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“Longstanding Bistro that continues to delight and satisfy...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pembreys

Pembreys
Ranked #1 of 157 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Bistro, casual country cooking including South African dishes.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Longstanding Bistro that continues to delight and satisfy...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Pembreys is by far one of the best bistros in the Western Cape. If thoughtful, local, tasty cuisine is what you're after, this is your destination. Think food story, organic, delicious and superb detail and we'll be on the same page. In fact, all visitors coming to the Garden Route area should put this at the top of their dining experience wish list. The wine list is superb and showcases wines from a variety of wine regions in South Africa and will suit various budgets. Better still, ask your hosts Viv and Pete for their wine pairing recommendation.(Viv handles front of house with warmth and elegance but chef Pete pops out of the kitchen when he has a moment to touch base with his seated patrons). A lit fire adds to the ambience and the staff are well trained and friendly. It was a rainy Autumn evening when my father and I popped in, but our 'falling off the bone' lamb shank and 24hr marinated melt in the mouth oxtail really hit the spot and we left feeling rather content and delighted actually and that some part of that continuous nostalgic longing for home had been satisfied.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank M M
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, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, June 28, 2012
We do not know who you are, but Thank You Thank You. This review has lifted our spirits during this quiet time. Pete & Viv.
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Knysna, South Africa
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“Truly wonderful Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

Lovely evening at Pembreys, my first time. Big fire, attentive staff. A superb menu with unusual offerings: sweetbreads, rabbit. Beautiful wine list. Our meals were excellent, the personalized attention (by Manager and Chef) special and all too rare these days...we loved it and will definitely be back!

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank beainafrica
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, June 6, 2012
Thank you, our staff and ourselves, appreciate your taking the time to write this review. Viv and Peter
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Knysna
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Continues to shine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Pembreys is by far the best restaurant in the Knysna area. The menu is really interesting and Peter makes the best bread and butter pudding besides all the other lovely items - its always so difficult making a choice. The prices are excellent and so is the wine list. Owning a running a B&B in Knysna provides us with the opportunity to send our guests to Pembreys and we have yet to receive a complaint - and this after 6 years!

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank KnysnaHideaway
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Netanya, Israel
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“one of the best restaurants in Knysna”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

Located in a beatiful place and designed with a lot of taste this is definitely one of the top places to have a dinner in Knysna. The menu contains a variety of gourmet dishes. The service is excellent and the owners are friendly and helpful.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Elena M
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“My favourite restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

Having been to Pembreys several times now, I can confirm that it is my favourite. Top quality menu, beautiful presentation, excellent service

Visited February 2012
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Thank Renee F
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