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Il Leone Mastrantonio

22 Cobern Street | (corner of Prestwich), Cape Town Central, South Africa
27 21 421 0071
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: During our recent visit to Cape Town, we ate at this restaurant on the strong recommendation from the owner of our hotel. He was right! Very good good, BYOB nad great staff and a very friendly efficnet waitress. great food...highly recommended
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: During our recent visit to Cape Town, we ate at this restaurant on the strong recommendation from the owner of our hotel. He was right! Very good good, BYOB nad great staff and a very friendly efficnet waitress. great food...highly recommended
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We were recommended this place by our hotel owner. It took us a while to find it as we forgot the name but eventually found it and was sooooo happy we persisted. We had no reservation and the lovely hostess found us a nice table upstairs. The lovely Ben took our wine order and it was a real pleasure to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A very nice Restaurant and helpful staff. The broad menu provides a good range of dishes for every taste. A single person I arrived without a reservation and, though very busy they found me a table in moments. I have dined here before but it's a while ago and for whatever reason I have not added a review, I don't... More

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Alicante, Spain
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Twice in two years we have visited this place and if we're back in Cape Town next year I'm afraid it will be avoided! Service is good from some staff but bordering on cocky from others and that would be fine if the food was exceptional but it falls well short of that! My friend and I also felt very... More

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Cape Town
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This place is one of the very few Italian restaurants that I will specifically order pasta at. I don't know why but almost every time I order pasta in a Italian restaurant (or pizza joint) I am dismally disappointed. I end up having to flavour it up myself with the free garlic, parmesan and chilli just to be able to... More

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Cape Town
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Although a reservation was made more than three weeks ago, upon scheduled arrival after a Show (9 p.m.), there was no available table. We were advised that guests who were expected to leave were still dining. Eventually a table for 10 was found upstairs and, as there was no other option and too late to go elsewhere, we decided to... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Service here was horrific. When we complained we were told "it's a Saturday night." The logical conclusion is they don't want customers on a Saturday night because they aren't equipped to serve them. Food was okay, nothing memorable but the poor service was.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

In short, this is what a restaurant should deliver. Great food and attentive service. The personal touch without being overbearing and authentic without being pretentious. I have been to this restaurant for a large function (+70 pax) and for a lunch for two, both times the food and the service have been very good. This is a firm favourite of... More

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London in Cape Town
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Il Leone has been open now for 6 years and has maintained the excellent service it provides. Good greeting on arrival, had a drink at the bar before proceeding to our table. We had reduced the booking number from 5 to 4 which meant the table had to be reset, but that was done while we had our first drink.... More

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Camps Bay, South Africa
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Our last night in Cape Town and keen to take our friends out for a memorable evening. The restaurant was recommended by the hotel. Several large tables of very loud and inconsiderate patrons made it so noisy, no one could hear anything. We rushed through our food just to get out an away from the madding crowd. Maybe the food... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is by far the best Italian restaurant in Cape Town! Very friendly waiters, a well decorated place to give you that ultimate experience and a great selection of starters, main meals and desserts, especially the desserts! Love this place!

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