartment... More

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TWolf468, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

I remember your table well and you where an absolute pleasure to serve . The lift home just shows the that "a little bit extra makes ordinary , extraordinary ' .I hope I will see you again some time. Regards Trevor. More

Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

okay, this place is voted Ballito's 3rd best restaurant, right on the beach, great view. our 1st stop on our holiday. we could not have had a worse start! i'm not sure how this place has been voted the 3rd best restaurant?? the service was shocking, the food was average at best. i had a few starters, calamari, snails, prawn... More

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TWolf468, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

Mr Vader, Weird is a person that hides behind a black mask and insults a restauranteur that's been in business for 25 years ! I'm not even going to justify your review, but will suggest you come out from the bark side and show your real self. O ! have you notice that all the reviews before yours are 5... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I thaught I could make a Paella untill my visit! Best paelle I ever had. Incredible mouse as desert. Trevor is a perfect restauranteer, knowing how to make you feel welcome. Waiters well trained and background music perfect. View wonderfull. A true restaurant experience and a must visit

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TWolf468, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely write up. We pride ourselves on our Paella and are now throwing in a bottle of De Krans Moscato , that's a Really happy beach y wine.Perfect with the position and and the food. Thanks Trevor More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

What a great experience. The sea food platter with a difference, all you would normally expect but more. Fresh, well prepared, well presented, food that tantalizes your taste buds. The waitresses are well spoken, trained, friendly and efficient. Tentative and friendly management . The food was so good we went back for another round of perfection.

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TWolf468, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

Yes ! You are the kind of customers I love to serve ! Went guest come back I know Ive achieved what I set out to do.Make people happy with my unique recipes and have them coming back for more ! Big Thanks Trevor. More

Durban, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We visited Al Pescatore last night for dinner. The restaurant is tastefully decorated. The ambiance is warm, friendly and intimate. The staff are well trained and well spoken. The food was absolutely delicious and different. Trevor Wolf is an old style restaurateur which adds so much in a world full of franchise brands. This is definitely a restaurant to visit... More

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TWolf468, Owner at Al Pescatore, responded to this review

I love your review....Just a bit worried about the old bit :) Yes I agree , I only eat at Independent restaurants that offer something different. Maybe that comes with age ? Thank you for your warm sincere Write up Regards Trevor. More

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