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R45 Main Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly The Restaurant in the Vines)
+27 21 876 2129
11:00 - 16:00
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We recently visited Paulina's for the first time for a family Sunday lunch. It was easy to book by telephone and we got a table at relatively short notice. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and they have a nice veranda with beautiful views of the vineyards and mountains. The service was excellent and the staff helpful and friendly.... More 

Thank PaarlRock
Norwich, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Had a late lunch here on the shady terrace with a wonderful view over the vineyard and surrounding countryside. Mains and pudding all delicious, every part cooked perfectly. Service really friendly too.

Thank deepbluesea2012
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good Morning I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the lunch at Paulina's. THank you for the great review. Regards Cassie More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We've been here a few times, and it's never disappointed. We got squeezed in on a Sunday at lunch when phoning ahead, and the food and service were great. They didn't even try and sell us up on the wine!

Thank ctjeanne
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good Morning It is really nice to hear from our regular visitors. Thank you for choosing Paulina's, we hope to see you again for lunch. Regards Cassie More 

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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We visited for a birthday treat. The food was great as was the wine. Although we had made a reservation it wasn't that busy but we were able to choose where we sat. On the whole the staff were polite but not over friendly.

Thank CheshireSunshine
CassieJR, Owner at Paulina's, responded to this review

I am delighted you enjoyed the birthday Lunch at Paulina's It is very rewarding for the staff to receive these reviews. We do hope to see you again in the near future. Regards Cassie More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Wines, food and service was excellent. We had a tasting platter, with 3 different main dishes paired with their wines. They also have a beautiful wine tasting area. I will be back to try a few more wines.

Thank Celeste v
CassieJR, Owner at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good morning Celeste I am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the estate as well as the lunch at Paulina's We look forwrd to seeing you again soon Kind regards Cassie More 

Nice, France
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376 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We came for lunch and had a warm welcome from Cassie and her team. Lunch was a 10/10 experience. The staff were very proactive even though the restaurant was busy. First we were offered crispy wafer thins with 3 dip choices - hummus, tapenade or cream cheese flavoured with chilli. This helped us whilst we decided what to choose. Good... More 

Thank HudsonS16
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good afternoon Thank you so much for the glowing review of Paulina's I am more than happy that you have enjoyed your time with us. From myself and all of my staff we wish you compliments of the seaon and hope to see you again in the near future Cassie More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We pre booked this restaurant on one of the wine tram's route but it was unnecessary as it was unfortunately empty when we visited. The food was average and nothing inspiring, but the view from the window was spectacular. The decor and service was good though.

Thank Reiselustig58
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good Afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to review Paulina's restaurant. I am delighted you enjoyed your time on the estate. Our summer menu is just about to be released and we hope you will come along and sample some of our dishes. My kind regards Cassie Roche More 

Brentwood, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

while enjoying the wine tram route, we stopped for lunch, excellent food, friendly efficient service and well priced

Thank john s
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good morning I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your lunch with us. We do hope you will visit again soon Kind Regards Cassie Roche More 

Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Went there on Sunday past. Very nice setting in a very beautiful area. Have been there once before. Service a bit slow but food very nice. Only problem that I have is that Pork belly is not so expensive that you have to pay R155 for a few pieces on your plate

Thank Marius C
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good Morning Thank you for taking the time to review Paulina's We strive for customer satisfaction and reviews such as these help us grow in a positive direction. Having read these comments on portion size regarding the Pork Belly, we are indeed looking at this. Thank you for taking the time to review Paulina's we really appreciate it. Kind regards... More 

Paarl, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We visited the restaurant for a family lunch over the weekend. It was honestly my worst experience in Franschhoek EVER. We waited over 2 hours for our lunch to be served; when it finally came it was cold, the medium rare fillet ordered was well done and the waitress had missed one of our parties' order. Management made minimal effort... More 

Thank debi353
CassieJR, Manager at Paulina's, responded to this review

Good afternoon Debbi As per my email, I can only reiterate and send my apologies. We clearly did not live up-to the reputation we have come to respect from the restaurant, and this is unacceptable. On the day, the management sent all of the meals back and charged for the ones that were perfect as well as the bottles of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$17
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: R45 Main Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly The Restaurant in the Vines)
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2129
Take a seat overlooking the Rickety Bridge vineyards. Sip a glassful of crisp estate wine and enjoy a delicious lunch while drinking in the splendour of the magnificent surroundings. Every creation from our team of talented chefs is given extra zest by the striking beauty of the setting and stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains.Rickety Bridge is an enchanting Franschhoek wine estate that earns its place in the Cape’s cuisine capital. Franschhoek is home to some of the best restaurants in South Africa.The Restaurant in the Vines has made way for Paulina’s, named in honour of the original owner of the property in 1797, Paulina de Villiers.In keeping with current culinary trends, the restaurant features a variety of half and full portions of its exciting bistro style menu, allowing diners the opportunity to sample and share dishes.Executive chef Melissa Bruyns (previously at Haute Cabriere and Westin Grand) explains: “the half portions are larger than a conventional tapas serving, so ideal for sharing, or having as a starter. I believe in using fresh seasonal ingredients, and letting them speak for themselves, beautifully prepared and presented, but without over-elaboration. We have planted a herb and vegetable garden on Rickety Bridge to ensure that I have plenty to work with”

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