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Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
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In the first and only African outpost in his eponymous global empire, world-renowned master chef Nobuyuki 'Nobu' Matsuhisa infuses his innovative Japanese cuisine with flavour and spices unique to South Africa. No stranger to international culinary influences, Nobu gives classical Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist with a Peruvian influence. Diners can indulge in fresh South African seafood and indigenous spices in mesmerizing dishes such as Sake Roast Whitefish with Jalapeno or the Chocolate Bento Box; a dark chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream and a sesame seed toile. A sweeping fan-like staircase leads to the 104 seat dining area and sushi counter, which is framed by a textured,
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
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Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner ! We were staying at the One & Only so this was very convenient for us. We started with delicious shrimp, teriyaki and enough to share. My husband had wonderful chicken served in a pot with vegetable. I had the...lamb chops. They were lean, tender and really good. For dessert my husband had ice cream and I had a fabulous chocolate mousse in a cappuccino cup, complete with foam in the top. We have never been to Nobu before as we don’t like sushi, or raw food. This was great and so convenient to guests of the hotel. I would recommendMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great, the staff were great, but the music was inter dispersed with Ibiza type music, which may be great on a Spanish island , but not in The One and Only Cape Town, so i am not sure what image they are...trying to create, but it didn’t suit me.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 601davidj, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us regarding your Nobu experience. We are delighted that our service and dinner were to your delight. We truly value your feedback and will ensure this is reviewed in detail with the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to Nobu all over the world expecting great food we found the service rushed and the level of food well below our previous Nobu experiencesMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Compass726331, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for sharing your thoughts with us. We are delighted that you took time to join us for dinner, and we appreciate the candid feedback regarding your overall experience, as this is how...More

Reviewed 23 December 2023 via mobile

Waiters were excellent. The menu however was good but not superb. We visit Nobu around the world, but for Capetown you simply have better places to go… places with less expectations but with better food. Good but menu can have an upgrade.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Dear Mobile52467605987, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We are pleased that you had a lovely experience at Nobu and that our team fulfilled the high standards for which we are known. We do, however, value your candid feedback regarding...More

Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

Nobu was right up Miss Gucci's Street. She is used to the finest things in life and the food and ambience was exquisite. In the heart of a very fancy hotel, Miss Gucci felt right at home. The steak and lamb was tender and perfectly...seasoned. The waiter , Sky added to the experience. Helping to choose the right dishes and fine wine to accompany the food. The experience was also very reasonably priced. All coning to under £100. This made Miss Gucci's partner very happy as in London the price would be north of £300. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2023

Dear Lewis, What an amazing review! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are beyond delighted to hear that you had a great experience at Nobu and that Sky provided you with the outstanding service for which we are known. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 8 September 2023

There are Nobu’s elsewhere, but this was my first. Excellent plates, greatly prepared and served like pieces of art. One of the best Japanese cuisine experiences I ever had. However, it wasn’t completely perfect due to an issue at the restrooms with a staff member...being really way too much at service, clearly exaggerating with the soap and towel aid, … while the floor around the toilet I had was absolutely not clean and that for some time as it was partially dried up… A colleague confirmed having the same experience and the second time I went to the restroom I took the disabled one to avoid that person in the men’s room… Please just instruct him not to overdue and to also keep the floor around the toilets clean. That, together with the slightly missing finishing touch on the palate for the food, didn’t make me giving a 4, but I was in doubt…More

Date of visit: September 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2023

Dear 58philipp, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate the kind words and the constructive feedback. We'll take it under consideration and make sure to make the necessary improvements. Thank you for dining with us, and we look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 22 June 2023

This spot is a great for a casual evening dinner. We have dined at Nobu in Malibu, Nassau, and Los Angeles and I have got to say the service and food here at the One and Only Nobu Cape Town is amazing. I have to...give a proper shout out to our waiter Ronaldo who gave the most delicious dinner recommendations. He was very patient with the Americans and educated us on the wine selection. Because of Ronaldo I now have another favorite cabernet to add to my wine collection (Rainbow’s End). The entire experience was enjoyable and I will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2023

Dear CALIRebecca416, We could not be happier to read that your experience with us was amazing and that our level of service and food were to your satisfaction. Ronaldo is one of our best, so it is thrilling to learn that he played such a...More

Reviewed 11 June 2023

Having been to Nobu in Miami, the Bahamas, Las Vegas, New York and Malibu, this is by far the best one. My beau and I sat at the sushi bar as we didn't have a reservation and it was a busy Saturday night. Worked out...great because we were able to chat up the sushi chefs Pele from Zimbabwe and the head chef from Nepal. Service was remarkable as was the food. A few too many sakis means we appreciated staying at the One and Only Hotel all that much more. All and all, thank you Nobu for a memorable night!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2023

