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278 on Main

278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
+27 82 556 5208
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good45%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“oxtail” (20 reviews)
“pork neck” (6 reviews)
“bobotie” (7 reviews)
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International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at 278 for dinner and absolutely loved this little restaurant. Their cover photo needs to be updated as it looks completely different and is beautifully decorated. The food was excellent and the staff were so friendly. We will definitely be back. Do yourself...More

Thank lisadR2241HG
MichelleC8827, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for posting such a great review Lisa - we will update our photo and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We visited the restaurant for dinner on the recommendation of a friend. The food was absolutely outstanding and the wait wrong staff and owner make every effort to make your dining experience as memorable as possible! The food is just like a home cooked meal...More

Thank Escape819950
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

It was a quiet cold evening. We enjoyed the warmth of the restaurant. The bobotie, oxtail and pork neck was fantastic. Really worth a visit.

Thank Kobus V
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you Kobus - we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Very warm and Cosy - especially when it’s was freezing outside . The food and wine was great and we had an very informative and interesting chat to the manager . We can highly recommend 278 for a more “ upmarket “ and Specialised dining...More

1  Thank SephusL
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you for such a lovely review Sephus - we enjoyed the evening too and I will pass your compliments on to the staff! Michelle

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Was told that this is the place to be for a good breakfast and it was no lie, friendly staff, fast service and good yummy food is the typical vibe at 278 on Main.

Thank DylanM1854
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thanks Dylan, what a lovely review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your breakfast with us! Michelle

Reviewed 31 July 2018

We had dinner at the restaurant. The food was very good and my Oxtail was excellent. The wine list is poor and we found the music intrusive rather that softly in the background. The service was good and friendly.More

Thank Nigel R
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us Nigel - much appreciated. I am pleased you enjoyed your meal and the service. We will take another look at our wine list and the music is a work in progress - we're working on a...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Fresh ingredients all around. Had a pancake that was wonderful. My family members had the apple crumble which was healthy and tasty. Great music and very friendly owner. Go support them!

Thank AletLollie
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Thank you Alet - we so enjoyed having you all. I have passed the compliment on to Sharon, Portia and the other staff - and hope to see you again when you are next in Clarens! Warm regards Michelle

Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We arrived early morning to a beautifully layed out restaurant. That's were is stopped. The coffee was milky. The French toast was not what was advertised... More like stale bread fried in butter and the breakfasts pizza came with soggy bread,over done eggs and less...More

Thank KirstyM2340
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

Hi Kirsty, I wish you had taken the trouble to speak to me - or any of my staff while you were still at our restaurant and before you finished your meals - the few minutes it has taken you to review us on a...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Hidden gem, great food, nice owner, involved, cozy and warm on cold night. Will come back and highly recommended

Thank Helgaard M
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We had dinner at 278 on Main on Saturday, 30 June. What a lovely experience! The food was great, the atmosphere warm and cosy and the service excellent! It feld like having dinner in the comfort of a nice and cosy home! The hostess was...More

Thank Lianie Meyer D
Michelle C, Manager at 278 on Main, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Thank you for such a lovely compliment Lianie. We enjoyed the evening too and look forward to seeing you again next time. Michelle and the staff at 278

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 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
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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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