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74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Switzerland
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Cool atmosphere, very friendly service though chaotic at times. You will love the atmosphere of a mixed crowd. Fun music and vibes Good food quality: charred fillet is awesome. Cocktails could be better but we did not mind as we felt good there! Definitely a place to go back to especially to start up a party night!

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Thank NikoleNiak
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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191 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

The bar is a crowded and vibrant place in Cape Town's Waterkant district where you can meet the local LGBT community (and tourist). Ambience is good, service comes with a smile, but the food and drinks are over priced. Read the other reviews in Tripadvisor. You'll love it, or you'll hate it.

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Thank Vanamstel
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Cafe Manhatten is well located; it has a very trendy biby atmosphere; The food is a great cocktail or snack menu; lovely salads and efficient service

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Thank 776tobias
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326 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

A nice café with both indoor and outdoor seating. The falaffel burger with fries on the side is great. Service minded and attentive staff.

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Thank Allan K
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

After been away for a few weeks I went to manhattans which I normally visit once a week and they have unfortunately changed their menu. No more smoking section on the one side and now your burger comes with a salad. An extra R60 for onion rings and chips. What a let down. Had my drink and went for dinner... More 

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1 Thank Edward M
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Been for many years bar staff rip you off when they think you're a tourist. Can't be trusted. If you do go here I suggest you ask for a receipt with your drinks to ensure you get charged correctly. I'd also check the time of the till receipt as they have been known to keep older receipts back of higher... More 

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2 Thank UKExpatinSA
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

If you're a tourist in Cape Town, avoid this bar. Any wiff of being a tourist and they charge you double for your drinks. The staff were rude to us. On the night we were there, the bar staff and waitering staff were arguing with each other in front of the customers. The atmosphere was not very nice. I will... More 

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2 Thank JCM1079
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I've been going to this place for years, usually 3 times a week. Today I went and my usual order is steak which comes with chips, onion rings and a sauce at 180 rand. Today the price is as follows: Steak - 200 Chips - 30 Rings - 30 Sauce - 20 So the exact same meal is is now... More 

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4 Thank Andrewmig
Pretoria, South Africa
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Lovely venue to wait for or meet up with friends. The menu is limited but sufficient and the food is well executed.

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Thank Guest B
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

13 years in a row... February we vissit Cafe Manhattan and it is as good as ever. The menu got smaller the service a bit high and absent. The food.... well what can one say. Pork ribs and Squid. The ribs was done to perfection best in a long time. The.Squid was the.best my love had in his lifetime. He... More 

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Thank jaco v

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?