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Terra Mare Restaurant

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90A Main Street | 7646, Paarl 7646, South Africa
+27 21 863 4805
11:00 - 10:00
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful meal and pre-function drinks at Terra Mare on there terrace. The staff were friendly and highly attentive and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely divine and cooked to perfection. We were literally the last people to leave just before midnight, it truly was a night to remember. Thank you.

Thank Michelle P
Worcester, South Africa
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must be well over my 30th visit to this restaurant. I have yet to experience an average meal. The outside covered patio is a wonderful addition. New interesting additions on the blackboard menu. My starter was a fig salad with blue cheese and Parma ham.Delicious.Main Course, a succulent Ribeye and desert, homemade cheesecake to rival any in NYC.Olivier, the owner... More 

Thank Clint K
Grassau, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there for a dinner while staying overnight in Paarl. Warm welcoming, excellent service, delicious food and wine paired with cosy interior makes this place a MUST, when in the area. Lots of local people. We'll be back next year!!!

Thank Martin K
Paarl, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, excellent service and a contemporary wine list. It was our second visit and the total package was as solid as before. The waitresses were attentive, professional and efficient. The food was served in time and was top class. The eatablishment has the convenience of a generator which allowed them to operate uninterrupted while the rest of Paarl experienced... More 

Thank steyn216
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've lots count of the number of times I've visited Terra Mare. It's a no brainer... when in the area, you go there! Fantastic food, efficient service and relaxed atmosphere. Thank you Olivier, Thabo, Elizabeth, Julia and the rest of team. See you again very soon

Thank Edwina B
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Dinner with a smile. This was a great place to have dinner. As we are walking in, we are greeted with a big hello, and smiles. The staff is wonderful. The food was delicious and so filling. Don't forget to order a few drinks, very tasty.

Thank Lucio G
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Whilst the exterior may not grab you, enter and you will be knocked out by the elegant decor and the warmth of the welcome by the owner and his staff, I felt as though I had been here many times.The menu was not disappointing, I had difficulty choosing, such was the variety of foods on offer, i chose the Gurnard... More 

Thank Beryl G
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Meat including a ribeye and Kudu (venison) was cooked perfectly as ordered, but the quality was poor and had no favour at all. A shared starter was fine, as was the suggested 2010 shiraz recommended by the owner. Don’t sit near the kitchen, otherwise you cannot avoid the fumes. Better restaurants in Main Street.

Thank Ruthven65
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We came here on a friend recommandation... service was good and very friendly, really personal. Food was excellent. We tried ostrich filet, homemade gnocchi and chicken pasta... chocolate fondant was delicious. A nice place to go to enjoy a good food, a nice service and surrounding is good too.

Thank micadroz
Bath, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This is our third visit in as many years to this restaurant and I have this restaurant the maximum scores last time I reviewed it and I am doing so again Really pleased to report that our meal lived up to expectations We all had a really excellent meal....I had the fig salad with blue cheese and Parma ham, followed... More 

Thank BathUKMan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Fusion, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90A Main Street | 7646, Paarl 7646, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paarl
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 4805
This spot has a well-deserved long-standing reputation. Expect to find consistent food (that ever-elusive ingredient to success) and friendly, efficient service thanks to the personal care of the owner, Olivier, and his family team.
This popular Paarl restaurant offers an intriguing mix of European-style dishes with the best that this area has to offer. The owners, Olivier and Delenia Jaeggi-Wright, he being Swiss and she of Italian descent, bring a European sensibility to a cuisine that is never precious, but concentrates on maximum flavour in generous portions - the kind of cooking that has made it a favourite with the locals for many years. Helping Olivier with the cooking is Thabo Nqadini, who has been at Terra Mare for 9 years, adding his very own African touch to the Swiss style of the house....

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?