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Cafe Manhattan Restaurant

74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 6666
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible14%
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“burgers” (34 reviews)
“steak” (20 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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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
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when we noticed Cafe Manhattan - it looked so inviting with the tables and chairs outside (the pics on here are outdated, it's much prettier now!)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...More

Thank AdelinNYC
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...More

1  Thank neilwadams
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...More

Thank Bruan_Tromsa
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...More

Thank Andrew B
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...More

Thank Maxnuttall
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...More

1  Thank JacquesMS
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...More

1  Thank KarmaTraveller28
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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
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
  • E-mail
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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