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“Great position but not such great value!”
Review of Bel Punto

Bel Punto
Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Umdloti
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Bel Punto is an Italian fine dining restaurant that has been nestled in the heart of the North Coast town of Umdloti since 2004. Opening out on an expansive deck overlooking the Indian Ocean, a day or evening at Bel Punto can be rated amongst the most exceptional dining experiences in South Africa today. Part of the experience is the ever-present chance of sighting a pod of dolphins playing in the crisp surf and sunset drinks at Bel Punto are not to be missed. We specialize in Italian Food, best quality shellfish, exceptional grills and home made pastas and pizzas.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great position but not such great value!”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

We were in Durban this last weekend and decided to stop off and have lunch in Umdloti. Bel Punto seemed like a good choice from a position perspective as the views from their open balcony over the ocean are outstanding. We ordered the Parma ham pizza and the stuffed calamari, both of which were the more pricey choices in their respective categories. To be quite honest we were both disappointed with our meals, and felt that we have experienced better quality and value for money at many other venues. The service was slightly above average, however we almost felt that we were being rushed out once we had finished our meals so that they could make way for more customers. Overall not a great experience and we wouldn't go back.

  • Visited May 2014
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Durban, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent Menu, Wine List and the view”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Had lunch there recently. It was an amazing sunday, perfect weather, a table with sea views and a most enjoyable meal had by all. The restaurant was buzzing which is a sign that the food is excellent. Extensive wine list including a selection of award winnig wines catering for all tastes. Meal choices worth mentioning were the Veal with mushrooms in a brandy and cream sausce and the Ostrich medallions which were prepared to perfection. The meals being served to other tables also looked impressive, especially the crayfish and prawns. There is a large staff complement and service is attentive. The meals are pricey but excellent qualify and food deliciously prepared comes at a price. Reservations essential and parking is hard to come by as the public parking in the vicinity is not sufficient for the restaurants and beach-goers.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank GrSa_10
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Durban, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Crayfish Pasta”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

I love the crayfish pasta. Its not on the regular menu apparently but they will make it on any day other the allocated one day a week slot. THe food there is consistently good. Its busy, so make a reservation. A little pricey but well worth it. Great view!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank 1st_Zulu_Safaris_SA
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Glad we chose to eat here”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

We only stayed in Umdloti for one night and our host suggested this restaurant to us. It was very busy, but service was fine. The food was exceptionally good. My husband had the steak which was cooked to perfection and I enjoyed the seafood. Not the cheapest of places to eat, but certainly worth what we paid.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Margaret J
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Durban
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“5 Star Restuarant with Sea View”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a place for a romantic or special occasion supper or a business lunch. The menu Mediterranean and fits with its seaside location. Both classic Italian dishes and innovative dishes grace the menu. The wine list is impressive and worthy of an award. I have had business lunches and supper here on several occasions. The food is impressive and the owners personal touch is evident. I have never been disappointed. I have returned again and again with overseas visitors and love to showcase this restuarant as an example of what Durban has to offer. Just remember they are closed on a Monday and not open for lunch on a Tuesday. Make a reservation if you don't want to be disappointed. Finding parking during busy times can be challenging.

  • Visited January 2014
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