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Cafe Manhattan

74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (63 reviews)
“gay bar” (12 reviews)
“de waterkant” (12 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 23:00 Hours
Steakhouse, Bar, Cafe, Pub, American, International
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

Charming style and nice service. The food is surprisingly good for the concept of the location. Cocktails and drinks you could probably get cheaper or better somewhere else - but why spend outside of the rainbow family. ;-)

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Gerhard P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has a nice vibe - but overall we were disappointed with this place- the food and cocktails were of poor quality compared to other similarly priced restaurants in South Africa. Our server was really trying hard, but couldn’t recover from long delays with the kitchen...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank rhaec1v
Reviewed 9 December 2018

still the oldest gay bar in cape town burgers still good beer still cold men still hot me am happy! :--)

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank NkosiJozi
madamezingara, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Good Day NkosiJozi, Thank you so much for the kind words. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

We has great steaks and a great service at cafe manhattan. Would always come back there the next time that I am in Cape Town.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank aleranzer
madamezingara, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Good Day Aleranzer, thank you for the kind words :) Have yourself a lovely day, and hope to see you when you are back in Cape Town.

Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

This place needs to close. It’s constantly empty. Went for a drink and was only person in the place on a Sunday afternoon. Please close and make way for someone who is able to create a vibe. The problem here is the rude staff and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Andrewmig
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Located in a nice neighborhood, lots of private security in the area, several hotels within walking distance, nice crowd, mostly local, good food and drinks at reasonable prices. If you are by yourself, chances are you get into an interesting conversation with a local about...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Jens F
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Good crowd & great vibes gay bar close to the central. There is a bar area and quieter dining area. Went on Saturday nite, it was already crowded at only 10pm. Happy hour with one for one beer is a plus!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mea97tnh
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Four of us visited here (all gay guys). Tired run down decor, sticky tables, grubby furniture. Food menu limited. Our food turned up cold. Sent it back and same food came out obviously just being microwaved. We had ribs which were awful and tough. Table...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank KrisMayo1
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Here you feel among friends which was nice. My blue cheese hamburger had a lot of balsamico on it, which gave a strange mix of flavoures, certainly with my red wine. Better leave the balsamico away in my opinion.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank anthonyu646
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Nice vibe, good music, great burgers and service! Busier in summer, but still worth a visit! Oldest gay bar in Cape Town

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank theuniskotze
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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