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Simon’s at Groot Constantia

Simon’s at Groot Constantia
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Cost
R120 avg main
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
Bistro fare, Deli fare, French, International, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
No corkage

Owners description

Nestled in the fertile Constantia Valley lies a 300-year old wine estate, Groot Constantia and on it, Simon’s Restaurant, where we celebrate the riches of the Cape winelands by transforming the freshest ingredients into memorable meals.

Revel in the Cape Town summer by dining al fresco on our terrace with panoramic views of the Groot Constantia vineyards. Savour the wines of the valley or enjoy our wide selection of craft beers. As the weather turns, join us inside where we like to light a giant fire on chilly days.

Less than 20 minutes from Cape Town city centre. Less than 15 minutes from Hout Bay and only 12 minutes from Newlands, Simon’s is the perfect winelands dining experience.

User reviews

  • My partner and I always got to Simons as a treat. The restaurant has a inside and outside area that flows seamlessly. The outside area that overlooks the vineyards is beautiful in Summer. They have an amazing fillet steak that is always cooked perfectly. They have a large selection of amazing local wines. We recommend their crème brûlée which is the best I have ever had.
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  • Had lunch at Simons, the food was amazing! I had their burger with bacon and Cheese, not only did it look great it tasted even better. The Chef cooked the pattie to a perfect medium while the cheddar cheese was melted on top. My wifes prawns also looked fresh and she said they were really good. The service was great, our waiter kept our glasses full and brought our food from the kitchen without us having to wait to long. We can't wait to go back!!
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  • I dined with a group of friends last week and can safely say that I will never return!

    I ordered the tuna Niçoise salad. Luckily I ordered the dressing on the side because it came with honey mustard dressing. It was not ideal for this salad and was not a tuna Niçoise dressing. I asked our waitress for lemon and olive oil instead. When I eventually got my lemon juice it was from a bottle.
    Our waitress did not seem to think this was an issue!

    My friends all felt that their meals were very average and the quality of ingredients not great! Our waitress was terrible and made no effort to engage with our table. She added bacon to my friend's meal which was an addition at an extra cost and when questioned she said it came with bacon.

    I did not want to create a scene as we were with people so I did not speak to the manager. I just wanted to leave and never return.

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  • Yesterday we went to Simons for a belated Valentines Day lunch. We started off with 6 oysters and a glass of champagne each. The champagne was warm and my champagne glass was chipped at the base. The first oyster tasted good but the rest werent nice at all. We had prawns for our mains, and they were nice and firm, but why is it served with a savoury rice and not a plain basmati rice so that you dont have conflicting tastes. My husband didnt enjoy them at all. Maybe were not choosing the right things to eat. Second time weve eaten here and the second time weve been disappointed.
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  • I cannot believe the reviews below. I am a regular guest at Simon's and I love everything about it. The food is consistently splendid (the Pork Belly is simply to die for), they make the best Creme Brulee in town (and that's coming from a full on Creme Brulee snob), the setting is top class and the service is fab!

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  • We ordered 5 meals, not one was satisfactory, service was slow. I agree with Michelle, food was over-cooked and over-salted, not a good experience!

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  • Tired and shoddy, the food was over-done, over-salted, and poorly presented. While our server was friendly, the whole place had a feeling of grubby neglect.

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  • I have to start off by saying that I'm not a food critic, or a writer for that matter. But after reading the last review of Simon's posted by Pierre I felt inclined to add my 2 cents worth... We have eaten at Simon's on numerous occasions over the last few months after having stayed away for a long while and I feel that the new menu, food, direction and energy that this establishment has taken on is outstanding. I have very little bad to say regarding anything that I have experienced at the NEW Simon's. I am always greeted with warm smiles and then treated to great food. While I know that every business has off days I also know that it is entirely unfair to jump on your soap box and insult a place that many people love because of one below par experience, or due to delusions of blogging granduer. My family and I will continue to visit Simon's despite the rantings of one self important blow hard and I suggest that anyone reading these reviews take my advice as someone who knows the place a little better than some one hit wonder!! SANS CLASS PIERRE....

