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Cafe Manhattan Restaurant

Bar, Cafe, Pub
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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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Western Cape, South Africa
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Fun place for huge pub-like burgers and fries. Their burgers are tasty and full of flavour and Manhattan has a vibey outdoor setting.

Thank KylieMaartens
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Overbearing, dirty hole with rude, disinterested and incapable staff. If you are overtly gay (not all of us are) or you incentivise the staff with potential to earn easy tips then you may have a reasonable experience. However that's as good as it gets. The food is BAD and it comes to something when you can't even cook fries.

4 Thank mansmanreality
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Manhattans has the worst wine list in Cape Town! While Hussars Grill and Cattle Baron charges NO corkage, Madam Zingara Restaurant now charges R100 per bottle. Reason per manager: their wine is so reasonable and selection so wide! Really girl! I need to smoke what you had to understand this argument! Not very Cape Town R100 corkage per bottle???

3 Thank hugovz
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Cafe Manhattan is an absolute gem. Been here often and never disappointed. Partner had Ceaser Salad that was devine. My fillet was grilled to perfection and rounded off by a unique pepper sauce.Superb service made the visit unforgetable.

Thank Paul V
Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Used to eat here twice a week, although the food is generally burgers, they are tasty. However we have noticed the service is quickly going downhill, most of the usual staff seemed to have left. Very slow service and once we were even forgotten about. Sat there for 40 minutes. It was because non of the waiters had been given... More 

6 Thank harvestmouse2
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

I am so dissappointed as me and my friend visit this restaurant so often and always rave about how good the atmosphere is and how amazing their chocolate chilli burgers are. After suggesting it to them we decided to make a day of it. We were 7 people in total and from start to finish was one bad thing on... More 

5 Thank Francois M
New Delhi, India
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179 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Cafe Manhattan is a fun place right in the middle of the Waterkant Village. The food is great, the staff friendly (and dressed in crazy costumes!). I'd recommend getting a burger.

Thank vm1981
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I believe it opens around 10 am so it's not a breakfast place. The action begins later at night. The food is very good, prices are very reasonable, the service is fast and very friendly. You can sit inside and outside. Very popular with gay crowd and younger folks in general.

Thank Vlad G
Cape Town, South Africa
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Sitting on the fence here. I come here often, enjoy relaxing with friends, but have not eaten here in two months: why? Have spoken to management and they have not addressed the concerns. Hence you only see me for drinks. I don't dislike the venue, it can be better though. The drop has been noticeable since the end of December... More 

2 Thank Stiaan
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Good and friendly gay bar. Food is great (especially the crab salad). Staff is really good and attentive (never leave you without a drink). Really worth a visit.

Thank M0m01988

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups
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?