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“The Toad has usurped the Cookhouse!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Josephine's Cookhouse

Josephine's Cookhouse
13 Boundary Road | Newlands, South Africa
2035388
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Ranked #961 of 1,449 restaurants in Cape Town
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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136 reviews 136 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“The Toad has usurped the Cookhouse!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We were really looking forward to re-visiting the Cookhouse & were SO disappointed with our evening at what used to be such a fantastic restaurant. The service was good & they haven't managed to muck up the setting but the food was really bad except for the pizza. I wish they would up-date the website so that other unsuspecting people don't go there expecting the Cookhouse & getting The Toad!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“JOSEPHINE'S COOKHOUSE - WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

It was with much regret that we recently ate at what we thought was the Josephine Cookhouse restaurant which has now become part of The Toad franchise and sadly what a shame that such a fabulous establishment as Josephine's has had to be downgraded to a mediocre burger joint with bad food, cheap ambience and mediocre service. How we will miss our local Cookhouse!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“1st time visit on Valentine's Day 2013... impressed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

last time i was at the venue - was when it was still Caveau. last minute group friends decided to head to the restaurant cause we all live in the Southern Suburbs.

thoroughly impressed by the food, atmosphere, venue, decor and patrons!

one little note though - it took a while for the host to acknowledge and seat us AND the service was a bit slow - pleasant but still slow.

i will however, definately be back for dinner and/or drinks upstairs.

(the restaurant was not busy at the time - as it was still early evening = 18h30)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“not the Societi Standard”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

A group of us attended for our monthly gathering, but we were disappointed. The pasta special lacked flavour and when the three of us who had ordered this dish complained we were given garlic and chilli to add some zest.. Waitress was not around much though and when we tried to get wine served by another waiter it didn't happen.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“A Must-Do Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Our company recently enjoyed our annual end of year lunch at Josephine's Cookhouse. From start to finish the arrangements were extremely well managed. The atmosphere is relaxed but vibey and the service was attentive, but unobtrusive, in spite of the restaurant being full at the time. Our glasses were constantly topped up and the serving and removal of food platters was seamless. We enjoyed a fixed menu called the "Bring Me Food 2" for 12 people and, boy, did they bring food!! The quality of the food was above average and the portions enormous! Overall great value for money and a stunning location next to the Liesbeek River in Newlands, Cape Town. Congratulations to the staff and management on a well run establishment and to the waitrons for excellent service.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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