Serendipity Restaurant

Serendipity Restaurant

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Hours
Mon
18:30 - 22:30
Tue
18:30 - 22:30
Wed
18:30 - 22:30
Thu
18:30 - 22:30
Fri
18:30 - 22:30
Sat
18:30 - 22:30
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Ratings and reviews
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
African
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
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Is this restaurant good for local cuisine?
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles884 reviews
Excellent
769
Very good
68
Average
35
Poor
9
Terrible
3
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Tour06940344462
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
Saturday evening's dinner was one of the "7 wonders" of our lives 🤩. It was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.
Written 8 April 2024
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colin f
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Sumptuous food and wine pairing in lovely setting. Whilst Rudolph and his extremely well trained staff’s theatricality may not be to everyone’s taste (judging by some reviews), to us and I know some fellow diners the knowledge imparted contributed to a wonderful evening. Michelin star quality food at a fraction of the UK cost. Finally, collection and return to our hotel was a very welcome and extremely thoughtful bonus. We can’t wait to return some day.
Written 3 April 2024
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Ewa N
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 friends
big mistake, not good any more, wake up, cucumber soup ? some sauce and a slice of cucumber, joke, and please dress up. not nice ambience, not coming back, false smile, do not trust you
Written 26 March 2024
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SeeTheWonder
Johannesburg30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
We enjoyed a special birthday dinner at Serendipity and would recommend it for a special treat dinner. Beautiful setting on the Touw river and a good humoured ambience. I think we were the only local diners, everyone else was a foreigner! Friendly and warm executive Chef and co-owner Lizelle Stolze (who popped by to see if we were happy) and husband Rudolf (a true extrovert who explains each dish in a very theatrical style the foreigners love) and their well-trained staff take this to the next level. I loved the fascinating use of herbs and ingredients and am still thinking about the meal. Next time we will make use of the restaurant shuttle which we did not know about, so we can sample more wines! The cocktail starter was the best I've ever tasted: The Spook van Bloemfontein - a wine aperitif with an infusion of rose geranium and fynbos. Sublime.
Written 19 March 2024
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Lizzy
Knysna9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
A beautiful setting at Serendipity. Pre-dinner cocktails overlooking the Touw river , a most exquisitely delicious cordon-bleu 5 course dinner served by top Executive Chef and co-owner Lizelle Stolze and husband Rudolf and their attentive staff. 5 star service and food par excellence with a top class wine pairing under the expert guidance of Rudolf if required!
Written 26 February 2024
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StormyWind
London165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 family
Absolutely unique, original, intimate take on high end dining from what feels like home on the banks of the Touw River. Rudolph (who hunts and fishes and forages for original, local produce) and Lizelle (who curates this extraordinary twist on South African cuisine) are the most charming, charismatic, consummate hosts. Every detail of the dish is explained from farm/sea/forest to plate, paired with exquisite wines carefully selected to match the palate through tireless effort and experiment. It’s a wonderful gastronomic experience - and my lucky eleven year old boy, fine dining for the second time this trip, lit up when Lizelle offered her own take on a bolognaise especially cooked for him. She has kids, she knows and she’s a proper home cook. The walls were adorned with rightly-given awards. Do book in advance, it was rammed.
Written 7 January 2024
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Simon C
Ashtead782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
We returned to a combination of theatre (led by Rudolph) and fine dining (Liselle) in this tasting experience which starts with Rudolph explain the menu before taking your order. The food more than lives up to its billing – each course was a feast of flavours, helped by excellent pairing. We almost tasted the 1940 Port, by sensibly, as it was late, we may try some next year! By South African standards, the price is full, but the experience is worth it. A great evening - again.
