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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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Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, 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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  • 218
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Such a cool bar

The Planet Bar is great to meet friends for after work or before dinner drinks. It's also perfect for late night drinks and snacks. Well stocked bar, well informed bar men and the decor is fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
LanaDavies
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Johannesburg
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136 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

Took my wife to Planet restaurant for her birthday and it was not the experience we hoped for. The restaurant was very empty (we understood why later), and the service was slow evwn with the low number of patrons. Our food was really not good. I ordered sole that I struggled to eat as it was heaped with butter and... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I'm not quite sure there are enough negative adjectives to describe our dining experience at The Planet Restaurant! There is no ambiance in the restaurant to start with which doesn't help. We were celebrating a friend's engagement - 12 of us in total. When the waitress started the order taking she began with the groom-to-be...staying that in her culture a... More 

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LouisePheiffer, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 863nicolag, Thank you for taking the time to share your review of your recent dining experience at Planet Restaurant with us. Your review has taken us by complete surprise as we received no complaints about the food or overall experience on the night of your dinner, on the contrary, everyone seemed to be having a good night out. Our... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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100 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Planet Bar is great to meet friends for after work or before dinner drinks. It's also perfect for late night drinks and snacks. Well stocked bar, well informed bar men and the decor is fun.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We have annually attended the Planet Restaurant for our anniversary and this year decided to do the Chef's Table instead of the usual dining and we were not disappointed! An intimate dining experience in the heart of the kitchen with a specialised menu just for us. It was intimidating in the beginning but we had each chef explain the dish... More 

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Western Cape, South Africa
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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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57 restaurant reviews
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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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259 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
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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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21 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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31 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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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: Special occasions, Doing business

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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