Basic Bistro is a cosy restaurant right in the heart of Stellenbosch. They have been making locals and strangers feel at home for many years, with a dedicated focus on using quality ingredients to prepare all meals while setting a comfortable and intimate atmosphere for their guests.
Our favorite hamburger in Stellenbosch.
I had the Italian meltzer and my friend the chicken curry, we had a bottle of the guardian peak wine to accompany our meal.
The basic bistro is always full and thus very vibey for a nice casual meal with friends/family. The service is good and we enjoyed our meals.
I would recommend this spot.
Janine van Zyl
Over time this cosy little place has become our favourite restaurant in the wider area. It is not only the excellent food from starters right through to desserts but also the coffee & drinks are arguably the best you can wish for because they know how to make it properly.
The menu is extensive but we opted for Burgers, and without doubt agreed they were probably the best burgers we had ever eaten, they were moist, delicious and perfectly cooked
The salad that came with the burger was fresh and delicious, and the fries exceptional
It is a joy to sit there and watch the rest of the world go by.
The restaurant is "basic" provincial in terms of character indeed - as the humble name indicates - but don't let it fool you because it has an attractive & pleasant ambiance and the delightful staff and service, better than what you find in many "multi star" establishments in the area. From regular locals to foreign visitors, we have only ever heard compliments.
I join those who have voted this little place as highly recommended....and yes, maybe best to make booking before hand if you go there for supper, as it does get busy!
I decided on taking my girlfriend out for a nice relaxing and unpretentious dinner. Basic Bistro seemed to be the perfect choice as she even suggested paying for the dessert!
The atmosphere was great - as it always is. The service on the evening was superb. The waitress was friendly and professional. She had a good sense of wine knowledge too.
Food was absolutely amazing. At Basic Bistro, you as a guest, really get your money's worth.
Thank you for a lovely evening. We'll be seeing you again soon!
I honestly wanted to write a good review about Basic as most of our friends are extremely loyal Basic customers and to them it's like a second home.
Unfortunately after Friday evening's experience I can't agree. Both our meals were extremely disappointing. I admit, I did order a special - which is always a bit of a gamble. This particular special is a Burger and Beer for R68-00. Yes, a bargain of course, but when you order a burger, you don't expect the beef patty to be so small your meal basically (no pun intended) consisted of a roll. Because that was pretty the burger. The only other extra was a bit of onion marmalade. No trace of anything green, no salad, no leaf in sight. There were however, a large amount of crisps with balsamic vinegar drizzled over.
I do realise that there's a trend to serve burgers mostly semi-raw and I've learnt to live with it. In this case, a severe stomach ache for 24 hours after wasn't what I was expecting. It could be just coincidence, but from now on I'm steering clear of all burgers prepared in restaurants.
My better half ordered the Dukkah chicken pasta which tasted nice and creamy. We were expecting more of a dukkah flavour, but instead there was just a sprinkling of dukkah on top. For R72-00 one expects a bit more.
Basic has a lovely setting with a great atmosphere. If only the food would live up to it. Sorry guys, for now I'll just walk past a try one of Church street's other restaurants.