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The Africa Cafe had the humble beginnings of a dream in a South Africa that had yet to transform into the democracy and icon of freedom that it is today. Portia and Jason De Smidt had no formal training in food preparation, but armed with creative flair and abundant passion they were determined to open South Africas first African restaurant. Their idea was not warmly received by the business community and without much needed financial backing the only option was to open the doors of their small home in the Bohemian suburb of Observatory. They were determined to fill a gap in the market and create food that would celebrate Africas diversity and rich tapestry of tastes and aromas. There was very much a sense that Africa, through years of oppression, had lost pride in its heritage, and this inspired the dynamic couple even more to challenge and change negative perceptions of what this vast and great continent had to offer. Portias brother, Hector, came down from Johannesburg to complete the team and brought with him extensive marketing expertise to help boost the growth process. Needless to say the word spread and over a period of 15 years the fledgling restaurant grew from strength to strength in the face of much adversity into the much-loved and very popular destination it is today. The Africa Cafe serves an experience which appeals to tastes from Moscow to Rio. The entertainment value of this experience lies in the beauty of not only our food, but our decor, our people and our hospitality.

Reviews (521)

4.5 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.3
Service 4.6
Ambience 4.7
  • Julie S. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Mar 20
    We loved this experience. It was our daughter's 17th birthday and it was a meal she will never forget. The food was fantastic and they arranged in advance to deliver a birthday cake to her that we provided, so we were very appreciate of their willingness to make it happen. We liked every dish they brought out and to a person, everyone there was so welcoming and warm. They also have a great gift shop. Highly recommend.

  • Isabel G. Dined: 2 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 18 Mar 20
    Really great food! Loved the dancing and singing! A bit too much food for the two of us but so tasty!

  • Manuela K. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 12 Mar 20
    Perfect! We enjoyed it so much! A big thank you and we will recommend you to everyone we know!

  • Lena B. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 10 Mar 20
    We really enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely come back.

  • Thokozani M. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 07 Mar 20
    Excellent. Keep up the good work.

  • Rudolph H. Dined: 2 months ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 07 Mar 20
    Singing was thrilling. Food, quite varied. All good.

  • Warren H. Dined: 2 months ago
    4.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 05 Mar 20
    Delicious food and wine. Highly recommend

  • Dr Gabriele U. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Torril Marie N. Dined: 3 months ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Annelien Oude L. Dined: 3 months ago
    3.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 03 Mar 20
    we had a very nice evening again after many years before. Good food, lovely music. In short, I would recommend it to anyone who wants something different. Annelien

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 18h00 - 23h00
  • Tuesday 18h00 - 23h00
  • Wednesday 18h00 - 23h00
  • Thursday 18h00 - 23h00
  • Friday 18h00 - 23h00
  • Saturday 18h00 - 23h00
  • Sunday CLOSED
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