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R 1 381 - R 4 696
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European, International, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 25 December 2023

Had a great Christmas lunch served by Sibusiso and his colleagues. Thanks a lot for the awesome time with family and friendsMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2024

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for selecting Clico Restaurant to celebrate Christmas with us. It was a magnificent day and we are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself with your family and friends. Our restaurant manager, Sibusiso is an absolute gem and we are blessed to...More

Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

We took the taste menu with wine pairing. Absolute joy! The chef checked on every table after every dish. Service was also impecable. Check the springbock!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2023

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for providing this excellent review and we are thrilled that you appreciated the fabulous food and wine pairing prepared and served by Chef Dario de Angeli and his team. Our team, under the leadership of Chef Dario, take great pride...More

Reviewed 3 November 2023

The food was overpriced and mediocre and the portion sizes were abysmal. I highly regret wasting my money here and definitely will not come back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2023

Dear Valued Guest We are concerned that your experience at Clico Restaurant wasn't to your satisfaction. The Clico team take great pride in offering fabulous food of generous portions and high quality, so it is of concern to us that this was not your experience....More

Reviewed 20 October 2023

This was spectacular. Truly. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. We had a five course meal and it was magnificent. Our waiter, who is also the manager, Mr Sibusiso, was attentive, friendly and a great host! The first meal consisted of salmon deliciousness...followed by a bubble and squeak gribble cake. The starters were rich with flavours and made for a great introduction to this wonderful restaurant. We were then graced with a lovely duck dish, which left me wanting more. The main meal was the main event: pork belly. But when I say it was majestic, I'm failing at words. It was SPECTACULAR! Tart, sweet, salty, crunchy and saucy. I cannot put into words how wonderful this meal was. 10/10 would recommend coming to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2023

Dear Valued Guest We really appreciate that you took the time to provide this incredible review. We thank you, and are thrilled that your experience was excellent. Chef Dario and his team are providing outstanding cuisine and service and we are tremendously proud of their...More

Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Very pleasant, great service but too rushed. Cold plates with the starter, Asian style vegetables prevalent in all courses. Waiter served across diner to serve other guests. Not quite up to 5 star boutique hotel dining.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2023

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for the valuable feedback provided through your review. We have taken this under consideration and will ensure that additional training measures are in place both in the kitchen and with the service team to avoid a recurrence. The Clico Team...More

Reviewed 20 June 2023 via mobile

The most special night. We came here for our anniversary and just had the most amazing time, honestly the most incredible service we have ever received. Thank you so much Sibusiso for making our night so wonderful. We will be back for sure!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2023

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for that amazing feedback! Chef Dario de Angeli and his kitchen team are creating the most delicious food and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your anniversary celebration. The service team led by Sibusiso, are offering wonderful guest experiences...More

Reviewed 4 June 2023

the food was absolutely great props to chefs and team service was good and nice music seems every posh but pizza was a harm embraceMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2023

Dear Valued Guest We are so thrilled that you loved your pizza’s at the newly established 400 Degrees at Clico! Chef Dario has created a more relaxed menu and introduced a totally new offering to Clico through 400 Degrees! The balance of the sophisticated style...More

Reviewed 28 May 2023

Nice cosy setup but not enough parking,takes about 10 cars. They don't have ciders, they could not make any cocktails as there were no ingredients. I'm not a beer person unfortunately. Im black and at first I used racially profile my customers as a waiter....I learnt a hard lesson when my table pointed out how I seemed to be more focused on other tables and didn't treat them the same. The customer still tipped me way over 10% to teach me not make assumptions. Our waiter sadly has the same bias as I had. Having black people should not be reason to lower your service. It was a surprise engagement for our friend and even she was told to hurry up and make a menu selection as the Waiter said he had other tables. When the food arrived everyone got their food and our pizzas were about 15min late. It was awkward as our friends insisted on not eating till our food came. Honestly the food was great. I was disapointed with the parking situation ,lack of ciders or cocktails ,and the service was par at best.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2023

