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The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse
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Cost
R665 for five-course. R775 for eight-course tasting menu.
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
French, Modern
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Eat Out judges

Food 
Indulge in contemporary cuisine with a South African twist at this restaurant. There’s lots of local influences here, as seen in dishes like the ‘heerboon’ velouté on the starter section of the à la carte menu, which is served with a peppadew pesto and roasted pears, and a dish of West Coast bokkoms with Jerusalem artichokes. Because of the seasonal approach, menus change almost weekly, so it’s a good idea to have a look at the website before you book. Other local and lekker treats may include Saldanha Bay mussels, Franschhoek salmon trout and braised Karoo lamb. They’ve also become known for their rather fine soufflés – a prime example of which is the forest blackberry soufflé with buffalo yoghurt sorbet, which is just perfect.

Drinks
The eatery has gained a reputation for their extremely comprehensive wine list, which boast almost every local star you can think of, and some international favourites as well. Wine pairings are well considered. Also: a very nice craft beer line-up.

Service 
Attention to detail and silver service. You can expect the level of quality which denotes a fine dining establishment.

Ambience 
With stunning views overlooking Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles, rolling gardens just begging for a relaxed picnic, and a very stylishly restored historical building, The Roundhouse boasts one of the best locations and a great atmosphere.

And...
If you’re after a more relaxed affair, the retaurant’s outside section, known by the lovely name of The Rumbullion, offers a laid-back setting in which to enjoy drinks and tapas-style food during the warmer seasons.

(August 2014)

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  • Food
    Their chef combines classic French technique and South African produce to create a seasonal four-course à la carte menu which retains all the natural taste and textures of fresh farm ingredients. Exquisitely plated, the main ingredient – pasture-reared chicken, farmed cob, fallow deer or free-range duck and guinea-fowl – is enhanced by fragrant oils, purées and emulsions. Great attention to detail is the signature of an original menu, which showcases heritage herbs, berries and vegetables, from buchu-roasted carrots or parsnips to African wild garlic, lavender and juniper berries.

    Wine
    Fine wine, spirits and food pairing is a speciality here, with a focus on creating innovative flavour combinations through an acclaimed wine list and cellar.

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    Exceptional, with well-informed advice on dishes, matches and specials.

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    The historic guardhouse and hunting-lodge with majestic views of the Atlantic coast is an elegant venue for sophisticated fine dining.

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    Enjoy weekend breakfasts, sundowners and tapas on the alfresco terrace of the Rumbullion lawns in the summer season (1 Oct to 30 April). (GH, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Incredible setting. The lunch menu unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired. Pizzas have an overwhelming amount of (cheddar) cheese which makes for a rather oily experience. Whilst the base is crispy it tastes slightly fried which may be due to too much oil in the dough. My friend's salad was drowned in a mayonnaise dressing and my 'grilled' fish was doused in flour and cooked till dry. Unimaginative Hake too which would have tasted better in a kalk bay fish and chip shop. Finally, a glass of white wine on a hot spring day starts at R70. While I am prepared to pay these prices for decent wine the selection was uninspiring. I opted for a pimms instead which was sublime. Will not return.
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  • We still remember the Roundhouse of old, with a St. Bernhard in attendance and the best lamb chops in town. So when friends from Switzerland asked us to join them for dinner, we immediately accepted and they managed to fir us all in. Unfortunately there were thick clouds so we couldn't enjoy the view but the food made up for it. Being evening, we had the 4 course menu and opted for the wine pairing. It is pricy but a great experience. The service was efficient but not very forthcoming. This is a great place for a special occasion.
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  • Ambience: 7.5/10
    The ambience is difficult to judge, because you have to take into account that is purely a fine-dining elegant setting. It was as I expected, quiet and sophisticated. The only "downfall" I would say is that I thought the view would be a lot better.

    Service: 7/10
    The service was well timed and methodical. Our waiter was very friendly. The one point I did not enjoy, was when the maitre'd came over to give us suggestions on what we should select, he was sort of pushy on what he thought would be the better meal choice, even though we had already had our minds set on our own choices and favourites.

    Food: 8/10
    The canapes and appetizers were exceptionally good, they were creative and full of flavour. The choice on the menu is fair and I enjoyed nearly all my courses. I tasted my friends pork belly and it was absolutely to die for!
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  • Service great but food did not match it. Wine prices very high (not every diner is a foreign visitor).

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  • Superb service and excellent food. A great fine dining experience.

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  • For their New Year's Eve party they accepted too many guests (200 people) with a pre-payment of R1650 (150 Euros per person). They set up tables outside on the lawn and in a tent, despite the strong winds up to 100 km/h. Plates, glasses and food were flying off the tables. Management had no back-up plan and refused a refund. Very poor ambience and poor quality of food. I would avoid going here again.

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  • In a nutshell, hugely disappointing. The food was good, but not particularly inspiring or memorable, the service over-theatrical, verging on not genuine, and the decor tired and bland. They would do well to ditch the ugly amateur artwork too.

    I later found out that the owners are involved in service training - perhaps they should start closer to home.

    All in all, simply not what you would expect for the overinflated price and reputation.

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  • My partner and I went to The Roundhouse for our 10th anniversary, and had the most amazing evening there. The food was everything I expected of a restaurant with such a great reputation, although I was pleasantly surprised by the number of well-considered vegetarian options. But the service was what really made the night for us - complete with personalised menus signed by the chefs before we left. Definitely worth the prices for a special evening.

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  • We had the Winter Special. The food was amazing, the combination of textures and flavours was mind blowing. I love the chef's use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. The service is extremely professional, not often experienced. Overall a wonderful eating experience.

