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777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard | Emerald Resort & Casino, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
+27 16 982 8005
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Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Over cooked and possibly old food. At 175 rand per person it was a rip off. Stew was tasteless and carvery dry.

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pretoria
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I went to Ubuntu restaurant at Emerald casino for Easter buffet lunch. We were told u pay upfront before we could even sit. The table setting disappointing as it did not have all the cutlery and napkins. The food was terrible as we enjoyed nothing there except the desert menu. The chicken curry Was awfully smelling ,they... More 

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Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello melodymanyaka Thank you for your review. I apologise for your unpleasant experience at our Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant. I would like to make contact with you in person so that this review can be discussed and have sent you a private message asking for your contact details. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

It is quite a mission to get a booking here, even though it wasn't busy when we went. The buffet is nice, a few different items compared to what I have had at a buffet before, including pizza. The layout means it can get congested but the presentation of the food is top class. They freshly make stir-fry according to... More 

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Thank zbrentano
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello zbrentano Thank you for the review and rating Ubuntu Buffet so highly on TripAdvisor. In order to constantly evaluate our property and staff, your comments are appreciated. The restaurant, with its many buffet stations, is designed to offer you a unique food experience and I'm pleased that you found value for your money. In terms of the cost of... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Large variety of starters /salads... Hot meals also good....No Fish Dishes which is disappointing. I enquired about the fish and was told only fishcakes at salad station were available. Good chicken stir fry. Lots of variety at the desert station. Waffles are to die for. Overall food tasty...we availed of the 50% off Wednesday evenings which us great value for... More 

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Thank NAZ312578
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello NAZ312578 Thank you for your review and rating Ubuntu Buffet the maximum 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Thank you too for the favourable comments. I'm pleased that you enjoyed our menu so much. Wednesday's are definitely a sure way to maximise eating out and even without the special we know that we satisfy all food tastes and are always good... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I previously had a nasty experience and was invited to re-visit the facility on the 14-01-2017. I was amazed by the service rendered and the special treatment from Monica, a waitress at Ubuntu. Well done and I will see you soon. The trip was worth the effort and I was surprisingly impressed with the entire afternoon. The atmosphere in the... More 

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Thank theom238
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello theom238 Thank you for that wonderful feedback and for giving us a second chance. I’m so pleased that you noticed such a great improvement and we will make sure that Monica knows what a large part she had to play in making your visit special. Perhaps lady luck will be on your side when you join us again. See... More 

Vereeniging, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 13 December 2016

First of all we booked a table two days in advance only to get there and have to stand around looking all pitiful as there weren't tables available as the place was packed to the rafters, and we were eventually given seating at some dark corner next to the meat buffet. talking about the buffet there is a reason its... More 

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Thank MakLove
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello MakLove Thank you for your review. Your comments and feedback are appreciated. I apologise that your experience did not match your expectations and that your table was not ready. This is certainly not the usual service and buffet normally on offer. Ubuntu Buffet prides itself on offering a wide selection of food that caters to everyone's taste. I'm disappointed... More 

Vereeniging, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The whole experience started when we made the booking, the lady on the phone was not really interested in our booking not taking any of our details, then we get to the restaurant, the music was far too loud, had to wait at least 15min for a waiter to take our drinks orders, then after that we maybe saw our... More 

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Thank SJsmith27
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello SJsmith27 Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback and apologise that your experience did not match your expectations. This is certainly not the usual service and buffet normally on offer. May I ask that you make contact with me the next time that you visit so that we may discuss this further? More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Hi, for the second time we have been extremely disappointed in this restaurant we went again this week the dishes was so oily had to try and clean them with serviettes but not much help ( do you not have very hot water) again the food was ice cold all of it the carvery the vegetables all was ice cold... More 

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Thank Drienie V
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Drienie V Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback and apologise that your experience did not match your expectations. As cleanliness is a priority across the entire Resort, your review concerns me and I will immediately address this with the staff. If I may ask, should you experience anything at the Resort that is not up to... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 3 October 2016

The buffet did not cater for someone who does not eat beef or pork.The chicken at the carvery was finished by 07:15pm.More chicken was prepared that was deep fried in oil and undercooked and was served at 08:30pm. The head chef's comment to the lack of variety was the crowd was unexpected. The dessert display was poor and misleading.

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Thank ashinasarawan
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello ashinasarawan Thank you for your review. Your comments and feedback are appreciated. Please accept our apologies. Ubuntu Buffet does indeed cater for all dietary requirements so I’m disappointed that you were not provided with other alternatives sooner. I will discuss the poor quality of food and timelines of replacing finished dishes with the chef and management. More 

Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

This place doesn't know how to manage bookings and queues. By the time you sit to eat you are so bloated from fighting to go in and get a table!

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Thank L_Zul
Laurent P, Manager at Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello L_Zul Please accept our apologies for your poor experience at Ubuntu Buffet. We will investigate internally to see where the delays in service were and see where the process can be more streamlined. It is certainly not the experience we like our customers to have and hope that you will try the restaurant again as the food is certainly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3,5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3,5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
African, Mediterranean, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard | Emerald Resort & Casino, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Vanderbijlpark
  • Phone Number: +27 16 982 8005
Description
Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant is designed to offer visitors a unique food experience. The restaurant boasts a private dining area, ideal for parties or corporate lunches. Families are welcome. A separate bar lounge is available to people over 18. The restaurant can seat 350 people. With a scrumptious menu, sure to satisfy all tastes, comprises of salads, entrees, homemade breads, hot dishes, roasts, vegetable dishes, sauces, a la minute section, traditional section and dessert station.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?