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“Didn't match expectations” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia

Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia
Groot Constantia Road | Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia 7848, South Africa
+27 21 794 6255
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Ranked #4 of 23 Restaurants in Constantia
Cuisines: Bistro, Family Fare
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Jonkershuis Constantia is nestled in the historic core of the Groot Constantia Wine Estate next to the historic Manor House and surrounded by ancient oak trees. Your first impression is dominated by sweeping views across the oldest wine producing vineyards in South Africa, down the valley to the enveloping coastline of False Bay. This family owned and managed bistro boasts a diversity of locations from private dining grandeur, to intimate interior fire side dining, to typical Italian village gatherings in their vine covered courtyard to family style lunches on their front lawns, were children can safely play reminiscent of a bygone era.. Partner Chris Coetzee, a father of two energetic young sons says, "Our close proximity and strong association with Iziko Museums is very important to me, it is a privilege for my children to be raised surrounded by so much of their heritage." The rich cultural history of Jonkershuis lends a magical and old world charm to any occasion held at the beautiful Jonkershuis. Tammy Botbyl (partner), "The strong legacy of history and tradition has inspired many couples to share their vows here and celebrate their union in style. It is a privilege for us to be part of the beginning of so many new legacies."
Wemyss Bay
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“Didn't match expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Visiting alone while on a wine tour, I thought I'd sit outside and have lunch here. The menu was varied and sounded interesting and I settled myself at an empty table outside and waited to be served. I waited a while before the waiter told me I needed to move as the table was reserved. There was no reserved sign, so I was about to leave, but actually being hungry returned to see if there was anywhere else I could sit. I was shown to a table in the courtyard. I had Yellow Tail fish, which was served with mash potato. The fish was over cooked and although okay and it filled a gap, there was nothing remarkable about it. I finished off with lemon tart, also nice, but not a special meal by any means and I'd not bother going back there. The wine on the other hand was very nice.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing location”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Wonderful piece of old South Africa. Great views, excellent service but food was of very poor quality. Spent too much on ambiance and dining experience was left behind. Also, renovations continue outside whilst patrons attempt to enjoy a Sunday luncheon...quite disappointing. Not a way to treat tourists from overseas. Had better food on the plane trip home...sad....

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town
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“Great setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Far and away the most exceptional aspect of Jonkershuis is the setting - amidst historic buildings, under oaks, with views stretching out over the Constantia Valley to the ocean.
I organised a class reunion here in January and the staff were more than happy to assist in helping to create a small and affordable a la carte menu, including wine for the table, from their main menu. We were able to accommodate everyone both in terms of food choice and budget.
The service was good given we were a biggish group, and the food was very tasty.
Jonkershuis is definitely well worth a visit.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Salcombe, United Kingdom
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“Super food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Very busy restaurant which is part of the Groot Constantia wine estate. We had lunch and thought we might be too late but no problem. Service was very attentive and knowledgable. The food was absolutely super with wine to match and all for an incredibly reasonable price

Visited September 2013
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Sandton, South Africa
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“What a Grand Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The setting is just unique - on one of the original Cape Wine Farms with its history and architecture.
The food was wonderful with some Cape classics on the menu. I loved the fish with crisp glass of Chardonnay.
Service was a bit slow at times.
All in all a very good meal.

Visited September 2013
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