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“High Societi”
Review of Societi Bistro

Societi Bistro
Ranked #102 of 1,257 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Price range: USD 6 - USD 21
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".
Reviewed 20 January 2018

This restaurant was recommend and booked by Peter at our hotel and I am so happy that he did. The restaurant is lovely - you can sit inside or out and the staff were friendly, attentive and very helpful with food and wine choices. We had a great evening and would highly recommend this restaurant if you are in town.

1  Thank Jellybean29923
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Societi Bistro is an institution on the dining scene in Cape Town and in a prime spot. I have been there a number of times over the years. This time around I was let down a bit by this much loved venue. It seems to have become bored and listless. The menu has not really changed for a number of years now, and the food has a canteen rather than fine dining feel about it now. A caterer or cook rather than a chef seems to be churning out the plates. The pastas in particular looked rather gluey and lost - a small lump in the middle of a large plate - and did not titillate. A caesar salad was also served on a flat plate - once again the eyes were disappointed. The burgers (although we were not asked how we preferred them cooked) were competent and the fries were as good as I remember. The deserts were sweetly comforting. Flavour wise, mostly it was good (not superb) but did not make up for the overall visual let down. Societi is like a woman of a certain age who needs a bit of a thrill in her life. Jaded is the first step to abandonment in the competitive Cape Town mid-level restaurant scheme and her regulars will be tempted to start having affairs with the growing list of younger and more exciting competitors if she fails to up her game. She has fallen off lists of top food places to visit in the city and this is a shame. She needs a make over ASAP!

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Thank David John E
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Our whole family enjoyed a wonderfully restful and delicious Christmas lunch at Societi Bistro and it felt like it was a real home from home for the oldies and the kids.

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1  Thank StyleGuideCT
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

This review gets two instead of one star only because one of our party thoroughly enjoyed his meal and because the service was good. Two of the three sirloins ordered were overcooked. The squid ink pasta had the oddest texture, dried out might best describe it. My tuna was overcooked in a dish that was utterly tasteless.
The venue is nice enough, though has a slightly jaded air about it.
An extremely disappointing dining experience, and not worth the money paid.

Thank kalgran
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Societi, General Manager at Societi Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Dear Kalgran,

We’re very saddened and concerned about your review.

Would it be possible for you to please meet with our chef and our owner at your convenience to discuss your experience?

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,
Johan

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We went tonight to this lovely restaurant, and were absolutely delighted with the staff, the service, the ambience and last but most importantly the food! The sirloin steak our daughter ordered was juicy and tender and cooked perfectly, the ostrich burger was delicious, we had a spaghetti with shrimps and tomato that was very tasty, the chocolate desert scrumptious!
We highly recommend this place, we will definitely go back soon!!

Thank Maria M
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