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Babel Restaurant

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Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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09:00 - 16:00
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Hilton, South Africa
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111 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the recommendation of some American friends, we lunched at this excellent restaurant.We were attended to by an outstanding waitron, Chester, who went to great lengths to explain various delicacies available. He persuaded us to have 1 red salad and 1 yellow salad to share and it was an excellent choice. We then all had the fish of the day... More 

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Thank Tony C
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tony It is wonderful to read about visits from our friends abroad and we are delighted that you enjoyed your lunch at Babel restaurant. Chester truly is a wonderful host and your kind words will be shared with him. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked early on line as we know this restaurant gets booked up. On arrival we had to wait while the 6 people behind the counter finished there conversation, then 'have you booked' without a welcome or a smile. The food is unique and well presented but the menu is limited, especially the dessert. This time the service wasn't attentive,... More 

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Thank Gill C
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Gill Please accept our sincere apology for your unpleasant and unacceptable experience at Babel restaurant. Our management team will immediately follow up on the service situation to ensure our return visitors enjoy an enhanced experience and the warm welcome Babylonstoren is known for, with every visit. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

Barcelona, Spain
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We fell in love with this restaurant! So rare to walk into a place where they get it all right. We were impressed by the wine tourism offered in the Cape but Babel outshone them all. You have to book way up front. We tried to go back, even from CT but they were always fully booked. Beautiful place, gorgeus... More 

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Thank cindie828
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Cindie Your review brings a smile to our face and we thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely experience with us. We hope to welcome you back to the farm in the near future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel restaurant More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a real lover of beautiful, delicious & fresh produced food this is heaven to go to. Being a photographer receiving amazing plated food in a cool environment made it extra wonderful. Everything on our plate was straight from the garden and reflects the season you are in. Be sure to book well in advance. Take the time to walk... More 

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Thank Isabella v
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Isabella How wonderful that you could also enjoy some tranquil time in the garden and unwind in our spa. We just introduced our delicious new autumn menu and hope to welcome you back to Babel soon. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Babel restaurant for lunch. The host was extremely rude and patronizing. His tone was ridiculous. We were told to have a booking...there were about 4 tables open inside. No options, no plans, and no courtesy. We left to have fabulous lunch next door at Backsberg. We will NEVER visit Babel again.

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Thank Francis Wouter B
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Francis It saddens us to hear about this very unpleasant and unwelcoming experience. On behave of our team at Babel I would like to sincerely apologise. Our management team will attend to and follow up on this situation to ensure we maintain the high booking and reservation standards we have at Babylonstoren. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a unique restaurant at the Babylonstoren Vineyard. 'Unique' isn't a word I use very often, but it is fully justified in this instance. We shared the three red, orange, and green starters between the four of us; I can honestly say that I have never had such an inspiring combination of ingredients so beautifully presented before. A sublime... More 

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Thank JJN29
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your inspiring experience and kind words with us! May you be even more inspired with every future visit. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

London
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315 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly fabulous food using their own organic produce. The choice of just three starters - Red, Yellow, Green - showcasing fruit and veg of similar hues were the most memorable but we tried nearly every dish on the menu over three nights and didn't have a duff course. Service is first class too. Only one suggestion - for guests who... More 

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Thank Lazzagear
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Laz We completely agree with you and for that reason we are happy to tell you about our recently opened bakery as an alternative to their meals at Babel restaurant or the Greenhouse. At dinners in the Bakery, we serve our food family style – guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table. Our Italian-inspired... More 

London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I adore this place to eat. Sure, some of the locals feel the menu needs changing a little more often and i must agree that it could do with the odd special here and there. But what they have works. It draws the tourists but maintains a high end, chic and stunning lunch experience. The Lamb was stunning, the Yellow... More 

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Thank Charlie C
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Charlie Your lovely feedback makes me even more excited to share the news - We just introduced our flavors for autumn and I hope to welcome you to the restaurant soon to enjoy the new seasonal tastes. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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228 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the north side of Franschoek inside the Cape Dutch Babylonstoren farm and winery you will find Babel Restaurant. One of 4 restaurants on the farm, this is in the old cow shed in the middle of the gardens. Weather permitting, and space available, you can eat outside on the picnic benches or inside the whitewashed, airy, glass-filled building. We... More 

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Thank Ginna W
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Ginna Thank you so much for sharing this detailed and memorable experience with us. Knowing that you received excellent and valuable service is of great importance to us. Best wishes, Lize & the Babel team More 

Lörrach, Deutschland
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211 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a deja vu that evening, remembered me to a similar restaurant in Berlin, Germany. However, the only difference to that one here will be the number of points i am assigning in TripAdvisor: 3 instead of 2 only. Pretty much the same reason: the location is cool, the staff is really friendly and experienced and overall it is... More 

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Thank Martin L
lizelazarus, General Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Martin We are truly sad to hear that you did not enjoy your time at Babel restaurant. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our “pick, clean and serve” approach. Our philosophy is simple, generous and honest. Fresh, seasonal food that is closely tied to its origins in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Simondium
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 3852
Description
Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our "pick, clean and serve" approach. Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don't like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.

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