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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 good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (37 reviews)
“steak” (22 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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16:00 - 23:00 Hours
Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Part of a gay bar but very mixed clientele. Good value burgers and steaks. Drinks list is ok and service is good and friendly. Great terrace/ location to sit and people watch. Worth a visit for low key food.

Thank Travels2often
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant three times during my trip the food was excellent the manageress was good but some of the staff need some more training as some don't listen to what you want .The toilets could do with a good make over and deep...More

Thank BanburyOscar
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beer, Coke, Hamburger in a cool secured area in Cape Town. Servers are also very nice. Kids were happy.

Thank seb93100Montreuil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Started well with friendly waiter handshake but all downhill from there. Wasn’t at all busy but we waited 15 minutes for the wine order. Then food orders were mixed up and tepid. Most annoyingly they cleared dishes and cleaned the table while one of us...More

Thank Graham T
Reviewed 6 February 2018

As a frequent traveller to cape town i have noticed a down turn in cafe Manhattan. i have been coming to this venue for the past 18 years. over the past few years i have noticed that the venue looks very tired and is in...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 22 January 2018

You wouldn't know this is a gay bar unless you looked around closely. It is a really nice spot in downtown Capetown; great place for a meal or a beer. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. The staff are really helpful, and do a great...More

Thank skyhoosier
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Was very friendly place. Went during happy hour and got 2 for 1 drinks and great food specials. Sits at a busy intersection, lots of people watching.

Thank 811bethp
Reviewed 4 December 2017

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

1  Thank danders212
Reviewed 3 December 2017

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

1  Thank h_gnij
Reviewed 19 November 2017

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
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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, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
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
16:00 - 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
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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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