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The Ibis Lounge

Martin Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
+27 72 110 6254
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lamb shank” (10 reviews)
“malva pudding” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Martin Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a friendly welcome from the new owners and what nice smiling waitresses. A welcome stop after travelling on the worst farm roads we have been on in years. Good hot beverages and great snacks, they will do very well I think.

Thank Fred P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The new owners of Ibis Lounge are two of the loveliest individuals I have met. My friend and I were the only people having a late lunch on a very cold and wet Monday afternoon - we had a fire lit especially for us. My...More

Thank Emma B
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

A little special surprise this Ibis Lounge, extremely cured and fancy, as well as original, in its hundreds of particulars. The room was super cured in each detail too. The owners are a kind couple who transmit all their love and passion for this place,...More

Thank Ste_Gas
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

So happy you had a good surprise and enjoyed the Ibis Lounge. Paul and Lucy are great hosts who love interacting with guests. Thank you for the compliments.

Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We were a family of 6. Paul and Lucy were excellent hosts. The food was excellent, wonderful atmosphere and great hosts. Will be back!!!

Thank Jannie V
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for a lovely review and hope to see you back in Bethesda soon.

Reviewed 12 July 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by this lounge! We agree: awesome menu- kids had burgers, we had lamb shank & oxtail VERY generous portions, top class meals! Hope to visit Nieu-Bethesda soon & this time we will be staying over & experience the night life &...More

Thank lizettep307
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for taking time to write such a lovely review - we look forward to your return and having you to stay.

Reviewed 3 July 2017

This was an awesome meal in all respects. Presentation was top class, portions were very generous, the flavours were fantastic, the prices were very reasonable (R 220 for a starter, main, dessert and cappuccino!). The mains we had were the lamb curry, the oxtail, and...More

Thank AVD2018
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2017

Thank you for your lovely review - so happy you enjoyed your meal.

Reviewed 4 June 2017

Lucie and Paul were amazing hosts. We had a wonderful dinner in front of a roaring fire. They certainly went the extra mile to make our meal very memorable.

Thank 897duncans
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

So happy you enjoyed your dinner - what a wonderful old fireplace that is more than 130 years old and still keeps us all warm.

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We met Paul and Lucy. I knew to book at lunch for dinner...such as in this small town. We were the only guests for dinner which was great. Got to know the 2 hosts and their usual special attention. They tske great pride in their...More

2  Thank Ushandra
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thank you for a great review and for your kind words. Its lovely to hear from our guests.

Reviewed 16 April 2017

One of the best places to have an afternoon snack - right next to the "main road". The host very friendly and the service and food was good!

2  Thank Lian L
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Lekker that you enjoyed your food ! Thanks for taking the time to review - always appreciated.

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Worth going off road to visit this little dorp as it is full of art studios and the famous sculptor Helen Martins Museum and Owl House. Very quite when we called and wondered if it was shut but the information office girl was very helpful...More

1  Thank Derek Wright J
TouchLightly, Owner at The Ibis Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2017

Thank for your kind words and recommendations. Im happy you stopped at the Ibis and espcially that you enjoyed Nieu Bethesda.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Martin Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  Nieu-Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +27 72 110 6254
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Imagine tucking into slow-roasted Karoo lamb, potato and onion fritters, roasted baby butternut and fresh garden vegetables while enjoying the ambience of one of Nieu-Bethesda’s eclectic gathering spots. The Ibis Lounge, situated on Martin Street, is the place to be, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm (or when the last guest leaves), we serve burgers, pitas, steaks, pasta and curry. Try our lamb shank over pasta or allow us to tempt you with decadent desserts, marvelous milkshakes. Coffee aficionados can get their fix with their choice of cappuccino, latte, Americano, mocha or espresso – our range is selected from around the world, and we have strong and bitter, sweet medium and mild aromatic roasts to suit nearly every taste. All our meats are sourced locally, served with organic veggies from our garden, when in season. Our Slow Sundays are a treat when we offer guests a slow roast every Sunday from 1pm. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. In need of a little retail therapy? Our Karoo-themed gift shop stocks a variety of handmade artisan goods sourced in southern Africa. Browse through our range of pottery, clothing, art, soap, t-shirts, sweets, handspun wool, glassware, wooden items and more.
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