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Banana Jam Cafe

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157 2nd Avenue, Kenilworth, South Africa
+27 21 674 0186
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun 17:00 - 23:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading a sterling review of the local brewery's Coffee Raspberry Porter, I made a special trip to try it out while in Cape Town. They have a nice selection of beers on tap and bottled. Although I was a bit disappointed in my beer, I still think this is a nice venue if you want a fair spread of... More 

Thank Johan J
Cape Town, South Africa
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not only is the staff friendly and accommodating the overhaul atmosphere is always homely, its like your cosy pub next door vibe. winter or summer doesn't matter BJ's as its known to us locals is always fun. They cater to all ones needs from craft beer tasting , cocktails or mock tails which ever you prefer with a lovely range... More 

Thank lizelbeukes45
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

BJ's as we call it, is our go to restaurant when feeling lazy to cook or if we need a quick meal. The Jamaican touch is appealing and we love the Chili Poppers and craft beer. I'm happy that Prawn Feta Pasta is on the menu again. Chicken and ribs have not been overwhelming. The vibe is great and nice... More 

Thank Audrey H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This was one of the stops on our family jaunt and it was excellent. Great friendly vibe, music not too loud and I was introduced to the versatility of rum from around the world. As a whisky and wine drinker, this was an enlightening education and I won't look at rum the same way again. The service was swift and... More 

Thank AdamNoelDobson
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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198 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The service was okay, a bit slow and since the place was somewhat empty that was frustrating. The waitress brought the wrong milkshake and took a long time to get her attention to let her know. The food portion was decent though the pork was tough. I was a bit disappointed as I remember the place being much more enjoyable.

Thank NoelleKoeries
England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I've visited this place several times and recommended it to the group of us who were visiting Cape Town. There's a vast selection of craft ales from around the world and many local brews, they even have their own brewery! On the evening the 14 of us visited they were already very busy and parking proved a bit of a... More 

Thank JynxTorquilla
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This restaurant has a great chilled vibe (ma'an), friendly staff and tasty, interesting dishes. We have eaten here about 6 times and it has never disappointed us. They have a great range of craft beers as well as rums in the Rum Shack (which we haven't been brave enough to try yet!). The chill factor and atmosphere is 'high' which... More 

Thank KarenVeysey
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Wonderful outside and inside seating, 30 different craft beers. On the popular 2nd Avenue area Kenilworth, with a street full Of great restaurants. Also near station, so travel from CBD, is so easy.

Thank 807suzen
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

We booked a table for five, when we arrived were given a table for 4 with a chair on the end. Drinks slow service Food arrived pizza good Ribs good Goat curry no taste, really hot unable to eat, asked for yougart or chutney to cool it the brought sour cream and chopped onion and tomato. Charged us 6 rands... More 

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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

This place is tucked away, and on entering one is pleasantly surprised by tables and chairs in a garden setting, with plenty more indoors. The staff are all polite and well mannered. The cocktails were good and the food amazing. Food is truly first class. Although off my route, I will certainly make sure I visit again.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 157 2nd Avenue, Kenilworth, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Kenilworth
  • Phone Number: +27 21 674 0186

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?