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“Great atmosphere but poor service and food quality” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Buena Vista on the R44

Buena Vista on the R44
Route R44, Lentelus Farm, Somerset West, South Africa (Formerly Buena Vista Social Cafe)
+27 21 855 4454
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Ranked #15 of 65 restaurants in Somerset West
Price range: $60 - $90
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish, International, Wine Bar
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: the very special and Authentic Cuban restaurant, Buena Vista on the R44 is just the spot for any event worth celebrating, a timeless Gem in the heart of breath taking Winelands. Our food is simply delicious, whether it's our Tapas or main meals, not to mention our now World Class cocktails...
Somerset West, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere but poor service and food quality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

If you are looking for authentic Cuban food then you will be disappointed - too much oil, fat, salt and no attention to cooking even the most basic dish perfectly. I have visited three times and will not be back. The service and food are a tremendous let down. I imagine that Buena Vista is a great meeting place for drinks and cigars and listening to live music. But rather eat before you arrive.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Not too bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Is ok but not fine dinning. Fun rather than excellence. You get what you pay for so don't expect the Ritz. Have a fun night.

Visited August 2013
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Food is gross, nice place for party”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

A friend told us this place is "rather nice". I think I am going to unfriend that friend. I tried various starters as my lunch:
1)filled jalapenos - didn't finish it it was so gross
2)chicken wings - it was cold
3)dates wrapped in bacon - too rich and not tasty

I tasted my daughter's nachos and it was also simply just gross (she only ate a small portion of her dish as she didn't like it as well)

Service was friendly albeit a little slow.
The venue has character and i am sure the students in town appreciate the place.
The chips, cold beer and garfen setting at least made it bearable.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Somerset West
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Hasta la (Buena) Vista”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

We found this spot to be overrated. The food was bland and down right boring, definitely not authentic. The service was poor. We won't be back.

Visited June 2013
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Cape Town
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Service was poor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Usually great food, great service and great ambiance. The evening we went to dinner, there was only one waitress and the place was 70% full. Our food took forever, was dry and not appetising and the service was not great.

Visited June 2013
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