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Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)

Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)
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Cost
R380 per person three-course menu (without wine/beverages)
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bistro fare, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R70

Critic's review

Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

Food
The man at the helm of this kitchen is well known, so his namesake restaurant comes under a fair amount scrutiny. As such, Reuben Riffel and his team must ensure the standard of the cuisine is tip-top, and that they definitely do. The menu is divided into small plates, large plates, sides and desserts, so you can mix and match according to how hungry you are, though it’s advisable to visit with an empty stomach. Favourite choices include the chilli-salted squid with nuac chum and lime mayonnaise, and the pressed pork belly with pumpkin puree, potato gratin and a chilli and caramel jus. Daily specials are always enticing and seasonally appropriate. You might find a hearty and decadent chocolate-beef stew on the cards on a cold day, for example. As for dessert, Reuben does classic South African really well, and his traditional malva pudding should not be missed – it’s incredibly light for what can often be a stodgy pudding.

Drinks
The local list of wines is varied in price and diversity.

Service
Smooth and subtle, you’ll find your glass filled without asking, or noticing that someone has done it!

Ambiance
The comfortable space is open and contemporary, but with a very classic influence. It’s simple, classy and inoffensive. In summer months, anywhere in the leafy courtyard is the best seat in the house.

And…
The first stand alone KitchenAid store in Africa, KitchenAid by Maryke & Reuben, happens to be on this premises, so if you’re inspired by what you eat, and fancy yourself a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, you may want to shop for some pretty gadgets before heading home.

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  • Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

    Food
    The man at the helm of this kitchen is well known, so his namesake restaurant comes under a fair amount scrutiny. As such, Reuben Riffel and his team must ensure the standard of the cuisine is tip-top, and that they definitely do. The menu is divided into small plates, large plates, sides and desserts, so you can mix and match according to how hungry you are, though it’s advisable to visit with an empty stomach. Favourite choices include the chilli-salted squid with nuac chum and lime mayonnaise, and the pressed pork belly with pumpkin puree, potato gratin and a chilli and caramel jus. Daily specials are always enticing and seasonally appropriate. You might find a hearty and decadent chocolate-beef stew on the cards on a cold day, for example. As for dessert, Reuben does classic South African really well, and his traditional malva pudding should not be missed – it’s incredibly light for what can often be a stodgy pudding.

    Drinks
    The local list of wines is varied in price and diversity.

    Service
    Smooth and subtle, you’ll find your glass filled without asking, or noticing that someone has done it!

    Ambiance
    The comfortable space is open and contemporary, but with a very classic influence. It’s simple, classy and inoffensive. In summer months, anywhere in the leafy courtyard is the best seat in the house.

    And…
    The first stand alone KitchenAid store in Africa, KitchenAid by Maryke & Reuben, happens to be on this premises, so if you’re inspired by what you eat, and fancy yourself a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, you may want to shop for some pretty gadgets before heading home.

    October 2015

  • Richard Holmes

    Food 
    Upmarket bistro-style food is the hallmark of the original Reuben’s restaurant on Franschhoek’s main drag. The delicious pork belly and salt-and-pepper squid with nuam choc sauce are signature dishes with good reason, but regular blackboard specials with Asian and Cape influences throw other excellent options into the mix.

    Perhaps a braised lamb shank? Miso-marinated quail? Mussel chowder with fresh West Coast mussels? A plate of lamb tripe? Reuben does love his offal. Without fail this is the kind of spot where you can enjoy flavour-packed and accomplished bistro-cooking, albeit at slightly above-bistro prices.

    Drinks 
    A wide-ranging and interesting wine list, with a decent selection available by the glass. Keep an eye on the specials board for a selection of craft beers.

    Service 
    Brisk and efficient – once you attract the attentions of a waitress. But even when the restaurant's slow, the hospitality here can be somewhat lacking.

