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All 52 Paarl Restaurants

Terra Mare

90A Main Street | 7646, Paarl 7646, South Africa
+27 21 863 4805
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Ranked #1 of 52 Restaurants in Paarl
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Brasserie, Bistro
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: This spot has a well-deserved long-standing reputation. Expect to find consistent food (that ever-elusive ingredient to success) and friendly, efficient service thanks to the personal care of the owner, Olivier, and his family team. This popular Paarl restaurant offers an intriguing mix of European-style dishes with the best that this area has to offer. The owners, Olivier and Delenia Jaeggi-Wright, he being Swiss and she of Italian descent, bring a European sensibility to a cuisine that is never precious, but concentrates on maximum flavour in generous portions - the kind of cooking that has made it a favourite with the locals for many years. Helping Olivier with the cooking is Thabo Nqadini, who has been at Terra Mare for 9 years, adding his very own African touch to the Swiss style of the house.
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English first
Florida, Gauteng, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Great dinner with our family. Good service, very attentive owner, excellent food. It is an expensive and upmarket restaurant.

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Somerset West, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This restaurant ticks all the boxes for me: good food, great value, excellent service, nice view. Always a winner!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

I regularly visit Terra Mare because of two things - excellent service and delectable treats. Upon entering, one is greeted by the ever-cheerful Reeva who treats you like royalty. Olivier, the proprietor, ensures this warmth is felt throughout your meal. The food is something worth going there for and I would recommend this wonderful establishment on any given day. Don't... More 

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New York City, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My gate 1 tour group stop here for lunch & tour guide Tesse told us to be prepared for good food. However Tesse was incorrect what we got wasn't good food, it was great food!! The ingredients were fresh & the food was full of flavor. My friend almost lick her plate. Good thing we had bread so she didn't... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Had a lovely meal here on a friday night. Being from out of town, I was recommended this place from a few locals. Was pleased with the overall experiance of the place. Had a great mussels starters accompanied by their white wine specially made for them. Main course was a duo of duck and fish of the day. The duck... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We are locals from Paarl and have a selection of a great restaurants and wine farms. This place however has won my heart over and over again. The owner is at his post permanently, ensuring that your food will be 100% to perfection. The staff is friendly and the food is to die for. Olivier, the owner went out of... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

A bit restricted to see it as a passer by, but luckily our hotel told us about this restaurant! We already had a main meal so we just had dessert and coffee here, but it was very nice!

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Absolutely delicious food - first rate!! The sashimi was incredible and my husband's fillet was perfect. Great attention to detail and the accompaniments are almost dishes in themselves!

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I can only endorse the great reviews this restaurant has received. The food was out of this world in terms of quality and presentation - see the photos. The staff however were delightful, at tentative without being intrusive and charming - all of them.

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Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Having lunch or dinner at this wonderful place is a must when in Paarl. The remarkable experience of owner Olivier Jaeggi and his chef Thabo Nqadini is manifested in every dish they serve. Locals as well as tourists frequent this great place and keep coming back. We feasted on beautifully arranged Thabo Salad and the Springbock Carpaccio followed by the... More 

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Address: 90A Main Street | 7646, Paarl 7646, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 863 4805
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paarl
Cuisine: Brasserie, Bistro

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