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“A taste of Cuba” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buena Vista Social Cafe

Buena Vista Social Cafe
Ranked #637 of 1,135 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Cuisines: Bar, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A taste of Cuba”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Our office department went to Buena Vista Social Café for our quarterly team-building event. We were approx 55 people and the service was quite good. Our table did have to wait until last to be served, but under the circumstances it was to be expected. Their standard Nachos consist of spicy tomato nachos, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Apparently it was delicious, but a bit rich for some. I enjoyed the Burger Del Toro, but was surprised that there was a "bite" in the crispy potato wedges. Guess one should expect that at a Cuban restaurant? My strawberry milkshake was really yummy with real strawberries (pulp) mixed with ice cream and milk...topped off with a fresh cherry. The vibe was great and music not too loud. Well, it was a mid-day function.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Erica P
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level Contributor
166 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A little bit of vida loca”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

A nice atmosphere, good food, friendly service, a bit of Latino music playing in the background. All you need to do is close your eyes and pretend your waiter is speaking Spanish. Their nachos are really good (even though the sour cream tasted very unusual, not sure why) and the paella is nice as well. The wood fireplace which was going the night we were there is a nice (and warm) touch. The only thing that‘s a bit odd is that you have to walk through the smokers' section to get to the non-smokers side.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Heidi F
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Cape Town
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Poor experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Firstly, my group of four non-smokers had to walk through a smoking area to get to the non-smoking part of the eatery!
There are laws in South Africa that renders this practice illegal, but this establishment is lawless.
Ambience of the establishment was awesome.
Food - was a hugh let down. I've savoured Cuban / fusion food elsewhere, and Buena Vista d-o-e-s n-o-t compare.
Their sour cream was definitely gone bad, but they insisted that it was ok!

The real let down is that they add a service charge to the bill.
In South Africa, it is traditional to add a service charge to a bill IF they are more than 6 people to the table - NOT four!

Will I go back? No! Why? I would not like to be subjected to health hazards. I would like to be served good food. I would not like to be robbed.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Too good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Service: excellent
Food: excellent
Music: excellent
Decor: excellent
Buena Vista Social Cafe is the one places i always look forward to visiting when we come to the Cape and i'm never disappointed. Give me Flaming Diablos and their vibey tunes any day!

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Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Get the party started”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

I love this place for its Cuban feel and the flaming diablos keep me going back (jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, dates and wrapped in bacon). The nachos are just as good, but don't go if you're on a diet :)

Visited December 2013
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Thank Linky P
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