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The Charles Cafe Restaurant

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137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
+27 82 455 3933
07:00 - 22:00
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Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful service all around and a very comfortable stay in one of the guest rooms upstairs. Great spot. Couldn't have asked for a better introduction to South Africa!!!

1 Thank etuffy
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

Super chuffed you enjoyed your time spent with us!! Thank you for choosing US as your introduction to a our beautiful country. Safe travels! More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cute spot, quiet and different! Lovely old building with a courtyard and upstairs terrace. Service was very good. Food superb. And the coffee was excellent!

Thank Alexis S
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

We aim to please! The greatest reward is in knowing you enjoyed the three main attributes we strive towards in our café.. excellent coffee (because coffee always comes first!), delicious food, and quality service. We hope to have you back soon! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Between the Charles Café, and the De Waterkant Village guesthouse that hosts it, my wife and I couldn't have felt more at home. The owners are welcoming, the staff is professional and truly courteous, and the chefs even whipped up some delicious custom-made food for my wife when she was recovering from hospital. I hesitate to spread the word too... More 

Thank geoffreygreene
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

You'll always have the reserved spot at the corner balcony table.. It was an absolute pleasure having you and your wife spend time with us. Looking forward to having you back, anytime! More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered ostrich and since I was alone waiters were coming all the time to keep me company. Really great service and food was delicious as well, however choice was limited.

Thank Ardashel L
Lancaster, Pa
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

A group of co-workers decided to eat dinner here after walking past many times and smelling the food coming from the restaurant. Several people were disappointed that the lamb curry was not on the menu that evening (very small menu) and asked the waiter if the cook could possibly make the lamb curry anyway. He asked and the chef agreed.... More 

Thank philliesfan80
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

During a Morning stroll we came across Charles Cafe busy opening for breakfast. We were invited up to the roof top where we had breakfast. It was an extremely windy day in Cape Town, however the roof top was protected from the wind and we had a pleasant breakfast with great views. It seemed a popular accommodation place for foreigners.... More 

Thank craigwW9764ZH
Paarl, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Absolute Little Gem in Town, stumble on it by chance, food was GREAT and service was very good! Ideal place to come and have a relaxing Sunday branch! A very nice relaxing vibes! The we every one ate something differently and all our food was to die for! They will defiantly see me again! What a nice brunch!

Thank JohnWilliamCloete
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I decided to try this cool cafe out after running past it a few times during my jogs, and so one morning I went inside and had a seat, it was very relaxed and was met with a great and very welcoming waiter. He served me well with some great coffee and a awesome breakfast and made me feel at... More 

1 Thank maliotjarad
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

It makes me sad to hear that your first visit to our little spot was not as it should've been! I can assure you that this is not the norm and quite unacceptable. The matter will definitely be looked into. I urge you to not let this unfortunate incident deter you from further visits as we really do have a... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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191 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed diner at Charles Cafe. On the menu was Angel Fish and Ostrich. Really nice. Good value for money in Cape Town. Roof terrace is nice and quiet. Friendly staff. Look forward to having lunch here one day.

1 Thank Vanamstel
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

We're so happy you enjoyed your evening with us! The Charles Café team look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Everything was 10/10, from service to food to location. The venue was beautiful from the furniture to the views, and I felt that every member of staff cared deeply about the experience. I ate the gnocchi which was one of the best meals I have had in 6 months in Cape Town. My friend had... More 

2 Thank Siân H
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Our team aspires to create the best experience possible, so it's great to know you had an enjoyable time with us. See you again soon for dinner! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town
  • Phone Number: +27 82 455 3933
A quaint café situated in the heart of De Waterkant. The Charles Café serves up breakfast, light lunch, dinner, artisan coffee, loose-leaf tea, homemade preserves and sweet treats. Our dining room is perfect for coffee dates or quick business meet-ups. On warmer days put on your sunnies and SPF and enjoy the city views (and people watching) from the roof deck.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?