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The Thistle Restaurant

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19 St Andrews Road, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
+27 46 604 5400
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good8%
  • Average0%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“dress code” (3 reviews)
“fine dining” (4 reviews)
“wine pairing” (2 reviews)
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International, Contemporary, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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19 St Andrews Road, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 42 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first surprise was to find that the dinner menu consisted of a choice of two table d’hote menus...Brittain or South African each consisting of 5 courses with wine/drink pairings. They were very accommodating with these and could order across if you didnt like what...More

Thank Leeman2410
GMRSAH, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Leeman2410, Thank you for the great review on the Thistle Restaurant. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the wine pairing experience with a difference. I have passed your comments on to the Thistle Team and they appreciate your time and feedback. Visit us...More

Reviewed 14 February 2018

My first surprise was to find that the dinner menu consisted of two table d’hote menus...meat or vegetarian and each made up of 5 courses with or with out wine/drink pairings. No a la carte option, Having said that the both fixed menu options were...More

Thank Celtic-Wanderer
Reviewed 4 February 2018

I wanted to take my wife here for a special occasion and tried to book a table. The executive telephoned me and explained they couldn't take the risk as the didn't have a special kitchen for preparing food for gluten-free clients.More

Thank Prof W
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Dear Prof W: On the basis that you informed our Executive Chef that your wife was extremely sensitive to Gluten , I made the decision to regret this request. As careful as we might be , there are factors over which we have no control...More

Reviewed 22 January 2018

Had a very nice meal at The Thistle. Varied menu and quick friendly service. A nice place to spend the evening.More

Thank LynnClegg
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Dear Lynn: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I have passed your comments on to The Thistle Team, who appreciated them a great deal. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. Wessel Benson General...More

Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

The title of the review is for our maitre'd Robyn, he made the dinner memorable. The food provided a gastronomic journey of note and 4 people in our 6 party table enjoyed super wine pairing with their four course meal. The vegetarian option is to...More

2  Thank Graeme J
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2017

Dear Graeme: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I have passed your comments on to The Thistle Team, who appreciated them a great deal. Robin is also looking to see what he can add to the "show"for you...More

Reviewed 12 December 2017

We had an excellent dinner with perfect wine pairing. The food helping were generous and the wine collection was perfect.More

Thank Traveller_Oldie
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2017

Dear Traveller Oldie: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I have passed your comments on to The Thistle Team, who appreciated them a great deal. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. Wessel Benson...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017

Various plates, good restaurant, nice place. Good service. Come back with pleasure and will do soon.

Thank JPGir
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Dear JP: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. Wessel Benson General Manager Royal St Andrews Hotel

Reviewed 9 October 2017

We attended the Thursday night exclusive wine and food pairing. The world-class food was expertly flavoured and exquisitely presented, and the wine was very well paired with each meal. This was a not-to-be-missed experience for anyone who visits the Sunshine Coast and Port Alfred.More

Thank Claire W
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Dear Claire: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I have passed your comments on to The Thistle Team, who appreciated them a great deal. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. Wessel Benson General...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

The food at the Thistle is excellent. The menu is really varied and original and the food surpases expectation. Plating by the chef is done with love, attention to detail is absolute. Great wine list, unfortunately not all in stock. Service was good, no complaints.More

Thank 940gillw
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Dear Gill: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I have passed your comments on to The Thistle Team, who appreciated them a great deal. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. Wessel Benson General...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

If you want an awesome dining experience, I suggest you try the wine pairing held on Thursday evenings at The Thistle Restaurant - really really good!! � We went on 2 consecutive Thursdays and were blown away each time - the courses were well paired...More

Thank GlynisCowan
RoyalStaGM1, General Manager at The Thistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Dear Glynis: Thank you for posting a review of your experience at The Thistle Restaurant. I have passed your comments on to The Thistle Team, who appreciated them a great deal. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. Wessel Benson General...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Wednesday
19:00 - 21:30
Thursday
19:00 - 21:30
Friday
19:00 - 21:30
Saturday
19:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 St Andrews Road, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  Port Alfred
  • Phone Number: +27 46 604 5400
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Royal St Andrews Hotel
Description
Our elegant signature restaurant, which serves a choice of two set menus, which change every week. Each menu has the option of being paired with wines from our award-winning wine list. Our Chef Debby and her team prepare all the dishes from scratch using quality ingredients and traditional preparation methods. The menus for the week are on display outside The Thistle. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. By Reservation Only. No under 12's. Dress Code is smart.
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