195 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205-4005Neighborhood:
South AfricanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.madibarestaurant.com/
- Phone: 7188559190x
- 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
- 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.
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.Continued
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.
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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Madiba Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 4, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (31)great for outdoor dining (30)hot spot (29)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (21)special occasion (16)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (10)romantic (10)notable wine list (6)scenic view (1)Show More
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/29/2014Everything was Wonderful. Food was delicious. Chicken wings are the best in the city!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful!BrooklynJellyDined on 8/24/2014I'm from Zimbabwe, so South African food hits pretty close to home. My steak was a perfect medium rare and the biltong was amazing! My boyfriend really enjoyed his fish and chips, too. The service was quick and pleasant, and the wine recommended by our hostess was really good. We had a wonderful experience and can't wait to come back.Special Features:
- Absolutely brilliant.JushVIPDined on 8/22/2014I am south African myself, and never leave reviews- but this deserves a special mention. Not only is the food very authentic and exceptionally delicious, but Madiba has a relaxed vibe and enjoyable soul- definitely worth a visit!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good brunchOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/16/2014Sat outdoors (they are dog friendly) and had a long leisurely brunch. Good food and friendly staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic South African Food!SouthAfrican94Dined on 8/3/2014I went here with my mom and my sister. We're South African and had heard about Madiba from a friend, so we drove for a while to get there. It was well worth the trip! The food is authentic and delicious. The atmosphere is fantastic and the African decorations made us nostalgic. I would recommend this restaurant to all who are open to trying real South African cuisine.Special Features:
- Delicious food in unique ambianceMMMPNYCDined on 8/1/2014Food was fantastic! Ambiance set up so that you really feel like you're in South Africa, Brooklyn. ;) Not giving 5 stars only because of service. Granted, the place was hosting 3+ group birthday parties, but it took a while to get our orders placed and my partner received the wrong dish. It was quickly exchanged, though! So, would highly recommend!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, terrible winevinayaDined on 7/31/2014I went to Madiba with my boyfriend for dinner and we were very excited to try South African food! The place is very casual, theres a lot of people, lot of noise, so pretty loud. We were also surrounded by children! The food was very good but we ordered pinot noir and it came completely chilled!! It tasted horrible. They did offer dessert on the house but we were very full from dinner so declined.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great crowd, great service!RBbedstuyDined on 7/26/2014I'm a vegetarian and there were plenty of options to choose from. The flavors were unique and I'm definitely curious about more of the dishes. Next time I'd like to go and possibly ONLY try appetizers - so many interesting and different things on the menu! The energy in the restaurant is also lovely. It's definitely got a wonderful neighborly feel to it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Home away from homeCarms0808Dined on 7/25/2014I'm South African and haven't had home cuisine in more than three years. The food was really delicious and authentic. I got my husband (who is an adventurous eater) as well as my sister in law (who is not so adventurous) to try a few different things and they loved everything, as did I. The atmosphere was very energetic and I would love to come again when next I am in NYC.Special Features:
- ExquisiteDrmiddkidDined on 7/25/2014Madibas holds a special place in my heart. Amazing food, service and drinks!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service a little lackingOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/24/2014We were given a bottle of water when we first sat down but it was never filled. Server never checked back after meal was served and we waited a long time for our check.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- waiter,there's a fly in my beerbeenbeauDined on 7/23/2014Yes, I found a live fly in my beer bottle and neither the waiter nor the manager seemed to think that was a problem; "A fly in your beer? Here's another bottle" was their attitude. The fact that the fly touched my lips - I almost swallowed it - still makes me shudder. It reflects badly on Madiba's hygiene and service that they were unconcerned. Oh, and the food was only just okay.
