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Main Magalies road, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
+27 72 649 6452
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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116 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2016

Discovered recently that the Goblin's Cove had re-opened - we were intrigued by the name and some of the photos that we had previously seen. We decided to stop by for lunch on a bike ride and it was well-worth it. It is very quaint and cute and the food was very good. Personal touch by the owner is clearly... More 

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3 Thank Fiona_and_Mark_RSA
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2016

Very interesting place to stop at. Bit dissapointed as most of the scenes were in a bad state. The restaurant is nice and had good food

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2 Thank Stephanus-Billy
CustomerCare4you, Owner at Goblin's Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive feedback. We are really trying hard to get things going again. More 

Gauteng, South Africa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 29, 2016

My partner and I enjoyied the chilled vibe and scenery, the creativity was amazing but unfortunately the service was horrible. No one to direct or welcome you. No waitress came to serve us until I decided to call one of the after about 20 minutes and even then she was reluctant to serve me looking for another waitress to help... More 

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Thank Sadhna S
CustomerCare4you, Owner at Goblin's Cove, responded to this review

Hi Sadhna, I am really sorry for the bad experiance you had at my establishment. I am working hard to get the magic back and are aware there are shortcomings that we are working on. Hope we will get it right in the near future to prevent this kind of response. All I can do is rectify my mistake and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

If our looking for a place to book a magical evening, be prepared for a nightmare at Goblins Cove. Between Ilze forgetting were coming after we arranged a special dinner for my wife's birthday, wrong food orders, untrained staff, bad food (a well done steak came completely rare) , a leaking toilet, no running water, snoring of fellow guests, bad... More 

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1 Thank Christo B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2016

The grounds need some love and attention but the experience was great, sleeping in the old train was special and the staff were friendly. No complaints.

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Thank Nadine B
Benoni, South Africa
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

This place was dirty and really in no way a place for people to go to!!!!! From two years ago till now it's just a heap of overgrown bushes it's shocking😡!! The owner seems to really not care at all!! We couldn't take this place so left..... Jaco the owner has neglected this place once beautiful place now just run... More 

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Thank jnafey
CustomerCare4you, General Manager at Goblin's Cove, responded to this review

Please can I have your contact details to recrify our mistake? More 

Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2016

My Fiancée and I visited Goblins cove by chance. The service from the staff was absolutely non existent, The waitress and staff could not communicate in the least and although the prices on the grubby menu justified middle to high end dining , food portions . quality and preparation could not be determined. The attention from the waitress was non... More 

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4 Thank mayraswart
CustomerCare4you, Owner at Goblin's Cove, responded to this review

You work at Audi and left without paying your account! More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2016

Absolutely not worth driving all the way out there. The venue is dull and totally not what we expected. It looks un-kept and delapetated. The food does not match the price at all. Lesson learned.

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1 Thank Korreltjie
Fourways, South Africa
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2016

We booked a table for Valentine dinner on 13 Feb 2016. On arrival the waiters did not know where to seat us. Most of the tables were not even set. Asking for a wine list we were told that there is no such thing - just a choice between red or white. We then got the food menu. Only a... More 

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Thank sac0012016
Gauteng, South Africa
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

I visited this restaurant years ago with my parents and expected the same beautiful place. Everything is plastic... even the table cloths. The food was poor,my calamari was not cooked... and the prices were ridiculous for what we got.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Pizza, European, Delicatessen
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Magalies road, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Magaliesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 72 649 6452
Description
Once Upon a Time is a function, wedding and accommodation venue, where you can escape from the world into a playful fantasy world in the forest, where the possibilities are endless. We do fantastical weddings, have a quaint restaurant, riverside picnics and a very unique 1928 train in the forest, where you can stay over for a night

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?