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  • Six of us had a wonderful dinner at The Roundhouse on Wednesday evening. Service was warm and knowledgable but the star of the evening was the food. We had different tasting menus and every dish was as imaginative and tasty as the next.

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  • The food was lovely. But not earth-moving. Many dots of 'flavour' did nothing more than decorate. Fowl sausage was good.

    Oddest thing though - music was the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Eating my food as Frodo leapt into Mordor was interesting. Soundtracks are mean to evoke emotion. In restaurants, background music should be subtle and in the background.

    My first name on the menu, cute. On first name basis with the server? Very rude. I am only on a first name basis with my friends. I am South African, but I found it far to 'folksy' for my liking.

    Restaurant decor did not improve the acoustic. It was a rustic hunting lodge and now remains a hollow-sounding hunting lodge. Location is amazing - should be exploited more.

    Overall, the price was super cheap when converted to Euros. It was good, but with a subtle, elegant hand, could be worth number 4 on South Africa's best.

    The whole experience, first name basis, Frodo, over-serving (three people showed up with everything they did) was not luxurious, it was over the top and smacked of amateur.

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  • I decided to re-visit The Roundhouse Restaurant on Friday evening with my girlfriend and we both opted for the 4 course a la carte menu with wine pairing.
    I have not eaten at The Roundhouse in almost a year and the food and service was flawless. The combinations of flavours, textures and beautiful presentation were an absolute treat. The food was even more unbelievable than my last visit and there seems to be a huge focus on seasonal ingredients and local produce. It is very rare to find such attention to detail in food and service.
    The paired wines were outstanding but I particularly enjoyed some of the alternative beer and brandy pairings which I found very refreshing.
    The front of house staff seem to really enjoy their trade and have the most incredible positive attitude and atmosphere. It was a truly unforgettable experience!

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  • We finally got to the Roundhouse and it was everything I had hoped for and more. The service was attentive, the various amuse bouche very delicious and the combinations really great. I finished with the Gorgonzola Mousse, not sure why, I don't really like very strong cheese and it was stunning. I will continue to recommend it to my guests and hope they invite me to join them!

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  • The food was excellent, service mediocre to not good, the place is tired! Decor is terrible, place has no atmosphere. Not sure how it got rated under top 10.

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  • My friend and I had an unforgettable meal at the Roundhouse, opting for their 4-course winter menu and a wine pairing - which in my case also include innovative ideas like Darling beer and brandy. Food was beautifully presented and the service was impeccable. I loved my melt-in-the-mouth beef tongue, cob and plate of chocolate delights. My friend's banana souffle was rather large, and out of this world. I will definitely return for round 2! Simply divine.

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  • The bolo of beef and polenta lovely! The Kit Kat chocolate dessert to die for. The service amazing! Thank you Eat Out for giving us the top 10!

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  • The best souffle.

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  • A unique setting, drenched in rich Cape history, perched overlooking awe provoking vistas of the sea and forested hillside. Welcomed at your vehicle and escorted to the elegant dinning room. The understated décor, chic and crisp provides centre stage for the outstanding balance of convivial yet precise service, masterfully selected wines and delightfully inspired cuisine. The Roundhouse endows their guests with a truly superb dining experience.

    Enjoy!

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  • I took my girlfriend to The Roundhouse in August and had heard from various people that the Winter Special menu was out of this world. Upon Arrival we were greeted at our car and from then on in, the service was attentive and friendly.
    As for the food, it lived up to the hype and I have to say the cob with chargrilled aubergine was probably the finest fish dish I have ever tasted. I have since recommended The Roundhouse to various family and friends many of whom are extreme foodies and they have all had an amazing experience.

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  • Having eaten at the Roundhouse before, I felt very confident in paying the restaurant another visit. But what a disappointment. As previous reviewers have commented, “how the mighty have fallen” and “too many flaws”.
    Prior to making our booking, I very specifically enquired whether they were still offering their winter specials menu. They were and I made a reservation for four. However, when we arrived at the restaurant we were only given the regular menu – which is considerably more expensive than the winter specials menu.
    The restaurant had asked when I made the booking whether our party had any special dietary requirements. We did, and I advised them accordingly. In my experience, when a restaurant asks this question it is so they can specifically cater for the relevant dietary requirements.
    The Roundhouse, however, did nothing to cater for our dietary requirements – instead we were given the standard menu and told that problematic elements could be left off several of the dishes – but we would still be charged the full price. I was also less than impressed at being told “You can’t eat that”. It was a very impolite way of saying that there were elements in the dish that were contrary to my dietary requirements. When speaking to me, as though I were an errant five year old, the host and waitrons referred to me by my first name, which I felt was entirely inappropriate.
    To add insult to injury, our waitron advised that the assistant sommelier would come around and take our wine order. Aside from offering us an aperitif, we never saw the sommelier again, our wine glasses were removed from the table and we had to ask to be served wine with our meal.
    While the food was mostly good (there were a few misses, “nibbles” mediocre, fish bland and soufflé far too rich), the overall experience was both disappointing and extremely annoying, and certainly not what I expect from a restaurant of the Roundhouse’s supposed caliber.
    Despite having emailed the restaurant to advise them of our disappointment, after more than 24 hours I had not received a response. Needless to say, we will not be returning.

