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“Huge disappointment!”
Review of Raphael's

Raphael's
Ranked #155 of 268 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 31 January 2012

We seated outside with beautiful views over the wine estate! However once it got to the food it was really, really disappointing. Within 15 minutes of placing our order our meals arrived - what we ordered is not something that can be freshly made in that time slot. I ordered the chicken ballantine - this did not taste of chicken and it did not taste freshly made either, my side was the mashed potatoes with parsley which was very bland. My partner ordered the Kingklip fish - which tasted more like boxed fish fried in oil. We were so disappointed with this restaurant and would not go there - they are not a cheap restaurant for South African standards so the least they could do is offer freshly made food- If you are looking for a place with a good view then I would go here but not for the food - go to Delaire Graff estate instead.

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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Raphael's is a fantastic restaurant for special occasion and we were made to feel special from the moment we walked in the door to walking out.

We sat outside on the terrace and had the most beautiful view over the vineyards and a lovely dam as the sun started setting.

The wine is quite expensive and they only serve wines from their own farm, Asara. But then, the sauvignon blanc was excellent.
The food was exquisite, beautifully presented, and we were even offered a free (delicious) amuse bouche before our starters arrived. The portions aren't tiny, as happen often in these kind of extablishments, but just big enough so that we had enough, with some room for dessert, which was also fantastic.
Service was warm, friendly and attentive.

Not for every day, but we will definitely be back!

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1  Thank MKotze
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Food was great
Atmosphere felt uncomfortable for us , since we are not used to dining in this type of restaurant.

1  Thank The_dude_1984_Kees
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

Food was ok, carpaccio of kudu was excellent, vegetarian options were limited, dull and quite bland. The wine was good, and the service was ok if a bit overstaffed. Biggest issue with the restaurant was the total lack of atmosphere, if listening to Ackerman bilk elevator music on loop is your thing, you will enjoy this. Overall, its quite pretentious without any real character.

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2  Thank Nelly6375
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Had a very relaxing time - spent almost 3 hours having breakfast :) Friendly staff, good food and awesome setting. Well worth a stop at this upmarket venue!

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2  Thank Travelbuddy2010
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