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Blue Zoo restaurant

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Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 303 3568
08:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incompetent Servers with no clue of what is expected if them, i blame management for extremely poor training. Beautiful setting, great playground for kids. Food is average but service is tragic. Im inclined to go elsewhere, where i don't spend the whole meal wanting something and unable to order it. This increases the bill total, thus increasing turnover. If you... More 

Thank 252dobby
Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Surrounded by the most beautiful scenery we were served poorly poached eggs on the driest thinnest English muffin I've ever tasted with what resembled a slice of highly processed cold meat (nowhere near the scrumptious sounding farmhouse ham). This was worsened by the sight of the burnt fried eggs on my husband's plate. I thought it highly offensive to set... More 

Thank sheri308
Level Contributor
77 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Blue zoo is well positioned next to Mitchell park zoo and within the free Mitchell park. It had good shade and a kiddies area with child minders . I had the chicken pesto wrap and my wife had the vegetarian wrap, both were good. The pianist was a nice relaxing touch but I don't know when he plays. I also... More 

Thank Steve_zaJhb
London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

My grandfather-in-law recommended this restaurant, claiming they made the best lamb curry in Durban. It was pretty good. The meat just melted in the mouth and was accompanied by fragrant pilau rice. We sat outside and the waiters made sure my family and I were protected from the sun. It's a nice place to come with kids, as there are... More 

Thank Lodette27
Durban, South Africa
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125 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Restaurant situated on the edge of a beautiful park, amongst the pretty flower gardens make it one of the few in Durban. The restaurant has a great menu, serving special dishes each day. I went for afternoon tea, so the delicious scones with fresh cream and jam were perfect with tea. A resident pianist provided beautiful music.. I was in... More 

Thank Ferial
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I grew up in Durban but live in London now Return to Durban regularly to visit my Dad. He really likes going to the Blue Zoo for tea or lunch, as do I This time, I returned to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday. He wanted a function at Blue Zoo, so that's what we did The place could not have... More 

Thank RoadWarrior298
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped there for lunch after our Mitchell Park Zoo visit. Lovely atmosphere, piano playing in the back round. The food and service top class. Family friendly.

Thank njc112
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I generally will stick to reviewing my positive experiences as I hate wasting anymore time than I have to on negativity. This however is a hard one to navigate! The negative first - the food is very average! I was assured the chicken and prawn curry was delicious and it really wasn't. The flavour of the curry was best described... More 

Thank Diane B
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We go to Blue Zoo often and never had a bad experience. We sit outside as we always take our doggy for a walk in the park. Awesome food and a very relaxed atmosphere. Gardens with the most colourful flowers add to the tranquil feeling. Saturday mornings you can eat while a pianist playing lovely music.

Thank Gerda D
Durban, South Africa
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298 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This is a nice café type restaurant situated in the grounds of Mitchell park - inside and on the balcony it was a little crowded and I would recommend that you chose a warm and not so windy day as the outside seating under umbrellas is great - overlooking the park – nice menu for breakfast and lunch (they do... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:30
08:00 - 16:30
08:00 - 16:30
08:00 - 16:30
08:00 - 16:30
08:00 - 16:30
08:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 303 3568

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