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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely stunning, certainly one of the best restaurants in the southern part of South Africa, the only thing missing was the “Michelin or Gault Millau” Star. This restaurant is something very special “Out of this World”, last year we had dinner at the PIER Restaurant...at the waterfront in Cape Town and that was already extraordinary. Same owner ship, so let us try something different for this year. We are always interested in something special and our entire travel-vacation is running at our slogan / motto, enjoy life with great “Wine and Dine”. So what should we expect today, from the minute we arrived getting into the restaurant, we entered a different world – “day dreaming”. The lunch menu is something, you are being served an eight (8) course “set menu”. Every dish is served with great dedication, very nice and friendly waitresses / waiters, extremely professional, they are so enthusiastic, living their job and they truly know how to treat people to make their day. Every course was a poem in itself, starting with the right cutlery and the right plates; the little details make a big difference. And then the individual starters and appetizers, every dish between the courses was celebrated in its own way. You couldn’t get your eyes of the plate, should I really eat the piece of art? Each individual course, was an explosion of different tastes, flavors and aromas, what an exquisite restaurant. What did Arnold Schwarzenegger say I´ll be back !!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous lunch once again . Made even better because of our waiter Terrance who was charming and such good fun . This was our fourth visit but first for our daughter who enjoyed every minute .

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant just gets better and better. After 2 weeks travelling around the Cape enjoying generally superb food this was our final destination. Have previously visited originally at the old venue and this visit again absolutely wowed us! Never really enjoy the drive to the...top but once there everything is absolutely first class. Brilliant service with each dish expertly explained with just the right amount of panache and theatre. Truly outstanding food in every course fully justifying its position at the top of South Africa’s finest restaurants. I seriously hope it improves its position in the Top 100 restaurants in the world. Coming from the UK it is exceptional value and if Michelin did stars in the SA I reckon at least 2 and probably 3. A must to visit if in the area.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing restaurant. Had some stunning food and enjoyed every course. Service was excellent and the views were lovely. I would recommend the trip out to here to experience it for yourselves. I especially loved the butter and charcuterie courses.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food, service and experience were impeccable!! By far the best restaurant I’ve eaten in South Africa. I recommend taking the wine cellar course for an additional fee, definitely worth it.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Best.Lunch.Ever. We had the Vegetarian Chefs Menu. Superb. All is magnificent, the food naturally, but also the service, the people, the atmosphere, the setting. Unique experience at a - compared to European norms - reasonable price. Worldclass.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

This restaurant is an absolute joke! We came here for dinner and it started with the two stuck up front desk ladies with absolutely no charm or warm welcome. Our waitress was sour not a smile to be seen throughout service. She especially was annoyed...having to pic up our elderly guest’s napkin and shook it out furiously with a frown on her face. Beatrix our other server saved the day being kind and helpful. La Colombe, your decor is dated and tired… hardly any upgrades has been made since we visited a few years ago.You should compensate for the very average view you have by at least having a pristine classy bathroom and interior! Probably too busy ripping off the suckers that sinfully part with fortunes and get so little in return, not even a smiling waitress . The tins that you keep serving is now so old you should move on… we had this twice before, so have our friends and colleagues. Then your gimmicky ice lollies rolled in popping candy…. with a big display…our dinner party thought that we were on candid camera. You Wagu steak was tough, first though that came to mind, was that the steak knife was blunt, but no it’s was tough. Shocking when you paying a fortune for this minute piece. You replaced it with a less tough steak. It’s a ‘never to go back’ from all 5 of our dinner guests!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal last night at this restaurant. The dining room is a little stark, but at the same time dramatic due to the forest setting. Unfortunately, we were seated in the back of the room, but that did not lessen the overall experience....The drive up to the restaurant is dramatic in and of itself, and sets the tone for the unusual dining experience. The attached photos show examples of the individual dishes. This could be compared easily to the French laundry in Napa or a Michelin. Highly rated restaurant France. The primary difference is the somewhat casual, friendly and outgoing attitude of the servers. They weren’t snooty. Our problem with these sorts of bespoke dining experiences is, most simply, we can’t eat all the food. By the time we got to the cheese course we were a little too full. By the time we got to the desserts we were far too full. This was a great dining experience, and one that we would recommend anyone who cares about a fine dining experience in the Cape Town area.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 January 2024 via mobile

