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“A pleasantly surprise.”

The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #23 of 776 Restaurants in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: The Blue Crane, situated in the heart of Pretoria next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, is now under new ownership and management. Not only has the entire venue been renovated extensively, but we also built a brand new 'Boma' area ideal for functions and off course relaxing next to the bonfire on a chilly evening. The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar offers various exciting areas, ideal for private or corporate functions, including our inside dining area next to the fireplace, a brand new coffee deli on the outside deck of the extended restaurant and our classy upstairs bar with its own deck overlooking the dam and the bird sanctuary. Not only do we cater for all sorts of functions, but we also offer our famous breakfast and lunch buffet every Sunday. We went the extra mile by building a custom jungle gym for all our younger patrons which adds even more value to your unique experience
Reviewed 3 April 2018

When we visited the Blue Crane restaurant, we were enjoyably surprised, as our previous visit was unpleasant with neglectful waiting staff and discourteous managers.

This venue, under new management, which is an institution in Pretoria due to its location next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary has breath-taking views and offers a wide variety of dishes either a la carte or a set menu.
For early lunch, we shared a Chicken Musakhan Wrap and Pork Jaeger Schnitzel. The wrap, made with a Palestinian chicken recipe, was beautifully prepared and appetizing as the subtle hints of all the delicate spices were caught in the filling of the wrap. The Pork jaeger Schnitzel was served with freshly grilled vegetables and mash, accompanied by flavourful gravy (a secret blend of an aperitif and herbs). The vegetables, mash, and gravy were very delicious despite the Schnitzel itself being a bit dry and the crumbs tasting a bit stale.
The lovely server serving us was very attentive, as were all the staff and managers we encountered with our visit. Considering the new management, we will highly recommend this restaurant and bar again.

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Thank Ockert M
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Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Good Day Ockert,

Thank you for the great review, I will be sure to thank the staff on your behalf.

I will be sure to look in to the issue raised, thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Have a wonderful day, we hope to see you again soon.
Kind Regards
Zander

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We had such a lovely time with family at the Blue Crane Restautant.Great ambiance, great food, great service.

Thank Rouet D
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Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Dear Rouet,

Thank you for the wonderful review, I will be sure to thank the staff on your behalf.

Kind Regards
Zander

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Next to the bird sanctuary we enjoyed a business lunch of very fine quality. We were seated on the outside deck, where we could in privacy discuss business matters, meanwhile enjoying fishing kingfishers and other birds. The personnel is very friendly and caring, the quality of the food excellent and everything was timely served. Personally I enjoyed the local pap en wors very much. We will definitely return to the place!

Thank Alfred G
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Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Dear Alfred,

We are extremely pleased that you had such a wonderful time with us, thank you for writing this review we appreciate the time and effort.

Kind Regards
Zander

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I organised my sister's baby shower at Blue Crane, and it was smooth sailing all the way. The staff was extremely helpful and the food top notch. We ordered from the canape menu - DELICIOUS - as well as their famous carrot cake and milktart !!!

The venue itself is a gem! We celebrated right next to the water, with ducks swimming past and king fishers flying over. The staff helped with the table and whole set up before we even arrived. They have an awesome kiddies' playground. Very convenient for the parents!!

I can not thank you enough for contributing to this special day. THANK YOU!

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Thank lene d
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Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Good Day Lene,

Thank you for the amazing review, we are extremely happy that you enjoyed such a special occasion with us.

Hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards
Zander

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We visited Blue Crane for dinner. Excellent food and the service of the well trained and friendly waiters was something to take note of. You can not believe that you are in the middle of a city. Such a tranquil place.

Thank Johan N
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Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Dear Johan,

I would like to personally thank you for your awesome review, we really appreciate the kind words.

We hope to see you again soon.

Kindest Regards
Zander

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