- love madibarebmamsDined on 7/19/2014I just love this place - the Mandela vibe is in the air everywhere. The food is delicious and the service is friendly! I just keep coming back b/c food, atmosphere, and service are always terrific!Special Features:
- Great Neighborhood SpotmisterdegaDined on 7/18/2014First time here and loved the vibe. Great service and decent food. Will come back.Special Features:
- YumBettyDined on 7/8/2014I enjoyed my fish and chips with fries. Munched on my friends curry and before you know it I was so full.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic!SuzyBTVVIPDined on 7/1/2014We had been looking forward to Madiba for months— and we were not disappointed. The entire experience was wonderful. This was our first dining visit but it surely will not be our last. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the Mozambican prawns and my husband had the Cape Capensis. Both wonderful treats from the sea!Special Features:
- Hip, but Overpriced Tiny PortionsmuzmamaDined on 6/28/2014Vibrant atmosphere, but service was way too slow, food okay but nothing truly special, undersized and very expensive for what it was. My friend had a veggie curry that was mainly water. They has "run out" of my dish, but I was only told when the rest of our table was served. Glad to have visited this place once, but will not return.Special Features:
- 3rd time not a charmadogDined on 6/21/2014Been here twice before for pre thester dinner ( Polansky Shakespeare). Were in a rush this time. Unfortunately, both service and food fell short. Would try again, but need a breather.Special Features:
- auntieCoo1Dined on 6/21/2014Its was a wedding events on that day, service was slow. We waited 1 hour for our lunch to arrived. Took 2.5 hours to finished the lunch. But the waiter's was good and polite. Otherwise its was good. I have one comment for the maitre's service on that day. He served menu to two other tables that came after us. When I showed my hand signal for service then he came over with the menu. That is not nice. The foods was great. Anyway I will come back again.Special Features:
- enjoyed itBadekoyaDined on 6/15/2014remains a great neighborhood go-to. really nice, homey vibe to it. no pretense, energetic and the food is always good.Special Features:
- Poor ServiceYarakeepinitrealDined on 6/7/2014The atmosphere at the restaurant was nice and relaxing. BUT, the service was not! Our waiter practically jumped on us to get our drinks in with our appetizers and our main course! We barely had a minute to sit down and open the menu's. He was extremely abrupt, almost to the point of being rude. Once we made it clear that we were not ready to order, he disappeared, not to be seen for another 20 minutes! Once he returned, we began ordering drinks, which he swiftly said we might as well not order because the bar was 'backed up' and the bar tender would not make the order for a further 20 minutes.Special Features:
- Transported to another worldfoodexplorerVIPDined on 6/4/2014An excellent menu with offerings cook to perfection, and a staff willing to help navigate the familiar yet somewhat strange. A great example of cultures joining and meeting over the dinner table.Special Features:
- Great food, horrific service.OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/31/2014It's a shame the service here is so appalling, because the food is very good. I would have really enjoyed my experience if the service had been professional. Instead, it was nearly impossible to get acknowledged by the host, every step of the process took a very long time, and our food arrived without silverware and we had to flag someone down to ask for it. Worst of all, as we and the tables near us were waiting for service, we watched servers eating at the station right near our table as well as smoking on the sidewalk, which was not only inconsiderate and unprofessional, but unsanitary.Special Features:
- shamwari89Dined on 5/31/2014Madiba restaurant is a great find! It's nestled in the friendly Fort Greene neighbourhood and with authentic South African fare to match. The restaurant is beautiful decorated with lots of cultural stuff from the saffa saga! The only downside to my experience there was the service - I really felt like I was back in Joburg. I had to wait on the host to finish smoking and my waiter was twirling his dreadlocks while serving, when he managed to get to the table. For the price, the food is worth it but the service could use some sprucing up!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- If Only I lived in BrooklynAngieDined on 5/25/2014Overall I had a great experience at Madiba!! Both my husband and I got a curry meal. I got the curry seafood made bunnychow style. He got the curry lamb with rice. Each came with 5 different sauces to pair with it. The bonus was wach meal comes with a glass of wine for brunch!! In addition we had an appetizer of calimari. My husband liked it so much he had a serving for dessert. If only I lived in Brooklyn, I'm sure we'd frequent this restaurant. The servers are great, the service is quick and the atmopshere is very inviting!Special Features:
- Friendly for the foodie adventurerMASHDined on 5/12/2014If you like the chance to cross a cultural divide, this is a good place for that from the names of some sauces (monkey glands) to the native South African Owner and staff, this place is a fun experience. Dennis one of the owners was hands on and willing to answer questions and hear your comments. I was happy to find my favorite Rooiboos red Bush tea is available for sale there and to observed the customers who didn't mind the wait on Mother's Day for their turn to enjoy the food. Friendly and accomodating staff and our mothers throloughly enjoyed the atmosphere and finding familiar dishes they enjoyed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/11/2014My sister and I took our mother here for Mother's Day. The day was great, the food was yummy and she had a wonderful time. We'll be back for brunch.Special Features:
- Wonderful neighborhood spotOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/7/2014Had a memorable meal the other night, when looking for a spot to eat after a school function around the corner. Loved the eccentric decor and was taken by the aromas in the air. Food was delicious although the service was friendly but a bit slow in the ordering process. Was seated by host and then sat at the table for almost 20 minutes without anyone noticing we had not ordered anything yet. Once food was ordered, things came out quickly and everything was superb. We tried everything from the curry to to the calamari to the oxtail to the salads to the smashed potatoes. we all enjoyed the meal and will definitely be coming back again soon!Special Features:
- Madiba never dissapoints!ShashitaBKDined on 5/7/2014The food, service & ambiance: enjoyable + consistent. I love this South African restaurant & will always support it as long as it's in my neighborhood. The staff is super friendly and efficient. My fave dish is the Tristan da Cunha Lobster Tail (mango & saffron rice w/ lobster tails) and I love the prawns too. I've brought several people here & they've all loved it. Other great dishes: durban-style lamb curry, 1/2 chicken or cornish hen; Chakalaka appetizer has kick but is so yummy. Everything is so flavorful and good. I always stuff my face so much that I never have room for dessert. My favorite drink is the Obama Mama but the sangrias are also good. I'm looking forward to trying the Lupita soon. All in all this is a great place.Special Features:
- The following 73 reviews are from the Madiba Restaurant reviews archive.
