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“great view but overpriced for what you get”

al Fiume Riverside Restaurant
Ranked #63 of 157 Restaurants in Centurion
Price range: US$50 - US$80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: A place with a profound sense of peace ... a place for relaxing with friends and family ... a place for re-energising your business ... a place for a romantic wedding or a unique event ... Whether it's a high-level business conference or product launch, a wedding or an anniversary, an intimate lunch or a family celebration, we all have a vision of "where we desire to go". At River Place, the setting and facilities, together with our meticulous attention to detail and our emphasis on stylish sophistication and timeless elegance will help you achieve your vision.
Randburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“great view but overpriced for what you get”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

By all accounts your first impression of Al Fiume at River Place is wonderful.
A charming building and deck on the Hennops river. All you need now is good service and food.
This is where they fall short. An unfriendly hello followed by a dismissive seating. Not off to a good start. The waiters are not up to calibre. Friendly but rough around the edges. Not their fault mind you, the onus should be on the owners/managers to up skill their staff to acceptable service standards.
What's missing is the details. Cheap wine glasses, no table bread, 1 menu to share between 2 people, under whelming wine menu, plastic pepper grinder - the list goes on.
The food is good - but for the price I want to blown away. My wife's lamb shank (R165 - $17) was not falling off the bone. The veg was raw (not al dente) and portion size was abismal.
My spaghetti Ragu was beyond reproach. Good job.
When I treat my family to a sunday lunch I don't want it to end being a disappoining affair. Al Fiume did not deliver. For the price go to Casalinga.

  • Visited May 2014
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Relaxing and attractive setting with good service”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Restaurant located next to a very attractive, fast flowing river. Comfortable seating Very good service by welcoming and friendly staff. Wide range of dishes which were extremely well presented. Extensive wine list. Live music on this occasion played by saxophonist on a small stage across the river creating a very pleasant atmosphere for a lunch time celebration. Restaurant in the grounds of the River Place Country Estate which has accommodation in lodges, numerous bars at the river edge, conference facilities etc. The restaurant also had a small play area and bouncy castle for children. Only one small criticism - the food could have been hotter when served but that can be a constant problem with restaurants in SA.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Elsey R
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Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Pleasant lunch at Al Fiume”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Few restaurants in the Pretoria area can boast such a lovely setting. Starters and mains very enjoyable and beautifully presented. Desert a slight let down, e.g. "chocolate tart with berry compote" was not really what one would expect from this description. Will, however, definitely recommend this restaurant. Make sure that you ask for table right next to river when you book though! Experience was nearly spoiled by being placed at table away from railing.

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1 Thank estianw
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Joburg
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good good in a nice setting that needs some freshening up”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

The riverside setting is stunning but the lawns and deck have been damaged by the heavy March rains. The choices on the menu were adequate without being too much, our group were all happy with their meals. Menu is a little on the pricey side but the quality is good. Our nice round table was located on the lawn under a tent/gazebo which was pretty old and tired and near the kids jumping castle. Cutlery could do with a refresh. I would have preferred a table under the trees or on the deck

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank BryanJhb
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Lovely sunday lunch”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

We went for Sunday lunch at al Fiume recently and had a lovely meal. Unfortunately we couldn't sit on the edge of the river but it was still lovely to listen to the saxophonist playing from a gazebo on the other side of the river. The food is quite expensive but was really nice. The house white wine was disappointing though. I'd still definitely recommend this restaurant for a special treat - very memorable.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Kirsten O
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