    Ambience
    The two separate dining areas are separated by the famous ‘plane-wing’ bar that’s a good spot for a pre-dinner drink. The street-facing tables have more charm than the barn-like rear section, but on warm evenings it’s the charming courtyard you should ask for.

    And… 
    While this is the original, you’ll also find Reuben’s restaurants at the One&Only Hotel (Cape Town), Abalone House (Paternoster) and The Robertson Small Hotel (Robertson).

    (July 2014)

  • Consistently good, Reuben’s is a reliable favourite for lingering lunches and dinners in Franschhoek. The menu changes periodically, but fans always look forward to what renowned chef Reuben Riffel has to offer: beautiful flavours with some local favourites and lovely fusion twists. The seafood is always something special, as is any pork dish. Reuben’s is a familiar, casually friendly place where you’ll feel right at home. Also try the Reuben’s restaurants at One&Only Cape Town, The Roberston Small Hotel and Abalone House in Paternoster. (EO mag 2014)
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    The menu, while changing often, reflects famous chef Reuben Riffel’s philosophy in creating the very best his kitchen has to offer, while keeping things interesting. Starters could include beef tartare with black olive caramel and truffle Dijon vinaigrette; crumbed scallops with carrot mustard purée and Pernod crème; or perhaps tom yum tomato soup with coconut and lemongrass sorbet. Try the seared Franschhoek trout with zucchini herb omelette or the lavender-spiced duck breast with roast peaches for something different. The white chocolate sundae with berries and vanilla Chantilly is a knockout.

    Wine
    A serious list with some of the finest offerings from here and elsewhere.

    Service
    Unfailingly friendly and professional.

    Ambience
    Light and airy with double volume spaces revealing roof trusses, and large black and white tiled floors opening things up. No frills and fussy moments to disturb the main reason for being there.

    And...
    When the weather is good, the outside courtyard is just the place to be. Booking is essential. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • This is the second time visiting Franschhoek and the second visit to Reuben's, in his new location - this restaurant is somewhat an establishment in this town. The food is, as always, delicious - my best meal of the weekend! Congrats on his new venue, it's lovely and the decor is very well thought through, especially the bathrooms! The large room however feels somewhat cold in ambience and doesn't encourage a warmer vibe for an evening meal.
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  • April 2015 Impromptu lunch stop at Reuben's in Franschhoek, it was a mixed bag. My boyfriend and I have both had excellent meals here in the past. This visit some dishes were standout, others not. The starter of peri peri livers with beetroot and walnuts was okay. It was an interesting flavour combination but just lacked that little bit extra to take it to another level. I scoffed down my main which consisted of braised oxtail, mash and an avo salsa. It was delicious! My partner had the yellow fin tuna and anchovy butter, it too was okay. Dessert was the restaurant's redeemer. I had salted caramel tart with a white chocolate ice cream, Yum,Yum. My partner's dessert was equally amazing! Service was great, so too was the atmosphere.
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  • My friends and I popped in for lunch on one of the coldest days this winter. Not only were we greeted by a roaring fire and underfloor heating, the staff were friendly and welcoming.

    I cannot stop thinking about the delicious meal I had. It is in my top three meals I've eaten in my life. I had the squid starter (incredible multi layered flavour combination), the quail (truly sublime) for mains and the chocolate tart for dessert (heavenly).

    I can't wait until my next visit. I'm already salivating.
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  • During the Franschhoek Literary Festival we enjoyed dinner at Reuben's and it was a great experience. It has a lively atmosphere, attentive service and great food. My only gripe is the wine list which is very expensive and that in a valley were wine is abundant. Why not introduce a range of well priced house wines to show visitors what growing in the valley. But thanks for a lovely evening.
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  • This is our third attempt at a Reuben's restaurant (once at the One and Only and twice in Franschoek) and consistently disappointing. Waited very long for our food. Very disappointing Ceasar Salad and the sauce for the fish dish tasted as if it was burned. I expect more from the Reuben's brand.
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  • Although highly recommended, we were really disappointed in the lack of finishing touches - pre-cut/wilted salad ingredients and the absence of certain advertised ingredients. Not to mention the lack of interest shown by our waitron in answering our food questions.
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  • A must for any discerning "foodie". The service was top class. Each dish proves itself in elegance and taste. Will definitely make a point of going back!

