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Babel Restaurant

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Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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09:00 - 16:00
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Paarl, South Africa
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What n amazing experience! The staff is so friendly, helpful and well informed. The chef is very creative, love the idea that he use products from the farm, stunning presentation. Will I go again, definitely!!

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Thank F0uche
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the best place we have been to in Sth Africa. The gardens are a must to visit and the restaurant was incredible. I wish we had more time to revisit and will def stay there next time we are back. It really is 5***** we all loved it even the 7 year old and fantastic service.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hassle to reserve -- they started taking calls before the stated time so we were nearly shut out; it was a zoo when we arrived at midday in high season and it is annoying to have to pay to enter the grounds where you have a fine dining restaurant reservation. That said the gardens are amazing and well worth exploring.... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a feast of fresh food, relaxed service and absolutely amazing picture-perfect plates. a bit heavy on the portions. we skipped desert, so we have to come back for that which we gladly do. Special thanks to Bronwin, excellent service, nothing too much or over the top, just personal, with attention to detail and very comforting.

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Thank Bart_deJ
lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Bart We are very happy to hear you had an amazing experience at Babel restaurant. Babel has a unique new style of menu, which focuses on fresh produce from the garden and the region. Like so much else at Babylonstoren, a meal at Babel promises to be both an adventure and a rediscovery of the honest essence of things.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just some of the best dishes I have had in sa. The lamb and the desert were out of this world. Thank you !!

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Thank E6287YBlaurentm
lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back for more out of this world dishes. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place surpassed all my expectations. Took a big risk coming here with no booking but we were lucky and got a table!! This made my day as I have been wanting to come here for ages!!! Honestly was one of the best meals I have ever had. Perfect meal on a hot summers day. The beetroot risotto was absolutely... More 

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy you took the risk and even more that we had a table for you! What a honor to be counted as one of the best meals you ever had - may we live up to every expectation during your next visit. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

South Africa
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156 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the nicest fresh meals we have had. All the ingredients are all from the garden. Had a lovely salad and the beetroot risotto. My daughter had the desert which was refreshing. Lovely menu and we lucky to get a table. A must is to walk around the gardens

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Thank Shirls45
lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Shirls The beetroot risotto surely is a must! Thank you for sharing your time with us, we are so happy you had a memorable time with us. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babel team More 

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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious, the service exceptional, the farm itself was lovely to walk around in after - wonderful experience. Wines are not my favourite, but the Rose won the day!

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Thank Nadya B
lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Nadya Your brilliant experience brings us much delight! The Mourvedre Rose is most certainly a favorite. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

Sandton, South Africa
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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This, our 5th visit, started off poorly as we were seated at a small table, crammed between two groups. Fortunately Jonathan recognised us, quite a feat, seeing we were last hear three years ago and when asked, immediately sourced a table in the new annex which was great. Food was really good. One to recommend

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Thank arcjnb
lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

It brings us great joy to welcome back return guests! Thank you for recommending Babel. Your kind words will be communicated to Jonathan and the team and we look forward to many more visits in the future. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babel team More 

Durban, South Africa
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50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good starter and main vegetarian options, paired with really great wines. Not cheap but worth a splurge if you are in the area.

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Thank WeChooseAdventure
lizelazarus, Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed our wines especially with the pairing recommended on the Babel menu. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
International, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
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
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
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
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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