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Readers Restaurant

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12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
+27 232300087
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The setting is lovely on the front stoep in the late afternoon as the sun sets over the hill and then wonder in to a cosy restaurant – candle lit tables -. Perfect balance between excellent food and the atmosphere is relaxed and romantic restaurant. The fusion of flavours great – and the ice creams a huge hit – unique... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old world dining - fusion food We are back to this absolute gem of a dining experience - sharing this experience with friends in a house that is almost 300 years old and with walking distance to the guest house we are staying in – Wittedrift . The food is fantastic, - a lot of effort and creation and passion... More 

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Thank RudiRood
Cape Town, South Africa
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I had dinner on Saturday night - we made a booking and fortunately even though we where late they accommodated us. Helpful staff, traditional food and restaurant for the area. The owner was very hands on and even gave my partner a recipe as she enjoyed the babotie so much. We didn't see any cats roaming about... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked for dinner here. The theme is definitely CATS... The menu is limited and appears to change daily. The food was good and we were given a free bottle of wine as we had a voucher from the place we were staying in. The food was good. I had shanks and my wife the pork chops. We tried the... More 

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Thank docpetesa
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review - I have two passions - food and cats. Freshly created meals takes time and the combinations and meals change daily -I am sorry if my cats where wondering around - they are not allowed in the eating section but some of the guest encourage them which makes it really... More 

cape town
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

a quaint restaurant in a historic part of town. found the service a bit slow and the atmosphere lacking. more can be done regarding their presentation of the menu to improve on the professionalism. there wasn't anyone to greet us at reception when we visited.

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Thank shekara_kotze
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Shekara. Thank you for taking time to write this review, and constructive criticism is great - this is the way business and people can grow and learn from feedback. if my memory serves me correctly I emailed you after your no show for the dinner before as I was concerned if all was Ok and so glad that you... More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch at the Reader's Restaurant was quite average. The atmosphere is quaint and the Cat Theme interesting. Waitress friendly & helpful. We ordered the Bacon & Cheese Quiche. Tasty, but the portion left us hungry & not impressed. It was more a large salad with a side portion of 2 cocktail quiches. I understand chefs wanting to be different in... More 

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Thank Liezel S
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Liezel - thank you for taking the time to write this review - and for your constructive criticism re the quiches - I will re look at my portion size and costing may add potatoe wedges etc Thanks and hope to see you soon kind regards Carol More 

Limpopo Province, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One does not expect to find a little restaurant with such high standards excellent food in this historic street and small town of Tulbagh. It was a surprise weekend away for my gorgeous wife on our 30th wedding anniversary. Carol went out of her way to make it a very special evening from roses on the table and chilled champagne... More 

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Thank jimmi65
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Jimmi - so glad that you and your wife enjoyed your evening at Readers - my ice cream flavours change all the time and so does the menu - hope to see you soon. Thanks and kind regards Carol More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I had the privilege of spending a weekend in Carol's company enjoying her amazing food. I would say it doesn't get better but you have not lived until you have tasted her exotic ice cream flavors. Thanks for a great experience and good memories.

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Thank ccs470
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review - please remember the menu changes daily according to what is fresh and available locally as well as the ice cream flavours. Hope to see you soon - Thanks and kind regards Carol - More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The website states they open at 9am, but as they "don't serve breakfast " this is misleading. They open at 9am on Sunday to prepare for lunch! We went elsewhere.

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Thank G3219VHjane
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear reviewer. Thanks for taking the time to write this review - I am so sorry we were not able to accommodate you for breakfast, I am always willing to cook breakfast if I am able to - as it is my favourite meal of the day - but when busy with functions, catering and prepping for a busy lunch... More 

Cape Town
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This unassuming little spot surprises you with truly warm hospitality and good food. The place is unique and the sherry on arrival is great on a cold winter's visit to Tulbagh. I would definitely recommend this for people looking for an unpretentious but still top class food.

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Thank MichaelA78CT
CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Michael. Thanks for taking the time to write this review - please note the menu does change daily and I am always making new flavours of ice cream. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Tulbagh and hope to see you again soon. Thanks and kind regards Carol More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $11
Cuisine
International, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Tulbagh
  • Phone Number: +27 232300087
Description
The oldest house in Church Street , Tulbagh – Readers.
Offering simple, outstanding local and global cuisine, has been able to maintain a standard of excellence that has created a notable reputation with both locals and tourists.
The cuisine varies on a daily basis depending on the availability of fresh produce. This provides Carol Collins – Silwood trained Cordon Bleu Chef -a certain challenge in ensuring the creation of dishes using imagination, flair and superb presentation. Certain dishes have become trademarks at Readers but the focus remains on variety, fusion of flavours and combination of unusual ingredients.

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