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Cafe 1999

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Shop 2, Silvervause Centre | 117 Vause Road, Musgrave, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 202 3406
18:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 12:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Fri 12:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 18:30 - 23:00
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Hong Kong, China
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were there for lunch and a group of five and the food was excellent and service very attentive. As it is of the main beat also no tourists.

Thank koert t
Momus1st, Manager at Cafe 1999, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we hope that we shall you see you soon for a repeat! More 

Durban, South Africa
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The music playing in the background should have alerted me but I had just come in from torrential rain outside and was focussing on choosing the best seat at the table. Warm and sophisticated, it had just the right smooth jazz vibe. The maitre d’s dark sad eyes lit up in welcome and effortlessly summoned our waitron. The specials were... More 

Thank Brenda312595
Momus1st, Manager at Cafe 1999, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words!!! A very eloquent review I have never seen before! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Durban, South Africa
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cafe 1999 has been amazing since 1999. Food , service and ambiance are all amazing. Marcelle is Durban's best Chef and Mo is a great host.

Thank Athos1974
Momus1st, Manager at Cafe 1999, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! Hope to see you soon to recreate your experience!! More 

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Cafe 1999 after a long, tiring drive to Durban. We were welcomed warmly gave detailed information about the meals we were considering ordering and remarkably appropriate advice on wines. The service was impeccable, and the food delicious and novel. Great ambience, too.

Thank John B
Momus1st, Manager at Cafe 1999, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you soon to recreate your experience!!!! More 

Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside you would second guess the restaurant but it lived up to all the good reviews. The food was delicious, ambience was good. The restaurant was recommended by a friend and the reviews are on point. I would also recommend it too all the foodies and durbannites to try a new, hidden gem of a restaurant.

Thank Uphen_zn
Momus1st, Manager at Cafe 1999, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon! More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

This place blew my mind Every morsel So interesting So delightful Can't wait to go again The olives the mussels The wine My husband and I were in heaven

Thank 992sydw
Marcelle_Roberts117, Owner at Cafe 1999, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Glad we blew your mind! Regards Marcelle Roberts More 

Kloof, South Africa
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103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

The setting is not great but the menu is varied and interesting. The service was excellent. The food was tasty and very well presented

Thank BarryHgo
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 January 2017

I was told about this restaurant by friends in London, It was all they said and more, it has to be one of the best restaurants in South Africa. Everything was perfect, the food, the service and although the surrounds are not the best the vibe in the restaurant was great. Marcelle Roberts the Chef patron was friendly even after... More 

Thank PTLad
Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

If Durban had a sign as you drove in, it would say "Welcome to Durban. Please be patient". Every restaurant, every shop, every thing where you need service is just.... slooooow. But not Cafe 1999. I've no idea why, maybe they've forgotten where they are. The service is quick and efficient. The food comes quickly. The waiters keep you up... More 

Thank ZakWood
Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Starter of the special Tuna Tartare was delicious. Followed by an outstanding sirloin steak cooked to perfection. The calamari salad was also mouth watering. Great service from friendly staff.

Thank Gletwyn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$150
European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 2, Silvervause Centre | 117 Vause Road, Musgrave, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 202 3406

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