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Mama Africa Restaurant

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178 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre, Western Cape, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 426 1017
18:30 - 00:00
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Mon - Sat 18:30 - 00:00
Tue - Fri 12:30 - 15:00
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Mexico City, Mexico
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Live African percussion and music (but not with a high volume), great vibes and an excellent dinner. The place is also very attractive.

Thank Juan Q
Dublin, Ireland
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185 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place caters solely to tourists and you should book in advance if you want a table although we sat at the bar and for a couple, I think it was a better option. We had a delicious meal, some great cocktails and enjoyed the live music. Yes, it is a tourist trap and yes, it is expensive by Cape... More 

Thank Rjoc
Delft, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Being a Friday night, the place was packed, so I ate at the bar. Very nice atmosphere with life music (jazz). Good food with traditional African dishes. The crew was working hard but short staffed resulting in (too) slow service and lack of attention.

Thank MikeS_NL
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

I went with my kids. Wasn't so sure but they were hungry and we just stop by long st. So we ordered a catch of the day that was a Cardinal. Fish from the bay of Cape Town. It was really good! The fish and everything else! We order also the desert sample and that took forever so I would... More 

Thank Pauline C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Hi this is my second visit to Mama Africa and we were so looking forward to it. We seemed always be waiting. Not sure if this was because we were so close to the live entertainment or we were just unlucky. We were a table of six people. Four of us finished our main course before the other two even... More 

Thank sheilah85
Hove, East Sussex
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The atmosphere is great, very busy and interesting decor with a fantastic band playing. The band was probably the biggest attraction for me. Needed to take a taxi there and back as it was a distance from our hotel in De Waterkant but the restaurant arranged our return home for us. Good service, lovely happy people there! Food was varied... More 

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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to have been seated as it was a busy Saturday night. The food was a great mixture of game a traditional meals, the local RSA beer is to die for and staff were outstanding but what made the evening 10/10 was the entertainment. A local marimba band called Abuvuki played wonderful energetic music. So much so that... More 

Thank Mrs_Mooham
Guildford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The live music was the highlight of our dining experience. The food is very traditional and delicious. Like with most restaurants the majority of the menu is meat or fish, however has some very nice vegetarian options. There is a bar as well if you would rather go for a drink and enjoy the music.

Thank travelswithkelly
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

wow from the entrance dimitri bouncer great man, please make reservation 2/3 days earlier great food nice drinks superrbbbb staff food still taste on my mouth great restaurant ever try the wild meet dish

Thank Yuliana Z
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here just the other night so fun and festive with the decor and local band plus an area to buy authentic African gifts. We had great service and good food please have their malva pudding it's Delish thank mama africa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3,5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
18:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre, Western Cape, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 426 1017

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?