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The Bailey is located at 91 Bree Street in the heart of the Mother City, Cape Town. Set in a historic building , the Bailey is designed in the classic tradition and inspired by some of the grand all-day cafés and restaurants of Europe.

The Bailey is a collaboration between Liam and Jan Tomlin, and the owners of Tintswalo Lodges (Lisa and Warwick Goosen, and Gaye and Ernest Corbett).

Tomlin continues his culinary magic at this new address, with Head Chef Jacques Grové taking the reins as Head Chef, assisted by Dian Botes as Sous Chef and Head Pastry Chef San-Marie Pienaar.

Brasserie
Introducing an authentic Parisian Brasserie. Situated on the second floor, the Brasserie features a menu of iconic continental dishes based on classic French recipes and methods complimented by a superb wine list.

The Brasserie is open for lunch and dinner bookings, with service coordinated by the maître d' who’s team add an element of hospitality theatre to a contemporary dining experience.


The Old Bailey
The Old Bailey Whiskey Bar with its rooftop terrace is evocative of top-end members’ clubs and bars in London and New York. Stylish table service offers an extensive whiskey collection, premium wines and cocktails are served in a sophisticated space. Dress-code is smart for The Old Bailey, inviting guests to relax and socialise within a like-minded community.

Reviews (345)

4.5 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.1
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.5
  • Neil C. Dined: 2 days ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Dr. Ruediger S. Dined: 2 days ago
    3.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Jon S. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 29 Nov 22
    Absolutely phenomenal food. Wonderful setting for a pre-dinner drink. Gnocchi, foie gras, duck confit, tarte tatin must all get a special mention for being bloody excellent. Excellent staff. Would have been 4 stars for service as the main course was unusually delayed but then this was made up for with a complementary selection of desserts, which were totally sublime.

  • FIONA R. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 27 Nov 22
    Love Liams restaurants and The Bailey is up there with the rest - outstanding meal.

  • Malcolm Dined: 5 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 26 Nov 22
    Outstanding evening. Really was an exceptional meal in a beautiful setting.

  • Tom L. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 26 Nov 22
    Excellent. Filet américain à la minute, crêpe suzette, ... all great dishes prepared comme il faut. And a surplus ; the tables are not to close to each other and the acoustic is good. A great addition to Cape Town next to Fyn and the Roundhouse.

  • Gabriela Dined: 6 days ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • David M. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 23 Nov 22
    The Bailey is terrific. The staff, especially Ayanda, were all very attentive and happy. The food was Classic French style. We had the duck confit and the beef carpaccio. Terrific Riesling wine. It was very busy by the time we left...about 23030. We'll go again

  • Billy G. Dined: 1 week ago
    3.3
    Food 2.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 23 Nov 22
    Food was not worth the price paid. Extremely average !

  • Tiffany D. Dined: 1 week ago
    2.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 21 Nov 22
    We had a mixed experience. The food is great, very well presented. We really enjoyed our server, Darlington. He was great with his recommendations and his knowledge of the menu. Everyone on the second floor was incredible, and the hostess was amazing. The welcome committee downstairs was shocking though. It was a mixture of confusion, judgement and just awkwardness. We arrived for our reservation, the two female hostesses “mean girl” stared us up and down as if we didn’t quite meet their dresscode criteria, while the gentleman was super polite and professional. Once he welcomed us, whoever was meant to show us upstairs and to our table also wasn’t quite sure where we were meant to go and asked if we were just coming to the whisky bar (no, you were just told we’re here for a dinner reservation) The food quality is right up there, but the pretentiousness of the downstairs staff is so off putting and takes away from the overall experience. I rate this is in the middle between Hussar Grill and Pier, depending on your dining expectations, rather go to one of those.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday CLOSED