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“Exceptional food and wine”
Review of Wijnhuis

Wijnhuis
Ranked #50 of 274 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Price range: US$6 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Had dinner here on our first night in Stellenbosch and it certainly did not disappoint. As you would expect, they have a wide range of excellent wines and the food is very good as well.

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Thank Andrew E
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Was invited to a meal at Wijnhuis by local business contact. Had read the reviews before going so was a little concerned about the shall I say 'variability' of the reviews inc lots about 'customer service'. Hosts had pre-booked on a Monday, just as well as it was full full...a good sign? However hosts thought we made it clear we wanted outside, street-side tables but we were shown to table upstairs. 'sort of outside_ but not what we had thought'. Waiter was a yound Uni student that seemed to be the norm. His knowledge of the menu was actually quite good and we immediately commented on this, so a good start. Meals we OK by SA standards and nothing out of the ordinary special. As many have mentioned a steak is a steak, if you want chips/sauce you have to pay extra, but in saying that I ate everything and the portion was fine and steak well-cooked to order. When our bill came I noticed that the waiter had not put on the more than 50% of the costs and had forgotten our quite expense treat bottle of wine. Should I pay and walk out and say nothing???...no of course not as waiters in SA get by on tips and for sure this mistake would have been taken from his night's income and swallowed the lot. He was SO GRATEFUL. Even knocked of another beer as thanks, so a good call by the waiter. However I can see that the issue of service may well be a problem as the place is or seems to be staffed by students, not a bad thing but COULD lead to issues. The manageress, who gets some bad press in other reviews seemed fine with us. A good evening but not super special.

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Thank davebedford
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

We had to wait a bit for a table but got one in the end.  It was a Wednesday night and everywhere was busy. We had the kudu carpaccio to start and a delicious ostrich steak for main.  Food was excellent and service was good. Would definitely like to go back.

Thank eatydrinky
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

On visiting South Africa, friends that live in Stellenbosch recommended that we go out to sample this restaurant. The welcome was warm and the service was excellent! The food was very good.
As the bar area is the only area you can smoke, I went to have a cigarette during the meal and notice the service staff picking off the plates cleared from tables? On returning to our table I asked our waiter if thy do get staff meals. We learnt that thy do not, I think this is shocking! Surely the owners of this restaurant should realize that you are as only as good as your staff! Looking after them is key. You have a great product please make the effort to look after your team!

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Thank Carlos00002
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

First things first, the food at Wijnhuis is good!

But as a returning guest (5 times), I have to say that service at Wijnhuis becomes more and more disappointing! You would expect, that in a "Wine Restaurant" as they claim themselves, they can provide you with some recommondations on wines. Having asked our waiter what he can recommend, he had to check with someone else and we got the feedback, that management is too busy to stop by and provide a wine recommondation!

They really need to invest in training their staff, as some lack even the essential training on wines, such as how to open a bottle!

Thank Surfrider72
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