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  • Underwhelming!
    I took my husband to dinner on Saturday 4th June for his birthday and was disappointed and completely underwhelmed. The service was professional but the food was lacking. Both my husband and I are chefs - so we are very aware of flavours etc. We had the Winter Tasting Menu - 7 courses - a choice of 2 for most courses, so we had one of each. The 3rd course was where we had a problem, my risotto (with slow cooked egg) was soupy and the egg white was undercooked - the flavours were dull and even if I had wanted to finish the dish, I couldnt as a fork cannot pick up liquid! My husbands kingklip was raw in the middle and the entire dish was lacking in flavour. We brought this to the Maitre Ds attention and he said that he would do something about it. He didnt. The main course - my husbands cobb was adequate but my sous vide chicken with a date sauce was just wrong. Chicken and Dates do not a good match make. I will however say that the pre-dessert which was a little yoghurt pannacotta with a berry compote was sublime - perfectly set and delicious. The dessert - a chocolate fondant was alright but the orange marmalade icecream was bitter and did not compliment the chocolate. Its not that the food was bad - its that it fell short of what we expect of fine dining. We also found the wine menu to be ridiculously expensive - I dont have a problems with mark ups - but an average of R200 - R300 wines of South African origin; its just ludicrous and actually detracts. The Roundhouse tries hard - their staff are well trained and the ambience is lovely but its not so lovely when you have a legitimate compliant (re 3rd course) and its brushed aside. We will not go there again.
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  • I had a fantastic dinner at The Roundhouse restaurant with my girlfriend on the 19th of May. The restaurant has breathtaking views of Camps Bay and the surrounding mountains and is set in a very picturesque and romantic setting. We both opted for the four course a la carte menu with wine pairing, which was a fantastic option as the Sommelier gave us a detailed description on the particular wines and suitability to paired dishes. We chose different dishes off the menu in order to get to experience many of the dishes. The combination of flavours, textures and beautiful presentation was excellent. The Roundhouse also seems to offer dishes to cater for everyone, including several fish and vegetarian options. All of the dishes we tried were fantastic but a couple that stand out were the organic vegetable patch with edible mushroom soil and the venison with goats butter poached quince, roasted baby beetroot, kohlrabi puree, finished off with a thick beef jus. The service was formal and slick, yet unobtrusive with the service staff being very attentive and friendly. The food and service were undoubtedly the best we can remember having, so I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody and I will certainly be back very soon.
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  • I had dinner for the first time at The Roundhouse last week and I couldnt have been more impressed. The service was stellar and the food was sublime. We had the four-course option and, having told them beforehand that we are vegetarians, they brought out the vegetarian menus for us. Unlike other restaurants that overlook vegetarians, The Roundhouse makes a special effort to create a really interesting vegetarian menu. My favourites were a red wine risotto and a vanilla rice pudding with ginger ice cream, baby figs and raisin compote. Yum!
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  • Been to Roundhouse twice in the last month - once for a romantic dinner with my wife, and the second time for my mother-in-laws 70th birthday. Absolutely outstanding service and food on both occasions. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. Well done to all the staff for making both visits such wonderful experiences.
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  • There are many fine dinning establishments that lack consistency in Cape Town and by this I mean that one week you will go to a restaurant for lunch and it will be great. A few weeks later you will attend the same venue for dinner and find that it was not the same experience you were looking for as you received when you were there for lunch and the exact the opposite can occur where lunch was not great but dinner was amazing. The Roundhouse has managed to get it right! I had been for lunch before a couple of weeks ago and had an enjoyable time at the Roundhouse. I thought I should see what all the fuss is about for dinner so myself and my wife went. WOW!! My wife and I were greeted by name the entire evening. It was my wifes birthday and we were both pleasantly surprised at how every staff member knew that is was my wifes birthday. That is special!! The food was out of this world and the service had been taken to the next level. I thought that lunch was great......go and see what the Roundhouse does for dinner. You will be amazed! I am highly impressed at the consistency of this establishment. I will be back and I will be telling everyone about the Roundhouse.
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  • We recently dined at The Roundhouse - not our first visit. There was an initial problem with the reservation but this was quickly resolved with due professionalism. The food served as part of the winter special was delicious whilst the service was impeccable. A visit to The Roundhouse is a must for anyone interested in fine dining.
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  • Hi VanessaEven though I am not, I fail to see how being a resident of Camps Bay would make me worldly. However I have been fortunate to travel the world and enjoy many fine dining experiences. I never claimed to be a food connoisseur, that’s your job, which is why my review was about the service. I did declare that I thoroughly enjoyed the food, even though the chef initially left out all the ingredients in my salad. My point is that a large element of fine dining is the service. Unfortunately nowhere from booking our evening to leaving the restaurant was it explained that the staff are part of a training programme. We were never unkind to the staff. Changing seats at a family get-together, unless with royalty or a red carpet occasion, is never poor manners. That is haughty dining, which is something I frown upon intensely.
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  • Dear Lisa,I felt the need to write this to you as I feel it is important you understand how utterly wrong you are in writing the review you submitted. Clearly as a resident of Camps Bay you are worldly. Judging by your comments about the ausiette your understanding of food is minimal. This for me discredits the entire review. The staff of the Roundhouse is trained from no experience as part of a special program to help and develop young inspiring hospitality professionals that otherwise would never have a chance to obtain a profession at all. I find the changing of seats in a fine dining establishment of very poor manners as well. To be unkind to staff and make jokes to me is lack of class. I have eaten and worked all over Europe and America and find your type of review to be completely ignorant as no one else in the world writes about an establishment like this. Please leave the writing to professionals or at least the gastronomic educated.
