64 Reviews
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Tamsyn Lee Brown
· January 20, 2018
We like to call this place our secret place because the prices are so good we don't want anyone to know, Hehehe, but we have to share a good thing! The burger is fantastic and our favourite is the AV...O and Salmon Pizza. Fresh, delicious and filled with goodness. A generous offering of salmon and dress AVO. I absolutely love this place! See More
Nicki Tillett
· November 3, 2017
Very disappointed in the meal we had today. Scone served with butter and nothing else, only to find that we had to pay an extra R8 for butter. Who orders a dry scone without preserves because that is ...basically what we would have been given if not paying for the butter. Love the pizzas at Sostanza but will not be visiting for tea again See More
Sue-Anne Su-Ki Braaf
· September 24, 2017
Colette you Fantastic, your warm welcome and interaction with everyone that steps into Sostanza is amazing! You a Gem!
Sostanza is home away from home for us!
Good food takes time so be patient and r...elax while your food is prepared fresh!
I'd rather wait for fresh food than have pre cooked meals at my table in a jiff, after all you get lost in time when sitting at Sostanza and the Friday night live music is the cherry on top!
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Tarné Van Wyk
· November 19, 2017
I suggested to my boyfriend yesterday morning that I wanted to have a breakfast at a cute coffee shop type of setting. He took me to Sostanza, it was my first time. The food, the service and the ambia...nce was definitely 100%. We will be making our way back there soon! See More
Gavin McJannet
· January 29, 2018
Been here twice in the last two weeks, thought perhaps the total lack of service was just a one off. Both times I ended up buying food at Woolworths and taking it home with me. Last time for that
Lynne Whitehead
· March 16, 2018
Feeding a vegetarian potatoes cooked in chicken fat is NOT OK! My friends and I have been loyal customers for years and we won't be going back.
Helen Jordaan
· August 10, 2017
My husband and I don't often get to have lunch together and I'm sorry I chose Sostanza today. We both ordered toasted sandwiches on ciabatta bread. My ham cheese tomato came without the tomatoes at fi...rst. The sandwich (made of 2 pieces) literally had 1 ring of tomato each, 1/2 a piece of ham each and some cheese. The bread was dry and slightly burnt. All that for R39,95 - definitely not worth it. Overpriced, definitely for a lunchtime meal. See More
Jo-Anne Stolworthy
· August 1, 2017
Took the family out for a really great dinner for hubby's birthday last week. Was looking for a place that had somewhere for kids to play but ALSO offered great food, drinks and ambiance. Not easy t...o find that combination! But we found it at Sostanza. Hubby & I enjoyed our delicious meals (I had the chicken korma curry & he had lamb curry), kids loved their pasta & pizza (5yr old even suggested the pasta was the nicest she ever had!). The waiters and managers looked after us so well and made sure we had everything we needed. Pity we didn't go on a Wed, Fri or Sat night to catch the live music - but looking forward to doing that next time. Well done Sostanza - what a great family-friendly restaurant! See More
Arlene Williams
· August 26, 2017
We arrived at 2.45 p.m. We were given a menu. What would you like to order? First we ordered coffee wanted a few more minutes please to choose our order. Kept looking for the waitron. At 3.20 p.m. we... were asked to pay for our coffee. Eventually at 3.30 p.m. I got up, walked to the cashier to ask for service. The waitron argued that we had not waited for a half an hour. She had removed the original menu given to give us different menus .... Basically, we were kicked out of Sostanza ... sis on your service. Imagine my embarrassment taking a friend there for the first time telling about the great food. Whoever makes the coffee should be taught how to make a decent cup of coffee using the fancy machines .... then of course it is not everyone who respects the 'coffee culture' is it! See More
Brendon Mellors-Hefer
· March 17, 2018
What a disappointment - 55mins till you get “your order” which looks like a mangled dog bowl and tastes pretty much like nothing!
Stuart Wragg
· November 3, 2017
Fantastic people. Waiters are young but eager, willing and need encouragement. Food is great and the atmosphere is lovely. My favourite local spot.
Samantha Dolly
· June 2, 2017
My first time buying food here and it is horrible. It is the worst pizza I have ever bought. There was literally 10 slices of sausage on the entire pizza. I ordered from Mr delivery and it arrived ICE... cold already (you are only 2.4km away). It honestly tastes like a frozen pizza that you put in the microwave. If it wasn't for the burnt extra thin base I wouldnt have believed it even went into an oven. Very disappointed. Perhaps your other food is better but I will not be taking the chance to find out. See More
Michael David Carolus
· August 27, 2017
Nothing wrong with food but service was poor. Waited long for food & people coming to sit at the place with their dog. Then the dog barks at individuals walking past Woolworths. Definitely will never ...see me again. See More
Mark Hackney
· February 12, 2017
A great location within the Neighborhood. Just a few negatives. I think waiting 30 minutes for a Breakfast when the place is only a third full is a bit much. Also a note to the Floor Manager (well I a...ssume you were the Floor Manager) you seemed highly irritated when I asked you for the bill...the reason being that my Waitron disappeared from sight ... it would have taken nothing for you to say "Had I enjoyed the meal" or thank you once I had made payment. Your grumpy miserable attitude was not appreciated...maybe this job is not for you. See More
Stephanie Le Roux Brotherton
· May 29, 2017
I enjoy going to Sostanza... the food is tasty, the breads are delicious and the coffee is too. But the service... NOT good. And I see this is a common complaint on your page.
Carin Bevan
· October 6, 2016
A few months ago, I was very unhappy with the service at Sostanza. But I'm very happy to say that it's improved vastly! The staff is friendly, attentive and the muffins are delicious. Thank you. :)

U...nfortunately, it seems somebody has used my name to write a horrible review below. It definitely wasn't me who gave you that 1-star! See More
Sheila Grace Ferguson
· May 24, 2015
I have always loved Sostanza, but last time I went with a friend we had appalling service.Slow, not listening properly, bringing the wrong thing and then after waiting nearly an hour telling us that o...ur pizza had not yet gone into the oven!!
Finally we could not get the attention of our waitress to get the bill. We called the manager over and told him our story. Frankly, he was not interested. Sadly, we have decided not to go there again.
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Jess Pannack
· January 5, 2016
I've recently moved to the area and this place is my wifi hotspot since I don't have internet at home yet. Everything I have tried each time I come here has been devine. From the breakfast and coffee the pizza and cakes. (Bacon, avo and feta pizza - best I've had) and the Lemon Meringue tart; my oh my, fresh soft light pastry and lemon curd - mouth watering. Amazing food!

Service can be abit slow seeing as it is usually quiet, though could be many reasons for this but good things come to those who wait and it is definately all worth it! Waitrons are very friendly and helpful :)

Will keep returning and supporting and encourage friends to do the same ;)
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Demi de Beer
· April 28, 2017
I Love their breakfasts and fresh baked bread. Coffee is great and prices are decent. Service may lack though as staff are constantly running up and down
George-Marc Kairuz
· March 4, 2017
A fantastic spot. They make one hell of a breakfast and their pulled pork pizza is my favorite pizza anywhere.

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