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“Overrated”
Review of Mama Africa

Mama Africa
Ranked #52 of 1 147 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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195 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We made a reservation 3 months in advance because it's always full.
When we arrived we sat in a corner, far away from the bar and band. We only way to see the band was via a black and white LCD screen. There's also something wrong with the acoustics, I could hardly understand my partner who was just 50 cm in front of me.
The food was ok but expensive for what you get. On the bill was an extra amount for the band and you are expected to pay 10-15% extra as a tip. When you are with more than 5, they charge 10% without asking!
The band played ok but the sound was very bad. I think people rate this restaurant high because everyone gives the restaurant high ratings.
Far overpriced, look for another place nearby.

Visited April 2017
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good local food ”
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We were trying to find somewhere for lunch that would serve traditional local food and this was exactly what we wanted - the bobotie was fantastic, and the mixed game kebab perfect for sampling a few different meats, the Springbok in particular was as good as any fillet steak. Definitely aimed at (and priced for) tourists but still worth a visit!

Visited April 2017
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Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tourist trap”
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is awfully gimmicky and doesn't really portray the African vibe. The food is less than average, the service is poor. We felt like it was a real shame that we wasted a meal on our short trip in this average restaurant in a city with such an amazing restaurant scene. Honestly - give it a miss, this is not real Cape Town and not real Africa.

Visited March 2017
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great Time”
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I took visitors from Zambia and Phillipines for dinner. They loved the food and the live band. They have mentioned to me it is a bit too touristy though, however, with that type of vibe and atmosphere one can only expect it to be popular amongst tourists. Keep up the great work!

  • Visited December 2016
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“African dish, finally!”
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We wanted try some african dish and everywhere were burgers, pizza and seafood, of course ;) Mama Africa is really nice restaurant with own atmosphere and good meal. Booking is recommended!

Visited January 2017
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