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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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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 28 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
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

The waiters are usually very friendly. The only lady manager Bongi there is very nice. She gives adequate attention to her customers as well as organising her staff members. Always there to assist. A great asset to the restaurant. But the two guy managers do more flirting than actual work. When I had an issue at the bar and wanted... More 

3 Thank Jesse0917
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

This is the local hood restaurant that's been reinvented in a cool way and improved upon since its previous slow demise. From the minute you put your foot into the place, the magic begins and it surely must be one of the most creative restaurants in South Africa. There is a fantastic energy and the team are professional trained with... More 

1 Thank WalterCPT
Oslo, Norway
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187 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

I had heard much about their steaks and had to try one. Unfortunately I was not impressed at all. It was an average aged rump. The location and general atmosphere of the place was good, and the service was very good.

1 Thank VidarNilsen
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

I've been here a few times over the past few years, and never wrote a review until now. This past visit convinced me I need to say something though- because the service was unbelievable. Our server Patrick was extremely attentive and at one point, dashed out of his way to pick up a cell phone that had fallen off the... More 

Thank Chase N
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Title says it all. Extremely friendly staff, wild atmosphere. Burgers are bang on. The basket of fried chicken is off the chain too. Bring your appetite, because these plates are not for dieters!

Thank Karen D

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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
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?