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“Great place to chill in the bar”

Nice Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #4 of 142 Restaurants in Windhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: CURRENTLY CLOSED, Reopening mid 2018! In addition to being a commercial restaurant and venue for functions, NICE also serves as the Living Classroom for trainees honing their skills in the culinary arts and food & beverage service. Many years ago, the land that NICE sits on was once a family home for the Bruckners. The family were prominent in the business community and in the mid 1980's started purchasing land near Sossusvlei while the sheep industry began to fall. The idea was the establish a conservation area free of fences to help restore the land. His son, Stephan, utilised the land to establish a commercial business, Wolwedans, which has grown into a successful collection of camps and lodges promoting ecotourism. However, the problem of finding qualified Namibians in the culinary and hospitalisty industry to employ was always present. Therefore, Stephan Bruckner transformed the home in which he grew up in into the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is meant to excellent place for fine dining but I and my friends prefer it for the bar area and bar eating. The fine dining menu is not large and I have never been that impressed with it...

Thank JennieNamibia
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officemd, office md at Nice Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Dear Guest
Thank you for visiting nice and sharing your preferences on TA. The bar (Theo's bar) is very relaxing and is available to everyone that prefers a more casual ambience and menu. We appreciate your support, and will always try our best to ensure guests are kept satisfied. The Team values feedback, so if you have time on your next visit, please chat to the Duty Manager to share any ideas (or concerns) you have - this will make nice & Theo's a better place for all.
Kind regards, Alison

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Great food..definitely try the oryx. It was very well prepared and tender! We were a little late for our reservation due to a late flight, but thankfully the kitchen accomodated us anyways! The wine selection is also really nice.

Thank Jennifer F
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officemd, office md at Nice Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2013

Dear Guest
Many thanks for your review. We welcome all feedback, and appreciate you taking the time and trouble to praise your experience at nice. Your comments will be shared with our team who will be delighted that their guest was satisfied.
We look forward to welcoming you back to nice, when you next visit Windhoek.
Kind regards, Alison

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

The venue is very chic, great lighting and an eclectic well dressed crowd of people lounging around in the spacious bar and restaurant area. We had been to NICE about 18 month prior and had a really good evening. Unfortunately, the service standards had dropped to virtually non existent levels. It took about 45 minutes to get anyones attention. I eventually went to bar and managed to get the attention of the barman. I ordered a round of locally brewed draft to my dismay the beer ran out and he disappeared for another 15 minutes trying to find a replacement. An hour after we arrived we eventually had drinks and placed our order.

Our food order was finally taken. It was edible but nothing to rave about. In the restaurants defence, it was a day or two before the annual shut down. Perhaps the staff were exhausted or perhaps half of them had already gone on leave. We would be willing to give the venue another chance when we visit again - hopefully the the dining experience will match up to the ambiance!

Thank Finchette
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officemd, md's office at Nice Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Dear Guest
We appreciate your review of nice, albeit not the kind we are proud of. Our management team will investigate what could have happened, as your description of events is nothing short of unacceptable. Irrespective of the timing of our guests' visits, we strive to achieve quality in both food, drink and service standards - unfortunately we failed in all three areas, and there can be no excuse that it was close to shutdown.
Please could I ask you to call for a duty manager, if there is ever an occasion that service starts looking like you described. I'm sure any hospitality facility will echo this request.
We sincerely apologize for the lapse in service delivery, and welcome your feedback when you next visit nice.
Kind regards, Alison

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

All customers would like to order from a menu that offfers more than a merely 3 choices! Please, expand the menue or reduce the prices.

Thank vera c
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officemd, md's office at Nice Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Dear Guest
Thank you for visiting nice. We sent you a direct email requesting additional information as to the time of your visit, as we usually have an extensive menu available to our guests - the only occasion where we have a shortened menu, is for functions (set menu) and at Xmas shutdown.
Any additional information would be greatly welcomed, as this would assist us in responding correctly, and explaining why your menu was shortened at the time of your visit. We closed from 21 Dec until 8 Jan 2013, and our full menu will be available to guests at both nice and Theo's, upon reopening.
Please continue giving us feedback as to our menu selection and quality of food and service, as our guests are our compass guiding us as to where improvements need to happen. Please also note, that if anything is not to your satisfaction during your next visit, ask to speak to the duty manager and your concerns will be dealt with immediately.
Kind regards, ALison

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Very nice place, the decoration is very modern and trendy, decorated with taste, good mix of colours. There are several dining rooms including outdoor dining, as well as a bar and a Sushi Bar.

The staff is very friendly, they are all trainees and do not know all the details of good restaurant service, but they are here to learn so if you know this, it is OK. So the service is nice but not 100% perfect.

The big downside is the food: the starter (salad) had a bad dressing, the main course meat was not tender at all and also the taste of the sauce was not good, the side dish was also not good. The dessert was OK but not great. Overall the food is really disappointing. What a pity, as the place is really very nice and charming!

I hope they can work on the food quality, then it could easily be one of the best restaurants in town!

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Thank TandTSwitzerland
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officemd, md's office at Nice Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Dear Guest
Thank you for reviewing your experience at nice, and for the detail you included in your feedback. We are obviously disappointed to hear that our food was a source of concern for you, from starter through to dessert. Our Head Chef will definitely look into the matter, and see what can be rectified. We note that there is still room for improvement on service etiquette, and that will certainly be addressed, as most but not all of our team members are vocational trainees.
We do hope that you visit nice again when you are in Windhoek, and assess our improvement in culinary and service standards.
Kind regards, Alison

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