This is a biased review as I am a long time La Colombe fan dating back over 25 years before ducks took over the swimming pool at Uitsig, and it wasn't just our first and last meal but we would have several in between. We...also flew out from the uk for the weekend to have a last meal at Uitsig before they moved so we obviously love it. Sadly, due to covid this was our first visit since covid as couldn't get in when we visited in November 22 and, while we were looking forward to an excellent meal, we weren't prepared for what we received. How James Gaag and his brilliant team can keep improving year after year is astonishing. Even the famous tin is better with his special sauce now on offer with it. A beautiful venue, the drive to it reminding us of the Phantom Forest in Knysna before that was destroyed in the Knysna area fires, with a view over some vines and where they grow some of the food. And the service? Always been at the very very top and Georgia continues the tradition and reminded us of the excellent Lucy, Joy and many others from the past but, if possible, even better. Can't wait to return in December/January 2025.it couldn't possibly be better than it now is but have a seeking suspicion it will again be!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024 via mobile

Excellent restaurant. In Europe this restaurant would have at least 1 Michelin star. We took the standard meny and also the wine meny which was very good. Book in advance.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024 via mobile

We had eaten at La Colombe 10 years ago at their previous site, so we were intrigued to discover their new experience. A nice dining room with a view, impeccable service & a theatrical presentation of the tasting menu. We chose the shortened menu with...classic wine flights, which was enough for us at lunchtime. I’ve eaten at lots of fine dining/Michelin starred restaurants, this is compatible with that in both quality of cooking & price. A couple of areas for improvement are the restrooms, which appear tired & not keeping with the standards elsewhere. Also the copy of the menu, which you are free to keep as a souvenir, is a cheap photocopy, where a nice printed one, would be in keeping with the £300+ bill? Overall, a good experience which is worth the price tag.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Food as a theatre is la Colombe’s theme and that came true throughout a wonderful afternoon at the top of Constantia Neck whereas we stayed comfortably in the adjacent and comfortabel Silvermist hotel: The ‘show’ started with a dove nest with some drinks in eggs!...We had some dislikes which were meticulously taken care off during the full meal. Every dish was great with unique flavours and there were some nice choices still to be made. We went for the classic wine flight but took as extra a private tour through the cellar with an additional interesting wine tasting and amuse, for us worth the extra 750 ZAR a person. Having a blind wine tasting by using a black glas was another nice experiment. A sort of icecream (nitro citrus) was prepared at the table which was amazing! All in all an unforgettable show and experience with a great and attentive service. Expensive for South African standards but still affordable.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

This place has such a fantastic menu. The food was just so flavoursome, it had amazing service and couldn’t have asked for a better time. They saw that I was on my own and personalised the experience for me. Really incredible service and knowledgeable about...ingredients and techniquesMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Overall food, service and ambiance was great..the smoked duck, duck pate, karoo lamb and the dessert were memorable. Disappointingly, although the restsurant was given ample notice of my seafood allergy, the seafood dishes were mostly substituted with a vegetarian dish. On one of the courses,...the seafood was simply left out of the dish and substituted with a different sauce. I strongly believe for the price charged for the tasting menu, an alternative animal protein should be offered.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2023 via mobile

Describing this you and your Thesaurus will run out of Superlatives. Outstanding food, how the dish and the menu are composed, the way it is presented but above all the way it is cooked and the quality of the ingredients. With wine pairing, from the...excellent selection of wines by the glass available or with a nice bottle that will accompany all, your skilled sommelier will help to find the right choice for you. The service is excellent. Overall a great experience, ten courses will take 3 1/2 hours that fly by in the blink of an eye.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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I stayed a few days in Franschoek as well but didn’t have the chance to go to la Petite Colombe. Franschoek has so many options and great restaurants that is why I decided to go with La Colombe in the Constantia Valley. The... More
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I agree, I didn't experience it as being expensive. What drives up the price are always the drinks. If you want to spend less you could order mid range bottle of wine instead of top range. Or no alcohol is always the best... More
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