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Rumbullion at The Roundhouse
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Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Deli fare, Mediterranean, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Owners description

Set amongst 300-year-old pomegranate trees, The Rumbullion is a relaxed venue that allows you to relax on landscaped gardens with a view of the Atlantic stretching away to the horizon. Guests can enjoy fresh gourmet sandwiches, platters of cheese and charcuterie, and crowd-pleasers like burgers, fish and chips, and wraps.

User reviews

  • I went went to the Rumbullion last week with my mum and it was appalling to say the least. While the setting is marvellous, the food was absolutely horrendous and - worst of all - made one of us sick. We were assured that the orange juice was freshly squeezed when in fact it was not. My mother ordered the open sandwich with mozzarella, basil pesto and sundries tomato. The mozzarella was the rubbery dry type that you use to cook pizza!! I ordered the smoked chicken salad and asked if i could have the mayo on the side. The plate arrived with a bowl of mayo on the side true but the smoked chicken was still drenched in mayo which came straight out of supermarket jar. We will not go back.
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  • Sadly, my last 2 experiences at Rumbullion (in February) have both been very poor - and after reading the other reviews listed here, it's clear that mine were not just (two) once-off bad experiences, but that there seems to be a serious service/management problem at this restaurant. Young, friendly and eager trainee staff who obviously need a lot of guidance, left to their own devices, standing around with no idea of what they have to do, and no management in sight. It's a lovely setting, the food is fine/adequate, but both recent experiences were ruined by poor service and in the last instance, by an arrogant and unaccommodating manager (when we could finally get hold of him). Also, several broken chairs on the deck under the trees - saw a group of tourists having to play musical chairs, looking for (plastic patio) chairs to sit on that were not broken. Would love to go back before the end of summer, but won't - until these management and services issues have improved.
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  • We had a lovely lunch. Great location and attentive service.
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  • We are frequent brunch/lunch guests at the Rumbullion as it's usually such a gorgeous venue and very kid-friendly. Unfortunately our lunch on Sunday was once again spoilt (as this is now the 3rd time that we've had an unleasant experience) by the very rude attitude of the manager, and deterioration of the grounds (the grass on the upper lawn has become a sand/mud it). When we asked to please move tables as we were surrounded by mud and the umbrellas were providing no shade, the manager was incredibly rude. He asked my husband if he (ie the manager) should stand with his hand up and shade us! It seems to be the norm though as many of our friends are complaining about similar bad experiences and very poor service.
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  • What a shame! What should have been a lovely lunch in a delightful setting for my husband and myself and our friends was spoilt by very poor management. The staff were very sweet but lacked training and confidence in what they were supposed to be doing. However, the main problem was the manager who had obviously never received any hospitality training as he was almost bordering on being disdainful and was not concerned with being welcoming and helpful and, even when things went wrong – no apologies whatsoever. Bad, bad PR!

    A pity as the concept was good and the food was generally good although some dishes were tasteless. We can’t comment on the desserts or the coffee as we never received them!!! Blame for our extremely poor experience apportioned entirely on the management.

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  • There are few places as beautiful on a summer's day. Had a lovely lunch looking out to Twelve Apostles. The food was nicely presented, although I found the salad a little drenched in dressing.
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  • Today I decided to take my parents to Rumbullion for lunch seeing that I keep telling them how wonderful the food is and how spectacular the setting is.

    They thought I was talking rubbish today. I did phone in the morning for lunch that afternoon and was pleasently surprised to get a table.

    Once we got there, the manager I assume, showed us to our table. Everytime we go there, we sit at the nice white bench tables on the lawn. This table was by the very loud and smelly kitchen sitting at a very uncomfortable table. We asked for the other tables we enjoy sitting at and were told they were allocated for bigger lunch bookings. Tables of 2, 3 and 4 were seated at this tables and by the time we left, half the tables still had no one seated. Not very nice!

    The usully lovely food was tasteless and in particular the burger was dry and tasteless. Not what we used to there.

    Something I got excited about sharing with family turned out to be an embarrassing experience with terribly awful service.

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  • Amazing setting and awesome food Just wish there was some live music to make it perfect!

