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Babel Restaurant

Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 614 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

I read about the restaurant in a Norwegian magazine and was lucky enough to book a table in advance for our trip. We came early to Babylonstoren because we wanted to walk around in the garden and that alone was worth the trip. The farm...More

Thank Elisabet N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning....light and airy venue...tables are well spread apart making it a much more enjoyable experience but it is the food that gets your attention...focussing on freshly produced ingredients from their magnificent gardens, the salads are for me the star of the show...you can choose a...More

1  Thank olive c
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Olive We love the "pun"! Hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Babel is overrated and overpriced. Cauliflower soup with Roquefort ice cream was R200. Salads are interesting and fresh but again over priced. For the fortunate people that love fine food Cape Town offers so many choices of excellent dining options and this is not one...More

Thank Lily L
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Lily We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time at Babel restaurant. Perhaps try our Greenhouse restaurant which offers lighter meals in a picnic style - the perfect place to absorb the tranquility of the garden is here under the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been two times in a row in this special restaurant. We enjoyed the very special salads with fantastic vinegar and had been so delighted that we bought the cookbook in the shop before we left the farm. The main causes had been delicious...More

Thank michaelmett
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Michael Thank you for this valuable feedback! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty and fresh organic food served by very capable and friendly staff. The food was beautifulle presented and catered for our every taste over thebthree nights. Breakfasts were also absolutely sublimeMore

Thank QuintusKilbourn
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Quintus Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool atmosphere , very friendly service, nice selection for dinner with 3 different choices for starters and several main dishes, from vegetarian to fish and meat dishes... Good wine list, whereas you are at Babylonstoren, go for the local ones!

Thank Matthias F
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Matthias Thank you for joining us at Babel restaurant, we hope you enjoyed every bite! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit to Babylonstoren but our first to Babel. Last time we ate at the Greenhouse - laid back al fresco lunch - because Babel was fully booked. Taking the precaution this time to book well in advance, we returned today to test the...More

Thank Mobilemum
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

How wonderful to hear about your delightful experience at Babel! Your kind words will surely be shared with Jonathan. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 7 November 2017

We stayed in the hotel and ate here every night - it's a beautiful restaurant with great decor and ambiance. We love it and it's so inventive and fresh - you can have something different every time and I love the fact it has all...More

1  Thank Cammy9
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Cammy Variety is what inspires us! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Do not miss Babylonstoren and Babel Restaurant. The gardens are incredible, the views amazing, the wonderful food straight from the farm to your table. It is an all-round beautiful experience. I have not stayed at the hotel or visited the spa, but I am sure...More

Thank jay123452017
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Dear Jay Thank you for sharing your all-round beautiful experience with us! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Good food with their personal touch and fresh vegetables from the farm. The wine is also very good. Great place to spend the day. No entry fees or booking in advance is a plus.More

Thank Ofélia G
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear Ofelia Thank you for sharing your memorable experience with us. Entrance fees payable at the gate go to the Babylonstoren Trust for the education of our local children. Weekends and public holidays: R20 per person | R10 per child under 12 Weekdays: R10 for...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Simondium
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 3852
  • E-mail
Description
Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our "pick, clean and serve" approach. Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don't like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.
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