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Madiba Restaurant
Madiba Restaurant

Madiba Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madibarestaurant.com/
  • Email: info@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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Madiba 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!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We 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!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "it 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."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Always 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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Recommend 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 Brookln"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant -- such a friendly, warm, welcoming staff. Fulfills my craving for pap and a glass of good South African wine, the atmosphere is laid-back, funky, warm. Pls don't change anything."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Genuinely- it seems like all different types of people were there, with good reason."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant many times now but this visit was even better than the previous ones. Our waitress was knowledgable, patient, and incredibly sweet. She made wonderful recommendations and seemed so sincere. As usual, the food was delicious, service was great, and I can't wait until the next time."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Curry lamb and lobster dish were good. A little disorganized but good vibe. They definitely need a bigger place."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Every year, two of my friends and I celebrate one of our birthdays at Madiba's Restaurant. Each year the popularity of the restaurant increases and we make sure we arrive in a timely fashion to ensure our reservation. We live in Westchester County, the South Bronx, and in upper Manhattan. This year the food was extraordinary and the ambience uplifting and jovial. We have been eating at the restaurant for at least six years now, and we have never had a disappointing meal. We look forward to returning in the next few weeks."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I normally don't do this, but my experience with Madiba bothered me beyond words. I booked a 7:15pm reservation on February 25th for a party of eight on March 15. When I called 20 minutes before my reservation just to confirm that everything would be in place, the person who picked up the phone was nice enough, but told me there was no reservation under my name. On spelling my last name for Phone Person, he asked if I was a Bryan so and so, which I am not. Got to the restaurant to let the host know that I'm here with a reservation, and he told me to wait "a few minutes". These few minutes turned into an hour and forty minute wait. He seemed to have forgotten about us, and when we did sit, my party of 7 was squeezed in a corner. Don't go..."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We made a reservation on this site for 6 people at 9:15. We arrived on time, if not a bit early, and it was immediately apparent they had no clue of our open table reservation even existed. The place was beyond packed, with many people waiting for seating. Had a great vibe and smelled great, but the indifferent look from the host when I checked on our reservation said it all. This restaurant shouldn't be on this website because they clearly don't have any respect for its purpose. I should have listened to the warnings from other reviewers. Don't say you have an opening, and then tell the party who trekked out to your restaurant that it will be 1.5-2 hours to get seated. That's just poor management."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was slow to come out, but great food, great ambiance, friendly waitstaff. Looking forward to coming back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Disappointed I made a 8pm reservation for a party of eight got there early had to wait two hours before we got a table.the food was worth the wait service was good.for waiting that long we should have gotten a free meal or something."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Thanks for a lovely Saturday lunch in a perfectly-decorated tribute to South Africa & our beloved Madiba. Love the drinks, too!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My partner and I go to this restaurant more often than we'd like to admit. Whenever it's time to eat out, we inevitably pick Madiba. The lamb curry is awesome, the Lorenzo Marquez prawns are delicious, and I've had lots of other great homey South African food here. It's one of the best spots in the neighborhood. It gets crowded, and loud, and service can be quirky but that adds to the charm."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love Madiba, and have been coming for many years. But even though I'm a VIP OpenTable member and booked through OpenTable, We got there early, and were first sat at the bar for dinner - once I said that wasn't going to work we got sat in the middle of everything at a table that was really made for 2 people, and we were 4 people. But the atmosphere was great as was the food, so we just didn't linger, which I had wanted to."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The food was great but the service was excellent - enough to make me come back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This is one of those neighborhood spots that you just have to try. Both times I have visited Madiba I have ordered their curry. The lamb curry is cooked to perfection and my favorite part are the chutneys. And who would have thought I would like rice with raisins (golden) in it? Also a great appetizer is the salmon cake. Perfectly crusty outside and tender inside with a delicious drizzle on the plate to swipe it across. I'm glad it's a short walk away from where I live because it makes it easier to visit over and over again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "And it will take you miles wine list splendid Food was good home cooking with the gourmet touch That will keep me coming back with large groups to take them on a great journey. service was very good charming lady and the owner / host was very cool music was interesting Over all a repeat for the rest of my life."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Outstanding, authentic with a variety of complimenting flavors."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Nice food, nice people in an outstanding ambience. The only problem? I live in Europe, then it will not be easy to come again"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great and the people who work there are very generous!"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the attention to our large party of 8 was spot-on. Thank you, Madiba!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Unique cuisine, terfficly prepared and presented with a cool, welcoming vibe."
    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.."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/15/2013