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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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

I've been a supporter for many years, and it's sad to see this once great place slide into mediocrity. The food used to be good, reasonably priced and delivered with fast competent service. Sadly that is all gone now. Service is SLOW. We waited 20 min for a cappucino yesterday, 45 min for 2 burgers and the cocktails we ordered... More 

1 Thank KarmaTraveller28
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

I ordered a quesadilla with cheese and chicken. All ingrediens (torilla and filling) were good, separately. Thogether it was not working: too much water in the filling. Tipical quesadilla can be kind a finger food, this one not, all elements on my plate were like lonely planets.... Sorry guys

Thank Wojciech C
Eschen, Liechtenstein
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2012 via mobile

All other restaurants being closed on the 25th December, we found that one by wandering around in Cape Quarter. Should have been a little gem: that area is becoming trendy, with small but beautiful little shops. We would recommend that place for the drinks. Food on a 25th December is terrible (we ordered "still the best burger in town"..... Only... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012 via mobile

Good food served in a relaxing atmosphere. Drinks are delicious and fairly priced. Come for a nice night out

Thank Leo263
Lucerne, Switzerland
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181 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

Loved this place. It's full of tacky artwork, but it is very cozy. The service was amazing, the waiter even gave us different wines to try out before we ordered. The steak was excellent as well. Very chilled atmosphere in a very cool neighborhood.

Thank Swissmex
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

Cafe Manhattan is a gay pub but one of the best places I've ever been for a casual drink or a Sunday lunch. The service is always great and they make a delicious roast beef or you can try a "tons of fun" which I think means stuffed till you can't move. Great with kids and always give me something... More 

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Chirk, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

It's a while since we were in Cape Town on holiday but we ate at Cafe Manhattan regularly and it was always excellent; the best tables are on the balcony. The Fillet Gugenheim is out of this world but the Breakfasts are fantastic too. The place invokes many happy memories

Thank Irving2
Albufeira, Portugal
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220 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2011

Excellent burgers, generous in size, really juicy and cooked exactly as you request them, served with chips or lovely fresh salad if preferred. The menu offers great burger options as well as meat, chicken, nachos and vary other staples. Service is always attentive and friendly and the food arrives promptly without having to wait long. Very casual, it is open... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
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
Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
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?