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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found the food in Cape Town to be quite un-local: fish and chips, burgers, Russian (its a kind of sausage) and chips. While this is often yummy, I went looking for somewhere more African and found it at Marco's. I had a platter of...crocodile, kudu and springbok. All good, kudu being particularly good. I had this with pap which is much, much better than it sounds. The service was excellent. There was a live African band which created a really good atmosphere. Price a bit higher than other places, but worth it for the experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 8 May 2022

I ate here recently with friends. There's a wide range of African dishes on the menu, prices are reasonable and the service is friendly. We enjoyed the musical entertainment.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 14 March 2022

Recommended by our hotel as a African restaurant. We arrived and were shown to our table on the balcony, a live band were playing g downstairs. We ordered wine , and drank it, NOT the one we ordered but just as good and the same...price! I had the slow roasted lamb!!!! AMAZING, the other half had ostrich, springbok and kudu steaks, also Amazing. Puddings were not quite as superb, but the whole experience was worth it. Great atmosphere, wonderful music and food too die for!More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 13 February 2022 via mobile

Great atmosphere with fantastic live music. This was an amazing experience we recommend to everyone!

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 1 November 2021 via mobile

I stopped by to pick up some oxtail curry. Parking is in a large, unmonitored lot across the street. They had a live band and interesting decorations. Part of me would have liked to stay and enjoy it. On the way to my car, I...was accosted by an aggressive panhandler trying to sell trinkets. He followed me across the street and stood in the middle of the lot egress continuing to ask me to buy from him. Thankfully, he didn't block my car on the way out, but he was still trying to get m to purchase something as I drove off. I wouldn't go back to that neighborhood after an experience like that.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 14 April 2021 via mobile

We haven’t been to the restaurant in a long time. Totally satisfied! Wholesome traditional cuisine! We actually dined there 2 nights in a row, that’s how good the food was. If you are looking for good African food (mogodu, hardbody. etc) then this is the...place. There’s a live marimba band on weekends which adds to a great ambience and night out and gives totally goosebumps with their performances.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 28 April 2020

Most of my party ordered an African game sampler dish comprised of Springbox, Kudo, and another choice of Ostrich or Crocodile. We sat up on the balcony overlooking the main dining floor which provided privacy for our large party of ten. The meals and presentation...were very good and the staff provided excellent service. Nothing overly fancy, just good food served by friendly staff - at a great price.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 13 March 2020 via mobile

The food was not great. A lamb dish was most definitely overcooked shredded beef and the lamb stew was more similar to goat. The band was just way too loud, making the entire experience lousy. Much better restaurants around. This place is set up for...tour groups so not authentic feeling.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 9 March 2020

Visited here twice during my two week stay in Cape Town. Loved the food and the entertainment. The first trip I had lamb. When I returned I oredered the lamb potjie. Both were very flavorful and satisfying. The entertainment changed each night but typcially included...marimba players, singers and dancers. Definitely a nice place to enjoy local foods.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 8 March 2020 via mobile

We booked a table and enjoyed great food which included traditional African dishes e.g. Smiley and baked caterpillar, although more regular dishes such as kudu, springbok and impala are also available. Vegetarian dishes were also on offer. The waiters were very knowledgable and helpful, providing...good pairings between the food and wine. Everything was beautifully presented. Whilst enjoying our meal, music and song was provided by local performers who also encouraged audience participation. It was a great way to enjoy true African hospitality and have a full night's entertainment at a reasonable cost.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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would make a booking for the balcony setting, as you have a better view of the band. music is very enjoyable, but don't expect too much of the food or service. booking before 7.30pm should be good. Enjoy your stay in Cape... More
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Marco's African Place is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5