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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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Visitor rating
  • 226
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Attractive restaurant with good food

We were a party of 6 visiting this restaurant and had an enjoyable evening. Service was good and staff friendly. The menu is varied and we found the portions a good size if anything the salads were too large. The duck was particularly good but the veggies were a bit too al dente for our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
trueblues
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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418 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bedford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We were a party of 6 visiting this restaurant and had an enjoyable evening. Service was good and staff friendly. The menu is varied and we found the portions a good size if anything the salads were too large. The duck was particularly good but the veggies were a bit too al dente for our liking We sat inside the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Went with friends for a relaxed evening meal. Certainly came up to expectations. Innovative menu with lots of game. Well cooked and well presented. An impressive wine list. Not the cheapest place to eat but well worth the cost. Booking essential. This is a very popular haunt.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The ONLY nice thing about this restaurant is the venue. The food was tasteless and the portions tiny. I had pasta (something close to some slightly glorified maggi-two-minute-noodles) and another friend had a burger (which was an extremely dissapointing burger...and it is not even that easy to mess up a burger). The food is excessively overpriced for what you get.... More 

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Societi, General Manager at Societi Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Brandji, We are very saddened and concerned by your review. Would it be possible for you to meet with our chef and our owner, in person, at your convenience to discuss your experience? Please can we enquire who your waiter was? The name will appear on your bill, did they enquire how you are enjoying your meal timeously? Our... More 

1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

We went to Societi Bistro last week. The food was so over priced. It was the worst burger I've had in Cape Town. The waiter spilt some of my boyfriends wine while grating parmesan and did not even offer to top it up.

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Societi, General Manager at Societi Bistro, responded to this review

Dear SarahDiner, We are very saddened and concerned by your review. Would it be possible for you to meet with our chef and our owner, in person, at your convenience to discuss your experience? Please can we enquire who your waiter was? The name will appear on your bill, did they enquire how you are enjoying your meal timeously? Our... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I'm puzzled about the recent spate of negative reviews of this restaurant, and it makes me wonder whether someone has a personal vendetta against the place or the owner. I'm a food writer, and it's one of the few restaurants I feel 100% confident about sending friends and visitors to SA. The service is consistently impeccable and the food delicious... More 

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Cradock, South Africa
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I see that there are suddenly all manner of negative reviews on here, which strikes me as suspicious. How many times have I been to Societi and been happy with my meal? I don't know - I lost count once I'd passed 75 visits. I know my food, as my three-plus decades of writing about food and restaurants will attest,... More 

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Milan, Italy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I've been to societi, for the first time in 2012 and I can ensure my mum I ate just like she made everything! Every italian, and/or Italian food lover may understand the weight of this sentence. Peter, is the most valuable, intelligent, smart and fine manager I could ever met in food and hospitality business. Chefs are fantastic and row... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I have rediscovered this local a few months ago again and have made a point of visiting regularly. It is that good and easy to fall in love with. The seasonal menu is well balanced and I look forward to each season's new menu with huge anticipation. I could almost consider myself a regular and have never been disappointed by... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I must admit my kitchen is feeling neglected. Societi is truly a home away from home and I consider myself a regular. Friendly, prompt service without feeling harassed, every dish is delivered with a smile. The wine list has something for every taste and budget, and is REALLY affordable, with every wine served by the glass. You can also taste... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I have been eating at Societi Bistro since it opened on Orange Street, and have never had anything but good, honest food, served by professionals, and in an atmosphere of conviviality. The restaurant has never forgotten that it's a bistro — never tried to woo with molecular wonder. It's pasta and risotto, excellently done; it's steak and chips cooked perfectly;... 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?