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Artichoke - CLOSED

1 Lake Clarens Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
+27 83 701 8517
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible17%
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Restaurant Hours Closed
International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Lake Clarens Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Importantly, the restaurant has changed its name - it is now " Original Street Cafe". Really good position at the start of the little hill leading into the town, with fantastic views over the golf course and mountains. We went on Saturday and there was...More

Thank Beechman1
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

After arriving for a quick drink at 1pm after a long ride on the bikes.We were still there at :7. There was live music and we grooved along . Then deciding to have supper there we met Cheffy who recommended some Thing I cant pronounce....More

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

Dinner with music. A great atmosphere good value for money. The host is a great character very friendly. Our dinner took a long time. Steak had to be sent back twice and still was not acceptable? Not a good experience.

Thank Adrian L
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

The name has changed to Street Cafe, average food , cold beers and good service . Give it a try good value for money

Thank Mark L
Reviewed July 10, 2016

Got to Clarens late after a day in Lesotho so all the restaurants were full, so we came here as a last resort, not because it looked bad but because it is as you turn in so it is a bit by itself where as...More

Thank Stacy H
KirstyClarens, Owner at Artichoke, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2016

Dear Tripadvisor The Artichoke restaurant is under new management and does not exist as 'The Artichoke restaurant' anymore. It is now called the 'Original Street Caffe Restaurant.' Same location in Clarens. Kind regards. Bruce Weyer Owner

Reviewed June 28, 2016

Nothing special - just had a quick beer and like most of the places in Clarens - been to one been to all ! The Eisbein look delicious and humunges - Owner was a bit miffed and started shooing us out an hour before the...More

1  Thank POTaylor62
Reviewed June 23, 2016

The host is very good and friendly. Their service is excellent. Prices very good for what you get. Very peaceful to dine at.

Thank 634louisep
Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

The food was absolutely amazing Will definitely be back. Friendly. Lots of parking. As you drive into clarens on the right. Must visit in Clarens.

Thank EpicJoker
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for a quick dinner. Food was great. Desert was brilliant. Our hosts Lesley, Ronel and Innocent made us feel welcome and shared lots of stories. Will be back!

Reviewed May 25, 2016

We nearly though we had missed the oxtail, but golly were we glad to experience this delightful treat! The owner chatted and gave attention t all the guests. Things we loved...the lukewarm water in the bowl with a slice of lemon to wash our fingers,...More

Thank Lorraine M
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$6 - $12
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lake Clarens Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Free State  >  Clarens
  • Phone Number: +27 83 701 8517
  • E-mail
At Artichoke, food is a way of life. The cooking combines the flavour and diversity of Italian cooking with traditional South African influences to create a menu that is inviting and decadently different. Produced are sourced locally and seasonally where possible and to this end, Artichoke is closely entwined with the community, ensuring that guests experience the full freshness and flavour of the Eastern Free State. Our food, as befits a country restaurant, is relatively uncomplicated, but always very tasty and prepared with care and attention. A nicely compiled wine list offers, amongst others, two lovely South African MCCs. Along with local wine names; Boschendal, Franschhoek Cellar, Kanonkop and Graham Beck.
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