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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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“burgers” (36 reviews)
“steak” (21 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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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
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
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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 - 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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