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Nelson's Eye

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9 Hof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 423 2601
12:00 - 23:00
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Wed - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat - Tue 18:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great experience, it is a quaint restaurant. From the outside it looks like a sign with a door but inside it is inviting and is a fun atmosphere. The chef's are preparing the steaks as you walk in so you can see them cooked. The steaks were delicious. I would have gave it 5 stars but one... More 

Thank WoodfamWisconsin
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the outside it doesn't look like much, but the steaks are to die for. Came back twice during our stay in Capetown. A bit of advise: either book a table or come in early and maybe there is some place for you. Not the cheapest but by far the best in Capetown!

Thank Michiel S
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be sure to get a reservation for a meal you will not soon forget! We had some of the best fillet we've ever had. The peppercorn sauce was yummy. Wine list is quite good.

Thank cheriwphoto
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Recommended by the Taj, it was a great evening with lots of interaction with the owner and staff. Made it a very fun experience with great food and wine. Highly recommended.

Thank Whyland1
United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just a short walk from Mount Nelson Hotel .. no fancy premises but the Fillet steaks are just the best Staff are great Jordan was great helping us with our choices Make sure you book

Thank WorlddTravellerr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Perfect steak and springbock. It is Nase very special. Due to the grill the flavor is extraordinary. We really loved beeing there :) Service was also very good.

Thank Caroline S
Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by our B&B and it was fabulous. Incredbily good steaks (best in Cape Town), expert staff, friendly atmosphere and so entertaining to watch them juggle a huge number of diners on a mid-week night. Great fun, great food and wonderful atmosphere. The best Malva pudding I had in SA.

Thank Elizabeth W
Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard about the Nelson's Eye from so many people so popped in for lunch with my friend. I expected more at the prices they charge. In comparison with other steak houses I have been to, this one os one of my least favourite... My drink took way too log to arrive and starch got billed for seperately from the steak... More 

Thank Chrissie H
Cape Town
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nelson's steak is consistently good. The restaurant itself is cramped and you have to squeeze in and out and it is very smokey if you sit near the kitchen but the food is great and the service is good. Worth it.

Thank travelbabe40
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Think it's all been said before but tonight my mum and I had THE best sirloin steaks we've ever had!! Excellent South African Angus beef, aged to perfection then cooked to bring out the best of the flavours. Accompanied by a baked potato with sour cream, together with sides of creamed spinach and utterly sweet and tasty mashed pumpkin (yes... More 

Thank Julie S

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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
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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