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“Insane price increases!”
Review of Cafe Manhattan

Cafe Manhattan
Ranked #320 of 1 147 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Cuisines: European, Bar
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Insane price increases!”
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Not one to moan about a price increase, but was recently made aware of the price increases when the menus changed by other friends who were also regulars(like more than twice a week type regulars).

Burger, Fries & Onion Rings used to cost R75, it now costs a whopping R140. Keep the salad, I'm not dieting...

I absolutely love the staff and vibe there, but this is more of a bar than a restaurant, the food is convenient when popping over for a drink and the food is nowhere near amazing.

I thought it may still be worthwhile having a drink there, but found out the cost of a pint of Peroni went up from R35 to R49.

I certainly won't be back and hope you guys make it through winter!

  • Visited March 2017
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3 Thank Taahir A
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“RIP OFF”
Reviewed 12 March 2017

been going to this place for years and was really shocked recently to discover a 60% increase on the food menu. To add to that the portions are smaller. You now pay for sides as extra. It's now so expensive that it's actually cheaper to go to a proper steak house restaurant like the hussar grill or nelsons eye and get better food, bigger portions and an honest great service.

To add insult to injury the bar staff are always trying to rip off the customers by over charging for drinks. As soon as they think you are a tourist they will try to rip you off.

Most of my friends are now refusing to go here and will go elsewhere.

Visited March 2017
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4 Thank chris1232014
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Chicago, Illinois
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97 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“We love atmosphere and the people”
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We have been to Café Manhattan several times and love the atmosphere. The choices of food is very good and the drinks area excellent. The only issue sometimes the service is slower than normal but it is worth the wait. A must in Cape Town

Visited February 2017
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Thank Doug S
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“RIP OFF”
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I have been told this place is struggling, but the latest cost cutting measure is really bad news. The burgers here used to be excellent, however our " meal" yesterday was something else. Used to be around 90 rand for burger, chips and onion rings. Now it's 90 rand just for the burger and what they say is a side salad, ( one small tomato cut in half and a bit of lettuce ) if you want chips and onion rings it's an extra 60 rand making 150 rand for exactly what you used to get for 90 rand. That is far too much of an increase in price for the same meal. More cost cutting is the bun, it's now a very small, thin, soggy bun. There are lots of gay friendly restaurants around. Why do we gays allow these people to rip us off. Manhatten isn't really a friendly place anyway. The bar itself is never busy, everyone in there are with their own company, sat at tables and never interact with anyone else. They tried last year to get more money out of customers by raising the corkage to 100 rand, that didn't work and they soon put it back to 50 rand. Best advise is to avoid this place. We shouldn't have to be ripped off in such a manner. If it's burgers you like Hudsons or Mama Roccos ( no courage charge ) Green point, are better options, and very friendly places.

  • Visited March 2017
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5 Thank harvestmouse2
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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“BAD SERVICE AND FOOD”
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Waited forever for our beers. We visited a few months ago and we were looking forward to the Burgers. The patties were dry and hardly any garnish. Chips also no longer served with burgers but a small salad. Price the same but value for money shocking. Spur and Steers make better burgers than you I ordered the Big Boy and my partner had the Halloumi.
The waiter didn't even bother to check what the food was like, i wont be going back.

  • Visited March 2017
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5 Thank erniettaylor
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