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Dusk is a restaurant concept conceived by award winning chef duo, Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austin. The pair first met over a decade ago, when Callan walked through the doors as an intern at one of Darren's kitchens in the Cape Winelands.

Over the years, the two chefs established a strong mentor/mentee relationship and in 2017 Darren extended the offer to Callan to join his team when he opened Le coin Français in Franschhoek. As the restaurant would go on to win multiple awards, Darren's mentorship became increasingly prevalent in Callan’s career - seeing him through to the finale of the San Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2021 in Milan where Callan became the winner of the Social Responsibility Award.

Fate, it seems, would have it that they have come full circle, since Callan is now assuming his first head chef role at Dusk restaurant. Stay tuned as we unveil more about the story behind the restaurant and what guests can expect when dining at Dusk.

Reviews (94)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.3
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.7
  • Britta R. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Bares Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 28 Nov 22
    beyond expectation .. incredible

  • Sayurie R. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Cindy S. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 25 Nov 22
    Great food, a real food experience

  • Wilmari S. Dined: 5 days ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 25 Nov 22
    Nice venue and food, but found it over pricy. Be warned if you book online you get served the premium tasting menu at R1590pp. We wanted the regular menu (R995) but was told that we should’ve said that when we booked…how were we supposed to know that when we booked if we weren’t told? On the website it shows both menus as options.

  • Peter K. Dined: 6 days ago
    4
    Food 5.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 24 Nov 22
    The dark room takes some getting used to, but it does allow for focus on the table and your companion. The food flavours were original and some really delicious outcomes. My wife and I were fully sated by the end - she couldn't quite make it through. The time between some of the courses could potentially have been reduced (the sitting lasted around 4 hours). The wines were good, but not good value.

  • Marlene D. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 24 Nov 22
    It was superb!! The best fine dining restaurant by far. By the end of the evening all around the table agreed that it was a very satisfying meal and experience.

  • Nicky I. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Uli P. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 20 Nov 22
    We had heard about the opening of the Dusk restaurant in 2022 and were very excited about our visit there. Our high expectations were exceeded starting from the cool ambience, the super friendly service and the very delicate and innovative food courses. Thanks very much to the whole team, who gave us a perfect dinner experience.

  • Sibongile M. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
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  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday CLOSED