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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%
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“burger” (61 reviews)
“fries” (8 reviews)
“calamari” (4 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Cafe, Pub, American, International
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

The Cafe Manhattan is a great place to drink and to start your evening. But you can eat here too and it's really good! They have special breakfast stuff. And I tried the salads and the meat. The filet was just perfect! So, absolutely recommendable!

Thank diomio85
Reviewed 29 March 2015

During our stay in Cape Town, we made our way through a selection of 5 of their burgers - we did see some people eat other items on the menu, but not many, you go there for the burgers and cocktails. They have a more...More

1  Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Ate here on a recent trip to Cape Town, fantastic food and wine, great service in a lovely part of the city. What's not to like?

1  Thank Welsh_traveller1965
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Awesome cafe to relax and have a drink. Best steak in Cape Town! Excellent outdoor seating, very hippy and friendley

1  Thank Makaphela
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

My friend and I were here last night, and our friendly waiter recommended us to order some cucumber crush cocktail, gin based. To our disappointment the drink was disgusting and was sent back, turned out the that barman forgot a KEY ingredient in the drink!...More

1  Thank Aroona M
Reviewed 26 March 2015 via mobile

Friendly greeting and seated. 10 minutes no waiter or menu. Fetch own menu, still no service. Go to bar and order own drink. Finish drink and sit for another 15 minutes at least with about 7 waiters walking past us 10/15 times each and not...More

Thank Ryan R
Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

Been there several times but never figured out who the manager was. What has consistently struck me is the quality of staff. In ways which at times are subtle while being overly camp at othets, they manage to make the ambiance absolutely delightful for all....More

2  Thank civet
Reviewed 5 March 2015

Very busy bar, loud music and good atmosphere. The food weas OK, with the salad being the best choice. Many eat a burger here but we did not think the meat was very good. Go here for drinks !

Thank Marcinbrussels
Reviewed 5 March 2015 via mobile

Enjoy some good, nutricious food at Cafe Manhattan. Be prepared to be served by very friendly and attentive staff. If you have a big day ahead, go for the enormous breakfast burger and you're good to conquer the day!

3  Thank Giant J
Reviewed 1 March 2015

It had been years since I had been last to Manhattan (back then only for late night drinks) and I vividly remember a fairly raucous night. This time, we were there at a more "civilized" hour for dinner and so the atmosphere was a bit...More

1  Thank Heidi F
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
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
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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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