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Il Leone Mastrantonio

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22 Cobern Street | corner of Prestwich, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 0071
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Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Il Leone is our home away from home,from the moment you walk in you will feel welcome! The food... It has been constant from the very first meal we had there,6 years ago,fantastic,delicious Italian food,and not just pasta,their meat and fish dishes is as good as any. The service... excellent trained staff that serves every customer with skill and warmth!... More 

Thank boykie70
Paphos, Cyprus
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We were recommended to go to Il Leonie and were very impressed. The food is sublime, the service unobtrusive. A real Italian gem in the centre of Cape Town.

Thank KernoKid
Los Angeles, California
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Our first meal in Cape Town was at Il Leone, and what a great experience it was. The food was delicious, particularly the pastas. Great selection of South African wines, and very friendly and solicitous staff. Unique setting in a heritage era building in the Green Point area. Highly recommend!

Thank rj2002
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We went to this restaurant on recommendation and it did not let us down . The food was fantastic and it had a lovely warm atmosphere . Service was very attentive despite it being full and we had a great evening. It is close to the waterfront so not far to go in a taxi.

Thank caroldonald
Johannesburg, South Africa
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Sick of seedy Sea Point dives, we find ourselves in Il Leone for a latish Sunday night supper. If I lived here, this would be my Sunday night go to place. I've eaten here a good few times and never had a less than superb meal. Upmarket; warm and professional service, nice decor and the other customers pleasantly loud to... More 

Thank Jill M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We visited the restaurant on a Saturday night and were seated upstairs. As a small table of 4 people we could hardly hear what each other had to say the acoustics were so bad. The starters were good but the mains pasta's very ordinary. The wine was priced at over 2.5 times regular retail prices which means that they were... More 

Thank Alasdair F
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Friendly accommodating and knowledgeable staff. Food was excellent. We shared a salad and each had a different main course. Cannot fault. Unfortunately the only down side is the incredible noise in the restaurant. The high volume of noise prevents one from having a conversation of any kind with the people at your table.

Thank zumpa2016
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Went for a business dinner, and enjoyed everything in the place. It started with very welcoming and accommodating staff, excellent starters, equally great main dishes and wine. Highly recommend it. Arguably the best Italian restaurant I've found so far in Africa.

Thank LA_traveler_10101
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at il Leone. The food was delicious and well presented. Extremely good and knowledgeable service (thank you Trust) and great wine. Would definitely recommend eating at il Leone. Booking advisable.

Thank hawthorners
Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This has a great rep so we went. The lamb chops were fatty and not much meat. The signature prawn pasta had maybe 4 small prawns. The seafood pasta had very little other than line fish. They need to sharpen up as it was always better than this.

Thank Martin L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Cobern Street | corner of Prestwich, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 421 0071
During our recent visit to Cape Town, we ate at this restaurant on the strong recommendation from the owner of our hotel. He was right! Very good good, BYOB nad great staff and a very friendly efficnet waitress. great food...highly recommended

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