Clos Malverne Restaurant

Clos Malverne Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
9:00 - 17:00
Tue
9:00 - 17:00
Wed
9:00 - 17:00
Thu
9:00 - 17:00
Fri
8:00 - 21:00
Sat
8:00 - 21:00
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Ratings and reviews
2.5
2.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
2.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
2.7 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.3 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
R 137.00 – R 273.00
CUISINES
International, European, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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About
A family friendly bistro in the Devon Valley area of Stellenbosch. A seasonal menu offering wholesale, bistro style food, beautifully plated. We also have a woodfired pizza menu, an option of a set menu, vegetarian / vegan menu & dietary requirements accommodated. Our wine tasting is done in the restaurant and we have a few pairing options, namely ice-cream, pizza, cheese, meat & kiddie. We are blessed with the most beautiful uninterrupted views of the mountains & vineyards which can be seen from the restaurant through our frameless glass doors. Closed on a Monday. The restaurant can be booked for private functions. We have a jungle jym and basket of toys for the little ones. A relaxing, unhurried atmosphere
PRICE RANGE
R 137.00 – R 273.00
CUISINES
International, European, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds, Family style, Gift Cards Available
2.5
2.5 of 5 bubbles31 reviews
Excellent
7
Very good
3
Average
4
Poor
8
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Shona G
Lossiemouth5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
Such a disappointing Sunday lunch . 5 November 2023 We have been dining at Clos Malverne for over 10 Years and it has always been an outstanding experience . We have been visiting Cape Town for over 20 years for a long stay every September until November and Clos Malverne has always been top favourite . Until now ! My brother described it as the worst meal he had ever had in South Africa and our party of 8 all agreed we would never return . There are so many excellent restaurants out there! The starter of riblets which 3 chose were totally inedible. The mains were unappetising food dumped on the plate . We asked for a second bottle of Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc but 2 were not available ! I could mention more that disappointed but safe to say the whole experience was very poor and the chef needs to up her game !!
Written 16 November 2023
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allmylife
142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 family
A disappointing celebratory visit for the three of us. We booked months earlier. Beautiful views over the mountains and the expectation for good food was the reason for booking. The restaurant was very quiet and we had asked for a window table. We were brusquely told the free table was not available. After a discussion, the waitress said she'd "make and exception" after we were shown to a table really for two The weren't many more than a handful of tables. Tough lamb riblets, over done steaks and risotto you could stand a spoon up in! No recognition of the celebration? Regrettably the website paints a better picture. We could not recommend.
Written 14 January 2024
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RIcPlett
Plettenberg Bay10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Very disappointing family Sunday lunch. Very few vegetarian options on the menu, pizza was the final vegetarian choice. Pork belly with no crackling - really? Lamb rogan gosh curry was tasty but mainly big bones. Service was slow, room was cold, no fire, no heater (broken) - we shared a blanket. Has a new owner - she has a lot to get right to get it back to where it was.
Written 30 July 2023
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Simon C
Ashtead762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
Its good – but not as good as it once was, which is a shame as we want this restaurant to succeed and appreciate that the new management need some time to find their feed. However, their strategy of moving downmarket with much larger food portions, less smart dining, (but less generous on wine pouring's) doesn’t do it for us. Judging by how easy is was to reserve a table on the veranda (something that used to happen only if you booked 3 months in advance) I would suggest that the new strategy isn’t bearing fruit yet. This was once a highlight, an essential must-do restaurant, it’s still a nice-to-have, just not outstanding anymore.
Written 11 December 2023
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Mike C
Western Cape15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
We have been coming to the estate regularly for several years, often for the "Lifestyle Package" which offers accommodation, spa treatment and a lunch which has always been the highlight of our stay due to the spectacular food, friendly atmosphere and great service. Sadly, none of this was evident during our last visit. We waited a half hour just to order, and it was an hour before the starter arrived. Thereafter, it was a 45 minute wait for the main course and again for the dessert. Over 3 hours in the restaurant, even though all courses were ordered at the beginning. The waiter explained the restaurant was not expecting so many customers that day and was understaffed: really? Surely an upmarket fine-dining restaurant (where the majority of patrons presumably make a booking) is professional enough to avoid such a situation? The menu did not match the range and quality of dishes we had come to expect after many memorable lunches here, and we found the food lacking in flavor, tho well presented. Apparently the restaurant is under new management: I can only imagine the owners will have cause to reflect on the many complaints which must surely be forthcoming. We so enjoy the accommodation and spa that we will definitely continue to visit, but certainly avoid the restaurant.
Written 2 August 2023
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mundmmuc2016
Munich84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 friends
For the first time after the takeover by Nicole Marais we invited friends to the restaurant of the wine estate Clos Malverne for lunch. The wonderful view from the front terrace in glorious weather is still indescribable. The competent and very friendly service provided by Albar and team was phantastic. After the MCC Clos Malverne Sparkling Brut (not really brut), we chose the unoaked Chardonnay to accompany our meal. The summer menu, which can be chosen à la carte or as a two or three course meal is very popular. Both, the prawn-cocktail with „Mary Rose-dressing in a pastry waffle, as well as the Spring Bock fillet on Lyonnaise potatoes were beautifully decorated on the plates and of high quality – only the meat was not really medium as recommended as well-done. The cheesecake for dessert is a surprise. The whole experience convinced us and invites us to come back again.
