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“Ben's - Excellent as always” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ben's on the Beach

Ben's on the Beach
Ranked #1 of 33 Restaurants in Strand
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Situated on the beachfront in the Strand, Ben's on the Beach boasts spectacular views across False Bay, towards Cape Town. Veteran award-winning restaurateur Ben, and his wife, Shirley (a former hotel school lecturer), established Ben's in 2004. They have created a stylish yet relaxed venue, where a varied and well-priced selection of dishes is offered. Ben's is one of the few remaining establishments that continues to dry-age meat - the time-honored and superior method. At Ben's you will not find over-priced and under-portioned "haute cuisine". We believe that the new expression "less is more" is gobbeldygook, where food is concerned. We concentrate on the simple yet timeless dishes that diners return to again and again, such as a great steak, fresh linefish, and the ever-popular creme brulee. At Ben's, you will discover generous portions at honest prices. We look forward to your visit ... And then return!
Somerset West, South Africa
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“Ben's - Excellent as always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Situated on the beach front with great views and atmosphere, Ben's specialises in providing an upmarket dining experience. The service is excellent, the wine list intelligent and sensibly priced, and the menu comprehensive with something for everyone. A starter is a must, and I've yet to have tried anything from steak to fish and be disappointed. Great value for money given the thoughtful menu and high quality of the food, and most importantly, always consistent after all these years. a must of you're in the Somerset West Strand area

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Cape Town, South Africa
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“Ben's - Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

In short the steak, leg of lamb and lamb shank was superb. Babotie samosa is also a must! Very seldom that I visit a restaurant twice in one week. Reasonable pricing and excellent food. Superb work by management one of the few restaurants where there is rarely any issues 1. food is always good, 2. service is great and 3. staff are friendly. Very few places that can boast those stats.

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Somerset West, South Africa
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“Excellent haute cuisine on the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

Ben's has a large menu of South African favourites, and a few that I haven't seen anywhere else - such as the bobotie spring rolls (a must!). The service is great, the food is really spectacular and the view isn't bad either. Ben's is across the road from the beach, even though they don't have an outdoor dining area, it is still a good view. This is the THE place to go if you're a discerning diner in Strand/Somerset West area. Everything I have tried there from steaks to seafood has been top notch. A highly recommend Bens!

Visited August 2014
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Cape Town, South Africa
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“Great service and delicious food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

My family and I went to Ben's on the Beach for dinner, we all chose the Real Deal Burger special, it was a delicious gourmet burger and the presentation thereof excellent!!! The deal included a drink the burger as well as dessert all for R109.00" what a deal".

The service upon entering the door to the exist was world class.

Thank you for making the occassion memorable.

Regards
Trudy

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“BEST STEAK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

I had the best steak ever at Ben's. Waiters are efficient and friendly and know the menu very well. The manager is on the ball, friendly and helpful and very professional. I can understand why this restaurant is rated number 1 in the Strand. I will be back and back and back......

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