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Cafe Manhattan

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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” (59 reviews)
“fries” (8 reviews)
“pastry” (4 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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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
Reviewed 28 February 2015

I love this place!!! The atmosphere is great and the staff are allot of fun. The food, especially the chefs special, are very good. One thing that I cannot give them any credit for is the lack of consistency with their cocktails, one day you...More

1  Thank h_gnij
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Cafe Manhattan (now owned by Madame Zingara Group) has been an institution in Cape Town for a number of years, famous for their burgers and simply a great place to hang out with predominantly gay cliental. The last meal I had their a couple of...More

2  Thank v0yag3r1
Clement D, General Manager at Cafe Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2015

Thank you so much for your feedback and I would like to apologise that your experience was less that exemplary when you visited on Sunday. I would like to assure you it was indeed a lapse in management judgement and we are currently involved in...More

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • 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 - 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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