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Societi Bistro

50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central, South Africa (City Bowl)
021 42 42 100
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $18
Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French, Italian, Bistro
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Bowl
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Essex
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A return visit left us a little underwhelmed - for sure it was warm and cosy inside but the owners appear to have forgotten that when dining the first bite is with the eye!! It was so dark we could not see what we were eating BUT it tasted good and the bill represented good value for money Would have... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I drive past the Societi Bistro every day on my way to work and have always wanted to go. I wanted to go out for dinner with my family for my birthday and decided it would be a good time to try this out. I chose the pre-set French menu from Burgundy and was blown away. From the starter to... More

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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75 reviews 75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Society Bistro is cooking up a French storm in Cape Town. Every week the Bistro prepare food from a particular area of France. Last week was Burgundy with a Boeuf Bourguignon as the main course. It was prepared in a shiraz wine: excellent! The starter was Pork Rillettes in a "cappuccino" cup with a thin layer of white "foam" on... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

An evening spent in a restaurant has more to do with the overall experience than just partaking of good food, and in this respect our dinner last night fulfilled all expectations. Particularly good was the charming table service service by a young and unpretentious boy Calvin, with just the right balance of unobtrusive attentiveness, who guided us through three of... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This little inconspicuous establishment on Orange Street is without a doubt one of the top restaurants I have been to in Cape Town for a group event & cocktail evening. We booked out 'the snug' bar area for my girlfriend's 30th birthday party, where we had about 35 guests. The evening was so well run by the staff and waiters... More

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Sussex
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We first came to this restaurant on our last visit to Cape Town and had a lovely time. I recommended it highly to a very, very foody friend for his visit and he loved it too. Came back yesterday and found it even better. Wonderful food, great wine, attentive and very knowledgeable staff - and no pretentious fuss. Will definitely... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Went to Societi Bistro for lunch, where I had a amazing pasta and a delicious lemon tart dessert! There was a great atmosphere as well as excellent friendly service. The menu had some different and unique options on offer which sets the restaurant apart from others. Overall, a great time with delicious food!

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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Arranged by the concierge at our hotel, Cape Cardagan, and within walking distance, we opted for an early dinner. Wood burning fireplace and lots of charm. Even with an empty restaurant, the hostess tried to seat us next to the pick up area of the open kitchen in the back room. Asking if we might have a quieter table, we... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Our Waiter Carl did his best. However he was let down by his kitchen and General Manager. If they can''t cope with being busy, then they shouldn't take bookings. After close to two hours we still had no sign of our main course. At 21:50 we were not prepared top start eating after Societi Bistro taking our 20:00 reservation. If... More

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Benoni, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by a colleague and so decided to pay a visit. They have a limited but exceptionally tasty selection. Lovely atmosphere and weather permitting - a great view. Service was excellent. Well worth it on a visit to Cape Town.

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