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  • I would happily pay R400 for a meal if the food and service were good. But unfortunately at the Roundhouse last night although the food was fantastic, the service a disaster. Unless you enjoy the bowing and scraping, it was ridiculous, disturbing and downright embarrassing. They were most proficient and overly eager to push in one’s chair and re-fold your napkins every single time you got up, but sadly seemed unable to perform simple tasks like find an extra lamp for our dark table, understand what we were saying, or even take the entire table’s orders (there were only 6 of us – surely someone would notice that a table of 6 only had 5 orders). We had the embarrassing task of identifying our waiter who seemed to have disappeared into a sea of similarly dressed, what we later decided must be, trainees or runners. As they tried desperately, and unfortunately unsuccessfully, to blend into the background one couldn’t help notice they were un-(or badly)trained, awkward, terrified, unsure and completely out of their depth. Our maitre d explained that my “Gorgonzola, pear and walnut salad” had none of these ingredients as the chef was being considerate of my dietary needs (I’m a vegetarian). I wasn’t sure whether to thank him for his kindness or if he should apologise that he’d just forgotten them. Two of us had swapped chairs after we’d ordered which seemed to cause great confusion throughout the evening. One of the meals when we asked a “trainee” to identify, he repeatedly insisted was an “assert”. It must have been the only word out of “assortment of vegetables” he’d heard as he nervously left the kitchen. It was truly a comedy of errors from the moment we walked in to the moment we left, having to repeatedly ask for a copy of the bill.The food was out of this world. But the 7 (smallest you have ever seen) courses would have left the average SA man a bit peckish. I can’t say I would rush back. They have a lot of competition in Cape Town, it might be a help if they visited The Taj in Wale Street for a lesson or two in service.
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  • I recently went to The Roundhouse for their winter special and better value cannot be had in Cape Town. My bill still turned out hefty, however this was my own doing through dabbling in exciting Reserve Wine Pairing. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys being spoiled
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  • Very rarely do you find a great balance between food and service in Cape Town. Sometimes the food is great but the service is not. Other times the service is great but the food isnt. Somehow the Roundhouse has managed to get this spot on. I had dinner there on Saturday night and what an unforgettable experience. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. I will definitely be recommending this restaurant for a long time to come.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed the seven course winter special. The service was exceptional and contributed to a lovely dining experience.
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  • This restaurant shows that excellent service, a superb winelist and innovative cuisine can be found in Cape Town! On arrival my car door was opened, we were greeted by name, had our coats hung and that was just the beginning of a perfect evening. The winter special of a 7-course dinner at R295 must be the best value one could possibly find. Beautifully presented and often daring dishes. Who would have thought that spicy sausage in bouillabaise, left one delighted. The winelist is excellent even if a little pricey. It is the service however that is the evenings highlight. Attentive, friendly yet never familiar made for an evening that will be long remembered. An experience I cant wait to repeat.
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  • Service is the key saving grace to the Roundhouse. Their selection of wines are also fantastic with an extensive champagne list. However R90 for 1/2 glass of Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay is a real insult when it retails for R132 for a bottle! I am happy to pay a healthy sum for a meal thats worth its fighting weight, but unfortunately I am not convinced that R2000 for 2 people(wine pairing only) warrants cuisine that looks good, but delivers about the same as any average restaurant in Cape Town. Do yourself a favour and scrap pretention - go to the Barnyard in Noordhoek - still the best kept secret in Cape Town, and very reasonable prices.
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  • My wife and I went to The Roundhouse for the second time this Saturday. The last time was for our anniversary last year. We have to applaud, what was, a tremendous experience. The special is incredible value, and unlike the other restaurants, the special menu is made up of the same dishes as the normal menu. Unbelievable value! It seems that we not the only followers, as we got squeezed in off the waiting list.
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  • Well its not cheap by SA Standards, but there is still great value to be had. Being a pilot and somewhat of a lover of food and wine, I have managed to eat any many of the worlds better restaurants. There is only one thing I can say about The Roundhouse, immensely good! The service is better than anything I have ever experienced. The food was beautifully balanced whilst paired with some wines from estates I have not seen in other restaurants. De Trafford Elevation, what a revelation. Hats off to the spectacle created in this beautiful space!!
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  • This was my 5th visit this year. We took clients from the Swiss International Banking Society and once again it was a delight to show off in front of my guests. They likened the service to nothing they have experienced before, ever present, yet nowhere to be seen! I am not one to write on websites, as ultimately its too time consuming, however after the 5th consistently good experience, I felt the need to praise. An authentic thank you to the Roundhouse team.
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  • This was my 5th visit this year. We took clients from the Swiss International Banking Society and once again it was a delight to show off in front of my guests. They likened the service to nothing they have experienced before, ever present, yet nowhere to be seen! I am not one to write on websites, as ultimately its too time consuming, however after the 5th consistently good experience, I felt the need to praise. An authentic thank you to the Roundhouse team.
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  • The most romantic and unforgettable experience that we have ever had. We started with bubbly and canapes in the gardens which are beautifully manicured, its like a film set on a movie specially made up for us. We then had a culinary journey which sent us completely over the edge. I have been three times before on business, all experiences were magic, this however was my first with my wife. It made us so proud that there are examples of such finesse and extraordinarily high standards in our country. The Roundhouse pays tribute to its location and is a place for us all to be proud of.
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  • If you are sitting in the inside of the rotunda you will be disturbed by the myriad of waiters running by. The food was ok but not outstandting. In total I was pleasantly disappointed.
