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“HUGE disappointment”
Review of Joe Cool's

Joe Cool's
Ranked #446 of 609 Restaurants in Durban
Cuisines: American
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“HUGE disappointment”
Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

I wish I could give it a 0 out of 5. Upon getting there,you couldn't really tell if the place was open or not. The staff were standing around lazilly and you could see that they looked irritated that you decided to come and spoil their standing around. Upon waiting 15 minutes for our drinks,while being the only people there,we decided not to even try the food. The cocktail was served in a chipped wineglass. Won't go there again. We tried the restaurant next door, Zacks, what an absolute pleasure.

  • Visited April 2014
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    • Food
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English first
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Location is the only saviour”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

If this place was anywhere else than on the beach front, it would have been closed down long ago. It used to be a great beach restaurant and fun hangout and can still be. They do need to up their game though. The last three times I went to Durban I visited Joe Cool's, in the hope that they would return to former glory, but my last visit was the last to this venue.

Everything on the menu has gone from great to very average, but what put me off the most, is that the place is getting dirtier every time. dirty floors, tables, seating etc - and it doesn't seem to bother anyone working there. May a whole new coat of paint and redo of interior is necessary.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Deon L
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lost the plot”
Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

Broken glass bottles at entrance and stairs. Loads of staff doing nothing. Turned around and walked out. No service no customers. What a wasted opportunity to do good business.

1 Thank CherylUnderberg
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Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Oh Well, this place has gone to the dogs!”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

My partner and i dropped in for a drink at Joe Cools on Saturday afternoon, which used to be a Awesome Bar a few years back - What a disappointment that this legendary pub has gone to the dogs! On the upstairs deck , no umbrellas are provided so patron sit in the baking sun , the main deck bar had no stock , when we asked for an ashtray , we were given a cool drink can that had been cut in half - if the suppliers don't even provide ashtrays , umbrellas etc, to this place anymore, what more is there to say - I will never go back again !

Visited March 2014
3 Thank WarrenJohannesburg
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Durban, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“a good vibe”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

If you looking for place to relax, no fuss over dress code. Relax and take in the sea breeze and bustling atmosphere especially over the weekend. Pub grub, ice cold beers and cocktails. If thats your style then you will enjoy.

Visited February 2014
Thank tillie1001
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