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  • We had dinner there in February. The food was excellent, the portion sizes were more than generous. Our waiter was friendly and well versed in the diverse menu. I look forward to my next visit.

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  • We were a party of six and the food was great! I will definitely come back here again, had such a fun time and amazing food!

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  • The food was great, but really overpriced for the small portions. The service is pathetic. If you order a cold drink, it is flat when you receive it, so either the waiters don't know/care how to pour it, or you get Coke from a 2litre bottle - unacceptable!

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  • Table of 8 to celebrate a birthday. Five of us had the winter special - very disappointing. Starter was steamed butternut and sweet potatoe with some apple and lettuce. The veg was undercooked - it was taken back to the kitchen and the chef agreed. The fish main - hake - was also undercooked. No apology. I mailed the restaurant after the experience - they read the mail but failed to respond. So disappointed for what is supposed to be one of our top restaurants.

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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the food, the Springbok in particular was awesome. The service was a little disappointing; we arrived at 7pm and had finished out starters and mains by 7,50 but thereafter our waitress seemed to disappear and it took another 50 minutes to get desert. This was a bit of a let down. Our table was nothing special seemingly in a sort of annex to the main restaurant and not what I would have preferred. In summary good food, iffy ambiance, poor service.

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  • Sitting at Rueben's as I write this... The experience has moved me so much, I had to share it immediately.
    I'll start with the food. The food was sublime, we had the tongue, squid and pork belly.

    The taste of the food, however is the only thing that indicates to you that you might be in a high end restaurant.
    The service has been horrendous! My food was dumped on plates, with little consideration for presentation... and the plates were splattered with dry oil stains (just in case I had mistakenly thought that presentation was a priority here).
    I won't go into the state of the bathrooms as people reading this are probably thinking of food.

    And would it kill Rueben's to hire a sommelier? Our waiters knowledge (or lack thereof) of wine and even Rueben's own list was really disappointing.

    So next time the next time you're in the winelands and you don't find time to go to Reuben's.... You're not missing much.

