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65 Durban Road | Mowbray, Cape Town Central 7700, South Africa
+27 21 689 6157
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Seaford, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite restaurant in the area. Always delicious, fresh, authentic food. Staff are nice and I've never waited long for meals here.

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Thank Ellie T
Gordon's Bay, South Africa
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a favourite especially their seafood curry parcel! Which still doesn't disappoint. There is no reason for me to order anything else here! However, on a family visit recently on a Sunday evening - which started off with our table as the sole guests and receiving relatively good service - escalated into a fairly busy restaurant with: one waiter for... More 

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Thank Saski8
Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

I have been visiting Chai-Yo since 2000 and it's my "go to" place for Thai Food. I don't live in South Africa, but when I come back to Cape Town for a visit, Chai Yo is on my list of places to go The building is an old classic turn of the century building. Nothing special on the outside or... More 

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Thank Shawn M
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Very well prepared Thai food in South Africa. I doubt we will find a better Thai place in this continent then here. The duck curry and pad Thai were excellent. The Tom soup was a bit dissapointing. Service was reasonable (we weren't too fond of the host though).

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Thank Geert O
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Though the restaurant needs a decor upgrade and we always have to bring our own ambience, when I want Thai in Cape Town, this is by far the best! Their food is always tasty, fresh and full of authentic Thai Flavour!!!!

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Thank Leila S
Western Cape, South Africa
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

It appears this establishment is trapped in a time bubble with little having changed in 12 years. The food's still very, very good and well priced, service always excellent with servers and front-house staff constantly wavering to assist but never a nuisance. I last visited two years ago and could not detect any menu changes. The list of Champagne's are... More 

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Thank arnell b
Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This little restaurant is housed in an old building off busy Durban Road. It is fairly quiet at lunch time but pumps at night. Don't go for the decor, the food is the treat and as close to the street food of Thailand as you will find in Cape Town. The Spinach cone- Meang Pla starter is fresh and bursting... More 

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Thank LouH19
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Been a trusty Thai destination for many years. Service always good. Never had a complaint about the food. Will always pop in when in the area. Duck and pad Thai always delicious

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Thank Sammkins
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We went there last night because my husband use to go there regularly years ago. I had to use the toilet upon arrival.... Well you know what they say - if the toilets are dirty chances are the kitchen is also not that clean. Our waiter Phillip was very good and polite. The food wasn't that great, that is considering... More 

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Thank Cindy Kathy C
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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95 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

I have been a regular at Chai-Yo's for over a decade. It has always been good, but the past two years were a bit of a downhill. However, since February this excellent Thai restaurant has a new manager and he is bringing back the old glory to this great restaurant! By the looks of things Chai-yo will be as great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Durban Road | Mowbray, Cape Town Central 7700, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 689 6157

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