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“Amazing”

Pierneef a La Motte
Ranked #3 of 76 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The name of the restaurant was inspired by La Motte's admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 - 1957). Pierneef's creativity in portraying the beauty of the South African landscape is echoed in the restaurant's offering of traditional cuisine with a modern interpretation. The restaurant interior blends beautifully with the external surroundings - a fresh, natural look inside is embraced by tranquil gardens and majestic oak trees - where a Winelands Tea with a selection of home-baked delights from the La Motte Farm Shop can be enjoyed. The exclusively arranged Pierneef a La Motte Chef's Table offers a fine-dine menu in line with guests' preferences, as pre-arranged with Chef Michelle Theron, as well as a harmoniously complementing wine selection
Nairobi, Kenya
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202 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

A stunning restaurant with an open kitchen, professional service and a menu that showcases the region.

Always busy, it is best to make a reservation. The day we went, it was raining so could only sit inside. They have an impressive wine list, and a seasonal menu. Service is top notch.

The food is well presented, good size portions, and extremely tasty. We savored every bite. The wine was served in a stunning decanter, and our glasses were always topped up. The bread board was also very fresh and had a great variety of warm breads. Food was served on slate tiles, beautiful tiles and wooden boards.

If you enjoying watching a kitchen, ask to sit at the bar counter overlooking the kitchen, but ask for the main menu, and not the snack menu.

Loved the place. It is so cheap - less then US$70 for 2 bottles of wine, 2 entree's and 2 mains.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank roadwarriorafrica
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Hetta V, culinary manager at Pierneef a La Motte, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for visiting Pierneef a La Motte restaurant and posting about your experience.
We look forward to welcome you back.
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Class Act”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We visited for lunch without making a reservation, thankfully we were offered a table for 2 on the lawn under the trees. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was first class and the whole experience was very relaxing, we stayed all afternoon and tried some excellent wines. We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to book lunch the following day. This time we were seated on the deck adjacent to the pond, the whole experience of the previous day was consistently good.
Highly recommend, will certainly revisit.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Alan W
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Hetta V, culinary manager at Pierneef a La Motte, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for visiting Pierneef a La Motte restaurant and posting about your experience.
We look forward to welcome you back.
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Franschhoek, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“WOW”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

A truely amazing experience. Chef Chris and his team paints beautiful and taste bud tingling pictures on plates/slates/wooden boards. The bistro feel is friendy. The meal was sublime. The venue, sitting under the oak trees - perfect. From the welcome to the breads, to meals and truffles - we were blown away. Staff was very amazing. Wewill be going back.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Princess474
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Hetta V, culinary manager at Pierneef a La Motte, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for visiting Pierneef a La Motte restaurant and posting about your experience.
We look forward to welcome you back.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Awesome place”
Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch at La Motte today. The grounds are immaculate. You can easily spend an entire day here relaxing, looking at artwork, tasting great wines, walking around or enjoying very good food. We did it all! Yes it's not cheap, but the value is good and the surroundings makes it more than worth it. The service and food has improved since my first visit 2 years ago. If you can appreciate the finer things in life, do put this place on your to do list.

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Hetta V, culinary manager at Pierneef a La Motte, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for visiting Pierneef a La Motte restaurant and posting about your experience.
We look forward to welcome you back.
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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“Idyllic place for coffee”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Superb to sit on the lawn beneath the oaktrees and drink coffee with a delicious brownie.
Lovely views, great staff.
I would imagine it would be great for lunch, but we cannot manage lunch and dinner!

Visited February 2013
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Thank rogjacgill
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Hetta V, Culinary Manager at Pierneef a La Motte, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for visiting Pierneef a La Motte and posting about your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon for dinner or lunch.
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