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“lunch by the river” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Belle Alliance

La Belle Alliance
1 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
028 514 2252
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Ranked #15 of 29 Restaurants in Swellendam
Cuisines: Continental
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: La Belle Alliance, a family run restaurant since 1998, is situated on the main road between the Drostdy Museum and the Dutch Reformed Church, on the banks of the Koornlands river.The historical building was formerly a masonic lodge with some symbols still visible on the premises today. The garden terrace offers tranquility and shade under a canopy of White Stinkwood trees and lots of sunshine and blankets on cooler winter days."Specials" include both traditional and international dishes, all freshly home made.La Belle Alliance is renowned for its efficient and friendly service. The venue is child and dog friendly and the ideal spot to enjoy a relaxed breakfast or lunch.Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays: 8am to 5pm.Fully Licensed.Credit cards accepted.Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Dutch/Flemish, French and German.Indoor (50 pax) and outdoor(100 pax) seating.Groups welcome.Find us on facebook.GPS longitude: 20'27' EGPS Latitude: 34' 01' S
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“lunch by the river”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

if you want to have lunch by the river over looking lush green trees on a wooden deck, than this is the place for you. the main restaurant building itself is gorgeous but the charm is to have breakfast on the deck. the service is quick and friendly, the hostess/owner (originally from Belgium) is very polite and food is good. one of the best places we have eaten at whilst in swellendam.i am a vegetarian and they have sufficient veggie options on the menu as well. the only downfall of this place is that it is not open for dinner (closes at 5) and it would have been a wonderful setting to sit by the river in the night , with some candles on table and enjoy the silence

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Shaldon, United Kingdom
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348 reviews 348 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“Lovely location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

A great setting by an amber river. We enjoyed cider and ploughmans to the tinkle of water and the view of boulders river trees and ferns. Enjoyable.

  • Visited January 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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Lausanne, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful authentic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stopped at la belle alliance for lunch and found a very authentic place with kind and attentive service. We ordered Bobotie and Chicken Pie and both tasted like we would have wished. "Grandmother's style" without being old-fashioned. Thanks a lot!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Satisfactory”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The venue has always been amazing. The service is also excellent. Unfortunately, the food was nothing spectacular and the portion size of the quiche that I ordered (one of the special lunches of the day) was VERY small. The side salad is also not much of a salad. I think it is a bit much for R84? I was still hungry and had to order some dessert to fill me up (apple pie, which was sublime).

Overall satisfactory, but would be happy to try other restaurants when we pass through Swellendam again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Reading, United Kingdom
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“Lovely setting, swift friendly service, good food......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

A lovely shady spot for lunch - lots of tables dotted around under a plethora of trees, with some on a terrace above a river (which admittedly was more of a trickle yesterday). Quite an extensive menu, with very friendly service which was also particularly swift. The food was very good, and we'd happily return here if passing through Swellendam again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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