Dear 616brendalizg, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to reflect on your dinner at Nobu Cape Town. We could not be happier to read your review and to learn that our team was successful in creating a memorable evening for you...More

Reviewed 11 June 2023 via mobile

My waiter Sipoh (Sipho?) was great! I did the standard Nobu thing where I had him pick out the menu for me and I loved his selection of dishes. The flavors were all great! That said, I have to say that the raw fish did...not taste as fresh or high-quality as the Nobu’s in Malibu/Vegas and the beef also seemed of slightly lower-quality than expected. Given the price point is much lower than other Nobu’s, this is excusable, but it doesn’t seem quite as high-end as Nobu’s in the states. I would go back!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2023

Dear Mark T, Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your experience at Nobu Cape Town. We take your input very seriously and will use it as we continuously strive to improve in all aspects. We are delighted that Sipho contributed to your...More

Reviewed 22 May 2023

Great setting in the One and Only Hotel, which had a very cool bar. The restaurant food was OK and they were out of half of the Sake options we requested. It was double the next most expensive dinner we had in 7 days in...Capetown, and really not much better than our local japanese restaurant at home. Nice staff but overpriced for Capetown and would recommend trying somewhere more authentic.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2023

Dear kostasc284. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We constantly evaluate our pricing to ensure it is market-competitive, and your review will be taken into further consideration as we monitor this situation. However, we appreciate the candid feedback, and...More

Reviewed 14 May 2023

When I say we ate everything - I mean that literally. We went on a safari earlier in the day, heard that Nobu was in town and literally booked reservations for that evening. Our waiter - Ronaldo - was absolutely phenomenal and suggested that we...allow him to guide us how to order and enjoy the menu. We trusted him and ordered so much food ... everything that touched the table we finished - from appetizer to dessert. We literally left no crumbs. 😅🥰More

Date of visit: May 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2023

Dear adebisia, What an amazing review. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Nobu and all of our spectacular dishes. Ronaldo will be thrilled to hear such positive feedback regarding his...More

Reviewed 7 May 2023 via mobile

My first time was Las Vegas and I have never been disappointed with the service, wine selection, and fabulous menu selections. Located inside The One & Only hotelMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2023

Dear Kathyk9551WZ, What a thrilling review! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are beyond delighted to learn that you had a wonderful experience at Nobu. Thank you for such great feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind...More

Reviewed 16 April 2023

We have been to various Nobu restaurants around the world and decided to have one dinner at this Nobu during our stay in Cape town as most of the high end restaurants were closed during Easter. The service was fine, the food was okay (compared...to the typical Nobu experience i would rate it at 7/10). However the interior design and overall vibe was not up to standard for a Nobu restaurant, it was rather underwhelming. The conference space looking carpet, the dirty and old fabric on the built in sofas, and the exterior plastic chairs did not remind the visitor of the Nobu experience we’re used to. Don’t save your best outfit for this dinner!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2023

Dear N775SUjoannak, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for sharing your thoughts with us. We are delighted that you took time to join us for dinner, and we appreciate the candid feedback regarding your overall experience, as this is how...More

Reviewed 5 March 2023 via mobile

Stepping down into this restaurant the decor is as enjoyable as the food, the collective chant by the staff when walking to your table is the declaration of a truly wonderful food experience… The food tastes as good as it looks, the staff are attentive...and informative, everything about our visit oozed style and a touch of class. We highly recommend this restaurant if you enjoy high end Asian cuisine. Hopefully not our last Nobu experience.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2023

Dear j4rme, What a thrilling review! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We are beyond delighted to hear that you had a wonderful evening with our Nobu family. Thank you for all of the lovely feedback regarding your experience....More

Reviewed 5 March 2023

We enjoyed our meal here. The service was very pleasant albeit a couple of minor mistakes made. The food was very good. The ambience and decor is excellent. Would recommend. Particularly recommend the Beef Tenderloin Chimichurri and the Rcok Shrimp Tempura.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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OneOnly CapeTown, General Manager at Nobu, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2023

Dear Markeric, Thank you for the amazing review! We are delighted to hear that you had a great evening with us at Nobu and that you enjoyed the ambience that we aim to create for our guests. Thank you for the lovely feedback and we...More

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Response from OneOnlyCapeTown | Property representative |
Dear Tracy K, We recommend booking in advance, however we try to accommodate walk in's as best we can. Please contact our restaurant reservations department should you wish to join us for dinner on: +27 (0) 21 431... More
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Response from Donyale M | Reviewed this property |
No dress code but definitely a smart casual atmosphere and as the other reviewer said, best to dress appropriately if you'd like to pop into one of the other bars in the One and Only hotel after dinner. Enjoy!
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5