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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
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As a consequence of our lacking antlers to sort matters out, man's competitive nature can lead to all manner of attempted besting between friends. One popular method is over a flame. Not by wrestling on a bonfire, but by doing your pal in the cooking of man's greatest culinary obsession: THE STEAK.
PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Barbecue
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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All reviews steak marrow bone parmesan mash snails ribs calamari bread different cuts of meat our waiter cooked to perfection great meat no corkage own wine side dishes attention to detail western cape special occasion
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great choice of meat dishes plus very detailed information from our server on all the different cuts of meat. We got a table as on the waiting list as currently very popular here.

Date of visit: May 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Stay292187, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon. Regards The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The quality of the products proposed was exquisite and gave us the opportunity to rediscover certain dishes. The meat we had (Carpaccio, Grosvenor, Marrow bones) were of the finest variety.

Date of visit: May 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Yoann, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your Fat Butcher experience. We look forward to your next visit. Regards, The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 17 May 2022

We had the most fabulous lunch with great service from "Innocent". We would love to go back to Fat Butcher when we revisit Stellenbosch one day.

Date of visit: May 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2022

Dear Trek, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We look forward to your next visit, Regards, The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 8 May 2022 via mobile

I have no words!! Enjoyed my Mother’s Day dinner tonight and it was out of this world! Best snails as a starter I have ever had! Coffee Brulee … a must have! Steak to perfection! Service was top class! Could not have asked for more!...Thanks to all involved!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2022

Dear Rossouw, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We appreciate your detailed feedback and hope to see you again really soon. Regards, The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 3 May 2022

The service is great and our waiter was such a nice guy. The food was great as well as the atmosphere but the owner is absolutely shocking to how she handles her staff and how she talks to them. It's a shame because it makes...such a beautiful place to eat disgusting. Ended up tipping the waiter even more as I felt sorry for what they have to go through.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 28 April 2022

Wow!!!!!!! We have friends who live in Paarl and we wanted to invite them to a ‘special’ venue to thank them for having us to stay. The Fast Butcher is a favourite of theirs – and we can easily understand why. From being warmly greeted...at the front door and turning left into the delightfully atmospheric dining room, we were overwhelmed by the ambience of the establishment…. It got better!!!!!! We had the excellent good fortune to be seated at a table with the delightful Athalia serving us ;-) What a privilege to have this young woman sharing her extensive knowledge of The Fat Butcher’s steaks, their cuisson, their attributes together with her personal views about different cuts. She is a terrific asset to the establishment. The meal itself was a triumph in every respect – I had Braised Beef cheeks as a starter followed by a wonderfully flavoursome Côte de Boeuf complemented with a very reasonably priced 2020 Delaire Graff Shiraz. The dining experience at The Fat Butcher is an amalgam of elements – ambience, service, food, wine and the indefinable extra something that makes a special occasion even more special. We were delighted with The Fat Butcher and will definitely be back when we are next in SA / Stellenbosch.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2022

Dear Richard, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. It is guests like you that keep us motivated to do what we love. We hope that you will return again soon. Regards, The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 26 April 2022

We again enjoyed a perfect evening at the Fat Butcher! Our steaks were cooked to perfection and the service was amazing. There is an extensive wine list to choose from, so all of our needs were met.

Date of visit: April 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2022

Dear Colin, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We appreciate your feedback and hope that we will see you again real soon. Regards, The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 23 April 2022 via mobile

We approached this highly recommended establishment on a Saturday, 15 minutes prior to opening at noon. NOONE was waiting or even nearby. A waiter was posted at the door, when we approached to ask about availability, he went inside and another employee appeared and explained...they wouldn’t know if there were tables available until they checked the confirmations. She asked us to check back closer to noon. We were understandably fine with that. We came back at 12:15 - again, no one in the restaurant or even waiting outside, and same person asked why we where there??? Like what is this…the land of OZ? Immediately lost interest, as there is no shortage of restaurants nearby! Shame. Customer Service is so important !More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 20 April 2022

What a find! Both nights we enjoyed fabulous food. The steaks are exceptional! The whole experience from the food, wine, staff & decor is lovely! Staff go out of their way to make your dining experience even more memorable. Our waiter tonight Jaco was superb...so friendly & welcoming. If ever we come back to Stellenbosch & I'm hoping we do we'll eat here again! And if anyone says they're going to Stellenbosch I would definitely recommend The Fat Butcher!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2022

Dear Helen M, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. We value your feedback and are so happy that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again really soon, Regards, The Fat Butcher team

Reviewed 20 April 2022

We were invited as part of a 16 table party for dinner. Prior to arriving at the restsurant, we checked the policy relative to corkage. We have been there before and as with previous occasions we brought our own wine...and it was acceptable. Nowhere in...any of their advertising did they prohibit or charge corkage. However, halfway through the meal the owner approached the host and berated him in an extremely loud and hostile voice for having brought wine. She was loud, arrogant and rude, gesturing with two fingers from eye to eye at our host. It was not what happened...it was the manner in which she handled it. A discreet discussion in the corner would have been fine. We have been big supporters of the restaurant in the past but will never go back there again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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manager693, Owner at Fat Butcher, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2022

Dear Shireencorgi, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We have noted your feedback. Regards, The Fat Butcher team

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Response from KeithSelwynBogg | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes I think they do. There are a few “ bar stool” tables on a narrow veranda next to the check in desk. It is next to the quite road, still a pleasant place to eat. Certainly last February they were not booked, available... More
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Response from Xhariep | Reviewed this property |
You must absolutely book. The meat is so good, it is fully booked virtually every night
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Fat Butcher is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5