The Roundhouse Restaurant

The Roundhouse Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
18:00 - 23:00
Tue
18:00 - 23:00
Wed
18:00 - 23:00
Thu
18:00 - 23:00
Fri
18:00 - 23:00
Sat
18:00 - 23:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
European, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner
features
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
Steeped in over 300 years of history, the former guard house, tea room, hotel and the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset has been elegantly restored with the charm and sophistication of the Grand Old Cape. The style of cuisine at The Roundhouse is uncomplicated, contemporary French, inspired by seasonal ingredients and paired with one of the finest boutique wine collections in South Africa.
CUISINES
European, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles824 reviews
Excellent
461
Very good
184
Average
71
Poor
42
Terrible
66
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Alexander LD
Cologne326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 friends
Here everything has been tuned by service eating wine ambience. In this respect only the full score can be given. Because I went there again and the lunch shows that I particularly liked it. Great food, great wines! The service, the friendliness must be emphasized with which dedication the food was explained, was excellent! A must when visiting Cape Town and I rarely write this because there are usually many great restaurants. Fazit: For me, the visit to the Roundhouse was an absolute pleasure and despite the extremely good restaurants, it was a special experience for me. The upscale cuisine corresponds to everything one expects, a perfect service, extremely friendly and wonderfully explaining the dishes and the food itself. Compared to Europe with a very good price to performance. But with this I am always cautious concerning the estimation of the prices, this can be seen differently! By the way, friendliness is not a one-way street it is human if there are stinky boots guests who are treated accordingly it is human maybe not professional but human in this respect the guests should always check if they are friendly themselves or if they act like kings! Anyone who gives a rating of one star in such a restaurant should be excluded as a raters. This is my personal opinion, because this is simply an irrelevant unworthy act, which is only based on emotional grounds!
Written 15 February 2020
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SouthAfricaSanta
Cape St Francis118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We went as a pretty large group with two tables and they really went out of their way to make it all slick a special with antipasto platters, buckets of beer, wines and drinks. The mains were great - my wife and I shared the pear salad and starters. The location was great as it provided the views without the wind or weather. It's under new ownership and I think you'll see it get better and better. Alex was our waiter and he was on his game! Thanks, Ray, for a great afternoon!
Written 12 February 2020
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729patricia
Limassol City52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
The Salsify Roundhouse Restaurant is a place truly worth to be visited with set menue of several courses. You palate will enjoy a culinary journey, where classical cooking was approached with modern twist. The service ys excellent you will have explanation and introduction to every course by your personal waiter and each course is accompanied with the right wine pairing . The sea dining room will give you spectacular views over the bay while you enjoy your gourmet meal in a historic setting. Several fine dining and gourmet rewards had been received over the last years and its number 8 in the ranking of the Mercedes Benz Reward in the World ... You travel to Capetown, make sure you maked reservations several weeks in advance
Written 9 February 2020
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Lorcor123
Johannesburg2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
I booked a table at The Lawns for my husband's 60th birthday lunch to be held o 29 December 2019. I corresponded by email explaining that 3 of the guests were vegans. I got a response with a suggested vegan menu from the chef which I was very satisfied with. I also requested a nice table with a view and all was confirmed with messages of "we will be happy to welcome you". We arrived to no table booking so were placed at the back of the Marquee. The waiter was the most disinterested waiter I have come across and clearly hated his job - I think his name of Tatenda. When we asked about the vegan options we were told that we could have a salad without the cheese. I showed the manager my emails confirming the special menu. He came back from the chef to say it was a communication error and we could have a salad. 3 of us had a bowl of mushy butternut and corvettes - really ridiculous and no flavour at all. My husband had a bowl of calamari also poorly presented. The wine glasses came unwired dripping in water and hardly clean. Unfortunately we could not just leave as this was a booked special lunch. It was absolutely disgusting and we left as soon as we could. A total waste of money and time and especially a disappointed husband.
Written 2 January 2020
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Speedbird747
Weybridge612 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This place has a spectacular setting with great views and the terraces to sit outside so we thought it would be perfect for Sunday breakfast / brunch and booked. It was not very busy when we arrived with most people seeming to come around 11am. We were greeted straight away on arrival but service after that was a bit hit and miss. Having ordered we waited........and waited. We chased up our food as did the people at the next table and it eventually arrived; over 45mins after we ordered it. The food was good, the coffee very average indeed so overall a disappointing experience and one I probably wouldn't repeat when the standard in CT is generally so good. Its a shame as the venue is excellent.
