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£32 - £36
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African, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 27 November 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed our evening here on our last trip to DeKelders, so were hopeful that Jonathan could accommodate us. It turned out to be a highlight of our trip, the food was excellent & Jonathan is a wonderful host. There were 8 of us, 4...Germans & 2 South Africans, and he kept the conversation flowing, along with the wines. A lovely experience & the only restaurant in walking distance from our guest house.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 28 March 2022

Jonathan cooked a fabulous meal for my family, taking all of our dietary issues into consideration. Not only was the meal fantastic, but we shared dinner with other guests in his guesthouse, which made for a very fun and entertaining evening

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2022

Our party of 4 were the only ones dining on the evening we booked for and we had a brilliant evening! Jonathan was the perfect host, chef, waiter and raconteur! He served us a delicious meal of many courses with paired wines and it was...all amazing! On arrival we were offered a brandy and champagne cocktail and when dinner was ready we sat at an enormous table in the exquisite dining room. Beautifully presented dishes with locally sourced ingredients and they really were very delicious. We weren't rushed and the whole evening was a wonderful unique experience!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

This used to be just a restaurant, but now it is a guest house with a number of rooms. However, if you stay you will also be able to book places at the 16-seat table for a wonderful evening of a multi-course meal with wine...pairings. Jonathan is a wonderful host and he and Handre serve a very creative menu with fish, meat, soups and two desserts. Brandy and chocolate to finish. We were a family group of six, but we had a n excellent time with the several other guests who had booked just for the dinner. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Something most unusual and unexpected happened. I confirmed our dinner booking in advance, headed to the restaurant on time, couldn’t find it.... called and eventually was told that the restaurant was closed. They had let all other guests know but not me! Most unexpected after...selecting a highly rated restaurant on the listings. They did call another local restaurant to book a table for us as a back up and kindly covered 50% of our bill. Altogether a somewhat strange experience. Advise: call to book this restaurant rather that relying on the online route.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 5 January 2020 via mobile

True taste experience,dishes with wine pairing, with an awesome chef Jonathan and Handre. For the finer taste buds.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 22 December 2019 via mobile

We had an excellent dinner with Jonathan - he was a gracious host and each course of the meal was unique and tasted great. I would highly recommend you visit and join Jonathan for a unique dining experience

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 25 September 2019

Jonathan and Handre serve an exquisite dinner! The flavours are so unique and the food is so well presented. Each course is paired with a wine that they choose. I cannot recommend this dinner experience more highly. Thank you Jonathan

Date of visit: September 2019
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Benguela, Manager at Benguela Restaurant De Kelders, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2019

Dear Lynn, Thank you for a very kind review. It was lovely to have you with us as return guests. We look forward to much more fabulous dining and spoils with you! Best Benguela Wishes.

Reviewed 23 September 2019

Filthy night, horizontal rain so only 4 diners instead of the expected dozen or so. Didn’t matter. Our exuberant host made up for it. Excellent meal although the memory is a bit hazy due to the generous pouring of the host. Thoroughly recommend the experience....Luckily it was downhill home.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Benguela, Manager at Benguela Restaurant De Kelders, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2019

This review made me chuckle... I know exactly what you are talking about!... Or wait, no I have no idea :) Thank you for a lovely review, so fitting in explaining a brilliant night with lots of laughs, excellent conversation, delicious food and overflowing wine...More

Reviewed 17 September 2019

We went with some local friends and met four others who we had never seen before. Thanks to the work of Jonathon's team we all went away great friends. The food was excellent, as was ambiance and the host. The balls were superb, my wife...had two they were so good!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Benguela, Manager at Benguela Restaurant De Kelders, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2019

Hi Mr and Mrs Balls :) Thank you for the lovely review. It is always wonderful to hear our guests had a great time with us. Benguela certainly is front and center when it comes to making friends of total strangers, with charming owners and...More

Reviewed 14 August 2019

I went to Benguela with my wife and three adult children and were overwhelmed by Johanthan's hospitality. Other (local) guests joined the table for dinner as well. It really learned us more about South Africa in general; local tips for things to see and do...were appreciated. The food was excellent. Tomata/red pepper cappuccino was phenomenal. Local meat (Eland): very tasty. During the evening we enjoyed different South African wines which were all excellent.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Jonathan E, Owner at Benguela Restaurant De Kelders, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2019

Dear Martin and fun family. Thank you for the wonderful compliments. It was our great pleasure to have you join our table, such fun and so many laughs. We shall look forward to welcoming you back in the not so distant future. Wishing you well....More

Reviewed 3 April 2019

The food was divine, The vibe friendly. Thank you Jonathan for the amazing experience. Looking forward to the next visit

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 7 March 2019

This was our second visit to this wonderful restaurant and guest house and again, we could not have wished for a more enjoyable and relaxing stay. The accommodation is both stylish and luxurious and only a short stroll from the impressive De Kelders coastline. But...what makes Benguela stand out head and shoulders, is the warmth, energy and enthusiasm of Jonathan and Handre who put their heart and soul into making this unique place so special. The evening meals are without doubt, the most enjoyable fine dining experiences we have ever had, each course described in detail and accompanied by local wines. Jonathan successfully creates an atmosphere that is like being part of an intimate and elegant dinner party with family and friends. We could not recommend Benguela highly enough, excellent value and outstanding quality. Simply wonderful.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 20 February 2019 via mobile

We visited Gansbaai this past weekend to attend a wedding I Franskraal, and had the pleasure of spending 2 nights at Benguela. We stayed I the private self catering cottage, but opted to have breakfast there on Saturday morning. So glad we did, because it...was so lovely. We started with coffee of course, and then moved on to sliced pears, thin little matchsticks, on top of yogurt. Next was our delicious scrambled eggs on lovely soft baked bread with smoked salmon topped with caviar, what a treat. The eggs were just right, none of the rubbery, overdone grey eggs you sometimes get saddled with. It was a LARGE portion and I felt so guilty leaving some on my plate but I just could not have any more. Well done guys, one day we will come for dinner, I'm sure it will be amazing. The accommodation was lovely too, a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Cottage all to ourselves, could not be better. My only gripe was the annoying cricket that came to serenade us from 4am for the next 2 hrs. Cant be helped I guess, but I would stay there again The pool was lovely too, we spent a good hour there before dinner on Friday night, such glorious weather, it was very inviting and enjoyable.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 15 February 2019 via mobile

Last night my husband surprised me with dinner at this beautiful restaurant. Walking through the front door you immediately feel welcome. This restaurant is inside the home of the owners and they have a few rooms available to guests as well we came to learn....The house is simply beautifully decorated with old world charm and modern chic all mixed into one! Dinner started with cocktails in hand and meeting the other diners whom all seated around a lavishly decorated table. This night was one of exceptionally exquisite food, the best wine accompany each course and interesting thought provoking conversations with people from across the globe. It truly was amazing. We felt like we were having a dinner party with friends which lasted well over midnight. Highly recommended!!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Benguela Restaurant De Kelders is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5