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your review and feedback. We have investigated the matter as we take your comments seriously. Our waiter, Spencer, was extremely concerned about your experience of his service. It wasn’t possible to bring the food out at the same time...More

Reviewed 15 April 2023

My fiancé and I came to Clico for our anniversary and we were blown away! Not only was our 5 course meal absolutely exceptional, our waiter was simply superb! Keep up the fantastic work Sibu!!!! Overall we had a wonderful, enjoyable night.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2023

Dear Value Guest We are so pleased that your anniversary celebration was a great one! Congratulations from the Clico Team! Chef Dario de Angeli is creating exceptional food across the board and your waiter, Sibu, is such an asset. The combination of great food and...More

Reviewed 18 February 2023 via mobile

From the parking the service was impeccable, the security guard remembered me from 5 years ago, the welcome and ambiance was amazing. The food was amazing and the service is 5 star .More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2023

Dear Valued Guest We are thrilled that you enjoyed the birthday celebration at Clico Restaurant! Our aim at Clico is to create special memories for our guests by offering an unforgettable experience – starting with a warm welcome, to the food, the ambiance, and the...More

Reviewed 3 January 2023 via mobile

Nicely located restaurant with solid menu on the food. The interior is bit boring and dark. Furthermore the dishes deserve a much better winelist than what the restaurant has to offer. Staff is friendly but could be bit more knowledgable about what the serve and...explain bit more. All in all a nice restaurant with solid quality but no WoW experienceMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2023

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your review and the constructive feedback provided therein. We are hoping that you’ll come back and see whether that WoW experience is on offer. Chef Dario de Angeli recently joined Clico and has created an incredible menu and upgraded...More

Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

Wow! The food here is amazing and we actually booked two additional nights in this really pleasant hotel just to try some other dishes. The warm Mediterranean salad mimicking a spaghetti amatriciana blew me away. Chef Dario is the bomb. This is a meal you...will not forget. If you are staying at the hotel, the breakfast is incredible as well. Highly recommend both the restaurant and hotel.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Jeanette Schwegman, General Manager at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2022

Dear Valued Guest What a delight to read your review and most importantly of the amazing experience you enjoyed at Clico Restaurant as well as the Hotel. It seems the hotel provided a platform for fabulous dining which thrills us! We appreciate the support and...More

Reviewed 30 November 2022

We had dinner at Clico last week, and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. New chef Dario was great, and we enjoyed his regular presence in the dining room. Clico offer wines paired with each dish by the glass (or in one case a whisky that was...paired with the springbok loin), and we all agreed that the pairings were spot on. This is a great way for each diner to enjoy the "right" wine for their dish, rather than splitting a bottle that may not be ideal with some of the meals. We opted not to go for a tasting menu, but to each order a preferred dish and taste all of the meals. As it turned out, I was sorry that we'd agreed to share our meals, because I wanted the pork belly with waisabi mash all to myself! But the upside was that I also got to taste the springbok loin (which was beautifully cooked, and really tender) and the seafood tortellini (delicious!) which my husband and friend had ordered. For dessert, I had the berries and meringue - which was delicious and a large portion! So I was happy to share this one .... :) I also had a taste of the chocolate dessert that my husband ordered, and that was equally yummy. Overall, the meal was great and we had an amazing evening. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Jeanette Schwegman, General Manager at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2022

Dear Valued Guest The Clico Team, under the leadership of Chef Dario de Angeli, are so pleased with your review. Thank you for taking the time to provide this to us. We appreciate the detailed feedback and that you valued the interactions with Chef Dario...More

Reviewed 10 September 2022 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel so tried their resturant as well. Has charming and art setting. Nice table by the window. Small menu to choose from but still ok, i had the sea bass grilled which was the catch if the day, as starter the...tandori chicken salad and was the dessert we shared the malva pudding with ice. Very tasty and nicely prepared food, well presented and good service. Along a good pinotage. The price is higher then usual for the two of us with the wine 1300 rand, but was a nice dinner.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Jeanette S, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2022

