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The Charles Cafe Restaurant

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137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
+27 82 455 3933
08:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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133 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

cape town
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

A friend and I came across this quaint cafe on a sunny day in Cape Town. Shady chairs were waiting under a beautiful old tree with a fountain tinkling softly in the background. We were served delicious food...stunning coffee and will definitely be back.

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

Sunny days are the best! And nothing makes us smile more than when a guest delights in our coffee and food as much as we do! Thank you for the sweet review. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

This little gem got recommended to us by the owner of Baraka Gifts. They are right accross Manhattans. We were not disappointed. We had a good and very tasty lunch outside under trees. It was a good spot to check out all the beautiful people walking by ;-) The service was very friendly.

1 Thank andrefromthecity2017
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your joining us under the trees, the most relaxing spot, and you're right, perfect for people watching.. good food and good vibes is what it's all about! More 

Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I came here with a friend for lunch. It was a wet miserable day so there was a small fire in the area where we were sitting. There is an outside area too. Simple menu. Not pages and pages. Great food, my friend had the burger, I had fishcakes. We both had sweet potato fries ... good took a while... More 

3 Thank Rugbysw11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
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 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
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 all-day breakfasts, light lunches, excellent coffee, loose-leaf teas, 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?