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Sun City Hotel | Sun City Resort, Sun City 0316, South Africa
+27 (14) 557 5720
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Dining options: Dinner
Description: The Calabash can accommodate 150 diners and serves a traditional South...
The Calabash can accommodate 150 diners and serves a traditional South African buffet. This delightful Sun City restaurant offers excellent value for money and is open daily for dinner from 17h30 to 23h00.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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We decided to try The Calabash as it promised an African Buffet. Unfortunately we made the mistake of going on a busy Friday night. The lines were long, the food was average at best and it was (comparatively) very expensive. I also could not tell if there was anything African about it. It was just... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
TravelBug1299
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Perth, Western Australia
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Perth, Western Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

We decided to try The Calabash as it promised an African Buffet. Unfortunately we made the mistake of going on a busy Friday night. The lines were long, the food was average at best and it was (comparatively) very expensive. I also could not tell if there was anything African about it. It was just a regular multi-cultural buffet. I... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The food was very tasty, but at that price they can give a bit bigger variety. The sushi was very basic and they did not even had sushi mayo when I asked for it. But I really enjoyed the food, especially the stirfry and brinjal dish they had. Most of the staff were friendly (except one) Unfortunately they were also... More 

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

BUFFET Dinner at The Calabash: Fantastic! The service was great, the staff could not do more to impress and the food was tasty. Do remember to book in advance as this is a very popular restaurant…probably because of the great variety and the very reasonable price. The Calabash offered some traditional South African food like: “bobotie”, “pap” and the traditional... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We were booked to have dinner here by our tour operator. According to Sun International's website: "The Calabash offers patrons a traditional South African dining experience, with an African buffet presenting all of the best of Africa’s cuisine. It is a treat for your palate and your pocket." I was a bit disappointed because I was expecting a really traditional... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

We paid R190 for the buffet as it was during promotion period The food was okay not amazingly fantastic and the photo on the brochure can be slightly deceiving The staffs were all very rude The front desk staff encourage us to go to have a look at what's serving at the buffet as we were hesitating to go in... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The Calabash use to be the top restaurant to eat at but no longer. One now pays for the buffet meal, prior to being seated and a separate bill for drinks is paid for at the end of the meal. I wonder, is this to avoid potential refusal of payment for the awful food and service provided afterwards? The ambiance... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Been in every restaurant in Sun City but never tried the Calabash before so this time eleven of us thought we'd give it a try, unfortunately we never asked the price & there are no signs or menu's anywhere stating the price either, food was ok at best, which in Sun City or in fact anywhere in South Africa is... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

The self service buffet was good, great variety, tasty food and the service was excellant. The desserts were yummy........and a great variet to choose from

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Sao Paulo
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We went there for the Valentine's Day and the buffet was terrible! The food was just not good. The chicken was weird, the fish was hard, the spring rolls were not crispy... The only thing good there were the desserts. I definately don't recommend this restaurant.

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Roodepoort, South Africa
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104 reviews 104 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I am not a fan of a buffet restaurant and this may influence my review. I will try to be as objective as possible. The buffet started with a very nice soup and a variety of bread (even little vetkoek) to accompany the soup. The salad table had a wide range to offer, crabsticks, shrimps and mussels (but all the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sun City Hotel | Sun City Resort, Sun City 0316, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  North-West Province  >  Sun City
  • Phone Number: +27 (14) 557 5720

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African

Description

The Calabash can accommodate 150 diners and serves a traditional South African buffet. This delightful Sun City restaurant offers excellent value for money and is open daily for dinner from 17h30 to 23h00.

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