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Societi Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we arrived our waiter explain us the menu in detail, he was very knowledgeable. We shared the mushroom risotto it was very delicious, after that the duck was exquisite and the Thai curry very good. Wine was perfect, and the desert excellent. Best meal in South Africa.

Thank thebeach2004
Cape Town, South Africa
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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I visited this restaurant after a movie at a nearby theatre. We got off to bad start when we struggled to find someone to take a drinks order. We were then allocated a rather cocky waiter who annoyed everyone. We ordered a Caprese Salad which arrived almost instantaneously. It contained the equivalent of 1 sliced tomato, the... More 

Thank PamBedford
Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister-in-law booked for dinner after the Labia. Very pleasant evening and we sat outside. We'd booked and they first of all couldn't find our name, we had to find it. Service wasn't great. Food was luke warm and prices were expensive (6 prawns R700 and 6 langoustines R900!) But the cherry on the top was the request on the... More 

Thank Vivienne M
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306 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going here for quite a few years and always include it when we are in CT. a windy evening so we were cosy inside. There was a little issue which was dealt with professionally and promptly so thank you! We both had the prawn spaghetti which was very fresh and tasty, I love the fact that it... More 

Thank Sue B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with Australian guests. Waitress sophisticated and really professional. I was not very hungry and ordered a "Second" seafood pasta. Delicious! Al the diners loved their food. Loved the evening.

Thank Djoss
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here last night based on reviews of trip .. Ordered drinks & then wine .. Had to ask waiter to bring wine which he had forgotten about !! Our mains came after a long wait and 2 of the 3 dishes were cold , so had to be sent back . Food was good service was not . Shame... More 

Thank Peterg3005
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We REALLY want to more than like this place. We have come here every Christmas Eve and more for the past few years. Unfortunately we will not be back. I really do not like the deposit system using PayPal. I hate using PayPal as it is a rip off. Leaving that aside we love the ambience and the location. The... More 

Thank Petertwickers
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this lovely, central resturant at roughly 10pm to which we were pleasantly surprised that this cozy kitchen was open till 11pm which is hard to find in town! We had the Ostrich burger and Mushroom risotto. The risotto melted in our mouths and the burger was tender and juicy. This gorgeous place is worth a visit whether it... More 

Thank sshaw14
Brisbane, Australia
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130 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food, wine and service are all very good. My steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and the dessert was excellent.

Thank dunbro
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This bistro is a part of Capetown because it has been there for ages and is well known by Capetonians looking for quality they can trust.Although the menu changes by seasons the old favorites remain,ie fillet steak au poivre or the ceasar salad.The owner,Peter has a sweet tooth so the deserts although I try to avoid them are irresistibleGreat service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Italian, French
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2100
Casual and informal bistro in Gardens, Cape Town with an a great little bar, "The Snug".

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