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Sushi, Bar, International
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 19 October 2023

We stopped for an early lunch to break up a long drive to Mozambique. There are plenty of options for vegetarians including several really good sushi dishes that go beyond your simply avocado or cucumber versions. It reminded me a lot of Fireroom in Pretoria...which is wildly popular. There were also some wraps and salads that sounded great. There are also good options for kids. The service was good and the ambience is pleasant, especially on the outdoor patio. A nice place to have a meal and watch the world go by. We'll definitely visit again should we pass through Mbombela again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2022 via mobile

I truly enjoyed everything at Cicada. The service was superb from the waiter and the food was great. I ordered the Chicken Stack which was amazing. Will definitely come back. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 May 2022

What great food and atmosphere. Love going for half price cocktails on Wednesdays. GREAT SERVICE TOO!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 January 2021 via mobile

Disappointing , don’t go there: we have asked for a soft boiled egg, came back twice very hard The menu said a bun was R59 but came up R99... better place to go in Nelspruit.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 9 March 2020

This is a nice place to have a few drinks and some delicious food, from the sushi to the burgers and platters are just delish!!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 19 July 2019 via mobile

This was not our first visit to Cicada so we were expecting a similar level of service and food quality. We checked the menu on Trip Advisor prior to our arrival and had pretty much already decided on our meals. To our dismay, those menu...items were no longer even on the menu. Starters were ok. We had sushi and crispy squid heads. The sushi was tasty but the squid heads needed some seasoning. We ordered our mains, quite simple... The two items were together on the menu, I even showed our waitress during the ordering procedure. When the mains arrived, the one order was not what we'd ordered. Our waitress was very quick to apologise and she did try to fix the problem as quickly as she could. On this occasion, it seemed to be more a drinking venue than a food venue. We might try them again.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 5 June 2019

the food, cocktails and service was good. The drinks arrived swiftly and the waiters were very friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 9 May 2019

Good food, Great vibe - should have more specials other days than Mondays. Staff a bit slow but overall good.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

Personal and quick service with a calm atmosphere, good food and variety on menu as well as delicious home made desserts! Wow

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

It was a nice experience at Cicada. The waitress was very friendly and accomodating. The presentation of the food was better than what it actually tastes but it was pretty good. An overall good experience.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Quite possibly the worst experience i have ever had at a restaurant. unfriendly staff, over priced and whatever you do, do not order the nachos ! the nachos consist of big corn bites (yes big corn bites not nachos) with a disgusting cheese sauce that...almost tasted like lemon cheese cake? and then some guacamole quite obviously not fresh with a small amount of cream for R125.00??? Table was broken, was with my baby and they didn't offer a seat for him. (yes i know its not a family restaurant but come on) the manager didn't even say a word to us and we were the only customers. do yourself a favor and go get some slap chips and bread and not only will you have a better meal but your wallet wont be angry with you either. ps also just a tip to Cicada, don't serve you food in the equivalent of a dog bowl.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

We were a big table and we got served pretty well for the number of orders we had. Lovely food! The sushi was perfect!

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

This is an excellent establishment with really good food. Unfortunately they do not enforce the non-smoking laws of the country. We sat outside right next to the non-smoking sign. After we realised that people are smoking next to us, we requested to be moved to...the non-smoking area inside. After a while even the people inside, under the roof, started smoking. Clearly they have a non-smoking sign, but with no intention to enforce the law in this regard.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Every visit to Cicada results in a pleasant memory. Personal service and attention by the owner and delicious, unique menu items will cause you to make Cicada your restaurant of choice.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

I have lived in Southern Africa for years, and this was by far the best burger I have had. Moist burger, crispy buns, and onion jam was tasty! Also ordered the mojito, which was probably a 7 out of 10, but half off on a...Saturday evening. Service was subpar. Had to find our own drink menus and waitress only visited table to take order and bring food. Never checked back to see if we wanted more drinks. If you are looking for a quiet evening, this is not your place. But overall a good experience.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Cicada is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4