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“Food, service, ambience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Coachman

The Coachman
103 Cape Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
041 373 3440
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Cuisines: Central European
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Food, service, ambience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

An excellent restaurant: whether you are into redmeat, fish or poultry, this is the place for you! Exceptional service tops the whole experience

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
walton-on-thames
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“over-rated, average, under-whelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Rated as the best in the town, my expectations were high. The restaurant was full the night we called in, waitresses beautifully dressed in lovely dresses, plush carpeting, attractive table settings, it looked as though the rating could be accurate. We sat in the outer area, which although less plush than inside, was still comfortable and well laid out. The menu is large, the prices a little on the higher than normal side, however, for me, the failing came in the execution: my steak from the 'chargrill' menu was not seared on the outside, possibly sauted rather than grilled, the potato chips limp and pale; the pudding was large, but tasted merely sweet, not the 'death by chocolate' experience of the menu. It seems that what is lost in cooking finesse and skill is compensated by quantity as the portions are large. The habit of clearing plates immediately one finishes one's meal, rather than waiting until all diners have finished is one that is more commonly seen in a road-side caff than a good restaurant. Would I go again? No.

Visited October 2012
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Kenton on Sea, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality, friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Although the restaurant was very busy, the service was friendly and efficient.
The food was well prepared and of high quality.

Visited September 2012
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Minot, North Dakota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Quality lost in the move...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I got engaged at the old Coachman which was located on Cape Rd. We came to visit our family in PE, and wanted to take them to experience the wonderful food. What a letdown... The new restaurant is really pretty with a great location etc, but they have completely sold out on exclusivity and quality. My husband had to send back his steak, mine was also over cooked. The lamb shank that my sisters ordered was good, and my mother enjoyed her steak. Some bread at the table would have been a nice touch. I do not think that we will go there again if we visit SA next time. The magic and quality obviously stayed behind at the old venue...

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The meals are well prepared and taste good .Definite value for money. Friendly / clean restuarant .This is must for our visitors to visit. WELL DONE.

Visited February 2012
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