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Grand Africa Cafe & Beach (Granger Bay)

Grand Africa Cafe & Beach (Granger Bay)
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Italian, Modern, Pizzas
Payment
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500

Critic's review

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Food 
Located in a secluded cove from the main road on Granger Bay, an artificially created beach with reclaimed sea sand and an abandoned warehouse pair up to offer you one of Cape Town’s most popular beach-dining experiences. Grand Café and Beach can seat up to 1000 people and is wildly popular in summer for sundowners, boozy weekend lunches, birthday parties and as a wedding venue. The crowd is mixed – from those just out of college to families with small children. The pizzas and cocktails are perennially popular, and the views over Granger Bay are simply beautiful. Here you have the opportunity to dip your toes into the sand, sit under an umbrella and dream your cares away.

Locals often complain about the prices, but the food is pretty good, considering how busy it gets at peak times. The wood-fired pizzas are a great option with thin bases and a variety of toppings, from the simple to more filling fare; firm favourites include the Parma ham pizza as well as the seafood variation. There is something quite lovely about eating seafood at the beach (even if it is an artificial one) and they offer ample variety. Opt for the mussels and frite or the linefish when in stock. Large snack platters or steak Béarnaise make for meatier options.

Service
Service is friendly but slow, especially when there are large groups, so get your orders in early. You may find yourself ordering a refill with a barman because your waiter is nowhere to be found.

Drinks
The cocktails are the most popular on the menu. A good selection of wines and beers complete the trendy beach bar vibe.

Ambience
On par with the swankiest beach bar restaurants on the Côte d'Azur, the crowd is distinctly worldly and upmarket, but the vibe is relaxed. Paris bistro chairs and a luxuriously decorated indoor industrial space make up the chic décor.

And…
The warehouse shop sells a variety of items, from expensive perfumed candles and jewellery to designer swimming trunks, if you’ve forgotten yours.

(July 2014)

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  • Food
    The crispy, thin-crusted pizzas with a range of simple toppings are baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. These are the perennial favourite amongst patrons. Other bistro hits include the perfectly seared steak with béarnaise sauce, mussels with chips, and succulent sugared salmon – all served with a choice of pommes frites, mash and seasonal veggies.

    Wine
    A selection to please most palates. However, it’s the cocktails – ranging from the Ginger Rogers to Old Fashioned – that draw the crowds.

    Service
    Sociable and friendly, but very slow once the place fills up.

    Ambience
    You could hardly ask for a better setting in summertime. Step off the veranda onto sea sand and take in the view of Granger Bay.

    And...
    Those in the mood for the glitz of Victoria Road should stop by the Camps Bay branch. (AK, October 2011)

User reviews

  • Poor service and dirty! This place could be a total gem but instead it has lackluster service, its food is of poor quality ( A pizza for R95.00) with yellow process cheese. I mean you could at least buy fake mozzarella! Service was pathetic to say the least. To get our bill we had to ask 5 time's and 45 minutes later it still did not arrive. We left your establishment with out paying, your staff did not even try and stop us. However in doing the right thing we did go back and did pay our own calculation after your staff could still not produce a bill. Did that money just end up in a staff members back pocket? Good luck with your future is seem rather dim to me!
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  • Spectacular location with a view of Table bay. Very relaxed atmosphere, take off your shoes and your feet in the sea sand! The food is superb, try the pizza, long instead of round. Service was superb, I have been there more than once & I will definitely be back.
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  • Absolutely appalling experience at the Grand this past Monday. I had booked a large table of 11 which included some overseas visitors and was left very embarrassed at what was a shocking experience from start to end. The tables were sticky and dirty and the menus were torn with wine stains and encrusted food in them. After twice requesting that the tables be wiped clean, I went to find a manager to complain. We eventually received tablecloths and a new set of menus that quite frankly were as bad as the first set. The service was patchy at best and the food mediocre. After the meal we requested coffees and were told that the coffee machine was broken and hence no coffees could be provided. There was no evidence of any management on the floor and the crowning moment was when a table walked in with a Great Dane dog who proceeded to walk up to the table adjoining ours and relieve himself on the table and chair legs. Frankly, I will never return. It is terribly disappointing for Cape Town when places such as these become this shoddy.
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  • We hoped for a relaxed birthday dinner with the family but ended up leaving in a bad mood. The mains were served to the wrong people ( meat cooked to different preferences). All the meals were tepid and mediocre and I didn't receive mine as it was forgotten. Everyone had to start eating without me. Mine came much later. We were outside on the sand but instead of breathing fresh sea air we were surrounded by smokers, which I believe is against the law. Sweetner and ketchup were asked for, from more than one waiter, but as it took so long we all felt frustrated. We were offered fruit or coffee as an apology for the delayed meal. Both were declined and a request for my late meal to be taken off the bill was agreed upon until we learned that the waiter would have to pay for it. We did not want this to happen so we offered to pay the bill in full. The last time we visited the resturant the service was the same but we decided to give it a second chance. They failed miserably
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  • Took our managers for dinner at this venue, although the setting is amazing, that's all it has going for it. The service was poor, I had to keep getting up to find a waiter. We sat outside on the sand, which would have been nice if the wind wasn't blowing gale force. Even though tables became available on the deck, no one approached us to offer to move us, even though everything was being blown everywhere, including umbrellas and chairs and they could see we were struggling. We arrived at 6.30 and our starters eventually arrived at 9pm, our main course by 10.30pm. I chose the chicken, which was dry, cold and unappetizing. The 'roast root vegetables, chickpeas and apple slaw' side was delivered as a cup of cold, roast cauliflower (root vegetable??) and obviously shop-bought coleslaw. Embarrassing for us to have taken our management team there, we kept apologizing on their behalf as they never did. Overpriced and underwhelming, will not be back.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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