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Aubergine

39 Barnet Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 - 021 465 4909
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Vegetarian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We found Aubergine listed as one of the best restaurants in Cape Town in Tripadvisor. We did some additional research with staff and chefs from other "best of the best" already reviewed and all of these competitors were very enthusiastic that we should sample this restaurant. This is a very well disguised restaurant, and although locals complain that its too... More

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White Plains, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I tried this restaurant, which is located in the Gardens section of Cape Town and it was just OK. It was a lot fancier than other restaurants we had been to in Cape Town and the ambience was very polished. We had about 5 different waiters taking care of us, so it was hard to keep track... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

I organised a meal at Aubergine for my parents to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday. I live in Australia and called the restaurant and spoke to Catherine who made the entire booking process seamless with assurances that my parents would be well looked after. I gave her my credit card over the phone. My parents ended up having the most... More

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Vacoas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had a lovely lunch in a nice atmosphere at the Aubergine and the menu was as good as usual we enjoy it on our visit. All was perfect and thanks to all the staff who took so much care about us!

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New York, NY
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Nice atmosphere and the manager was very nice, explaining the menu in good detail. The problem is that every dish we ordered had about 5 unnecessary ingredients & components that overtook and ruined the main dish itself (eg anchovies with prime rib?!, miso & ginger vinaigrette with oysters, etc.) It was like the chef thought he was on an iron... More

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New York City
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334 reviews 334 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This restaurant was the talk of the town five years back, and it feels like it has not progressed since. The setting service and menu are sophisticated and aim to please, but only some of the dishes were memorable. The signature dish, the aubergine soufflé was more like a mealy omelet, but the pumpkin soufflé was one of the most... More

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Washington, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The atmosphere was really fantastic at this restaurant. Really, just about perfect. But, I didn't enjoy the food as much as I'd have hoped. They definitely put their heart into the meal. It just didn't meet my expectations.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Been here a couple of times and I wasn't disappointed. Ordered the pork belly, a bit fatty. On complaining to our waiter, it was well received and dealt with swiftly. Good service, good food. Lovely atmosphere. Fine dining experience.

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New York City, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Food is just amazing here. It truly lives up to other reviews on Facebook. The Chef even came out afterwards to talk to us. I had the Tuna as my main course and had it cooked raw. You can definitely taste the freshness. Would definitely go back!

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Sebastopol, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Either Aubergine is extremely erratic or the clientele is much more diverse than in the usual high-end restaurant. We had a terrific meal, each of the three courses & the several amuse-bouche well prepared & well-presented. Service was fine & well-timed throughout, sommelier's Pinot noir recommendation spot on, all in a very pleasant setting quiet enough for interesting conversation with... More

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