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Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant

Kirstenbosch Drive | Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town Central 7700, South Africa
+27 21 797 4883
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Kirstenbosch Drive | Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town Central 7700, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very pleasant ambiance. Can be busy around lunchtime but much quitter later in the afternoon. A nice place to break your visit to these lovely botanic gardens.

Thank happyholidays8
Reviewed 28 May 2018

I used to love this spot (especially great for introducing visitors to Cape Town's natural beauty while sipping on some tea and for lunchtime meetings with university colleagues). However I was pretty flabbergasted when I was there last week: I had decided to combine working...More

Thank Lynne Q
JacquesPB, General Manager at Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

If we allow laptops and you have several tables working with their laptops it would certainly change the ambience of the restaurant from a lovely setting to an office. Unlike most restaurants where it is the norm to see people at a table on their...More

Reviewed 27 May 2018

This is a great little spot that's expanded quite a bit since I first visited the gardens in the last century. And I'd say that it has a much better offering now. After you have enjoyed the truly magnificent gardens, make this your last stop...More

Thank Zimbo66traveller
JacquesPB, General Manager at Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your positive review, it is highly appreciated and a great reward for our hard work and passion for our restaurant.

Reviewed 26 May 2018

I remember coming here as a child and again while growing up - it was a treat back then although I don't remember it being particularly spectacular. Firstly, what a magnificent setting. Secondly, friendly and helpful service, representative of the regional demographic - very different...More

Thank Peter E
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Often when a restaurant is located at a popular attraction the quality slides over time since there will always be customers (often incl. once-off tourists) irrespective of how much effort the management put in. This is definitely not the case with Kirstenbosch Tea Room -...More

Thank John_Mar_274
Reviewed 22 May 2018

This is a the perfect place to refresh yourself in the Kirstenbosch Gardens. They have inside or outside seating, and an eclectic menu of breakfast and lunch dishes. They also do tea, coffee, beer and wine. I found the service very good too

Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
Reviewed 7 May 2018

The tearoom was extremely busy the day we were there, but the staff was doing an excellent job of keeping up. We just ordered coffees to go to enjoy while walking through the park. The coffee was good, and while we waited for it, we...More

Thank GnMe
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Had a coffee here after visiting the botanical gardens, it’s a nice cafe with a reasonable choice on the menu and the staff are very good so give it a go.

Thank mrba2015
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Seemed like the energy had been taken out of the staff - dragging themselves to greet customers and bring their order. Doing the bare minimum to get things done. Only ordered the Roibo iced tea sweetened with juice and scones with jam and clotted cream...More

Thank Mike5466
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Once you've enjoyed exploring the Kirstenbosch gardens, stop in here for a light meal. Our party of six thoroughly enjoyed toasted sandwiches, a light vegetable curry and the signature bobotie dish. Service is friendly and efficient.

Thank 21C_Traveller
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Response from JacquesPB | Property representative |
We are not a Halaal restaurant but we are Halaal friendly. We even have pans marked with a key ring that is only used for our Muslim customers
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View
Open Hours
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kirstenbosch Drive | Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town Central 7700, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 797 4883
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Serving breakfasts, lunch and teas, inspired by the beautiful gardens and her passion for delicious food, Pamela Shippel-Granoth has created a rare culinary experience to complement the magnificent surroundings. Using only the best,freshest ingredients. All the food is prepared and breads and cakes baked on the premises under Pamela's carewful supervision.The comprehensive menu includes food for all tastes.
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