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  • Gordon Ramsay eat your heart out. Simple as that. Our third visit and it was marvellous. A big fat tray of amazing canapes, all included in the price (oysters anyone?) was followed by four astonishing courses. Favourites were crayfish tails and scallops - perfectly cooked, creamy, moist and hot from the pan - no sitting around under heat lamps for these little babies, and puddings to make you weep - coconut and chocolate mousse so rich you could spend it, perfectly balanced with a teaspoon of zinging, vibrant passion fruit sorbet. Just when you think its all over, another tray of complementary goodies slides in front of you - homemade nougat, truffles and caramel popcorn and you just cant help yourself, Phenomenal. Chuck in the most incredible Camps Bay sunset, and attentive, efficient and gentle service and The Roundhouse is perfect - go for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions - its not cheap but its oh so, so special.
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  • Beautifully elegant. The Food was brilliantly complex. The sunset was outstanding, The Service - attentive yet ghostly. Overall experience - one of the Top 3 dining experiences I have had in the world.
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  • Going to a ‘Top 5 in the Country’ restaurant brings with it some serious prejudices and expectations - no doubt a spinoff of the tall-poppy syndrome. I have to admit, I was waiting for the Roundhouse to disappoint me in a similar manner to some other restaurants in the Top 10.All I can say is that I was truly gobsmacked. I have never experienced detailed, attentive service at that level before. Our waiter, Anthony, was quite remarkable - there when you needed him, knowledgeable and seriously on-the-ball. The teamwork too is something to behold -having our table of 8’s plates cleared by 4 waiters in one swift, well-coordinated move is really impressive - especially when it is done for all 8 courses. Yes - 8 courses, even though we selected the 4-course menu (R395). The kitchen keeps throwing surprises at you - all the way from the amuse bouche to the remarkable ‘bon-bons’ after dessert.The food was of the highest order - subtle, elegant, packed with flavour. This is fine dining, so don’t expect extreme portion sizes (although the almond souffle with amaretto ice-cream was possibly the most awe-inspiring thing I have ever seen). To have 8 courses and leave the restaurant not feeling like I needed a wheelbarrow to put me into my car is a testament to the chef, who obviously knows what he is doing on the portion front. All in all - a truly remarkable experience. Parking spaces are at a premium, although the very friendly security guard walked us to the restaurant and back with a flashlight up the steep hill. This is a minor criticism - one of the only ones I could possible have about the Roundhouse experience. And it is that, an experience. We were there from 6.30 until midnight - don’t think of this as a meal out, think of it as a culinary and service experience.Well done Roundhouse - my faith in SA cuisine (and service) has been restored.
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  • Needless to say an amazing view. I am so sick of restaurants relying solely on their surroundings and people will go just for that. What a waste of a beautiful location. As far as food and service, what a disappointment and a complete rip off. When our order was eventually taken, we were asked what we wanted for dessert? When the waiter gave us his long winded explanation of the menu, he went on about how Cape Salmon was not real salmon. I started with the roasted cob, the fish was cooked to perfection, the flavour was completely lost though, as it was served on some sort of anchovy, chorizo minestrone. It was far too strong for the fish. My husband had the crayfish risotto which was lovely. I ordered the slow roasted belly of pork, it turned out to be smoked and served with very undercooked turnips. It was more like a Christmas gammon. The meat was tough and when I complained the manager was very sarcastic. He did ask if I wanted something else, the choices were chicken or lamb’s liver, neither appealed to me, the menu lacked balance. I did not want anything else anyway as it was already ten oclock, we waited so long. He had the audacity to charge for my main course. My husband had the chicken which was even worse. It was about half a chicken breast, dry and no seasoning. Without a doubt the most boring dish I had ever tasted. We decided to go somewhere else for dessert to try and salvage what was suppose to be a special occasion. I cant believe this restaurant is in the top 10.
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  • Spent New Years at The Roundhouse and I must admit that we do not generally do restaurants on New Years. The experience was tremendous, the food beautifully balanced and the wine list very much to my liking. It really was worth every cent and truly delivered on what can be a day that easily disappoints. Hats off!
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  • Food was disappointing - contrived, overly complex and salty. Haute cuisine gone awry. Service and view were lovely. Seat cushions would be a nice addition.
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  • Simply the best restaurant in South Africa. When I win the lotto Im going to eat there every night!
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  • I am looking forward to trying the evening menu, but we were also extremely dissapointed in the picnic lunch served on Sunday. Very expensive for a very ordinary picnic.
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  • This was one of the nicest meals I have had in a very long time. The food was top notch with our being overly fussy and portions were perfectly adequate. The service was attentive without being claustrophobic and the coffee to round of the meal was excellent.
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  • As good as our recent dinner at The Roundhouse was, as big was the lunch disappointment. Probably because we were uninformed. I booked a table for 5, and were shown to the garden, where it soon became apparent that the lunch menu is a picnic rather than a set menu. We decided to stay and give it a try. Although good, nothing that could not be had at a third the price, direct from Melissas or Woolworths (sells the same cheese at R16 that you get at Roundhouse for R36) , and enjoyed somewhere as scenic.
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  • At the arrival from the car to the front reception everything was realy amazing. Service is unbelivable, really good.The thing that upsets me though, the menu, its all set and only limited choices, and the tastes of the food didnt realy go with such an amazing place. I did not enjoy the food. My companion loved his, but for me something was missing, the sauce for the lamb, the combination of the lamb dish, the goose liver - not wow, just ok. Raisins in the skate, did not do the fish justice. I think it would be better with just simple lemon and butter. Loved the decor, but not the food.
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  • At the arrival from the car to the front reception everything was realy amazing. Service is unbelivable, really good.The thing that upsets me though, the menu, its all set and only limited choices, and the tastes of the food didnt realy go with such an amazing place. I did not enjoy the food. My companion loved his, but for me something was missing, the sauce for the lamb, the combination of the lamb dish, the goose liver - not wow, just ok. Raisins in the skate, did not do the fish justice. I think it would be better with just simple lemon and butter. Loved the decor, but not the food.
