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“Spoilt rotten :-)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Conservatory

The Conservatory
Ranked #9 of 41 Restaurants in Constantia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Conservatory, situated adjacent to the historic Cellars-Hohenort cellar, offers diners unparalleled garden vistas from both the sun-drenched terrace and the indoor tables. Carefully constructed around a giant 300-year-old oak tree, The Conservatory is one of Constantia's finest daily breakfast, lunch and dinner venues. Here the head chef creates hotel classics alongside modern and seasonally influenced dishes. The Conservatory menu places a great emphasis on fresh produce from both The Cellars-Hohenort gardens and local green-friendly suppliers, and this gives it the unique ability to showcase a true taste of the Constantia Valley. Friendly service and an award-winning wine list ensure that The Conservatory offers guests and locals an exceptional everyday dining experience.
Cape Town
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Spoilt rotten :-)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

Last night was my birthday!! I was to be treated to a special dinner in a restaurant we had not been before. Hence The Conservatory ... The Greenhouse being closed for renovations:-( When it was booked, we were asked if it was a special occasion, the reply was, yes, my colleague's birthday!. However, nothing was ever mentioned of this, not even ... a Happy Birthday. Which as the birthday boy was disappointing, even when one gets older (76) one does liked to be spoilt a little!

That apart, the evening was great. The restaurant was quiet, being the middle of winter but we had drinks by the fire (a super whisky sour for me) where my host started the wine, the wine list tends toward expensive for us mere mortals but we found an excellent one at reasonable price, suggest they add a few more at similar prices as not everyone likes to pay R300 plus for a bottle of wine here in SA..

Service was warm and friendly. Food was served promptly. Dishes were beautifully presented. Linguini Nero and Cheese Soufflé (especially) were superb as were the deserts. Mains too, nicely presented with great tastes.

This will be highly recommended to our guests as we have a Guest House in Sea Point. We will definitely visit again, probably at lunch so that we can appreciate the garden setting.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank scouserCapeTown
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Hilton R, Manager at The Conservatory, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Good Day

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding your dinner at The Conservatory. We are so glad that you enjoyed your evening with us and we thank you for your support and constructive feedback.

We would like to also sincerely apologize that the information regarding the special birthday celebration was not communicated accordingly and we have looked into this and will ensure this type of issue does not reoccur.

Once again your feedback is much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back at The Cellars Hohenort soon.

Best Regards

Conservatory Management
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35 reviews
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“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Great food and good selection of local constantia wines. Conservatory was very flexible in fitting us in as a group of 12. Beautiful grounds and recommend asking for a window table with views to the mountain if sitting outside is not possible. Service was pleasant but seemed stretched.

Visited July 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
“Why go anywhere else, if the best is available right on your doorstep”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014

On Friday 20th June 2014 my wife and I decided that we'll spoil her each day of the weekend for her birthday on Sunday the 22nd by eating at different restaurants.
We first viewed The Conservatory, then the Greenhouse and was immediately impressed with the service we received at the Conservatory, we were in tracksuits when viewing The Conservatory and was treated very well (other establishments often put their noses up when we view in tracksuits, the Conservatory didn't suffer from this abnormality, they treated us the same as when we dressed up later for our 1730Z booking which we reported late).
We had the set menu and wanted the pairing, but had a complication as my wife was unable to consume alcohol(she's pregnant). The Conservatory made a plan and met our demands. Their choice of paired drinks complimented the meal and was very attractive on the eye.
The service we received was out of this world, they made us feel at home and treated us as if we were the only patrons in the restaurant yet there were others in the restaurant who also experienced that special attention(we heard them faintly in the background).
The quality and quantity of food was of a very high standard and it was clear that the chef was a well experienced person who knew his story.
When the bill arrived, I was pleased to see it was cheaper than what I budgeted on.
This evening my wife and I will be dining at the Cullinan Hotel. The Conservatory has set a high standard, lets hope the Cullinan can match up to The Conservatory.
Thank you very much for the wonderful service, we'll definitely pay the Conservatory a visit in future.

  • Visited June 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

I came with a group and we had a set menu but the food and the service was fantastic. For a starter I had the Garden Jerusalem Artichoke soup with crispy duck wonton and that was really nice. I had the oven roasted springbok rump for my main. Now I hadn't eaten springbok up to that point and it has to be one of the best things I have ever eaten - nice portion too. Can't recommend enough.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Delighful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Fabulous lunch while touring this beautiful part of South Africa. Good quality food and friendly service. Great wines at reasonable prices.

  • Visited February 2014
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