This stalwart of the False Bay coast pulls a loyal crowd with Spanish-inspired dishes and seaside cocktails. Food A wide-ranging menu inspired by Spanish and Cuban cuisine, with something for just about every palate. Kick off with a selection of tapas-style starters: the delicious peri-peri chicken livers and sticky pork ribs seem as popular as the grilled sardines with salsa verde.
Main courses are equally eclectic, with soups, salads and pasta plates ensuring you’re not short on options. The highlights are in the meaty mains though: spicy lamb curry, ‘Mojito Chicken’ marinated in rum and lime, or the hunger-busting Diablo rum burger: a duo of beef patties topped with anything from bacon to sriracha.
If there’s a signature dish though it’s the generous paella: piled high with fish, calamari, prawns and chorizo sausage, it’s ideal for sharing.
The desserts can be hit-and-miss, but the chocolate-coated cigars are at least a quirky end to the meal.
A reasonable wine list to suit the seafood-focused fare, but the highlight here is the cocktails. A mojito in the outdoor cocktail bar is a must.
Service Laid-back in the cocktail bar, but slightly more on the ball in the main restaurant. Service can be slow if it’s busy.
The eclectic décor is as much part of the attraction as the views over False Bay. Outdoors, the sandy-floored cocktail bar has a more laid-back feel. There’s often live music (with cover charge) on Sunday afternoons.
A taste of the Caribbean in your own backyard
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Trudy Van Rooy
Last week Saturday we went to Cape to Cuba. After waiting forever to get the waiters attention, he eventually told us we’d have to order and pay for our drinks from the bar. We did so. My friend Chase Rhys also ordered two plates of chips and one plate of bread for the table. We then found an entire TUFT of hair cooked into one of the chips! When we showed the waiter all he did was say oh and proceed to bring another plate of chips. As if we would even still want to eat there. No attempt at apologizing was made by any of the staff. We shared a picture of the hair smeared chip on our relevant social media and where Cape to Cuba then proceeded to fabricate a story of the hair being a birds feather that we purposely soaked into the chip to get a free meal. How RIDICULOUS! You can view the picture on my or chase’s Twitter accounts @trudyvanrooy or @chaserhys Their response to us and service was as disgusting as the standards of their food and kitchen. They need to be inspected immediately! I will never go here again.
Disgusting! Found tuft of hair (that's right, a TUFT not a strand) in our food. We waited at our table for the manager/chef/waitor/anyone to come and apologize and explain, nobody came.
We then posted a photo of our hairy food on social media. Only after the picture went viral did Cape to Cuba finally respond, and their response was horrific. They blamed us as customers for planting the hair (which they say was a feather- still a gross health code violation). In their comment they do not apologize but they literally told their customer "shame on you. Do not come back here."
They are so disrespectful- this has got to be the worst eating experience and bone chilling customer service we've ever encountered.
It's telling when even the locals refuse to eat at Cape to Cuba.
The filth, terrible customer service and hazardous food cannot make up for a pretty location.
Cape to Cuba needs an urgent health inspection, we're sure they'll be shut down immediately.
What a big dissappointment!! The worst food I have eaten in a very long time. Vastly over-prized and hugely over-rated. The only good impression is the decor. Portions are small, fish over cooked. The hoisin sauce on the ribs non-existing, thanks Mrs Balls... If I could give a negative rating, I would. I feel cheated!!
I went to Cape to Cuba for my Birthday because the place I wanted to go nearby had moved, It was my contingency plan to still keep the location that I initially planned everyone to meet up at.I was literally horrified by the service-in fact there was NO SERVICE. I think they look at how young you are but I for one was a waiter before and know that there is definitely something wrong with the management at this establishment!
The restaurant was not full at all -yet, we were bending over backwards to get the waiters attention. Our tables were nearby the managers counter and she saw us demanding attention yet she made as if she hadn't seen us. My first impression was not great, when seated BY MYSELF nobody came to ask us for our drink orders. Nobody came to ask us if we are ok, we got strange looks from waiters and when asking if we can order drinks (after nearly asking thrice and been seated for about 40 minutes) he even told us to ''wait till he was done with the food'' in a rather unpleasant manner. When our drinks eventually came (which took years) we sipped them, laughed and I was beginning to feel ok with the place (just ok) the waiter comes over and says in not so many words that they are going to close soon. Good heavens people- then don't put those times (11AM–12AM) on your websites -also the website is pathetic and outdated. It was about 10PM and I think staff just wanted to go home so rudely we felt rushed out of this place, which we gladly did not want to waste one more minute at!
As the evening progressed my company was great and that is about all that saved the evening, 1 star is too much for the pathetic service rendered!
I will never recommend this place or EVER & I mean NEVER Return.
Thanks for nothing ''Manager''
Firstly I cannot believe that people like Aver Ballantyne can give this restaurant a bad review simply based on other reviews and not on on their own experience ! That is grossly unfair and I don't think Eat Out should allow it.
Secondly we LOVE this restaurant. It is one of our favourite places to go in Cape Town and when we have visitors it is the first place we take them.
Ambience and view are both fantastic. The food is always delicious and the service is always friendly.
I would highly recommend trying it for yourself and not being put off by so called "reviews" from people who have not even been there.