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Cafe Balalaika

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Corner Independence Ave & Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia
264-61-223-479
Today
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
perfect gumbo!

Excellent location. Went for a lunch on a hot summer weekend in September. The location is fantastic, lush green park, big shaddy tree for those sittin outside. Independence Avenue is clean and picturesque in itself. Service at Zoo Park was dreadful. Only one waiter was friendly after noticing... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 26, 2014
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Excellent location. Went for a lunch on a hot summer weekend in September. The location is fantastic, lush green park, big shaddy tree for those sittin outside. Independence Avenue is clean and picturesque in itself. Service at Zoo Park was dreadful. Only one waiter was friendly after noticing the awful attitude of her co-workers. Our drinks order was wrong, twice... More 

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Windhoek
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Zoo Cafe as some would call it, is situated in zoo park downtown windhoek. It has a very nice atmosphere most of the time. Nice music and a great selection of food (i found the west african selection of rice and stew dishes, as well as gari hit close to home :) )Service is definitely not the best but if... More 

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Atlanta, GA USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The location for this restaurant is excellent, right at Zoo Park, and lots of outdoor seating amongst the trees. I have been there twice since they reopened and have found the service to be slow, the food to be good to very good (depending on the item) and wine selection has been good. I consider it to be a very... More 

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brisbane
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7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Had lunch, ginger pinch drink was really nice, the ginger pork curry really scrumptious, the chicken dish of the day was great, service was good, great site and nice relaxed atmosphere. Wished I had space for the cakes but...... Worth a try

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Windhoek, Namibia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Friendly waitress, but after an hour of waiting, we were told there were no pork chops, also 4 cocktails on the menu ''. So it took 2 hours for the food to arrive ultimately. (1 barman and 1 chef on a busy night?). The ingredients were out. Food is over priced although average. A customer from the table next to... More 

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Dalat
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Good food, fresh. Good personnel, takes your wishes into account. Well taken care of joint. Wifi is a pré.

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Windhoek
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Absolutely regret patronizing this Cafe. Terrible service - we waited 50 minutes for three omelets and a curry. The omelets were burnt and the waitress neglected to tell us that the menu was incredibly misleading when it comes to the sides that come with maindishes. We were definitely overcharged and lied to about the final total of the meal. Tourists... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

Very sad to see this place closed. I have enjoyed it many times for a coffe, a snack or a light dinner with friends. I hope to sit here again soon...

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Windhoek, Namibia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Great spot, lovely sushi and the vibe is cosmopolitan, lively and fresh. Service is also very good. Outstanding place to chill on a Sunday, view over the park and relaxing with a drink!!!

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Ulaanbaatar
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16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

....but average food. This is a nice spot to have a drink and watch life go by in the park but the pasta frutti di mare was a bit of a disappointment and the caesar's salad was drowning under the dressing. Prices were ok but they need to step it up to match the location.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Corner Independence Ave & Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Khomas Region  >  Windhoek
  • Phone Number: 264-61-223-479
Open Hours
Monday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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