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Seafood, Mediterranean, Portuguese
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

The chicken was dry and bony and we got a load of small pieces instead of half a chicken. The Manager didn't have the courtesy of coming to our table. Eventually we went to him and he had the most awful attitude, making fun of...our complaint to other patrons. We will never set foot in that grubby place, and the manager should we washing the dishes, not dealing with clients.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

Petiscos is your go to place for Seafood, especially the fish but unfortunately the standard is not the same anymore. We understand if you are accustomed to amazing fish and good food here, and the standard goes down slightly, but today 29/10/2023 the standard was...not on par at all. We ordered a seafood platter for two. The food was cold when it arrived after 10 minutes of ordering it, which doesn’t make sense. The Hake was overcooked and mushy, the mussels were 50% empty shells with no mussels in and most of the prawns were not cleaned properly with veins still in, which is basically poop you see. We raised this with the Manager Manny and he apologized and wanted to make up for it. They brought back the same overcooked Hake and the same uncleaned Prawns with a new side of mussels and just heated up the vegetables. I raised this again with the Manager and he said this is due to the fact that we ate some of the food originally, he then implied that people are just looking for an excuse to not pay or are looking to get more food for free. He said that the only thing Management can do when a customer complaints about food after they already started eating it, is to just warm it up and give back the same plate with a little bit extra. First of all our waiter didn’t come check on us while we were eating as she was busy with another table and we could not raise this with her. When she finally did come to us then yes some of the food was eaten like the calamari that was good but cold, some of the prawns we had to clean ourselves by removing the veins and a small piece of the overcooked fish. We didn’t ask for the platter to be replaced, we just asked for a piece of fish that is not overcooked, replace the prawns we didn’t eat, and mussels that were not mostly empty shells. To then imply by Management that we are looking for an excuse to not pay or get more food for free is not on and to handle a customer that brings something to your attention twice like this is very sad. If Management deals with a situation where a customer complains for the first time ever, coming to your restaurant for the past 10 months and you know that we are always ecstatic about your food and service. At least handle the customer with respect and never bring back the same overcooked fish and uncleaned prawns by just warming it up and implying that we are looking for free food. We brought this to your attention as we trusted that you will own up to your mistakes and do your best as regular customers to find a middle ground but unfortunately you did not. We didn’t eat or touch the second plate of food and send it back for the second time. We obviously end up paying with a tip as we always do. That was never the issue, it is the right thing to do when you visit a restaurant - even though you are not happy with the food. I can unfortunately due to how this was handled by Management not recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 August 2023 via mobile

Very nice restaurant with great food and service. There is a superb vibe as well. Safe parking just in front of the restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2022 via mobile

What a lovely surprise. If you are craving Portuguese/Mozambique cuisine this is the restaurant for you. Lovely atmosphere and friendly attentative wait staff. We all had starters and main courses which were absolutely delicious. Lots of parking. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 8 October 2022 via mobile

Had the sardines ( main course) my wife had the chicken xai xai . Both our meals were hastily prepared. Cooked from frozen. Sardines were fine, but cooked in old olive, or other oil, No traditional olive flavour. My wife’s chicken was tough. We have...had better experiences at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

A wonderful family experience. A very wide menu. Super tasty food and great service. Portuguese hospitality st its best.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 23 December 2021

One of if not the best restaurants ever. The service, the food, the people and atmosphere are all phenomenal. Would 100% recommend if you are ever in the area

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 5 September 2021

We are household names at this awesome place. Always good food, especially a nice vibe on Sundays IF Wesley performs, which lately is not the case. Today we felt pressed for time and food ordered arrived in no time, which in essence is great, but...not good at all for a long, chilled Sunday lunch.... bit worried here. Things are not the same anymore, sad to say thisMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 30 August 2021

My new favourite restaurant! I now understand why one must always make a reservation when coming here... Their food is to die for and the service is so efficient and friendly. We will see you again soon!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 7 June 2021 via mobile

The restaurant is small, so make a booking just to be safe. It feels nice and cozy inside. The food was really great and the chilli sauce they put on the table is to die for. The service could be better as it's a little...on the slow side. We were disappointed that the owner (whom we saw at several other tables) never came to check in on us.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 19 December 2020 via mobile

Petiscos what an excellent choice to make any day of the week. This is truly a little gem giving you a taste of Mozambique in Cape Town. Chose any dish, you will not be disappointed. The Baby Kingklip and the Xai Xai chicken mains are...amazing. Start off with the chicken livers as they will impress as will the Greek salad, which tastes like every ingredient has been freshly picked by hand. The staff are great and the best bit will be the bill, value for money with every morsel and wines to match.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 16 November 2020 via mobile

Was craving some Portuguese flavors and was not disappointed! The Food here is amazing with Mozambican Curries that explode with Flavor! Can't wait to be back.. Awesome Food, Awesome service, Awesome place

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 26 September 2020 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere. The food was absolutely delicious. I had snails and then Xai xai chicken with prawns and was to tastey. The sauce had just the right amount of hot and was really nice. Others on our table had muscles, prawns and The boss platter....Everything was excellent.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 10 September 2020 via mobile

What a brilliant place, great atmosphere great service, my family visited this place unplanned had caldo verde for starters my favorite , bacalhau assado for my main ,best authentic restaurant I’ve been our host Jacques convinced me to have aguardente wonderful a must if you...in Cape Town.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 20 March 2020 via mobile

Last night of a holiday curtailed by Covid 19 and we finally visited this recommended spot and it did not disappoint. Super food and drink and sparkling service.

Date of visit: March 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5