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Africa Cafe

108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Kearny, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Bring an appetite. Great place that gives patrons an opportunity to taste foods from different cultures and countries from all over the continent of Africa. The diversity of tastes is amazing. Dishes are served family style, so you won't leave hungry. While eating the wonderful ladies and gentleman of the African Cafe blessed our ears with songs. Their singing reminded... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you're looking for a truly African experience with great food (and are okay with a slightly higher than average cost) then this is the place. They specialize in a set menu of about 15 different dishes from all over Africa (think lots of flat breads, curries, stews, potato cakes, sauces, etc.) with complex and delicious comfort flavors. The set... More

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99 reviews 99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was one of the best experiences we've had in South Africa so far. The food was absolutely delicious!! There was so much of it we struggled to finish. But wow!! every course was delectable. Then there was the musical performance! What a treat!! I couldn't recommend this restaurant highly enough. It has absolutely blown my mind. Thank you!!

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Portland, Oregon
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53 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Several years ago the Africa Cafe was a must-do for first time visitors to Cape Town. They offered a winning formula of interesting dishes from all corners of Africa, a fun and colorful ambiance and lively entertainment as the staff went from room to room singing and playing the drums. All in all, it was a great evening. A few... More

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Casino, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The food was fantastic, and apparently it was all you can eat, but we didn't even make it through what we were served the first time around. Lots of traditional dishes from all over the continent. Would recommend.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

It was a very nice experience to have dinner in this restaurant. The menu is really tasty and you can try a lot of traditional dishes from different African Countries. If you eat the all portion of each plate, you won't be able to finish the entire menu! We enjoyed everything, but our favorites were the lamb with dates, Ethiopia... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

!6 dishes from various African countries. All delicious and the atmosphere is fantastic. I went there twice in a month and loved it each time. Make sure you see all the rooms as the decore is different.

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect, but had a great experience of food and entertainment, Very surprised when the guy brought us a bowl and warm water to wash our hands first! Then we were served with lots of delicious food in colourful bowls. Lots of variety, my taste buds were tingling with all the different flavours. Fantastic way to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Sample a fixed menu of varied recipes from all over Africa in one location. We sampled food from Egypt, South Africa, Morocco and other countries everything tasted wonderful and was prepared using coconut oil. Very healthy and enjoyable dinner.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

It was all you wanted to eat and there was a large variety of things to try. Service was very good and the food tasty. We wanted a copy of the menu that listed the dishes we were served but were denied a copy. Small gift shop attached to restaurant. If you want to try typical African dishes, this is... More

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