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Societi Bistro

50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there some years ago and vowed never to return. This time we went as guests and our experience of the restaurant was even worse. My Caesar salad comprised two or three tired and geriatric lettuce leaves, bite resistant croutons - nearly golf ball...More

Societi, Manager at Societi Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Bertiebella, We find it difficult to believe that you were dining with us as we do not have any female management or hosts? Is this yet another fake review?

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently visited Cape Town and had The most interesting and delicious meal at Societi Bistro. We were very impressed by the interesting menu and the wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable staff and have no qualms about encouraging everyone to book a table...More

Thank chipsey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used to come to this place 2 years ago and the food was amazing. Now it seems the chef changed as the food was quite poor. Not worth the price. Still good service but the main was just not good.

Thank Lucie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here in the past and had high expectations. Completely disappointed with the new chef and his approach of seafood dishes. In Afrikaans they would call it kak.

1  Thank zakmans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful setting, unexperienced staff and the food I would say "average" - it was a suggestion from a good friend - but to be honest - I was disappointed

Thank th0mas1960
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit as recommended by friends. The choice of specials was very good, creative with dishes from various parts of the world. The Carne Apache starter was very tasty, spicy Mexican tartare. Our other guest had the watermelon and mint salad, again...More

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Societi Bistro was an old favourite and could be relied on for excellent food and service. What happened? this time the service was not great and the food was below par. That special magic is gone. In years gone by one would have included Societi...More

1  Thank safaripro2015
Societi, General Manager at Societi Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear SafariPro2015, We’re very saddened and concerned about your review. Would it be possible for you to please meet with our chef and our owner at your convenience to discuss your experience? Thank you very much. Kind regards, Societi Bistro

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful setting, super tasty food and staff who really go the extra mile. Great wine list with every single wine available by the glass. Make sure you leave space for dessert, they're incredible.

Thank Jonathan Z
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Our guesthouse manager made dinner reservations for us for our first night in Cape Town and we're so glad we went. They had an excellent wine list and a chalkboard full of specials. I chose an appetizer special, which in hindsight, could have been my...More

1  Thank lemur_chica
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Recommended by our guesthouse, we were slightly put off by some so-so Tripadvisor reviews, but there was no need. We were offered the choice of an inside or outside table, and chose to sit indoors, which was quieter and cooler than the front terrace area,...More

1  Thank gibbinspm
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Windolee K
11 December 2017|
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Response from Societi | Property representative |
Thank you. We have no strict dress-code, smart casual is recommended.
29 November 2017|
Response from Societi | Property representative |
Hi Sarah, Thank you very much for your message, and for emailing (please note our reply there). Kind regards.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100
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Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".
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