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“Pretentious, over-priced and over-cooked”
Review of Societi Bistro

Societi Bistro
Ranked #47 of 1,147 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $21
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".
Aberdeen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pretentious, over-priced and over-cooked”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were recommneded to try this restaurant by our B&B hosts, as a special place for our final supper in Cape Town - after a wonderful holiday full of incredible experineces and amazing meals, we were so bitterly disappointed with this choice.

It was incredibly busy and they did accommodate us earlier than we had originally booked. It is obviously a very chic place at the moment - lots of beautiful people around - perhaps we were just not beautiful enough! It was the first menu we had seen during our stay, which was on a par with UK prices and we felt the whole place was somewhat pretentious. Pleasant atmosphere in a converted old house, but not supported by good staff or food!

The waiter was busy and inattentive. When the food eventually came, my large pile of prawns was over-cooked and completely tasteless. No-one came round to check we were happy with our meal and when the waiter eventually came to clear, I had left most of my meal and told him that it was not pleasant. He promised to send manager - never saw him/her. We were never offered desert or coffee, so we decided just to leave. A taxi was supposedly ordered which did not materialise, so another had to be ordered, resulting in a very long wait.

We were not charged for the inedible prawns, which was positive, but it would have been preferable if someone had had the courtesy to discuss this with us. Very disappointing culinary end to our wonderful South African adventure!

  • Visited March 2013
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Chorley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A great place.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a very popular venue and it is a good idea to book if you want to eat here in the evening. Lunches are also excellent. They have a good and reasonable wine list and they also do cask beers. The pasta dishes and the salads are particularly good.

Visited March 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Bad waiter”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

The waiter was rude and surly and treated us as if we were nobodies. When we seemed to be taking our time to order we were frowned upon. The inside is stuffy and the risottos dry and tasteless. It was recommended to us but not again.

Visited March 2013
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Great outdoor space, indoors a little hot”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Currently an "in" place in Cape Town. Located near the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Service very friendly. Although our friends arrived long after the time of the booking, the waiters handled this without a problem. Food also very good. Large eating out area which is ideal for warm temperatures. The inside seemed rather warm so not a place to eat indoors when hot.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Elegant venue, elegant food”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Cape Town is a place with plenty of eateries which have great views. From Societi Bistrot you see the famous mountain whilst getting the old town vibe of the original South African College on your doorstep.
I have been to Societi many times over the years, and am happy to report this time they fed me like never before. Having introduced lighter choices for those on a budget or in a rush, they have not compromised their principles of excellence.
It is also close to bus routes and easy to get a taxi, as well as within walking-distance of many hotels and guesthouses, so don't worry about having some wine with your lunch!

  • Visited March 2013
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