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  • Having read Jasons review on eatout.co.za and Fasie Malherbes reply, we decided to give Roundhouse another go last night. We met Fasie, and he does not come accross as the Big Brother of his reply. Nevertheless, keeping Fasies reply in mind, we did not try anything funny. After we sat down, I had told my stepmother the little pamphlet that explains Roundhouses history was edible. The waitress arrived too soon and spoiled my fun. We took our time going through the menu, and were greeted by Fasie, and another gentleman who features later on in this review. Our orders were taken, and the man of many talents got on his sommelier jacket with our choice of red, and gave us an interesting explanation as to which wines should be decanted, and which not. We ordered Roasted Butternut Tortelli (good portion, great taste), Buffalo Ridge Mozzarella with Tomatoes and 12yr Vinegar (good) and for mains Slow Cooked Pork Belly which my wife said was great, the portion being a bit to big for a rather rich dish, and the Roasted Lam Loin with Baby Beetroot, Cauliflower Puree and Olive Jus. This is definitely the WOW dish of the evening, and I could have done with a portion twice the size. Had I not remembered that Fasie Malherbe is probably looking at me from somewhere on a cam, I would have licked the plate clean. For desert our guest had the Soufflé, which is another winner. I had that before, so opted for the Apple Tartin, which was good, but not as great as the Soufflé. The sommelier had changed his jacket, and now appeared as Cheeses of Nazareth to present my wife with a choice of fine cheeses. He is as knowledgeable on this topic as on wine. I got to finish the cheese plate for her, and it was really as good as the description. The service throughout the evening was exemplary, the food exceptional, and the setting picturesque. Prices vary from 3 chosen courses at R330 to 5 courses at R550. Whilst 3 courses or more makes for fine dining, I shared my view that a 2 course option should also be available with the manager, and hope to see it on the menu soon, in which case the Roundhouse will definitely become a weekly destination.
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  • Weve just spent a heavenly evening celebrating our first year wedding anniversary at the Roundhouse. We were spoilt rotten from the moment we arrived. Our waiter and the staff were fantastic and the food was out of this world. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone for a special and memorable dining experience.
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  • Dear Jason, I sincerely apologize for the experience that you received on Friday 28 August 2009, as our focus at The Roundhouse is to ensure guests have a great time as when guests are having fun then we are having fun and essentially that is what any work space is about.Constructive feedback for us is key to improve daily, so we thank you for the valuable information. I would like to however clarify a few factual details you mentioned on a public site about the evening. Firstly, every guest that has ever walked through our door and dined with us is on record to the extent that I will outline your exact time of arrival, what you ate, what you drank as aperitifs, digestifs wine that was served to you, the guests comments made on each dish, positive or negative feedback, special dietry requirements, the guest interaction between staff is noted, what car you drove, whether you smoked or not, how many times you went to the restroom and any other details that we could use to ensure that when you return that we may ensure consistency in offering or if you have complaints as we have here that we have all our ducks in a row and can learn from the ordeal.Here are the facts, The booking was made for two under the name of Kijo Malek, two guests arrived at 20,12pm to ask if it would be possible to increase to three guests, at this point in time we had 53 guests out of 65 already seated. We requested for Mrs Malek to please allow us to set an extra setting before taking place at the table which was accepted. Once seated the third guest arrived retiring to the restroom before being seated. I noticed that Mrs Malek was paging through the wine list in a fury, on offering assistance I was told that the wine list was incorrect as the heading Sauvignon Blanc should have been on the next page and that this was an unacceptable error, I apologized for the poor application of Microsoft Word and then poured Teddy Hall Original Chenin Blanc and Clifford poured still water. Sarcastic comments and critics followed each time a member of staff engaged with the table which led us to expect this public onslaught. The order was taken at 20,42. The following was ordered,position 1- Bouillabaisse, Linefish and Chocolate Daquiseposition 2- Bouillabaisse, Linefish and Chocolate Daquiseposition 3- Ox Tongue Gnocchi, Pork Belly and Apricot SouffléIf you would like extra clarification on exact times that dishes were served I would be happy to post these. Wine pairing was had by position 2 & 3, I believe that you were sitting on position 1, Jason. We were expecting the complaints and to be honest when the glass of Fairview Barbera was sent back as Oxidized which it clearly was not and replaced from a new bottle only to be left on the table completely untouched as a statement, it was the last straw for me. I could write another 30 lines on your evening with us as I have a serious focus on every guest that joins us however it is not necessary as I think you catch my drift and yes we know which car you arrived in, how many times you went to the restroom and your complaints to almost the very word. I was wrong however as when you disrespected my staff, when after the 4th time of trying to be hospitable you were rude to me, I turned from hospitable to unwelcoming. I have learned my lesson that I should have tolerated your manner and should have simply let you tear Cliffords confidence apart and then built him up again after service. I am not the manager of The Roundhouse, Jason, I am the owner and I am on the floor each evening serving because I adore it not because I have to be. I have found tremendous value in your comments and the whole experience. You learn more each service and when I next encounter a guest of the same profile I will draw upon this experience and I will be sure to handle the situation far better. Many Thanks Fasie Malherbe
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  • We went to the Roundhouse a couple of months ago and had a dismal evening. We arrived early, and the place was empty, so the unfocused service is hard to excuse. Different managers and waitrons came to our table and repeated the same questions while seeming not to be listening to the answers; a sense of lack of co-ordination. Please, somebody take that manager off the floor and let him sit in a corner and take the money! I did not get his name, but clearly he was in charge and his attitude was highly officious. If someone is going to ask me how I am then perhaps he can also listen to the answer. The food was bland and some of the combinations just didnt work. Why did I take so long to write this review? Ive been trying to forget that evening, but your article just refreshed my memory. (Not in a good way.)Anything good? The waitrons were friendly and the service did settle down as the evening progressed. I wont go back.
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  • Without doubt South Africas finest restaurant! I have been very privileged in my travels and feedings, however the quality that I received on the plate was enchanting. So much finesse and precision and ingredient combinations that will inspire any professional. The sheer wine and menu knowledge of the service staff and the Maitre Ds was entertaining as well as enlightening. A sight to behold and to be experienced. It is the perfect gastronome puzzle - all pieced together before your eyes.
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  • We have had three meals at the Roundhouse - two lunches and a dinner. On all three occassions the food and service was very good.