Written 8 March 2024
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akay07
Truro336 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 friends
My late husband and I used to make a point of dining at Clos Malverne on our annual vacations so when I visited with a friend recently I was excited to return. I knew that it had changed hands but thought it would be fine. I started with the lamb ribs. I know they should have a certain amount of fat on them but I could hardly find any meat. They were almost inedible. For my main course I went on to the braised beef. I make this myself so, again, I know that there should be a certain amount of fat to bring out the flavour but there was so much that it made me feel nauseous. The cheeseboard was fine. Sadly the front balcony frameless glass doors had derailed the previous day and it was sweltering. We asked very politely whether it would be possible to have a fan to cool us down but were told this was not possible. Then we saw a table of four suddenly being provided with a fan! I spoke to the FOH who said that it had changed from the previous fine dining and she would get someone to email me the next day. I really am not bothered that it wasn't fine dining. I just wanted a decent lunch. I received a rather patronising email, part of which stated: "We are introducing our new menu next week and we are working hard to ensure that the new menu is a much lighter one, with much less fatty cuts of meat, to avoid more disappointed guests". So it's probably not just me who raised the issue of fatty meats. Such a disappointment. Sorry Clos Malverne I won't be back.
Written 3 February 2024
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JakeBotes
Cape Town Central14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 family
This used to be our favourite wine lands restaurant. Due to life, we didn’t go back for an extended period, and returned for a special occasion… wow were we disappointed. Meal surrounded by a swarm of flies. A nice salmon steak was ruined by a big bowel of ice cold slimy rice. The steak was burnt and had a sour split mushroom sauce. The chicken salad consisted of blocks of blue cheese and tasteless chicken. Kids vegetables were peppers and onions. General apathy in management and what seems to be complete loss of taste in the meal construction. The systemic change and drop in quality at this restaurant is so dramatic, I can’t see us ever going back.
Written 3 March 2024
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Sarah C
Ashtead1292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 couples
Always excellent, our two lunches in one week again did not disappoint. The views from the balcony are stunning, the service attentive and friendly, the menu choices superb (we opted for the wine pairing lunch) and I was thrilled with my choices of tempura hake, kudu tartare, salmon and then cheesecake. On the second occasion I swapped the hake for mussels and the salmon for kingclip, equally delicious. Luncheoning here is a highlight of our Stellenbosch stay and we look forward to returning.
Written 1 November 2023
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candleford2016
London2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 family
We dined at Clos Malverne on the 5th March . It was a memorable evening with wonderful views and excellent food and service. We both chose the prawn cocktail in a pastry case followed by wonderful venison. My husband likes his venison ‘medium’ , I prefer ‘medium rare ‘ . We both received exactly what we requested . I had not read any reviews before our visit and it was only when starting to write this review I saw them . I would refer you to Grand Tour , comprehensive review on January 17th. I agree completely with them . Also the good review below this . Give it a go …… you will not be disappointed . It’s a great unpretentious restaurant where you will be warmly welcomed I wish I had a restaurant like this near me in England .
Written 8 March 2024
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R9661DRamy
Stellenbosch6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 friends
We booked the whole restaurant for a special birthday celebration. The whole experience (from the initial booking, selection of set menu dishes, arrival drinks and canapes, the quality of the food and the service from all staff) was excellent! I can really recommend Clos Malverne for any special occasion. Amy Dec 2023
Written 8 January 2024
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LeeAndrew1972
Truro District34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
This is fantastic restaurant and a beautiful location. The staff were very helpful and friendly and always very attentive. The menu was varied but not too much which we like . We had the strawberry, peanut brittle salad and the lambs ribs to start ( my only negative was that the ribs were overcooked for me as i like them pink. We then had the Seafood risotto and the fish thermador. Absolutely beautiful and the Clos Malvern Brut to wash it down.
Written 30 December 2023
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ANDREW T
42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
This was our favourite wine estate in SA. We have been 5 times. Sadly the restaurant has been sold off. The tasting menu gone and the menu streamlined . The food is mediocre at best and the management have little knowledge of the wines blaming a lack of cooperation with the winery. The accommodation is also separate and though very reasonably priced lacks the attention expected and provided elsewhere. Really disappointed. Much better options out there.
Written 2 December 2023
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Geoff H
29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
Sadly, our experience was similar to Shona's. We have been here 10-12 times over the past 10 years and always rated it as one of our favourite dining experiences, but not this time. Our starters were ok, but our main courses were dreadful, particularly my wife's prawn risotto, which was a plate of sludge. We left before finishing our main courses, a near-unique experience for us. In the past the dining room had always been full but on this occasion it was nearly empty, so I'm guessing others have had a similar poor experience. To be fair, the waiting staff were great but battling against a very poor kitchen. Such a shame.
Written 30 November 2023
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Relax45448327659
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 friends
The food is good and tasty. Sadly our experience was marred by poor service. Upon ordering a bottle of MCC, we were delivered a previously opened bottle with a champagne cork on it. We were told it had just been opened erroneously "minutes" ago. Upon tasting it was clearly flat. We were then told that there was no other stock due to a large function the day before. So we ordered the sparkling only to be told there was none cold, again due to the previous days function..... And so it went on..... I won't bore you with the details. A combination of fibs and ineptitude. We will not go back.
Written 15 October 2023
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