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Rick's Cafe Americain - Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #45 of 1 181 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$12
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: City Bowl
Description: Walking into Rick's Cafe has the same feeling as walking into a friend's home for dinner. The ambiance is comfortable to say the least with decor reminiscent of the movie classic "Casablanca" with its stylish colonial Moroccan tones accompanied by lounge music filtering through the 100 year old Victorian building,Immerse yourself in warm ambiance and eclectic decor in our 80 seater restaurant with its 3 fireplaces and bar, or enjoy the relaxed, vibey loft lounge and cocktail bar spilling out onto a roof deck with breathtaking views of the mountains.Our award winning selection of wines is sure to suit all tastes and features a wide selection by the carafe, we also offer a wide variety of local and imported Beers (now over 40!), Mexican and local Tequilas, Vodkas,Single Malts, Bourbons and Liquors. The menu presents a seasonal selection of Global tapas and a wide variety of dishesranging from mouth watering salads, Gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, matured Steaks and Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties - "we serve Comfort food" So come relax and enjoy yourself with either lunching on the veranda, sipping sundownerson the roof deck or enjoy a delicious meal inside this historical cottage, and we will guarantee you'll want to "play it again" We all look for that place to recommend as being "my favourite place", well in this case you might just have found it."So... Here is looking at you kid."
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Visiting Ricks for the first time was really amazing, there will be a next time.

The food and service was great!!
The Burgers was OMW value for money.
I will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

Thank you for the great experience !!

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percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain - Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Dear chanellelorenlee2017
Thank you for choosing our Restaurant, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rick’s cafe. We try very hard to provide a truly unique dining experience to our guests, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you again at Rick’s Cafe in the near future.
Per & Team

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We visited on a very busy February 25 th at 8:30 pm without a reservation, so hence the bar table which was fine.
Drinks and dinner arrived and we then realized everyone around us was smoking. We thought SA only allowed outdoor smoking or designated areas.
Our Springbok Tangene and house burger were excellent, but ruined by the smoke. Service was excellent however.
If you do not smoke, wait for a restarant table where we do not think smoking is allowed.

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Thank HaroldandSusan
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percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain - Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Dear HaroldandSusan
Thanks for reviewing us on Trip adviser.
I read with dismay that you didn't have a great time at our Restaurant and decided to give us only an “average” rating.

But we are very happy that you rated the food and the service with excellent.

Unfortunately you did not make a reservation on this very busy Friday night and as the only table available was in our “designated smoking section” what is our also our Bar.
The Bar is strictly separated from all other areas of the restaurant (with glass partitions and a glass door, framed in old wood)
Our entire restaurant and upstairs lounge areas are strictly NON Smoking!
I do understand that you as a NON smoker do not approve with the present South African smoking Laws. The laws of the South African Health department are strictly adhered to at my restaurant. Until the Health department and parliament ratifies stricter smoking laws, we will continue to allow our smoking customers to light up at our enclosed Bar area, as many or our regulars are still followers of this nasty habit.

I apologize for the inconvenience caused and hope you will try us again to have the real Rick’s Experience and hopefully you will realize that you gave us the unfortunate “average” rating in error!

Looking forward welcoming you again at Ricks
Per & Team

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

1st time with friends at Rick's Cafe. It was a beautiful Friday evening in Cape Town with no wind... We sat inside as the tables outside were full and then moved outside when a table became available, as it became too hot inside. The vibe and food were great! Just wish they had wall mounted fans inside and outside. It became unbearably hot.

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percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain - Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Dear Sheilameyer
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review of Rick's Cafe on TripAdviser.
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rick’s Cafe. We try very hard to provide a truly unique dining experience to our guests.
I have already shared your comments about the food with the kitchen, its always nice to get a notice of appreciation.
We have taken note of your displeasure of the heat on this evening, unfortunately we are not allowed to put Fans onto the historical facade of our building. (and they would not be there very long either...) .
We look forward to welcoming you again at Rick’s Cafe in the near future.
Have a great day
Per & Team

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Reviewed 7 February 2017

We only had the tapas platter which was fine and so I can't comment on the rest of the food. All I can say is my family will not be back. Our waiter was so unfriendly and borderline rude that we were very put off and decided not to stay to order more. It looks like there is some lovely outdoor seating options but there are so many wonderful restaurants in this town that we will go elsewhere.

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percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain - Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2017

Dear Wendy Lauren
We do appreciate constructive criticism from our customers as it helps us to improve the “Rick’s” experience for everybody.
Unfortunately, your review does not give us any details about the date of your dinner nor the name of waiter. We searched through our bills and dockets from the last 2 weeks and could not find any table where only a tapas platter was ordered and consumed. Therefore, we are not able to follow up with your complaint the way we like and used to. We are very concerned as you gave us a one star “Terrible” rating, which we do not deserve!
Our waitron staff is never rude not even” borderline” (for I know), they may be a bit direct but that’s part of their black African culture, most of my customers appreciate the humor and directness of my waitrons. But I will speak to my staff to be more careful with some guests.
We are a very busy restaurant and I admit that mistakes and misunderstandings do happen as we employ only humans and apologize therefore wholeheartedly for any perceived rudeness by my staff and hope you will try us again to have the real Rick’s Experience and hopefully you will realize that you gave us the “terrible” rating in error!
Looking forward welcoming you again at Ricks
Per Menko
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

As many others have said, this is a great restaurant in an eclectically furnished old mansion. We started with drinks on the rooftop, which was pleasant although it was rather windy and we went downstairs for dinner. Huge portions and very nicely prepared, tasty food. The burgers were outstanding, as was the daily special of tenderloin of beef with mushroom risotto. Perfectly cooked beef and super-tasty risotto.

Friendly staff, great character and ambiance and all-round good place. Only 2 minor criticisms: the kitchen closed an hour earlier than scheduled so we almost missed being able to dine and the taxi which the hotel had ordered never showed up, so we took an Uber instead. Great bar / restaurant though and can only recommend it.

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Thank savvy_dave
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percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain - Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2017

Dear Savvy_ Dave
Thank you so much for your kind words and the time you took to share them with us.
It is great to hear that you enjoyed our Food (Beef fillet specials and our burgers) and that you appreciated the friendly service. Rest ensured, that we will take you comments for further encouragement within the team.
Let me apologize for closing the kitchen an hour earlier than usual but we had the "Kitchen-extraction-cleaning-brigade" doing their monthly night cleaning, but we are glad that you could still order some food.
All the best and looking forward welcoming you when you visit Cape Town again.
Per & Rick's Team

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