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  • I thought it was absolutely terrible. When we made the booking the lady was extremely rude. We ordered curry which was tasteless the figs was deep fried which was also terrible no taste - bland. We were looking forward but they will not see us again. My venison with crushed pepper was cooked well done and was extremely chewy. Reuben your reputation has gone down the drain if you ever really had one.
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  • Spending a relaxing long weekend away we decided to try one of the supposedly top-ranked restaurants in the country. The food was very good, but the rest of the experience left a lot to be desired. The service was shocking for a restaurant of this level. With nobody to greet us on arrival, we then had to wait for ages before being served. The same happened between courses, and when we finally wanted to leave we couldn’t find anyone to bring us our bill. The waitress was almost arrogant and cold, like she was doing us a favour to be there!? With his new restaurants and TV appearances I wonder if Reuben knows what is happening to his place in Franschhoek? We won’t be back…
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  • Not so great any more. Overpriced and service is slipping.
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  • We finally got to Reubens after much anticipation! When we arrived there was no one to greet us but we thought too much of it. We had a truly great meal as far as the food is concerned and the wine was of typical Cape Winelands standard. Very good. But will I recommend the place. Absolutely not. The service was shocking. Waiters walking around as if they are doing you a favour every time they arrive at the table we sat for untold minutes with our dirty plates before us. After perusing the desert menu we waited so long that in the end instead of ordering we asked for the bill. It is incredible that having such a great plate of food can be made to feel like a waste of time. So disappointing.
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  • Obviously having heard so much about Reubens, we visited the restaurant whilst in Franschoek for a wedding. What a delightful experience. Unpretentious food served simply and cooked well. I had perfectly-cooked calamari for starters, followed by a healthy portion of rib-eye with Béarnaise sauce. My wife had the ravioli which, I must admit, seemed a little over-complicated but tasted wonderful. The service was attentive, yet not overdone, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I could go back for lunch every Sunday for the rest of the year!
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  • Loved the Karoo Lamb and souffle! Great place and a very friendly vibe.
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  • We were looking forward to a wonderful evening at Reubens. Meat turned out to be well done. Very disappointing. Not to mention the waitress with the bad attitude.
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  • We were looking forward to eating here. It was really disappointing on so many levels. Not bad - just disappointing. The service was mediocre. The food was uninspired and over salted in most parts...actually it was not really very good at all. Pity
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  • Excellent food. Portions were well-sized although if you dont have a starter you may find the main too little to your liking. Service was adequate but not exceptional.Dinner on 8 August 2010, party of six.
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  • Bad Service and an even worse attitude...shame on you.
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  • We ate a Reubens in mid April of 2010 and imagine our surprise to find a live worm in our green salad. They were apologetic and compd THE SALAD ONLY. We woud have expected that drinks or entrees or desserts would have been removed from the bill after this. This restaurant was recommended by many locals but we were totally unimpressed. There were far better restaurants in Franschhoek.
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  • Love the restaurant, but Ive had poor (bad) service the last few times, and food standard is lower than before!
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  • Having frequented Reuben’s regularly for the last 3 years I am afraid to say that you may comfortably take it off the top of your places to go list in Franschhoek...while still good the spark has been lost in pretentious staff and average fair served slowly. In a town bristling with talent you can do better!
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  • Wonderful experience, fantastic food and overall fantastic experience.
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  • Two of us wanted a light lunch and decided to order two starters each. The “Gorgonzola soufflé, apple celery and walnut salad” (R62), “Lamb spring rolls, tabouleh salad with olives, saltanas and apricots” (R68) and “Soft shell crab tempura, pickled daikon, miso dressing” (R75) turned out to be good choices all round.The Gorgonzola soufflé was more firm mousse than soufflé but nevertheless very tasty. I would have preferred this dish with slightly more cream sauce as the cheesy sponge simply soaked up the little bit of cream very rapidly. The tempura was on the oily side, but still very flavoursome and quite large as a starter portion. My dining partner said that her spring rolls were delicious.Muneeba our waitress was attentive, confident and friendly even though she was handling the entire new extension of this restaurant on her own. The newish annexe is light and airy and the large windows give you a reasonable view over the Franschhoek main road adding a dimension that I believe this restaurant has always lacked. The miniature pot breads are also worthy of favourable comment.The toilets were very grubby and wet to the point of being dirty and I have always been somewhat amused at the location of the doorhandles, which clearly have been designed for midgets.Having dined at this restaurant frequently, I have never quite understood what all the press hype was about. However, my opinion on this being a convenient everyday eatery with reasonably good food remains the same.