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  • The primary purpose for eating in a restaurant surely should be the food. Restaurateurs presumably aspire for excellence in the kitchen and then complement this with décor, ambiance, position etc. to enhance the dining experience. Take Simons for instance. Exquisite setting nestled in the bosom of Groot Constantia right there in the shadow of Constantia Berg. The slick set-up with great décor must have cost a fortune. So far, Michelin material. Or so we thought. How wrong we were. We made a booking, arrived to be told no booking existed, but, as the restaurant was empty, we were granted a table. Sat down, couldn’t read the menu as the lights were way to dim. Had to ask for extra candles (really), and discovered a French inspired menu with some serious grammar errors on it (if a restaurant attempts half of the menu in French, they should perhaps send it to Alliance Française for checking). Whichever way, we ordered, and then the fun started. The tuna served with the niçoise salad was positively off. The Kingklip Orleans was so-so and a very small portion for the price, the fillet steak was uninspiring and the veggies seriously ordinary. The insult of the day was however the complimentary profiteroles offered with coffee. Stale, sans (“without” if their management reads this) filling of any type or taste, and I pity the poor suckers who actually paid for them. Simons is, in my view, sans culinary acumen, sans management, overpriced and should be avoided till such time that they drop the pretences, do Uncle Simon justice and start serving decent food.

