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The Africa Cafe' Restaurant

108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fixed menu” (13 reviews)
“channa” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 487 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great food, but a little expensive. Joined friends for the African banquet. 16 options and more available if any room left. Great musical entertainment also Highly recommend to get an overview of African food styles.

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been advised to come here for local food and we were not upset. For the set of dozen different african dishes you pay 350ZAR per person (+ you can reorder what you liked free of charge as much as you like, but most probably...More

Thank PaulVilnius
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi PaulVilnius, So glad to have hosted you. As they say word of mouth is the best advertising, so we appreciate you taking the time. Hope to see you next time you are in Cape Town. Warm regards,

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went of to dinner to Africa Cafe and had a great experience. All the meals are served family style and - should you like a particular dish - refills are available and free. The food was very good and interesting, reflecting culinary traditions of...More

Thank alexanderblakeman
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi alexanderblakeman, So glad to have hosted you. As they say word of mouth is the best advertising, so we appreciate you taking the time to write about us. Hope to see you next time you are in Cape Town. Warm regards,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the Friday night that we dined here, there were only tourists dining - for the set 10 course dinner. Costing R350 each, there was a lot of food. It is supposed to be taster dishes from various African countries. During the dinner, some of...More

Thank PPPEssexEngland
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

1. Hi PPPEssexEngland, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I’m sorry you were disappointed with your experience. - As you may know we are a family run restaurant that has been going for 26yrs. My wife and I started in Observatory...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked this restaurant based on the many positive reviews I had read on Tripadvisor. My husband and I were not disappointed. Food was excellent. Staff were all very nice and accommodating. They give you the option to reorder any of the food you liked best....More

Thank LydiaM24
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi LydiaM24, So glad to have hosted you. As they say word of mouth is the best advertising, so we appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you next time you are in Cape Town. Warm regards,

Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal very much but have to say it was a bit too much as it is a set menu. Excellent, friendly & warm, helpful service. Totally recommend this colourful experience. Attached is a fabulous little gift shop 👍

Thank Brenda S
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Got recommended this restaurant from the hotel we we staying in. Restaurant is diferent and has an African feel to it which is nice. You get to try about 6/7 African dishes from deferent African countries and you can order extra for the same price....More

Thank MiguelLuisFerreira
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Great food. You get to try different African food specialities and whatever you like you can re-order. Great way to try different foods. Entertainment —singing and dancing and face painting. Great night

Thank Rainylb
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is totally amazing with variety of African food from many country such as Kongo, Egypt, Tanzania, Morocco, Botswana and etc. It’s 15 food tasting dishes and it’s all so yummy and mouthwatering. I found my favorite pinotage bottle here.. lekker lekker. During the...More

Thank Chanida S
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Chanida S, So glad to have hosted you. As they say word of mouth is the best advertising, so we appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you next time you are in Cape Town. Warm regards,

Reviewed 14 April 2018

This cafe is a tourist spot, somewhat removed from what Africa really is. It is based in south africa but no south africqn food is showcased, no mopani wurms, no tripe, no mielie pap, no sheba-niks. The food on offer is mainly chicken with only...More

Thank kdgarlipp
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David C
29 May 2018|
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Response from Ingrid F | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Some dishes have peanut sauce.
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Maabena G
16 June 2016|
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Response from Ellen S | Reviewed this property |
I do not Know, We were there with a group andre the meal was prepaid.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$33
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 422 0221
  • E-mail
Description
The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992, chef Portia has been creating food infused with African soul and passion. Experience an exotic tapestry of flavours that will take you on a journey from North to South. Housed in an historic national monument, the restaurant is divided over 3 levels and 7 richly decorated dining rooms.
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