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“delicious fresh food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marianas

Marianas
12 du Toit street | Stanford, Stanford, South Africa
0283410272
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Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Stanford
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“delicious fresh food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The restaurant is quietly located with both insode and outside tables. Wonderful fresh tasteful food and friendly service. Delightful!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a truly unique dining experience. The food is original and excellent quality. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal and the hosts have the balance just right between good service and interaction with their customers. Peter is thoroughly entertaining, and Mariana's love of food is evident in everything she cooks. Please eat here if you have the chance

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Restaurant with a difference”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Quaint homely restaurant with an ever changing menu...delicious home grown food and very entertaining owners. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pretoria
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“Poor service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I love food-and has heard about Marianas often. So when I had a weekend in Hermanus with my family I made sure my PA booked for Sunday lunch well in advance. What a disappointment when we arrived at the restaurant and were told that we failed to confirm our booking and that our booking was cancelled. The owner was very defensive and blamed the mistake on my PA. ( who confirmed the booking with him the night before). I can accept mistakes- but to blame the customer? Whilst I was trying to find out how this happened , my family walked out in disgust - not as a result of the mistake- just about the way it was handled.
The food and ratings can be excellent- but the customer service ........very disappointing.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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MarianaPeter, Owner at Marianas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
On Thursday, 5 September Estelle made a booking with us for a table of 5 for Sunday 8 September.

Peter, who handles bookings in the restaurant, phoned Estelle at ± 18h00 on Saturday afternoon to confirm her reservation. She sounded apprehensive and said that she would have to phone the other people and would get back to us if there was a problem. We asked her to please phone back either way.

When Estelle had not confirmed her booking by 12h30 on Sunday we gave her table to another client. Estelle never informed us that she had made a booking on someone else’s behalf; as far as we were concerned she was our client.

At ±12h45 Alma walked in and said she had a booking for a table of 5. We had no record of a booking in Alma’s name, nor her contact number. It then turned out that the booking which was made by Estelle, was a reservation for Alma. We had nowhere to seat Alma’s table as our house was by then full inside and the spring rains in full force made finding a gap somewhere outside impossible.

We value our customer’s support greatly as we would be out of business without them. Peter therefore apologised several times for this unfortunate incident. We also contacted Alma personally to explain our side of the story.

We sincerely hope that Alma and her party would book with us again in the future so that we get a chance to show them what our hospitality is really like.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Treating your tastebuds in Stamford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I am in the tourism industry so eat out a lot.This was a birthday treat for my wife & as the restaurant is small only seating 20 people, it is necessary to book ahead. Mariana & Peter are charming hosts and little Louise our server was great. As others have said, everything is prepared in house and you can taste the passion and with which the food was grown prepared and served. We complimented the meal with an excellent pinotage and were thrilled with everything. I would rate them 12/10 . The combinations and balanced flavours in the dishes were also great.eg I had the Duck as my entree which was balanced with quince and accompanied by delicious lentil vegetable mixture. Only open Thurs. Frid Sat. & Sunday for Lunch.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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