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“For a foodie, but like Hyde Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Life Grand Cafe

Life Grand Cafe
Ranked #32 of 678 Restaurants in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $16
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Columbus, Ohio
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“For a foodie, but like Hyde Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

Smooth, clean edges everywhere you look in this restaurant. Very cool atmosphere reminiscent of busy pretentious restaurants Hyde Park (Johannesburg). The variety of food was quite welcome. A large group of us tried just about everything on the menu (beef, seafood, veggies, cake, salads, etc). The food tasted deeelish! Just one thing though, the salsa with mango/papaya had no mango/papaya! Mains and dessert were super! Drinks were nice and original.The Sunday lunch vibe was great. Continental pretensions aside, this place offered really good food and service to make one smile. I hope this stays this way even after the novelty of the center.

  • Visited June 2014
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3 Thank Aria E
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English first
Centurion, South Africa
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554 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 877 helpful votes
“Superb in every aspect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

My husband had a business lunch at Life Grand Cafe about three weeks ago. He could not stop raving about this wonderful eatery. He had the seafood paella and stated that this paella was the best he ever had.

We were a party of five for dinner on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our table. The restaurant boasts an upmarket bistro - style and the owners manage to perfectly pair this European feel with a homey, warm atmosphere.

We received excellent service from our waiter despite the fact that the restaurant was fully occupied.

Like another reviewer stated, it is difficult to decide what to have as the menu offers a wide variety of mouthwatering dishes.

I had the grilled calamari which was absolutely divine! Grilled to perfection and melt in the mouth tender! The food was beautifully presented on a wooden board and the shoestring fries served separately in a basket. My husband had, of course the paella - I had a taste and it was just as divine as he described it. Two members of our party were from The Netherlands and one had the fillet steak and the other one pizza and both were very satisfied with their meals.

If you are a white wine lover I can highly recommend the Ashburton Sauvignon Blanc.

We ordered whisky as a last drink and the owner, Sava explained to our two foreign friends what was on offer and then offered us a special, complimentary drink which he shared with us at our table. We found that a very sweet and special gesture.

A fantastic experience in every aspect! I can highly recommend Life Grand Cafe to everyone!
We will be back and back again!!

  • Visited July 2014
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5 Thank zerwickrenatevictor
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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Simply the best!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

Having visited the Life Grand Cafe at The Club on numerous occasions, I can definitely say that it is by far the best restaurant in Pretoria!! With each new visit, a new item was ordered and not once have I been disappointed. The food is sensational and the service received was world class! From breakfasts to lunches to dinner, it has something for everyone. The amazing decor really adds to the whole experience. It has a real European vibe to it. Stella and Savva can be extremely proud of their restaurant! It's simply the best Pretoria has to offer!! Keep it up guys :)

  • Visited July 2014
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6 Thank Mike_Baia
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Pretoria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great people, great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

We went there for dinner the other night. I must honestly say they have something for everyone. Fantastic food! And an amazing variety of delicious desserts too! Stella and Savva are so warm and really made us feel welcome! Will definitely go back soon!!

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Nixonbella
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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very good...pity about...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

I took my wife and daughter back to Life Grand Cafe for our second lunch - first time was fantastic. Again the food did not disappoint and service was spot on. What put me off was to hear the co owner Sava scolding a waiter close to our table, and following it up ten minutes later by shouting at, and belittling another staff member. Upon leaving his partner, Stella stood at the door and barely managed a good bye - no smile or thank you for coming. Due to such questionable people skills we won't be back. Pity...

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Davey555
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