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“A lovely evening”

Downtown Restaurant
Ranked #186 of 696 Restaurants in Pretoria
Price range: $150 - $300
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A lovely evening”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the ambience in this little restaurant. We truly felt as though we were dining in the woods!
The service was good, and the food was delicious. We had a fillet with bacon and avo - delicious! The desserts were delightful.
A great place in the evening for a dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Rude and over priced”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

The setting is beautiful but the wait staff was uninformed, the Maitre'D shouted over us to other staff members and was rude to them. This immediately left a sour taste in my mouth.

For the high prices they do not let you substitute starch for salad or vegetables. I do not eat any starch for health reasons and were left with 1 choice that were served with salad.

The only time our waitress was at our table and sincere is when she came to say thank you for the gratuity.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Ceazare
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely setting great food”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

According to fellow guests, steaks were the best ever! My kingklip bonne femme was superb and both the chicken and fish curries were excellent. These were accompanied by a lovely bubbly off the award winning wine list, under the majestic tree on the deck overlooking a bushy vista. The kids had some decadent chocolate dessert & declared This restaurant as a favorite! Not the cheapest to go with kids - check the prices on the website. This was our second & not last visit!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Kuschi555
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
352 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Great find”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We were staying at the Sherewood Lodge on the outskirts of Pretoria and, after along drive, did not want to get back in the car to search for a restaurant. We were therefore delighted to hear that the Downtown restaurant was close by. Problem was that being a Friday night, they were full. The staff must have seen our disappointment and quickly managed to squeeze in a table for us - we were so grateful, it might have helped that we were staying nearby.

We were even more pleased when the starters arrived. No wonder the place was packed - good food, an excellent and affordable wine list and a nice semi-rural location. Owner/staff very attentive and helpful in advising on gluten free options.

The intriguing 16 ingredient potato soup was delicious, though sauce for chicken livers a little overpowering. My DH pronounced his perfectly cooked fillet steak as the best ever; my fillet trinchado was good but again the peri sauce was a bit heavy. No room for desserts. Sweet seduction house cocktail was lovely, La Verge Temptation Shiraz a treat.

Not sure about previous comments about smokers, maybe more of an issue in the summer when dining outdoors? We were all indoors and the balcony was covered on a cold August night.

Clearly has a strong following, not the sort of place that gets much passing trade, so booking essential. Well worth seeking out.

  • Visited August 2013
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Orlando, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Home food in a restaurant.”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

The place to eat on Pretoria. Excellent food with wonderful ambience. Wine food pairing evenings a must.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Hendrik01_13
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