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Planet Restaurant

76 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa (City Bowl)
+27214831000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Bowl
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson is a stylish place to meet friends for a drink, straight after work or later on in the evening. They serve delicious bar snacks and the ambience is fabulous. Chances are you'll spy a movie star now and the as the hotel is a favourite of many celebs from SA and abroad.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We've always been fans of The Planet Bar but after last night's visit we probably won't return again. R90 for a martini and R40 for an Appletiser is just obscene! Its so sad that us locals are excluded from these type of venues because of such high prices!

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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your view relating to our pricing, they are in fact very market related for 5-star properties, who, like us, provide free parking, free high quality snacks, a great ambience and a wonderful environment ... we do value our Capetonians and of course also want you to feel you have had a great evening out, not just a... More

Cape Town, South Africa
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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Went here for Valentines day. Had the most amazing meal and evening. Extremely pricey but you do get the 5 star treatment.

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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your valued comments, our Valentine's Day is a special occasion, with live music, and extra courses as well as a glass of special MCC - all costs a little more, but at least we are happy to hear that you enjoyed this special evening with us. More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

hosted my 21st last night, 10th May at the unbelivable Planet Restaurant. Have dined numerous times before hence chose it for this momentus occasion. The photos do not give it justice - its really is stunnning with beautiful chairs and intimate tables so you can hear everyone. [Rare in cape town!]. Wanted everything to be perfect for my party of... More

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UK
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We were staying in the hotel on the last night our honeymoon, couldn't fault the service in the restaurant even the chocolates at the end of the meal with congratulations written on! Great wine pairings too.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

We made decided to check out the Mount Nelson hotel on a Sunday afternoon. Had no reservation for lunch but we were greeted by friendly sincere staff who gave us some options. We went for lunch at the Planet Bar terrace over looking the beautiful gardens. We had succulent oysters, a genuine Caesar salad and grilled steaks. Superb! Food was... More

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Isle of Wight, UK
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151 reviews 151 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We booked for the vegetarian tasting menu and it was very good, even if it was a case of how many different ways can you serve vegetables. Not a lot of substance but all very attractive and tasty. My husband had the wine pairing too, which was done well. Unfortunately I feel the restaurant lets itself down by not imposing... More

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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for highlighting that your dinner was truly great. The dress code is a tricky one to address with some guests as patrons all react so differently when being spoken to. Whilst we appreciate every guest who makes an effort to dress appropriately, we also want our patrons to be comfortable. We will focus on guiding our staff accordingly... More

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Great evening at the Planet restaurant last night. After reading some of the other reviews, made our reservation with some trepidation. But, we had a great evening. From the start, service was excellent. With carpeting thoughout the restaurant, acoustics are excellent, and you can carry on a conversation without lip reading, quite rare in this day and age. Great freshly... More

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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful sincere review - we are happy to know that the entire experience was a great one for you, from ambience, food, wine and service. We are experimenting with music styles a little, so your feedback is welcomed, thank you. More

Troon, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great location with nice views onto the gardens / nice interior. The service was a bit over attentive , with numerous waiters arriving with different courses / drinks with the meal. Food was nothing special - mushroom risotto had a vinegary taste which overwhelmed the dish. Steak was ok - a bit overcooked. Some of the bread rolls given to... More

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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

It is really sad to hear that our Planet Restaurant did not allow for the dining experience you were hoping for. Our breads are all home baked and only fresh bread is served, but if the crusts are too hard, we will ask the bakers to monitor this. We have raised your other concerns with the kitchen and service teams... More

Rugby, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We booked a supper for 4 at the Mount Nelson and came away disappointed. The menu was sparse in any case and were told on arrival that two items were not available. My partner had a very strange Salade Nicoise comprising seared tuna steaks which ammounted to Sushi! We sent it back for something recognisable, but her main fish course... More

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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to bring some short-comings to our attention. We are sorry to hear that the nicoise starter was not to your satisfaction, and I agree, this should have been removed from your bill. We will address the issues with our teams, and will certainly try our best to rectify the concerns mentioned. More

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