Ristorante Enrico

Ristorante Enrico
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R150 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Views
Italian, Seafood
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Critic's review

Charlotte Pregnolato

A splendid setting by the sea with great seafood on the menu makes Enrico's a go-to place for Garden Route visitors year round.

Italian pizza and pasta made in a style pleasing to South Africans takes up the lion's share of the menu. But what puts this restaurant on the map food-wise is the fresh seafood. Enrico's own fishing boat brings in the catch each morning. Fish of the day, either a filet or whole fish, is simply baked in a delicate sauce of garlic white wine and lemon and served with fresh zucchini and whatever else is in season. Other best bets are the roasted meats, flavourful and tender. Sharing antipasti like the showy La Bomba, a puffed up focaccia plain or with garlic, a plate of fresh frittura mista-light as air prawns, squid and mussels, or wild oysters when in season, turns your meal into an event. If you're in the mood, authentic Italian endings include not too sweet ricotta cake, tartufo (ice cream), or homemade gelati.

Nice little selection of Italian are accessible and just right for the food including Prosecco and Lambrusco. Enrico red or white is a good value and most other South African wines are priced to please. Grappa served in shot glasses is part of the fun.

There are no reservations taken so on fine summer days, be prepared to wait for a table. Waiters are professional, helpful with the menu and aim to please.

What could be better on a sunny day in Plett? Beach, Italian music and delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen. Simple picnic tables outside and inside the restaurant meanders through to the bar room suitable for less than perfect weather. Amusing touches like the wine menu printed on Italian wine bottles and tomato sauce cans reborn as ice buckets add to the charm.

Best for…
Families can spread out at a picnic table and watch the kids (and sometimes dolphins) frolic on the beach below.


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User reviews

  • Enrico has a warm, homely feel, and this is reflected in service and the menu. Truth be told, food is by the way in comparison to the sea views though. But the food is great! We were just there for coffee and cake, and it was fab!
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  • Enricos offers fresh and delicious food in a beautiful setting. From pizza and pasta, to seafood or meat, you cant go wrong! There is something for everyone and the welcoming hosts and staff only add to the atmosphere of this special place!
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  • So good, we had to go twice in during our 4 day stay in the Crags! The pizzas are thin-based deliciousness, and the portion are generous and they do an excellent bolognaise (only negative was that the pasta on the ravioli was a bit too thick for my taste). They are very accommodating of kids. We had great service on both visits - friendly and efficient without being overbearing.
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  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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