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278 on Main

278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
+27 82 556 5208
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  • Average7%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

Thank you. Do visit us again soon Sue

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and service 10/10 for the starters and main courses! Friendly and artistic atmosphere. Personal attention from owner.

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

A big thank you for your review - we simply loved having you and are so pleased that you enjoyed both your meal and the relaxed ambience. Kind regards Michelle

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very small selection on the menu also out of the three fruit juices on the menu, only one was available.More

Thank Voyager249
Sue C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello - thank you for taking the time to review us! I have a feeling that you may have sat down at a table with the menu meant for our GuestHouse guests and not read our full day menu, as we have 11 different breakfast...More

Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Great meal and good service. A fine spot for a lunch. Good beer and a great setting in this wonderful town.

Thank Delta G
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thank you We try hard and really do appreciate the time you take to post a review. Do visit us again Sue

Reviewed 20 November 2017

Really good breakfast. Friends were staying at the B&B and we joined them for breakfast. All the food was good and the home baked breads and home made jams were excellent. Coffee was good and made as I requested. Friendly and efficient service from the...More

Thank JWT-1964
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi JWT, Apologies for the late response - I missed you somehow. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us - and even more for appreciating our home-made breads and preserves. I have passed the compliment on to the staff and hope...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

The food was fabulous at 278 on Main restaurant. The service and ambience was excellent and I’ll definitely recommend this establishment to anyone coming to Clarens.

Thank Chantykruger
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you for a lovely review. We all hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Clarens

Reviewed 29 October 2017

On our last day, we popped in for breakfast. For a reasonably large group of 7, seating and orders were taken in quick time. With a variety of orders of ranging from savoury to sweet, no one was disappointed. French toast with the lemon curd...More

Thank SLalloo
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review Regards Sue

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Wow what a great stop. We stopped for a milkshake which was wonderful and thick. Garlic tomotoe soup yummy. Pancakes are huge. Tip share!

Thank atheliah
Sue C, Owner at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

So glad you were happy with your choices. Come and see us again soon Sue

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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