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  • WOW... I must say I was really impressed! The food was exceptional!!! Service was good! Atmosphere was great! Keep up the good work guys! We will be back soon...
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  • I like the unpretentious atmosphere, and its a great place for a family Sunday lunch. The food is really good - but they managed to get everything wrong with our mains. Wrong sauce to the linefish, no mash became lots of mash, 300g sirloin turned into a tiny beef fillet (well done instead of medium rare), really crispy chips became sloppy ones. All went back and came out fine. But service is not top notch.
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  • Worst service I have ever received in my life. It was a terrible experience. The food was good and the live band was good.
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  • What a horror show. Just as we are about to get up and leave, the manager chap arrives for a drinks order, obviously seeing that all three waiters had effectively thwarted my attempts to catch them as they raced past. The food was good - nice and quick out the kitchen. Sadly, the service was a joke. Three waiters and the manager doing around nine tables. Then, at the end, the waiter kept filling the water glasses...Why? Will not go back there again and will tell everyone I know to stay away. How sad for such a lovely setting! To top it, the smell of cigarette smoke wafting all around was just the last straw. Ban smoking around the tables!
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  • Pity we did not read the reviews before we went. It would have saved us an annoying evening out!
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  • Very disappointing. Fairly expensive prices. A terrible chocolate milkshake, chicken breast very dry on chicken burger and terrible frozen chips (for those prices they could afford to buy fresh potatoes). On the other hand - good service and food arrived quickly.
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  • Worst chicken burger ever. Chicken was tough and bun wasnt fresh. No response from management. Truly disappointing!
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  • I know large parties are difficult to handle, but Simons failed us on Friday, 10th December, at lunch. It was over an hour before our starters arrived - one had frozen spring rolls. It was nearly two hours before the main courses were finally served - one steak (ordered well-done) arrived bleeding and took 45 minutes to be replaced. One fish dish was uncooked and another burnt. No one came to apologise and no one seemed to care. A good restaurant is in part measured by how it copes under pressure. Simons didnt cope. A really disappointing meal out.
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  • On Sunday afternoon four of us went to lunch at Simons. The setting was beautiful and I was hoping the food would add to the overall experience that one would expect from a restaurant on a wine farm of that calibre. I had a snail and chorizo starter which was...nice. I had a burger which was...nice. My husband and friends all had a main that was...alright. So far we had not been wowed. Then dessert came, which for me was a tiramisu cheescake which was...OFF. Sour-milk off! Did I get an apology from the kitchen? No. From the manager? No? Waitress? No. No one at this top-class establishment seemed to care that I had gagged on my pudding! The service was indifferent to say the least. Earlier on a waiter had spilled a glass of water all over our table and legs. Not a WORD of apology. Unless someone I know gives this place a superlative rating, I will not be back and I will advise anyone I know not to go back. One shouldnt be lucky to get a good meal at a place like Simons. It should be the norm.
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  • A Saturday night and a special occasion, we booked at Simons. There was no need, only 2 tables were occupied (including us). Firstly we had a special bottle of wine for which they wanted to charge R50 corkage - someone please tell them the Soccer World Cup is over - so we drank from their wine list. We already wanted to go home. Starters were good although pricey. Menu selection was same as for afternoon on the terrace, nothing special for evening so my husband just had a burger, nothing wrong with it and I had kingklip with garlic butter on mash. It arrived swimming in garlic butter so it was taken away and only returned when my husband had already finished his meal. The manageress on duty did try but the fish was now a bit rubbery. All in all not a good evening in that barn of a dining room. I quite like on the terrace on a Sunday afternoon but you wont see us back there for an evening. Over priced and over rated, we would spend R600 and have a great evening out instead of a very mediocre one.
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  • Appalling! I ordered slow roast lamb on the theory that you cant stuff that up - I was wrong. It had the texture of asbestos wadding, and perhaps the same taste.When I called the manager - he agreed with me, saying that this was processed meat (!), and it shouldnt be on the menuHe did replace it with an OK lamb shank. But walking through the restaurant I saw many other picking DESPONDENTLY at the same dish.
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  • We visited Simons for the first time last night and were treated to a fantastic evening of live music while our children played safely nearby. What a great way to spend a Sunday evening! Unfortunately, the service was appalling - it took over an hour for drinks and the kids food to arrive. Had it not been for the music and the great venue, we might have left. If management sorts out the shoddy service, it would be a fantastic place to spend many more Sunday evenings.
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  • Aroogance personified. I entered Simons for lunch one blustery Saturday afternoon with high expectations. What an enormous letdown it was. We reserved a table by the fire and were promptly placed as far away as possible from the fire! Once we were able to get our waiters attention he agreed to take orders. This of course, was in between him sending SMSes on his phone!My wifes soup was served cold and my mussels were okay but overpriced. I had requested my fillet med-rare and they gave me a well done fillet. When I requested another they refused to do so without charging me again!Overpriced and poor service with inattentive staff.
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  • I was informed by some friends of mine that I was sure to have a bad experience at Simons for Christmas day lunch - they have in the past. Having paid in full upfront (R375 per person) I was committed. The venue is beautiful to say the least, what a setting!On entering the restaurant I immediatly felt a rush of Christmas cheer and from there on it was one of the dinning highlites of our holiday. Friendly knowledgable staff, great service and the food was incredible. A buffet fit for a king, turkey was tender and juicy, best gammon ever! Dessert table was delicious. Mmm. So to the detractors I suggest you make a turn to Simons, this establishment has obviously made some changes. I will be booking a table in the new year to eat from there a la carte menu.
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  • The weather was perfect for a lunch at Simons - no wind! Ambience was super - the food was 5 star! Highly recommend the Pepper fillet - done to perfection! I had the Calamari which I was a bit nervous to order, however, wow - very tender and tasty. I will definetly be bringing our next visitors from Europe with next time. Did not realise either that there is a nice selection for kids - great news! Am glad I booked because they were totally full that Sunday for Lunch.
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  • Food was great! Myself and partner had the smoked salmon rosti and prawn spring rolls for starters followed by the fillet with mustard cream and greek lamb for mains – only downside was that it was probably just too much good food that we couldn’t finish! Will without doubt be back to try out the rest of their menu but for now will definitely recommend these dishes..
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  • What an amazing change!! The food is sublime, Greek lamb was rich and perfectly seasoned. Bobotie dumplings are inventive and an absolute taste sensation, wow. The best chocolate torte I have had in a very long time. To dine in this kind if place for foreigners must be heaven on earth.
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  • Very poor service from inexperience waiters who could not care if we got served or not. All four main courses went back half-eaten. An embarresment in the company of my French guests. Take away food at 5-star prices.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Reservations recommended
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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