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“Excellent Music and Food!”

cafe Roux Cape Town
Ranked #10 of 1 292 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Description: By night cafe Roux hosts top SA artists and up & coming talent in a uniquely intimate setting. This 100-seater space allows for the audience & the performers to have an up-close & personal experience. By day patrons can enjoy the best pizza's Cape Town has to offer in a relaxed outside area while sipping on gin cocktails or ice cold beer.
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Description: By night cafe Roux hosts top SA artists and up & coming talent in a uniquely intimate setting. This 100-seater space allows for the audience & the performers to have an up-close & personal experience. By day patrons can enjoy the best pizza's Cape Town has to offer in a relaxed outside area while sipping on gin cocktails or ice cold beer.
Reviewed 30 November 2017

I went here twice in April and 3 times last week!

I normally have no interest in any music played in bars, restaurants or clubs as it tends to be too loud, of poor quality and mainly played for the indulgence of the musicians themselves.

However this place is a complete exception!

Firstly the quality of the sound system is very high - it is literally not possible to tell whether the band is purely natural or amplified and there is no distortion or excessive loudness. The technical proficiency of the musicians is also very high, and the bands tend to feature a lot of brass e.g. as sax, trumpet, tuba , drums and electric guitar - this type of lineup is very unusual in Europe as there are not enough such players.

The music itself is hard to describe - it is very catchy with an interesting beat - but not extemporised. It seems unique to Cape Town and is addictive.

I had a chicken salad before the music and it was absolutely excellent.

In terms of wine they have a wide selection, are knowledgeable about it and it is good value. They also have a variety of cocktails. Service is very good and the place is managed very tightly by Vanessa, the manageress who buzzes around making sure everything works perfectly.

This is not a heavy drinking venue - this is a venue for people who like music and wasn't to have a good time as well as something to eat and drink. So I'd say its a social crowd, but more sophisticated and upmarket than in any of the Long St Bars nearby.

Seems to be run as a lifestyle choice rather than as a commercial enterprise, but it is doing very well as it was filled completely any night I called.

In Dublin they would have had breaks between numbers to encourage extra rounds of drinks, but here the band played through, although there is waiter service during the session.

Place well worth going to if in Cape Town!

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Thank BinDereDoneDat
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Stoped in for a quick lunch, as i was conveniently located int eh city center. The salads were absolutely delicious, we loved them. The pizza was terrible, I do not recommend ordering that. The price was reasonable and the server was friendly.

Thank DanaS841
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Michael L, Owner at cafe Roux Cape Town, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Hi Dana,

Thanks for taking the time to review cafe Roux Cape Town. I'm super happy to hear about your salad, but more disappointed to hear about your pizza.

We pride ourselves on our pizza's which is even more reason to be disappointed. You didn't mention what day you ate there. Was it Thursday but any chance? I just went back to see who was working last week and noticed our new chef was working Thursday lunch. It'd be incredibly helpful to know if it was indeed Thursday as that would mean we need to spend more time training him.

Thanks again for your time and constructive criticism, it's the only way for us to learn.

Regards
Michael

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

For both performers and viewers, Cafe Roux is amazing. As a performer it represents the way that one wishes to be treated always.

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Thank francesclarelitten
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Brilliant venue, brilliant and great set-up - food was good and gin cocktails out of this world!
The layout is great for all to see the artist and the sound quality was great!

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Thank HannelieKG
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Fantastic venue for live music in Cape Town. And the food is excellent too! We will keep returning to this place especially with the fantastic team of Vanessa and Michael. Always a great night out.

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Thank ChristineT3307
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