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  • Like the last poster, I was disappointed by Reubens. I had been looking forward to going there for some time, so I guess my expectations might have been too high. First of all, our reservation was lost. I dont mind about those sort of things - people make mistakes - but they held it against us that we had not brought our reservation number with us, as if it were our fault that they had messed up. The service in general was very indifferent, really not what you would expect from a restaurant as expensive as Reubens. We loved our starters - baby squid with nuac cham and lime mayonnaise - but my partners main course of kingklip, scallops, prawns and risotto was underwhelming, which was unexpected given its price. Overall, we thought Reubens to be overrated and overpriced. There are far better priced restaurants in CT/Franschhoek with more interesting food and better service.
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  • Having heard so much about Reubens we finally decided to try it on a weekend away to Franschhoek. In short, we were underwhelmed by the experience. The service, aside from Front of House who was a gem, was indifferent and we frequently felt like the waitress was doing us a favour in serving us. We had to ask for wine, rather than being asked what wed like. While my husbands starter was very good, everything else was simply ordinary and I have to say the presentation of the soft shell crab tempura was more than a little off-putting, lying on the plate like some great fried spider - not what I expected and nor did I expect to find the dead mans fingers still inside the crab.I very much doubt well pay a return visit to Reubens.
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  • We received a warm welcome from the hostess. The evening was great, filled with professional service and a variety of excellent food. See you soon! Cape Cooperage Team.
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  • My fiance and I had an extremely disappointing lunch experience at Reubens recently. We went there with high expectations, given Reubens impressive reputation. The service was surly and unhelpful, except for one waitress who assisted us when we came to pay. When it came to the food, the dishes sounded interesting enough on the menu. I went for a ravioli starter, which was very spongy and the flavours were very confused. My fiance started with crispy duck on Asian leaves. The duck was not at all crispy, laying rather soggily on some distinctly non-Asian lettuce, rocket and cucumber. For mains, I chose the steak tartare, a favourite dish of mine. I have no issue with experimental ways to create a dish, and this version was seasoned with a long list of ingredients, as our waitress told us when we asked, one of which was tomato sauce. My steak tartare tasted only of salt and tomato sauce. And nothing else. My fiance chose the fillet steak, which was a good piece of meat, but wasnt served as it said on the menu. We were really unhappy with the experience as a whole, the food seemed like it wasnt thought through properly and was very overpriced. Will certainly not be going there again.
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  • Never had a bad experience here, relaxed ambience with beautiful flavours to compliment a wonderful wine list and friendly staff. Not pretentious at all which is what Rose might have been looking for. Welcome to the Cape. ,)
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  • Having waited for a long time to get to Reubens I am horrified. This was an atrocious experience. The staff were rude on arrival, the decor and ambience confused... an overly bright diner with high end pricing. My American guests starter and main meal were both over salted. From seating to main meal took 85 minutes. We were in another Top 10 in CPT the night before and what a difference... I will not return to Reubens.
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  • I have visited a couple of top restaurants in the world with very big reputations, but Reubens is definitely at the top of my list! Excellent food, service, atmosphere and new and improved wine list. I was very impressed with every aspect of our dinner, this restaurant is without a doubt the best South Africa has to offer.
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  • Have eaten at Rubens at least 5 times. Have always found the food and service very good -wouldnt dream of going to Franshoek without eating there.
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  • My family and I visited the restaurant on Sunday and had the most terrible service. I was really excited upon entering the place but the waiters were confused as to where we were supposed to sit and seated us in the bar. After a while she came back and asked us what well have and I said were still awaiting our seats. And she goes ahead and asks us where we want to sit. We were so confused as we were waiting to be seated and now we could choose where to sit. Our order arrived quick, but we were supposed to call someone to bring the bill as we never saw our waiter again. I wouldve expected much better service...
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  • We were really looking forward to our evening at Reubens but I am sad to say we were bitterly dissapointed. The service was shocking. We may as well have been invisible. We waited 15 minutes before having to ask for a menu, then a further 15 minutes to order - and having to ask to order too. We were waited on by four different people and it seemed to all of them that we were an inconvenience. We also waited half an hour for our main course. The food was good, but the whole experience was ruined by very poor service. My boyfriend works in the travel industry and has recommended this restaurant to hundreds of clients, but alas no longer. We will not go back. Sadly, Reubens has come to rely on its hype and seems to have lost its grip on reality.
