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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

First visited in 2013. Height of the holidays, new management (Zingara Circus) so much excitement. It’s the hot new go-to gay spot in town. Must be because its so overcrowded that we cant even get in. Getting served shooters out on the street with cars hooting you out of the way isn’t my idea of fun so moved on. Try... More 

2 Thank danders212
Hastings, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Great place to have a burger and a glass or two. Waiters are buzzing around all night, and although when it gets busy that can mean a bit of a wait sometimes, who cares. There's plenty to keep the eye amused. And when the food and drink does arrive, it's always with a huge smile and a friendly chat that... More 

Thank Richard G
Cape Town, South Africa
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Cafe Manhattan is fun, friendly, has great music and fabulous food! It has a very laid back atmosphere with tables inside and out... They serve yummy cocktails and one of the best burgers I have ever had! Situated in the Bo-Kaap of Cape Town.

Thank Esna T
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Gone were the days when Cafe Manhatten run by Russel, where the crowds used to congregate and own the corner that the venue resides on, where the crowds used to spill out onto the road as the drinks did in bumping into people that it was so busy in the summer months. Nowadays, Cafe Manhatten run by Madam Zingara, have... More 

2 Thank richardX5830EP
Cape Town
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80 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

We've been going to Manhattan's for years. We go there at least 4 times a month and generally enjoy the atmosphere and food. Tonight however was different. We had the worst experience ever. I've never been treated this badly anywhere. Tonight they were quite full. We waited for a table and was told by a very friendly waiter that they... More 

4 Thank rocape
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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139 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I wanted a veggie burger and I found a delicious divine one where the patty was made of lentils and chick peas ! Delicious. The fries are a crime ! Service was good. Some drama on the terrace to make it just lovely.

Thank CTandyou
Lake Arrowhead, California
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We happened upon this jewel after a day of walking around.. It looked inviting and so we walked in.... Great vibe... Nice outside seating... super atmosphere. The service was great as was the food and drink. Super helpful and fun. Definitely would go back!

Thank dagmarsabat
South Africa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The service tend to be slightly slow and at times you may have to remind your waiter, but they are upbeat and very entertaining. The quality of the food is great and their cocktails are lovely. You have the choice of sitting inside (which is a bit dark) or outside. Great for a meal or just a drink/sun downer.

Thank Soez
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Me and a few friends were having drinks at Cafe Manhattens. As I am a regular, we all know that when it come to closing time Bongi the manager, likes to make it very clear when she wants all the patrons to get out. She starts banging the bar chairs on the bar and says to guests with full glasses... More 

Thank AndrewLightleyCt
Doha, Qatar
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Great place to meet new friends and have a few drinks. Staff and even the manager were always smiling and making people part of a family. Barmen were great in serving drinks and adding shots when you not looking

Thank GinaRobinson

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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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?