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“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pembreys

Pembreys
Ranked #1 of 160 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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.
London
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is actually across the lagoon from Knysna but definitely worth the effort. We booked late and were lucky to get a table. The food was great, the choice huge, staff friendly etc. Definitely one to try.

Visited December 2012
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Thank David W
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Thank you for the acknowledgement! We and our staff appreciate it. Viv and Peter
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English first
Toronto
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Poor server attitude spoiled an otherwise-good dinner”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We chose Pembreys based on Trip Advisor ratings. We took a taxi as it is out of town and that worked well. The restaurant has a homey decor and was well patronized. The experience was totally diminished by a server who took a negative attitude towards us, ignoring us regularly and serving our food with barely-concealed disdain. The meal was fine -not outstanding - but the service was the complete turn-off.

Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Hugh M
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
We find it difficult to accept your description of "disdainful" service as our two Servers also cook - all the salads, vegetables and pastas and are proud of the food that they serve. You remonstrated that the dishes were coming out the kitchen too fast and Jen then asked us to slow down the service to your table - so you may have felt "ignored" and we got the balance wrong???
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Copenhagen
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best dining experience on the Garden Route”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

We have been going to Pembrey's for over 10 years and the consistent quality keeps us going back several times a year. The setting is delightful, the tables perfectly spaced, and the dining experience unrushed - even in the midst of the season when bookings are really hard to get. From the moment you are seated, calm descends. Service is superb - timely yet unobtrusive. The substantial menu varies and is written on large portable blackboards. I have never had anything that was not wonderful, but my staple of prawns starter, slow-roasted Karoo lamb shank main and Amarula creme brulee dessert always delights. Award-winning wine list is extensive. But best of all, through all the years, prices are still extremely reasonable, especially compared to some more recent pretentious arrivals on the Knysna food scene.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Nicolas v
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Your review has meant a lot to our tired staff after a hectic Season - THANK YOU! We always enjoy seeing you all on your visits to S.A. Viv and Pete
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George
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Food to come back for”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

The staff prides itself in serving ample portions of well prepared and interesting food in a relaxing atmosphere where one can enjoy a slow and sumptuous meal.

Visited January 2013
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
PLEASE come back! We rely on word of mouth. THANK YOU.
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Superb restaurant, head and shoulders above any other restaurant in Knysna”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

After despairing of finding an acceptable meal in Knysna, what a delight to visit a really good, professionally run establishment. Our party of 4 all throughly enjoyed their meals with rave reviews for the duck and the pasta dishes. The service (as a rule dismal in the area) struck just the right balance, attentive but not rushed. Prices are reasonable, good wine list and we particularly liked the generous spacing between tables and lack of music which meant we could have a conversation over dinner. Would have liked a cappuccino to end off but that is a minor issue after an excellent meal. Highly recommended.

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Thank Jeff S
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review it means a lot to us following on a "disappointing" review. Much appreciated. Viv
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