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Java Cafe

7 Jan Katz Building | Church Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
021-8876261
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Ranked #74 of 163 restaurants in Stellenbosch
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Bar, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Java cafe is a located in the center of Stellenbosch, on historic church street. The waiters are mostly students, but service is really good. They have a fireplace on the inside and heaters on the outside - we sat outside and watched the world go by. Their menu is affordable and varied - I had the classic burger, while my... More

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Cape Town
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125 reviews 125 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This spot is always good. The service is good and the outside seating lovely even in winter. Very popular and they serve great coffee. Alwasy pop-in when I am in Stellenbosch.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I decided to go for breakfast with our 2 small children at Java Cafe on Sunday morning. The waiter eventually arrived to drop off menu's but didn't hang around for more than 2 seconds to see if we wanted to order any coffees. We then managed to flag down another waiter after waiting for 10 minutes to... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The variety of food was once again impressive as was the service and price. The only change would be to be able to sit more comfortably when in a bigger group. However we did not have one disappointing visit.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our experience of the place was great! The breakfast we ordered was served promptly and wait staff was very friendly.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

POOR SLOW SERVICE. Food... a toddler could probably do better. Cheap-ish, and one can taste why. Shared bathrooms in centre is gross.

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Fjooste, Manager at Java Cafe, responded to this review

Java Cafe is known for it's well priced quality food as you can see from most posts Please indicate where you sat and what you ate and what time then we can investigate your complaint as soon as possible. We have cameras throughout the premises so should be able to see what happened More

Munich, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The location is well located in downtown Stellenbosch. We went there for dinner. Plenty of parking lots are around (if you can find a free lot...). They also have heaters for outdoor seating. The Java burger was fantastic, the Green Thai Curry Chicken unfortunately not... The waiters (female) were cute but inattentive (for example: Brought Espresso without spoon).

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Oslo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

We were happy and hungry and hoped this would be a nice place. But....we ordered and waited, asked again waited...asked again and waited..... It was more people on work than guests this day, but they were more busy talking with each other than the guests. After almost 1 hour we left the place after we had told the boss what... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

This was our last meal in South Africa after we had done a 10 day trip. And as they say, "save the best for the last" - this surely was one of those places that had the right food, great ambience, lovely service and value for money. The four of us had four different dishes and each was one better... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Chinua Achebe might have been writing about the slow slide of this Stellenbosch institution into complete malaise. The location is still brilliant - the best people watching in town - and the outdoor tables still plentiful, but the food has become inconsistent and the service was beyond hopeless when we visited. The old trick of switching into Afrikaans to get... More

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Fjooste, General Manager at Java Cafe, responded to this review

We would really appreciate it if you could indicate where you sat and maybe the waitress name so that we can follow up and and either retrain the waitress or replace her if needed ,service is very important to us at all times Regards More

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