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Marco's African Place

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15 Rose Street, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was good, the service was solid, and I really enjoyed the music. My study abroad group got taken around the restaurant with the dancers and danced at the front by the band, which was really fun.

Thank Alexandra Y
Zermatt, Switzerland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even it's a very touristic restaurant a lot of guests were locals when I was there for dinner. It is a good place for a "typical" African experience. Traditional food (great selection with numerous dishes), friendly staff (very warm hearted, even wore traditional costumes), a band & dancers ( the performance and music was excellent). The atmosphere was just amazing,... More 

Thank DeborahCH21
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for an "typical" African experience, Marco's is a good place for it. Traditional food, friendly staff, a band & dancers - they have it all. When we were there, most guests were African which is always a good sign. A word of warning though: Marco's doesn't do quiet. So if you want a slightly more quiet... More 

Thank Heidi F
Hastings on Hudson, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it's a tourist restaurant - albeit a very good tourist restaurant. And the music is excellent. Just be sure your know what you are in for. Good value. Interesting menu. And you might even find some locals.

Thank HowardB118
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We always have a great time at Marco's! Since hubby introduced me to this venue...I'm always the one to resist when it's time to go home after an eventful and romantic dinner😍. A perfect ambiance and a great piece of African meal keep us returning to Marco's. Friendly warm hearted staff makes it feel so homely😊

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed in South African for 5 weeks traveling and this was the best traditional African restaurant I went to. The staff were willing to help describe their menu and the entertainment was great! Having African live music and dancing right in front of us. If you're in Cape Town you must go here!

Thank siancarter2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

It was a very nice surprise having ended up on a Sunday night in this restaurant. The atmosphere was amazing, loads of good vibes with a live band and people singing, clapping and dancing to the rhythm of an African sounding marimba and drumkit band. Food apparently is typical and staff is friendly. It is also very affordable.

Thank ericlehmann
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We decided on Marco's off a recommendation from our hostel, and weren't disappointed! Marco's has a lively African vibe and friendly staff (ask for President!) that are there to make your visit great! I tried some of my friend's feta cheese salad for an appetizer, and it was fantastic! I was feeling adventurous and ordered ox tongue for my main... More 

Thank Nathan H
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here. We were able to try foods that we had never tasted before, including Impala steak, crocodile, Kudu and Springbok, pap and Umngqusho. All delicious. Definitely go here for authentic cuisine.

Thank plsaltz
Negril, Jamaica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Went with a big group and it took longer than usual to seat a group that was late (lol) not their fault. Enjoyed the entertainment oh my , get an upfront table and participate in the rhythms. Food and drinks were ok.

Thank gailnegril

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 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 - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Rose Street, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: 0214235412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?