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Cafe Manhattan

74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible15%
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“burgers” (36 reviews)
“steak” (21 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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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
Reviewed 29 March 2014

I've been to Manhattan many times. It has in my experience always been at the average end of the scale. Somewhere you could grab a quick meal when you were stuck for time. Well the Owner has changed and a substantial refurb has taken place,...More

1  Thank Philip U
Reviewed 18 March 2014

Not been to the Café Manhattan for a couple of years. I was surprised at the changes that have been made both to the décor and the menu. It is now a part of the Zingara group, and I personally think that there is too...More

Thank Raymond F
Reviewed 9 March 2014

This was my third breakfast here and once again we had a great experience. The food is not similar to meals I have had before and with a completely different flavor and taste. The venue is chilled, comfy and near shops, the waterfront and close...More

Thank Heinrich U
Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Great place to grab a drink.. staff and decor is welcoming and a great style.. glad they upgraded but it is smooth relaxing and ubercool.

Thank Rob G
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...More

Thank Monica E
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,...More

1  Thank NautieZA
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...More

Thank Redstag007
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...More

Thank OliviaMZ
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Restaurant Details

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  • 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
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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