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“The new hidden Gem of Franschhoek” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Bon Vivant @ Glenwood

Le Bon Vivant @ Glenwood
Robertsvlei Rd off R45 @ Glenwood Boutique Winery | Robertsvlei Valley, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly Okamai Japanese Restaurant)
021 876 2044
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Ranked #34 of 64 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Cuisines: Winery, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
london
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“The new hidden Gem of Franschhoek”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

As a regular visitor to Franschhoek it is always a pleasure to discover something new.
The views are to die for ! And yes it may not be the fastest service when they are busy ,but who needs to rush whilst on holiday ! Enjoy the view the great food and delightful wines .the staff are a credit to Le Bon Vivant .

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bregenz, Austria
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We visited Glenwood on the recommendation of sommelier friends from back home as part of a tour of numerous wine estates in the area. We were sadly disappointed by the experience.

We had booked and expected to receive a wine tasting paired with a menu. The staff never 'got around' to bringing us a single drop of wine so regrettably I can't comment on the wines at all. The lady serving tried her best to fix the situation and indicated that they were short a staff member, but not once after being received initially by the manager were we responded to after that. By far the worst service experience of our entire journey around South Africa.

We did manage to eat and the food was good but not on par with the other restaurants in the Franschoek area. It may very we'll have been an unusual exception but our experience fell way short of expectations.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“A welcome addition to the Franschhoek scene!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

At the breath taking setting of the Glenwood Wine estate this is a welcome addition to the Franschhoek food scene. There is no more perfect a spot for a relaxing lunch.

An uncomplicated menu with a mix of light and more substantial dishes.

We started with a complimentary tasting which helped with our choice of wine.

Wines are available at a modest corkage on top of cellar door prices.

For starters, we had a Prawn Lasagna – excellent home made pasta; and tomato and melon soup.

Mains; an excellent home made wild mushroom tagliatelle and fresh fish of the day Asian style with sticky rice.

Desert – “berry tiramisu” something quite different and very enjoyable.

  • Visited December 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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South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful setting, food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We have eaten here several times now. Very relaxing and peaceful with of course beatiful views. There are many choices between a very light lunch or more substantial offerings. We will be returning.

I am not sure why - now that is no longer a sushi restaurant, the earlier reviews are here? Ignore 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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Rijswijk
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Beautiful views and delicious lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It is a bit out of the village and you have to go about 2 km on a dirt road but it is worth the effort. Because it is a little bit out of the way it is quiet which suites this restaurant. We had two items from the lunch menu (seared tuna and pasta with sliced prawns) and they were excellent. While eating we enjoyed the view of the mountain opposite the restaurant. We tasted the unwooded chardonnay and it is top. I understand that the bottles for 2012 are virtually sold out and it is easy to understand why. The perfect summer wine. An added advantage it that the lunch can be combined with wine-tasting afterwards.

  • 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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