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R 956 - R 3 822
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International, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Asian
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Reviewed 5 October 2023

Staff extremely unfriendly, have to call to get served and staff roll their eyes at you. Don’t waste your money. Rather go to Oscars just around the corner 👍

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023

The most disappointing meal ever. Restaurant with excellent reviews so we thought we would give it a try. What a disappointment! There were only a few patrons in the restaurant which is why there can be no excuse for the bad food prepared. The Waitress...was friendly. We went to the venue for lunch and had enjoyable starters. However the mains ordered took well over an hour to come. I order the line fish which was Dorado a normally a great fish to eat soft and tender. The fish was so overdone and dry that I could not even pull the fish apart it was so tough. I am sure the smell that I was smelling while waiting for my food was my fish left burning on the grill. It was the worse then a dry piece of beef that had been grilled for 30 minutes. My friends ordered ribs that were still raw and tasteless. Not to mention the Steak that was supposed to be medium rare come well done and there was no sign Chimichurri that consisted of a little melted blob of butter with 3 pieces of garlic. The chicken wrapped in Bacon was so dry even though it was wrapped bacon. The street vendors could produce a better meal on the sidewalk with a old trolley and bag of charcoal. When you complain and point out to the staff the disgusting meal there was no sign of managers and all you get offered is a free drink but expected to pay R1200.00. No one manager come forward to address the issue with no management in sight. SHAME ON YOU.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Henri Martens, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2023

Good day, Thank you for your feedback and I will investigate exactly what happened with the food and why it was not up to our usual standard. We do know we are not perfect and will always rectify the situation if we have all the...More

Reviewed 18 June 2023

The FOOD! The STAFF! Everything was mind blowing. Our waitress was Sthabile who was so friendly & is one of the reasons why I will definitely be coming back soon. The food is so delicious & very reasonable with very big portions. My niece is...a book worm so she had fun with all the books on display! :)More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Henri Martens, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2023

Thank you for the amazing review and feedback. We really love to hear this and the staff are always greatful. See you again soon! Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 6 June 2023

Lovely restaurant. Food is good. I have been a few time and most recently had the BEST lasagne. I will be back for that. Good service, plenty of free parking right there. They have a wonderful book swopping arrangement for any fiction or non-fiction book...in a SA language. The book collection adds to the Lovely atmsphere. Lighting pretty too. I personally wasn't mad about the white house wine, so would choose from the wine list in future.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Henri Martens, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2023

Thank you for the lovey review Sunshine15066621408. So glad you enjoyed the lasagna and will work on the house wine, we are better known for our wine list with a few great changes coming up in the near future :) See you soon! Regards, The...More

Reviewed 3 May 2023 via mobile

Second visit here, enjoyed the food both times. This time my friend and I did a tapas selection to share. Everything was tasty and fresh. Service was friendly.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Henri Martens, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2023

Thank you for the great review trishb2133, We really appreciate it and look forward to having you back soon! Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 23 September 2022 via mobile

Went for lunch on my own, sat down ordered a drink, looked at the menu... nothing stood out so asked the waiter for his recommendations, he suggested the porkbelly dish with potato gnocchi and apple jus and apple puree. I took his recommendation , when...it arrived I couldn't see any gnocchi but rather croquette potato as it was deep fried, no apple just only apple sauce which looked like the sauce from a jar and the pork itself lacked flavor and seasoning. I did eat the dish because I like croquette potato and the pork with the apple sauce was okay and I hate wasting food. Service was average nothing outstanding. Atmosphere was also okay it didn't go with the name library, and the food is certainly not bistro style. Probably won't go back there with many better options available in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2022

Good day stephenmylroie, We are sorry you felt underwhelmed and we wish you could have given us feedback on the day in person. Everything you ate is made inhouse, from our gnocchi, to apple cider jus. Our pork belly is roasted with coffee beans, albeit...More

Reviewed 8 September 2022

Professional staff our needs were well tended to by our waiter Charles . The food was excellent would recommend.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 31 March 2022

Food excellent! Service exceptional from Zara! We will be back again. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Date of visit: March 2022
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2022

Thank you for the excellent review Ovz_1961. We always appreciate when people love what we do and we will let Zara know she did and awesome job looking after you :) Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 10 March 2022

Excellent meals that were beautifully presented. The atmosphere was great and we loved the idea of combining the restaurant with a book exchange. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: March 2022
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2022

Thank you for the excellent review GritnGrace, See you again soon :) Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 27 January 2022

Excellent meals only bettered by the incredible service we received from Tinashe and Nosipho. We love coming here!

Date of visit: January 2022
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2022

Thanks for the excellent review and for showing appreciation to Tinashe and Nosipho. See you again soon :) regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 5 January 2022 via mobile

The service was quite attentive drinks arrived swiftly however the food took a very long time to arrive. When I questioned the waiter he said it was the chicken burger that was taking long to cook. When the food arrived my fish arrived without the...tartare sauce, this arrived acwhile later. The tartar sauce was sweet and was made with finely grated carrot, cucumber and onion in a sloppy white liquid. The fish was tasty however the tail was a bit overcooked and the thick part a little undercooked. My wife said her burger was fair but she would not return as there are other spot in hillcrest who do a far better burger. I must agree the place was not busy not even half full yet it took more than 40min for the kitchen to produce two simple dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 14 December 2021

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, enjoyed a grazing board with a selection of tapas, everything tasted great from the marinated olives to the tempura calamari, the lamb cigars were so good that we had to order another one!

Date of visit: December 2021
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2021

Thank you for the lovely review Nirene. So glad you enjoyed everything :) See you soon for some more Lamb Cigars ;) Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 13 December 2021

This was our first visit, and we really enjoyed it. We shared a selection of tapas dishes - Fish Goujons, Springrolls, Money Bags, Calamari and fabulous Pork Belly Skewers. Large portions nicely presented. Prompt efficient and friendly service. We will definitely be back

Date of visit: December 2021
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2021

Hi Hugh, Thank you for your fabulous feedback, so glad you enjoyed and see you soon. Please let us know where we can improve and mail us @ hello@thelibrarybistro.co.za. Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 2 April 2021

Thanks for being my second office, where I can get work done, meet clients, colleagues, friends. I love the fabulous fusion food - every meal has been an event. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, quick to recommend daily specials and the service is...excellent. From the fussiest vegetarian (me), who is crazy about the 3 cheese open sandwich - simply AMAZING!! - to the carnivores (Hans, my hubby, who is always delighted with his meals). Thank you team.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2021

Hi Deborah, Thank you for the great and awesome review. Cannot wait to see you again as I am sure yo have been here a few times between the response :) Regards, The Library Team

Reviewed 22 March 2021 via mobile

Stumbled across this place and will be back. Amazing selection great cocktails and really friendly staff.100% will be back

Date of visit: March 2021
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The Library Bistro, Owner at The Library Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2021

@Mattwilcra Please help us spread the word and we hope to see you with us again one evening :) Regards, The Library Team

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The Library Bistro and Wine Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5