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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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Steakhouse, Bar, Cafe, Pub, American, International
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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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
Reviewed 4 January 2015 via mobile

I am an Italian boy on holiday on Cape Town. I went to this bar to have dinner with some friends of mine twice. The bar is extremely crowded, but the people is very nice and beautiful too, so it is funny to stay in...More

Thank Indispettito
Reviewed 31 December 2014 via mobile

I ate at Manhattan on December 31 as a last resort, because otherwise I would have stuck to the V&A waterfront. The main course was a falafel burger, and that was the problem, it was just tasteless, I couldn't eat more than one third of...More

Thank Vanderlei N
Reviewed 21 December 2014 via mobile

The best burgers and steaks in town. The service is great and the environment is quirky and sassy. The food quality is exceptional and the drinks are even better. The menu really covers all tastes and you will something that makes your mouth water! The...More

Thank worldtravellerplus77
Reviewed 16 December 2014

Took our sons for a late night burger and chips. Fantastic burgers, and the milkshakes are to die for - lemon meringue and peanut butter and marshmallow, double thicks. The atmosphere was jumping, great house music and vibe. Love the saddle bar stools - friendly...More

Thank kaiser08_KZN
Reviewed 11 December 2014

Nice friendly place to eat - attractive waiter certainly livened things up. In fairness I think I choose badly having the fish special which was extremely oily and badly presented and well overpriced compared to the standard burger and chicken fare on the main menu....More

Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

Didn't have many expectations as food in gay friendly places tends to take a backseat to alcohol but I was pleasantly surprised. The steak was nice and staff friendly and drinks were good too. I'd definitely go back. Cheers

Thank calboy2
Reviewed 17 November 2014

After a few years of sad and steady decline,the place that once was the heart of De Waterkant is back with a vengeance! Great refurbishment,good energy from the staff,efficient and friendly service (from lovely Karen,who even offered me a blanket on this chilly evening outside),nice...More

1  Thank JacquesMS
Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

Love this place and have visited on all my trips to CT! It never changes it vibe! Fun, friendly and quintessentially gay cafe/ bar! Great burgers, excellent value and super friendly staff!

Thank Kris H
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
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
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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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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