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V&A Waterfront | Shop 6162 / Victoria Wharf, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
(021) 421 6002/3
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Italian
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Balducci at the V & A Waterfront offers an unrivalled menu of simple, everyday home cooked Italian dishes that reflect the most traditional elements of food and culinary styles. Our simple Italian home cooked food is prepared in a relaxed and restorative style, whilst at the same time being creative, traditional and affordable.
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Cape Town
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Balducci's is a V&A Waterfront stalwart and its continued success is testament to constantly getting it right. The restaurant has recently had a makeover to keep its always trendy feel going. The menu is extensive and mixed - Asian, Indian and Italian - and one might think they couldn't do justice to the array of food on offer, but they... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The service and food was amazing, we had Ostrich lasagne, Sirloin steak, Ostrich burger and chicken and ginger noodles. Our waiter, Adam, was exceptional! I would recommend a visit!

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear Lee, thank you for your review. We use only the best quality AAA Grade beef, that our in-house butcher, from our sister restaurant Belthazar, ages for a minimum of 28 days and our ostrich is export quality. We look forward to seeing you soon again with us in the near future. Regards, Balducci More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I had ostrich lasagne, which was full of delicious cheeses, with a light sauce. My wife had the kingklip fillet, a nice fish, cooked perfectly. We had sushi appetizers; the seared tuna had tough tissue running through it, and the dragon roll was bland. A very noisy environment.

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear JasWilliams, thank you for your review. I will bring your sushi complaint to our sushi chef to ensure this is not repeated. We use only fresh fish, never frozen, and we strive to ensure only the best quality that we can get our hands on is used in our kitchens. Kind Regards, Balducci More 

Cape Town
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The V&A Waterfront is buzzing with tourists this time of the year and Balducci's is packed. Given this situation the service is slick, informed, discreet and attentive. The vibey atmosphere is my special preference in a restaurant, so Balducci's delivers high on this need. The Italian inspired menu offer a wide variety and it is well priced and the food... More 

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear Jaqui D, thank you for the lovely review. We appreciate it when our dining guests take the time to post a rewview on TripAdvisor or on other social media platforms. Looking forward to your next experience on that "warm summers evening". Regards, Balducci More 

Middelburg, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very welcoming, upmarket restaurant. Friendly staff, great food and an excellent wine list. Excellent vibe! l

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear Metravel240, thank you for your posting on Trip Advisor. We value and appreciate that you took time to give us your feedback. We look forward to you joining us again soon. Regards, Balducci More 

Morris, Connecticut
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91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The food was OK for just a quick meal. The soup was fine, the burger good, but the noise level took away from the experience. The tables are really close together with no room to breathe. Expected mire atmosphere.

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear Ref4219, thank you for your feedback. Our layout of our service floor has remained the same for close on 20 years. We value your comments and hope that your next visit will be a better one. Regards, Andrew - Balducci More 

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I went with the Waiters recomendation and had the Sirloin steak cooked to perfection and served by a friendly efficient Waiter Michael K. Experience was excellent! !

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear Maryke505, thank you for your posting. We will inform Michael of your praises. Regards, Balducci More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Quiet surprised to see this venue had a face lift,The old worked much better when the tables were out side and now feels a bit cramped ,The staff are a bit Hit and Miss ,lucky the food makes up!! The kitchen crew need all the tips as they really present the food plates well and staff from my experience on... More 

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear HowardDG, thank you for your review and my apologies that you were not shown the Balducci experience while dining with us. We do have a hostess at the door and if she is seating guests, there should always be someone there to greet new guests at the door. Am happy to read that you enjoyed the food, and will... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

By normal standards this would be an ok restaurant. However, we experienced so many good eateries whilst in Cape Town we found in comparison that this establishment came up wanting. The menu and wine list looked great. However, when ordering wine, our choice was out of stock ! We ordered our food eventually, the time it took to serve us... More 

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear Getabout01, thank you for your posting. We value all feedback and would like to investigate all of these concerns raised. We have very high standards or service and food quality is of utmost importance. From flying in fresh Norwegian salmon, to making each and every menu item from scratch, on order, we pride ourselves on our menu. We do... More 

Hobart, Australia
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This place is busy and looks great. I think perhaps I should have stuck to Italian options. I went for a Thai noodle dish with prawns.. It was awful.. Way too much soy. Not authentic in any way shape or form. I suppose being so far from Asia it was too much to expect. The dish was inedible. However, they... More 

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Andrew H, Guest Relations Manager at Balducci's, responded to this review

Dear JPlum73, my sincerest apology that you did not enjoy the prawn noodles. It is one of our most popular dishes and we sell between 30-50 per day. We make it to strict recipes so it really is very very consistent. We hope that you will give us another opportunity when you are next in the V&A. Regards, Andrew -... More 

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Additional Information about Balducci's

Address: V&A Waterfront | Shop 6162 / Victoria Wharf, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: (021) 421 6002/3
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: Sushi, Asian, Italian

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