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“Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Societi Bistro

Societi Bistro
50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
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Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: French, Italian, Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Unpretentious bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with awesome little bar next door: The Snug.
Northern Ireland
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139 reviews 139 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
“Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Societi Bistro was our favourite dinner spot when we visited Cape Town a year ago so we were determined to return again on a recent visit. We like the buzz and bustle of the place.
Our problem on this occasion was the extremely slow service....
The waiter did all he could to mitigate against this but, if you have to wait 45 minutes to be served your main course, it tends to spoil the enjoyment of the meal.
Is the Bistro so successful that they are trying to serve more customers than the kitchens can cope with? I'm not sure but the problems appeared to be in the kitchen and not in the service "front of house".

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Simple and Delicious French Bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We had the a lovely meal at this simply elegant French bistro. We had a lovely meal, the sirloins we tasty and delicious. Even thou 2 members of our party had to send their steaks back as they were overcooked. But the kitchen whipped up and within 5 minutes they had their sirloins cooked to perfection.
My only criticism was that I found the restaurant quite warm, but not uncomfortable. Our server seemed a bit distracted and disinterested. But that did not spoil this simply delicious meal.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Slow service, but excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We were staying in the Cape Town Hollw which is a few minutes walk from this hotel and decided to try it without a booking on a Saturday eveining. We were able to get a table without a booking. I ordered squid as a a starter and it was undoubtedly the best I have ever eaten. A meal for two with two courses and wine came to less than 500 rand, which I though was excellent value. Our waiter however was particularly slow, however I think that this was not typical.

Visited January 2013
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Maryland USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Prawns, Prawns and more Prawns !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

The owner of our B&B highly recommended this place. My wife and I loved it. Upbeat, trendy but the dinner we had was the best. The salad and prawns were awesome. Great friendly service and lots of energy. Of course add the wine and it was a lovey dinner. I would highly recommend this Bistro when in Cape Town.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cotswolds
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65 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“A great place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Societi Bistro has become a favourite and we ate there twice on this particular holiday, both times the food was excellent and service great. I plan to visit again on the next trip to CT. Can thoroughly recommend

Visited January 2013
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