Madiba Restaurant
Madiba Restaurant

Madiba Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madibarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (718) 855-9190
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: South African
  • Executive Chef: Mark Henegan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Madiba restaurant itself, our Catering & Event Production division
    is both a gateway and a much missed opportunity for enjoyment
    that is nothing short of ‘home’ - wherever that home may be.



    We are a New York based full-service Catering & Event Company,
    experts at making any size corporate or social function a highly
    unique event.
  • Entertainment: From the South African All Stars to local Brooklyn Artists, the bill constantly changes!
  • Special Events: Monthly Wine paired dinners form October to March.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carlton Ave
  • Public Transit: G to Fulton or Clinton-Washington

    C to Lafayette

    B54 at Carlton & Dekalb (west bound)

    B54 at Carlton & Lafayette (east bound)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Madiba Restaurant
Since 1999, Madiba Restaurant has offered a unique South African experience, the first of it"s kind in the United States. The restaurant is more than the food- join us to witness love, enjoy libations, and the feeling of "Ubuntu"- "humanity" in the Xhosa language.



Fashioned in the style of a "Shebeen," Madiba offers refuge and relief to neighbors and travelers, friends and strangers alike. Come and see for yourself.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Madiba Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (56)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (39)hot spot (28)great for outdoor dining (18)vibrant bar scene (18)special occasion (18)late-night find (18)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (16)romantic (13)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Cool vibe, but bad service
    Muffin
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The atmosphere is fun, and the food is interesting, but the management needs to step it up. Even with a reservation, we were told there would be a "25" minute wait. An hour later, we were seated. Sorry guys, it's not worth that kind of wait. How about you need to RESERVE tables for people with a reservation!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    NewJersian
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Outstanding, authentic with a variety of complimenting flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We all had a great time and
    Rere
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We all had a great time and we all enjoyed the food. We were a party of eight. The one thing that was not very good was this. There was a member of my party in a wheel chair and I had actually visited the restaurant prior to making the reservation to inquire about the accommodations for a person in a wheel chair. I was assured that the bathroom could accommodate her. This was not the case. She had to go outside to get to the bathroom and then, once in the ladies room she could not get herself turned around in order to sit on the toilet. Please take a look at this and make some adjustments , or inform the public, when they ask that you are not wheel chair accessible before the reservation is made.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place
    Brooklyner
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We've been to Madiba at least 10 times since we moved into the neighborhood 6 months ago. The food is invariably good ans the owner always makes you feel welcome. I've brought all my friends and visiting family in for the experience. I recommend the oxtail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like your home!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    The brothers that own Madiba are the most friendly, down to earth, loving and energetic South African guys you will ever meet. When you meet them you immediately feel like you've known them for years! My South African girl felt like she was back home in Durban. The food was amazing and my South African date attest to that. It was authentic, very very tasty and cooked with love. The atmosphere was down to earth with no pretension, nor fuss, nor frills and time just flew by enjoying the food, the good company and the positive energy. I highly recommend going to this place if you love being yourself and having a good meal and good time with good friends. I am going back there every time I am back home in Brooklyn guaranteed. Malva pudding!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE this place
    ebones
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Madiba is a great restaurant all around. The food is AMAZING, and the owner is a really nice guy who comes around and chats you up. Overall, great vibe, no attitude. Good place to come with your lovva or some friends. I have not 1 complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Madiba
    Suna
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    The atmosphere is great and the people who work there are very generous!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    carlor
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Nice food, nice people in an outstanding ambience. The only problem? I live in Europe, then it will not be easy to come again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The new Brooklyn
    Patick
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I used to live in Brooklyn so whenever I go back it's seems like nothing I remember of the Brooklyn of old. Madiba's is your typical Brooklyn hipster spot, but the combination of the food and South African vibe makes it worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good
    foodexpert
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    the service was poor. the food was ok, the drinks were over priced. especially being in fort green. i wasn't impressed I would have rather gone to McDonalds.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve at Madiba
