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The Test Kitchen

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Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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375 Albert Road | Shop 104 A / The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock 7925, South Africa
+27 21 447 2337
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was incredible. Worth the journey for the food alone. We did the wine pairings and it was the best dinner we have ever had. It was an experience and a must visit if you go to Cape Town. We sat at the bar to watch the chefs and had so much fun with the chefs and servers as... More 

Thank Celder989
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166 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While I do share some of the frustration with the online booking system it is rather unfair to review this restaurant on that basis alone as these one star reviews skew the ranking of this fantastic restaurant. Having missed getting a booking on the first of the month for our meal just over five weeks later we were massively fortunate... More 

Thank TimManchester
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Obviously, their website can't handle everyone trying to book at 8 am on the 1st of the month. The site either crashes, is not accessible, shows the dates as fully booked and not yet open in 10 second intervals once you do get on. They need to come up with a better system.

1 Thank PatrickMuesse
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's the same old story. Called months before from the UK... tried to book in advance.... unhelpful person on the phone directing me book online. Despite having the fastest internet about and getting through to entering the R500pp deposit. The booking system crashes because their server is overloaded and I lose my spot. I try again for 30 minutes to... More 

1 Thank Daniel K
Tbilisi, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm posting my story here as The Test Kitchen never responded to my experience of their terrible customer service. Four of my friends and I had dinner at The Test Kitchen on April 8 (we made the reservation in August, this was the first date available, and we planned a Cape Town trip around the dinner as we live in... More 

2 Thank LizaMaCo
TheTestKitchen, Owner at The Test Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Liza, I have looked into your complaint and I was actually on the pass on the night in question. When the waiter brought your request to my attention I clearly stated that we would not be willing to take the money for the chips you requested. Your group insisted and I said if you really wanted to you could... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Heard all about how great it was and was not disappointed. Amazing food, great service and not a bad thing to say. Will definitely make a point of going back as often as I can.

Thank danders212
Bruges, Belgium
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were Lucky to be able to book a table but is was very difficult! The Test Kitchen has changed a lot since our last visit. We were surprised! A very original concept with a dark room (apéro) and the Light room (the restaurant itself). Food was outstanding, service excellent. Luke and his team do an excelllent job. This is... More 

Thank Ann V
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous. The concept has changed since our visit last year - and it is excellent. What has not changed is the quality of the food and its cooking - they are to the highest level, cutting edge, inspiring. Excellent but not obtrusive service. Fine wines

Thank David S
Zurich, Switzerland
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370 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me start with the negative point, the reservation system. I fully understand some of the frustrated reviewers who had difficulties to book, I also had a hard time but was lucky to get a table. I strongly recommend they change it to a normal system! The decor has changed, very nice first room with lot of wood where you... More 

Thank TandTSwitzerland
Durban, South Africa
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59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked on the 1st October for a November booking, the booking process is not the easiest in the world. I would suggest them opening up more lines or going live (web bookings) earlier than 8am. Anyhow we got our booking and flew from Durban to Cape Town for my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations. It was so worth it.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 375 Albert Road | Shop 104 A / The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock 7925, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Woodstock
  • Phone Number: +27 21 447 2337

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