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Babel Restaurant

Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (125 reviews)
“fruit” (69 reviews)
“bread” (43 reviews)
Closes in 7 min
9:00 am - 4:00 pmAll hours
CUISINES
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Value
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LOCATION
Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 624 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stayed 4 days and enjoyed the food immensely. Breakfast was the best we ever had and dinner was innovative and superb! Served by nice staff!

Thank HerrEgg
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our second visit to Babel (we first visited in January 2017 and knew we had to return). As we'd been really lucky to get a table last time, we had booked ahead this visit, to ensure we could get a spot. Our starters...More

Thank kitkatsve
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a surprise! The gardens are an absolute pleasure and although a hot Vape day, it was worth the wander. The restaurant is splendid! Most of the menu is reaped from the extensive garden and presented most magnificently at the table. A limited seasonal menu...More

Thank mikepK6114YK
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been coming to Babel for a number of years and one of the unique things about this restaurant was the amazing green/red/yellow salads which had an amazing variation of coloured local produce with a large portion so that it was either enough to...More

Thank M_Richard01
Reviewed 1 week ago

With my mum over from the UK for 10 days, it was time to pull out the stops and give her a real treat. I booked our table in November without realising at the time I was lucky to get seats as this restaurant books...More

Thank Emma H
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Emma Thank you for sharing your incredible experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the coming year. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 1 week ago

True farm to table dining... absolutely magical. Breakfasts are particularly enjoyable, with a spread of seasonal goodies to die for.

Thank Wanderlust_SAB
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We look forward to welcoming you back for many more delicious breakfasts and fabulous dinners! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was sublime. The place is low key compared to some of the other restaurants in the area, but I cant remember eating better food, no kidding

Thank Biscuit_RSA
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! How wonderful to hear about your sublime experience! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babel team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far the most interesting breakfast or meal we have had in Franschhoek. Definately an attraction to visit for the day. To start you can dish up off a harvest table filled with various foods such as homemade yoghurt and muesli, biltong, feuits,...More

1  Thank stacey l
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Stacey Thank for sharing this lovely experience of your Babel breakfast with us. This makes us even more excited to share with you that we have just been announced as one of the Best Breakfasts in the World by Conde Nast Traveler! We look...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Babylonstoeren is simply outstanding - stunning property, acres of ultra perfect manicured grounds and a menu entirely organic and self reared. We arrived early and spent an hour in the gardens before the sun set and simply just admired a truly perfect place. The dining...More

1  Thank whiterabbitjb
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It brings us great joy to hear that you had a memorable and wonderful experience with us on the farm. We hope that every visit will leave you with even better memories than before. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are many reviews of Babels excellent dinners, of which we have had two, but I want to review their breakfasts because I think they suit the deceptively pared down yet sophisticated style of their abundance themed food well. We were fortunate to have breakfast...More

Thank ryanm77330
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Ryan Thank you for this beautiful review! It brings us great joy to read about your experience. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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shirlpearl
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Simondium
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 3852
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Description
Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our "pick, clean and serve" approach. Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don't like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.
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