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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 2013
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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Isle of Wight, UK
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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

Walsall
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was my fifth visit to the Planet in three years (and probably my last). The normal excellent and attentive service has gone. A one hour wait for our main course to arrive. I had to ask for a new bottle of water, having been left without any for 20 minutes. The wine did not arrive until we had finished... More

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

Please accept our sincere apologies that your recent dining experience did not live up to the expectations you had during previous experiences. We appreciate your feedback and acknowledge, that although we strive for perfection, and deliver such most of the time, we clearly failed you on this evening. We will take your comments to heart and use them to work... More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

As regular visitors to Cape Town each UK winter, we eat around over 2 weeks and this was the most outstanding restaurant this time. The themed décor, cavernous and beautiful interior, well spaced tables, attentive service, short but imaginative/well thought out and balanced menu (less is more), excellently presented and tasty food, bonus of tasty amuse bouche and chocolate petit... More

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

Thank you for a wonderful review, you accurately described our restaurant. We are happy to hear that your dining experience was a superb one, and thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are always grateful as our ranking depends on reviews. More

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Not "British" , really continental / French fine dining. The 5 course chef's tasting menu (7, if you include the amuses and chocolates at the end) is exquisite and tremendous value @ $50.00. On the day I ate there, it included local fish Kabeljou and Springbok. I was glad to get away from the overpriced commercialism of the V&A Waterfront.

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

Thank you for the 'scintillating' review - we love it! and we are glad you enjoyed our special 'Journey Menu' with us. More

Halmstad, Sweden
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

On the terrace overlooking the gardens on a beautiful summers evening, what a luxury with world class cocktails & a Bar Manager (Benson) who is top notch, try his speciality, true bliss! Service is top notch as one would expect from a five star establishment. Great reception welcome as well. Unfortunately we had dinner plans at another top restaurant but... More

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

Thank you for your compliments - our Planet Bar team will be happy to read them. We look forward to welcoming you to our Planet Restaurant on your next visit! More

Dormagen
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111 reviews 111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

It's truly very old fashioned British styled, but lovely, high rooms with decor, we liked that. After having had a good drink at the hotel's bar (I enjoyed that, because they made me a fine strawberry margerita which wasn't on the menue) we entered the restaurant. The staff was always very attentive. We had a five course surprise menue with... More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review and lovely pictures you took! We look forward to welcoming you back soon, we hope. More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We came here after a dinner in town and had a couple of evening drinks out on the terrace. Great atmosphere, good service and knowledgable bar staff. It is pricy, but it is worth it.

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