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“A Grahamstown landmark with great pizza”
Review of The Rat & Parrot

The Rat & Parrot
Ranked #2 of 34 Restaurants in Grahamstown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A Grahamstown landmark with great pizza”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

It's a pub, noisy, crowded and mostly full of drunk students, but if you don't mind the chaos then make sure to order one of their pizzas. Best in town by far.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Larissa K
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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228 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“I think you need to be under 30 to enjoy this place!”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

But I'm not, and I didn't!
We were there for a late lunch, and it was VERY noisy with more of a pub atmosphere than a restaurant. The seating is also pub-style with wooden benches that are uncomfortable and not easy to get in/out of. I got the impression that most folk - youngsters really, probably all students - come there to drink and watch the sport on TV, further adding to the noise. Having something to eat seems to be secondary.
Don't go here if you want anything remotely sedate and comfortable, or if you want to hear the chat from your companions.
As for the food, I had calamari and chips, and it wasn't bad.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank angtravel18
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Auckland, New Zealand
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108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Very noisy and poor seating for non smokers”
Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

Food was reasonable and service efficient. But music was blaring and TVs were on all over the place. After twice asking the music was eventually turned down. Non smokers get the worst seating downstairs. I would not go back.

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Thank Paul B
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Lagos, Nigeria
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118 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Pub grub better than expected”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

The Rat has a dubious reputation with it being the most popular student dive. Yet we were pleasantly surprised by the food quality, the facilities and decor.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Rob N
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Cape Town
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60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Buzzing, busy pub”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Friendly staff, good pizza's and reasonable prices make sense of the number of happy patrons in this pub, even outside of student term time.

Visited December 2013
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Thank CapeTownCobie
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