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Cafe Manhattan Restaurant

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74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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79 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2014

It was my first time at Cafe Manhattan, I have to say it was a really pleasant experience. Ambiance was nice, it was very busy, fun, lots of different characters, very interesting. We had lovely burgers and good cocktails. Service was really good, staff is very friendly. I will definitely go back

Thank Monica E
Level Contributor
104 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2014

Ok, let's face it - the place needed an upgrade, and the new owners have done just that, and it seems to be paying off for them. Originally this was an iconic gay bar, which then started serving food. Now it is primarily an eatery, and the bar part is more of an incidental. It's no longer exclusively (or even... More 

1 Thank NautieZA
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 9 January 2014

I recently had dinner with 3 friends at Cafe Manhattan. The up beat ambiance is noticeable the moment you arrive and step into Cafe. The food and the service are great and have that edge of interest that you would always expect from a Zingara group establishment. Exciting mix of people, creates a perfect backdrop for a casual interactive night... More 

Thank Redstag007
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Popped into Cafe Manhattans for what was initially meant to be a quick bite to eat. I had visited the establishment on my last visit and had heard they were now part of Madame Zingara group, so I thought I'd give it another try. How glad I am that I did! The slick, fun, quirky new decor and the sunny... More 

Thank OliviaMZ
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014

My friend and I were on our way to Cape Quarter one afternoon when we noticed Cafe Manhattan - it looked so inviting with the tables and chairs outside (the pics on here are outdated, it's much prettier now!) We had great service from and interesting conversations with Ben and Kyle, the food was great! The ambience was that of... More 

Thank AdelinNYC
Hong Kong
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

This resto bar draws a large gay crowd, but while the ambience and service are tolerable, the food served is not, at least on the night we went. Though all restaurants are permitted the occasional off night, the burgers, and it is mainly a burger place, were dull, flavourless and overdone. The starters were a greasy mess on a plate.... More 

1 Thank neilwadams
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 22 December 2013

Visited here on a Saturday night. Was a good buzz to the place, no free tables, but sat at a not very crowded bar for 15 minutes waiting to be served. Others appearing around us were served straight away? We eventually left as can't abide rudeness or bad service.

Thank Bruan_Tromsa
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2013

We visited on the first day of trading ans found the revamp under new owner's great they gave changed the entire place or the better. The menu is smaller but looks much better we did not eat on our several visits over the week we were in Cape Town, but would not hesitate to go again. The staff were great,... More 

Thank Andrew B
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2013

The once fun and lively Cape Quarter local has relaunched under new owners and first signs are good. The dark, filthy decor has been replaced by funky new stuff, the rude staff by cute, attentive ones and the food (though we didn't try if) looked a big step up on opening night. Too early to be sure, but looking like... More 

Thank Maxnuttall
Brighton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I couldn't agree more with KarmaTraveller28. The place which used to be fun,good value and honest food is becoming dreadful. I had exactly the same experience as he did:overcooked burger with avocado that wasn't even ripe,slow and almost rude service,really not worth the premium price...and the new chairs are so uncomfortable! No wonder they closed down their other branch in... More 

1 Thank JacquesMS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?