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The Diplomatic Bar & Restaurant Pty

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35 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 5000
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Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 15:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this restaurant as we couldn't get onto another and glad we did! The service was excellent from beginning to end. My brother had crocodile and it actually delicious and so was my meal of baby chicken. It's quite small so I recommend to book.

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Thank M7826
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food at this restaurant is great. We were a party of 4 people and everyone enjoyed their meals. My boyfriend tasted crocodile for the first time and it was delicious. Waiters very attentive and friendly. A must if you visit Cape Town. It's a small restaurant so book if you can. Loved it

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United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ended up going to the first restaurant we came to as we were very tired after a long day of shark diving and we were definitely not disappointed! I explained that I was vegan and the waiter offered me a variety of dishes that were not on the menu. I got some kind of vegetable stew with beans and... More 

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pumpherston
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Lovely authentic SA restaurant - Chris and staff were so friendly - great value - lovely food - steamed bread and Malva pudding amongst the highlights. Had my 60th birthday meal in there - will always remember it.

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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We walked past this restaurant on our way to do a walking tour, and out of all the cafés and restaurants we saw, we came back. It was SO worth it - lovely, interesting food, awesome music and attentive staff. Do it.

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Lake Montezuma, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Eat here if you'd like to enjoy authentic South African food in a simple but very convivial and completely non-touristic restaurant. The staff are friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and happy to recommend dishes based on your tastes. The menu changes daily depending on what fresh ingredients are available. The food is outstanding and there is a full bar as well. It... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Wonderful African food, great company. Excelent service and best of all the history of South Africa and Cape Town told by locals.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Pleasant, quiet, nicely decorated, attentive service, and great food. The owner's story of how he got to South Africa and what inspires his cuisine is on a big chalk board for you to read. Great variety of dishes. I'd been wanting bobotie and it was excellent. The presentation of the food is not special, but the taste is fantastic. I'd... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Just had dinner here food was great, service attentive and prices more than reasonable! Not a flashy restaurant but if you want true African food ( large portions) great flavours.... This is for you! Give it a shot only small but great location, two courses for two people about 30 rand....try that on Europe or Australia Food was brilliant!

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Mauritius
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We tasted a bobotie and some Boerewors there. So sad they did not have the 'Impala thing' that evening. The waiter was so welcoming

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 12
Cuisine
African
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 5000
Description
The Diplomatic Bar & Restaurant is a concept that transports the Southern African home cooking to South Africa. Southern African cuisine is a combination of traditional foods and colonial foods influences. We specialize in authentic traditional cuisine. Our food is handcrafted from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients; we do not use artificial ingredients, butter and sugar. All our dishes are flavourful and spiced according to our customers preferences from mild to super spicy. The Diplomatic Bar & Restaurant embraces Southern African lifestyle.

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