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“good service, average food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Crane Restaurant

Blue Crane Restaurant
156 Melk Street New | New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0027, South Africa
+27 12 460 7615
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Ranked #22 of 364 Restaurants in Pretoria
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Blue Crane, situated in the heart of Pretoria next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, is now under new ownership and management. Not only has the entire venue been renovated extensively, but we also built a brand new 'Boma' area ideal for functions and off course relaxing next to the bonfire on a chilly evening. The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar offers various exciting areas, ideal for private or corporate functions, including our inside dining area next to the fireplace, a brand new coffee deli on the outside deck of the extended restaurant and our classy upstairs bar with its own deck overlooking the dam and the bird sanctuary. Not only do we cater for all sorts of functions, but we also offer our famous breakfast and lunch buffet every Sunday. We went the extra mile by building a custom jungle gym for all our younger patrons which adds even more value to your unique experience
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“good service, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

As an outdoor venue, the abience in South African spring is quite nice, but at dinner, very little in terms of attractive views of the surroundings as there is no illumination on gardens, greenery, etc.
for a large group on a business dinner, service was adequate. Menue choices were good, food average, wine pretty good.
Considering everything an ok venue, with ok food but definitely nothing special.

  • Visited October 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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BlueCrane2014, Public Relations Manager at Blue Crane Restaurant, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Good Day Hongkon

Thank you for your review we appreciate and welcome any comments and/or suggestions from our patrons. I would like to inform you that The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar is under new ownership and management from May 2014 and drastic improvements have been made.

Not only has the entire venue been renovated but a brand new 'boma' area has been built and the entire dam situated next to the restaurant is being rehabilitated to revive the bird sanctuary to its natural beauty.

I personally would like to invite you to come and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Kind Regards

Riaan Oosthuizen
Marketing Manager
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Nice for year end functions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We had our year end function here last year and the food was GREAT. there were other functions also so it was a bit crowed but that is my only point of critic. We sat outside and right next to the water with lovely birds and a extremely large tortoise came to greet us. Nice atmosphere and quality food.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BlueCrane2014, Public Relations Manager at Blue Crane Restaurant, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Good Day

Thank you for your review we appreciate and welcome any comments and/or suggestions from our patrons. I would like to inform you that The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar is under new ownership and management from May 2014 and drastic improvements have been made.

Not only has the entire venue been renovated but a brand new 'boma' area has been built and the entire dam situated next to the restaurant is being rehabilitated to revive the bird sanctuary to its natural beauty.

We also have a brand new chef, new kitchen staff as well as a new and exciting menu.

I personally would like to invite you to come and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Kind Regards

Riaan Oosthuizen
Marketing Manager
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Pretoria
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“Peaceful lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We went to this restaurant on a Sunday afternoon. The food is great and the surroundings makes the food even more great. Very relaxing and calming vibe

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BlueCrane2014, Public Relations Manager at Blue Crane Restaurant, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Good Day

Thank you for your review we appreciate and welcome any comments and/or suggestions from our patrons. I would like to inform you that The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar is under new ownership and management from May 2014 and drastic improvements have been made.

Not only has the entire venue been renovated but a brand new 'boma' area has been built and the entire dam situated next to the restaurant is being rehabilitated to revive the bird sanctuary to its natural beauty.

We also have a brand new chef, new kitchen staff as well as a new and exciting menu.

I personally would like to invite you to come and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Kind Regards

Riaan Oosthuizen
Marketing Manager
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“Average place to eat if you are in the hood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Average level of service with average food. If you are on the hood you may want to try it once or twice. But don't expect anything too fancy anyway.

  • Visited July 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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BlueCrane2014, Public Relations Manager at Blue Crane Restaurant, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Good Day ground_space

Thank you for your review we appreciate and welcome any comments and/or suggestions from our patrons. I would like to inform you that The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar is under new ownership and management from May 2014 and drastic improvements have been made.

Not only has the entire venue been renovated but a brand new 'boma' area has been built and the entire dam situated next to the restaurant is being rehabilitated to revive the bird sanctuary to its natural beauty.

I personally would like to invite you to come and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Kind Regards

Riaan Oosthuizen
Marketing Manager
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Pretoria
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“Beautiful location average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

We go There to lunch sometime. The location is very nice. Crane birds walking around and views of the lake. Food is very average and they take your plate away when your party is still eating. I realy hate that. Please do something about it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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BlueCrane2014, Public Relations Manager at Blue Crane Restaurant, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Good Day Vera Laura

Thank you for your review we welcome any comments and/or suggestions from our patrons. I can assure you that the problems have been sorted out since your last visit. The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar is under new ownership and management as from May 2014. Not only has the entire venue been renovated but the dam is also being rehabilitated.

I personally want to invite you to come and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Kind Regards

Riaan
Marketing Manager
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