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“Modern mediterranean food”
Review of Cafe du Soleil

Cafe du Soleil
Ranked #8 of 372 Restaurants in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $38
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Pizza
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Cafe du Soleil is situated beside the river Stour in Canterbury occupying a former 18th century wool store and is accessed by its own bridge over the river. The building was restored with a grant from English Heritage and showcases the extensive use of reclaimed building material from the 14C city wall. Our cuisine draws influence from Provence in southern France, and from Italy, to create a modern Mediterranean cuisine. The menu changes with the seasons, and much of our food is cooked in our wood burning oven, fed with locally sourced wood from managed forest.
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Modern mediterranean food”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The sister restaurant to Café des Amis, 100 yards up the road, this offers a more formal but still relaxed eating experience. We sat inside rather than on the small outdoor eating area overlooking the river given the dropping temperature. Part of the old city walls the building was originally a woolstore but has been sympathetically restored and given a contemporary feel.
The food is modern Mediterranean, using a wood fired stove, with the menu providing a range of dishes, including pizzas, to suit anyone. My wife enjoyed a pork schnitzel whilst I enjoyed breast of chicken. Both were well presented and flavoursome but the chicken could have been more generous. Starters are between £5-7 whilst Mains are generally between £14-17. The wine list is a little limited but reasonable in it's pricing.
The service is friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
All in all this a restaurant well worth visiting both as a couple and with a group of friends. It is not as buzzy as its sister restaurant -just a little more formal. Its great to have the choice of atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Amazing”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

my partner and I have been threatening to visit for months and finally managed to go on my birthday. The food was amazing, the staff friendly and eager to help. Couldn't have asked for a nicer evening

  • Visited August 2013
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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“memorable lunch”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stopped for lunch at Cafe du Soleil in Canterbury - very handy parking just outside and close to the picturesque Westgate tower. It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside. The staff were friendly and helpful - they serve a good selection of local beers and the menu was varied and interesting. They cook using a huge wood-fired oven, so the menu includes a range of pizzas. The food we ordered was really good - well presented and cooked to perfection. I asked the waitress about how something had been prepared and she was able to tell me in some detail about the ingredients that had gone into my meal and how it had been prepared. We would very much like to return to try some more of the menu. Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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“Good inventive food”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Booked for Sunday dinner, arrived early which was no problem.
The beef carapaccio was an example of less is more and was excellent!
The main course of pork schnitzel with cokles was also very good but please lose the asparagus,see above!

Overall a very good meal!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ttn25
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“A romantic night out”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

On one of our few and far between date nights away from our toddler we decided to eat at the Cafe du Soleil. We had a wonderful evening and the food was superb! Great service too as the staff were attentive and friendly. Ambience is good as open space without being too noisy and we were able to park outside. Even went for a romantic riverside walk afterwards. Oh and did I say the food was great and a good price!? We loved it so much we'll be taking our little one with us next time as they also do a kids menu.

  • Visited August 2013
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