Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room

6 Reviews
Bakery fare, Burgers, Coffee, Food from the Americas, Modern, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0874700165 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7am to 12midnight (kitchen closes 4pm or 5pm); Saturday 8am to 12midnight (kitchen closes 4pm or 5pm); Sunday 8am to 3pm;


Menu - Clarke's Food Menu  - Updated August 2019


R80 avg main meal
Bakery fare, Burgers, Coffee, Food from the Americas, Modern, Vegetarian
R80 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Beer served, Breakfast, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Annelize Visser


It seems like just the other day that Clarke’s was a cheeky newcomer serving all-day breakfasts amid car workshops and battery centres. Now Bree Street has become one of the city’s trendiest culinary strips, and Clarke’s has lost none of its hip charm. Its modern diner offering has evolved to include millennial food preferences, so expect kombucha on tap, with or without Stolichnaya, and a tasty breakfast option of kimchi fried rice with mushrooms, radishes and crispy kale that’s full of umami flavour. The burgers that made its reputation are as juicy as ever. Try buttermilk-fried chicken burger that although skimpy on the miso mayo, otherwise hits the spot.

The ‘day food’ menu offers many reasons for a return visit, among them the Reuben sandwich with 12-hour brisket, braised cabbage and blue cheese dressing, or the home-made queso fresco (soft white cheese) and pico de gallo (spicy tomato salsa) that accompany the huevos rancheros. Oh, and red-wine-simmered black beans for breakfast should be a thing.

‘Night food’ is served from 4pm, from a curtailed version of the day menu, with the addition of another Clarke’s institution – the justly famous Fifteen Rand Oyster.

On the sweet side, the dessert menu has to be the work of a chocolate lover, with brownies, chocolate pie and a hot fudge brownie sundae on offer. Keep an eye on the blackboard for the day’s flavours of artisanal home-made ice cream and forego coffee in favour of affogato – a scoop of ice cream doused with a shot of hot espresso.


There’s a compact wine list and the obligatory line-up of craft beers, but you’re here for the lovely all-day cocktails. The hibiscus and gin soda, with house-brewed organic hibiscus syrup, is highly recommended, as is working your way down the list from there.


An air of detachment comes standard with the service, which manages to be both brisk and on the slow side.


Despite a rocky moment about three years ago, Clarke’s embodies the best of Cape Town: Its clientele is every kind of diverse and the universal welcome extends to your four-legged friends. It’s a place where you bring out-of-town visitors when you want them to really like your city.

Best for…

All-day breakfasts that make you stick around for cocktails.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    A burger-date booking for first Thursday at my favorite burger joint with a vibey atmosphere, Clarkes. Thank you for making your burgers with so much love! I’ll be back.
    Definitely the best cheeseburger in Cape Town! The brioche bun is incredible. Order some Aioli on the side to finish off the perfect burger.
    There's always something interesting on the menu and it's always good!
    Clarke’s Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich/ burger will CHANGE YOUR LIFE ! I was never one for chicken burgers but this burger is one I go back for every chance I get ? You must go try it
    A sure thing for great diner food. Service is hit&miss and it can get quite noisy over peak times. But theee best cheese toastie in all of the land!

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