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“Great meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Paradiso

Cafe Paradiso
Ranked #52 of 1,142 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$15
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Established by the inimitable Freda, Cafè Paradiso immediately set the bar for local cuisine and, from its inception, introduced us to a variety of dishes and ingredients seldom before experienced locally. Loving the idyllic setting and the warm ambience, Capetonians eagerly tucked into exotic and ‘foreign’ fare such as tzatziki, dolmades and babaganoush as well as the delicious country-style dishes which emanated from Paradiso’s bustling kitchens. Joined by three more formidable women, Laurille, Lynn and Mapula, Frieda and her team remained the heart of city trading with a lineage of values forming the foundation of this amazing establishment.
Sao Paulo
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

My husband and I had a very good dinner at Café Paradiso. In general the service was very good with the exception at the entrance, when just after entering at the restaurant, nobody came here to receive us. Since we had a reservation, we stayed there for some minutes waiting for attention. But as long as we seated, service was great specially the recommendation about wine. Reservation is mandatory.

  • Visited May 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Cafe Paradiso for a Great Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

My husband and I had breakfast here our first morning in Cape Town, the latter part of May. We were staying at the Down the Lane Apartment and this was close by.
We both had the French Toast with apples, maple syrup and bacon and it was fantastic! The coffee was hot and strong, just the way I like it. The presentation was outstanding as was the service, very friendly.
I had read about this Café by other folks who had stayed at Down the Lane so wanted to check it out.
We had hoped to have other meals here but it didn't work out. Cool little place with atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for a late Saturday lunch. Asked for a table inside and got placed by the fire which was wonderful. Our experience was only made more delightful by our excellent and very attentive waiter, Guy. While we only had a main, our drinks and food appeared as if they were expecting us. The meal was tasty and well presented and our overall experience has us wanting to go back soon.

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent spot for breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We had great coffee, possibly the best French toast I've eaten and very warm and friendly service. An excellent spot for breakfast.

Visited June 2014
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Stockholm, Sweden
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120 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Doesn't really live up to the high expectations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

The expectations of Cafe Paradiso were really high prior to arrival. Sadly enough they didn't really live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong, the food is good, it is just that there are better places for dinner in Cape Town in this price segment. Apart from the food, the restaurant is quite cozy and the staff were helpful and food arrived quite quick.

Visited May 2014
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