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The Mess

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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
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good19%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“tuna ceviche” (11 reviews)
“pork belly” (9 reviews)
“flat bread” (4 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 23:00 Hours
CUISINES
Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 79 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I went for dinner and the food was out of this world. The decor was really stunning. We sat outside, it was so pretty with the fairy lights. For starters we had the tuna ceviche and the pulled pork bao slider. I...More

Thank Mich_Page
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this amazing review!! The courtyard with the fairly lights is a magical spot and the tuna ceviche also my favourite :) We appreciated you taking the time to write a review, see you soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

yet another coffee down the drain, yet again asked for coffee latte and I got something what resembled flat white. Coffee on its lone is ok, but person who makes it does not know how to make coffee, difference between 62 and 70 degrees milk,...More

Thank Christopher K
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Mezzos and flatbreads. Great ribs. Menu is uncomplicated and simplified. Lovely options to pair with wine.

Thank TheDiamondWorks
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Very happy you enjoyed our menu! We appreciate the good feedback.

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here at The Mess. The ambience was great. The decor is interesting. And the food was lovely. The bao sliders were delicious and the steak was great. The waitress explained the menu to us and took our starter order but was not...More

Thank Burbabes
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great feedback regarding the good food. The comments regarding service is well noted. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Four of us went for dinner; the starters were Tuna Cerviche, Pork Belly Taco , Salt and Pepper Squid (Special ) all excellent. Mains were Belly Pork and Pork loin ribs. The mains were not as good as the starting plates to share.In hindsight, we...More

Thank Philip R
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for the feedback, nice to hear you enjoyed our sharing plates. Comments on the mains are noted. Hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 28 February 2018

It is so rare to find a restaurant that gets the seasoning so spot on that only at the end of the meal do you notice that you didn't add any salt or want for any further seasoning! We met the owner Carlene who was...More

Thank Sarah K
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Dear Sarah, was lovely meeting you! Thank you for the great feedback and for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the meal, I will for sure convey this message to the team in the kitchen...More

Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We came here for dinner having looked it up on line. Wow, what a meal! Great smaller dishes to share, each one was simply delicious. Hard to choose but the tuna cevice was probably tops

Thank Mark I
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Tuna ceviche also my favourite!!! :) Thank you for the support and for the great review. Very happy you enjoyed our selection of sharing plates. Hope to welcome you back again soon and thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

The refreshingly different menu selection and specials only a short walk from the V&A Waterfront make this restaurant a pleasant change to the fare served up in general. The cuisine is not "pigeon holed" into one specific style but rather offers a fresh and tasty...More

Thank Doug F
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The terrace is a lovely spot this time of the year, very happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for the great comments regarding the menu. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

Reviewed 19 February 2018

I could not have asked for more even if I tried. The meals we had were tip top, the service we received was welcoming and efficient, and we were then blessed by the atmosphere being the cherry on top. They flavors they used in the...More

Thank Guy G
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you for this amazing feedback. I will share this review with our chef and team as well. Very happy you enjoyed the overall experience. Hope to welcome you back again soon and thank you for taking the time to write a review!!

Reviewed 19 February 2018

Carlene has crafted a truly unique dining experience. From her eclectic menu featuring a myriad of cuisine styles from around the world to her friendly and efficient staff and finally the stylish and awe-inspiring decor, The Mess is De Waterkant's best-kept secret. I recommend we...More

Thank Lloyd N
carlene361, Owner at The Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you for the lovely feedback and for taking the time to write a review, was great meeting you! I will be sure to share this message with my staff as well. Hope to have you back again soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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