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Rick's Cafe Americain Restaurant

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City Bowl
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2 Park Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 1100
11:00 - 02:00
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

great relaxed atmosphere. food is varied and can be paired with nice wines and a variety of beers - also draft! small groups of friends, sitting in front of the fireplace makes you feel at home and want to linger longer!

1 Thank dafnenienhuys
cape town
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2011

I had a great afternoon and evening at Rick's : the atmosphere, fireplaces - great food & friendly service were impressive ! Lots of locals and nice people around...no need to say more. i will recommend this to my friends and any visitors to Cape Town !

1 Thank wibo70
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119 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2011

I would like to express our gratitude for a highly delightful evening at Rick's Cafe. I cannot imagine making any better choice of venue. From the moment I walked in the door to make the arrangements for the evening I felt nothing but a genuine interest from your side to give the best I have received rave reviews about the... More 

3 Thank Petkyte
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2011

My wife and I had a drink at Rick's last year and were intrigued by the menu. With winter setting in we decided to dine at Ricks on 27 May and sample the tagine options. The chicken was dry and the veggies that came with it were tasteless. The beef was over-cooked and tough - biltong tagine would have been... More 

1 Thank dinerCape
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time by letting us know about your disappointing dinning experience. We are very sorry that your chicken and beef Tajine where dry, the vegetables tasteless as well as your portions to small. That a badly prepared dish is slipping past the head chef is unacceptable. Most of the time our costumers go home... More 

Cape Town
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2011

We've been going to Rick's for a while now and we keep coming back mainly because of the food. The lamb tajine is my favourite, rocks me every time! My girlfriend is into their steaks. And our baby, well, he's not eating anything there yet:) But I find the place warm when you need it to be, in terms of... More 

Thank onelitha
Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2011

We visited Rick's Cafe for the first time last year on our annual Golf Tour to SA, we had such a great evening that we decided to revisit. Again we were not disappointed. We were welcomed by a smiling Hostess on arrival who suggested to have a Cocktail at the Roof terrace Bar, We both thought this was a lovely... More 

Thank garygolf26
Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2011

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Rick’s Café for hosting us for my 30th Birthday and you for your invaluable contribution in making it to my mind one of the most enjoyable evenings possible. I cannot imagine making any better choice of venue. From the moment I walked in the door to make the arrangements for the evening... More 

Thank lufttravel
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review of Rick's Cafe on tripAdvisor. It was certainly a pleasure to read that you thoroughly enjoyed Birthday Party at Rick's. Your comments on the service and quality of food are most gratifying and will be shared with all the team, as there is nothing more motivating than costumers... More 

1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2011

Mixed feelings about this place. After giving our booked table away because we were 20 mins late they were really accomodating and re-organised things to get our large group of 10 in. The service then however was bad from start to finish. We waited about 30mins to get a drinks order taken. Another wait for the food order and then... More 

Thank kitechick_traveller
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review of Rick's Cafe on tripAdviser We have taken note of your displeasure with the quality of service and staff manner. Rest assured that we shared your comments with our Staff and Managment concerned and immediate steps have been taken to ensure no further reoccurrence. We are sure that... More 

Maun, Botswana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2011

I had a whole week in the city bowl of Cape Town looking at various, cafes, restaurants and delys. I stumbeled across Rick's on an early afternoon with tired feet and hungry. I stept inside and immediately felt at home, the friendly staff immediately at my service, eating at that time was no problem and I had the best burger... More 

Thank monatecafe
Cape Town
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2010

A wonderfull deck area to sit and have cocktails with tapas (a wide selection), I can really recommend the Wibo Balls and Ribs. They serve the most amazing steaks and the the inside area with fireplaces is fantastic for winter time. The vibe is energetic and the staff is helpful in every way be it choosing one of the many... More 

Thank Lipiol

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$12
Moroccan, Bar, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Park Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central>  > City Bowl
  • Neighbourhood: City Bowl
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 1100
Walking into Rick's Cafe has the same feeling as walking into a friend's home for dinner. The ambiance is comfortable to say the least with decor reminiscent of the movie classic "Casablanca" with its stylish colonial Moroccan tones accompanied by lounge music filtering through the 100 year old Victorian building,Immerse yourself in warm ambiance and eclectic decor in our 80 seater restaurant with its 3 fireplaces and bar, or enjoy the relaxed, vibey loft lounge and cocktail bar spilling out onto a roof deck with breathtaking views of the mountains.Our award winning selection of wines is sure to suit all tastes and features a wide selection by the carafe, we also offer a wide variety of local and imported Beers (now over 40!), Mexican and local Tequilas, Vodkas,Single Malts, Bourbons and Liquors. The menu presents a seasonal selection of Global tapas and a wide variety of dishesranging from mouth watering salads, Gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, matured Steaks and Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties - "we serve Comfort food" So come relax and enjoy yourself with either lunching on the veranda, sipping sundownerson the roof deck or enjoy a delicious meal inside this historical cottage, and we will guarantee you'll want to "play it again" We all look for that place to recommend as being "my favourite place", well in this case you might just have found it."So... Here is looking at you kid."

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