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Il Leone Mastrantonio

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22 Cobern Street | corner of Prestwich, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 0071
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to this restaurant on recommendation and it did not let us down . The food was fantastic and it had a lovely warm atmosphere . Service was very attentive despite it being full and we had a great evening. It is close to the waterfront so not far to go in a taxi.

Thank caroldonald
Johannesburg, South Africa
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sick of seedy Sea Point dives, we find ourselves in Il Leone for a latish Sunday night supper. If I lived here, this would be my Sunday night go to place. I've eaten here a good few times and never had a less than superb meal. Upmarket; warm and professional service, nice decor and the other customers pleasantly loud to... More 

Thank Jill M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the restaurant on a Saturday night and were seated upstairs. As a small table of 4 people we could hardly hear what each other had to say the acoustics were so bad. The starters were good but the mains pasta's very ordinary. The wine was priced at over 2.5 times regular retail prices which means that they were... More 

Thank Alasdair F
Cape Town, South Africa
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly accommodating and knowledgeable staff. Food was excellent. We shared a salad and each had a different main course. Cannot fault. Unfortunately the only down side is the incredible noise in the restaurant. The high volume of noise prevents one from having a conversation of any kind with the people at your table.

Thank zumpa2016
New York City, New York
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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a business dinner, and enjoyed everything in the place. It started with very welcoming and accommodating staff, excellent starters, equally great main dishes and wine. Highly recommend it. Arguably the best Italian restaurant I've found so far in Africa.

Thank LA_traveler_10101
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at il Leone. The food was delicious and well presented. Extremely good and knowledgeable service (thank you Trust) and great wine. Would definitely recommend eating at il Leone. Booking advisable.

Thank hawthorners
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has a great rep so we went. The lamb chops were fatty and not much meat. The signature prawn pasta had maybe 4 small prawns. The seafood pasta had very little other than line fish. They need to sharpen up as it was always better than this.

Thank Martin L
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in the Rockwell next door we decided we'd see if we could get a table here on our walk back from the v and a waterfront. The staff were really accommodating and let us have a table in the early evening which was ideal. Whilst there wasn't a children's menu, they helped us choose a meal for our 22... More 

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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a city not renown for excellent Italian restaurants, Il Leone stands out above the rest. Personally a test of an Italian restaurant is being able to make and serve Carbonaro particularly when it's not on the menu - Il Leone never disappoints. On our most recent visit, the service was superb, matched only by the quality of food. My... More 

Thank Ohjaygeen
Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy, lively atmosphere with fantastic seafood and pasta, excellent service and great value for money. Not surprising that every seat was taken.

Thank debbielovestotravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Cobern Street | corner of Prestwich, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 421 0071
During our recent visit to Cape Town, we ate at this restaurant on the strong recommendation from the owner of our hotel. He was right! Very good good, BYOB nad great staff and a very friendly efficnet waitress. great food...highly recommended

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?