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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 20/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
The Conservatory, situated adjacent to the historic Cellars-Hohenort cellar, offers diners unparalleled garden vistas from both the sun-drenched terrace and the indoor tables. Carefully constructed around a giant 300-year-old oak tree, The Conservatory is one of Constantia's finest daily breakfast, lunch and dinner venues. Here the head chef creates hotel classics alongside modern and seasonally influenced dishes. The Conservatory menu places a great emphasis on fresh produce from both The Cellars-Hohenort gardens and local green-friendly suppliers, and this gives it the unique ability to showcase a true taste of the Constantia Valley. Friendly service and an award-winning wine list ensure that
PRICE RANGE
US$25 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 June 2021

Sublime setting, well considered menu paired with excellent service. Our waiter, Pholoso, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and made a lasting impression. The Conservatory at the Cellars is a South African jewel, check it out for yourself. Thank you, as we look forward to the next visit...✔️More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

One of the best fine dining experiences whilst on holiday. The staff is super friendly and will ensure that you feel warmly welcomed. My daughter and I enjoyed every meal we had during our stay. Thank you so much Nigel Nikki Agnes Yusuf Lonwabo Precious...Ayanda Lisa Robin For your wonderful hospitality! If I didn’t mention your name it was not intentional...you were all absolutely amazing! You served us with so much grace🤍More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 27 April 2021 via mobile

We had great expectations as we drove into the cobbled carpark, No excuses for the amount of food served, Hank Marin would not have stood for the minuscule amount of food, a complete waste of time and money. We left very starving even after telling...the waitress; she said: you should have ordered bread for starter. Very disappointed, Nener come back.... England and Brazil.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 22 April 2021

Always a pleasure and a culinary experience to have a dinner at the Conservatory. The food was good, and service perfect.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 5 April 2021 via mobile

A sadly disappointing experience but lovely setting. The service was so well below par. Waiter repeated our orders wrongly 3 separate times ( for only a group of 3)! As main course was arriving, we had to ask another waiter to remove the empty bread...tray and side plates. Had to ask for cutlery to be replaced for the steak. Each time the cutlery was added, it was so poorly placed. Simple training needed. Regarding the food, my wife who we highlighted as vegetarian when we booked and again when seated received the non veg starter. Biggest issue: the dishes just kept being rushed out without a break (for all the tables) and portions were huge...we heard the table nearby give the manager similar feedback. The chocolate fondant was awesome though. Saw manager on the distance but never came to the tables until the end to ask for feedback and don’t know how to respond. Overall, disappointing ad these are such easy items to remedy.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 6 December 2020 via mobile

Just had the high tea - was so amazing! Loved it and a beautiful setting with interesting options on the menu. Tastes so awesome. Implements to the chefs.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 13 March 2020 via mobile

Booked for dinner and have to say the service was excellent,we were very impressed with the lovely young man called Passion,he was so friendly talked us through the menu and what was on the specials board ,plus he helped us choose the wines .Really makes...a difference when the staff are attentive.We enjoyed our meals very much Nicely presented and cooked just as we’d asked . Thoroughly enjoyed the evening in a lovely relaxed settingMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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AngieSwail, Manager at The Conservatory, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2020

Dear Sandie M, Thank you so much for the great review and for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Reviews like these make me very proud of the team. I will share it with all- especially Passion. Kind regards, Angie

Reviewed 13 February 2020

Five ladies came for breakfast on a Saturday morning and when we said we had not made a booking there was sigh and suggestion we could sit inside but with persuasion we were given a table partially outside. When we left there were many tables...that had not been occupied. We were not welcome and my omelette was dry - in all fairness, when I mentioned this to the waiter, he offered to replace it but by then we had all almost finished our breakfast so I declined. We won't be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AngieSwail, General Manager at The Conservatory, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2020

Dear Joan P, Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit to our Conservatory restaurant. I am quite disappointed that you did not feel welcomed by the team as this is definitely not an experience we would like any of our guests to go through....More

Reviewed 29 January 2020

Inventive menu with good textures and flavours. Nice wine list with plenty of local producers. Engaging and professional service. Well worth a visit.

Date of visit: December 2019
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AngieSwail, Manager at The Conservatory, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2020

Dear mfranks911, Thank you so much for a lovely review. I will most certainly pass your feedback onto the rest of the team. Kind regards, Angie

Reviewed 27 November 2019

Our family had the most wonderful 3 course lunch on Sunday. The booking was friendly. The service was impeccable ( I am a fussy customer having run a catering company as a chef for 14 years.) Victoria our waitress was delightful; knowledgeable and present. We...did not need to ask for a thing; it was offered. The food was absolutely delicious as was the presentation. The setting requires no words. It is a magical place to dine and the walk around the exquisite gardens after was the cherry on top.See you soon. Thank youMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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AngieSwail, Manager at The Conservatory, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2019

Dear Eatlovefeast, Thank you so much for an amazing review. Your feedback has been shared with the team- especially Victoria. We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, Angie

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The Conservatory is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5