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I went here for dinner NYE. The wait was extremely long for our reserved table, but apparently the wait was long all over the town that night. When we finally got seated everything else was lovely. The food is amazing (but they ran out of the potatoes I wanted). I will definitely go back on a normal evening of dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Madiba
    mnbnycVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I really liked this place. Denis welcomed us very cordially and the restaurant is decorated with South African theme and of course items recalling the late Nelson Mandela with whom the restaurant shares a name. The menu is varied and interesting replicating food from the country, is well cooked and served. The wine list concentrates on South African wines which are under-appreciated. This was a good experience and the place was full of a very diverse clientele including families with children and a great cross-section of locals. A very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    gnatterings
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The food was delicious and the attention to our large party of 8 was spot-on. Thank you, Madiba!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Madiba still great but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The food is delicious and it's fun to try all the unusual dishes. But the noise level--OK it was Saturday night, prime time--but we could hardly hear each other and we were only 4. Unfortunately, way too many New York restaurants have this big flaw..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    TomK
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Unique cuisine, terfficly prepared and presented with a cool, welcoming vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no table for us
    Grrr
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Even though we had a reservation we were seated in the worst seats in the house - right next to the kitchen. There was also a fan blowing on our table. We had to walk out without ordering - a shame because the food looked good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Madiba restaurant does not
    Marissamieke
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Madiba restaurant does not honor reservations. Not only did we confirm twice with them during the week, but we also confirmed on that same day. We made a reservation for 5:30 on Sunday (for the Mandela tribute) - but ended up leaving at around 7, when we realized that they still had not sorted out a table for us even though we kept asking for almost 2 hours. Madiba's took walk-ins over reservations and were too nice to tell the walk-ins to wrap it up as they had reservations waiting. Really just not the way to run a restaurant. I will not be returning. Braai in Manhattan is far superior to Madiba's. It seems cleaner, more organized and I've never experienced bad service there.
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  • Delightfully Delicious!!
    VeggieHeavenVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    My husband and I reserved dinner before going to a play and let our server, Simon know this. This was our first time here and the food was delightfully delicious! The food selection caters to both vegetarian and meat eaters. My husband loved the various vegetarian selections that were available. We enjoyed the ambiance - the high ceilings and funky decor. And many thanks to our server, Simon, who helped us finish with plenty of time to spare. We plan on coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i love this place
    tdm1VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    a she been grows in brooklyn. totally unique. food is utterly delectable--and reasonable. the sud afrique house Rose rules. and the curries are astonishingly good--
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    Lovethisplace
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Mandiba was recommended to me by a friend who lives in the neighborhood. The second we walked in we felt like regulars, smiles were easy to come by as were the hugs by the end of the night. Any questions about the menu were answered with clarity and enthusiasm. The food was AMAZING! Some will say that the service was slow. In my opinion it was so nice to sit at a restaurant and not feel like you are being pushed out for the next group. We took our time, ordered more and more and were made to feel like we could have stayed all night if we wanted to. I will return to this restaurant again and again!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Saturday night find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    My fiancée and I were looking for a nice restaurant near our friend's apartment in Fort Greene. Madiba was a great find! We had to wait over an hour for our reservation, but the manager (owner?) was very nice and gave us wine while we waited. The food was fresh and unusual... my first time trying South African cuisine! Will definitely be back... anticipating the wait this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is so delicious especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Food is so delicious especially if you're a South African and missing your boerewors and pap! Desserts need to be revised though as have tried several now and they all taste a little stale. Best just having the ice-cream and chocolate sauce.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe, wonderful service ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    And super yummy food. Our first South African menu... delicious! We had a large mixed group ages 8 up gathered around a nice big country table. Great attention by our waiter. Eats appealed to all preferences - omelet, curry, oxtail, calamari, burger, salad. Stand-out sides -- vinegar chips, beets and pumpkin fritters! Strong coffee and outstanding sweets to finish off. Thanks for giving us an ideal place to "break bread" with old friends uniting for the afternoon in Brooklyn from Phili, Austin and Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    vivaciousvictoriaVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This was my second time at Madiba and it did not disappoint! Came for brunch and loved the varied array on the menu. Would definitely come back for any meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Wonderful food, great ambience, will come back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING FOOD
