Top 10 restaurants in Bloemfontein, South Africa

March 10, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Roughly translated as "fountain of flowers," Bloemfontein is known as the City of Roses, both because of the abundance of the blooms throughout the city and the annual festival dedicated to the flower. As the seat of the South African Supreme Court, the city is the judicial capital of the country as well as the provincial capital of Free State. Several sports teams and stadiums also call the city home, and its many museums outline the history of the region.
Things to do in Bloemfontein

1. Margaritas Seafood & Steaks

59 Milner Road | Bayswater, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout European, Steakhouse, Seafood, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch HK$78 - HK$235 +27 51 436 3729
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Margaritas Seafood & Steaks

Margaritas Seafood and Steak was opened in 1997 by George and Nicos Papadoulakis, they continue their parents legacy which started in 1969 with Derrick's Roadhouse and 1980 with The Mexican Restaurant. The Papadoulakis Family has over 45 years of restaurant experience and believe in great quality food, wine, service and family. Welcome and thank you, God bless.

Reviewed By Elma H

This was superb. Relaxed atmosphere. Good variety of steaks and seafood. Portions were generous and perfectly prepared. Waiter are very friendly. This is not a fast in and out restaurant. This is a sit and relax and enjoy the food and the company restaurant. We all had steaks (fillet and rump) and it was excellent. Extraordinary winelist with a wide variety. Excellent coffee. Definitely worth the visit.

2. New York Restaurant

35 Reid Street | corner 2nd Avenue, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 51 447 7279
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 358 reviews

New York Restaurant

This well-known and very popular restaurant was established in 1989. Since then New York Restaurant brought many friends and family together, treating their guests to a fine dine and exquisite cuisine. With its classy and elegant décor to set a warm atmosphere and a chef with a passion for food, any occasion transforms into a special event that changes our visitors into regular customers. Lounge in our outdoor deck area for functions and all kinds of parties.

Reviewed By WynaPret - Rustenburg, South Africa

The new look is a good improvement. The service was great. Benton took excellent care of us, was friendly though not overbearing ( Benton gets 5 stars). We ordered starters of chicken livers, carpacchio and mussels. All tasty. Mains were ribs, rump, and fillet. These get served with rice AND vegetables AND chips/baked potatoe. The meat was perfectly cooked as requested but we were defeated by the more than generous portions.

3. Avanti Italian Restaurant

53 Second Avenue Maine Street | Westdene, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 51 447 4198
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Avanti Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By Simon K - Drakensberg Region, South Africa

Probably the best of fine dining in Bloem. A little pricey but you pay for what you get, great menu and always good service. Starters are interesting and mains are well portioned. If you want to spoil your partner this is the spot.

4. Ocean Basket

Shop 24 Loch Logan Waterfront | Henry Street, Bloemfontein, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 51 430 8195
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Ocean Basket

Reviewed By robr590 - Johannesburg, South Africa

When you're a visitor, look out for the popular spots. Great late lunch with two others. The sushi was excellent and the fresh fish and prawns looked succulent. Service warm, friendly and efficient. A real pleasure.

5. Kerdoni's Bays Village

Corner Waverley & | Milner Road, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Television Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$157 +27 74 891 0000
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Kerdoni's Bays Village

Kerdoni's Baysvillage Pizza & Pasta:A unique little Italian home away from Italy where even non-Italians feel at home and venture to sample not only the Italian fare but also attempt their hand at silly Italian expressions.

Reviewed By GautengLad - Gauteng

Sooner or later, if you wish to eat well in Bloem, you are likely to find your way here. Of the pizza I have had in a while. Very friendly service. This town seems to understand and execute good honest friendliness. Nice varied menu. Wood fired oven too. Basics done well. Will return

6. Falcon Lake Spur Steak Ranch

105 Henry St | Shop UG 38, Loch Logan Waterfront, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, Fast Food, Barbecue Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$86 +27 51 430 0719
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Falcon Lake Spur Steak Ranch

Spoil your family & eat out at Falcon Lake Spur, we are the best steakhouse & burger restaurant in Bloemfontein. Bring along your kids for some great tasting food & dessert from our famous Spur menu.

Reviewed By lucasmaboi - Nelspruit, South Africa

The view around the waterfront is breathtaking, staff were friendly and on point on their service to clients. The meals were well prepared as expected.Dear lucasmaboi, Thank you for taking the time to review our Falcon Lake Spur Family Restaurant. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon for another Spurrrific experience. Kind regards, Spur Family

7. Bella Casa

31 President Steyn Avenue, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 51 448 9571
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Bella Casa

Reviewed By Adriaan S

Made a booking for 19:00 at around 13:00. When my fiance and me arrived at the restaurant they were closed. I tried calling them and no answer. They had all of my details and I was not informed if anything happening. No restaurant should operate like this and would advise people to be weary of this place.

8. Longhorn Grill

Du Plessis Avenue, Langenhovenpark, Bloemfontein, South Africa Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 82 556 8510
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 353 reviews

Longhorn Grill

Reviewed By O2088ESpetras - Bloemfontein, South Africa

Still one of the nicer restaurants in Bloemfontein they just need to clean or renew the sticky menu's

9. The Terrace @ Oliewenhuis

16 Harry Smith street, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +27 51 448 6834
Excellent
27%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

The Terrace @ Oliewenhuis

Reviewed By Poleinahole - Chicago, Illinois

We had breakfast here and were one of few patrons.
Despite this it took 45 minutes to get 2 omelettes. Food quality greasy and not tasty. Coffee was average too.
Such a pity as the setting in a historic mansion of a former Governor General and the large Gardens surrounding the Terrace are attractive. Indoor Seating is sterile and old fashioned and outdoor Seating also has the feel of a canteen.

10. Bob's Peanut Butter Shack

12 President Steyn Street | Westdene, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Lunch, Drinks HK$78 +27 84 376 5831
Excellent
22%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
12%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Bob's Peanut Butter Shack

Our business offers a four-fold service: Restaurant, Kids play area and Kids party venue.  Restaurant Our daytime restaurant serves fresh, light meals that include breakfast, sandwiches and burgers. We have an extensive range of milkshakes and our waffles are to die for. See our Munchies section for more info.  Kids Play Area Our venue is a funfilled, fenced-in garden filled with toys that stimulate the kids' imagination. We aslo have an inside area with an Arts & Crafts Room, Baby Play Room and Dress-Up Room. We do not charge an entry fee, but do require that you make use of the restaurant.  Kids Parties Our competent staff have six years experience in organizing unique kids parties. We also believe in hosting interactive parties, where we lead constructive play, like arts and crafts, treasure hunts, baking buddies and lots more. We will customise your party to your requirements.  Events We host holiday programs where the kids are kept busy and entertained, while learning new skills, or sometimes just play and be kids.

Reviewed By Traveldelightbb - Johannesburg, South Africa

Bright establishment geared towards young kids. Good play center and a lovely garden setting.
Loved the presentation on the candyfloss milkshakes - sugar rush on another level!
We ordered food here which was awful. I think a lot of casual dining areas in Bloemfontein seem to flavour food with sweet chutney? We sent our food back as it was cold and unappetizing.
Our waiter was professional and chatty.
Would recommend for a quick coffee and kids milkshake.

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