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Societi Bistro

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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Orlando, Florida
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting venue with blankets and fireplaces . The food was themed and this week included Parisian bistros . The mushroom risotto was outstanding. The beet salad was also very good . Service seemed a little overextended considering the slowness overall of the wait staff . The steak came out raw when ordered medium with no follow up... More 

Thank laj2e7
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used to be one of my favorite restaurants but it seems like service and food has definitely gone down. Took my family for dinner the other night, our french onion soup was so sweet it tasted like they dropped a bowl full of sugar in it. Lamb shank was covered in sauce and upon inspection was burnt underneath. All the... More 

Thank Jamie1986M
Hunter Valley, Australia
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185 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First night out in Cape Town and Societie Bistro was rcommended by our hotel. Very good restaurant with excellent food and friendly efficient service. Craig looked after us very well and his menu suggestions were really good. A great start to our visit to this lovely city.

1 Thank Michael D
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are staying in the Gardens district during your visit to Cape Town, Societies Bistro is a must for an inexpensive dinner with a remarkably diverse menu choices and an interesting crowd vibe.

1 Thank Mark B
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78 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small restaurant with a delightful menu. I had ostrich which does not taste like chicken. The service was good.

1 Thank odysseusChicago
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had excellent service on a cold night. The fireplaces warmed the place up nicely and there were blankets if you were in a drafty corner. Excellent food though the portions could have been a bit bigger especially the starters ordered as main course. The Chocolat Nemesis desert should be declared a 'controlled substance' as it was so nice the... More 

1 Thank uzberry
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and i have dined at Societi Bistro a couple of times and each time rave about the restaurant. The food was above average , the service great and the atmosphere is fantastic. We will certainly go back.

1 Thank Di O
Baltimore, Maryland
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We had a late meal here, but it was worth the wait. From the pumpkin Risotto to the lamb shank to the venison, the food was stellar through and through. Staff were spot on and attentive.

1 Thank gavisphere
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Good points: Service was fantastic, waiter went and picked a wine for my mum and the waiter and the manager took complaints about the food well. Bad points: Starters About 1/3 of the muscles in my mum's starter were unopened and my goats cheese and beetroot salad was uninteresting. Lamb shank for the main was cooked well and fell off... More 

Thank Sarah D
Somerset West, South Africa
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Excellent went for the first course pasta more than enough. Service tops. Good pricing for top food. Sat outside.

2 Thank SchalkVisser

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $16
Italian, French
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100
Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".

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