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Italian, European, Contemporary
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

I really don't understand the bad reviews some of these places in Joburg have been receiving - I can only nail it down to some people like to complain. This location is in the Bryanston shopping center and they went above and beyond with service....Our waiter was super friendly and great with recommendations. The outdoor seating area was gorgeous. We were trying to pace ourselves for the night ahead so we ordered a strawberry daiquiri mocktail that was too tasty for its own good. The mushroom sauce gnocchi - phenomenal. The pizza - perfect! Thin crust with just the right about of tomato sauce and cheese + toppings. The duck spring rolls claim to be made like Chinese styled duck. After living in China for 5 years previously, I can say they were pretty dang close with the duck! The dessert was so good I didn't want it to end. Honestly, the reviews that the food here is bad are ridiculous and I'm beginning to think some of them may be just out of malice. I highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023

Poor customer service by the manager Gugu Mashlangu and her team on duty @ 20:00 on 15th June 2023 ...very disappointed the brand needs to up there game like Gimelli and Hussan Grill

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023 via mobile

The service of this place is just out of this world.From the booking to the ending of the night it was an experience worth repeating .The staff is so well trained one will struggle in a similar place.The food is sensational with an attempt to...challenge the palate we had three courses that we had to try so in essence we tried 9 dishes none disappointed.The price point is good given the location and the ambiance!Its a must visit for resident and travellers alike. We tried the chenin andChardonnay,cocktails and they took us on a journey with each course. There venue has a bar attached for game nights which also is worth it if you looking for class on those game nightsMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

We know café del sol since the first restaurant in North riding more than 10 years ago and the cousine has always been excellent at all three restaurants. Unfortunately this is the second time we go and we are disappointed, this time beyond imagination. We...spent most of our time outside as there was a wonderful sunset and come in only to it, olthe outside add rubbish and drinks spilled everywhere, I ordered a pork belly and I didn't finish it as it was to chowy... Cherry on the cake... We came back to our table and it was given to someone else! We got offered to sit somewhere else but no one told us until we came inside. I am afraid some TLC is due and I hope we can come back soon to one of the best Italian restaurants in JozyMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 February 2023

This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and aesthetic but the seafood pasta leaves you disappointed. No seasoning, stodgy pasta, chewy and very limited quantities of seafood. An absolute let down while trying to celebrate a special occasion.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

Setting is very good.. service is up to expectations… the food choices are wide and the Dodd was excellent… salmon carpaccio was wonderful, the Vegan options were great -

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 1 September 2022

Good service without the waitrons hovering, really good food. I found the menu wide enough to cater for most tastes.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 8 February 2022 via mobile

Awesome experience, excellent food, fantastic service from our waitress, Jessy, so proud to take our overseas visitors there today!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 6 January 2022 via mobile

Had the seafood pasta, when I asked about the lack of meat in the mussels I was offered a replacement with equally no meat and undercooked mussels. The manager said that all the mussels are without much meat die to a red tide somewhere! Really?!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2021

Once it was a very good Italien restaurant. Now it lost its soul. The Food isn‘t Italien at all, only the wording of the items on the menu sounds Italien.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 October 2021 via mobile

Cafe Del Sol was great. Service was good and the food was excellent. We enjoyed the array of menu options, and were very happy with all of our choices; though most are priced a little high. A surprising number of items are marked SQ -...which does mean the slightly awkward conversation confirming the price. But apart from that we enjoyed are meal and would happily return.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 8 May 2021

We love Cafe Del Sol in Olivedale, but this? They deserve to close. Three out of four meals were served. Two of them almost cold. No cutlery. Fourth meal arrived eventually then the cutlery. Same with desert, three out of four. Then they wheeled the...rubbish bags through the restaurant!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 April 2021 via mobile

If you've already visited the other Cafes Del Sol, then you will know what to expect. If you haven't, then prepare yourself for a really good upmarket Italian meal. The menu is varied and very well put together. The restaurant itself is very comfortable and...well appointed, with a substantial amount of seating outside. There is also sufficient space between tables. The food is really good. I tend to migrate to the gnocchi with walnuts and gorgonzola cream that is always beautifully prepared. Highly recommended! 👍👍👍👍More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 7 December 2020

We returned after some time and were so impressed with the overall experience on Saturday. From the warm welcome from the management team on arrival, to the attentive service from Chamu our waiter, to the incredibly well presented and tasty meals. The ingredients were so...fresh and the flavors were outstanding! Well done guys, this remains one of the top restaurants in Johannesburg.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

Hello Benji Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We so appreciate your visit and the time you took to write a review for us. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 29 October 2020

First time to Cafe Del Sol on our Date night, was so looking forward to the cuisine but was so disappointed in the Managers attitude and the Food was extremely poor. Floor was filthy, we sat behind a screen with my view being a big...black dustbin! I asked for no garlic in my Risotto which came with white truffle oil which according to the Manager tastes like garlic and that is just the way it is, huge attitude, basically had 4 mouthfuls at an absorbent price that we paid with no apologies or even an offer of a free beverage. I mean if the Chef knows that white truffle oil mimics garlic then surely you had less to satisfy the needs of your customer!!! Will not be back, felt totally ripped off and basically spoilt our evening.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2020

Hello Lauren Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We will address all the issues above with our management. Please would you email me, marketing@cafedelsol.co.za so we can see if we can remedy this situation. We would hate to lose you as a...More

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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4