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Planet Restaurant

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76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 483 1000
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Opulent, stylish, and the food is outstanding. The wine selection is very good, the wait staff are excellent without being intrusive. If you're coming from the US, prepare yourself for a slower pace, not just here but throughout South Africa, in my experience.

Thank TowsonTiger96
El Cajon, California
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94 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Planet Restaurant is a fine dining establishment within the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. There is a dress code , but fairly relaxed (long pants, collared shirts), as my husband only had sneakers. It offers a good selection of locally sourced food and a good list of wines. We stuck with the local wines, which we found to be exceptionally... More 

Thank Susan B
Cape Town
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a default option for Special Occasions I tend to choose the tried and tested Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson. Not only is the food superb but the service is impeccable and the ambiance is one of understated luxury. We recently celebrated our anniversary at the Planet and were served by the same person who helped us last year... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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102 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Let you be surprised at the chefs table , sitting and observing the action of a huge professionally run large hotel kitchen , whilst enjoying fabulous and creative food as pre- set menu ( not a la carte). Very pleasant. - see it as an activity !

Thank toversti
Pretoria, South Africa
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

I could not possibly recommend and commend The Planet Restaurant enough after spending a magnificent evening there last night! Reserved a table to celebrate a special occasion and everything was just perfect from the start - this might also have something to do with my companion... Lisa was the most spectacular waitress/hostess, guiding us expertly through options and recommendations! The... More 

Thank AJ G
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

I decided to treat a friend of mine to a special dinner at the Mount Nelson on the 2nd June 2016. One doesn't often get the opportunity to spend a night out and spoil yourself, but this was definitely worth it. The welcome was warm and friendly, with the professionalism expected from such an esteemed establishment. The atmosphere was relaxing... More 

Thank Cathuria
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

What a stunning treat for a birthday celebration! The restaurant's decor is in line with its name; from the beautiful glass planets and glass stars that are suspended from the ceiling in an ethereal way, to the detail in the carpets and table lighting. The staff are friendly and welcoming, passionate about the restaurant and it was refreshing to hear... More 

Thank amirei
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

I enjoyed my dinner at the Planet Restaurant. The deserts are nice and the service to. Highly recommended

Thank priscilla426
Cairns, Australia
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

The most enjoyable part of the evening was the pre-dinner drink on the terrace. Ambiance by the spade and a great spot for some people-watching. However, I have to say, dining in the Planet was a truly strange experience. The restaurant was almost empty and staff scurried to and fro with quite a lot of unordered "interim" offerings. Silence seemed... More 

Thank Leeanne M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to have a last dinner in a fancy restaurante so we chose planet. Highlights: beautiful location, nice piano music, great starters Lowlights: wine list was REALLY overpriced, main dishes were just ok, and service so so... They wouldn't leave the wine bottle on the table and it took too long for them to refill the glass In total,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central>  > City Bowl
  • Neighborhood: City Bowl
  • Phone Number: +27 21 483 1000
The glittering Planet Restaurant and Planet Bar are chic, contemporary spaces in which to enjoy out-of-this-world dishes and cocktails.

Dining with the stars is guaranteed at Cape Town's most stylish restaurant. Crystal balls grace the entrance and the decor includes a galaxy-themed carpet, planetary chandelier and twinkling ceilings.

Matching the decor are Chef Rudi Liebenberg's heavenly menus, journeys of gastronomic discovery featuring the freshest local ingredients.

The unique, intimate atmosphere of the Planet Restaurant cellar is an ideal venue for a perfect private party.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?