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Buena Vista Social Cafe

15 Alfred House | Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 421 0348
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible9%
15 Jun 2017
“Great atmosphere!!! ”
27 Mar 2017
“Noisy but food is good”
Open Now
Bar, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
15 Alfred House | Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Found this place by accident as usual...were reeled in by one of the waiters standing outside and me and my group of friends decided to try it out. The restaurant is rather dark and authentically decorated. The Cuban music was upbeat and fun, but tables...More

Thank TravelQueen90211
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Very casual. Our hotel recommended this place for a meal.The food is pub style. The meze platters were really good and so were the nachos. Good place to go to for a meal, a cocktail or some snacks

Thank Wayne and Mari K
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Atmosphere: Decor is a 5/5, but damn it's quite warm inside, so 3.5/5. Service: 1/5. It took 20 minutes to get some bottles of still water, and we had to ask 3 times. And the food takes quite a long time from ordering until served....More

Thank B B
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Booked a table because we thought it would be busy on the run up to xmas but it wasn't packed for dining but the bar was with santa sloshers having a great time. The staff are very good and helpful. We had the beef bourguingnon...More

Thank anony321
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The mezze platter was pretty good, especially the juicy crispy chicken strips. The cocktails were pretty weak though.

Thank A7631IXthomass
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and great Cuban food. The music beckons you from the front door and invites you to either let your hair down or chill out completely or display your best salsa moves if you feel like it,depending on what's playing....More

Thank Felicity_500
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We had our evening meal here. A touch of Cuba and Che' and an enjoyable evening without being a highlight. Good fare and surroundings and relatively relaxing. Surrounded by lots of good alternatives but plays a part in the Long Street scene

Thank jacobalbury
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this great restaurant bar at 230 Long Street. The atmosphere was great and the Cuban vibe resonated through out the building. Friendly attentive staff and good food topped it off.

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
Reviewed 21 June 2016

We went here 3 weeks ago and the place appeared closed down and this was confirmed by a neighbour. We later visited the one in Long Street, but loved the atmosphere at the Waterfront one, when I have visited in the past, especially in winter...More

Thank Nut61
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Both times we went here for dinner I loved the food. There were few diners when we were there during the week and it was nice to have a quite dinner. The sultry music in the background wasn't too loud and our waitress was attentive...More

Thank Felicity_500
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Alfred House | Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 421 0348
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