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“pretty average kind of place” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barristers

Barristers
Corner Kildare Rd and Main St | Cardiff Castle, Newlands, South Africa
021 671 7907
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Ranked #4 of 14 restaurants in Newlands
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
The Hague, The Netherlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“pretty average kind of place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Don't go to Barristers if you're looking for great food and ambiance. It's basically a steak house where people gather after sporting events for a drink and a bite. The food is reasonable and the atmosphere noisy and convivial. Service is good on the whole.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

They must have been having a bad evening when we went there. Door not opened. Had to wait ages for order to be taken. Although there were 2 of us, put at table for 4 and other settings not removed. Not asked if we wanted desert. Not asked if we wanted coffee. Partner's steak – okay. My hamburger – thin. Bread and butter pudding – I could do better. Will not be going back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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SocialMediaSA, Public Relations Manager at Barristers, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
We are really sorry you found your meal disappointing and assure you this is not the norm at Barristers. We hope to see you again and assure you that you will be a happy customer. The "Barristers Team"
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Really disappointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Come on guys, don't spoil an evening by conning us. We were told that our Madagascan Pepper Sauce would be cream based, made in the traditional way. What we got was a sauce that was stodgy, obviously thickened with flour, with not a hint of cream. The fillet steaks were mediocre, accompanied by very average chips. That's it. And then the bizarre experience of having our Pinot Noir delivered well chilled, in an ice bucket. But hey, we were lucky to get the last bottle in the house. Outrageously expensive. Used to be good, years ago. Now gone the way of all flesh. Pity.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Kloof, South Africa
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“DEFINITELY NOT what it used to be!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

That's for sure. Recently, on a conference trip Cape Town, my husband and I decided to renew our acquaintance with "an old favourite" - Barristers. We braved a torrential downpour and howling winds to navigate our way there. Big mistake - HUGE! I can totally agree with an earlier reviewer, HotShot from Cape Town, whose comments are spot on: "chewy, tasteless .... not a place to eat...". The young man who served us made a fancy show of steering us in the direction of "best choices" ..... both of which were outrageously over-priced disasters. He confidently advised my husband not to go for his long-time favourite, the t-bone - "It hasn't had long enough to hang, sir......" Goodness knows why he didn't advise me similarly regarding my choice of "Karoo" lamb chops ..... edible only if I was prepared to swallow chunks of unchewable meat whole! The fillet steak my husband was "pretentiously persuaded" to have, was so badly damaged by indiscriminate over-use of rosemary that he said the rosemary was in fact all he could taste. The young waiter didn't even bother to return to our table to bring us our bill, we had to ask someone else to bring it!! Hindsight tells me we should have made a fuss and perhaps even considered not paying for that meal...such was the poor quality of what they served us. A waste of an evening....and the annihilation of a former treasured memory. What has happened to the place? Barristers used to pride itself on the quality of the meat it served.....Such a pity. I suggest you rather find somewhere else to go.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Brilliant Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Barristers always offers a great value pub meal
The food would be good if it was twice the price.
Also have a good selection of local craft beer
Always a good experience

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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