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  • I dined there with two friends on Saturday(08/08/09) and wow was I suprised. Being in the hospitality industry I cant really close my service eye when dining out socially and this establishment blew me away. From the booking stage to our arrival at the restaurant to the food - I rate this restaurant very highly and truely enjoyed every dish on their winter menu which is fantastic value for money.
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  • I ate AGAIN at The Roundhouse last night. This time it was busier than before so my table expected there to be a slight delay. But this never happened. What I can only assume to be the owner was on the floor (restaurant speak) last night, and he looked after everyone with great ease.I arrived with friends that had never been to the Roundhouse or even heard of it for that matter! I should get commision from the Roundhouse for all the guests I send there. They couldnt stop raving about it in the car.Food - excellentservice - excellentsetting - excllentNeedless to say my friends will be back and so will I... next week in fact.
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  • I ate AGAIN at The Roundhouse last night. This time it was busier than before so my table expected there to be a slight delay. But this never happened. What I can only assume to be the owner was on the floor (restaurant speak) last night, and he looked after everyone with great ease.I arrived with friends that had never been to the Roundhouse or even heard of it for that matter! I should get commision from the Roundhouse for all the guests I send there. They couldnt stop raving about it in the car.Food - excellentservice - excellentsetting - excllentNeedless to say my friends will be back and so will I... next week in fact.
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  • Lunch at the Roundhouse Restaurant, Camps Bay, Cape Town.Wed never been to the Roundhouse before, surprisingly, though, of course, we knew of it from years ago. Somehow today just seemed the right time to go, and it couldn’t have been better.The Roundhouse has the most magnificent setting, looking over Camp’s Bay, the Twelve Apostles, and the back of Table Mountain. There’s a large elegant garden, showing early signs of spring. The steep views of the mountain above make it seem a secluded glen or, perhaps, an amphitheatre with the mountains and the bay as the theatre.The Cape Winter brings bitter cold and bighting wind, sometimes for days at a time, and we’ve had a harsh winter this year, with horrible floods only a few weeks ago. The Cape Winter also brings quite different days, calm, windless, and almost psychedelically beautiful. The violent weather has bleached the sky to sharp brightness and smoothed the air to a soft, clarity; simply breathing is an experience it itself.Today was such a day. A day brought straight from paradise. Turning the afternoon into the platonic ideal of an epicurean soul-refresher in the garden.The Roundhouse Winter Menu rose to the expectations and sharpened appetite brought by this gift from the gods of Cape Winter.A simple wild-mushroom risotto or potato Velouté with pork started the feast, followed by Silverfish, elegantly presented or a perfectly cooked liver and beans. The apple crumble was rich, more suited for a colder day, but, nevertheless an ideal way to complete this Olympian Saturday repast.At R150 a head, the set menu is extremely good value, and the service is friendly and of the highest order.Huge, beautifully laundered table napkins and very comfortable and attractive garden chairs contributed to the experience.The wooden picnic tables must be packed in summer, but, empty, supplied the only minor distraction. Ideally they’d be replaced by more of the garden chair settings, but, if this is not possible, the aesthetics of the view could be improved by painting them a gentler green to blend in, rather than dominate, the foreground. I’ve sent the restaurant my colour suggestion for this.
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  • Wow! In a time when value is everything, these guys are seriuosly delivering! I decided to try The Roundhouses 1st birthday special - 6 courses for R 180. It sounded like another one of those winter specials, but the offering is incredible. Service was outstanding, but the best is the location! We have already booked for next week - well done guys!
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  • Went to Roundhouse for dinner on Friday. We had the 6-course special menu and it was terrific! Amazing food, great service and a beautiful restaurant. We already booked go again!
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  • What a little gem this place is! My husband and I went for dinner on Saturday night, we had been told about the R180 for 6 courses special. The food here is on a different level, this is the best deal in town right now. Apparently the menu changes constantly – I cant wait to go back to try what else the chef has up his sleeve. Well done.
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  • Now Im not a person to chase specials during winter as most of them are a poor representation of what the restaurant really offers, however today for lunch I decided to do the 3 courses for R150 at The Roundhouse and was absolutely blown away. The richness in flavour and bold character of the warm winter menu de jour was exactly what I enjoy about winter. The best meal I have had in ages for the greatest price.
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  • My favorite winter spot! Pigs trotters and salsa verde for starters, then a stunning confit of lamb and then a rhubarb risotto with ice cream. My partner had the bone marrow and oxtail marmalade and then the burger which was extra, extra ordinary. It hits exactly the right spot. Service is in a class of its own. What a special treat.
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  • What an incredible experience! It seems that at least one Cape Town restaurant is making an effort when it comes to service. I was greeted by name by at least three different Staff- which I have never experienced before! The food and wine pairings are spot on and I loved the views - keep it up guys, we will be back.
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  • The winter menu is abs fab! Myself and 6 girls got stuck in last Sunday. The lawns were packed as well as the inside restaurant. Nice that they gave us the option of sitting inside or outside. We decided to choose one of everything off the menu and share between us. Every dish was delish, the burger we had to order another of, when desserts came a cat fight almost erupted. The prices were very reasonable and the service was great even though we could see the staff had to run hard as there were loads of tables. So excited that my kids could play in the gardens while the girls had a jol.
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  • Why did we not know about this place sooner!? All I can say is that The Rumbullion at the Roundhouse Restaurant is something we have been waiting for, for so, so long. A place where our kids can play outside on the lawns in fresh air, completely safe and happy. Our social gatherings were once restricted to places with bad service and poor food, but the kids were happy. This place is magic, the kids get fed on the lawns outside while we have the choice of amazing food, a superb winelist and service that is rare in the Cape. Thank you, thank you and we are going to make this a regular feature.
