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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: Drinks, Dinner, 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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  • 216
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    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
Kitchen Dinner

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Top Contributor
230 reviews 230 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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 

Redwood City, California
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This place is a treat no matter the occasion. The ambient and the quality of the food is top notch. I recently had a group dinner and we ordered a few seafood platters and springbok, lamb rack, and steak. Everybody was super happy with the food. The desserts and wine were up to par too. Must place to eat if... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I was very impressed with the restaurant service. Of course I knew it was five star. However the staff truly exceeded my expectations. As a lady, I received a little bench to place my handbag on - what a lovely gesture and attention. I also had special dietary requirement and was a bit nervous but the waiter reassured me and... More 

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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

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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