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“Simplicity at its best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basic Bistro

Basic Bistro
31 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
+27 21 883 3629 ‎
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Ranked #21 of 181 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Cuisines: Steakhouse, African, Seafood, Hamburgers, Malaysian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Simplicity at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Consistently good food geared at repeat customers, homely atmosphere, lovely venue for a relaxing meal with friends over a glass of wine or a pint of Stellenbrau lager! Speed is generally good with a minor tolerance needed for a fully seated house! - Always a good solid choice for a meal and a chat in Stellenbosch

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
“excellent food and a cool location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We enjoyed our stay on Thursday afternoon. The Bistro filled up till 7:30pm quite a bit which has definitely to do with the good food you get here.
Prices are reasonable for what you get. We can recommend it for a nice dinner in Stellenbosch!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paarl, South Africa
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Basic doesn't begin to describe it. SHOCKING!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Had to walk in and look for service. Sat down then had zero service. Full restaurant and only 2 servers. All tables around ours had empty dri ks with patrons attempting to attract attention to the servers. We ended up walking out as we werent even offered a drink. To add insult to injury... or visa versa... the had a table so close to the exit step that my wife had to scoot by a patron and ended up on the floor as she twisted her ankle. They should re-staff or shut the doors. We ended up at Slug and Lettuce around the corner. Wonderful service and top notch food. 5 stars for atmosphere too.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“It was OK but wouldn't rush back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We made the mistake of staying in downtown Stellenbosch rather than outside the town and I have to say I was quite underwhelmed by the whole experience. We decided to eat here as it was about the busiest place in town. By the time our food came out my wife's burger was cold and the explanation was "because my food takes longer to cook hers got cold". Seriously! Otherwise the place was ok, nice aptmosphere and a decent range of wines.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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5 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great value and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We ate here while staying at Oude Werf across the road. It seemed to be busy every time we walked past so we thought we'd give it a go. The food was tasty and quite cheap. Service was quick and staff we lovely. It was a cold night, and thankfully we were able to get a table inside.

We would go back. We had a steak and a burger. Both were great. The carrot cake was a little dry for my taste. Nice coffee.

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