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Nelson's Eye

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$$ - $$$
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9 Hof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 423 2601
18:00 - 23:00
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Wed - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat - Tue 18:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

At first glance it looked like nothing fancy (which it isn't), albeit with very accommodating staff. However, you don't go to this place for the decor... You go there for the amazing food. It got very busy (we were there on a Thursday night) but the service was impeccable. Our waitress apologised for the minimal amount of waiting, which didn't... More 

Thank Marischa M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Brilliant, nothing else to say. Steak cooked the same way they have done for years and years and years. Fantastic wine, great service. A must for your stay in Cape Town

Thank Samboii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our Guest House recommended this place. It looks a little tired from the outside and you may be tempted to walk/drive past, DON'T!!! We both ate fillet steak which was amazing, cooked to perfection. The seating is simple and a little cramped but it's all about the food and the service, both of which are excellent. Don't miss this fantastic... More 

Thank Jane T
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food in a rather humble looking environment. Don't be fooled by the old style decor as the food is brilliant. The steak they serve is the best I've ever eaten. I ordered a medium rare 330 gram fillet and not many places can get it right but the chef here certainly gets it perfect. Highly recommended and I will... More 

Thank Dimitri P
Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well my wife said hers was, and mine was not far behind. Without the recommendation of our guest house, we would never have found it , but what a find. In modest surroundings the steaks that appeared were truely excellent . In my wife's case, the best she's ever had. Highest recommendations.

Thank keithf50b
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Belmond Hotel had recommended this as it's easy access from a side gate in the hotel. From the outside it looks quite run down and we did question whether we had found the right place! The restaurant inside was buzzing with locals and tourists and was packed. They squeezed us in / they gave many little rooms that extend... More 

Thank Jenny T
Woodford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited this restaurant 3 years ago whilst on holiday and nothing has changed from my previous review. This is a good thing in relation to the quality of the meat and how it is cooked, however, the attitude to customers from the front of house "boss" is abysmal and this also applies to the "gentleman" behind the counter who cuts... More 

Thank OllieLady
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been here four times since October, and they gave me great meals every times. Grilled meat is probably the best of what South-African kitchen can deliver, and this is one of the best I have ever visited. I have had my share of steaks all over the world, and Nelson´s eye is probably on my top five list. Friendly staff,... More 

Thank Aslevatn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This location was recommended by our lodging staff. We were seated right at our reservation time and the staff was very pleasant. The wife and I each had a brandy flambé fillet w/ the mushroom and garlic sauce. They were delicious and cooked to perfection. Baked potato was also great. Very reasonable prices, would definitely recommend to stop here. No... More 

Thank RomeBNS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came because of the good reviews, stayed due to the delicious food! Excellent service! This Texas gal loved her steak!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Steakhouse, European, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Hof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 423 2601

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