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“Spectacular dining & views!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Roundhouse Restaurant

The Roundhouse Restaurant
Kloof Road, The Glen | Camps Bay, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa
021 438 4347
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Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Steeped in over 300 years of history, the former guard house, tea room, hotel and the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset has been elegantly restored with the charm and sophistication of the Grand Old Cape. The style of cuisine at The Roundhouse is uncomplicated, contemporary French, inspired by seasonal ingredients and paired with one of the finest boutique wine collections in South Africa. South African born, PJ Vadas combines his worldly culinary skills with influences from the Cape to create an exquisite four course menu.
Hollywood, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Spectacular dining & views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I enjoyed the six-course tasting menu. The portions were modest, so it wasn't overly filling. Each course was a work of art. The view of the sunset, mountains and ocean were amazing from a restaurant that was beautiful itself.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Wonderful service, delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The restaurant was recommended by a friend's daughter who lives in Joburg. From the moment we arrived it lived up to our expectations. We were escorted from our taxi to chairs and table on the lawn with views to die for. Canapés and aperitifs appeared and we took in a wonderful sunset. We both had the 6 course taster menu, my husband also having the wine pairings. Our table in the restaurant could not have been better, overlooking the bay and Table Mountain. Each course was beautifully presented and very tasty. Portions were just right - we were never over faced. All in all one of the best meals we have ever had. A bonus was the amazing value for money compared with the UK. We appreciated the little touches such as the personalised menus with our names on them.

  • Visited November 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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New York City, New York
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14 restaurant reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Beautiful location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My husband and I had dinner our last night in Cape Town on a recent trip. We had drinks at one of the outdoor tables before our dinner. What a beautiful spot! We had lovely views of the ocean. The staff kindly brought us some sparkling wine and canapes.
The dinner itself was nice. The menus are "set" so to speak. We had a choice of 4 course or 6 course tasting menu. I would have preferred a more a la carte menu as neither my husband nor I care for dessert, but our meal was fine, though I thought some of the meat dishes were a tad heavy and heavily salted but that is our personal taste. We had a really lovely meal and would recommend The Roundhouse.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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8 restaurant reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Very expensive for dinner and not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My husband and I were recently in Cape Town and have been wanting to try this place for a while. We live in London and my husband is from SA. This is not a place locals go, only tourists - enough said! The service is very good, the food was beautifully presented and served piping hot, but it lacked flavor. We had the 4 course a la carte menu with pairing wines. The meat course was very tasty, but the others looked amazing, but didn't taste of anything. It's a shame as there are some amazing restaurants in Cape Town and they are a fraction of the price. Don't waste your money for dinner. The other thing is that the staff, although very professional, are extremely formal, and there is no South African charm that you find at so many other restaurants in the Cape and Winelands.

Save your money and go somewhere else.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“A dining experience to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Had never really eaten food before that looked like such art. The 4 course menu had such great options and each one was incredible. Being from England we couldn't believe the price. About £40 pounds a head and a meal like this in England would amount to around £200 a head so we were delighted with the value and especially the food. This beautiful place should definitely be tested by all staying in Cape Town. I couldn't fault a single thing I ate from beetroot salad, panga risotto, lamb neck with pea purée and Eton mess to finish. Not to mention all the little tasters in between!

  • Visited November 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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