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“The "Village" is dying along with the vibe and the food...”
Review of Cafe Manhattan

Cafe Manhattan
Ranked #294 of 1 297 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Cuisines: European, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: This iconic eating, meeting and chilling spot is the longest standing venue in the heart of de Waterkant village and has been a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Whether your intention is a quick bite to eat, a cheeky afternoon cocktail on the terrace, or a late night rendezvous in the bar, at this welcoming venue anything could happen... Saddle up and take a ride!
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The once 'famous' and trendy and beautiful "Waterkant" area of the Mother City has sung her swan song. This iconic restaurant that many loved and trusted has turned to a real 'walk on the wild side'! After dodging the foreign car guards en-route to here, offering to sell you any drug that you have have and haven't heard of, you amble into this dark and dingy place. Cafe Manhattan once was a refuge for the rainbow community, a trusted and delicious food paradise. Today it is a sleazy burger-joint where waiting to get served takes almost as long as it does to be presented with the wrong order. The food is edible, but the establishment has long lost it's will to be exceptional. It is now (and I use the term in some effort to still offer some sort of credibility) mediocre.
Our food was served by a waiter who was more interested in looking at his phone. The doors were open on a chilly autumn evening and our table had to be be begged by our party to be wiped clean.
The food was NOT great.
Whatever is happening to the liberal and wonderful village and the 'scene' in Cape Town, has happened here to this restaurant. It's really sad and possibly the end of an era of 'freedom'. The days of the fabulous pastas, the 'World Cup' designer burgers, those magnificent desserts are over. Let the fat lady sing: "Those were the days..." If you want to relive them, go to Bangkok or Sydney...
Whatever happened to Cafe Manhattan in Cape Town...?

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Part of a gay bar but very mixed clientele. Good value burgers and steaks. Drinks list is ok and service is good and friendly. Great terrace/ location to sit and people watch. Worth a visit for low key food.

Thank Travels2often
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I visited this restaurant three times during my trip the food was excellent the manageress was good but some of the staff need some more training as some don't listen to what you want .The toilets could do with a good make over and deep clean
I enjoyed my Ostrich on the three occasions I visited .
I would go back and give them another chance and see if they have brushed up on some of my comments that i have put to them

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Thank BanburyOscar
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Beer, Coke, Hamburger in a cool secured area in Cape Town. Servers are also very nice. Kids were happy.

Thank seb93100Montreuil
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Started well with friendly waiter handshake but all downhill from there. Wasn’t at all busy but we waited 15 minutes for the wine order. Then food orders were mixed up and tepid. Most annoyingly they cleared dishes and cleaned the table while one of us was still eating. Very insistent on a tip. Used to be ok. Now not worth visiting. Not even very gay. Tired worn out Western decor - if you want the kind of food they sell there are lots of much better places nearby.

Thank grahamt662
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