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The Blue Crane (Pretoria)

The Blue Crane (Pretoria)
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
African, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
Expect an extensive menu with sometimes basic fare. Keep an eye out for tasty African jewels like the grilled ostrich kebabs on a mealie meal patty, topped with red wine, bacon and mushroom sauce. Or try the smoked salmon with parmesan and wasabi.

Wine
There’s a good cocktail, shooters and winelist.

Service
The service is friendly and efficient.

Ambience
The surrounding park and restaurant deck overlooking a tiny nature reserve makes it great for a family get-together.

And...
Make sure you have time for a post-lunch walk in the park. (GU)
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User reviews

  • Love the setting. Unfortunately there is no light menu for lunch / sundowners. Menu also expensive. Would like to go more often but it will only be for drinks unless the menu caters for lighter meals. Was dissapointed and left after drinks. Menu before renovations had better options.
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  • I previously visited the Blue Crane Restaurant and was not pleased at all. It did however come to my attention they recently attained new owners, which led me to go to the buffet lunch on Sunday, 24 July - what a great decision!
    Since the moment you enter the newly renovated restaurant they make you feel welcome. The new owners pay attention to the finest detail and one can notice that the staff received the best training.
    The food was of the highest quality, the setting is beautiful and now includes a boma. After lunch we went up to the bar area (also renovated) where we enjoyed sunset drinks accompanied by live music.
    I encourage anyone who remembers the old Blue Crane to go give the new restaurant a try! A pleasing experience from start to end.
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  • I'm always excited to visit Blue Crane as it is so beautifully situated. Unfortunately, I usually leave unsatisfied. Although their menu looks promising, the food is average and overpriced. We recently had breakfast there and my simple dish of scrambled eggs and toast was bland, dry and uninspiring. I don't mind paying more for a well prepared and tasty meal, but the Blue Crane's food really doesn't meet any of my expectations.

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  • I agree with everyone else, the setting is lovely, the food lousy and the decor tacky. I went on Saturday for breakfast with a big group of friends, and got a stale croissant with off-colour salmon and scrambled eggs. I wont waste my time here again. You dont have to do nouvelle cuisine, just serve proper food, scale down the menu to not include every boring thing under the sun, and focus on the things that you are good at. Here is hoping that someone with a bit of imagination and passion for good food buys the place and turns it into one of Pretorias top eateries.
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  • We visited Blue Crane after a 2 year gap. A disappointing experience. The rules on the menu are off-putting and owner rather than client-centric. Food are unimaginative, bland and expensive. The setting (ambience) is superb. If you visit for setting you will enjoyif it is for food - go elsewhere. This is not value for mone at all. The owner can learn from OGallitos in Centurion how a client focussed well managed restaurant with very good service is run without robbing the client blind. We will not visit again.
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  • I wholeheartedly agree with the only other reviewer. The place appears very nice. Pity the other reviewer did not change the score rating. Such a pity that a lovely setting such as this is wasted.
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  • This was the first and the last time we visited this restaurant. If you enjoy sitting in a place that looks like it should be in the Kruger National Park, then you will love the place. The decor is budget bush lodge meets school cafeteria, as is the cutlery and table settings. The menu is old-fashioned, uninspiring and extremely over-priced, rather like something you would expect to find in a hostel dining room circa 1950. The most exciting item on the menu is the chicken schnitzel at R80. The food was comforting, but unexceptional. The service was friendly, but inattentive. Our waiter cleared half the table after the meal and then disappeared. Eventually we had to beg one of the other waiters to bring us the bill. By the time we left, 20 min later, half our plates were still sitting in front of us. This place is definitely just for gullible tourists. However, we may have just been there on a bad day. Perhaps, if it had been a sunny day, we could have had cocktails on the deck, which looked promising.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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