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Societi Bistro

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50 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2100
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12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Bend, Oregon
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383 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We enjoyed an absolutely fabulous meal at Societi Bistro in Cape Town. The restaurant is dark, warm, lively , but still quiet enough for a romantic conversation. Unfamiliar with South African wines? No problem. Your waiter will pour you 3 or 4 samples so you can order a bottle of your favorite. We shared a delightfully sharp and garlicy Caesar... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Our waitress was fabulous. She gave excellent suggestions and she seemed genuinely concerned about our experience at the restaurant. The manager was very hands on and made eye contact. From our appetizer to our desserts, everything was beautifully presented and delicious.

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Thank Connie999
Northbrook
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This a restaurant that is very good from start to finish. We had the fennel and carrot soup to say it was excellent is an understatement, creamy (but not too much)and smooth is the best way to describe it. Seared tuna in a meso sauce cooked to perfection with vegetables . Last the lemon cake had what I would call... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We found this restaurant on TripAdvisor during our first visit to Cape Town. We were a group of 8 and everyone loved their meals. The ambiance was warm and the service very attentive. We highly recommend it here.

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Thank drubano
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Societi Bistro is one of the best Restaurants in Cape Town. It is a MUST stop when you cone to this city It has an elegant cozy environment , Food is spectacular and service outstanding Highly recommended

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Thank Ricardo P
Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Fabulous meal, fresh local produce, beautifully prepared. Staff attentive and friendly. Looks bland from roadside on exterior but lovely inside and very nice garden dining in the evening. Strongly recommend, you will not be disappointed. I had asparagus to start...fabulous with perfect poached egg, parmesan shavings and lemon ...followed by fresh tuna with roasted squid on a rocket salad.

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Thank Allison H
The Villages, Florida
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

8 of us went here with a reservation tonight due to a recommendation from our travel agent. What a pleasant surprise! Although a tad dark inside after the sun goes down, it ended up being a perfect event The service was top notch with menus delivered immediately and drinks arriving shortly after ordering. The wine & champagne were priced very... More 

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Thank Brad F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We enjoyed trying out different menus (actually, had dinner there twice). Service was a bit slow, perhaps understandably given the weekend. Highly recommended overall.

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San Francisco, California
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Offered to let us taste the wine before ordering. We arrived much earlier than our reservations but they were able to accommodate us. The place has a good energetic vibe. Casual space. Food was good. The chocolate nemesis cake was so good. Reasonable prices, a good value. If I lived here, I'd go back.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

As you leave the main road and walk up the front path of this restaurant through the outdoor seating area, nothing can prepare you for the laid-back sophistication that will greet you inside the front door. It is chic and stylish in an understated way with an efficiency and professionalism that will make your dining experience a delight. The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$16
Cuisine
Italian, French
Meals
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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?