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Cafe Manhattan

74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible15%
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“burgers” (36 reviews)
“steak” (21 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I accept this may well be my own fault.... After previous visits and, with good reason after labelling the place the 'trashiest dive in Cpt', swearing never to return, once again my arm is twisted and I'm forced to meet local friends there. Why oh...More

Thank danders212
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a shame that such an awesome place has gone downhill. They have lost their character. The food is also insanely expensive.

Thank h_gnij
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been going here for many years, and still love it! Food is always good (Burgers, steaks). Very nice waiters and vibe. Nice crowd and typical of cape town a very mixed straight/gay crowd :-)

Thank FreddyofCTN
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Enjoyed a simple and pretty cheap dinner in a nice cosmopolitan environment. Warm evening, nice and quiet really....some people just enjoying a drink, some having a bit of dinner...It was fun, I enjoyed it. Service was attentive and efficient

Thank africantravel
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

The best place in CapeTown to drink with friends! Very good service, large options on menu, and mainly: It's gay friendly!

Thank Gerson_Marinho
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is the oldest gay bar in Cape Town but it is also straight friendly. The food is always good, service friendly and the beer cold. A great place to go to after work for a quick drink or their delicious burgers. It is truely...More

Thank RicardoWest78
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Went for a drink and Barman tried the usual - giving me someone else’s receipt which is always a higher price than my order. I challenged him and he fixed it, happens every single time & it’s not a coincidence. Go here at your own...More

1  Thank Andrewmig
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Legendary burgers, happy hour cocktails, friendly service...nice shady deck on the street. Manhattans has for long been a trustworthy after work drop-in with friendly faces.

Thank stevebenade
Reviewed 19 September 2017

This is a super little cafe spot, nice bohemian atmosphere, lovely friendly staff and a good mix of patrons. I enjoyed my drink time here. I did not eat there but the food looked delicious. Thank you Cafe Manhattan, I will definitely see you again...More

Thank Nibs G
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Had a cheese burger and chips R95 and a 500ml draugh beer R30. Burger, chips and onion rings were tasty and deliscious. The beer was served cold and in a very elegant glass. Personally I always enjoy the food and service at this establishment

Thank Martin F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 421 6666
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This iconic eating, meeting and chilling spot is the longest standing venue in the heart of de Waterkant village and has been a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Whether your intention is a quick bite to eat, a cheeky afternoon cocktail on the terrace, or a late night rendezvous in the bar, at this welcoming venue anything could happen... Saddle up and take a ride!
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