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Cafe Balalaika

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Corner Independence Ave & Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia
+264 61 223 479
Today
08:30 - 15:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 08:30 - 17:30
Fri 08:30 - 15:00
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012 via mobile

Very sad to see this place closed. I have enjoyed it many times for a coffe, a snack or a light dinner with friends. I hope to sit here again soon...

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Thank The_Captain_Morgan
Windhoek, Namibia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012

Great spot, lovely sushi and the vibe is cosmopolitan, lively and fresh. Service is also very good. Outstanding place to chill on a Sunday, view over the park and relaxing with a drink!!!

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Thank deone n
Ulaanbaatar
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

....but average food. This is a nice spot to have a drink and watch life go by in the park but the pasta frutti di mare was a bit of a disappointment and the caesar's salad was drowning under the dressing. Prices were ok but they need to step it up to match the location.

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Thank Damarg
Switzerland
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156 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2012

We only had an ice cream and a drink in this place but the menu is attractive with a large selection of dishes. The atmosphere is nice, there is a large nice terrace under a big tree, next to the Zoo Park. Efficient service

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Thank nicolas414
Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

I must say this was a surprise to me. Fantastic food, but the sushi is outstanding. To my knowledge, there isn't any better. Service however is sometimes questionable. They need to learn their product better and speak clearer.

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Thank Vlooi_25
Port Alfred, South Africa
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

I enjoyed the relax atmosphere. Sitting under the tree was a little cold, so bring warm clothes if visiting in winter!

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Thank Laurie R
Windhoek, Namibia
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

The restaurant is set in a beautiful garden under a magnificent tree, just a stone's throw from the main pedestrian street and hotels in the city center. They serve sushi and various local dishes. Excellent place for lunch or dinner!

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Thank PhiavG
Frankfurt, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2011

Had coffee and cake (tasty), prices were the same as everywhere in Windhoek, sitting on the terrace was very pleasant as there were lots of plants and trees which gave the whole place a very exclusive and laid back atmosphere. Service was extremely friendly, they COULD work on the details though (table cloths were a bit scruffy). There is free... More 

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1 Thank giadalina
Geneva, Switzerland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2011

Just back from a fantastic trip to Namibia. Spent the last day in Windhoek before our flight and went to Cafe Zoo for lunch. After waiting 30 minutes for our food we saw the chef walking past outside carrying the fish I had ordered and on enquiry was told that it would take a further 30 minutes. When I complained... More 

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Thank Paul_Murphy1972
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2011

We stopped in for an afternoon drink and with the service we received decided to go for dinner. It was the middle of a thunderstorm so it was very quiet however we found the food and service excellent. Our waitress, Angelique, made our night with her friendly approach and knowledge of the menu. Of the 4 restaurants we ate in... More 

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Thank MandynJohn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
African, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 17:30
Thursday
08:30 - 17:30
Friday
08:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Independence Ave & Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Khomas Region  >  Windhoek
  • Phone Number: +264 61 223 479

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?