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Reviewed 27 December 2023 via mobile

We did not not have to reserve for a tasting but we did reserve for lunch on a short notice and they had place. It s a buffet and the food is quite plane they also have pizza on the menu for example fun for...kids. The vegetables were delicious however the chicken I took was very dry. It s a simple place and not really expensive the wine tasting is 60 or 120 Rand. If you wanna do amazing restaurants in Franshoek then don t go here. If you are looking for something nice easy child friendly then you are good as it s affordable and all very easy . The man that dit the tasting was nice and had a good story. As far as the tasting goes don t expect exquisite wines they are also simple and a very few are more complicated there is no wine pairing here.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023

Leopard's Leap restaurant part of the grand tasting room, inside and outside seating. Lunch was an open buffet style, collect your plate, add your vegetables, get those weighed and you receive your ticket, go to the meat area and add whatever(the lamb was delicious) and...then find your table. Value for money, delicious selection, very satisfied.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

To be avoided. The venue looks like a workplace canteen. The noisy and vacuous restaurant space is very dull and unpleasant. Drunk people lying all around the entrance and wine tasting area. One person was even sitting at the tasting counter with their head on...the counter - seemed to be passed out. Not at all recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023

Ambiance good, venue good, service good ,food however is average. A choice of veggies would go a long way to correcting this.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2022 via mobile

Disappointed (once again) in the quality of the pork belly….it was stringy and mainly tough with one or two bites near the centre of the cut that were tender. It seemed overcooked and having had 2 disappointing visits there recently, will not go again. My...husband had the neck of lamb which he said was tender and deliciousMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 29 September 2022 via mobile

We went for the African Lunch with wine and it was sensational. The food was excellent and the wines were great. the staff were great and we had an interesting table of English, Germans and Australians. I’d highly recommend this to visitors to Franschhoek.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 11 August 2022

While visiting South Africa from the US in July with family (8 guests) we had the pleasure of enjoying the South African Table at Leopards Leap. It was absolutely wonderful! Chef Christiaan presented us the most wonderful meal! We loved experiencing traditional South African cuisine....Hearing about how he developed the recipes using his Mother and Grandmother's recipes (and sharing their cookbooks) was fascinating. His culinary skills are only rivaled by his friendly and engaging nature. Watching him and his team work in the kitchen is fun and learning about his spices and ingredients was great. The meal was beautifully complemented with wine pairing presented by Luyanda. His knowledgeable of wine is impressive and he was very engaging and friendly as well. We really hit the jackpot with this team. Many thanks to Stephné for helping arrange this wonderful experience. It was enjoyed immensely and would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 24 July 2022

Such a beautiful place to have lunch and catch up with friends! My husband, 4 year old daughter and I met a friend for lunch before heading back to the USA. This was in the height of the Omicron spike so the spacious layout of...the restaurant made us feel better about dining inside. The layout and decor is beautiful and sleek. While it is gorgeous, it is also family friendly! There’s a play area outside and a kids menu for the little ones. We started off with frozen drinks which were perfect on this hot day. My daughter ordered the pizza and it looked amazing! She still raves about the pizza from there, months later. The adults had the buffet. I had the chicken pie, which was one of the specials for the day. I’m not normally a salad person but I loved all the delicious options and being able to sample a little bit of everything. It was a nice break from some of the heavier options you get when visiting. We bought several gifts at the gift shop before leaving as well.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 17 March 2022 via mobile

