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Africa Cafe Restaurant

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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“fixed menu” (12 reviews)
“chicken” (14 reviews)
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6:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went because I heard the restaurant was very good. When I arrived alone, the lady in the reception told me that there was no reservation under the name I was indicating (which I an understand if there were complete) but she didn't even allow...More

Thank cynthia_vg
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is beautiful, people are very friendly and ready to explain everything about your dish; all seasoned with traditional songs and dance during the dinner. Also the cost is absolutely balanced. The only problem is the extremely huge amount of food that they will...More

Thank Symon68
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Africa Cafe after recommendation by our concierge. Whilst obviously aimed at the tourist market it didn't feel 'manufactured'. From the minute you enter and throughout the meal the staff are welcoming, happy and communicative. In simple terms this is a 14 course tasting...More

Thank ScarcroftLS14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food with wonderful different African flavours. African singing and dancing by the waitrons also very nice.

Thank Simon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked into this place as the one we looked at originally was closed. However i am glad we went in. You are treated very well as soon as you walk in. 2 bouncers on the door were a little intimidating. The servers take your...More

Thank Josh H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only decided to go after we realised another couple of similar restaurants, with better reviews, were closed. We were concerned it may be a little too touristy and it is a little bit, BUT the food wa so different and amazing and the singing...More

Thank Liam R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our last evening in Cape Town at Africa Cafe. It was recommended to us on two separate occasions so we had to try it out. The food was amazing (do arrive hungry though - 15 course set meal), the service was friendly...More

1  Thank Currant_Bun1
Reviewed 6 September 2017

OK, it feels a little touristy, but the range of different dishes (served communal style), the singing/dancing by the waitstaff, the decor, the overall vibe made for a very pleasant evening. Try to go with a bigger group if you can, although worth it even...More

Thank mattne
Reviewed 31 August 2017

An all around fun evening. We started with having traditional face painting as ladies do for special occasions...and it was. A delicious sampling of dishes from across Africa. The staff entertained us with songs and drumming. Could not have enjoyed the evening more. A bit...More

Thank Martha M
Reviewed 31 August 2017

My friend and I had a most unpleasant experience here yesterday. The concierge at our hotel called a couple places looking for something that had vegan options. I don't know if he didn't understand, or if the restaurant was unclear, but when we got the...More

1  Thank Joellepretty
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Response from Ellen S | Reviewed this property |
I do not Know, We were there with a group andre the meal was prepaid.
13 April 2016|
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Response from Ann1943 | Reviewed this property |
The dinner was a set menu and it cost AU$38 per head. I would have found this to be a reasonable price in Australia, but it is expensive for Cape town. Having said that, one pays for the total experience - fantastic... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 422 0221
  • E-mail
The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992, chef Portia has been creating food infused with African soul and passion. Experience an exotic tapestry of flavours that will take you on a journey from North to South. Housed in an historic national monument, the restaurant is divided over 3 levels and 7 richly decorated dining rooms.
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