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R45 Road, between Paarl and Franscchoek, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27(0)21 8633852
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Ranked #16 of 63 restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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82% Recommend
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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens, farm life, and an all white restaurant with a choice of organically 'homegrown' fruit and veg with your choice of meat, fish or homemade cheese. Fresh! Tasty and beautifully presented! And to top it all, excellent wines too! What more can one ask for? I adore this place! Book well in advance as it is hard to get... More

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Volmoed, Western Cape, South Africa
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was not disappointed - had been wanting to see the amazing gardens and the whole concept appealed to me. Would like to visit again in spring, but even though we had a grey drizzly day, it was still beautiful. Lunch in the garden Glasshouse was delicious with fresh breads & salads etc, washed down by the light white wine.

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Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had booked well in advance and arrived on a damp day for lunch. We wandered around the gardens and the pleasant grounds, really well worth setting aside time for this. There is also a shop with lots of local produce, preserves, wines, cheese, etc. The menu is interesting and driven by the quality of the produce, which is largely... More

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We and Friends had a lovely dinner in this beautiful Restaurant.The setting was great and the service was excellent.The fixed menu was very good .We had the Fillet Steak on the bone and it was the best I had for a long time .The presentation was very good

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Pretoria, South Africa
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stumbled upon Babylonstoren after a short drive from Franshhoek. The Gardens and the surrounding area are very beautiful and this place is one of the hidden secrets of the region. We loved it here. There are mountain bikes for the adults and children to ride whilst you are here and the kids will love the creative spaces and the... More

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Claremont, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

At last we got a booking here (made 3 months ago). It is everything we have read and heard about. We shared the "red" salad which was a visual feast and both couldnt resist the trout for mains. You can't leave without a walk around the property looking at all the edible plants and vegetables. Magnificent in every way.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I had to film a segment in the gardens of Babylonstoren and got to meet some of the chefs and taste a signature red salad as well as have lunch in their Greenhouse. Babylonstoren is a master class in how to create an experience for the senses that begins the moment you get out of your car and follows you... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Daily freshly food from the garden. New menu each day. A must for sure! Had dinner there 2 times and absolutely loved it.

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Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We really struggled to get a booking here but it was worth it! The salads were magnificent, strange and tasty! My beef was tender and tasty. The decor is beautiful and with the mountain backdrop the views are great. Service is good but can be slow when they get full and busy. Good food and a brilliant experience. Worth the... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Babel is a feast for the senses. The ambience, the setting, the decor, the trendy farm feel and the amazing food. The fillet was divine. Definitely a place to visit. Take a walk in the gardens after lunch, or visit the wine tasting, farm shop or deli. A perfect day outing!

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