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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 219
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    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing food good service

We had a very pleasant lunch at brasserie in tokai this afternoon. The service was good and efficient without being overbearing. The food came to the table quickly but not rushed. Had the chicken livers to start which were lovely. My wife had the monk fish on a Niçoise salad and I had a burger with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
simon h
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We had a very pleasant lunch at brasserie in tokai this afternoon. The service was good and efficient without being overbearing. The food came to the table quickly but not rushed. Had the chicken livers to start which were lovely. My wife had the monk fish on a Niçoise salad and I had a burger with Bernaise sauce. Been here... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Last night was my second attempt at this restaurant. The food during the first visit was nothing spectacular, but we thought we'd give it another chance, given the venue was close by to where we were out and about. We shouldn't have bothered - my advice, don't waste your time being disappointed and ripped off. We will not return again,... More 

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Castlebar, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Had an excellent meal with my wife, as we find this regular very reliable. My wife had calamari to start and I had Caesars salad. My wife had the prawns which they kindly took out of the shells. This is her second time to have prawns in this restaurant which are in her opinion the best in Cape Town. I... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This bistro is cozy with good service, with a lovely wine bar atmosphere adjacent to the restaurant seating area. However the menu is lagging now, with only a firm favorite, the mushroom risotto, still wowing the palate. The chill rocket calamari was bland and way overpriced for R80+ for 5 pieces calamari. And if the restaurant wants to be on... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had booked, just as well! Outside the tables filled the area and were full, we went just indoors and to the left to a nice small room/area. A very buzzy and comfortable place with a good atmosphere, lots of chatter but not overly so. I would expect it was mainly locals eating there. Our waiter was excellent providing very... More 

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Camps Bay, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have taken a few of my overseas guests here over the past few weeks and called this great place my local, just to show them there are Restaurants outside the norm of Camps Bay. They all have loved it and gave equally good feedback. The service, the Food, the Wine and the stunning view of Table Mountain when you... More 

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Greyton, South Africa
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177 reviews 177 reviews
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452 helpful votes 452 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

we've had quite a few meals here over the years and often doesn't meet one's expectations. Setting is good and the staff are good but the food just wasn't great

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Qualicum Beach
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38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited this restaurant for the first time recently. Our waiter was friendly , efficieint and very knowledgable. I would like to give him a shout out but cannot recall his name. He is visiting the US and Canada this summer if the managers of Societi are reading this. My husband and I both agreed the Heather Parker spaghetti with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great dinner at Societi Bistro. Very cheap, even by Cape Town standards, and absolutely delicious food – particularly the venison! Lovely atmosphere sitting in the courtyard – and very convenient place to eat if you are going to Long St afterwards

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Went to society bistro once before and had a terrible experience but everybody deserves a second chance so i went back. I won't be making that mistake again. The service and the food are below average. If you are going to put the bottle of wine out of customer's reach, make sure you are there to top up the empty... 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 3 - 21
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?