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The Mess Restaurant

Corner of Napier and Sciebe Street | Shop 110 the Rockwell Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 418 3910
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good21%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tuna ceviche” (7 reviews)
“flatbread” (7 reviews)
“pork belly” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
RR - RRR
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LOCATION
Corner of Napier and Sciebe Street | Shop 110 the Rockwell Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 55 reviews

Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

My fiancé booked this for my birthday dinner. It was a delicious meal in a gorgeous and arty restaurant. The style of mainly tapas which we loved because we love to share food! There was a nice cocktail menu. Food came quickly and was so...More

Thank candiceh124
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your birthday with us. Thank you for the great feedback and for taking the time to write a review. Hope to welcome you back again soon!

Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Our first visit here and a great surprise. The place was quiet but still had a great vibe. Service was excellent and the food even better. Had a great time highly recommended.More

Thank howieg2016
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Thank you for the great feedback. We work hard to keep our service up to standard and to give the restaurant a nice and cosy atmosphere, even during quiet colder months. Hope to see you back again soon and thank you for taking the time...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

The mess has a tapas style menu which I really like. All dishes we selected were delicious! Especially the bread with the honey infused goat cheese, the tuna sashimi and the soft shell crab. The service was very attentive and nice. The atmosphere could be...More

Thank KSoho
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled to receive this good feedback. Your comments regarding the big space is well noted, we are working on some ideas to make it more cosy. Hope to see you soon again!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

A very cosy diner with new management but do they need to take away little thing like the bread and butter the old management used to provide? Would be great also if the menu is a complete set instead of charging for every individual item...More

Thank iamjohnny
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thank you for your comments, they are noted. The restaurant before was a French themed Bistro, the new look and feel is build towards a more causal tapas style dinner. We do offer beautiful flat breads and Mezzes on the new menu, thus we decided...More

Reviewed 5 April 2017

we arrived and it is a big restaurant , it was almost empty . we had outstanding dishes , of quite different type, all excellent. and Evie made our evening with great attention and personality . it is very nice decor and in summer the...More

Thank nicolas s
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Was lovely meeting you! Thank your for the great feedback and for taking the time to write a review. I will share this with Eve, for sure. Thank you again!

Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Went to The Mess with friends during the Cape Carnival event and was absolutely amazed by the great food. We ordered most of the dishes on the menu between our group and everything was perfect and very tasty. The atmosphere and the overall feeling of...More

Thank Eugéne V
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2017

Thank you for the great feedback and for taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled to receive such good response. Was great meeting you! Hope to see you back again soon.

Reviewed 22 March 2017

The live musician was superb and made the evening for us, creating a great atmosphere. The food and service were also good.More

Thank ivorclucas
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Amy Tjasink is playing with us every Friday until April and then again from November onwards. I am very happy that you enjoyed your experience at The Mess. I will for sure mention your feedback...More

Reviewed 14 March 2017

I booked a table of 6 for lunch on a Friday and it was beautiful weather, so opted to sit outside, was was lovely...although we did ask to move tables as the ash from the outside grill was blowing onto us, but they were very...More

Thank SueFerreira
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2017

Thank you for the great feedback and for taking the time to write a review. Lunches are new for us and its great news that you enjoyed your lunch with us.

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Service was superb and the food excellent. But we were seated in the middle of the floor on the lower level and the noise was overwhelming. We had to shout across the table at each other and felt assaulted all night. Eventually a table opened...More

Thank tokyostar13
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

Thank you for your comments and good feedback. We have worked on our acoustics and also changed our speakers to achieve better sound distribution. Hope to have you back soon!

Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Staying at the adjacent Rockwell Hotel, we viewed The Mess almost as a nearby default after walking to the Company Gardens etc during the day. Wow! What a delightful surprise. The food is outstanding. Starting with grilled pineapple with creme fraiche, chilies, pine nuts, basil,...More

1  Thank PeterBrink
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Was lovely meeting you! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The great feedback is much appreciated!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$37
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups
Open Hours
Monday
16:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 23:00
Thursday
16:00 - 23:00
Friday
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Saturday
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner of Napier and Sciebe Street | Shop 110 the Rockwell Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 418 3910
Description
"In the 15th century, a group of people who ate together was known as a mess". The Mess is a restaurant and Bar located in Cape Town's trendy De Waterkant Village in Green Point. Our menu emphasizes sharing plates of enjoyable food, representing a diverse variety of cuisines. We love food, lots of different food, just like you!!
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