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/4/2014I had made a reservation for 6:00 for five but when we arrived there was no table available. The host told us that the table he had intended to give us would be occupied for at least another 45 minutes because the party seated there had just ordered a bottle of wine. He didn't offer us another table, so we left. The restaurant was very crowded with a lot of people outside. Probably a stressful situation for the servers, but one of them was very rude to my friends and told them roughly to get out of the doorway. My friends didn't want to stand in the doorway, but had nowhere else to go.
- problem with over bookingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/3/2014They where over booked made us wait over an hour and after all that sit as out side in the rain Would have left to different spot if was possibleSpecial Features:
- One of Irondale's favoritesNortonDined on 4/22/2014We love Madiba. The people who own, run and staff it are wonderful. The food is unique and the place is really fun. We send audiences, friends, out of town guests there all the time. Never had a bad meal. Always surprising and always good. Wines and beers excellent, too.Special Features:
- Neighborhood gemOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/20/2014Madiba is one of those special neighborhood spots that always delivers on the food, atmosphere and service. Very kid-friendly as well- their kids menu is very reasonably priced. Try the lamb curry or the ribs!Special Features:
- Best foodOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/19/2014I'll never get tired of eating here. The vibe is amazing.Special Features:
- We enjoyed our visit to MadibaGraceBKVIPDined on 4/11/2014We enjoyed our visit to Madiba very much! The menu was varied and I enjoyed the Lambchops while my husband had a vegetarian dish. I loved the accompaniments. But the highlight was the bread pudding - so awesome! Wine selection was reasonable and good as well. It' crowded and the tables are a tight fit but its a fun place to spend an evening!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- interestingujahioDined on 4/8/2014it was my first time eating Southern african cuisine and I cannot complain, I really loved it, though I was the only person from our table that was completely happy with her food. My sister ordered the Lorenzo Marques prawns and said they weren't as flavorful while my brother ordered the Steak and was just ok with it. We also ordered desserts, I'm not a quite fan of sweet stuff so I was sort of scared of trying the Mom's Tipsy Tart since it stated to have dates and nuts but it was quite good, just the right amount of sweet. The Bobotie was on point, I made my siblings try it and they both agreed it was quite good. I'd definitely go back to try more of their curry dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love MadibaACLTriniDined on 4/5/2014Always love their food and service! I was just disappointed that they ran out of my favorite dessert at Madiba--the flourless chocolate cake :(, which is absolutely DELISH! Tell your friends, family and colleagues about this place because you will keep coming back for more!Special Features:
- Great Food and Family FriendlyFortGreenerDined on 4/4/2014We love dining at Madiba with our friends in small and large (~8) groups. Recently we had dinner with the in-laws and our 1.5 year old. The wait staff and owner went out of their way to make us, and the other patrons, feel very special (and they had crayons and paper for my son to play with) . I honestly feel like its the kind of place where "everybody knows your name". And the food and drinks are always delicious. I recommend Madiba for all occasions - it just a fun place to be were the vibes are so good that you feel uplifted after every visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Family get togetherMathewDined on 3/29/2014The restaurant was very crowded and my wife had to ask for the music to be turned down a little so we could hold a conversation. The service was excellent and the food was interesting and quite good, though some of the dishes were a little salty. We will definaty be back. Possibly for lunch next time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodIrishChicksDined on 3/22/2014Recommend making a reservation which we did only a few hours in advance but our wait once we got there was pretty short (Saturday evening and the place was packed) . Great atmosphere and food. True to the South African theme. Tried the curry and ribs both excellent. Definitely worth a trip to BrooklnSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.