The Blue Crane (Pretoria)

6 Reviews
African, Bistro fare, Light meals, Modern, Steak
Phone Number 0124607615 Opening Hours

Mondays 7.30am to 3pm; Tuesday to Friday 7.30am to 10pm; Saturday 9am to 10pm; Sunday 9am to 3pm


Menu - Breakfast A La Carte Menu - Updated July 2019 Lunch & Dinner A La Carte Menu - Updated July 2019


R150 avg main meal
African, Bistro fare, Light meals, Modern, Steak
R65 for white, red, champagne and sparkling wine; R130 Magnums
R150 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Child friendly, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Smoking, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Isiguzoro Onyeoziri

Start off with snails in a demi-glaze sauce, served with puff pastry and a tomato and onion salsa. The salsa makes for better appreciation of the texture and taste of the snails. There is an interesting selection of traditional dishes on the menu, including slow cooked oxtail in a red wine sauce, Cape Malay lamb curry served with basmati rice, and pap and wors served with a tomato and onion relish (what is South Africa without pap after all!). Lamb, pork, poultry, seafood, and venison are all available options on the menu. The deep-fried hake is of a sizeable portion, and is served with steamed green vegetables, tartare sauce and rice, chips or baby potatoes. The hake is deep fried to perfection, with a firm texture that deliciously falls apart in the mouth. Drizzle some juice from the fresh lemon slice that accompanies it on the hake, generously lather with the tartare sauce, and you get a wonderful, zesty tingling of your taste buds. The baby potatoes make for a worthy accompaniment to the hake. Its firm texture complements the texture of the fish, and allows you to chow down firmly, releasing more flavor and juices from the food. There are no desserts listed on the menu here. However, there is a selection of dessert and fortified wines to choose from, including the Bon Courage Late Harvest Weisser Reisling and the De Krans Pink NV.

There is the expected selection of coffees, teas, iced teas, milkshakes and fruit juices on offer. There limited options of craft beers, gins, and spirits. However, the wine list is impressively very extensive, featuring several grape varieties. Champagne (from Champagne, France no less), and aged whiskies are also available options.
The staff are friendly and welcoming from the moment you step through the arched doorway, and companionably show you to a table of your choosing. The food presentation needs to be immediately improved upon. An African proverb says that “the eyes eat first”, and this is should guide food presentation, as it would heighten expectation, and result in a better satisfied patron.

This is one of those few places where the ambience can be whatever you want to make it. It has different sitting areas, and so you can flit between spaces and different crowds.

Best for...
Relaxing over good food next to nature.



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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Beautiful bird sanctuary...friendly and helpfull staff, that goes the extra mile. Tasteful just very expensive...
    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.
    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.

    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.

    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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