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The Cousins

3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 83 273 9604
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (103 reviews)
“strozzapreti” (7 reviews)
“grana padano” (4 reviews)
Opens in 29 min
All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a fantastic meal at Cousins. We have frequented this restaurant a couple of times and it is consistently great. The waiters were very attentive and obliging. The service was quick although they were full. Great vibey place. Really delicious Italian food. Highly recommended!!!.

Thank Hotels201511
Reviewed 3 days ago

staff and owner are so great but foods are amazing. definetely recommend to you guys. prices are not cheap but %100 percent worths. atmosphere also cool. dont miss it

Thank Mrtglr
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great evening at this tiny place. The food (gnocchi bolognese & gnocchi gorgonzola) was very delicious - and the Limoncello as well ;-) We recommend the desert to share with chocolate sauce (we forgot the name).

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Cape Town. We arrived a bit late but staff ensured we were looked after all the time. The signature pasta dish is an absolute must try! Awesome food, great atmosphere. Worth noting that kitchen close at 10pm.

Thank Francois T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was very good food in a fancy atmosphere. I can recommend it if you like italian Food in Cape Town.

Thank Christina P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Intimate atmosphere with authentic italian food. Had the carbonara which was better than the one I had in rome. 4 stars because for some reason they decided to charge extra for parmesan on the pasta. Just make the price all inclusive. Service was a bit...More

Thank financegeek
Simone B, Owner at The Cousins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thanks for this review and for the 4 stars. Sorry for the slow service we always try to serve a table within 20 minute but sometimes the restaurant can be very busy and can take a bit longer. For the parmisan cheese it's extremely...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here last night. The waiters kept forgetting if they served us or nota an we’re very unorganized. Pasta was so so not authentic by any stretch of the imagination. Won’t be back far better places in Cape Town.

Thank Andrew N
Simone B, Owner at The Cousins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Andrew. Thanks for the review!! We do pasta every single morning in the way that our GrandMa taught us.. You can call it authentic or not but for sure is from our heritage. We hope you'll give us another opportunity. Ciao

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived without a reservation and the restaurant was fully booked. The kind (and pretty) waitress managed to squeeze us in any way. This was the best meal we had during our trip! Really really really great for vegetarians too!!

Thank Vanessa S
Simone B, Owner at The Cousins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hei Vanessa!! Thanks so much!! Really appreciate your review!! The Cousins wish you all the best!! Ciao Bella!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been meaning to go to Cousins for a while - it is very popular so essential to book. The ricotta gnocchi with truffles and mushrooms were to die for...best gnocchi I have ever had. The 4 cheese risotto also great and the pistachio...More

Thank Sue53_11
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Simple and unpretentious, huge portions, other than pasta choice is limited (one or two fish and meat dishes) but it is honest, huge portions, reasonable cost and very popular. Devore is eclectic; bordering on odd, but at these prices I would not expect too much....More

Thank MootHouse
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3b Barrack Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 83 273 9604
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These cousins from Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, will delight you with the simple, authentic Italian food using only fresh and natural ingredients, just like Mama does!
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