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Cafe Manhattan

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74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (59 reviews)
“fries” (8 reviews)
“pastry” (4 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 23:00 Hours
Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Not often you order a simple meal and it is more than you expected and hard to reproduce at home. It was a simple light meal of grilled Houlumi cheese with a tomato sauce and a crisp little salad. The tomato sauce was perfectly spiced...More

1  Thank Sandy T
Reviewed 22 September 2014 via mobile

First time back at the "New" Manhattan since it changed hands. Place looks new clean and inviting. After a long morning walking and doing the tourist thing in a sweltering hot Cape Town the service was great and beers were ice cold. Probably one of...More

2  Thank Jaco S
Reviewed 12 September 2014

I loved the Manhattans of old and its great to see it is back! Its not the same and this is no bad thing. Compact menu, food delivered with a smile. Efficient. Tasty. Love it! Love the folks who are part of the Manhattans family!

1  Thank Neil V
Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

I went here with a bunch of my friends and we had an incredibly average-poor experience. Our waiter was waaaay to "familiar" with our table- trying a very chilled and laid-back approach at the table that just comes across as being incompetent. I would have...More

1  Thank Germandt G
Clement D, Media department at Cafe Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2014

Thanks so much for your review, we're sorry to hear you didn't have a great experience. We are a casual dining environment, but we do appreciate that the line between casual and too comfortable is a fine one and we have addressed this with our...More

Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

The place to come to with friends when you in Cape Town. Just for a drink or a meal. You won't be disappointed.

1  Thank andries_steyn
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Had a surprisingly pleasant evening out at the revamped Café Manhattan! Food was probably on the average side with smallish potion, but great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Loved the vibe!

1  Thank Christiaan M
Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Second time at the revamped Cafe Manhattan. Again...the atmosphere is great. The place was packed on a friday evening. The food however.. is rather average. I wouldnt rush back for a meal.

Thank munier b
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Manhattans has been around for years but for some reason never went. We heard that it was taken over by Madame Zingara and decided to give it a bash. Like all the other madame Zingara restuarants it had an amazing ambience with very creative decor....More

1  Thank llyness
Reviewed 29 April 2014

For years this was the place to go to for a good burger. But it went downhill over the past few years. Under new owners they really turned it around! It is certainly the best value for money steak in this area of town. The...More

Thank adotpilgrim
Reviewed 30 March 2014

The Manhattan has a great atmosphere and seems to be always full - it is the happening spot in de Waterkant for dinner and a couple of drinks. The hamburgers seem to be their signature dish and are amazing - a thick patty of real...More

Thank Kevin S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
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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