Café del Sol Botanico

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Italian, Pizzas
Phone Number 0114630207 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

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R120 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Italian, Pizzas
R80 wine; R160 sparkling; local wine R120; imported wine R350 (max 3 bottles)
R120 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Alfresco, Beer served, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Paddi Clay

You’ll find both classic and innovative Italian dishes using fresh ingredients at this glamorous offshoot of the original family-run Café del Sol in Olivedale.


Start with crisp, deep-fried squid heads with a dipping dish of garlic, chive and lime-flavoured mayonnaise, or an unusual beetroot carpaccio made of thinly sliced beetroot enlivened with strawberry, orange and pomegranate, and a creamy touch of gorgonzola.

Pastas on offer include a black taglioni di seppia with a seafood sauce made of sparkling wine, fennel, cream, fresh prawns, mussels and calamari. Pizzas include a winning combo of butternut and goat cheese, and a simple porcini and pea risotto – a dish used to test MasterChef contenders – will impress with its depth of flavour. For a pricier, meaty main, try beef Wellington, perfectly pink inside golden-brown pastry and accompanied by a mini Le Creuset pot of herbed mash and a dish of gleaming red wine gravy.

Ice creams are home-made and feature flavours such as crème brûlée, peanut butter, salted caramel, and raspberry and rose water. Or experience la dolce vita with a dessert dish of sticky pavlova meringue served with cream, seasonal berries and a berry coulis.


For an Italian restaurant, the drinks menu is unusually large. It includes a multitude of whiskeys of different origin, craft beers, a 40-strong gin selection as well as a variety of Italian grappas and wines alongside local labels.


A large complement of conscientious, professional staff.


Botanical prints, a cascade of greenery, giant vases filled with blooms and leaves, mirrors and two walls of windows give the restaurant the light-filled, airy feel of a conservatory. Comfortable banquettes surrounding tables for six line the walls.

Best for…

Sundowners, romantic meals for two, casual dining with friends, working lunches and family celebrations.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
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    Always delicious food and warm and wonderful service.
    Extremely disappointed. Given that I consider this a high end restaurant it was unacceptable that they couldn't manage the impact of the sudden cold snap. First off, seating people in what would normally be the outside area without ensuring that there was gas available for their heaters was a mistake. Relying on the small overhead heaters to compensate for a bitterly cold wind whistling through gaps in the doors and windows was just not thought through. The management and staff seemed to be unable to make a decision or plan to organise gas or alternative arrangements. We requested blankets or something that would have made things at least bearable but after nearly 45 minutes of staff just faffing around we decided to leave. I won't be in a hurry to return as we were extremely disappointed by the service and lack of professionalism.
    Lungie was fantastic and every time we come it’s spot on. Congrats to your whole team. Best pizza I have had in years.

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