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“Home cooking taken up a notch”
Review of Marianas

Marianas
Ranked #4 of 32 Restaurants in Stanford
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pretoria, South Africa
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Home cooking taken up a notch”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Many things contribute to making Marianas special: the drive through the countryside and then through the quiet village of Stanford; the peace and quiet you experience while sitting on the verandah listening to the birds and looking out onto the lovely garden; Pieter, the perfect host, who will have you chuckling when he describes the dishes on the chalkboard menu; the complimentary jug of water.

And then there’s the food which chef/owner Mariana humbly describes as home cooking. There is some truth in this, the food is honest, unpretentious and tastes wholesome, but it is certainly not average home cooking. The menu is so interesting that it was difficult to decide what to eat, everything sounds so delicious. My hubby cannot stop talking about the duck confit with lentils, according to him the best duck confit he has ever had. And I absolutely loved the roulade with a stuffing of spinach and goats cheese.

We left feeling nurtured by the good food and the surroundings, and with a locally produced salami to enjoy later on.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Don't miss this”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Simply one of the best food dstinations in the Cape. A smallish, changing daily menu of magnificent flavours, textures and style. A husband and wife team, with her doing the cooking (if that word can describe the heaven-sent results from the kitchen) and he recommending wine pairings, entertaining with anecdotes and generally providing faultless service.
Be warned, you will have to book, and probably a month in advance during the summer season. But the garden cottage setting, exclusive service (they only take about 20 guests), aromas from the kitchen and then the ultimate in food presentation are not to be missed. Exquisite.

  • Visited March 2014
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Old basing
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120 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“amazing food with an excellent ambiance”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was our second visit to Marianas in three weeks with friends from Capetown who had been looking forward to a meal at Marianas for weeks. They were not disappointed, neither were we. The barley salad and the soup starters were really well presented and absolutely delicious. There is a good choice of main courses and the fish curry and the springbok pie's were really good. The vegan chick pea and spinach dish was fantastic. And the puddings were also great. The whole process took quite a long time - you don;t need to be in a hurry - but that is the whole objective of a fine, gourmet meal served in a relaxed atmosphere.
We're already planning our next visit.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Michael D
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“fabulous food and atmosphere”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

I love the menu, the wine list and the service. It does pay to arrive early or you may wait a little for the individual service you receive. I wish it was not so popular. I make my reservations by email in December for February!

Visited February 2014
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Thank stupendous2014
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Cape Town, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“All the ingredients for a perfect day in the country”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Drive to Stanford for lunch at Mariana's. DO it. It is a life affirming experience. It makes you grateful for wonderful country hospitality, simple food honestly and respectfully prepared and served with love.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank AmeliaK
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