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The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar

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156 Melk Street | New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
+27 12 460 7615
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07:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Mon 07:30 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Pretoria, South Africa
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the ideal in town coffee shop with a nature surrounding you. The view is great and the coffee and cakes is divine. A must do!

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Thank Hester741
Pretoria, South Africa
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here a few times. Ordered their Eland which was on special and really enjoyed it. The view is nice and right next to bird sanctuary. Great place to relax.

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Thank Gerbrandt R
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The lunch is better than the brunch, so attend the braai. The lamb is to die for. The winning pieces of this location are the staff, the decor, and the surrounding environment. If you truly love bird watching take time to walk around the restaurant prior to ordering food. This was my second time to South Africa and I so... More 

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Thank Aneesah A
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning Aneesha, WOW! Thank you very much for choosing The Blue Crane Restaurant for your visit to South Africa :) We hope to welcome you again in the near future. Kind regards, Marian More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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62 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We've been many, many times and every time you think this is the ultimate. However, every time you go back, you are simply amazed at the service, location, ambiance and the offerings!! These youngsters certainly know what they are doing and how to do it!! Keep it up, Guys!!

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1 Thank Johan G
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning Johan, WOW! Thank you very much for taking some time to review our restaurant! We appreciate your positive review :) Kind regards, Marian More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Restaurant right next to a birds sanctuary and dam with plentiful bird life to admire. The food is good but expensive and the menu selection limited. It has a kiddies play area to keep the youngens entertained

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Thank Erik K
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning Erik, Thank you very much for taking some time to review our restaurant! We appreciate your comments. Kind regards, Marian More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

In the Austin Robert bird park...tranquil and peacful and a great place to relax and enjoy nature and get fresh air. Food great, coffe delicious!

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Thank LilavanZyl
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning Lila, Thank you for your positive review about the restaurant! We hope to relax you again in the near future :) Kind regards, Marian More 

San Jose, California
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85 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed two fantastic lunches here in March 2015 and returned in October 2016 to see the place was packed at 1145am. In fact this makes perfect sense, given the great bird-watching in one of the most tranquil dining settings in all of South Africa. Where else in the world will a Blue Crane practically walk up to your table and... More 

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Thank Steven M
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning! WOW! Thank you very much for taking some time to review the restaurant! We greatly appreciate your incredible positive comments! We are looking forward to welcoming you at the restaurant in the near future :) Kind regards, Marian More 

Pretoria
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129 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We had breakfast for my mother's 82nd birthday with my three brothers and their spouses. I pre-booked and we had a fantastic table on the terrace with beautiful views over the bird sanctuary. The service was slow initially, but did not matter as we were enjoying the scene and company. The waiters made up for it later during the morning.... More 

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Thank Fkafrica
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning! Thank you very much for taking some time to review the restaurant! We greatly appreciate your positive comments. We are looking forward to welcoming you to a nice dinner soon. Kind regards, Marian More 

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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I took our 3 year old daughter for Sunday breakfast. Such a great atmosphere under the trees and next to the lake. Lovely jungle gym for the kids. The service was excellent with friendly staff and the buffet was one of the best I've ever had as the quality of the food was really amazing.

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Thank Candice B
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning Candice, Thank you for taking some time to review our Sunday Breakfast Buffet! We are very glad you like it as much as we do :) Hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Marian More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Our last lunch in South Africa during our last trip through was on the veranda of the Blue Crane, and it was a wonderful visit. The new management have done very well, as the wine was delicious as was the game steak (Kudu if I recall). The views of the lake and sanctuary were wonderful as well, as was watching... More 

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Thank Marc S
Crane01Pretoria, Front Office Manager at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good morning Marc, Thank you very much for taking some time to review the restaurant! We greatly appreciate your comments. We hope to see you again on your next trip to SA. Kind regards, Marian More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Buffet, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 15:00
Monday
07:30 - 15:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 22:00
Thursday
07:30 - 22:00
Friday
07:30 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Melk Street | New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: +27 12 460 7615
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

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