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Clementines Restaurant and Bar

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cnr Church St & Van Zyl, Clarens, South Africa
+27 58 256 1616
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11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a wonderfull restaurant. Myself and my fiance had dinner there on a Sat night over the long weekend end of April and I was super impressed. I had one of the best.. If not the best oxtail I've ever had. They also got a huge whiskey collection that blew me away. Great Bar area and one of the owners... More 

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Thank FamousKrauss
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been coming to Clarens for over 20 years, and I've never been to this little gem. Right off the main square, it's set in an old cow barn. (Hence the pics of cows on the wall...) it's got a charming turn of the century feel that's very welcoming. A special place that perfect for a slightly "finer" Clarens... More 

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Thank Graemeswanepoel2
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived just after 7 pm on Sunday. Despite the fact that they close at 8 pm on Sunday they quickly seated us and took our orders. Our starters of salad and peri peri chicken livers came out like a flash and were excellent. The mains of chicken tika masala and chef's steak were also excellent and cooked to perfection.... More 

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Thank poleinahole1
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food was amazing, and Addo the chef coming to our table to check if the food was fine just shows his commitment to quality which he certainly delivered! Wish I knew how he did the crispy pork belly ;-) And best of all, they offer a corkage if you would like to bring wine not on their menu. Overall... More 

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Thank 514neillh
Johannesburg, South Africa
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Clarens for 3 nights and booked in advance at Clementines for every night and never failed to be amazed by the quality of the food. We selected multiple different meals from the specials board and the menu and enjoyed tasty pork, beef and chicken mains, and spectacular deserts (creme brulee, pavlova, ice cream, and brownies). All the... More 

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Thank Kevin S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not the first time we have been to Clementines , we were warmly greeted , quickly got our drinks , decided not to have started rather save space for dessert , I had decided on the Roulad which I will say I enjoyed if a bit dry ,my husband had the duck which he did rave about more... More 

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Thank Jennifer M
Shelley T, Owner at Clementines Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hi Jennifer M, Thank you for your review, though a little confusing. I do make comments to reviews - if there is something we could do to fix the meal eg too much fat on a pork chop, steak under done/over done ect - I would like to be given the opportunity to rectify it rather than a customer leaving... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, booking is essential. Our family of 4 went on a Saturday night (2 x toddlers 4yrs and 2yrs) The kiddies had chicken strips and potato wedges. We were seated in the front closed off porch area where a few families with kids were seated which was nice because you didn't feel like you were being watched by other guests... More 

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Thank ZAExplorer
Shelley T, Owner at Clementines Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hi ZAExplorer, Thank you for you amazing review on our restaurant. We try our best to make time spent with us memorable - with great atmosphere, service and food. We are so please we achieved that with you. We continually try and improve our offering to diners and are glad that you liked our new whisky and gin bar. Thank... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After seeing and hearing all the hype we put Clementines on the top of our restaurant list to visit for our Clarens trip. To be honest we were very let down. The main meal’s (Kassler) portions was tiny and even though it was pork that comes with the expectation of some fat the meat was more fat than pork. My... More 

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Thank Werner B
Shelley T, Owner at Clementines Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hi Werner B, I apologise that you didn't enjoy your time with us. Pity you didn't mention anything to us at the time and sat in our restaurant having such a torrid time. The hype of the restaurant has been created by all the hundreds of satisfied customers. When your food arrived and there was too much fat for you... More 

Johannesburg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant continues to deliver a tantalizing experience from main course to dessert. Booking is essential but worth the wait.

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Thank Anton B
Shelley T, Owner at Clementines Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hi Anton B, Thank you for your amazing review on our restaurant. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Our Chef Addo is a very talented, proud, well traveled man and we are privileged to be able to work with him in a small village, and enjoy his delicious food. We look forward to welcoming you... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit and once again, from the welcome to the food and service it was superb. The waitrons are the best in Clarens. The food was fantastic- I had the BBQ rump with caramelized onions, and my wife had the plain rump - done to perfection. Easy to see why this is rated the best restaurant in... More 

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Thank Beechman1
Shelley T, Owner at Clementines Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hi Beechman 1, Thank you for you excellent review on our restaurant. We all work tirelessly to improve our offering and to make sure that our customers time spent with us is enjoyable and memorable. We have beautiful aged Rump which is simply delicious. I am so glad that you loved it as much as we do. We have got... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: cnr Church St & Van Zyl, Clarens, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Free State  >  Clarens
  • Phone Number: +27 58 256 1616

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