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Buena Vista Social Cafe

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Bar, Spanish
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15 Alfred House | Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 421 0348
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12:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Atmosphere: Decor is a 5/5, but damn it's quite warm inside, so 3.5/5. Service: 1/5. It took 20 minutes to get some bottles of still water, and we had to ask 3 times. And the food takes quite a long time from ordering until served. Food:: 3/5. Nothing spectacular here. Limited choice of mains, and surprisingly bereft of many signature... More 

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Thank B B
Lake district
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52 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Booked a table because we thought it would be busy on the run up to xmas but it wasn't packed for dining but the bar was with santa sloshers having a great time. The staff are very good and helpful. We had the beef bourguingnon which was very tasty. The wine are good value and we finished off with a... More 

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Thank anony321
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The mezze platter was pretty good, especially the juicy crispy chicken strips. The cocktails were pretty weak though.

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Thank Thomas S
Cape Town, South Africa
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and great Cuban food. The music beckons you from the front door and invites you to either let your hair down or chill out completely or display your best salsa moves if you feel like it,depending on what's playing. It takes a little time for the food to arrive but it's not too bad.... More 

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Thank Felicity_500
Australia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We had our evening meal here. A touch of Cuba and Che' and an enjoyable evening without being a highlight. Good fare and surroundings and relatively relaxing. Surrounded by lots of good alternatives but plays a part in the Long Street scene

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Thank jacobalbury
Auckland, New Zealand
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468 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this great restaurant bar at 230 Long Street. The atmosphere was great and the Cuban vibe resonated through out the building. Friendly attentive staff and good food topped it off.

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Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
Perth, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

We went here 3 weeks ago and the place appeared closed down and this was confirmed by a neighbour. We later visited the one in Long Street, but loved the atmosphere at the Waterfront one, when I have visited in the past, especially in winter with the open fire places.

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Thank Nut61
Cape Town, South Africa
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Both times we went here for dinner I loved the food. There were few diners when we were there during the week and it was nice to have a quite dinner. The sultry music in the background wasn't too loud and our waitress was attentive but not hovering around our table. There was a lovely atmosphere with candles being lit... More 

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Thank Felicity_500
Cape Town, South Africa
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Oh dear. I had dinner at Buena Vista Social Cafe Greenpoint on Sunday the 13th of March 2016 for a bachelorette party for a friend of mine. My first problem was that I was served a christmas beetle in my wine. It was dead. So I assume it was sitting in the glass or the carafe for quite sometime before... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

For Salsa dancers of all experience levels, Buena Vista is the place to be on Sundays. I don't know of any other salsa clubs/bars in Cape Town, so this small but fun salsa bar will have to suffice. I have enjoyed many Sundays there with friends. The people are social, so don't be afraid to salsa alone.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 02:00
Monday
12:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 02:00
Thursday
12:00 - 02:00
Friday
12:00 - 02:00
Saturday
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Alfred House | Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 421 0348

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?