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Food and ambience

Italian, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
Cafe del Sol Botanico When the seed of Cafe del Sol was planted many years ago, we nourished, nurtured and tended it with love and pride. As Cafe del Sol grew and blossomed, we, and our guests, grew with it. From the fruit of Cafe del Sol, a new seed took root - Cafe del Sol Botanico. Here, surrounded by the vivid colours and secret language of plants, we celebrate that great healer and teacher - Nature. Here, we celebrate the delightful blend of fine food and fine company. Here, we welcome you and yours - for you are ours too.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, European, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

This was our favorite place. We came last vday & loved it & been back several times. After last night I won't be ever coming back. We were in the green house. Connected to the pub where there was an event. No problem they told...us on arrival about that. What was a problem Is the consistent up and down. See they used that door to take food in and out. But that door was supposed to be locked so was always a 5 min event of knocking & raising voices to get inside. After the 3rd instance I complained to our waitor. The lady who had been taking the food up and down came to apologize & said they're locking up so not to worry. 5 minutes later the photographers from the event decide to reverse park their pickup right by our table. They demand door to be opened and fling it open onto our table. After 3 more minutes they turn to say oh we don't mind. I don't pay 500r to expect that service. I told the manager whose only reply was sorry please sit inside. ABSOLUTELY ridiculous. Never ever again.More

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

We apologise for what transpired. It is always a bit tricky when the bar affects the restaurant patrons and we understand your frustrations. We would love to see if we can remedy your experience, please email me marketing@cafedelsol.co.za we would love to be able to...More

Reviewed 12 February 2020

Recommended by friends, we had a lovely meal. Decor great. Restaurant was busy and service was great. Stuffed calamari was tasty but personally found the stuffing too over powering. Lamb cutlets were a little tough

Date of visit: February 2020
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Hello Christie Thanks for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will take it into consideration. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 1 February 2020 via mobile

Had an excellent meal here. The food was excellent and service so friendly and good. It is pricey, but so worth it

Date of visit: February 2020
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Hello Chris Thanks so much for your review. We appreciate your taking the time to write a 5 star review for us. We hope we see you soon.

Reviewed 25 January 2020

It was almost a good experience with glaring issues. Firstly, I booked a table for 8pm and we ended up waiting over half an hour for our table. Next, we ordered food and waited so long between starters and mains that we actually just wanted...to go home. The waiter interrupted our meal for us to order dessert before the kitchen closed which just wasn't on. Thoroughly unimpressed after they made us wait so long. The food was so average and our dessert, the chocolate fondant, was basically cake batter. It was just a thoroughly underwhelming experience and all the manager had to say was that she's sorry they're swamped but like month end happens every month. Please just plan better omg.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Hello there. We apologise that your experience was underwhelming, we strive for it to be the opposite and for you to leave happy. I will address all points raised with my team. Please give us a chance and visit us again.

Reviewed 19 January 2020

The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance and the staff was first class. We dined yesterday and quite late by South African standards (9pm) so last to leave but the staff were so lovely. My husband had a steak and I had salmon after sharing stuffed...calamari. All perfectly cooked and presented. We had a lovely bottle of red South African wine - a truly lovely evening. Thank you.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Hello and thank you so much for your 5 star review. We so appreciate it and we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 14 December 2019

We had a long... lunch, great atmosphere, delicious food, wonderful service and great company was the order of the day. We ordered little nibbles to share for starters, then we had various plates for main, the RISOTTO is to die for. I will be back.

Date of visit: December 2019
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Hello there and thanks for your amazing review. Risotto is our speciality and we make it just the way Mamma taught us. Thanks again and we hope you visit us again soon.

Reviewed 11 December 2019 via mobile

Birthday dinner with family and friends. Service was good the food and presentation was excellent. We will be back again soon

Date of visit: December 2019
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cafedelsolsa, Owner at Cafe Del Sol Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Hello Candice Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review for us. We appreciate it greatly. Hope to see you again soon.

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