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“Brilliant waiter service”

Anchorage Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 163 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Botswana
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Brilliant waiter service”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This very popular restaurant was full on the Monday night we visited so it is essential to book ahead. The restaurant serves a wide range of seafood, fish and meat dishes as well as a limited vegetarian selection. The most enjoyable part of our stay was the due to the excellent services and bonhomie of our waiter Benjamin. He set out to make sure we had a thoroughly memorable time. We appreciated the honesty and and advice on selecting the right vegetarian main course for the non meat eater of our party (stir fried vegetables with feta fill mushrooms) as this fur end out to be a winner. Sadly two of us selected calamari strips (prepared 2 different ways) and we did not enjoy these. They had a floury texture and ewe rather rubbery and we asked to have the returned to the kitchen. The female owner felt quite affronted saying that none of these dishes had been returned by diners and we did politely point out they were not to our taste. She then did not engage with us again for the rest of the evening which left a spirit tinge to to the evening. Our main courses (vegetarian, prawns and fresh kingklip) were all faultless and utter delicious and we could not find fault with even the al dente vegetables, infused mash of chips. The creme brûlée to finish was also outstanding. The banter, good humor, charm and professionalism of Benjamin made up for the sticky moment with the owner and we did have a wonderful dining experience.

  • Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Well below expectations”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Was expecting great things but was hugely disappointed . Benjamin the front of house was very friendly and helpful and the wine was excellent . After that it was all downhill. Service was painfully slow even though it was half full by the time our meal came . The cutlery was rubbish quality, the bottle of water was dirty as were the serviettes. The food was indifferent and tasted as though it had been standing for some time. It was more expensive than the quality warranted. On our trip we have eaten much better. Regardless of price it was just plain poor quality cooking. Would I go back or recommend it - no way. They seem to be taking advantage of a shortage of decent restaurants and providing shoddy service and food.

  • Visited January 2014
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Knysna, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Unfriendly closed statement”
Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Greeted by an unfriendly sorry we are closed with a half full restaurant. Seriously would have not been to much hassle to make 2 extra steaks while the other half of the restaurant waited for dessert.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Highly recommended!”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We had eaten at the Waterfront the night before so had a brief look on tripadvisor before heading out to The Anchorage and were thrilled with our choice. From the moment we entered the door our host (Benjamin) was laughing and joking with us, making us feel at home and spending ALOT of time with us over the menu. We were tired but his charisma had us feeling special in minutes. He knew what to recommend and was attentive and sweet without interfering with our evening. We had the Zebra steak (at his recommendation) and it was the yummiest piece of meat we had all holiday (a really moist fillet). We also had the trio of fish which was enough to feed a family but that went down easily too as it was so light and fresh.

A 2 minute walk from the waterfront, definitely one of the things to do in Knysna!

  • Visited December 2013
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Long Beach, California
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“Exceptional Wait Staff”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

I ordered the steak and vegetable Kabob. The presentation was excellent, hanging an oversized skewer in front of me, there was enough to share. The steak was very tender with a delicious flavor. We ordered a side of prawns instead of a full second entree, just enough for three. The waiter held very interesting conversation with us, pulling up a seat next to us! Some may not find that an attractive aspect, however, he was not intrusive, the conversation lent itself to him doing so! We were very happy to have visited The Anchorage Restaurant.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank CheepsLB
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