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“Good food, great service, comfortable surrounds”
Review of Caraffa

Caraffa
Ranked #26 of 696 Restaurants in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good food, great service, comfortable surrounds”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Friendly service from the start. Starter & mains delivered timeously - beautiful food. Seating both indoors & outdoors (on the balcony - smoking section). Waiter was very professional...knowledgable on menu choices & wines. Italian music subtly piped through restaurant when the piano player was on a break - lends for a pleasant atmosphere. End of evening Irish Coffee was spot on (don't get that very often)! Price for 4 people which included 4 starters, 4 mains, 2 desserts, 2 bottles Cabsav, 4 local beers, 2 whiskies, 2 G&T's and 2 Irish Coffees came to a very reasonable R1 250 (excl. tip).

  • Visited January 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Pretoria
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Caraffa - Alwys Tops enven better in 2014”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We are regular clients at Caraffa. Went there on Saturday 19 January 2014. Was impressed with new additions to the wine list at value for money pricing. The starter glass of, JC Le Roux Pongratz, Bubbly was a real winner among the ladies. We decided on a pasta and pizza evening. All dishes were superb. The usual live piano music in the background helped to set the mood of the evening.
My bill for 5 adults, including two focaccias, 3 pizzas, 2 pastas, 1 bottle white wine, 2 glasses Bubbly and 3 Cool-drink beverages, was under R700.00 including a service fee. We will be back soon!

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank Charl H
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JHB
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Pizza Place! Nice Ambience.”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

I really like the pizza here, restaurant has nice ambience. Fussy, traditional Italian host, always tells you to sit at the head of table if you're male, which I thought was absolutley funny, but she didn't, thought it was absolutely charming.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank ABSaib
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fails to impress”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We dined here to celebrate a special occasion based on a recommendation from a friend.

Food prices are fairly reasonable but food quality really not up to scratch. Clams for a starter was like eating rubber with not much flavour. My wife's steak was completely under done while mine was cooked to perfection but the sauce accompanying it was very over salted and you could still taste uncooked flour in it.

Ambience and atmosphere was really nice and the decor fits in well with the theme. They have some amazing wines to choose from so no disappointment there.

All in all not terrible and will probably give it another try but not a place I would recommend to the world.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Willie P
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Somewhat Ordinary Italian”
Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Headed off to carafe because of all the great reviews on trip advisor, to be honest - very disappointed as we had expected really great things. the service was fine and enthusiastic rather than polished - the blonde waitress tried very hard to take good care of us, although her male counterpart was very weak and was not able to speak about the specials or particularly interested in doing so. The biggest let down though was the pasta, we feel the best judge of an Italian restaurant is its simple tomato sauce or equivalent - caraffa includes rocket, but not really a value add and the sauce was watery and not very tasty at all . I had veal and asparagus off the specials menu - it was tasty, but it felt as though the veal was a bit heavy. The asparagus was flavored nicely although probably a bit overdone which would be easy to do in this situation. We had a pavlova and crime brûlée for desert - both of which were good, but would not specifically brig us back to caraffa. It was a pleasant enough evening with a nice wine list and a pleasant enough ambience - but seems to be similar to most of the Pretoria restaurants in that the food feels more home cooked than anything else and there is not a huge amount of polish or innovation coming through - all in all an okay evenin - but will probably not run back there, although will not actively avoid it.

Visited August 2013
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