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Da Vincis on Kloof (Gardens)

Da Vincis on Kloof (Gardens)
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, Italian, Pizzas, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R30

Critic's review

Anelde Greeff

Food
Open for more than 20 years, this neighbourhood eatery consistently churns out yummy meals and happy customers. The menu covers all the bases – burgers, pizza, pasta and grills – and does so with abundance and aplomb. The delectable thin-based pizzas cooked in wood-fired oven are all named after painters, like Donatello (with anchovies, capers, olives), Dali (ham and mushroom), Raphael (bacon, roquefort, fig) and many more. Burgers are handcrafted, juicy and delicious, as is the prime-aged sirloin steak and legendary barbecue spare ribs. Desserts include fairly standard options like malva pudding, baked cheesecake, chocolate brownies, waffles and sundaes.

Drinks 
There's a small but sufficient wine list, covering everything from Beyerskloof Pinotage and Fat Bastard Chardonnay to JC Le Roux and Moët & Chandon bubbly. There’s even a handful of classic cocktails.

Ambience
You’d be forgiven in describing this place as Spur turned up a few notches. Thankfully no cow-print and native paraphernalia, but there’s the same kind of genial, welcoming vibe. Yes, there are always tables with families and kids (after all, tables are covered in newsprint and accessorised with colourful crayons), but even if you’re on a quick weekday date, they won't bother you. Sit outside and watch the Kloof Street traffic in summer, or hide in one of the cosy corners in winter.

Service
Service is fast and friendly. There’s always a manager or two within arm’s reach.

And… 
This is heaven for the wheat or gluten intolerant. They do the best gluten-free pizza bases in town as well as excellent burgers in a bowl (which come with a salad instead of a roll).

(July 2014)

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  • Food
    There are as many ways to do pizza as there are Italian mamas, but if you like your crust crispy and thin, these are for you. There so many variations, named after famous artists, that making a choice will be difficult. The burgers are also great, topped with cheese or mayo, and chilli, mushrooms or bacon. If that wasn’t enough, they make great ribs, calamari, pasta and salads. Finish with a retro strawberry milkshake.

    Wine
    The adequate list is well priced.

    Service
    Friendly and warm, as befits a popular neighbourhood hangout.

    Ambience
    Nice and buzzy. It’s very informal with some cosy corners for a tête-à-tête. Sit outside and take in the hurly burly Kloof Street or retreat indoors for some privacy.

    And...
    Get creative and make up your own pizza. (GL, October 2012)
  • Stefania Johnson

    Some restaurants, like books, should not be judged on appearances. Da Vinci’s is the go-to spot for ultra-thin pizzas with a mind-boggling choice of toppings, superb burgers and sticky spare ribs. Snappy service and good prices make it great for kids, who are invited to draw on the brown paper ‘tablecloths’. (Eat Out magazine 2014)

User reviews

  • I ordered two pizza's last night from da Vincis through "order-in". I am trying to understand all these positive reviews because I can say, without a doubt, these were the worst pizza's we have had... Ever (and I am really easy to please). I ordered the bacon, avo and feta- the first thing I noticed was how sparce the topping was. I could not even lift a slice from the box because it was so flimsy and soggy and eventually just had to roll it together to be able to eat it. It also had some kind of mysterious sauce on it? This was very annoying because the menu did not mention any sauce and it really just over-powered the flavor of the few pieces of topping. For the first time in my entire life I threw away 3/4 of a pizza! Very disappointing and I feel like I have been robbed.
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  • Once again we visited Da Vinci's on Saturday because the Chelsea game was on and we wanted to catch the game and have an early supper. I ordered the calamari as a main and my fiancé ordered a pizza but half and half. My calamari was a melt in the mouth experience and the salad was excellent, I asked avo, lettuce, cucumber and carrots. We are regulars at Da Vinci's and have never ever been disappointed. The portions are sufficient, the prices are reasonable and the service is excellent. Well Done, Chris.
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  • Read good reviews about this place so decided to eat there on our last night in Cape Town. It was very busy for a Monday night which we took as a good sign. Took a long time to be served. Ask for water when we ordered our wine @ it didn't come with the drinks. It wasn't till we got served our meals and asked again did we get it. Ordered the veggie burger and asked if it came with tomato as I can't eat tomatoes. Was assured it didn't come with it. Waited for ages before the meal came out and it had tomato on the bun. Couldn't tell you what the veggie burger was actually made of but I doubt it was vegetables.
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  • Had a lovely meal here on Friday night. It's a family-friendly kind of place, and can get a little noisy, but I personally enjoy the opportunity to draw on the tablecloths. (Did a small dance when my giraffe drawing made the wall). It's hard to go wrong on the huge menu - the ribs are a favourite, but I opted for a bunless burger for a change, and it was delicious. Lovely barbecue basting sauce, cheese and bacon, and a generous serving of salad beneath. One of those places you could go once a month and not get tired of.

