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Cafe Manhattan Restaurant

74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible14%
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“burgers” (34 reviews)
“steak” (20 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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181 - 190 of 229 reviews

Reviewed 24 January 2015 via mobile

Café Manhattans is the place to eat & drink. Very helpful staff, cosy Western atmosphere and the food is phenomenonal!! I highly recommend the American Hanger burger. Jacques, the barman will go out of his way to ensuring you enjoy your stay.

Thank Neville P
Reviewed 21 January 2015

Unexpectedly a very good standard food, Gay bar which was friendly and welcoming to all. Drinks are cheap and staff helpful. We are a straight couple and found this place very relaxing and great for people watching.

Thank Toosey
Reviewed 20 January 2015

We happened to walk past this cafe on our way into town and stopped in for a light lunch on our way back. Not having read anything about it before, we were taking a chance and we're pleased we did!!! We were met at the...More

Thank Debbie D
Reviewed 8 January 2015

Met up with some friends who had finished dinner at Beefcakes and wanted to have a few drinks so we went to Manhattans. It was nicely furnished and it was interesting that they had rocking saddle bar stools at the end of the bar. wasn't...More

Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 5 January 2015

The only place in Cape Town which was willing to seat us (unbooked) on new years eve. Don't think it will ever win any awards for decor or food presentation, however for such a busy night the food was on the table fairly quick and...More

1  Thank JS_52015
Reviewed 4 January 2015 via mobile

I am an Italian boy on holiday on Cape Town. I went to this bar to have dinner with some friends of mine twice. The bar is extremely crowded, but the people is very nice and beautiful too, so it is funny to stay in...More

Thank Indispettito
Reviewed 31 December 2014 via mobile

I ate at Manhattan on December 31 as a last resort, because otherwise I would have stuck to the V&A waterfront. The main course was a falafel burger, and that was the problem, it was just tasteless, I couldn't eat more than one third of...More

Thank Vanderlei N
Reviewed 21 December 2014 via mobile

The best burgers and steaks in town. The service is great and the environment is quirky and sassy. The food quality is exceptional and the drinks are even better. The menu really covers all tastes and you will something that makes your mouth water! The...More

Thank worldtravellerplus77
Reviewed 16 December 2014

Took our sons for a late night burger and chips. Fantastic burgers, and the milkshakes are to die for - lemon meringue and peanut butter and marshmallow, double thicks. The atmosphere was jumping, great house music and vibe. Love the saddle bar stools - friendly...More

Thank kaiser08_KZN
Reviewed 11 December 2014

Nice friendly place to eat - attractive waiter certainly livened things up. In fairness I think I choose badly having the fish special which was extremely oily and badly presented and well overpriced compared to the standard burger and chicken fare on the main menu....More

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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
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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