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Planet Restaurant

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City Bowl
Mediterranean, Contemporary
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76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 483 1000
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6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The glittering Planet Restaurant and Planet Bar are chic, contemporary...
The glittering Planet Restaurant and Planet Bar are chic, contemporary spaces in which to enjoy out-of-this-world dishes and cocktails. Dining with the stars is guaranteed at Cape Town's most stylish restaurant. Crystal balls grace the entrance and the decor includes a galaxy-themed carpet, planetary chandelier and twinkling ceilings. Matching the decor are Chef Rudi Liebenberg's heavenly menus, journeys of gastronomic discovery featuring the freshest local ingredients. The unique, intimate atmosphere of the Planet Restaurant cellar is an ideal venue for a perfect private party.
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  • 217
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Treat at the Chefs Table

The chef’s table unlike Gordon Ramsey, we sat right in the kitchen itself at a very simple table, then to be treated to a culinary delight. We could also walk around in the kitchen, and watch the cooks prepare their meals and ask any questions being very interactive. 6 courses, each individual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
Stanley466
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This restaurant is known in Cape Town for its fine dining and excellent service, all who visit expect this, I have used this restaurant for over 15 years on my visits to the Cape. My recent experience left me wondering what's gone wrong when you see so many positive comments written. We spent nearly 3 hours at the table, even... More 

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LouisePheiffer, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Mr Nisbet. Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. Our sincere apologies that you had such a terrible experience. I have contacted you personally via email to discuss your horrible experience, unfortunately we do not have a contact number for you. I am looking forward to hear from you. Warm regards, Louise Pheiffer More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The chef’s table unlike Gordon Ramsey, we sat right in the kitchen itself at a very simple table, then to be treated to a culinary delight. We could also walk around in the kitchen, and watch the cooks prepare their meals and ask any questions being very interactive. 6 courses, each individual cook responsible for their course, would introduce their... More 

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239 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Planet restaurant is stylish and beautiful. It is spacious but on a quiet autumn eve maybe too spacious. My steak was great but my partner ordered the fish and it was smothered in butter and garlic. It was nearly inedible and terribly rich. A let down for a restaurant on the top 20 eat out list. I was just not... More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Chef Rudi and his wonderful team pampered us not only with outstanding food creations and super wine, we experienced the whole atmosphere in the kitchen itself. It was an amazing thing not only being presented with a wonderful variety of super delicious food but being able to talk to the chef himself! Two thumbs up !!!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We had the experience of the chefs table. It was absolutely fantastic. We went there with my whole family and had the best time ever. I would recommend it to everybody. It is so great!!!!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our quiet dinner in the Planet Room. A delicious ceviche and Springbok and kob were a chance to sample and enjoy truly local food at its best. We were so impressed we booked the chef's table dinner for our group.

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Cape Town
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109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a top restaurant. One cannot fault the food and service, which is world class. I chose it for our anniversary. Maybe rich people like to sit far from each other and eat in relative silence and privacy. If this is so, then this is the place to go. I prefer a bit of a vibe. The tables are... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Service can be better, but the food amazing. Had to ask for the bill on more than one occasion. Waiter would like to take the food order but the wine order was not taken yet.

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LouisePheiffer, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and the complement on our amazing food! We are aware of a few service concerns in the restaurant, a few new staff members have joined the team and we have brought your service complaint to management's attention. Our apologies that the service was not up to standard but glad that the food made up for... More 

brenchley
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Nothing special not worth the price tag.No real dress code therefore if your looking to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary this not the place.OK for an ordinary supper withe va PRICE TAG

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LouisePheiffer, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We have not felt it necessary to apply strict dress codes at the hotel, as we firmly believe that our guests and visitors appreciate a slightly more relaxed dress code, which allows them to express their individuality. The Planet Restaurant is rated as one of the top 20 restaurants in... More 

Dormagen
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172 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We were here for the second time. Situated in the Mount Nelson's hotel, a british colonial-style hotel, you will find it with around 20 tables in a great hall, but nevertheless with atmosphere. For me it was a little bit too dark inside. The welcome is warm, the service attentive, we found the same waiter working here as 18 months... More 

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LouisePheiffer, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Mchenchef, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent Planet Restaurant experience with us. Please do accept our apology that you had a disappointing meal. I consulted with the Chef, and he assured me that he does not season with MSG, but he uses soy and this naturally contains MSG; also the pork belly is a fatty... More 

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Additional Information about Planet Restaurant

Address: 76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 483 1000
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central>  > City Bowl
Open Hours:
Monday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central>  > City Bowl
  • Neighborhood: City Bowl
  • Phone Number: +27 21 483 1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions

Description

The glittering Planet Restaurant and Planet Bar are chic, contemporary spaces in which to enjoy out-of-this-world dishes and cocktails. Dining with the stars is guaranteed at Cape Town's most stylish restaurant. Crystal balls grace the entrance and the decor includes a galaxy-themed carpet, planetary chandelier and twinkling ceilings. Matching the decor are Chef Rudi Liebenberg's heavenly menus, journeys of gastronomic discovery featuring the freshest local ingredients. The unique, intimate atmosphere of the Planet Restaurant cellar is an ideal venue for a perfect private party.
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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