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Le Bon Vivant @ Glenwood

Bistro, Winery
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Robertsvlei Rd off R45 @ Glenwood Boutique Winery | Robertsvlei Valley, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly Okamai Japanese Restaurant)
021 876 2044
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 15
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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  • 1
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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
Most recent review
Had a lot to live up to!

We were a little disappointed with our visit because we had been told that this was one of the best restaurants in town. The food was ok but our waitress was really quite clueless about what she was serving! Generally underwhelmed by our meal. It would be churlish to use the word 'pretentious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Trish N
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We were a little disappointed with our visit because we had been told that this was one of the best restaurants in town. The food was ok but our waitress was really quite clueless about what she was serving! Generally underwhelmed by our meal. It would be churlish to use the word 'pretentious' but that almost applied.

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Henley-on-thames
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It really is a stunning location and I wish I could be kinder about the restaurant. The starters were small and relatively highly priced. The main courses were not bad but lacking the flavour you come to expect in Franschhoek restaurants. Service was fine except for not understanding that we didn't want the newly bottled 2014 when the wine list... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

If by any chance there is a heaven ; and if by even more chance I manage to get there; when St Peter comes round with his clip board and asks what I would like to do for the next few millennia of eternity, I would be very tempted to say "just leave me at Glenwood". Sitting under the trees... More 

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nwood78, Manager at Le Bon Vivant @ Glenwood, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review which we thoroughly appreciated and shared with all our staff. In terms of your comment about our relative remoteness, we feel that the resulting tranquillity is integral to the ambience we have tried to create (while we are only 7 kms from the Huguenot Monument!). We are all committed to the continued success of... More 

Franschhoek, South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Only 5 minutes from Franschhoek, Bon Vivant @ Glenwood is a most relaxing place to enjoy good food in wonderful natural surroundings. The menu is small but the choices are good and I would think it offers something for everyone. The staff were pleasant and service good. Wine tasting is also available should you wish to taste some of Glenwood... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went on a mystery tour to find the Glenwood restaurant and what a surprise! The weather was very misty and foggy that afternoon and we drove slowly through the mountainous terrain until we found a road sign marking our destination. Fortunately the weather had deterred others to come so we got their place as we had not pre booked... More 

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The food here is mainly for a brunch but it is very good indeed, but not a lot to choose from. There were breathtaking views and there is a quiet ambience about it. Very attentive staff and very helpful. The downside is you have to go down a dirt track to get to it.

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Littlestone-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

As ever, a very good venue with lovely views. Smallish lunch menu, particularly enjoyed the stir fry beef. The wine tasting was excellent, which we did in tandem with our lunch.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Awesome views in a secluded spot at the end of a private track, just off the main road into Franschoek. The light lunch was delicious - a calamari Niçoise salad and fish chowder. It's a lovely spot for lunch. Food is lovingly prepared and the wine, of course, was fabulous too.

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Cape Town
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I knew the Le Bonvivant Restaurant in town and expected the quality at the Glenwood Estate to be en par. Not quite. Small choice of dishes and not anywhere as innovative and refined. But good value, attentive service and the setting is totally beautiful.

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Durban, South Africa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We'd heard alot about this restaurant and was recommended to have lunch at the Glenwood estate. The views were spectacular and we did the wine tasting first. However it was a bit of a little inconvenience in that we weren't able to place our orders at the restaurant and had to shift over to the restaurant section a few meters... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Robertsvlei Rd off R45 @ Glenwood Boutique Winery | Robertsvlei Valley, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly Okamai Japanese Restaurant)
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: 021 876 2044

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bistro, Winery

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