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  • We went to Reubens for lunch and were excited about finally sampling this wonderful chefs food. We were firstly very impressed with the ambience and setting. It was comfortable and relaxing. We found the winelist on the expensive side, but were able to get a reasonably priced wine that was very good. We noticed many other patrons picked the same wine. Although the food was excellent and lived up to our high expectations, the service, although professional, was not very friendly and we had the niggling feeling that we putting them out of their way. We have been to many high-priced gourmet restaurants and if the service at Reubens could be a little more enthusiastic, Im sure they will have many repeat visitors. Great meal and ambience though! Glad we went...
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  • We had lunch at Reuben’s in December and I would just like to say that since December we have not yet had a better meal than we had at Reuben’s. Thanks for giving us an unforgettable experience that we still talk about today. We loved it and can’t wait to visit you again.
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  • My wife & I had the priviledge of spending a few days in Franschhoek last week and managed to visit a few restaurants in the village. The top of the pops was Reubens by far. The food was outstanding. I have never been let down - 10/10.
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  • My wife & I had the priviledge of spending a few days in Franschhoek last week and managed to visit a few restaurants in the village. The top of the pops was Reubens by far. The food was outstanding. I have never been let down - 10/10.
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  • Lunch at Reubens on a summery wind free day was good, but I kept feeling that I was mising something. Hard as I tried I was unable to find the magic that people seem to assocaite with this restaurant. While the dishes were tasty, I often felt that they were being pushed too far, and the chef was trying too hard to be different, or to impress. Its a pity, because without the astronomic expectations that are conjured in ones mind about Reubens it would probably be a more enjoyable experience. I felt let down, although I will return, and am happy to recommend it to others.
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  • Fantastic!! Congratulations to all Reubens staff wo work so hard to bring us an unforgetable gourmet expersience, the food, the company & atmosphere is something words fail to explain. My best eat out experience for 2008, Ill be back every season.Keep bringing us something to talk & dream about. Bravo!
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  • Reuben’s has amazing food, excellent company, fine wines. Will return soon .
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  • AppallingWe had dinner at Reubens last night and are loyal long time admirers of Reuben Riffels meteoric rise. We will not be eating there again for a very long time.After waiting for over an hour we were served our main course, what happened to our starters? They had simply forgotten to serve them! And the main courses were cold, also served on cold plates.Service was dreadful not one glass of wine was poured for us; the waitress was clueless as to the menu and could not answer even the simplest of questions.They may have increased the size of the restaurant but if they continue in this vein they will have no patrons left to fill it.
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  • I booked a table for 16 at reubens. Firstly we only had 1 waiter for our table which was a disaster as i was the one going around making sure everyone was settled and enjoying their meal. Secondly my waitress was never around i always had to get up to go look for her when one of my guests needed a refreshment or top up. And thirdly my table was placed next to the kitchen door so we constantly heard the clinging of cutlery and clashing of plates which was not very enjoyable.And lastly my waitress left when her shift ended without informing me so i ran around looking for her.The service was terrible that evening i was so embarrassed as i was over excited to show off this so called great restaurant to my friends. Train your waitresses properly you have a reputation to uphold!
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  • Weve heard such rave reviews about Reubens that for my husbands 35th birthday I thought I was spoiling him by going to Franschoek for the weekend specifically to eat at Reubens. What a disaster! In short, we had very mediocre service, the waitress was poorly knowledgable about the menu. The starters were bland (fish carpaccio and scallops with black pudding). Our main courses were served 1 hour after wed finished our starters! There was no explanation from the waitress, even when we complained about the wait. The manager never arrived to apologise. They tried not to charge us but we didnt go there for a free meal, we went for a celebration.And we watched people whod arrived long after we did eat their mains and even dessert while we waited. We ordered our mains together with our starters. I havent felt so small and unhappy in a long time. My poor husbands birthday was miserable. Suffice to say we wont be back.Where was the professionalism that is expected from an establishment with their reputation?I can only think that the staff and chef believe that an ordinary South African is not a worthy customer in their restaurant.
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  • We visited Reubens and really enjoyed the evening. The food were delicious and very well presented. Keep doing what you are doing.
