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Societi Bistro Restaurant

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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Austin, Minnesota
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the sirloin with bernaise sauce. Was tender and delicious. Our waitress was ever so polite and attentive. A very nice wrap up to day one in Capetown. Very happy, and you couldn't touch a meal like that in the states for twice the price.

1 Thank RetiredGramps
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very alternative small menu, yet the most sumptuous meals...I had the Vegan Thai Curry and recommend it to anyone... The Ostrich Hamburger was awesome, only compliments for the Fillet... All in we had a wonderful evening, the only small gripe was they didn't have any ice tea cool drink... So I had water instead. Certainly will go back, wonderful atmosphere... More 

Thank Jonathan L
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived late afternoon, friendly reception and a view of Table Mountain. Starters were OK with a prompt check that everything was fine. For mains, partner ordered ostrich burger & I chose the venison at twice the price. Menu description is “organic venison, room temperature, medium rare, apricot & almond couscous, harissa …… “ Perhaps I should have guessed that... More 

Thank sonoscozzese
Cape Town
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120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely to sit out on the patio, with blankets if needed, on a warm evening in summer. The food is good, I wouldn't say excellent. But incredibly pricey. Whew - perhaps the foreigners don't mind paying these prices, but for a local this was particularly sore on the pocket. Nice wine list for by-the-glass order. Staff were super friendly and... More 

Thank Jane W
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us ate here and I must say the food was really excellent. My pasta and prawns was delicious as was the meals that my companions had. The cheesecake was one of the best I've ever tasted. So what went wrong? The service was indifferent verging on arrogant. The food was just plonked in front of us and side... More 

Thank sydneyolympic
London, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Cape Town we were recommended to eat at Societi Bistro - and ended up returning twice. I would be delighted if I had such an enjoyable local restaurant.! We dined outside on the first occasion and inside on our return(s). We really enjoyed the atmosphere inside and out. The waiting staff could not have been... More 

Thank revitalise
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very pleasant evening out on the terrace with good food and service. menu offers nice, local and international food options (game!) but the wine list really is a who's who of the wines of the region, AND all available by the glass (or bottle of course) - real treat !

Thank Jef P
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On my last trip to Cape Town I was advised by a local friend to visit his favourite restaurant. I was not disappointed at all! Great atmosphere, great food and most of all very nice and charming staff! So I decided to go there again :) Next time I visit Cape Town this place is definetely on my to do... More 

Thank Roelbelgium
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location is great, very stylish. Service very good, but the food was below my expectation. Carpaccio should be thin sliced in my opinion, they served it thick sliced and too warm which changes the taste completely. But the main course they could have done better: Spagetti with Prawns and tomatoes, oven roast garlic. The Spagetti were not fresh prepared,... More 

Thank RussianLady
Gaborone, Botswana
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the bistro for dinner on Tuesday evening. The venue was a hive of activity with waitrons hurrying about, constantly shadowed by trainees. The menu was a bit limited, particularly for vegetarians, but the food was delicious - nothing left on any of our plates! The service was very efficient, but not particularly warm or friendly. Our expressed compliments... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
Italian, French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100
Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?