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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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 229
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  • 71
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 22
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  • 4
    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
Excellent food and wine

A 4* rating is perhaps a little stingy here. The overall experience was excellent and we had no complaints. The dishes are very well executed but perhaps slightly less imaginative than La Colombe up the road. That being said, this place is also a little cheaper and a little less formal, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Mark C
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

A 4* rating is perhaps a little stingy here. The overall experience was excellent and we had no complaints. The dishes are very well executed but perhaps slightly less imaginative than La Colombe up the road. That being said, this place is also a little cheaper and a little less formal, but nonetheless still very much a fine dining place.... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

A lovely lunch, slightly spoiled by silly wine prices! I appreciate they are trying to encourage drinking of their own (very good!) wines, but Cap Classique prices were unreasonable, to say the least. The food however, was indeed very good! A range of complimentary breads, with more than just butter; an amuse bouche, both at the beginning, and more complimentary... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We happened to be in the area and took a chance on the place for meal. What a surprise. We were both very satisfied with our meals to the point at which I would say memorable, and well worth prioritizing on a travel list of places to visit. We had two great meals in the main dining area with a... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Yesterday we had diner at this beautiful restaurant. The food was very good, the service perfect and the wines beyond expectations. We had a lovely evening and for us Buitenverwachting is still one of the best in Cape Town.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Close by to those staying in Constantia. Very good restaurant food and service as well as an excellent tasting service. Plan carefully, there are no tastings or bottles for take-away purchase after 5 PM!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This really did not live up the standards I expect from a high quality restaurant. The food simply wasn’t flavourful and the elements on the plates did not work together as a whole. I’ve gotten a lot better for a lot cheaper. The starters were acceptable but not good. I had the ostrich Carpaccio with butternut. The dish as a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Buitenverwachting means beyond expectations, and that was our experience. Those who have read my reviews before will know that I am quick to criticize, but found nothing to criticize here. I asked for rare steak and got rare steak which is itself rare. Each dish balanced complimentary and contrasting tastes and textures perfectly. The service was friendly and informative without... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We have been to Buitenverwachting several times over the past few years and have seen the transformation from fine dining to more of a bistro/convivial dining experience. Personally, I like the new format. We had a really delicious dinner in very relaxed surroundings with plenty of buzz. The service was excellent and we had a really nice evening.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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96 reviews 96 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We went to the restaurant for a lunch. There is a great outside area where there is a lot of seating and a more relaxed menu. The inside restaurant is much more upscale and a superb dining experience. The bread to start is exceptional and the wine from the cellar is great. Just remember that you can buy wine in... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Perfect winery for a superb lunch, great wines, wonderful countryside setting and excellent service.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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