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Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Cape Town diner with juices, all day breakfasts, sandwiches, brunch, dinner and excellent cocktails.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, Cafe
FEATURES
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was just average and the decor was really underwhelming and definitely not the cleanest restaurant. Uncomfortable bench seating inside with a hard edge, couldn’t wait to leave.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice local cafe serving fine meals. Cozy atmosphere, teasty food and good service make this place fine spot on the map of Cape Town.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

Great spot with awesome vibe for a night out with friends. It’s a little bit pricey and not too many options on wine variations hence not a 5/5.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023

Went there for a late lunch. I ordered a salad. I chose the small one as I was not that hungry, but I was not expected such a small quantity. Service was good and athmosphere relaxed. The place is much bigger than it looks like...from the outside, with a big room in the back and a courtyard with some tables. Will Try it again for another dish.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

Clarkes is all hype. The food was very underwhelming. For the price I was paying i was expecting something decent, but it failed in that regard. I ordered the cheeseburger. It was the driest burger I've ever had. No flavor and it lacked salt. I...asked for a medium patty, and it was made well done. Did not send it back because the food and drinks took forever to arrive. They establishment does not accept cash so also keep that in mind. They only take card payments. I will give credit to the staff. They were friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 January 2023 via mobile

Had breakfast there this morning. Most likely the best I have had in Cape Town. From the home cured, unsalted bacon to the tasty cherry tomatoes to the fried eggs and mushrooms served with sourdough toast - every little item was done to perfection. Highly...recommended!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2022 via mobile

Mweh, took very long for our food. Burger was just average, meet was nice, but it was just meat, a bun and some cheese. Nothing special. Fries were bad, soaked floppy things with no taste (except for the ridiculous amount of salt). Cheese toasty and...BLT sandwich were very nice tho. We sat on some sort of picnic table which wasn't that comfortable.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022

I have been coming here for years and love the atmosphere. Reminds me very much of a trendy NYC diner. But on my last 3 visits I've had nothing but abominable service. Both of the last 2 times I was sitting at the bar alone....Zolitha served me the most recent time. Greets without a smile. Makes you feel like a burden to her morning. Had to flag down to order after she dropped the drink off without so much as a word. And then 1 hour after getting my food, she had never once checked in on me. Drink was empty for 30+ minutes. Had to start walking out before she thought to bring the check, scowling while I paid via SnapScan. I normally wouldn't think of reviewing a restaurant, but I've had a similar experience now 3x in a row over the past 6 months. The food is decent here (a bit oily for my taste) and the vibe is great, but I just hate feeling like I do when going to Clarke's. So many more places on Bree Street which will treat you like a friendly neighbour rather than a hassle and burden.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 26 January 2022

I took a friend for dinner and tried a new place and found Clarke's Bar and Dining Room. once seated we received fantastic service from the friendliest staff. the food was nothing short of great and the best chicken burger I have ever been served....This will definitely become one of my favorite dinning places.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 19 January 2022 via mobile

Foods are not good enough. Oily burger and cips, tastless and it was smelling as well. It was like scgool canteen...I wouldnt go for diner.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 19 January 2022 via mobile

Not a good option for eating and drinking.burgers and fries avarage and too oily.burgers served without side dishes fries are extra.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 5 January 2022 via mobile

Oily chickpeas exploding with bitterness. Black beans with poached eggs uninspiring. Service slow Not worth the visit.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 12 November 2021

I used to be a regular at Clarke's and always enjoy (still do) the wonderful atmosphere the establishment facilitates. I am however super disjointed with the service and attitude of the staff (not everyone of course, but it just used to be so much more...friendly and welcoming). The food is also extremely over-priced. Yes, it's a decent burger but not worth R141 (which now excludes a small fires-who excludes a small fries!?). I also ordered a draught today and paid R69 for a beer (this honey-blonde never used to be so expensive and is certainly not worth the exorbitant price increase). I'm just sad to see the potential wasted of this restaurant. However, it's stuck in the past, regressed even, yet charges a lot more money. Sorry but I won't be coming back again, and neither will my mates, until the staff become friendlier, beers become cheaper, and burgers come with fries!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 14 October 2021

Decided to check this new place out called Clarkes after a long flight ... I sat down at a table at the entrance , the lady asked me what I wanted i gave her my order then she told me a aggressive manner to move...to another table as Im only 1 person , I told her there so many tables free like over 15 , I was just going to have my breakfast and coffee and go Max 1hr , she then insisted sorry you cant sit here . Then i said you really going to loose a customer because I'm not moving to another table she just said yes you must leave .. I was totally shocked at this customer service .. I will be letting all my travel groups i deal with not to visit this place. Beware all travelers ... Im starting to think that maybe i was alone and because of a certain racial group I was treated this way .. As i saw other people sitting as a party of one at bigger table...absolute pathetic .. CLARKES BREE Street .....More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

Staff were nice, place was buzzing - food took a long time to arrive, however we were not in a rush. Burger was excellent , however for R160 (with chips) I would not expect to pay for some whole grain mustard - that just annoys...me. Was not told it was extra either - for gods sake guys, R160 for a burger and a chips, provide the condiments!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Clarke's Bar and Dining Room is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5