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  • My husband and I were invited to celebrate my brother and his wife's birthday (their dates are very close together) at Davincis on Saturday evening,12 July. Our waiter Afrika was amazing, very friendly and always available whenever we needed to place any orders.
    I had a beef teriyaki salad and it was absolutely delicious and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his Vivaldi pizza.
    They even have heaters and soft blankets for anyone who would like to sit outside and watch the Kloof street night life :)
    Will definitely be back soon - thank you for great memories with friends and family.
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  • Since many years we visit Da Vinci's at least once a week and will carry-on doing so!

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  • I got a takeaway from this restaurant and the pizza was highly disappointing. The pear was canned, the rocket was wet and it was incredibly oily. A serious downgrade from the quality I am used to at this restaurant.

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  • We love these pizzas, every time we eat at Da Vinci's Kloof Street, we are never disappointed. We will keep coming back.

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  • I've been coming here for a few years now and have never been disappointed. Quick service and good food, for a decent price.

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  • I was really disgusted and extremely shocked at the owner of this restaurants behaviour.We were starving, after coming from a disappointing night out (concert cancellation after a 2hr wait!). On driving around Kloof Street, we could not get any kitchens that were open. We decided to go to Saigon, our first choice, but they were closed and referred us to Da Vinci. On arrival at the restaurant at 10.40pm, we were kindly seated by a waitress and then told by a waiter to order quickly as their kitchen closed at 11pm. The staff were very friendly, the food was good. At 11pm the owner came to clear our starter and did not even ask how the food was? In fact, on walking in, he had not even greeted us, but just glared at us. On ordering our last drink at 11.30pm, the waiter told us that actually, they were closed now, but he would rush the drink and bring us our bill if it was ok. We agreed and started preparing to wrap it up.10 min later (after we had paid, mind you) the owner came to our table and shouted at us saying YOU LADIES HAVE BEEN HERE FOR AN HOUR NOW! WE ACTUALLY DID YOU A FAVOUR BY SERVING YOU BUT YOU HAVE TO GO NOW BECAUSE YOU CANNOT HOLD ALL MY STAFF HERE AND THEIR TRANSPORT JUST WAITING ON YOU TO FINISH! I have never in my entire life been spoken to by someone I had brought business to in that manner. At no point did anyone or the owner himself come and tell us about their closing time or that the people waiting around were their staff that were waiting for us to leave so that they could go home. In fact, their closing time is not even on this website.Needless to say, we left immediately with whatever was still unfinished and the doggy bag that was asked for that I am sure he would refuse to have packed.Owners who treat paying customers like that will surely get their just rewards and when it happens, hope they will remember how badly they treated customers. We will just not be going back for more rudeness. The world is cruel enough without one paying for it!
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  • I was really disgusted and extremely shocked at the owner of this restaurants behaviour.We were starving, after coming from a disappointing night out (concert cancellation after a 2hr wait!). On driving around Kloof Street, we could not get any kitchens that were open. We decided to go to Saigon, our first choice, but they were closed and referred us to Da Vinci. On arrival at the restaurant at 10.40pm, we were kindly seated by a waitress and then told by a waiter to order quickly as their kitchen closed at 11pm. The staff were very friendly, the food was good. At 11pm the owner came to clear our starter and did not even ask how the food was? In fact, on walking in, he had not even greeted us, but just glared at us. On ordering our last drink at 11.30pm, the waiter told us that actually, they were closed now, but he would rush the drink and bring us our bill if it was ok. We agreed and started preparing to wrap it up.10 min later (after we had paid, mind you) the owner came to our table and shouted at us saying YOU LADIES HAVE BEEN HERE FOR AN HOUR NOW! WE ACTUALLY DID YOU A FAVOUR BY SERVING YOU BUT YOU HAVE TO GO NOW BECAUSE YOU CANNOT HOLD ALL MY STAFF HERE AND THEIR TRANSPORT JUST WAITING ON YOU TO FINISH! I have never in my entire life been spoken to by someone I had brought business to in that manner. At no point did anyone or the owner himself come and tell us about their closing time or that the people waiting around were their staff that were waiting for us to leave so that they could go home. In fact, their closing time is not even on this website.Needless to say, we left immediately with whatever was still unfinished and the doggy bag that was asked for that I am sure he would refuse to have packed.Owners who treat paying customers like that will surely get their just rewards and when it happens, hope they will remember how badly they treated customers. We will just not be going back for more rudeness. The world is cruel enough without one paying for it!
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  • A regular destination for us, either as a family or with friends. There is such a wide range of good food to eat, the grilled veg and pesto pizza is unbeatable, not to mention the ribs, chilli popper starter and rocket salad. I love the burger served on a salal, healthy option. Always a good, buzzing vibe with real hands-on management.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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