Written 2 February 2020
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Graeme A
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 family
Being a local in Cape Town, we decided to take family from overseas to the lawns and was quite disappointed from the word go. Firstly, we ordered meals at the same time but they all arrived at different times. The kids margarita pizza was disgusting and told the waiter but he just said he’ll tell the kitchen. The salad had a dead lady bug in it and again the waiter just said he’ll tell the kitchen. The bill came and we were still fully charged for the salad and the pizza, even though we hardly ate any of it. So all in all, a very disappointing experience and we most definitely won’t go back any time soon. Such a pity as the venue is great, but the service was just so poor.
Written 1 January 2022
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Samantha K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
We’re overseas visitors to Cape Town & invited by friends to have an early dinner outdoors on the lawns at the Roundhouse in Camps Bay. Most of our vacation has been spent supporting the Restaurants around Cape Town where we have felt assured by the contract trace & Covid mask requirements. To our dismay on arrival at this venue we were not asked for our contact details & no temperatures taken. While seated outside we were amazed by how many people were walking up & down, not wearing masks, hugging others from other tables with a total disregard for the Covid rules implemented by the President of the country. That they willing had no problem with placing the staff at risk too. A group celebrating a birthday virtually sitting on top of us were shameful in their behaviour. About 25 together in a party too. When we approached the Manager of the Restaurant with our concerns he informed us that they had no authority to enforce mask wearing at his facility. Gobsmacked. Absolutely astounded by the arrogance of privileged South Africans. The food was average, the view okay, it’s good if you’re a student. The only good experience was our amazing waiter. I’d hate to know if there is a Covid case at this restaurant how on earth do they inform everybody.
Written 16 January 2021
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BrittanyAvalon
Cape Town Central31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
Had the most wonderful lunch at the Lawns. Myself and my fiancé are vegan, we had the meso aubergine to start and the vegan burger with veggies as a main dish. The veggies were so perfectly cooked and the burger was the best we have had! Our waiter was awesome and had a great sense of humour (AJ). We have been there before and will definitely be returning.
Written 7 January 2021
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Bruce C
The Woodlands196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 solo
As a foodie, wine and gin lover, you can't go wrong here. The experience matches the reviews, reputation and exceeded my expectations. A delightful experience to enjoy at the views at sunset overlooking the Camps Bay area. Simply stunning and very enjoyable.
Written 1 December 2023
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Michiel S
Dubai135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 couples
We had a lovely New Year’s Eve meal in this beautiful restaurant with stunning views. Great atmosphere, lovely food and delicious champagne. Will definitely return!!
Written 19 September 2023
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LMZ18
London8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 family
We had Christmas lunch for 12 of our family at the roundhouse. Millicent served us. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. View was magnificent!
Written 25 December 2022
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Brandon Fyfe
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 friends
Thank you to Norman (I think that was his name) for serving us all day long. Complicated orders and multiple tabs with no issues whatsoever, what a pleasure!
Written 16 September 2020
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Rae
Chicago99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This is my 2nd time visiting the Roundhouse Restaurant, once in February of 2020 with a group of 10 and the other time in May of 2019 just my husband and myself, and both times were very lovely. Coincidentally, both times the weather was not great however, the staff went above and beyond to make sure that we were still comfortable, brining us blankets on the lawns. Their food is delicious- every one of the 10 of us loved our meal. Even so, the best part of this restaurant is its staff and of course, the views! The views themselves are worth the stop so if you are ever in Cape Town I highly recommend coming here for even a drink. We can't wait until our next visit! :)
Written 4 March 2020
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DavidBo48
Cape Town Central232 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
Went back to the Lawns on a friend’s suggestion hoping to see an improvement. The service and coffee was good but again the food order was slow and had to threaten to leave. The waitrons handled the situation but the kitchens seem to be operating below expectations.
Written 26 January 2020
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Roamingcaterpillar
Cape Town23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 family
Worse Christmas lunch ever ! Tasteless food, undercooked potatoes,cold curry & rice. All the roast meats were cold, no vegetables. Gravy resembled cold custard or glue but was constantly tasteless!! Staff were untrained & no supervision. We had to ask for plates & spoons so we could serve our food up. Cheese selection was dry Brie & a blue cheese with no biscuits or chutney. Trifles were put into the direct sunlight to sit for a few hours. Really bad. Won’t be back!
Written 28 December 2019
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