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Cafe Manhattan

74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible15%
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“burgers” (36 reviews)
“steak” (21 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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181 - 190 of 234 reviews

Reviewed 22 February 2015

We came for the happy hour and stayed until dinner. Drinks and food are good and reasonable. Staff is young and very friendly. The terrasse for nonsmokers is the perfect place to stay until sunset.

4  Thank Bkkfra
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Cafe Manhattan has the right vibe for everyone and you will generally always find the place buzzing. They have exceptionally good service (up to 3/4 waiters serving you at the same time) and you never wait very long for your food (10 mins max, except...More

1  Thank Jaco B
Reviewed 16 February 2015

This café is located on a prime location in the gay area of Cape Town. The clientele is nicely mixed: locals, foreigners, old , young , men , women, boys and girls. The bar has the right easygoing atmosphere and the bar keepers are friendly...More

1  Thank paris4u
Reviewed 1 February 2015

Can't understand why other contributors raved about their best hamburgers. Our reserved table was given away twice on this busy Saturday evening. We were finally given a table which we moved from when another became available, as every person seemed to inadvertently knock due too...More

Thank PaulLondon1
Reviewed 29 January 2015 via mobile

What a stunning venue to bring friends to. The vibe in this restaurant is unbelievable. It's always nice to see staff go the extra mile. It just makes your outing more fun. This place has the best burgers I have ever eaten. Thanks to management...More

Thank andries_steyn
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
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
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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