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The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar

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156 Melk Street | New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
+27 12 460 7615
09:00 - 15:00
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Mon 07:30 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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145 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the few places where you can get away into nature without getting out of the city. Beautiful scenery if you are seated on the deck. Good fast service with fantastic breakfasts. Book if you are a bigger group. Will always return.

Thank Fkafrica
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very peaceful and relaxing with bird life enjoying the tranquil setting. Lunch was tasty, unhurried and the friendly staff made it a memorable day.

Thank nz0064
Pretoria, South Africa
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated next to the Austin Roberts bird sanctuary the hours slip by as you get lost in the scenery. Great African cuisine.

Thank Awethu_International
Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without actually LEAVING the city, this is the place for you. Grab a table outside on the terrace (make sure to book!) and you can leisurely enjoy a meal while the two blue cranes gracefully wait for a morsel. Overlooking the water, it's a bird-lover's paradise.... More 

Thank CraiginSA
Genk, Belgium
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful setting. Service super friendly. Food good, not amazing, but definitely adequate and well-prepared. Would reccomend

Thank Alexander J
Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Dear Alexander, Thank you for recommending our establishment, we appreciate the patronage. We are busy designing a new menu, we will be sure to keep all our valued clients up to date with new menu's. Kind Regards Zander. More 

Suffolk, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an evening meal here unexpectedly, it looked posh and we weren't dresed for dinner, but noone batted an eyelid. We had a table on the edge of the lake watching blue cranes walk past. Our waiter was the best we have had, he recommened an amazing wine and was very attentive. The food was good, but not amazing.... More 

Thank villagegirl2015
Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good day, The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar Team would like to thank you for the kind words. We appreciate the good review. We are passionate about what we do and we appreciate the kinds words. Kind Regards Zander. More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Blue Crane has a relaxing atmosphere and good food. There is ample space on the outside which makes it nice for kids to play and be safe. The food is good and one can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere whether you chose to sit on the deck, outside or upstairs where there is also TV`s... More 

Thank cobus2015
Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Dear Cobus, On behalf of myself and the whole Blue Crane team I would like to thank you for the kind words, it is always nice to see that the time and effort we put in to giving our clients the perfect dining experience does not go unnoticed. We would love to see you in the near future, Kind Regards... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was good , nice selection of wine and beer.Best is it's very kiddie friendly.Boys could run around the play area while we could look at them all the time. Not the fastest service , but friendly and worth the wait.

Thank Janneman N
Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good Morning Janneman, Thank you for the kind words, we appreciate the good review. We hope to see you again in the near future. Regards Zander. More 

Sandton, South Africa
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We are a group of 10+ "oldies" who meet regularly for breakfast within the Pretoria area. The 9:00 opening time should have been a warning that this was not a breakfast venue. An impatient waiter set the scene for mediocre service throughout the stay. Food was served without garnish of any sort on piping hot plates , and in my... More 

Thank Dennis W
Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Dear Dennis, Thank you for your review, we appreciate the comments as every review good or bad is important in creating the perfect dining experience. It is unfortunate that your experience was lacking the standards we pride ourselves on, and I would like to personally apologize for the inconvenience caused. I will personally look in to the matters mentioned above... More 

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193 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is another repeat visit and we were not disappointed. We had the traditional breakfast which was very tasty. Service was good. Our table was on the deck, we enjoyed the water birds on the dam

Thank Erwin M
Zander S, Owner at The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Good day Erwin, Thank you for posting this review, we are extremely glad to hear that we are keeping up the good standards. We hope to exceed expectations in the future. Regards Zander. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
International, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Melk Street | New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: +27 12 460 7615
The Blue Crane, situated in the heart of Pretoria next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, is now under new ownership and management. Not only has the entire venue been renovated extensively, but we also built a brand new 'Boma' area ideal for functions and off course relaxing next to the bonfire on a chilly evening. The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar offers various exciting areas, ideal for private or corporate functions, including our inside dining area next to the fireplace, a brand new coffee deli on the outside deck of the extended restaurant and our classy upstairs bar with its own deck overlooking the dam and the bird sanctuary. Not only do we cater for all sorts of functions, but we also offer our famous breakfast and lunch buffet every Sunday. We went the extra mile by building a custom jungle gym for all our younger patrons which adds even more value to your unique experience

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?