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Il Leone Mastrantonio

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22 Cobern Street | (corner of Prestwich), Cape Town Central, South Africa
27 21 421 0071
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: During our recent visit to Cape Town, we ate at this restaurant on the...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Packed with flavour!

Every item is perfectly cooked and full of flavour. Don’t be fooled by the portions – you will be satisfied. A bit pricey so more for a special occasion but worth the wait. Staff were lovely.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

the food was good and the restaurant had great ambiance but pay with cash our credit card was skimmed.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Every item is perfectly cooked and full of flavour. Don’t be fooled by the portions – you will be satisfied. A bit pricey so more for a special occasion but worth the wait. Staff were lovely.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The family celebrated a birthday at this "Italian" restaurant but we were disappointed with the food. Tough veal, over salted ham and very ordinary pasta spoiled the party but our waitress was good...thank you Chanelle. The prices are fair and the wine list is sufficient but the food is what really counts.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

After a terrible run-in with a restaurant around the corner we popped in here on a Saturday night, expecting to get the last table at the kitchen, which turned out to be sort of true but when i looked like i was going to leave they promptly juggled their reservations and we got seated at a very nice table. Service... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

No rushing at all. Good selection of wines. Cosmo was okay. Good place for couples gay or straight... Good location up the street couple of gay bars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Classic Italian kitchen to perfection. Best lamb chops ever! Enjoyed every moment! From the noisy street you enter an oasis of quiet, knowledgeable waiters, great food and reasonable prices. Entered my list of favourites!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We had a tasty meal of Italian style food served in a small townhouse with new art on the walls. Serving pasta for primo and then a secondo seemed not to be the local style but we did this anyway. Home made ravioli with spinach in a Gorgonzola sauce and panzanotti in butter and sage were fine. Tagiallata with arugula... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We had a reservation, what you definitely will need. The restaurant has two levels, we were set on the first floor. The service was attentive and friendly. We had some grilled calamari and a tuna carpaccio as starters, the calamari were excellent, the taste of the tuna was covered by the flavour of olive oil. My wife had pasta with... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A great Italian Restaurant with wonderful ambience, superb food and service. This was my first visit and we will be back. My wife had fish with cabbage which was superb . My daughters pasta with tomato, cream and vodka sauce was fantastic. I had an excellent penne too. The restaurant is unpretentious and in traditional cape style with wooden floors.... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I have been to II Leone a few times now and it does not disappoint! The Beef carpaccio starter is the best in Cape Town! I always have the prawn pasta as a main, a plain pasta but SO tasty! They are always busy so you definitely need to book before you arrive! The service is always good! Cant wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22 Cobern Street | (corner of Prestwich), Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: 27 21 421 0071

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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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