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278 on Main

278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
+27 82 556 5208
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“lamb shank” (14 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 20:00 Hours
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Most of the town was packed and I decided to try this Restaurant, Last one in the street. As it was empty I did not expect much, but to my surprise the food and service was excellent, much better than expected

Thank alwyn1_12
Reviewed 4 days ago

Just love staying at 278 On Main, Sue and Michelle such lovely hosts, always the attention to detail. Lovely views from the Crystal Room suite.

Thank Lisa P
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Lisa - we are so looking forward to your next visit!!

Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Stayed here a few times. Always an awesome experience. Love the friendliness of all staff and Sue. Have eaten in a few places in Clarens and they still have the best Lamb Shank and Oxtail in Clarens. Will highly recommend the accommodation and food anyday....More

Thank Dawn H
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post a review Dawn. We always love having you to stay and I will pass your compliments on to the staff. Michelle

Reviewed 5 April 2018

A really nice place - great food and friendly welcome! Beautiful mosaic tables and comfy chairs with blankets. Had a great meal - not too expensive and at the quiet end of town to just sit and relax and watch the world go by.

Thank akwaaba1970
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Homely restaurant, great food and ambiance. Management and staff friendly and professional. Menu has a great variety and pavement restaurant appeal great for daytime visits

1  Thank Craigebe1
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

HI Craig, Thank you! We're so pleased you enjoyed your Birthday Weekend and our restaurant - we loved having you and hope to see you again next time you're in Clarens! Michelle and the 278 team.

Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

We decided on eating here based on an evening drive around. The bistro style restaurant looked inviting and almost bohemian and so we decided to give it a go. Fair warning was given to us on arrival as the hostess did advise us a large...More

Thank NauticalVoyager
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Hi there, As you were given fair warning about the large conference group, and your review is all about the atmosphere, we do sincerely hope that you will come again. We have a lovely warm ambience, good food, happy welcoming staff and as such are...More

Reviewed 12 February 2018

Had the savoury pancakes. it said mince but was basically just a bolognese mince sauce inside the pancake which wasnt nice at all... the waiters are very unfriendly and slow, even had to go myself to the till to pay as they werent bringing the...More

Thank charlietraveller2016
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Good Morning I am sorry you were disappointed in your meal. It would have been easy to correct if you had asked for management at the time who are always available. We do not use a portable card machine so everyone comes to the till...More

Reviewed 11 January 2018

great place, friendly good food. Neat and happy enviourment I would recommend it to travellers in the area

Thank renee196107
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review. I am glad that you were happy and hope you visit us again soon. Sue

Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff.... The food is absolutely fantastic. We had lamb shank which was out of this world. Michelle was a fantastic hostess.

Thank Grant J
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you. Do visit us again soon Sue

Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We popped in for a late lunch and were rewarded with a backgammon set and incredible delicious home made soup. Add to this decadent decor and friendly staff and you have a must visit spot on your hands.

Thank Ray S
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Dear Ray, It was just so lovely to have you enjoy our food and spend some time unwinding on our veranda, thank you for sharing on TripAdvisor. Michelle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Free State  >  Clarens
  • Phone Number: +27 82 556 5208
  • E-mail
Since opening in December 2007, the restaurant has built a reputation for serving one of the best breakfasts in Clarens. Describing his recent breakfast at 278 on Main, Brendan Seery, Executive Editor, The Star said "The omelettes and cappuccinos are the equivalent of the best anywhere in the world."The breakfast menu ranges from cereal with yoghurt and honey for the not so hungry to a hearty English breakfast.On the menu throughout the day are a variety of salads comprising fresh farm produce wherever possible and mouth-watering sweet and savoury pancakes. You'll find many international favourites like toasted cheese & tomato as well as scrumptious treats served on ciabattas or toasted paninis.When the weather is chilly, a bowl of Sue's home-made soup or one of her speciality pasta dishes is always a good option. And if you're not in a hurry, the Beef & Guiness or Chicken & Mushroom pies are well worth waiting for. Or if you're simply in the mood for a sweet treat you can't go wrong with the chocolate brownies, scones and cream or freshly baked muffins.Dinner is always a culinary delight - try the vegetable spring rolls, duck liver pate with toasted ciabatta or the baked camembert with melba toast. Main course specialities include, lamb shank, melt-in-the mouth lamb curry, oxtail and stir fries. End your meal with one of Sue's outrageously decadent desserts.
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