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The Cousins

3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 83 273 9604
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“homemade pasta” (19 reviews)
“bolognese” (11 reviews)
“strozzapreti” (7 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This Italian restaurant is tucked away in the Cape Town city centre, in between judicial, police and government offices (and strip clubs). Not really the type of area where they can rely on walk-in traffic. Despite the unconventional location - the place is bustling with...More

Thank Forkit
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was right next door to Parliament Hotel (great deal). The taxi driver highly recommended the restaurant when he dropped us off at the hotel. We stopped in without a reservation early one evening when we were quite tired from the day excursion. The...More

Thank Dr_XPC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived and weren't even given a menu, and then to have the same waiter to come over and ask what we would like to drink, we confirmed we haven't seen a drinks menu or wine list so that would be helpful. We were misinformed...More

Thank CarliM27
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We eat Italian in New York and Italy and are always skeptical of having good Italian food elsewhere. Three Cousins made us believers in Cape Town! The bread served to the table was similar to a lightly fried pita chip ( bad description- unique and...More

Thank Rhonda A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The big advantage is that it is next to the Parliament Hotel. It was a bit noisy but still enjoyable. Friends will definitely enjoy the ambiance.

Thank corrieelnal
Reviewed 7 September 2017

First of all, we went in t o see if they culd seat 6 of us -- no, sorry, fully booked. But as we were leaving, the dining room manager came and said he had made arrangements so seat us, please come in.. Nice seating,...More

Thank patiD
Reviewed 18 July 2017

True Italian restaurant. Owner was there, always makes a difference Small place so make reservations fresh pasta ,although could have been hotter Tried other italian restaurants ,thought this was the best

Thank H L
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We visited The Cousins restaurant with friends who had been before. The menu is quite small and you need to love pasta to eat here. I had the special pasta which was swirled around in the parmesan wheel and while it was tasty and an...More

Thank Maggy1408
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Small restaurant with the owners personally involved in preparation and service. The pastas were fantastic. We were 4 people and each chose a different pasta but asked the owner if we all could share each of the pastas so that we could experience the variety....More

Thank Riaan W
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

In an unlikely place in the East city. Take an Über to their frontdoor. Lovely atmosphere, great winelist. Staff professional and friendly. Must haves are the assorted meats and Buratta to share - delicious. Steak was cooked to perfection and the famous "The Cousins" pasta...More

Thank CoolRamblings
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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