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Babel Restaurant

Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
RR - RRR
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Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stayed at the Babel after the wine tasting & cellar tour of Babylonstoren. Now honestly said I was a bit disappointed from the tour & tasting, but by the moment we were seated on our table the whole disappointment flew away, the waitress we...More

Thank Christoph Z
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Christoph Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us. We will be sure to have a look at why the wine tasting and cellar tour did not also blow you away! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The venue was a unique and interesting experience. The Babel Restsurant was a bit of a let down, as although the presentation of the and setting is outstanding, a few of our dishes were disappointing. The Red and Yellow salad starters were amazing both the...More

Thank Stanley F
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Stanley Please accept our sincere apology for your disappointing experience at Babel restaurant. Our local produce is of the highest quality and prepared with the greatest care. The Babel management team will follow up on your feedback immediately to ensure we maintain the high...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to visit Babylonstoren to get a new and different wine farm experiences as it is more fresh and modern despite the beautiful set up of traditional cottages.The lush and extremely well-kept garden is a treat to the eye, body and soul and I...More

Thank Ute R
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ute It brings us great joy to hear about your extraordinary experience! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic dinner at Babel restaurant.The service was excellent and the food was very tasty and well presented.The Fillet on the bone and the lamb chops was excellent prepared as we askeed for.The blue chees ice cream as a desert was also very...More

Thank Janfourie
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jan We are delighted to hear about your fantastic dinner at Babel restaurant and hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fresh and local food. very colourful and fresh. delicious but not classical in style so may not be to all tastes.

Thank lancasterlondon
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Yes, we harvest fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden daily! Very happy to hear you enjoyed your time wit h us on the farm. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the whole we enjoyed our experience at Babel and found the food/ingredients to be of exceptional quality. However, there were a couple of incidents in relation to food and service that prevent us from giving a 5 star review. We visited Babel for a...More

Thank 33judes
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Juliet Thank you for taking the time to share you detailed experience; it;s of great value to us. Our management team took note of all your pointers and will make sure we always maintain the high standard of service we are known for. Best...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What bliss! I adored every moment. Beautiful, innovative food with the emphasis on home grown, reared food. I will always remember my amazing calamari salad and the abundance of flavour and colour on my plate. The service was SUPERB. Our waiter, Chester, demonstrated a wealth...More

Thank Marchmain
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Your lovely review brings us much delight! Your kind words will definitely be shared with Chester and the rest of the team. We hope to welcome you back for more treasured memories. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only ate breakfast at this restaurant twice during our stay. It was so beautifully presented. I liked how all the cold things were help yourself and the hot things were ordered. Fresh fruit, Biltong, yogurt, honey still in the comb, juices and beautiful pastries....More

Thank mdjusa
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your breakfast experience with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed every bite. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is short but enough choice. Very nice meat and lovely waitresses. It's just too bad they ask for 20Zar to enter internet domain.

Thank aissa974
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Aissa All visitors to the farm have access to free wifi. In fact we don't even ask for a password. We're unsure where and why you payed R20? Please get in touch with us at media@babylonstoren.com Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved everything about this restaurant. It was recommended by our local guide in Cape Town and we went for lunch one day while we were staying near Stellenbosch (takes less than 30 mins to get to). Great fresh juices and offerings of fresh fruit and...More

Thank RowlBear
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We look forward to welcoming you back for another A+ experience! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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shirlpearl
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Response from Janfourie | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek  >  Simondium
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 3852
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Description
Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our "pick, clean and serve" approach. Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don't like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.
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