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The Lawns

6 Reviews
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Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, Deli fare, Health food, Light meals, Mediterranean, Modern, Pizzas, Seafood, Steak, Tapas, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0214384347 Opening Hours

Friday to Sunday 9am to 6pm

Menu

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Details

Cost
R150
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, Deli fare, Health food, Light meals, Mediterranean, Modern, Pizzas, Seafood, Steak, Tapas, Vegetarian
Corkage
R150
Cost
R150
Ambience
Bar scene, Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Special occasions, Views
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Beer served, Booking required, Breakfast, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, StreetSmart affliated, Takeaways, Vegetarian

Location and contact

Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Zola Nene

Food
The starter menu has only three options: chicken wings, which were deliciously saucy and come with an option of a peri-peri or bbq dipping sauce; grilled calamari; and grilled halloumi. For larger groups, try the cheese board or charcuterie board to share – the cheese board is very generously portioned and can easily be shared between six people as a starter or nibbles with drinks.

For mains, choose from the chicken or beef burger, which is layered with a patty, cheese, bacon and caramelised onions, and served with a salad or homemade chips. There’s also fish and chips, ribs and a whole roasted free-range chicken from which to choose. Pizzas are thin-based and come with various choices of scant but tasty toppings, such as pulled pork or salami and piquanté peppers. A simple kids’ menu is available with the usual burger, margarita pizza and ribs options.

The dessert options are very limited and include ice cream (strawberry, chocolate or vanilla) served with Hershey’s chocolate sauce or a selection of cakes (chocolate, carrot, cheese or almond).

Drinks
The beverage menu has a good selection of local wines, as well as some imported bubbly on offer. Some of the wines and sparkling wines are available to order by the glass. There’s a wide range of craft and draught beers and ciders available too, and there’s even the option to order bottles in sixes in a bucket. The small cocktail menu options are great; I highly recommend the fruity and refreshing mango daiquiri if you love a tropical frozen cocktail. There’s also a good selection of soft drinks.

Service
The service is quite sporadic, possibly due to the vast area of space. Wait staff take care of a number of large tables so you can be left waiting for long periods of time. While not too well-versed on the menu, waiters are very friendly and are happy to move umbrellas around to give you the best shaded spot.

Ambience
There’s plenty of outdoor seating on wooden tables, with umbrellas to shelter you from the sun. When booking online, there are many options for which area you’d like to sit, which can be confusing if you’re going for the first time. (Pro tip: The area is divided into different decks at different levels. The higher you go, the better your view will be, but the lowest deck means not having to deal with a lot of very steep stairs.) The place is busy and has a fun atmosphere, with different parties going on – prepare to be flanked by a noisy childrens’ party and a raucous bachelorette party. The clientele is an eclectic mix of people that gives the space a fun and relaxed vibe.

Best for…
Sundowner drinks with friends, casual family get-togethers or any casual dining experience with amazing mountain views.

(February 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    High priced fastfood. Hectic wannabe place with friendly but randomizing personell. Claims childfriendly but not even a baby chair. Will change name soon, promise
    See u next time
    I understand that this restaurant is only open for summer season and clearly not catering with "returning customers" in mind... We have been there several times, the setting is awesome, they cater for large tables and kids love running around...The menu mentions the tapas jars can all be take away i ordered a few R65 jars knowing we won't finish them... to be told told at the end of my meal that if i want them take away i have to pay an extra R20/jar, they don't offer an alternative so either you pay R85 each, or you leave it... for a store bought taramasalata and nothing more than a spicy mayonaise, not only they kept it all but they won't see us again!
    I went went to the Rumbullion last week with my mum and it was appalling to say the least. While the setting is marvellous, the food was absolutely horrendous and - worst of all - made one of us sick. We were assured that the orange juice was freshly squeezed when in fact it was not. My mother ordered the open sandwich with mozzarella, basil pesto and sundries tomato. The mozzarella was the rubbery dry type that you use to cook pizza!! I ordered the smoked chicken salad and asked if i could have the mayo on the side. The plate arrived with a bowl of mayo on the side true but the smoked chicken was still drenched in mayo which came straight out of supermarket jar. We will not go back.
    Sadly, my last 2 experiences at Rumbullion (in February) have both been very poor - and after reading the other reviews listed here, it's clear that mine were not just (two) once-off bad experiences, but that there seems to be a serious service/management problem at this restaurant. Young, friendly and eager trainee staff who obviously need a lot of guidance, left to their own devices, standing around with no idea of what they have to do, and no management in sight. It's a lovely setting, the food is fine/adequate, but both recent experiences were ruined by poor service and in the last instance, by an arrogant and unaccommodating manager (when we could finally get hold of him). Also, several broken chairs on the deck under the trees - saw a group of tourists having to play musical chairs, looking for (plastic patio) chairs to sit on that were not broken. Would love to go back before the end of summer, but won't - until these management and services issues have improved.

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