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“Sophisticated dining in Knysna”
Review of Pembreys

Pembreys
Ranked #1 of 164 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Bistro, casual country cooking including South African dishes.
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Sophisticated dining in Knysna”
Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Chef Peter Vadas is operating at a different level from most garden route chefs, producing sophisticated fine dining at his Pembreys restaurant. Old European classics- oxtail, sole meuniere and more with Asian influences, in particular, noticeable in his starters.

An excellent dining experience!

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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you for taking time to review us, we appreciate your positive comments. Pete and Viv
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Durham, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We went here for dinner on our 25th wedding anniversary and would say that it was the best meal of our two week trip to SA. The food was excellent and I would recommend this restaurant. Loved it.

  • Visited October 2012
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you for choosing us for your Wedding Anniversary. Here's to another 25 years for you both. Best Wishes! Peter & Viv
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Knysna, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“DEJAVU .....Food of Days gone by - just the way Mom - Grandma made ...”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

The hand written menu on a blackboard offers you scrumptious dishes to choose from - my vow to come back many times to try them all - The fall off the bone Lamb Shanks a decadent dish to tantalize your taste buds - you savour every bite to make it last - The Springbok fillet looked and tasted (they say) absolutely devine. Mosselbay soles a rare treat for the discerning fish eater and a fillet steak to make your mouth water - tender and done to perfection - all our dishes were superb. To round off the tasty meal we ordered the famous Bread and butter Pudding - (better than grandmas pudding eva) and tasty cheese cake among so many to choose from - will go back any time and often to savour good food and ambience - lovely setting in nature too. Knysna is lucky to have such a restaurant in their midst. Thanks for a most enjoyable evening to friendly hosts and staff.

  • Visited September 2012
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Northern Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and ambiance”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

We ate here as a family in mid Sept - booked late afternoon having eaten at the Olive Tree the night before (sensational meal there but keen to explore). Pembrey's is about a 7-8 minute drive west of Knysna - and about 0.5Km off main road - but easily found.
Beautiful setting, great service and interesting and very tasty menu - we had quite a range of mains and desserts between us - all really enjoyed. Would certainly recommend. For a mid week evening it was pretty busy, and it looked like mainly locals.
Mind the large dog which was in the drive way when we arrived - probably harmless but did scare my wife and kids!
Eating is South Africa is very hard to beat and Pembreys was excellent

  • Visited September 2012
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
We apologise for the over enthusiastic welcome that you got from Zack. We agree with you that it can give you a fright and we shall certainly not let him do this again! Thank you for the positive review and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your stay in South Africa.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

went here whilst staying in Kynsna for my 21st birthday meal. wonderful food cooked to perfection, liked the cork pictures on the wall, wonderful wine, lovely friendly staff.

  • Visited June 2012
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