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Societi Bistro

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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Four of us ate here and I must say the food was really excellent. My pasta and prawns was delicious as was the meals that my companions had. The cheesecake was one of the best I've ever tasted. So what went wrong? The service was indifferent verging on arrogant. The food was just plonked in front of us and side... More 

Thank sydneyolympic
London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

On a recent visit to Cape Town we were recommended to eat at Societi Bistro - and ended up returning twice. I would be delighted if I had such an enjoyable local restaurant.! We dined outside on the first occasion and inside on our return(s). We really enjoyed the atmosphere inside and out. The waiting staff could not have been... More 

Thank revitalise
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

very pleasant evening out on the terrace with good food and service. menu offers nice, local and international food options (game!) but the wine list really is a who's who of the wines of the region, AND all available by the glass (or bottle of course) - real treat !

Thank Jef P
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

On my last trip to Cape Town I was advised by a local friend to visit his favourite restaurant. I was not disappointed at all! Great atmosphere, great food and most of all very nice and charming staff! So I decided to go there again :) Next time I visit Cape Town this place is definetely on my to do... More 

Thank Roelbelgium
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The location is great, very stylish. Service very good, but the food was below my expectation. Carpaccio should be thin sliced in my opinion, they served it thick sliced and too warm which changes the taste completely. But the main course they could have done better: Spagetti with Prawns and tomatoes, oven roast garlic. The Spagetti were not fresh prepared,... More 

Thank RussianLady
Gaborone, Botswana
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We visited the bistro for dinner on Tuesday evening. The venue was a hive of activity with waitrons hurrying about, constantly shadowed by trainees. The menu was a bit limited, particularly for vegetarians, but the food was delicious - nothing left on any of our plates! The service was very efficient, but not particularly warm or friendly. Our expressed compliments... More 

Thank GuyC2422
Chislehurst, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We had a table outside this lovely restaurant and enjoyed some really fabulous food and wine. The pasta starters were outstanding and the service from our waitress and all the other staff was excellent. Off the main tourist area and you'll need to book.

Thank Andrew S
Norwich, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Ate here twice within the last two weeks. The first time was fine. So much so that we took four others the following week. I will keep it short but five of the mains were not eaten and complaints raised. OK the cost was removed from the bill but by that time the damage had been done.

Thank a20hol
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119 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

To much oriented group.....Not the best in Captown....Food not very original.....waiter not very friendly....I do not recommend this restaurant.. Better one in Kloof Street

Thank Lyonnais1er
Cape town
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166 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Societi Bistro has. Come an institution in Cape Town, with locals. It's always full, so do book. Lovely outside seating for summer nights; fireplace inside for winter cold. Good, wholesome food at average prices, too. Pasta made in the premises! And the desserts are great. Competent, friendly service.

Thank Fathima D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 21
Italian, French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100
Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".

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