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“Beautiful surroundings, excellent music, need to work on the menu”
Review of Brio - CLOSED

Brio
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Brio is set in a beautiful historic 120 year old building in the Cape Town CBD. We offer a plush, opulent environment with live music every evening.
Reviewed 31 July 2011

A group of 6 girls met for a girl-friend's birthday dinner in June this year. We had a fabulous time, especially as we moved on to the '80's club (Reserve, I think it's called) and danced the night away after our meal.

The decor is beautiful and they've done an amazing job with the re-renovation. I'd been to Riboville before they refurbed and renamed and found it a bit cold and impersonal. Brio is warm and elegant. The service is very good and the jazz is fantastic, but the menu really needs some creative flair. Things like deep-fried camembert with cranberry, grilled calamari, pepper fillet. Food that was popular in the 90's. Done very well at Brio, although my fillet was over-cooked. Very tasty but for the setting and ambience, I expected much more.

We will definitely go back for the jazz experience and the opulent, elegant feeling and I do recommend.

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Thank Alison_J_Walker
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

A great experience from start to finnish with good food, exceptional live band that did not kill the classics and was a pleasure to sit and lose yourself in.

Owner Skippy was on the ball and made the effort to get to know the whole table.

Thoroughly recommend as a place to go relax, eat great food and listen to wonderful music.

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Thank ChiragCaoeTown
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

What an awesome experience! From the moment you step into Brio it feels as though you are transported back in time....from the valet parking to the incredible decor and amazing food, there is nothing to fault about this restaurant. It is not often that a restaurant owner is as present and involved as this one. He personally greeted each of the guests at their table and checked in regularly eventually joining us after dessert for a chat. He even joined the jazz band on stage and gave superb renditions of some classic, timeless songs. The service was unassuming and professional, the waitron well educated on the menu and able to provide very good advice. The highlights of the evening food wise were definitely the Roquefort snail starter and peppered fillet mains. Definitely a place to visit again - for a romantic dinner or a fun evening out with friends it caters for everyone and is the epitome of style, elegance and a unique dining experience in Cape Town! Thank you Brio!!

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Thank NicoleFernandes
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

This is absolutely now my most favourite restaurant in Cape Town.
This was my second time to Brio, the first visit really was memorable, I just had to return to make sure that it was as good as my last visit, and of course it was. From the stylish, sophisticated decor to the amazingly talented entertainment, food to die for, and excellent service, I certainly will be returning.
A big thank you to Skippy and his very lovely attentive staff.

Diana & Mark Swellendam

Thank Grace7
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

Brio is definitely in my top 3 favourite restaurants in SA. And currently one of Cape Town's best kept secrets. Think chandeliers, candelbra, marble walls, black and white tiled floors, a library with wood paneled walls and a roaring fireplace. Then take all of this, and add succulent food, astounding service and live lounge and blues music in the background. An evening at Brio is guaranteed to transport you back to an era of glamour, indulgent living and moving music.

If you haven't been yet, I strongly suggest you change this promptly! This restaurant will remind you exactly why one enjoys eating out. It's about the experience, and this restaurant never fails to deliver an experience like no other.

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Thank RoxyAlexDallas
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