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  • The food was very good, especially the chilli salted squid, and the risotto. Unfortunately the service was lackluster.The main courses took more than half an hour to arrive, and we had to ask, and scout frantically for a waiter. Wine and water refills were not offered, and enquiries where met with blank stares. A pity, it could have been great, with just a touch more charm.
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  • This restaurant has always been our favourite in Franschhoek and whole of Cape Town. But after our last lunch on Sunday we cant say the same anymore. Service was lacking, the food portions were much smaller and our food was cold. There were quite a few empty tables, although we had difficulty to get a booking. I REALLY hope this resataurant has not lost its lustre.
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  • My four companions and I had a very enjoyable meal in a lovely courtyard setting. Friendly service and very accommodating management who changed our booking twice and accommodated us at short notice. The Chilli squid and the duck salad were both memorable.
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  • What a fabulous experience. Reubens is in a lovely building and the outside courtyard must be amazing in summer. We tried a wide variety of dishes. The chilli squid starter was amazing - we literally cleaned the plate with our fingers to get the last of the chilli syrup. Also fab was the mushroom and artichoke salad. The goats cheese tart, duck salad and steak tartare were all very good but the chilli squid won hands done. The only 2 mains ordered were the kudu steak and the quail. Both were outstanding with a fantastic blend of flavours - usually mains tend to be a bit boring but these were great. The side order of steamed greens turned out to be cauliflower and broccoli so not quite what we were expecting. For dessert the sorbets, chocolate fondant and ice creams were mouthwatering. However the passionfruit tart was a bit dry and stodgy but the passionfruit jelly that accompanied it is pure flavour. The jelly made the dish worthwhile. Overall a delightful experience.and well definitely be back.
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  • Franschhoek have many good restaurants, but Ive decided to put Reubens to the test to see if its true what people is raving about. Upon entering, I was greeted by a very friendly hostess who made me feel like the kings nephew. And talking about kings, not far from me sat none other than Sean Connery - yes, I could not believe my eyes - had to look again and there he was, enjoying his meal - the look on his face said it all ! Out of all the other restaurants - he chose this one to have lunch at The waitress was also friendly, not demanding on my order and eventually when my meal came - I knew why people is going on and on about Reuben and Reubens. The food was fantastic, the music was good, and the Cabernet we chose went fantastically well with our beef. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone anytime, because the service, food, waiters, music - everything was outstanding. I felt not like the kings nephew, but like the king himself after leaving Reubens. If this place was good enough for James Bond, then you know it will be good enough for you!!!
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  • Good choice to spend an evening out - value for money.
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  • Was pretty chilly in the dining room the afternoon we dined, even though the fire was lit. Starters were nice & tasty, my husband had the rib eye for mains, which he really enjoyed & I had the line fish. I found it a bit dry & the lemon grass a bit chewy, also boring with the rice. Fab winelist & otherwise a pleasant lunch, thanks.
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  • We had wonderful food at Reubens. The atmosphere is lovely. The waitress we had did not seem very interested. It took almost 30 minutes before she came to take our order, and when she opened the wine, she was looking the other way for about 2 minutes while we were tasting. The seond bottle we ordered never arrived, just forgotten. We didnt bother to ask again.The other waitresses seemed much quicker, better and friendlier.
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  • Great food and site, but the service needs to gear up to level of food and ambience!!!
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  • Food was outstanding and great restaurant!!!!!
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  • The infamous Reubens seemed like a perfect choice for a dinner whilst on a conference in Franschhoek. Why is it that these award winning restaurants fly so high and then a year or so later, standards slip? The chef who gave his name to the restaurant was not present when we went for dinner which may be the reason the service was totally inferior and the food mediocre. Four of our party of 12 ordered the steak and requested medium. Well done would be a compliment to what was finally presented an hour after starters. Of the party of 12, only 2 of us had been to Reubens before and sadly I dont think any of us will be returning soon.
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  • recently visited and had your Wahoo fish dish. It was very dissapointing.To serve this fish without preparing it for the ecustomer, ie. take the inedible skin away isnt enjoyable, also a melon salsa??? with this fish is a total miss match.Really not good
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  • Staff really know whats going on, offer charming, caring service and deliver fabulous food along with a wide choice of good wines. What more could you ask for?
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Facilities

  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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