Clarens Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Clarens

March 11, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Discover the best restaurant in Clarens, South Africa including Clementines Restaurant and Bar, The Highlander Bistro, 278 on Main, Grouse and Claret, Roter Hahn, Artist's Cafe, The Post House, XLNT Cafe, Vito's Restaurant Clarens, Highland Coffee Roastery
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1. Clementines Restaurant and Bar

cnr Church St & Van Zyl, Clarens, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 58 256 1616
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 857 reviews

Clementines Restaurant and Bar

Reviewed By taarhaug - Trondheim, Norway

We followed TA advice and went here. We had to wait a whole But it was well worth it. Good food and atmosphere.Hi Taarhaug, Thank you for your lovely review on our restaurant,and for being patient and waiting for a table, we are so pleased it was worth the wait. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Shelley, Mark, Chef Addo and The Clementines team.

2. The Highlander Bistro

Market St | Shop 3, Highlands Centre, Clarens 9707, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pub, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +27 58 256 1912
Excellent
30%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 428 reviews

The Highlander Bistro

Reviewed By hendrik111 - Pretoria, South Africa

We have been to the Highlander Bistro a couple of times now over the last couple of years. The food has always been very good and the service as well. The price tag is also very competitive. Highly Recommended when in Clarens.

3. 278 on Main

278 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$78 - HK$157 +27 82 556 5208
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 200 reviews

278 on Main

Since opening in December 2007, the restaurant has built a reputation for serving one of the best breakfasts in Clarens. Describing his recent breakfast at 278 on Main, Brendan Seery, Executive Editor, The Star said "The omelettes and cappuccinos are the equivalent of the best anywhere in the world."The breakfast menu ranges from cereal with yoghurt and honey for the not so hungry to a hearty English breakfast.On the menu throughout the day are a variety of salads comprising fresh farm produce wherever possible and mouth-watering sweet and savoury pancakes. You'll find many international favourites like toasted cheese & tomato as well as scrumptious treats served on ciabattas or toasted paninis.When the weather is chilly, a bowl of Sue's home-made soup or one of her speciality pasta dishes is always a good option. And if you're not in a hurry, the Beef & Guiness or Chicken & Mushroom pies are well worth waiting for. Or if you're simply in the mood for a sweet treat you can't go wrong with the chocolate brownies, scones and cream or freshly baked muffins.Dinner is always a culinary delight - try the vegetable spring rolls, duck liver pate with toasted ciabatta or the baked camembert with melba toast. Main course specialities include, lamb shank, melt-in-the mouth lamb curry, oxtail and stir fries. End your meal with one of Sue's outrageously decadent desserts.

Reviewed By JWT-1964 - Pretoria, South Africa

Really good breakfast. Friends were staying at the B&B and we joined them for breakfast. All the food was good and the home baked breads and home made jams were excellent. Coffee was good and made as I requested. Friendly and efficient service from the owner and her team.

4. Grouse and Claret

Corner of Main St & Van Zyl St, Clarens 9707, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +27 58 256 1795
Excellent
26%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 183 reviews

Grouse and Claret

For over 10 years a family run pub and restaurant. Great menu. Live music venue over weekends. Very well locally supported as well as our wonderful regular weekend 'local' visitors. Check our Facebook page for updates on food and drink specials as well as live music updates.

Reviewed By FJM383 - Clarens, South Africa

The food is well prepared, Homemade Pies, Delish Hamburgers and a Salmon and Blue Cheese Pasta dish to die for!!! The Manageress come bar lady Liz is friendly, customer service orientated and has her customers coming back for more!! Pet friendly bar and a locals hang out. The waitpersons remember you by name and are very attentive. The Grouse have the occasional live music adding an attractive atmosphere and general all round "great experience"to the evening out. The management and staff have recently upgraded the establishment and it is clean, looks attractive inside and out. A 'bikers' hand out-saw an amazing display of old bikes parked out in front of the Restaurant, met lovely people and enjoyed the evening.

5. Roter Hahn

332 Roos Street | Corner Van Zyl Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +27 58 256 1888
Excellent
26%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 388 reviews

Roter Hahn

German style restaurant with amazing meals,a lot of different beers to choose from and friendly and helpful staff. The view is spectacular and well worth a visit if in Clarens for a day or two.

Reviewed By dominique v

Pretty decent on the inside. Offers a variety of goods as it is a deli and restaurant. I enjoy my food however dessert was a total let down. Not fresh and crepe was reheated in a microwave which made it chewy, terrible imitation of nutella. Had devils cake and texture was dry. The beer was amazing. Ester was our waitress and she was honest and good.

