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La Vida Restaurant

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Esplanade | Beach Front, East London, South Africa
+27 43 742 6967
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked for xmas lunch and spoke to Theo who told us that xmas lunch was 250, upon arrival we were told lunch was 380, and yet the waitress had told us that it was 360, we eventually paid 360. The food was not befitting a christmas lunch, oxtail was undercooked and the wings were just boiled. The portions were... More 

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Thank simbadoka
Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a family of 19 we expected a few hiccups with our meal. The service was excellent and the staff friendly and accommodating. The views are out of this world. The cocktails were a little slow as there was only 1 barman, but were great when they arrived. The starters arrived quickly, though one was delayed, but arrived fairly quickly.... More 

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Thank Majubandoda
Pretoria
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

I took my wife and two daughters to La Vida Restaurant Saturday evening. We made it a formal affair after long day at Nahoon Beach. The restaurant had an amazing view of the ocean. Beneath the restaurant, you could hear the sounds of the waves bashing the rocks. There was 180 degree of the ocean view. The atmosphere was great.... More 

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Thank 18thabanin
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I stopped for an evening drink and contemplated supper. The view is incredible but the cost of the drink – probably to rip off tourists – made me leave quickly without a second thought about having dinner. Besides the drink being very expensive, the person who served me claimed not to have change and thus I paid even more. And,... More 

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Thank Imraan H
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Excellent position with a deck looking over the ocean. The food was above average yet reasonably priced and service was excellent but discreet. We were treated to a massive pod of dolphins going past while we enjoyed our lunch. Loved it.

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Thank Dennis R
Hout Bay, South Africa
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58 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Nice menu spread at mid range to low budget price. Beer a bit more expensive that other local restaurants. The chicken and steaks are good (steaks are very well priced). The chillie poppers are awesome (be warned!!).

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Thank Deon V
East London, South Africa
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98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

I had the great misfortune of ordering the seafood pasta. Not only was it stodgy and clunky it was also cold. My partner had a similarly bad experience when the most minute order of calamari arrived as a main. Never again

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Thank CoastalLivingSA
Johannesburg, South Africa
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255 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Talk about beachfront living. You not only have wonderful views of the beach but the restaurantis practically on the water. Amazing! The service from our waitress was good but the good service was super slow. Considering it was a Thursday evening and the restaurant wasn't full. The food itself was ok. Nothing great. The cocktail selection is very interesting and... More 

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Thank Sunshine0789
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has the potential to be incredible with a view like this! But unfortunately our food was very average for paying such high prices. Also only about half of the menu was actually available.

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Thank Candice L
London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Went for drinks and light meal.. ...when bill came we where HIGHLY over charged ...example ordered 3 shorts of tequila when bill came we where charged for 11 ... we complain and refused to pay as it was impossible to consume the amount of alcohol we where being charged for ..they locked us in restaurant and called the police..Never seen... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Esplanade | Beach Front, East London, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  East London
  • Phone Number: +27 43 742 6967

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?