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La Pentola

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5 Riviera Galleries | Well Street, Pretoria 0084, South Africa
(012) 329-4028 / 9123
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I hadn't been to La Pentola for more than 10 years, and after this meal, I probably won't be back again. It's not that there was anything hugely wrong: it just seemed tired. The food was okay, without any dish really blowing us away. The Bistecca Quattro Formaggi was a very nice beef pie - for R135, it needed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect Avocado Twist starter & aromatic KWV Filet cooked as desired, great overall experience! Highly recommended place

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

La Pentola is our all time favourite restaurant in Pretoria. We love the good food at reasonable prices and the relaxed atmosphere. We had Father's day lunch and unfortunately we were a little disappointed. We loved the starters. Butternut soup was very good as was the lamb kidneys in fillo. The haloumi was a bit rubbery. For mains we chose... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

As a self-confessed foodie we often find the best restaurants are a bit formal and "uptight". NOT SO at La Pentola. Amazing food, great service, amazing food, relaxed setting, amazing food, wonderful wine...and did we mention the amazing food? Snails wrapped in bacon? Yes please. See you again as soon as we can.

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1 Thank 205marinet
Pretoria, South Africa
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We chose la Pentola for a venue to celebrate the completion of a large project at work. They were willing to accommodate 43 people and prepared a set menu with 3 courses for us. Starters were served Buffett style on the tables. Mussels, chicken livers, hot bread with salmon pate and a green salad was fantastic. Mains included 5 choices.... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Mario (the chef) is a legend in my book. He genuinely knows how to cook ostrich 'rare' as opposed to medium-rare, or under-cooked (so often restaurants have cooks, not chefs, and there is a big difference). The food is cooked fresh (made to order, so if you require an ingrediant left out, such as chilli peppers, this can be achieved).... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I had a business meeting and was invited to La Pentola Restaurant in Soutpansberg road. I was pleasantly surprised. Old world charm awaited me. I was early and went in and sat down. The staff cared for me, but in the same time respected my privacy and never made a nuisance of themselves. The décor is traditional and I loved... More 

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1 Thank Drina2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

The food tries too hard to be interesting and clever. It turns out like microwave meat with Chinese takeaway sauce on cheap plates. Upscale places don't give you butter for your bread in plastic single serve containers. They also have different vegetable sides for each dish, not carrots and beans scooped out of the pot. I am amazed this place... More 

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3 Thank Phil A
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

La Pentola is definitely up there with the 'fancy' restaurants in the city in terms of the menu, wine, and service, but it isn't as uptight as some of them. We went there for a special occasion and had a great time relaxing and enjoying the food and wine. The dishes I ordered were deceptively simple in terms of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

La Pentola restaurant in Riviera, Pretoria is one of a handful of restaurants in this city that carries my unqualified approval. I have been a patron for a very long time with interludes lasting for years. And every time I show up, there is the same low key reception, rustic yet old school classy atmosphere and the always inviting and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $20
Cuisine
Italian, French, Mediterranean, European, Fusion
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Riviera Galleries | Well Street, Pretoria 0084, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: (012) 329-4028 / 9123
Description
La Pentola established in 1995 is the perfect venue for executive chef/owner Shane Sauvage's authentic fusion cuisine. The atmosphere is cozy, romantic and relaxed. All food is prepared to order, using only the very best quality ingredients, real butter, fresh cream and fresh herbs.Yes absolutely no MSG! The menu by internationally renowned executive Chef/ Patron & award winning author Shane Sauvage,comprises of a large variety of fresh seafood (Mozambique Style Prawns, free range cuts of beef (KWV Fillet, hand made pasta, exotic game dishes, a great selection of vegetarian fare (Aztec Mushrooms) and a decadent selection of in-house deserts (Chocolate Terrine). La Pentola offers a Diamond award wine list with a large variety of local and international wines. We are an A la Carte restaurant that also caters for corporate functions, intimate weddings and special occasions. Open Monday to Sunday Lunch & Dinner.

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