6. Artist's Cafe

Main Street | Windmill Centre, Clarens 9707, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +27 58 256 1404
Excellent
29%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 409 reviews

Artist's Cafe

It is at the Windmill Centre on Clarens Square that you will find Artist's Café Family Restaurant -a beautifully built sandstone restaurant set in the heart of this majestic location. Our friendly staff, country-style menu, unique location and playground for the kids make us the ideal place for you to come put your feet up, make yourself at home and relax in the fresh mountain air. We offer cosy indoor Seating, with the fireplace burning warm in winter, or cool comfortable outdoor Seating where you can get lost in the views of the Mountains and activities taking place on Clarens Square. The Artist's Café is a daytime only Restaurant as we believe all our customers are royalty -they should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper. Come and sit back while you relax, breathing in the fresh mountain air. Enjoy listening to the mellow music, or take a walk through to browse the original art which is on display in the restaurant. There is a farm-style play area where all kids and furry four-footed children are welcome. Don't leave The Artist's Cafe without hopping onto the antique red tractor for a perfect family photo which will always bring back fond memories. We love being social, so feel free to check-in on Facebook, to tag us on Twitter and to write a review on Tripadvisor. We always appreciate the feedback we get from our customers.

Reviewed By dominique v

The most amazing pancake and coffee ever. The lady that attended to me Monica was so honest and gave the best service ever.She was friendly and gave good recommendations. Coffee was hot and pancake was made fresh. crispy ends and soft gosh. This is a...MoreDear dominique v What lovely compliments, thank you so much. Will be sure to let Monica know. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. Regards The Artist's Cafe Team

7. The Post House

276 Main Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 58 256 1534
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 305 reviews

The Post House

Reviewed By Voyager249 - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Average restuarant. We're a family of 4 and ordered steak. We all like it done differently ranging from medium to medium well. Unfortunately everything came more on the well done side. When you're so hungry from waiting so long for the meal to arrive we decided to just eat it instead of sending it back.

8. XLNT Cafe

Swart Street, Clarens, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol Cafe Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Excellent
44%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

XLNT Cafe

Reviewed By AndreaKT - Secunda, South Africa

We were all feeling like chocolate cake and went to every cafe/shop looking for chocolate cake. After 7 attempts we came across this little cafe. We walked in and owner (we think) served us. We asked if they had cake and if they do take aways. He said they had choc cake, cheesecake & lemon meringue. He went to the kitchen and returned a few mins later with a small slice of each for all of us to taste plus a glass of water each. So sweet. We took couple of slices of choc cake and lemon meringue. He also offered us some crunchies to taste. Can highly recommend. Choc cake was so chocolatey but not to sweet and lemon meringue was so creamy and smooth lemon Centre. Good value for money and will definitely go back

9. Vito's Restaurant Clarens

325 Market Street | On the Square, Clarens 9707, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
31%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 200 reviews

Vito's Restaurant Clarens

Reviewed By Rick_The_Builder - North Wales - UK

We stumbled around Carlen’s, having recently landed on an overnight flight from Europe, looking for something to eat. All of us could find something that sounded great on the menu, so we went for it.
Two of us had curry, there are 2 different ones on the menu, so it was one each. They were both fantastic, some of the best curry we have had for a long time. Neither suffered from the British Curry Problem, where they put piles of sugar into it.
Our son, who would live only eating Pizza if we let him chose the Pizza.
When discussing if we should return the following day, he revealed the Pizza was not at all nice, shame that I wanted another curry.
The bill for our meal, with wine, was pleasantly low.

10. Highland Coffee Roastery

Cnr Van Zyl and Market St East, Clarens 9707, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe HK$78 +27 58 256 1136
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 310 reviews

Highland Coffee Roastery

Highland Coffee Roastery is in the beautiful mountain resort town of Clarens in the Eastern Free State, South Africa. We are a micro-roastery, and take great care and pride in roasting our 100% Arabica coffees to perfection in small batches.Our roastery, shop and espresso bar is in the Maluti Highlands Centre, where you can sit and relax with a cup of freshly roasted, freshly ground and perfectly prepared coffee and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Horeb.

Reviewed By Marlize V - Krugersdorp, South Africa

Very cute little coffee shop with great coffee! The BonBon was very good, and the filter coffee was really great quality.

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