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for the review shared. We are so pleased that you decided to enjoy a meal at Clico whilst staying at the hotel. The Clico team were thrilled to receive such positive feedback. We thank you for your support. Regards

Reviewed 20 August 2022

I am writing to complain about a dinner I attended at the Clico restaurant. These are the issues that I experienced that evening. Parking - We were a group that came in three cars, I have been driving for 20 years and have never battled...like I did to get into a parking space, in total there were 5 cars in the parking lot and it was near impossible to get in or out and no alternative was offered when I complained to the security guard who instructed me where to park. The menus were given to us, they were tattered and damaged, my menu had a wine stain on it which did not come from me as I do not drink wine. The paper was damaged and the ink used to print it was faded and barely legible. We were one table of 7 and there was another table of 3 sitting in the dining room. I do not understand with 10 guests for dinner how one starter and one main course were not available to order. I find it laughable with such a small menu that items were not available. The breadboard came out after the waiter had explained what everything was again there was an item missing from the description given by the waiter, there were two breadboards brought out with 7 pieces of bread and three quenells of butter of which not of the butter was flavoured as decribed. The lavash was stale as were the bread rolls. The starters were mediocre at best, I had the springbok carpaccio was served with pear slices that had a coating of caramelised sugar on it, The greens were wilted and inedible. The chicken livers had not been cleaned correctly and the eggplant roll with mozzarella was cold in the centre with undercooked eggplant and crunchy hard lentils. The ricotta and watermelon was definitely not how it was described in the menu The main courses where it really went downhill, I am sorry for R250+ a main course the standard of food was pathetic. The jerk chicken, I think this was absolutely disgusting, there was no jerk spice to the chicken, the orzo was completely overcooked and under seasoned and the best was that as it was described being a baby jerk chicken and not half a baby jerk chicken. The mushroom risotto was disgusting, again completely overcooked and mush, I tried to find a mushroom but could not and again for the price what was served was unacceptable and garnished with the same horrible red and green shards that were used on the bread plates. The line fish was yet another joke, how can you call kingklip line fish? Line fishing in South Africa is defined as the capture of fish with hook and line (maximum of 10 hooks per line) but excludes the use of set pelagic or demersal longlines. The vegetable curry was probably the only semi-edible dish served, I understand what crisp vegetables are but maybe state in the menu description that the vegetables are raw and served in a curry sauce, again the rice it was served with was overcooked and the sambals were pathetic, The smaller issues were my water glass had a chip, my butter knife and mains knife had fingerprints on them not to mention the knife having a bent tip, the napkin was stained and the table cloth was old and had holes in it. I am sorry but for the prices you charge and for what was received I found the standard and quality extremely lacking in every single aspect of what was supposed to be a birthday celebration. This has been the furthest from 5-star as possible. Perhaps spend less time on writing fancy menus and rather get the basics and fundamentals right. And before you think I do not know what I am talking about I was group executive chef of three 5 Star lodges where if something like this had happened I would hang my head in absolute shame, your location does not justify the prices as there are much finer dining experiences that cost less money with ten times the quality and standards. The only positive in the whole experience was our service was great, I will personally not recommend your establishment and I will not return.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Jeanette S, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2022

Dear Valued Guest It was with regret that we received your feedback via email and through this review. Our team investigated each point you raised and have implemented various measures to address the issues you identified. Our recently hired Executive Chef and our new Restaurant...More

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Voyager14139827278
8 October 2020|
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Response from GMClicoHotel | Property representative |
Good day, We do allow cakes to be brought in as part of a group booking with us. On the condition that at least a 2 course menu is chosen chosen with 1 course being a dessert then the surcharge is R15 per person to bring... More
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Please feel free to email us (see details on our website) and advise if you are wanting to arrange a function or a normal / standard dinner reservation. If you indicate how many guests you are looking to book for, our... More
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Response from GMClicoHotel | Property representative |
Hi Zama, Of course you may. Please call us on 011 252 3300 with more details or you can visit our website and make an online booking for the restaurant directly. We look forward to welcoming you to Clico!
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Clico Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4