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“Great all round but why no South African sparkling?”

Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 263 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 12, 2014

A very memorable evening. Greeted in style, food really good and generally a very positive experience. A slight quirk, only French champagne, no South African MCC. With foreigners who wanted to try the local fare.

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Thank Adam C
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was our last meal on our South African trip and we thought we had saved the best till last. Unfortunately it didn't turn out to be a great experience.

When we arrived we were sat on the terrace to have a glass of champagne and enjoy the nice view. We ordered a second glass but unfortunately the waiter spilt this glass all over me - my trousers were drenched. This was an accident of course which can't be helped but it really did hamper my enjoyment of the evening. It wasn't a nice experience having to walk through a restaurant with soaking wet beige trousers - why did you have to sit us at the furthest possible table in the restaurant? Then sat in wet trousers trying to enjoy fine dining was a challenge.

We opted for the four course menu. The tortellini pre starter was a taste sensation, and the starters themselves were nice. The lamb main was excellent, however the the beef main was a little tough. We didn't stay for dessert, and we were quite disappointed that no staff showed any interest in whether we had enjoyed our mains and why we weren't staying for dessert. Indeed I would have expected the maître d' to have come to talk to us following the previous incident, but after we had paid the bill we left the restaurant without a comment from anyone. From a restaurant that prides itself on service I find this a little bizarre.

On a positive note, while we were sat having breakfast at our hotel we were given a bottle of wine which the restaurant had sent over as an apology for the previous night. This was a really nice gesture and did help turn a quite negative experience into a more positive one. It's such a shame though that more effort wasn't made on the evening.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

I loved the venue - it is beautiful and very restful. The service was good and the wine fantastic. I can really recommend a visit to this wine estate.

Thank elmarie2
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Wonderful setting outdoor and indoor. Beautiful food. Every course was finely presented and the tastes were amazing. Service was spot on - attentive, helpful and so well co-ordinated. They've simply thought of everything here.
A must-go if you are in the fairest Cape.

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Thank GBFoodJunkie
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The ambience and the staff are the real selling points here. The food was good but not as amazing as Overture up the road. But Rust en Vrede wins for charm.

Thank GOfifer
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