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Buena Vista Social Cafe

230 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0469
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good46%
  • Average5%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“nachos” (9 reviews)
“long street” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cuban, Mexican, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
230 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

On Monday a friend and I went to Buena Vista Social Cafe for an early dinner, which was our first visit to this branch. I was absolutely impressed with the venue as the decor inside made you feel like you stepped out of Cape Town...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank faizelpet
Reviewed 18 May 2018

A nice venue if you want to eat in a buzzy place. I remember the atmosphere more than the food but I don't remember the food being a problem so it must have been good or else I would have remembered. Would I go again...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank TheHotelGuru10
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Always a favourite for a well made cocktail and some great atmosphere in central Cape Town but sad to say that my Gorgeous Wife and I went searching for it in February and discovered it was closed with lease signs plastered all over the building....More

Date of visit: February 2018
2  Thank jacksdad100
Reviewed 20 July 2017

On a cold, quiet weeknight in Long Street, we were pleasantly surprised as we stepped into the Buena Vista Social Cafe to find a warm, buzzing atmosphere, with smiling staff welcoming us in. To go along with the 'Cuban' experience we ordered mojito's, Nachos and...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Julie M
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We went for lunch the restaurant wasn't overly crowded or noisy. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful when it came to recommending food. The portions were large and the food was tasty. My husband had the Beef Bourguignon and he said it was the...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Patrice S
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We happened to be in Cape Town on a Sunday, and most local places were closed. We came upon this place because it had a most interesting ambiance. We ate various tapas and the lamb/feta nachos....excellent! We had a wonderful waitress named Sam who treated...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Luv2dryv
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

It's like a Cuban bar and restaurant, the decor is really good and it's one of those places you don't have to shout over the music so nice to meet there, I only drank there this time but tried the strawberry daiquiri s and they...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Fatnutzw8
Reviewed 11 May 2017

This is a really nice place to have a relaxing drink or meal in Cape Town. Long St can be a bit rough especially late at night but you can escape it all in this place. There's a really nice relaxing atmosphere and the waiters...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank David J
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

After our walking tour today, we came upon Buena Vista. Thompson was indeed very friendly and helpful. My bar platter was a generous portion of patatas brava, chicken wings, fried feta, jalopenas stuffed with cream cheese and dates wrapped in bacon. Wonderful The grilled lamb...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Suegympie
Reviewed 26 March 2017

After having an enjoyable tapas and cocktail experience in the courtyard, we returned a couple of days later to repeat the experience for a street side dinner and we weren't disappointed. The 3 of us continued the theme of tapas and cocktails, working our way...More

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank Allan W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 422 0469
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