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Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg

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Steenberg Road | Steenberg Estate, Cape Town Central 7945, South Africa
+27 (21) 713 2222
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Steenberg is one of a kind. Its unique historical background and...
Steenberg is one of a kind. Its unique historical background and irreplaceable situation make it a magical place to holiday at. The hotel nestles in the tranquil Constantia Valley, against the slopes of the Steenberg Mountain, offering sweeping views over the False Bay. This boutique hotel is a haven of serenity and gracious hospitality with a choice of 24 elegant, air conditioned rooms, three of which are the luxurious Heritage Suites. Each en-suite room is tastefully furnished, some with exquisite antiques and all overlooking the vineyards or manicured gardens. Award-winning chef, Garth Almazan, will host you at the Catharina's Restaurant where guests are invited to relax, dine in style and enjoy sophisticated South African cuisine. The estate boasts a state of the art modern winery, Steenberg Vineyards, which is recognized as one of the top white wine cellars in the country, and features a popular new cellar door restaurant, Bistro Sixteen82. A championship 18-hole golf course, designed by Peter Matkovich, surrounds the hotel. Guests are given special rates and can enjoy a round of golf on a course that was designed to make full use of the natural features and hazards.
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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic Winter Specials

Went for 2 friends birthday lunch. The restaurant is set on the beautiful Steenberg Wine farm and is sophistcated and cosy. Staff are all very attentive and professional. The food was delicious as was their wine and bubbly. They had scattered rose petals on the table for the birthday girls as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
jajasa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Cape Town, South Africa
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went for 2 friends birthday lunch. The restaurant is set on the beautiful Steenberg Wine farm and is sophistcated and cosy. Staff are all very attentive and professional. The food was delicious as was their wine and bubbly. They had scattered rose petals on the table for the birthday girls as well as presented each with a complimentary birthday plate... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Visited here on the 29th August before flying back to the UK. We were a table of 8 and were looked after beautifully by Tracy, she was attentive, considerate and funny. The food was lovely and when my husband realised that the chocolate mousse he had ordered for pudding has a banana sauce, they unhesitatingly changed it for him.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Had lunch with friends and family here, the place is superb had a lovely time. Food is amazing except for the waitress who was very short and never smiled . But all is good!

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear Lindokuhle M Thank you for your feedback and I am glad that you enjoyed your lunch. Could you please email me at ronel.smidt@catharinasrestaurant.co.za. I would like to further discuss the unfriendly service as this is not acceptable. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

plettenberg bay
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Last year we experienced Bistro Sixteen82 and loved the food and atmosphere. This year, our first stop on our "Foodie" Trip through Cape Town, we were privileged to have the opportunity to experience Catharina's, Steenberg 's newest restaurant. A culinary delight! We will be back!

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear Oboolsen Thank you so much for your lovely review. I will definitely pass your positive feedback to Chef Garth & team. Kind Reagrds Ronel Smidt More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I met a friend/colleague at Catharina's for lunch. It was lovely. On the terrace, under an umbrella, with a beautiful green lawn and an old white-washed Dutch colonial barn. I had a special of grilled (medium rare) springbok slices on mashed potatoes accompanied by vegetables. The service was terrific, The ambience even better. Catharina's was one of the few restaurants... More 

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear Jogger-FallsChurch Thank you for your review, it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to hosting you the next time you are in Cape Town. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

Irvine, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had hoped to enjoy a special last evening in Cape Town, and this place had been recommended to us. The restaurant is located in the historic Steenberg Farm and the setting could not be more scenic from its elevated position amidst the vineyards. Unfortunately, we found the service to be extremely slow and the quality of the food left... More 

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear Soccer CA Thank you for taking the time to bring this to my attention. I would appreciate it if you could please email me at ronel.smidt@catharinasrestaurant.co.za so I can get more details from you to further investigate your negative experience. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A fantastic Sunday lunch. We had the winter 3 course on offer and what a treat. A fresh take on the typical family Sunday roast. The food was placed onto platters and the platters placed onto our table, it felt like my grans Sunday lunch. Good food, high quality, nice presentation and fantastic views/venue.

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear WalterCPT Thank you so much for your positive comments on our Winter Feast Sunday lunch. So glad that it took you back to lunch at Gran's house on Sundays, was exactly what we were hoping to achieve. We look forward to seeing you soon. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Sorry to say, but this place needs to learn from its sister Bistro 1682. Excepting the soup, and the music, the entire meal was overcooked and disappointing. Avoid this place.

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear JDBishop5 Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. I would appreciate it if you could direct message me at ronel.smidt@catharinasrestaurant.co.za so as to further discuss your experience at Catharina's. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Had a lovely relaxing Saturday lunch, 2 log fires going, nice wine good music and great food. Service excellent.

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear Steven L Thank you so much for your review, we truly appreciate your positive feedback. Let us know when you are in the Cape again. Have an excellent day. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

South Africa
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89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Sat inside by the fireplace which was lovely and warm. The starters (mushroom risotto and seafood risotto) were as good as any restaurant we have eaten at and quite special. My main course of oxtail was equally as good however the chicken balantine was below par. The desert being Amarula creme brulee was also rather average but good enough to... More 

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ronel_smidt, Manager at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer4477 Thank you so much for your detailed feedback, constructive criticism helps us to continue to improve on our offering. Your feedback is invaluable. I would appreciate it if you could email me so that we can further discuss your points. You can contact me at ronel.smidt@catharinasrestaurant.co.za. Kind Regards Ronel Smidt More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Steenberg Road | Steenberg Estate, Cape Town Central 7945, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 (21) 713 2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 29
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

Steenberg is one of a kind. Its unique historical background and irreplaceable situation make it a magical place to holiday at. The hotel nestles in the tranquil Constantia Valley, against the slopes of the Steenberg Mountain, offering sweeping views over the False Bay. This boutique hotel is a haven of serenity and gracious hospitality with a choice of 24 elegant, air conditioned rooms, three of which are the luxurious Heritage Suites. Each en-suite room is tastefully furnished, some with exquisite antiques and all overlooking the vineyards or manicured gardens. Award-winning chef, Garth Almazan, will host you at the Catharina's Restaurant where guests are invited to relax, dine in style and enjoy sophisticated South African cuisine. The estate boasts a state of the art modern winery, Steenberg Vineyards, which is recognized as one of the top white wine cellars in the country, and features a popular new cellar door restaurant, Bistro Sixteen82. A championship 18-hole golf course, designed by Peter Matkovich, surrounds the hotel. Guests are given special rates and can enjoy a round of golf on a course that was designed to make full use of the natural features and hazards.

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