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Buitenverwachting Restaurant

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26 Klein Constantia Road | Constantia, Constantia 7806, South Africa
+27 21 794 3522
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have eaten at Buitenverwachting every year for the past 5 years on our annual trip to South Africa. The amazing food and service has always meant we leave the vineyard incredibly happy and eager to recommend it to all who will listen. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for this year. The service was appalling and given by juniors... More 

Thank ledwards42
Cape Town, South Africa
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I attended a 70th Birthday Party last weekend, and then took two guests to Buitenverwachting last night. The Birthday Party was hugely enjoyable, the only criticism being that the food emerged rather slowly. Service otherwise was very good, considering the large number of guests and their enthusiasm for the estate wines. Last night ( a Thursday) our... More 

Thank rball2016
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When visit South Africa, each year, one of our favourite Restaurants is Buitenverwachting. It lives up to its name of Beyond Expectations. The staff are friendly and delightful, and formal meals in the Restaurant are varied and delicious. The Chef always creates a beautiful plate of food, no matter what you order. We have made so many friends with the... More 

Thank Judy472013
Brighton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There appears to be a trend on the reviews in that the kitchen is 1st rate but the service is poor, particularly given its aspiration of "fine dining" where good service is part of the deal; It was the poorest service we had in 9 days of eating out in the Capetown region (had better service when having a quick... More 

1 Thank Drekhen
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for lunch, a lovely setting in amongst the vineyards. Lovely wines, great menu and a laid back but sophisticated atmosphere! It is a taxi drive from the centre of Cape Town , approx half an hour depending on the traffic!

Thank Shonanne
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed our food, the service was fantastic and the setting was obviously beautiful. My only complaint is everybody been seated on the veranda creates an unromantic atmosphere, especially been seated next to a table of rowdy Germans. For a rainy Wednesday evening they could have spread the seating inside and not felt so claustrophobic. But seriously... More 

Thank youngmusttravel
London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I organised a lunch here for 50 friends a couple of weeks ago. The service provided by staff on the day exceeded expectations, and the team were very helpful in the run up with all of the organising. We have had so many compliments from guests about the fantastic food. The kitchen managed to get all of the food out... More 

Thank helengmw
Johannesburg, South Africa
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269 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reading the great TA reviews, we were exciting to finally get to Buitenverwachting. We called ahead on the morning and made a booking for the terrace. Setting was pleasant enough, overlooking a small fountain and outdoor courtyard area. Food however was pretty average, being over complicated and a little rich. Service too was a little clumsy, and we were often... More 

1 Thank PatBar2
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just finished a very tasty meal but left with a bad taste in our mouths owing to managements appalling response to a 30 minute deafening fire alarm. We left the earsplitting noise in the restaurant and sat outside. Thank goodness that some customers who were at a birthday party managed to eventually solve the problem that staff were unable to... More 

Thank K W
LorenzoMarco, Owner at Buitenverwachting Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Unfortunately you where not informed fully of the situation. The Fire Alarm System was triggered off and the initial resetting of the system was done by our Maitre d', who successfully rebooted the system. Unfortunately the faulty detector kept on triggering off the alarm and the second reboot was unsuccessful. He contacted the after hours services of the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Generally really good food especially the chocolate sweet. BUT fire alarm went off for a long time. We had to move outside for some time. No offer of free drink or whatever to offset lost half hour. At end we asked for a bill reduction. E.g. Reduced drinks bill. Not offered. Could not be bothered to argue. Not impressed. PS... More 

1 Thank Dick W
LorenzoMarco, Owner at Buitenverwachting Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Dick W I apologise for the inconvenience of the fire alarm system. Our Maitre d' successfully rebooted the system, but unfortunately the detector kept on alarming the panel and the after hours service provider was not available to attend to the problem. I was called in to disarm the system and only by disconnecting the batteries and power supply... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Klein Constantia Road | Constantia, Constantia 7806, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Constantia
  • Phone Number: +27 21 794 3522

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?