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Rick's Cafe Americain

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$$ - $$$
City Bowl
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2 Park Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 1100
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a few night caps here and our last drink in Cape Town before coming home. The bar has a great atmosphere and whilst we never ate there the food was obviously popular with the locals. Good quality wine list and great cocktail list, plus attentive and excellent service. Great place to escape to from the hustle and bustle of... More 

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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Everything about this place was fantastic. The tagines and drinks were delicious. The staff were friendly and attentive. All in all, a great restaurant. More 

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Calgary, Canada
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157 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fab food (tapas). Even better cocktails. Great character house turned into a restaurant. A Moroccan feel to the furnishings. Of all the gin joints.... Definitely choose this place! We loved it.

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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked around this trendy area and settled on this restaurant. We were met at the door by an exotic young woman who set us briefly at the bar before she found a seat for us. The waiter suggested a terrific wine. Great wine list. My husband ordered grilled sole which was delicious with great salad and delicious veggies. I ordered... More 

1 Thank sandylq
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. It is always great to receive some kind words of appreciation, as it serves as a great motivational tool for the team. I am very happy that the problem with your fish and chips was sorted out immediately. I hope we can welcome you soon... More 

Cheshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked down from Table Mountain around noon and passed this place in a shady side street. Realised we were a bit hungry and not a little thirsty so agreed to give it a try. Took a table outside and walloped a quick lager before agreeing to try the 'specials'.. I had the fish cakes and the boss plumped for a... More 

1 Thank Mike F
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Dear Mike F I would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time and food at Rick's and hope to be able to welcome you soon again. Kind regards Per & Team More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first evening in Cape Town and this restaurant was booked for us by our hotel. Lovely food and wine, we ate Kingclip and chicken tagine. The only negative thing I would say is that the tagine dish stated that it was made with strips of chicken when in fact it was half a chicken with a lot of bone... More 

1 Thank Caroline T
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Dear Caroline T Thank you so much for your kind words and the time you took to share them with us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed our Food Let me apologize for the misunderstanding about the Chicken Tajine. It says in the Menu Chicken pieces as at is 1/2 a chicken per portion and cut into pieces.... More 

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

Visiting Ricks for the first time was really amazing, there will be a next time. The food and service was great!! The Burgers was OMW value for money. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Thank you for the great experience !!

1 Thank chanellelorenlee2017
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Dear chanellelorenlee2017 Thank you for choosing our Restaurant, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rick’s cafe. We try very hard to provide a truly unique dining experience to our guests, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward... More 

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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a very busy February 25 th at 8:30 pm without a reservation, so hence the bar table which was fine. Drinks and dinner arrived and we then realized everyone around us was smoking. We thought SA only allowed outdoor smoking or designated areas. Our Springbok Tangene and house burger were excellent, but ruined by the smoke. Service... More 

Thank HaroldandSusan
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Dear HaroldandSusan Thanks for reviewing us on Trip adviser. I read with dismay that you didn't have a great time at our Restaurant and decided to give us only an “average” rating. But we are very happy that you rated the food and the service with excellent. Unfortunately you did not make a reservation on this very busy Friday night... More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1st time with friends at Rick's Cafe. It was a beautiful Friday evening in Cape Town with no wind... We sat inside as the tables outside were full and then moved outside when a table became available, as it became too hot inside. The vibe and food were great! Just wish they had wall mounted fans inside and outside. It... More 

1 Thank Sheilameyer
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Dear Sheilameyer Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review of Rick's Cafe on TripAdviser. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rick’s Cafe. We try very hard to provide a truly unique dining experience to our guests. I have already shared your comments about the food with the kitchen, its... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017

We only had the tapas platter which was fine and so I can't comment on the rest of the food. All I can say is my family will not be back. Our waiter was so unfriendly and borderline rude that we were very put off and decided not to stay to order more. It looks like there is some lovely... More 

Thank wendylauren64
percapetown, Owner at Rick's Cafe Americain, responded to this review

Dear Wendy Lauren We do appreciate constructive criticism from our customers as it helps us to improve the “Rick’s” experience for everybody. Unfortunately, your review does not give us any details about the date of your dinner nor the name of waiter. We searched through our bills and dockets from the last 2 weeks and could not find any table... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $12
Moroccan, Bar, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Park Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central>  > City Bowl
  • Neighborhood: City Bowl
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 1100
Walking into Rick's Cafe has the same feeling as walking into a friend's home for dinner. The ambiance is comfortable to say the least with decor reminiscent of the movie classic "Casablanca" with its stylish colonial Moroccan tones accompanied by lounge music filtering through the 100 year old Victorian building,Immerse yourself in warm ambiance and eclectic decor in our 80 seater restaurant with its 3 fireplaces and bar, or enjoy the relaxed, vibey loft lounge and cocktail bar spilling out onto a roof deck with breathtaking views of the mountains.Our award winning selection of wines is sure to suit all tastes and features a wide selection by the carafe, we also offer a wide variety of local and imported Beers (now over 40!), Mexican and local Tequilas, Vodkas,Single Malts, Bourbons and Liquors. The menu presents a seasonal selection of Global tapas and a wide variety of dishesranging from mouth watering salads, Gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, matured Steaks and Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties - "we serve Comfort food" So come relax and enjoy yourself with either lunching on the veranda, sipping sundownerson the roof deck or enjoy a delicious meal inside this historical cottage, and we will guarantee you'll want to "play it again" We all look for that place to recommend as being "my favourite place", well in this case you might just have found it."So... Here is looking at you kid."

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