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  • I have eaten here a couple of times now and it seems that the food is becoming more pretentious, not entirely full of substance.My first experience was for my birthday last August and the entire experience from arrival to departure was sublime.The general consensus amongst my group was that the evening was average all-round and average is unfortunately all too common in Cape Town.
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  • Had dinner at this outstanding restaurant last night with the ladies from my book club. There were 10 of us and we had many strange requests like having a quiet corner somewhere to do our book club discussion, lugging boxes of books around between the car park and our corner and much laughter and noise, which got worse as the wine started flowing. Through all of this, not a twinge of discomfort or any weird looks - just helpful, friendly staff, running around to make sure we had a wonderful time. The food was interesting and beautifully presented, portions were generous, the wine was affordable and there were some really diferent wines to choose from - and yes, its not a cheap evening. But we thought it was well worth the expense and everyone said they would be back as soon as they could come up with a good enough reason to splurge a bit! Xena phoned today to make sure we were happy and that everything was to our satisfaction. I had to say yes, yes, yes - we had a great time!! Roundhouse deserves its reputation as one of Cape Towns top venues.
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  • Having read earlier reviews it seems that there is a lack of consistency in both food and service, which is a real problem if you do not know which your night is going to be.We visited in December and were disappointed, especially at this high price point.The food was ok, but no more, while the service was well below par!
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  • My first experience here in September was absolutely wonderful in terms of both service & exquisite food.I brought some friends to share the experience last week and to say we were disappointed is an understatement.The portions were paltry & to be quite frank tasteless.I believe that most of the staff departed around October/November and it would seem they took their great talents with them. Roundhouse, you have a lot of hard work to do!
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  • I was pleasantly surprised with the food, service and ambience at the Roundhouse. I booked a table for 10 people recently and we all thought the whole experience was great - so much attention to the smaller detail - impeccable wine list, serving wine at the right temperature, food preparation and presentation and, off course, the great service (something that has been lacking at so many of the top Cape restaurants). All they need to work on now is a bar for a pre-dinner drink and the outside area for lunch. Well done Farssi (incorrect spelling) and team.
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  • I have eaten at the Roundhouse 9 times now and have loved every experience to date. What restuarant can you arrive at where even the car guard greets you by name and that is only the start of the attention. Apart from being the busiest restuarant in Cape Town the consistency is fantastic. The staff are amazing and the story behind the upliftment of the staff is extraordinary. I have eaten there twice in the past two weeks and the new menu is absolute brilliance. In reply to the post from Howard, if it was so bad do us the favour of allowing myself and my wife to fill your seat at the Roundhouse as it is difficult enough to get a seat anyway. Robert S
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  • The service at The roundhouse is amongst the best I have received in Cape Town. The attentive and well-trained staff really make it worth the visit. (The way the waitrons have been trained to understand the wines by using the animals as metaphors, is genius-- it even helps the guests understand the wines better!) Spot on and keep up the great initiative.The food is also of a very high standard- unusual combinations all tasty and well prepared. I have, however, twice had the duck here and it was a little tough, but it was still very flavourful. Location has unrivalled views and really lovely interiors.
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  • Table of 4 - not one of us enjoyed the meal/experience. Not a single dish had any of us saying not bad, just plain awful. The service was bad, not clearing away used plates before bringing the next course, trying to sell bubbles as you sit down - a pain. The palate cleanser and the lemon essence infused sponge, compliments of the chef - really are there no fresh lemons around? Need serious waitron training. What a waste of a Friday evening (21 Nov.) - besides the pricing!
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  • In Short, Brilliant New menu, Brilliant service (as always) and as an exprience...simply brilliant!
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  • In Short, Brilliant New menu, Brilliant service (as always) and as an exprience...simply brilliant!
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  • just returned from my third dinner at the roundhouse haven taken friends from overseas after being there twice before myself and loving it.... unfortunately tonight the chef and menu had changed, apparently today! the food was average even bland in some cases, the lamb undercooked, even my limited foodie skills from watching masterchef knows that lamb should never bleed, the portions have halved in sized, my kudos to a brilliant serving staff other than the maitre d, who was even more pretentious than the food... I wont be going back.
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  • What a fantastic place! Went there last night and Im def coming back. We got this cute table for 2, right by the window, sow e had a chance to see the sunset. Welcoming and friendly staff right from the parking area(talking about black suits for parking attendants, nice one,) to the table. Emanuel who was our waiter was very professional and smooth, as the rest of his collegues.The food was suberb!I highly reccomend crab shell and creme brulle with grenadilla and thyme...fabulous!3 course dinner with a wine pairing and we left with a very happy faces.This is another place to dine in Cape Town, 100% truly fine dining experience.
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  • A couple of us went to The Round House for lunch a couple of Saturdays ago and it was superb! I think The Round House is the best news for restaurant lovers in Cape Town in a long time. From the welcoming greeting outside to the view, the service the food and the ambience it was all excellent. We will be back!
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  • Stunning setting. This restaurant reflects a real sense of elegant Cape history. Excellent service..contempory food with a strong local influence and a carefully chosen wine list . Dining here is like eating in the country, only not as far away. This place is going to kill in summer
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  • Been twice....., this has got to be one of the most wonderful places to dine at in CT.Staff are super friendly and the food is delicious.Cant wait for the picnics this summer.
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  • Definitely one of the best restaurants in Cape Town at the moment. Outstanding service, great food and reasonable prices. Im very glad such a great establishment opened again with such a superior standard. Cant wait for my next meal there!
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  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
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  • Vegetarian

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