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“Wonderful Food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pigalle Restaurant

Pigalle Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Well-known as the perfect venue for a stylish evening out, we offer guests live entertainment from our dance floor alongside superb dinner courses. Renowned for our fresh seafood and Chalmar steak, our menu comprises of classic dishes with a subtle Portuguese flair. Including a spacious cigar lounge and private dining room our venue is versatile as well as suitable for private functions.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

My wife and I and another couple attended at Pigalle early May 2014. There is very convenient parking at the back of the restaurant which serves as it's official entrance. We were well received at the restaurant entrance and shown to our table immediately. The staff even accommodated our request to be shifted to a different table from which we could watch the jazz band.The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us work through the considerable choices available. The food was in a word, excellent. It was fresh, exciting and innovative, which is what we were looking for. The atmosphere of the restaurant complements the food and provides an experience of fine dining. In fact and on a seperate note, the chairs at our table were some of the most comfortable I have ever sat on in a restaurant. The food arrived within a reasonable time and we had agreat time over the next 4 hours. The only let downs was the band playing on the evening. I felt that the music was standard fare and not in keeping with the ambiance that the restaurant tried to set. The waiter was a bit too rushed for my liking, conveying the impression that he was trying to turn the table over as quickly as he could. Pigalle is also about R100 per person more expensive than I would have liked, but for special occasions, it is perfect. I would go back and have no hestiation in recommending it.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Rude staff and expensive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was very disappointed with my experience at this restaurant. We were a table of 9 people, and we all ordered seafood (kingklip or seafood platter) at the waiter's recommendation. Everyone's kingklip was overcooked and dry, and different people mentioned this to the waiter independently and at different times. His first response, in an indignant tone: "That is the first time I have ever heard of that!". His second response to another comment by someone else at the opposite end of the table: "I believe so". No apologies, no offer to recook everyone's fish. His tone wasn't even apologetic. He was so inflated by his own sense of importance, he dismissed the complaint immediately as if it was not legitimate. The floor manager eventually came to us and said that he had mentioned it to the chef, but is that really good enough? They pride themselves on being an upmarket restaurant but the attitude of their staff is bad and they made no effort to rectify their mistakes. We sat in a hot restaurant eating rubbery fish and wish we'd gone somewhere else to celebrate my mom's 65th birthday.

I complained directly to them later, but I just received a standard apology with no follow up email. There are infinitely better places to eat in Cape Town - don't waste your time here!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Elegant crystal chandelier dining, followed by a slow foxtrot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

A top class dining destination with a formal dance floor and a live band! Pigalle can always be relied for a good meal. and fabulous seafood. the langoustines are incredible. More budget-wise, the prawn curry is very good too. Despite the size of the restaurant, the layout lends itself to creating quiet private coves, which means that you can have a lovely romantic dinner, followed by a twirl around the dance floor. the restaurant has a large cigar lounge, which means you can complete your evening here. Try the chocolate fondue.

Visited February 2014
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good food with cheerful staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

First dinner during our cape town convention. Staff were really cheerful and provided very good service. We had fish and prawns which were done just right. Overall a wonderful dining experience.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

visited on 16 May , the service provided by Simon was very good. The quality of food for all 6 of us was very tasty and well presented . The portions were a little on small side considering the price. But never the less a place worthwhile visiting. The views over the ocean and the relaxed atmosphere add to what was a good experience. When you are in Cape Town include it on your list.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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