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#112 of 4,392 Restaurants in Brooklyn
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195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205-4005 (Carlton Ave)
+1 718-855-9190
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is just amazing. One of my favorites. I love their lamb, steak, oxtails and red wine. If you get a chance, enjoy it!

Thank IfeMathis
new york
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Wonderful ambiance with friendly service in a busy place. The food happily reminded me of home with large plates of specialties. We left happy and full.Thanks!

Thank newidad
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We frequent this place often enough to know the food is great. Perfect for couples and a family. Outside seating available. Great service

Thank Ernest D
Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I had the fish, calamari, fries dish and enjoyed my meal. The fish was seasoned nicely. I would recommend this location to anyone trying to grab some good food.

Thank shereenbourne
New York City, New York
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

My friend and I came here for dinner on a weeknight. It was bustling, but there was still plenty of space for us inside. The Africa-themed decorations, pop art, candles, etc. lent the restaurant a hip and romantic vibe. Service was attentive, but not excessive. We shared a vetkoek (sourdough with beef/mango chutney - amazing!) and a chicken curry (tasty,... More 

Thank AwandererL34
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I came to dinner with a group of friends and had a great time! Initially, we had a reservation for 10 people. 3 people weren't able to make it, and another 3 were 30-45 minutes late. The host at the door was great, and assured me that there would be no problem, and that we were welcome to wait for... More 

Thank Sakinah S
Beijing, China
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Very busy place, service could be better. Friendly host but too busy to have too much attention. Bobotie was tasty for 19USD. Good people, good night on the town. Music was great and people were rolling in! South African flavors in town. Overall, a worthwhile experience but no need to return for awhile. Very packed. Currently, the outdoor area is... More 

Thank Irisey
New York City, New York
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I didn't have any of the African specialties, but I had a small fish plate and it was good What I loved most about this place was the decoration. The frames and pictures, color, even the bathroom was very ethnic and I loved that. The place divides into two sections, one with tables and chairs and the other one with... More 

Thank Maria S
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Great Atmosphere. Great location. The wine selection was very pleasing. wish the restaurant had more variety.

Thank Bongo X
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I are black South Africans who were in New York on holiday. We decided to have brunch at the Madiba restaurant and it was average at best. The atmosphere and music is great but the food was alright and the service was appalling. We decided not to give our waitress a tip because she had an attitude... More 

Thank KVN91

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205-4005
    (Carlton Ave)
  • Public Transportation: G to Fulton or Clinton-Washington C to Lafayette B54 at Carlton & Dekalb (west bound) B54 at Carlton & Lafayette (east bound)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: +1 718-855-9190

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