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Shop 128 | Ground Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 418 5434
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George, South Africa
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were served immediately as there were very few people at the time. Very friendly but very very expensive. I had the most expensive glass of sparkling water in my lifetime. 250ml for R35. The other in our party had beer which was cold and tasty and a cup of coffee. The setting is good sitting outside under the umbrellas.

Thank heineraudrey
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had entertainer vouchers so decided to take 4 friends to lunch. 4 of us had hamburgers and the other 2 meals were grilled calamari and prawns. The hamburgers were OK but nothing to write home about and cold when we got them. I fact the chicken burger was sent back as it was icy cold. It was heated and... More 

Thank Graeme L
Reading, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was tasty and priced in line with the other restaurants in the shopping centre. Portions were generous and service was fine. It does not stand out compared to other options but there was nothing wrong with it either.

Thank walts82
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

R30 for 250 ml of water! Waiter looked like he was high. Other 3 waiters talking loudly and spoiling atmosphere! Breakfast of poor quality too and tasteless.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food of poor quality, at the same price levels as many other restaurants at the V&A waterfront. Worst dinner we had during our 17 day stay in South-Africa.

Thank jfadehaes
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful situated as a part of the waterfront. The dishes were large. A main dish had been enough. And we are scandinaviens. We are always hungry. All the dishes were good and the prices are ok. Prices and quality fits each other. Staff was efficient and helpful. You get what you pay for and that is not so bad

Thank René B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice restaurant at the waterfront - cosy outdoor serving. Service minded and attentive staff. Very large dishes - especially the starter.

Thank Allan K
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent restaurant great food, great venue and reasonable prices. Situated at the V & A waterfront this was a great night out made even more enjoyable by great service from our waiters Elizabeth and Dupbe

Thank Paul J
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only go here for the location, ambiance and drinks, not the food. Price is above average as to be expected at V&A Waterfront, but is not reflected by food quality. Service was OK though and quite efficient. We ordered a bread basket to start,which was a joke. 6 small slices of French bread which were cold and stale. We refused... More 

Thank savvy_dave
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The outdoor seating is very nice.. A bit tight but that explains the customers load. As for the food, a bit on the pricy side and doesn't really justify it with the food quality. I ordered pizza and was basic really, crust is 6/10 and overall taste is 7/10 but it's edible. Preparation took so long from the time we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$19
Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Groups, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 128 | Ground Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 418 5434
Where Cape Town meets the world and the world meets Cape Town! The mother city's most famous meeting point and people-watching spot. An authentic corner of Italy offering friendly, efficient service and delicious traditional Italian fare served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From beef carpaccio, chourico & peppadews in brandy with fresh basil, mussels in a creamy white wine sauce and Italian-style calamari to an array of meat and pasta dishes, fresh salads, huge stir-fries and mouthwatering gourmet panini sandwiches, including some popular vegetarian dishes. Also famous for their 16 Italian gelato ice cream flavors and genuine hospitality, to be found at the very heart of the bustling V&A Waterfront, South Africa's number one tourist destination and one of the most beautiful working harbor locations in the world. Enjoy an authentic Italian coffee and watch the world going by in a casual, relaxed atmosphere at this bustling Italian sidewalk café. Not to be missed...

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