It is one thing to state that cooking is your “passion,” or to include that sort of trope in your mission statement, but quite another to be exuberant and humble while placing plate after plate of perfectly executed haut cuisine in front of four patrons...who have booked for your Chef’s Table experience. At Leopards Leap, Stellenbosch (Western Cape, South Africa), Chef Christiaan Visser prepared a four course, wine-paired meal derived from his family’s farm recipes brought forward with modern techniques, but retaining deep respect for those who fed him and those whom he now feeds. I am not a “foodie,” but am blessed to have been introduced to fine dining by my parents as a youngster and to have dined over the years at some of the most praised restaurants with food prepared by chefs touted as the world’s finest. A great dining experience can be expensive, but worth the cost (La Maisonette, Cincinnati, OH circa 1980) or modestly priced, but hitting it out of the park (HB [Home Bistro], Chicago, IL circa 2010). Leopards Leap’s Chef Table served us innovative, delicious food with deep South African roots and a chance to interact with two gracious, knowledgeable food and wine experts (Chef Visser and Sommelier Luyanda) who explained what we were tasting, the rational behind food groupings and wine pairings, as well as the family history behind the recipes. What was served: We were first served a glass of Leopards Leap’s delightful Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir to wet the palate and set the tone. Then came the food and wine pairings (served at whatever pace you choose). (1) Roosterkoek. Biltong pâté with shaved Biltong pieces. Apricot reduction. Amasi with fresh quartered figs and red wine reduction. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Sauvignon Blanc. (2) Free range chicken sosaties (South Africa kebabs). “Slappoppoffers” (maize fritters) with sweet corn sauce. Grilled sweet corn. Peppedew and macadamia sauce. Chili oil. Tomato chutney. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Chenin Blanc (unoaked) and their Premier Chenin Blanc (oaked with American and Hungarian wood). I normally eschew oaked whites, but learned something interesting from Sommelier Luyanda - over oaked anything is bad. Unoaked Chenin Blancs taste best on their own, but a well oaked Chenin Blanc comes into its own when properly paired with food. (3) “Rys en fleis” (Rice and Lamb), Chef Visser’s modern interpretation of a traditional South African farm main: slow broiled lamb neck. Baby vegetables. Lamb (shoulder) bitterballen. Carrot purée. Demi glâce. Strips of crispy rice. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Pinotage. Pinotage is a uniquely South African varietal that goes perfectly with lamb dishes. (4) Ouma Hettie’s dessert recipe: Brandy tart. Homemade vanilla ice cream. Date and pecan crumble. Homemade ginger biscuit. Brandy butterscotch sauce. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Culinaria Muscat, a not-too-sweet dessert wine (we brought six bottles to take with as gifts). As we had a pending reservation to get to, the staff graciously made our delicious cappuccinos to go. In summary, one of the best meals I’ve ever had, an opinion shared by the three others in our group. Definitely the best overall food experience I have ever had. Also, likely the best fine dining value I’ve ever had. This is a five star experience at an affordable price. You will laugh, learn, enjoy, and create a wonderful set of memories at Leopards Leap.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 May 2021 via mobile

Without doubt, the best pizza I have ever eaten! While the restaurant was pretty empty - being midweek during Covid, the staff could not have been friendly or the food better. And the selection of desserts was just unfair on the waistline! This is one...to be enjoyed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 23 March 2021 via mobile

Suppose if you like this type of restaurant,then you might enjoy. Food is good but not fabulous,very much canteen like. We will try again in the future. Lots of way better places in the area.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and setting from the outside. Just a dining hall.Terrible design and acoustics inside. No atmosphere, noisy, reminded me of an airport. Too many people in closed up area. Couldn't wait to get it over and done with.Very busy, restless and the food was...ok, but the chicken is topped with a curry sauce, that was an unexpected unpleasant surprise. Wine is dirt cheap. Salads ok, fresh but not mindblowing- not worth R195 pp. Pizza was the better option.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 6 October 2020

This spacious airy restaurant with it's fantastic views over the valley and mountains is a real relaxing tonic. Service was prompt and we did not feel inhibited by Lockdown restrictions. The menu offers 4 or 5 options for lunch but the variety in the salads...and ingenuity plus quality presentation make it a must visit place again! Portions were just right and the food cooked to perfection. Then the wine was well priced and matched the food nicely. While prices are a bit up in the mid-range, the quality is almost like fine dining.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 17 March 2020

We started off with the wine tasting and then ate in their restaurant. Unique that you select your salads / potatoes etc, which are then priced by weight and you then add your meat / fish choice. The food was very tasty and a lively...atmosphere in the restaurant, with quite a few families enjoying the location. All reasonably priced and most enjoyable.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

Did the pink line on the wine tram and ended at Leopard's Leap around lunch - really enjoyed awesome food and wine! Highly recommend the rotisserie - the lamb neck was out of this world. Will definitely take a drive to Franschhoek again just for...this experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Dress code is very relaxed some people wore T shirts and shorts and others celebrating birthdays etc were dressed up,very nice venue good atmosphere,not sure about gluten free
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