    Ulrika
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    I loved this place! Great food, really delicious and such a nice place. I wanted to stay eating forever! One of my best food-experiences in NY!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD! Eclectic, artsy BK spot
    Littlelady419
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We loved this place and will return however we hope our next visit service is better! I had brunch at Madiba and we were very excited to finally get to this place! Food was outstanding and our server was very knowledgeable however there was not enough wait staff and service was very slow! It took very long before orders were taken then also for our beverages to come out and it was only wine not mixed drinks However once our orders were place food did come out quickly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great Brooklyn hangout. Fun vibe, great energy and great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem
    adog
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    south african cuisine is under recognized and under represented This restaurant does its best to break out With a genuine warm greeting on entering by its owner, only a few tweeks would make this place 5 star. Certainly a wise choice for Brooklyn's cultural dis- trict dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Always love a trip to madiba. The food is delicious and the place is just always filled with happy energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    nycfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Me and my sister went on a Friday evening and had a great time. Everyone made us feel instantly at home and the service was great. We ordered the Chicken Wings Peri Peri, Pap & Vleis (rack of lamb chops), and Oxtail, and they were all AMAZING. The vibe was loud but not too loud, and the ambience was great. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of South Africa
    jeanluc
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Being a South African I have high expectations for South African food. Madiba's is a great place to get a taste of some of the local dishes in South Africa. The staff are all very friendly and accommodating and the food, delicious. I highly recommend the Lamb Curry Bunny Chow, easily one of my favorite dishes. The Chicken Livers Peri-Peri is also fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Soith African food
    Dominic
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I would highly suggest Madiba to anyone looking for authentic South African food. Try the Bobotie (ground beef with spices) or the "pap en vleis"(white corn meal and lamb chops). The oxtail was good, but my mom's is better. The Malva pudding is fantastic as a desert option, you will not be disappointed. I felt as I were dining at my best friend's house with great food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great variety!
    DMSNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Great variety of menu choices to meet all taste buds. Restaurant staff is very nice and helpful in their recommendations and was very attentive to our needs and to find out how satisfied we were with the meal. I would go back again and have already told some friends that they should try it. Go and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening
    kate
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    My friends and I met recently for a birthday dinner at Madiba. The service, wine, and food was impeccable. The restaurant has a great vibe. Staff are friendly and laid-back. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit or miss with service!
    NakedEyesVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    I've been here quite a few times & the food has been consistently good & flavorful. This was my first time at Madiba for brunch - they were out of sugar, syrup, half & half (not good during brunch). Our beverages took a good 25 minutes to get to our table, brunch took over an hour. What was rather disappointing is that out waiter forgot one meal completely. That meal came to the table when everyone was finished with their meals. I'm hoping this was just a bad day for them when it comes to brunch service, if it wasn't, then service will be their demise & I would hate to see that happen as the food is quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    DonVega
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Had a wonderful time at Madiba's this passed weekend. One of the owner's of the restaurant, Dennis, gave us a warm and friendly welcome as soon as we enetered. The ambience was great , service top notch, and food ingrained in my memory. The first time I came to this restaurant was during memorial day weekend and I fell in love with the place. I knew from that day I'd be celebrating my first anniversary there as well as many special occasions to come ,and whenever i get the hankerin' for those pumpkin fritters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great authentic south african
    elmicaelVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    great authentic south african food, friendly ambiance, great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for my birthday, and
    Dani
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We went for my birthday, and I had an amazing time. The only complaint I have is that there was not enough lighting by the table we were sitting at. Otherwise, great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thought Madiba was awesome
    BondGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Thought Madiba was awesome in Miami & they are even more so in Brooklyn. Love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.