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“Ale yes, food no.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Machics Restaurant & Alehouse

Machics Restaurant & Alehouse
Ranked #106 of 668 Restaurants in Pretoria
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
San Antonio, Texas
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85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Ale yes, food no.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014

Machics is conveniently located for a dinner date combo with the Grove Cinema. Boasting one of the better beer selections in Pretoria, with their bottle choices being particularly excellent, even well rounded global beer connoisseurs will be sure to find something they love. Our experience consisted of a double date with two appetizers and three meals being ordered. The fried calamari proved inedible for everyone, so fortunately the staff removed it from our bill. The fried mushrooms were bland and boring, literally tasteless, with an accompanying sauce that didn't receive one return dip after eager sampling. Chicken peri peri was cooked well, with a mild heat, tender meat, and crisp skin. One of us braved a steak (fillet). It was requested medium but was absolutely rare. Nevertheless, it was good quality. Servers were attentive, and the ambiance was casual and fun, although there is at least one too many tables in the main dining area inside. We'd go back for drinks, but would probably skip the food.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good beer, but average vibe”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Liked the selection of drafts/craft/imported beers, disliked the atmosphere/feel - felt a bit under decorated/cold considering the "ale house" theme (where youd expect something super cosy like an old irish pub feel).

Visited April 2014
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Worth a visit to Machics”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

Always enjoy our meals and visits to Machics. Varied menu to cater for all tastes. Good food at good value in an "alehouse" environment. Enjoy their full portion lemon butter and peri-peri chicken.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Neil B
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