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“Love causal restaurant at Spice Route”
Review of La Grapperia

La Grapperia
Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Suider Paarl
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a very causal lunch here this past week. With temperatures warm, it was ideal to be outdoors.

I called in advance but they were fully booked however the lady on the phone was very polite and accommodating. She said it would be fine to arrive and if the weather is good they will be able to seat more guests outside.

To our luck, the weather was great. As we arrived at 12.35pm, The Spice route was packed and filling up.

La Grapperia is a casual eatery serving pizzas and tapas at the Spice Route farm. It's one of the many places they have on the farm. It's causal, family friendly and busy! So expect families with children. There is a play area for kids 5 years plus. Note it's not suitable for younger kids and the younger ones struggled to play in the play area.

We stood in line for around 10 minutes, it was a very long line but it went very quick. To our surprise we were seated quickly and served immediately. We expected to wait for our meals as the restaurant was very busy but we had a wonderful waitress who brought our food within less than 15 minutes from placing the order.
We opted for pizzas and a side salad. Their pizza was delicious. Thin crusted and fresh ingredients. Just enough to satisfy our hunger. Most of their wines, the top choices are by the bottle and seeing that we didn't want to drink much, we ordered a red wine and rose wine by the glass. There isn't many options by the glass! For such a huge wine farm and variety of places to eat there .... I find this strange. I would like to see more variations of wines by the glass. Even just to taste !!! Is this not how you going to sell your wines... To you customers? However they do have a wine tasting section on the farm.

The place is out in the country, great views, very relaxing and ideal for both adults and children. There are different sections to explore like the art gallery or the coffee and cake cafe, chocolate tasting, ice creams, beer & burgers, Gin ... Wow this farm has a lot going on. Ideal to burn off the pizza, just wonder off and stroll around the farm.

Worth a visit. If you want something more 'formal', there's always Bertus Basson on the farm to try out. This place serves really good South African cuisine.

Although it was a public holiday in South Africa and the restaurant packed to capacity, I really appreciated the great service we received! The staff handled themselves so well, so professionally and never once looked annoyed or stressed. Well done to the team at La Grapperia for such a lovely experience on 9 August.

Thank VeeMatt
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived at La Grapperia around 15:00 on a busy public holiday. The entire spice route was packed with barely any parking. We expect a long wait for a table and slow service. We received quite the opposite. 8 people were in front of us in the queue. We waited 5 minutes, were seated, ordered, received our drinks within the next few minutes our food arrived 15 minutes after ordering! Fabulous pizzas, super thin and baked perfectly, one of us had the French version with cream cheese instead of tomato base and cheese whilst I had the olive, ham and artichoke option, both fantastic with speedy service and efficient staff. Can't wait to go back.

Thank 685leannew
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Great view, waitress was good, front of house was absolutely hopeless. We had the antipasti platters which were your average kind of platters - I mean how wrong can you go with cheese from your neighbouring farm, Fairview, cream crackers, a couple of cold meat slices and one fig? If it was not for the view and lovely surroundings this restaurant would be absolutely average beyond average. The noise level with the screaming out of control children and their parents not caring how they behave was very unpleasant. And this was in the middle of winter - can just imagine how noisy it must be in summer when every Paarl family arrive with their screaming kids. If you want an enjoyable quiet experience then rather go to the other restaurants. If you have kids and want a Spur kind of experience then come to this restaurant.

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Thank GerdaVor
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

It is rare to find a restaurant at a tourist destination in the Cape where one doesn't feel that one is paying a little over the odds, but La Grapperia really does offer excellent value for what it serves. The flammkuchen and antipasti platters are particularly highly recommended, and the pizzas are outstanding.

Thank 78PaddyC
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

amazing food, amazing service, amazing setting and best of all amazingly priced, the attention to detail and constant upgrading of the surroundings and the restaurant is reassurance that la grapperia keeps the best interests of their customers constantly in mind. which keeps me and many of my friends coming back again and again

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Thank 17robbie
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