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“Expensive Disappointment”

Delaire Graff Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 257 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Delaire restaurant is situated at the winery and overlooks the Franschhoek valley. It offers approachable fine food with fresh and vibrant flavours. Guests are able to dine on the terrace under a canopy of pin oak trees or within the spectacular interiors designed by the interior architect and decorator David Collins, whilst enjoying the breathtaking views Delaire allows of the Stellenbosch Valley and Mountains. The signature dishes include: Pickled Beetroot Carpaccio with goat's cheese fritters; Crayfish Lasagne with king oyster mushrooms; Pistachio Nougat served with rose geranium ice cream.
shropshire
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“Expensive Disappointment”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

In previous years we have enjoyed delicious food in the beautifully located restaurant. However this year we were very disappointed.

Clearly the Restaurant is only wanting to sell the full taster menu with matching wine which is extremely expensive. We were wanting a smaller meal, so went for the A la Carte menu which was very restricted.

We found the food this time around was nothing special, the service was indifferent, and although there were lots of staff, they seemed to be inexperienced and were getting in each others way. It is a most beautiful place to visit and we would advise going for lunch only, so that you can enjoy the spectacular scenery at a sensible price.

Previous years have been better, after all there are lots of fabulous Restaurants nearby, now offering better food.

  • Visited February 2014
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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“Good food, service & wine disappointing”
Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

As a local tour guide I often visit Delaire Estate, mostly for wine tastings and sometimes for lunch. However, this was the first time I had dinner with my husband and an important working colleague. The service was too quick (had to order dinner within the first 10 minutes of arrival!) and also too many different waiters that served us during the evening, service not very professional or groomed.The wine was not served at the right temperature ( Sauvignon Blanc too warm, Cabernet Sauvignon too warm as well), the side dishes was very expensive and therefore made the 'main course' unaffordable for local people, definitely aimed for tourists. Overall, stunning view, good food and good experience.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“If the food was only as good as the beautiful vistas. The menu should be a little healthier.”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

The menu didn't wow us. It was difficult to make a choice as nothing seemed that appealing. However, the views were wonderful and the setting was very romantic.

Visited February 2014
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Bremen, Germany
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“Great food, super service...and then there is the view”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

This was probably the best meal we had during four weeks in the area.
The service was attentive, friendly, not overbearing. The food ("scotch egg" and pork belly) was creative and delicious. And the sunset into the Franschhoek mountains was truly unique.

  • Visited February 2014
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bern
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“WONDERFUL FOOD”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

I`m not a great wine drinker so it took some pushing to get me to go to a wine estate but I`m glad I did.
You need to book this resturant because if you want to sit outside overlooking the gardens and valley it will make your day and your meal more memorable.
My wife got us in without booking but we had to eat inside but by a window which still gave an opportunity to admire the nature.

For my main course I had fillet of beef wrapped in an aubergine parcel , so delicious I could have eaten it all over again.

Service was good and by the number of people arriving who were recognised by the staff I think there is a lot of repeat business , only open for lunch 12 until 4.

A very nice place to visit

  • Visited February 2014
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