We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
About
Experience the Township of Langa at this traditional African restaurant. We cater to tourist and locals alike wishing to have a positive experience in Cape Town’s oldest township. Our kitchen is run by longtime Langa residents that have worked to put a modern twist on recipes that have been passed down through the generations. As you enjoy your locally sourced meal, a live Marimba band will entertain you with traditional African music (tipping is encouraged). Your support helps us to provide jobs and to empower our community. We kindly ask that you make a reservation/booking in advance for, we cook to order and are not a walk-in restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, we request that you call
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
African, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Cash Only, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music, Jazz Bar
Reviews (1 616)
Filter reviews
1 219 results
Traveller rating
1 151
45
5
8
10
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
1 151
45
5
8
10
Show reviews that mention
All reviews malva pudding chicken langa township uber driver local musicians home cooked meal authentic experience marimba band home cooking south africa african food amazing evening visiting cape town mama kanha dance xhosa
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 23 August 2021

Very late with this review but went on Christmas Eve in 2019 and our family had a ball! A little apprehensive with the location but felt very safe and comfortable upon arrival. The family style food was delicious and enjoyed participating with the band as...we were counting down to Christmas day. Glad that we left the more touristy hotel zone to get authentic South African cuisine and culture. Definitely a must whenever you are near Cape Town.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed 20 July 2021

Welcoming and fun, with music and amazing food. This is an experience, not a meal. The friendly family vibe and township experience is worth doing no matter what. The food is local, the vibe is local and the family is amazing.

Date of visit: July 2021
Helpful?1  
Reviewed 26 April 2021

This was a unique and truly special place, you can tell that if the walls could talk, they would tell so many stories of community, family, love, and history in Langa. We were made to feel right at home by this wonderful family and their...staff. The meal itself was cooked with love and all 6 of us went back for seconds (and thirds). This was a wonderful experience that they made special despite the hardships they have recently faced due to COVID-19 and limited business. I can only hope to go back again when they are restored to their full glory! This place is a must-visit in Cape Town and I highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

As a foodie and frequent traveler who eats out a lot, I only review an experience that moved me, either amazing or terrible.. I am making an exception here as we could’ve used such a review before we went. We went there based on the...high TripAdvisor rating. I was warned by a few people not go to Langa as it is too dangerous. So, we decided to go for lunch instead of dinner. As it turns out, this restaurant is right at the beginning of Langa, thus the whole Langa is dangerous is moot, as you drive 100 meters in at most.. Secondly, this isn’t a restaurant in the fashion that we have grown to expect from a #1 rated restaurant, especially in Cape Town which can go toe to toe with any city on earth when it come to quality restaurants. Instead, think of it as being invited to a nice beautiful family to join them for lunch or dinner. The setting is simple, the food is authentic, simple and absolutely delicious. One can feel that the meal was prepared with heart.. All in all, we were glad that we went, glad that we experienced a genuine local meal with a local family and would recommend for anyone interested in such experience.. However... This is not a #1 restaurant in any way, shape or form, don’t go there with any expectations of such.. This is NOT to say that it isn’t a nice experience, different and unique, but let’s keep ratings for what it is.. A chef slaving away from dusk to dawn creating spectacular dishes, shouldn’t be bumped from their deserved perch because of what and where Mzansi is, or what it represents..More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?1  
Reviewed 24 April 2021

The food and service at Mzansi was phenomenal! We were in Langa for a charity bike ride with the Langa Bicycle Hub (highly recommend as well!) and came here for lunch after. Right away we felt like we were being greeted and treated like family....The afternoon was spent enjoying great food, laughs, and conversation. My friends and I often go to 'fine' dining restaurants when visiting cities and this blew almost all the food we have had here out of the water. The space isn't fancy, but it is extremely homey and well decorated and the food isn't over sauced like most places. We didn't have a chance to enjoy the music due to lockdown restrictions but we will be back with more of our friends in the future!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

Wow what a beautiful place! It was heartbreaking to hear how hard hit this restaurant has been due to COVID but they are up and running again and I highly recommend to take a visit. The food was delicious...I was expecting it to be on...the heavy side but it was delicious and delicate and of course all local dishes. The malva pudding and potato salad were my favorites.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 22 March 2021

All the way from Kingston, Jamaica, I decided that despite the warnings about the location of the Mzansi Restaurant, I would visit it and I did in 2018 (Tried to plug in December 2018 but it didn't take). Best Decision Ever! I contacted via email,...the owner before leaving Jamaica and she was kind and responded swiftly to my questions. It is important to note that as a solo female traveller, I felt safe the whole time. On the day of my visit, I grabbed an Uber to and from the restaurant - no hassel. Mzansi was the Absolute Best! 💥 The food was the best I've ever had! 💥💥💥The warm friendly atmosphere created by the wonderful host (whose personal journey overcoming obstacles will move you to tears), and those very sweet and talented musicians. If you're looking for a truly authentic and organic way to interact and enjoy locals then this experience is not to be missed. It is also a great way to support a great business venture. I loved loved it!!! 😍More

Date of visit: April 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed 7 August 2020

I have eaten at Mzansi Restaurant for quite sometime now, it had one of the most amazing food I have had while in Cape Town. The traditional African food is truly special and delicious. They play the traditional African live music once in a while...round up the whole experience. Anyone who has come to Cape Town without trying Mzansi is truly missing out. The staff, the food, the atmosphere is truly amazing.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed 22 April 2020

Our best and most genuine restaurant experience in Cape Town. Good, simple and home cooked food. A warm welcome and great music too!

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?1  
Reviewed 11 March 2020

Everything was good. We were in this restaurant with the family. It was really quite nice. We will definitely go again!

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?2  
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
City Lodge Hotel Pinelands
127 reviews
2.82 km away
Grand Hotel
30 reviews
3.71 km away
City Lodge Hotel Grandwest
177 reviews
3.78 km away
Protea Hotel Cape Town Mowbray
134 reviews
3.82 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Lelapa Restaurant
116 reviews
.02 km away
Saltwater Grill
160 reviews
1.57 km away
Pizzeria Villaggio
72 reviews
1.52 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Uhuru tours
23 reviews
.32 km away
Siviwe Township Tours
754 reviews
.35 km away
ProteamSA
91 reviews
.64 km away
Cape Friendly Tours
45 reviews
1.04 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
clairebP9468IY
11 January 2020|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from FELIZ1974 | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see any babies there. If I were you I wouldn’t go. The place is really different vans the food isn’t that good. Igo to Gold restaurant that has a really good show with typical food
1
Vote
TDP617
30 December 2019|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from H5371OOalisonc | Reviewed this property |
We went with an organised tour there was a group of 10 with a guide from Langa. We felt safe and he kept us together. Its not the place to wander off from group but was a great experience and food and music was great at... More
1
Vote
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Mzansi

Mzansi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5