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“Shellfish find...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bel Punto

Bel Punto
Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti, South Africa
2731 568 2407
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Ranked #3 of 9 Restaurants in Umdloti
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Edinburgh
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Shellfish find...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We've been regularly visiting Durban and Umhlanga since 1985 and can now safely say we've found the best restaurant to date in the North of the city. With superb views over the Indian Ocean it's well worth booking a table for an earlier slot so you can watch the sunset.
With an extensive wine and cocktail list you can get off to a great start and if you're operating on foreign currency to the Rand it's easy to "splash out". 17 rand to the £1 does broaden your normal choice !
As a table of seven we all pretty much stuck to grilled Mozambique prawns, langoustines and crayfish. The portions were pretty generous and so add ons (of vegetables, rice etc) don't need to be vigorously ordered! The quality of all our meals were exceptional . The service was attentive and when one portion was recognised as " missing" they quickly remedied the situation.
After starters and mains were consumed desserts were pretty much an indulgence but they hit the spot very well.
So all in all , an excellent fine dining (but nicely casual) experience that we would truly recommend without hesitation.

Visited January 2014
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English first
Ballito, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“All business, no pleasure”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We decided to celebrate my birthday at Bel Punto on 3 January 2014. The evening began at 6.30pm with an empty reception desk followed after a while by the most uninspired host. A middle-aged gentleman in a white shirt wandered over and gave us the "yes?" look. No "good evening", no "how are you", no "may I help you". He found out name in the bookings and sullenly escorted us to our table (through the whole evening I did not see him smile once). At the table we waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually a nice young man arrived to take our drinks order and give us menus. Although the restaurant was only about half full, everything to forever to happen, including clearing our table after each course. Our waiter was fine, but not very attentive at all. And there is no kiddies menu; apparantely "they usually order spaghetti bolognaise" to quote our waiter. So if you have a picky child, with a small appetite, don't go here. To be fair, the food was fabulous - the asparagus starter and the quail mains that I had were wonderful and cooked to perfection. And they were very accommodating in sharing the main and dessert orders between our two young children who could not ever finish an entire dish on their own. But it was all spolit by a complete lack of ambience (we had to ask our waiter for a lighter to light the table candle), general attentiveness and friendliness you would expect from a restaurant of this reputation. They do good food, but do not do food good. It is pretty much all the business of getting the food out and then getting the patron out.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“NEVER disappoints!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

This is my favourite restaurant in KZN. Consistently good food, great service. The setting and views one of greater Durbans best. The owners are ever present which in my opinion is a mark of a great establishment. Parking can be an issue as Umhloti is a small village popular with beach visitors. I love it there.

Visited January 2014
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Polokwane, South Africa
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42 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Fabulous setting, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The setting is lovely with outdoor seating suitable for pleasant evenings. We all had a wonderful meal. Roast chicken highly recommended!!

Visited February 2013
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Pricey but great tasting Italian food! It has an awesome setting - overlooking the sea. The only downfall was that we waited an hour for our food.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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