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  • Service was absolutely shocking. It seems that the staff are not trained at all. They were friendly and manager tried to be helpful but there was basically just no service at all. Had to ask for menus, ask if we could order drinks, drinks took 25 minutes to come, then no glasses, then had to ask for menus again to order food, ordering process was shocking - I cannot believe what a mission it was just to place an order for food. Then when food came - half the food came out, other half took another 30 minutes, by this time people were starving. Waiters would bring food to the table not knowing if it was for our table or not and they would just place it on the table. Had to ask for cutlery then all the plates, knives, forks, etc were basically just dumped in a basket at the end of the table, one person's burger took so long we were all finished eating by the time it arrived. We had a nice lunch but that was mainly due to the setting. The pizzas and tapas were nice but we ordered two burgers for two kids and they were almost raw in the middle. Another person's fish wasn't cooked all the way through. It is actually such a pity the service is so bad because the venue is so lovely and it would be great to make it a regular lunch place but I'm just not sure we would go back again soon given the service we had.

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  • We wanted to eat at the Roundhouse for a work function lunch as I had heard the Roundhouse was excellent. We booked, but when we arrived we soon realised that lunchtime is served outside by the other restaurant on the property called the Rumbullion. The menus are photocopied and patrons are asked to mark what they want to eat on paper - this was not the top restaurant I had heard about. The menu was very basic with a lot more "snacky" type foods, and a cheese burger, fish and chips or some bone marrow dish. It was very light and quite dull, I was extremely disappointed. The staff were definitely not trained as they did not clear our empty glasses, or take away dirty plates very fast, they also forgot to bring eating utensils and seemed to need a lot of guidance from patrons on how this whole restaurant thing works. I would still like to visit the actual Roundhouse for dinner, but don't recommend Rumbullion at all!

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  • A garden with a view - that is what Rumbullion is about. Situated in the Glen above busy Camps Bay it is the best place to be on a sunny weekend lunch. Beautiful views and serene. If you want to join the beach crowd it is only five minutes away. And the food is excellent. The tapas style menu is great to have for a bigger party. Order a bit of everything and share. The pizzas are a perfect starter. Other things we enjoyed at our lunch a couple of weeks ago were smoked trout, the tapenade, the caprese salad and the bread! Hamburgers are a more filling alternative. Some of us only had the cheeses and the bread and some excellent red wine. When it comes to the service it is a little up and down. But some of the staff are in training so you just have to go with the flow. However, when our bill (finally) arrived it was not adding up in any way. Not a figure right. Still, it was a lovely experience and our friends from overseas were more than happy and have a memorable lunch memory to bring home.

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  • We went to the Rumbullion for lunch on a beautiful summers day. The view was to die for, and that was the only nice thing of the day. We didnt know it was a picnic concept (admittedly our fault as we didnt do our research enough), but the concept is nice. The food and wine are however exorbitantly overpriced. R45 for a jar of feta stuffed peppers in a watery sauce is ludicrous. Then paying R95 for a normal cheese and bacon burger? And the burger arrives and doesnt even have bacon on it, while the patty is so raw that we had to send it back twice to be properly cooked? Service is non-existent as you do everything yourself....just your wine is brought to you and left next to you. The worst of all is getting the bill and paying R600 for 2 people for such a pathetic lunch. Was probably the worst experience we ever had. For that money we shouldve rather gone to La Colombe...
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  • Very lovely setting. Half-decent service, although they get confused with large groups. Good food, ridiculous prices. R60 for salami, R35 for hummus (a small pot). So before you know it, you have a bill thatll make your eyes water and your stomach churn. So, a very luxury picnic, most likely aimed at foreigners who might not notice.Yes, lovely, but very sneaky pricing and contrary to the spirit of a picnic.
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  • Lunch on a beautiful day, whether on the terrace or the lawns at The Rumbullion, is a rare treat in Cape Town. The concept is unique, the selection of food, its preparation and content, coupled with fine service, make for a memorable experience. Delectable cuisine, generous helpings and beautiful presentation - terrines and pâtés come in glass jars that youre encouraged to take home with you for further enjoyment. Just a pity that the wines are premium priced and lessen the value of the whole experience. What about some affordable wines by the bottle, carafe and glass?
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  • Position, excellent. Interior, splendid (except for some nasty art). Service, exemplary. Food, expensive, delicious, skimpy. Complaint, we alerted the person who took our booking that one of us is vegetarian; the kitchen must have ignored the warning because there was no vegetarian main course available, so they rustled up a hasty unimpressive risotto - not one protein in sight!
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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