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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 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
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Gastronomic Tour Through France

Every year from the end of July to the end of September, Societi Bistro takes you through a tour through France with a different menu and wine pairing (linked to a particular French region) over the period of 10 weeks. After what I sampled at the launch event, this promises to be a gastronomic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Every year from the end of July to the end of September, Societi Bistro takes you through a tour through France with a different menu and wine pairing (linked to a particular French region) over the period of 10 weeks. After what I sampled at the launch event, this promises to be a gastronomic delight with items like Cassoulet paired... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went out with friend for a dinner on cold winter evening. Society Bistro does warn clients that it might get a bit smoky inside when it is windy...But that was too much. It was way to smoky inside. Very unpleasant. I had to take my coat to the Dry Cleaning next day because it smell like braai/barbecue because of the... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Packed as always but still excellent service and exquisite food! Now a firm favourite, Societi's themed menus and lunch specials never fail to impress. Love it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Ate there twice. Nice staff, good wine list. More expensive than most places in the neighborhood. Reservations a good idea.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This haven is set in my one friend's grandmother's original, historical home and garden. The 200 year old Georgian building is gorgeous! Good, attentive service, good food. We love the dinner and movie special in collaboration with the Labia independent cinema theatre nearby.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Beautiful setting, friendly knowledgable waiting staff.... & then the food....Our table generally enjoyed there choices. My starter & mains were really average and nothing special and i just feel that two average dishes are not acceptable. The mushroom soup was extremely rich & creamy, which I suppose it acceptable if you have a small helping. However, the portion was enormous... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Like a past reviewer said, they had a fireplace ripping with smoke going all over the place. Eyes kept watering, other people complaining, asked multiple times to bring the smoke down and open the flu more, but they just suggested they open the window (it's 15°C). Finally, we got the manager and he had the fire put out. Smoke finally... More 

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Our group of 6 friends had dinner at Societi last night. The restaurant was fully booked which is no surprise considering the food and service were great! Special mention to our waitron Daniel who was totally on top of his game. Highly recommended.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Recently went to this popular bistro in Gardens with a visitor from Nigeria. Everything was a great experience, from the professional, yet friendly welcome, attentive and natural service (not intrusive) to the carefully selected wine list and small, but expertly compiled menu. The ambiance was ideal for a cold and wet Cape winter evening, with log fires roaring and warm... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Went for dinner. Fireplace smoking the place out! Guests coughing! Unhelpful waiters. New 'winter' menu boring. Left after pre dinner drinks. Never go back!

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Additional Information about Societi Bistro

Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 19
Cuisine: Bistro

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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 - 19
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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