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Buitenverwachting Restaurant

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International, Contemporary
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Klein Constantia Road | Constantia, Constantia 7847, South Africa
+27 (0)21 794 3522
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Fabulous restauran, fabulous venue

What a splendid restaurant this is, one of our favourites. We always enjoy our visits here, the service and food are always excellent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Polly D
London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Business meetings
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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a splendid restaurant this is, one of our favourites. We always enjoy our visits here, the service and food are always excellent.

Thank Polly D
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As their name says, Buitenverwachting or translated "Outside of my expectations". The setting is one of the most stunning in Cape Town, the staff exceptionally professional and the food beyond exquisite. What I loved most was the fact that their is ample space between tables and the setting is such that you can have a romantic or business discussion without... More 

Thank TonyLindi
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Set in a beautiful wine estate with views over vineyards and the mountain from the covered terrace the restaurant offers wonderful food in a great setting. Very enthusiastic and helpful service, if perhaps not the most polished. Unlike so many restaurants today the food always hugely exceeds the simple descriptions in the menu. Some diners used to US style fast... More 

Thank Matthew S
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157 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best way to describe Buitenverwachting is good ingredients cooked sublimely.The great skill is everything is about enhancing the main components.The soup with the lambe pie and osso bucco has to be the most intersting soup anywhere.The steak was lovely and the chocolate plate is just divine. As you would expect for a wine farm the wine is very special.... More 

Thank KendalMint
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good meal, good wine, good service, GREAT view. Highly recommend it. Get a table with a view just to add to the experience.

Thank Jozi_Girl79
Swansea, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really lovely place - beautiful view, great service and very high end food. Beware eating too much of the awesome bread at the start though! There is a lot of food to come and you don't want to spoil your appetite :)

Thank bagelobagel
nottingham UK
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here on the last night of a months holiday in South Africa. It was a perfect ending to a perfect holiday. To us very special. Thank you

Thank potter3875
Johannesburg, South Africa
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you've been to the Cape Winelands for as many years as we have, you tend to run out of superlative to describe the restaurants, especially over the last decades. One such place we've neglected up to now was Buitenverwachting, which lived up to its name ("better than expected" or "exceeding expectations"). But a rating of 5 is strictly reserved... More 

Thank TakenForARide
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at this restaurant many years ago and it is still as excellent as then. The scallops were cooked to perfection and served with melon balls. I took the chocoholic desert and can really recommend it: a small chocolate cone filled with ice cream, chocolate "molten lava" cake and chocolate mousse wrapped in a thin chocolate roll: every bite... More 

Thank Anne-Marie W
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant twice in our recent visit to South Africa. We also visited other winery restaurants which were excellent but Buitenverwachting was exceptional. The quality of food and the very attentive service was superb. The deserts I had were the best I have ever had and I have eaten in many different parts of the world. I... More 

Thank James H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Klein Constantia Road | Constantia, Constantia 7847, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Constantia
  • Phone Number: +27 (0)21 794 3522

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings


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