Written 21 November 2023
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Sarah C
Ashtead1290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 couples
Superb tasting menu with welcome Kir Royale bubbly followed by prickly pear Waldof, cucumber & lettuce soup, fish, milk tart and caramel banana. The whole evening was a magnificent experience, and we opted for the restaurant's shuttle service from our guest house (took a while all around the hills of Wilderness, picking up other diners but did mean we could enjoy the splendid wines). Highly recommended
Written 31 October 2023
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J F
Edinburgh83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
Great experience from start to finish - we were picked up from our hotel by the restaurant's taxi, then introduced to the menu over a cocktail (tea-based, with its own story) on the porch. We were told about each ingredient and its provenance, how and where the mushrooms were foraged, etc. Food all excellent, as were the paired wines and digestifs. Probably the best value meal I have had - michelin star quality, paired wines for 4/5 courses, aperitif and digestif, for two people, for less than £120. Incredible.
Written 16 October 2023
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Enrique S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
This is the perfect place for any occasion. The food is great and authentic South African. The staff and owners are lovely people who really care about the food and the experience they deliver. We are always well looked after and they keep us coming back. Not just us, when we were there last, there was a lovely old couple. They were visiting SA and made it a must to come back to Serendipty, even sharing photos from 2006 (the last time they were here) with Rudolph and Lizelle the owners. The best experience for any lover of good food on the Garden Route.
Written 11 October 2023
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Elaine W
Glasgow45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 couples
Booking is a must but it is very much worth it! Shuttle service to the restaurant is great as we were staying a wee bit away, food was out of this world! Service was great and it had a real personal feel to it with both Lizelle and Rudolf taking time to speak to all guests. Easily the best meal we had on our trip and we enjoyed the wine pairings as well! Highly Recommend. We would definitely return and would stay at the country house too if we were able.
Written 30 September 2023
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Climber43052114528
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
An exceptional experience. Beautiful venue, fantastic hosts and the food and wine is next level. It is not a normal restaurant with your regular dishes. This is a cleverly thought out, sourced and executed dining experience. If you are a foodie it should be a go to destination, not to be put off!!
Written 10 August 2023
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Louise
300 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 couples
We were looking forward to eating at Serendipity for the second time but unfortunately it did not live up our expectations. The food was very bland and uninspired. Most of the courses were lacking in taste despite lovely descriptions, presentation was very ordinary. The owner still loves to talk al lot and long before diner! We have eaten at numerous lovely restaurants on our trip where the food has been absolutely sublime and similarly priced so this meal was very poor by comparison. Disappointing!
Written 19 June 2023
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Clare van Rensburg
Dear Netherl Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry that you were disappointed with your meal. We take customer feedback very seriously and your comments have been passed on to the kitchen to be addressed. We were disappointed that you found the food to be bland. We believe that flavours should be in harmony and not overpower the ingredients. We work hard to showcase the best local products, indigenous ingredients, and seasonal flavours. If you would like to discuss your experience further with a manager, please send your details and review to us and someone will be in touch. The Serendipity Team
Written 8 April 2024
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Marie Klein Karoo
Oudtshoorn4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 friends
Amazing meal, perfect in every way! Hadn't been for a while, and can only say that Lizette is as excellent as ever! A real treat!
Written 8 May 2023
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James Q
Knysna33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 couples
What a wonderful gem The Wilderness is. From the welcome to the departure you will be captivated. To sit beside the quiet still river with a lovely special early evening cocktail is a must. Rudolf is the perfect host and explains the evening meal is such wonderful detail but has you laughing a great deal of the time. In fairness I had decided exactly what I was going to eat but after Rudolf stories I changed my choice of each course such is the spellbinding explanation. Lizelle ….what a lovely lady, the special person that you would love call your friend. She works magic in the kitchen. I promise you, your taste buds will explode from the start to the end of this wonderful meal. In fairness we have visited five times over the last three years and Serendipity with Rudolf and Lizelle have never failed to produce the best meal in South Africa. We have dined at most probably the best meal in the world Heston Blumenthals in Dubai but it’s a tough choice between them and Serendipity
Written 7 April 2023
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