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Cafe Manhattan Restaurant

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74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I spent a week here in Cape Town and I have to say that the staff at Cafe Manhattan made my week. I stayed at the hotel across the street and would stop in for a drink or two every day. The vibe is awesome, the staff is friendly and welcoming, everyone treats you like a regular and it was... More 

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Thank Julia J
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to have a drink (given up on the food price hikes), ordered a vodka and coke and the bill comes and they gave me the most expensive brand vodka bellvedere. Sorry but that's just robbing! Me and my friends will not go back here for drinks or food. Good luck for the winter guys as we will go to... More 

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Hove, East Sussex
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this pub (more like a pub than cafe in the evening) without realising it was full of mostly gay people. This wasn't a problem, we were made to feel welcome. Sat outside and drank a beer. The food was very good 'pub' type food. Nice location on the corner of the street very close to our hotel in... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been a avid sapporter for years.I recently moved from the city to the suburbs so i stopped going because i just never went to the city.I returned over the week end .... i was disgusted to find out that a burger was R90 and then the worst was chips extra R30(helo 2 potatoes do not cost R30) oh... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well...they do say that a picture says a thousand words. Dont worry, I'll keep this one well under a thousand. Awesome, tasty, simple, do it, you gotta, thank me later. For an all rounder experience of Cape Town follow our Inst profile at zawanderlust

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Pretoria
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Does the owner read these comments? Friday night of a long weekend middle of the month and two of the wines on the worst wine list in Cape Town, is out of stock! Let's bet on the number of days before the current owners and managers managed successfully managed to force this icon onto extinction!

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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice lunch and diner at Manhattan. Very relaxed atmosphere and diverse crowd. Boy waiters often serving you without a shirt. Food is ok. Nice and sunny veranda.

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Thank PeterDelft
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not one to moan about a price increase, but was recently made aware of the price increases when the menus changed by other friends who were also regulars(like more than twice a week type regulars). Burger, Fries & Onion Rings used to cost R75, it now costs a whopping R140. Keep the salad, I'm not dieting... I absolutely love the... More 

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1 Thank Taahir A
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

been going to this place for years and was really shocked recently to discover a 60% increase on the food menu. To add to that the portions are smaller. You now pay for sides as extra. It's now so expensive that it's actually cheaper to go to a proper steak house restaurant like the hussar grill or nelsons eye and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Café Manhattan several times and love the atmosphere. The choices of food is very good and the drinks area excellent. The only issue sometimes the service is slower than normal but it is worth the wait. A must in Cape Town

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?