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“A Bistro with a Touch of Class” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lemon Tree Bistro

Lemon Tree Bistro
Clock Tower Centre | Main Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
+27 33 701 1589
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Ranked #1 of 3 restaurants in Underberg
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Since 2002 hundreds of coffee devotees have trooped through the Lemon Tree doors every day to enjoy the amazing cappuccino. For the second time in three years a survey of around 350 restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal rated LEMON TREE’s cappuccino one of the province’s 20 BEST. This accolade was achieved in the definitive 2010/11 and 2012/13 Sunday Tribune Cafe Society Awards. The international hospitality monitor, TripAdvisor recognised Lemon Tree Bistro with its 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award places the restaurant in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and indicates businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.The hospitality and catering team, guided by owners Huck and Elsabe Orban, has taken what was essentially a coffee shop with a Continental slant to the level where it is one of the best recognised country restaurants in South Africa. Not only is it listed on several international country travel guides as a "Must Visit!" - amongst which the popular Lonely Planet - but it also serves as destination for both foodies and coffee aficionados. Its easy-dining, bistro menu to which special features like Venison Pie, de-boned Rainbow Trout, the incomparable Kudu Fillet and the famous pistachio-crusted Lamb Cutlets have been added, ensures that everyone's taste from essential to eclectic, is catered for. Besides the crisp croissants, baked on the premises every day, the Lemon Tree will serve you the most memorable Prawn Pasta, Prego Roll and hand crafted Toasted Sandwich you have ever had. Finish that off with the oh-so-moreish Beetroot Cake and a cappuccino and you'll be back for more.... time and again. When you walk through the door you enter the Lemon Tree's wonderful world of goodies... an interesting selection of books - both old and new, a range of branded and house coffees, brewing and cookery requisites and a deli filled with a delightful range of wines, imported biscuits, chocolates, jams and condiments. See you there...
Underberg
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Bistro with a Touch of Class”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Stop here when entering Underberg and enjoy your first cuppacino and a slice of delectable cake baked at Lemon Tree. Great hearty winter fare especially the newly launched fresh chunky vegetable soup with bread of your choice. Mahala meals excellent value for money. Huck's photographs are a must see at the back of shop, where you will find so much more than you expected. And for folks that have a bitter taste in the mouths because this little Underberg Gem is doing so well, Get A Life. Lemon Tree and Staff, you keep doing well.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Thank you Cheryl for your valuable input and for your support and critical participation in our endeavour to improve our standards.
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Pleasan place for coffe or a meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We did both and enjoyed a very nice evening meal. Portions are on the large size so leave room!
The choice on the menu was good as was the wine list. Prices were very reasonable. Would happily go again

Visited April 2013
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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for review. We enjoyed having you as a guest and are honoured to have received a positive rating from you. We trust you had an enjoyable stay in the Underberg and set forth on your travels with fond memories.
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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Years of fabulous food and great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

For many years we have been holidaying in underberg and The Lemon Tree is a little Gem. We have had many great tasty goumet meals there and the service is excellent, the staff and owners professional and friendly and will go out of their way to make your experience a great one. Just browsing the comments and I am bowled over by the vindictive commment made by D Heunis. This kind of message can be so damaging to a business. The Lemon tree has been a "part of our family" for years even my little boy just loves it there, you are always made to feel welcome and at home and it is great value for money with the BEST capaccinos and milkshakes and yummy food breakfast lunch or supper all great. Keep on going Lemon Tree what would Underberg be without you?

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
We do not get nearly enough to see of you but we know there will yet be many years of fabulous food and great fun in your delectable company. Thank you for your review and we assure you of our continued desire to serve you and make every visit to the Lemon Tree a memorable one....
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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Many excellent meals at Lemon Tree Bristro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

As a family we visit Underberg on a regular basis and our first stop is to the Lemon Tree Bistro where over the past 8 years we have enjoyed many an excellent meal being breakfast lunch or dinner the staff are a friendly happy bunch which is clearly the good training by the owners whom I might add bend over backwards to assist your every need. The food is without doubt FIVE STAR - caters for every need and very reasonable priced . For those visiting this picturesque part of the Southern Berg do yourself a favour and pop into the Lemon Tree for an unforgetable experience .
Yvonne Donnelly
Director
Polarair Air-conditioning

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
You visit the Underberg and the Lemon Tree far too infrequently and we miss your very special company and friendship. We trust this trend will be remedied soon. Thank you for your glowing review and you must know that your valuable input, advice, suggestions and friendship are very special and much appreciated.
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Kfar-Saba, Israel
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“An excellent restaurant with gourmet food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We went to have lunch. At first, when you look at the restaurant you might think that it is ver simple, but after a closer look it is quite a gourmet place. The ultimate way to judge them (for us) is how they prepare the cappuccino we are already two weeks in South Africa, no where we got a decent cappuccino, here it was done truly like the Italian prepare it. Excellent cappuccino.
In addition, I don't eat any carbs (bread, potatoes, sugar.....) yet I did want the hamburger, the owner was creative and served the hamburger on a lovely spinach with fried egg and mushrooms and it was simply fantastic. I appreciate very much the owner and his creativeness in finding solution and giving excellent service.
We then returned in the evening for more cappuccino and we will return in the morning for breakfast as well.

Great place.

Visited April 2013
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thankyoubut, Owner at Lemon Tree Bistro, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you for deciding to visit the Lemon Tree and thank you even more for asking us to prepare something special for you. You were delightful guests and it was our privilege to be of service to you and to enjoy your company. Your review has been helpful and we wish you a safe and enjoyable visit to our region and to South Africa.
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