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Jan Cats Restaurant and Bar - CLOSED

Dorp Street | Stellenbosch Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa
+27 21 887 3644
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible7%
16 Jul 2014
“Mediocre food and bad attitude”
11 Jul 2014
“Good value”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Dorp Street | Stellenbosch Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

I took my team for dinner last week and was really disappointed with the food and manager's attitude. If you ordered a burger, you were safe but the rest was just poor. My one colleague ordered a chicken schnitzel which was so dry and tasteless...More

Thank VonniCapeTown
Ma-Afrika, Manager at Jan Cats Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Dear VonniCapeTown, On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for not exceeding your expectations. Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us and we will be using the feedback you have provided to implement improvements, and to ensure we offer...More

Reviewed 12 July 2014

Jan Cats is part of the Stellenbosch Hotel complex close to the centre of town. The food is good without being top class, but a very pleasant atmosphere and good service helps compensate for that. We stayed at the hotel so ate there at least...More

Thank CeeJay1944
Ma-Afrika, Manager at Jan Cats Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Dear CeeJay1944, We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Jan Cats Restaurant. We value all our guests' comments as these assist us greatly in improving our products and services. Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back...More

Reviewed 1 July 2014

Centrally located, close to shopping and art galleries. We ordered fresh line fish, prepared with herbs, Mediterranean flat bread and a glass of white wine. The food was very tasty and fresh. We had to wait though about 40 min. But it was worth it.More

Thank Olga P
Ma-Afrika, Manager at Jan Cats Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Olga P, Thank you for the positive feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Jan Cats Restaurant and Bar. We value all of our guest’s comments highly as it is important for improving our services and product. We hope...More

Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is one of my favourite spots... in summer. My first "winter visit" was terribly disappointing, with a limited menu (advertised special not available as advertised on their facebook) and drinks order getting mixed up. Will visit again in summer, but need a different winter...More

Thank Jade G
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Nice spot top sit on the pavement and sample some of the local beers and wines. Basic dishes like burgers are adequate but they're not able to hit the more sophisticated sounding offers. Staff are always friendly so it's a good option for an aperitif...More

Thank christine c
Reviewed 18 April 2014

This venue has the best street tables in Stellenbosch. Their staff are friendly and knowlegable.We have eaten here on numerous occassions, mostly having a lunch time burger and a fresh draft beer. On this occassion we decided to experiment with their new ! Oh dear,...More

1  Thank TrezSouthAfrica
Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

What n absolute disaster.Coffee come in the saucer and the waiter nonchalant just put the cup down on the table and take the saucer back.The hamburger patties raw and the sausage sour.The manager comment...I have tasted it and there is nothing wrong with it.This was...More

Thank GardenrouteGunner
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We 'just' had salads, but they were salads which took on a whole different dimension. Fresh, amazing flavors and textures including nectarines avocado and crispy bacon. Salad was so good that I went to the kitchen to compliment the chef! Absolute perfection. Service was excellent...More

Thank Frogolini
Reviewed 16 February 2014

If you want an entrée sized meal at main prices this is the place. Having dined here we were given the wrong beer and when I pointed this out I was told that it just looked different in the glass WRONG. The main meal salmon...More

Thank Jill R
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We had dinner at Jan Cats on a recent visit to Stellenbosch. I had the Skewers of game which was really good and my wife had the mushroom gnocci. Service was prompt and friendly. The place is located along busy Dorp Street but the trees...More

Thank ShareKhan4
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
USD 5 - USD 14
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dorp Street | Stellenbosch Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Stellenbosch
  • Phone Number: +27 21 887 3644
  • E-mail
One of the most popular destinations for both locals and visitors to Stellenbosch, the Jan Cats Restaurant (located at the Stellenbosch Hotel), recently launched their new delectable offerings. Under the leadership of head chef Chris Augustyn a new menu is introduced to the acclaimed restaurant. For the Brasserie menu Jan Cats will be offering simple, fresh, well-presented food and will also be offering a variety of flat breads that no one else in Stellenbosch is doing. Jan Cats has a great location in the heart of Stellenbosch, and have plenty of seating both inside and out. There is the Brasserie where people can come and watch their favorite sport. The outside terrace area is perfect for those summer days and the main dining room has a wonderfully intimate feel and atmosphere. The Jan Cats Restaurant was named after the original owner of the property (which was built on land granted by Governor Simon van der Stel between 1692 and 1701). Jan Cats was Stellenbosch’s medical doctor/dentist/barber. The Stellenbosch Hotel, or Swart House, was built after a fire destroyed the original building in the late 18th century and opened its doors in 1876. The building was restored to its former glory in 1987 after which it was declared a national monument.
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