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“Nice idea, but missed the mark”
Review of Graze By The River

Graze By The River
Ranked #1 of 33 Restaurants in Port Alfred
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $13
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Graze by the River is a coffee bar and bistro situated in one of the original 1820 settler's home next to the banks of the Kowie River in Port Alfred. The venue boasts a private garden area at the back of the property where you can escape from the busy Van der Riet street at the front of the property and enjoy freshly roasted coffee or sample some of the many homemade dishes on offer. The menu is based on locally available produce from fresh seafood, smoked meats and organic vegetables grown in the garden on site, interesting tasty dishes are supplemented by daily specials. The restaurant has its own smoker for preparing a lot of the dishes and the coffee bar roasts its own green beans daily ensuring good quality fresh coffee. So whether your looking for a great breakfast, some coffee and cake or a tasty homemade meal come and enjoy the experience of Graze by the River. Evening meals are strictly by reservation and we are closed on Wednesday.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice idea, but missed the mark”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Graze is quaint from the outside, much like Fawlty Towers. The odd kitchen 'shed' arrangement would be charming, if the cook actually managed to deliver tasty food, or anything with a bit of speed actually. When we visited, the poor, under-trained waiting staff spun around trying to keep up (in a restarant not even full) and did nothing to make the hour long wait for 2 toasted sandwiches more pleasant. They did not even offer more drinks. The sandwiches were pretty plain, and dry, and thus horribly over-priced. The claim to be 'by the river' is also a bit of a stretch. The coffee's not bad, but no reason to go back sadly.

  • Visited June 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“French cafe with South africain soul”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were at this cafe 2 years ago we were there 2 weeks a go. Always it was a pleasant visit. Great stuff, nice music and espresso with cake to die for.

  • Visited January 2013
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