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“Worth going just for the wine-list”

Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar
Ranked #41 of 1,182 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Belthazar, a veritable theatre of fine food and wine on the cutting-edge of "shoppertainment". A multi-purpose restaurant, grill, wine bar and gourmet home accessory shop, Belthazar brings a chic new concept in the culinary arts to Cape Town.Belthazar is the realization of a lifelong passion for wine shared by the Belthazar team. Their vision was to create the largest "wine by the glass" wine bar in the world. Experienced sommeliers expertly serve up to 250 of the Cape's finest wines by the glass and advise customers on a wine-list of up to 600 fine wines and sought-after rare vintages.Indulge your palate. Belthazar is so much more than good food and wine. Indulge in the best - from the world's finest wine glasses and revolutionary wine technology to the slick service, superb aged Karan beef, export quality Mozambican shellfish and the freshest South African seafood. We invite you to indulge in the grand finale - a platter of boutique South African cheeses perfectly paired with a selection of Cape port wines...
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We did not book but they managed to find a table for two and were looked after very well. The service was excellent, the waitress Giselle was charming, and the wine list was huge. Though we wanted only one glass each the sommelier was very helpful in selecting the Cederberg Cab Sav and that was a great choice. The food was good with large helpings but our steaks were not "rare" as ordered but more like "medium" which was disappointing. The dessert was superb. As an Australian the value was excellent, about half the price we would expect to pay in OZ.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We booked this restaurant months in advance hearing that it was a steakhouse and wine bar, it seemed like a no brainer. Right from the start, our experience was off. We attempted to order our favorite wine, Pinot Grigio, and were made to feel like classless amateurs. We were told that it wasn't good, and to order a different type of wine instead. The ambiance was nice, and we still thought ultimately we would have a good meal, however, that was not the case. When our food arrived we noticed a horrible, bathroom type of smell. We looked around and finally realized it was coming from a member of our groups steak! We called the waiter over who agreed it smelled awful and got the manager. The manager informed us that the awful, heinous smell was just something that happened with steak sometimes, but that no one should get sick. This was not very reassuring. We had all lost our appetites by this point, but the manager offers to bring out a new steak. The gentleman in our group couldn't eat it, but it remained on the bill. The bill came, with all our meals still on the at full price. The waiter came over and offered one of us a "free cup" of coffee for our expensive, ruined meal. When we declined he asked where we were staying, and said the manager would call over with a solution to this horrific experience, no call ever came.

Bad service, bad meal and overall a bad experience.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Fantastic restaurant and such amazing service. The seafood was delicious and best which we have had.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Poor service, inattentive waiters - not to mention that ours made an inappropriate remark about the amount of wine one guest was drinking - and MASSIVELY overpriced food. The steaks were OK, but the sauces were insipid and all tasted the same. The Greek salad was minute and cost as much as two Greek salads would in another restaurant. This is the 2nd time I've eaten there, and both times it has been disappointing. Stay away - you can have better food, in more pleasant surroundings, for half the price at many other CT restaurants.

I had to leave the table and walk up to the serving desk TWICE to ask for service, as our large table was pretty much ignored. They also forgot half the order, brought the wrong food, and the food arrived over a time span of about 10 minutes. Some guests were finishing as others started. Service was also incredibly slow. It is trading on long lost former glory, having last won an award in 2009. Clearly much has changed since then.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This restaurant has excellent service and all 5 of us said our meal was one that would be remembered. How you order your steak if that is what you want is by the weight. Bring a big appetite.

Thank Jan M
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