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“My favorite restaurant in Gabs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Caravela Portuguese Restaurant

Caravela Portuguese Restaurant
Ext 4 Mokgosi Close Plot 421 | Off Independence Avenue, Gaborone, Botswana
+267 391-4284
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Ranked #5 of 58 restaurants in Gaborone
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Portuguese, Seafood
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A unique dining experience in Gaborone, centrally located in the heart of the city in a quiet residential neighborhood. Caravela offers three distinct dining areas to choose from - a gorgeous outdoor garden to enjoy summertime lunch and quiet evening dinners, a bar dining area with a casual ambiance and warm fire in the winter months and an inside, air-conditioned dining area for those business meals or special occasions. Portuguese cuisine is served with seafood being the house specialty. The menu is varied with choices of beef, pork, chicken, lamb and vegetarian offerings. Main entree prices begin at P69. All food is prepared fresh on site and may be customized to your individual tastes and diet. Large groups can be accommodated with quick service for those needing to return to the office. Take away food may be ordered as well as platters for office meetings. Friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“My favorite restaurant in Gabs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I have had many meals here in over four years of business trips to Botswana, and this is my absolute favorite. Consistently good food, attentive service. The best Chicken peri-peri, and the flaming chorizo sausage is good and a great starter to share with others. I have had the steak skewers (beef is usually excellent in Botswana) - tasty and an attractive presentation. If the avocado salad is available, get it. The two more reasonably priced South African white wines on the list are good value for the quality. This is one of the few restaurants in Botswana with delicious desserts- save room for the creme caramel. The restaurant is popular with the expat community as well as international visitors. If you are going on a weekend, reserve in advance, especially if you have four or more people in your group.

Visited October 2012
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Favorite spot in Gabs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I loved this restaurant. Ate here three times during my month long stay in Gabs. House wine tasty, steak was amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Very good food in a pleasant outdoor area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

After previous day's lunch at a city centre well know portuguese chicken fast food chain, I was very pleased with my portuguese half chicken meal; very tasty in a pleasant outdoor eating area. Clearly well frequented by the locals. Recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Maun, Botswana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“hidden jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

this restaurant has a nice terrace to enjoy their portugese cuisine, food isgreat, prices are right, service is friendly and swift, we felt at easy and eat there most of the times we visit Gaborone

Visited May 2012
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Pretoria, South Africa
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Tasty Old Fashioned Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

The wine list was a bit disappointing but the service was really good. The managers, husband and wife, made sure that all customers were attended to by the staff.

Everything was good especially the escargot and the chorizo! It was super yummy. I was a bit disappointed with the entree --- but the dessert made up for it.

Though I must say that Caravella needs a bit of facelift -- a little renovation.

Food, service and overall experience, I score Caravella --- 4 stars.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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