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278 on Main Restaurant

278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
+27 82 556 5208
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good49%
  • Average7%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife wanted some hot chocolate so we went to 278 on Main. I had pancakes which were great. I would recommend.

Thank Reinard K
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So glad you enjoyed!! Come and visit us again soon Regards Sue and Team

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely early supper. Music soft, so we had quality family time, playing ( our own) card games. Nice atmosphere, Gluhwein delicious. Food tasty and nice. Staff friendly, menu good! Loved the blankets if you would like to sit outside! Calm atmosphere.

Thank johnnye973
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for a lovely review. I will pass your compliments along to my staff. We hope you and your family will visit us again soon Regards Sue

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good variety on the menu for breakfast with super service from all the staff. Sue, the owner is very much involved with her patrons. Our breakfast place for the next visits

Thank Antoinette23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very welcoming and an interesting selection of food. Try the breakfast pizza for something different. We would have liked to have come back and tried the dinner options.

Thank Christopher C
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review Christopher, We wish you could have tried the dinner options too ..... come back!!!! Michelle

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended. Great service, warm atmosphere, good food & wine. the ideal place to chill after a day at the annual beerfest in February so we are return patrons each year. Booking is essential.

Thank Parktown
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the winter compliment, we look forward to seeing you again in February! Warm regards Michelle

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely cosy restaurant with fireplace. Good food. Some starters need a little work (bobotie - not strong or tasty enough) and (cheese & fig phyllo parcel - needs more syrup) but this is being worked on and feedback is really appreciated. The soup is delicious...More

Thank Jacqui R
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jacqui, We really enjoyed having you and much appreciate your taking the time to review us as well as the constructive feedback! We look forward to seeing you again when you're next in Clarens. Thank you, Michelle

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food and drinks. Try the Rooster Koek. Service could be better. Overall good breakfast to kick off the day

Thank ugesanp
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review as we pride ourselves on our breakfasts. However I think you may have us confused with another restaurant as we have delicious homemade bread and toast and farm butter, but no Rooster Koek on our menu. Kind regards Michelle

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We arrived as a party of 12. Everyone just wanted a light meal. My husband & I ordered a sweet & a savoury pancake. The service was very slow although the restaurant had very few patrons. Of all the dishes ordered, ours should have been...More

Thank EllenKZN
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Ellen, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your points are noted and I sincerely apologise for not noticing sooner that the pancakes were not served at the same time as the rest of the order. The pancakes are made to...More

Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Hubby and i both had the beef burger!!! It was massive!!! Very nice thick patty, slightly burning for me but it was good all round! Very nice setting and environment.

Thank Dánette d
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Danette. we hope to see you again when you're next in Clarens. Kind regards Michelle

Reviewed 16 June 2017

OK we did go mid week, but we were the only patrons. The restaurateur sat at a table discussing her friends dietetic difficulties while the supervision of the kitchen seemed to be chore. The short wine list seemed to reflect the prices charged in the...More

Thank Peter W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
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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
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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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