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“dinner under 200 years old trees” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Binnenhof

Binnenhof
Ranked #106 of 244 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Cuisines: Dutch, African, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Tel: +27218879560; Definitely not listed under Stellenbosch yet...
Oberrieden, Switzerland
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63 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“dinner under 200 years old trees”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

great food (try the game), friendly service, good value for money! and a special setting under the historic trees

Visited December 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“no service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

welcomed by owner who assured us of a good meal. We then waited over 2 hours for food finally deciding at 10:15pm to leave with empty stomachs. On complaining the manager and waiter were non apologetic and cheeky. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

Visited December 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“No good any more!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

Having had a fabulous meal at Binnenhof about 4 years ago when last in Stellenbosch, I thought it would be a good choice for lunch with a friend from the UK. Well, it wasn't! The food has deteriorated horribly! We started with a rocket salad and carpaccio of kudu, which was very promising (although we ordered two carpaccios and only received one - we figured that would just leave space for desert), but the chicken livers and pan-fried calamari "Asian style" were about the worst ever. "Asian style" turned out to mean drowned on what tasted like bottled sweet chilli sauce, but odder yet was what it was served with: very ordinary white rice (a choice of rice or chips was offered) ... and boiled butternut squash, carrots and cauliflower!! Yes, boiled vegetables as per English school dinners! Very odd combination indeed. The chicken livers were badly overcooked and also drowned in something very like a commercial onion jam - in spite of being hungry, I ate only half of the dish. Before anyone tells me that this is "traditional": I am South African born and bred and, while I now live in the UK, previously lived in Cape Town and environs for many years - this is not traditional and is not excusable, given that both of these dishes are quite easy to do well. I'll be eating elsewhere in future!
The manager, when told that the food was substandard (and why), seemed surprised and disinclined to do anything about it - we certainly weren't looking for a freebie (and paid the full bill, except for 2 complementary coffees), but a bit of sincerity and some indication that things might improve in future, wouldn't have gone amiss.
Stellenbosch has lots of good restaurants - this is no longer one of them!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“find somewhere else to eat”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Stellenbosch has many very good eating places, but this is definitely not one of them. The service was extremely slow and very sloppy. The food was huge, but not very appetizing - sorry - quantity does not make up for quality. Nothing good to say about this place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Washington, DC
1 review
“Last Reviewer was too kind.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Food portions are very large and when my friend asked if she could cancel her order for soup, the manager said he would check on it. He came back and said "No, sorry, the soup has already been prepared". We waited another 40 minutes for the dinner to arrive. Crazy bad service from the owner's father. Put a really bad taste in my mouth having so many other choices.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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