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Societi Bistro

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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Description: Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little...
Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".
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  • 47
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent steak!

Visited Jan 2015. Possibly the best steak I've had in my life! Dined there with my husband during our honeymoon trip to Cape Town. Make sure to book outdoor! There's a nice vibe.

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
Chloé H
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Visited Jan 2015. Possibly the best steak I've had in my life! Dined there with my husband during our honeymoon trip to Cape Town. Make sure to book outdoor! There's a nice vibe.

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Thank Chloé H
Poole, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Typical of the Cape this Bistro provides very high quality imaginative dishes. We like being able to buy wine by the glass rather than the bottle. That way we could matchthe wine to each course.

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Thank drummondone
Belfast, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have dined at Societi Bistro each time we have visited Cape Town & we were not disappointed on Friday 5th . We had a wonderful evening. The food was great & our waiter Conor was very attentive. Lovely touch also of a complementary glass if fizz when we arrived 😃

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1 Thank Mary R
Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Society Bistro is perfectly situated in the centre of Cape Town, almost literally under the shadow of Table Mountain. You can sit outside, inside, or in a bar (under reconstruction as I write this). The menu is small, but has a good variety. The food is superb: good plates of quality food without the fuss of jus, voluté or deconstruction.... More 

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2 Thank SirNeilB
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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455 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite being here on a very busy & hot summer night we were served promptly; our drinks order was delivered quickly & we were allowed to relax over a chilled bottle of delicious local Chenin Blanc before we placed our food orders. Our food was served quickly with the hot food on hot plates. I choose a filet steak cooked... More 

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1 Thank Marguerite W
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very tasty meal, although a bit pricy. Chocolate nemesis was amazing! Warm, inviting atmosphere. Friendly service.

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1 Thank Mar0722
Cambridge, UK
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44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting menu, with excellent range of food & wine choices. Friendly staff & prompt service. Good size, with space split roughly equally between inside & outside. Reliably informed by my dining partner that there was an unusually high proportion of fit young male waiting staff.

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2 Thank TimEwbank
Copenhagen, Denmark
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would not hesitate to recommend the bistro for it's well prepared food and cozy atmosphere. The rooms are great for intimite dinners without too fancy surroundings. The food tasted well and I especially will remember the dessert, a nice plate of fruit and white chocolate.

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1 Thank Nick E
Durban, South Africa
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157 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with a business colleague for lunch on an incredibly hot day. Whilst the food was the usual high standard, service was a little disappointing as they appeared to be understaffed. However our waitron tried hard and did manage to save the day with her pleasantries!! The seared squid salad was excellent, beautifully presented and ideal for a hot day.... More 

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1 Thank Rex S
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Societi Bistro just before New Year, and I found the dining environment and service to be excellent. The waiters were efficient, kind and very Knowledgeable about thee food they served. I found the chef Bell Laity, to have prepared excessively tasty main courses. After complimenting Bell, she came out to our table and thank us. I strong... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 14
  • Cuisine: Italian, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings

Description

Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?