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The Cousins

3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 83 273 9604
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed February 16, 2017

What a hidden gem, located on a side street in the City Bowl section of Cape Town. All the pasta is freshly home made. Their signature dish is homemade pasta, mushrooms, onions and light sauce placed in the center of a large round of Parmesan...More

Thank PaulMNewYork
Simone B, Owner at The Cousins, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

So great to hear from you suck nice thinks from you .. But You just touched a raw nerve. Wheb Busy is quite noise. "BUT" ..We are going to renew a bit the trattoria in september (we are waiting for some authorizations) and the first...More

Reviewed February 13, 2017

We enjoyed the Cousins restaurant three times while in Cape Town. Obviously, we enjoyed it......the fresh pasta was outstanding. Both husband and I had the house specialty, creamy pasta, herbs and mushrooms tossed on the big wheel of Grana Pradana.....the stuff dreams are made of....More

Thank LoveElephants53
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

... enjoying a dinner at The Cousins. They know their business and their homemade pastas and sauces are always good. Restaurant owners that are so accommodating of guests request for different kinds of requests - from ordering dinner in advance to always finding a space...More

Thank JP641
Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

Visited a number of times and had various different dishes with the Lasagne being my favourite. Very friendly, busy place with a superb vibe and really welcoming management and staff with the amazing Leon part of it!!

Reviewed February 5, 2017

The restaurant was really busy the night we ate, but I believe at is normal, so it will pay to reserve a table. Good Italian/South African/European menu, in a fun atmosphere. The staff were attentive without being over powering, and made good recommendations for food...More

Thank SteveHeugh
Reviewed January 31, 2017

Cousins' mushroom-studded, cream and thyme tagliolini is tossed in a half wheel of Grana Padano at your table. It's a signature dish - and for good reason. Tasty, indulgent, rich but beautifully balanced ... and who wouldn't fall for the theatricality of its service? But...More

Thank FionaMcDonald
Reviewed January 30, 2017

The food and ambience were wonderful. The highlight was the super attentive and friendly staff. It was a little pricey, but definitely worth it. I wouldn't have hated a slightly larger portion size, but overall I really enjoyed my dinner here - definitely order the...More

Thank X61415X
Reviewed January 25, 2017

I have tried this restaurant after reading other reviews. It could deserve a 4/5 however I only rated it 3/5 because of the staff. In order to be completely fair, I would like to review: - The venue: a cosy little venue run by 2...More

Thank sorsar
Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

Lucky to walk in and get a table for two on a Sunday night as restaurant virtually fully booked. Myself and partner both opted for tagliatelle dishes (cherry tomato and chilli + carbonara) followed by a cassata to share. Both pasta dishes very fresh and...More

1  Thank YorkshireHatters
Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

We ate pasta that realy did something to our taste buds. It was excellent! The best pasta in CT, (and we did try a few). The service was top notch! The only negative thing is that its a bit to noisy, (as so many modern...More

1  Thank NatashaSkinner
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 83 273 9604
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These cousins from Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, will delight you with the simple, authentic Italian food using only fresh and natural ingredients, just like Mama does!
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