We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
214220221
Website
Today
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992...
The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992, chef Portia has been creating food infused with African soul and passion. Experience an exotic tapestry of flavours that will take you on a journey from North to South. Housed in an historic national monument, the restaurant is divided over 3 levels and 7 richly decorated dining rooms.
read more
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 387 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 159
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A real experience in Cape Town

Great night out for family of 4. Catered reasonably for gluten free menu though no option for dessert. However the amass of other dishes made up for this and even satiated the 14 year old Feed-Me-Machine. The marinaded sticky chicken wings were awesome, sou sauce honey and a certain magic tempted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Calvert H
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

387 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
PORT CHARLOTTE
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We went at the suggestion of friends who live in Cape Town while we were visiting. We made a reservation the day before, but still had to wait a few minutes. We were seated on the top floor. Each floor and room are stunningly decorated in African themes. The menu is a set menu, which was placed on the table... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

Great night out for family of 4. Catered reasonably for gluten free menu though no option for dessert. However the amass of other dishes made up for this and even satiated the 14 year old Feed-Me-Machine. The marinaded sticky chicken wings were awesome, sou sauce honey and a certain magic tempted the 12 year old to dive in, all-fingers picking.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cape Town
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I visited with a group of 16 tourists. The service was very slow and challenged at most. At the same time I felt like we were rushed. Overall, however the group enjoyed it. The food was great and we loved the African singing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Funchal, Portugal
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We found eating out in Cape Town restaurants very good indeed, with good quality ingredients and cooked well, but we wanted to try some African food and our concierge suggested Africa Cafe. We had a great evening - we received a warm welcome to the lovely restaurant, and the fabulous set menu was explained to us by Faith, who looked... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

An absolutely stunningly designed restaurant in Cape Town that serves a tasting platter of dishes from all over Africa. the beautiful decor is matched by equally fun and entertaining service. There was a super african dance performance in the night and the children were given special attention. The food was lovely as well - some dishes went down better than... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Calgary, Alberta
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The ambience and food made it most worthwhile. But the overall experience was disappointing as our particular server was not engaging. The staff generally seemed bored with their jobs. But the quality of the food exceeded our expectations so overall, still worth doing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Limassol, Cyprus
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Yes this is hands down quite a touristy restaurant but Africa Cafe does not pretend to be anything else. A great and very hospital African dining experience giving you a chance to experience not only food from all over the African continent, but to also a small taste of the culture. The staff are very friendly and eager to explain... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This gave us a taste of African cuisine and service. Menu is fixed so you have no choice, but I liked the concept of being able to reorder dishes that we particularly fancied. My favourite dish was the chicken with mango. The beef stew was a bit too rustic for my taste. Loved the ambience and the live entertainment that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Again typical south african hospitality and great food. A must visit if you are in town. We were on a group visit and they accommodated us all in style and the service was great...from what i remember the food was nice too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The place is situated around Long street in the heart of Cape Town. They have an excellent wine selection & offer a set menu which allows you to experience all of Africa's cuisine. Needless to say, this is a carnivore's delight !

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Africa Cafe also viewed

Cape Town Central, Cape Town
Cape Town Central, Cape Town
 
Cape Town Central, Cape Town
Cape Town Central, Cape Town
 

Been to Africa Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: 214220221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992, chef Portia has been creating food infused with African soul and passion. Experience an exotic tapestry of flavours that will take you on a journey from North to South. Housed in an historic national monument, the restaurant is divided over 3 levels and 7 richly decorated dining rooms.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Africa Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?