Madiba Restaurant
Madiba Restaurant

Madiba Restaurant

  • 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
    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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Madiba Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (32)hot spot (29)great for outdoor dining (26)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (15)special occasion (14)late-night find (13)romantic (10)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • interesting
    ujahio
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Madiba
    ACLTrini
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Family Friendly
    FortGreener
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family get together
    Mathew
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    IrishChicks
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who doesn't love Madiba?
    YumFam
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Genuinely- it seems like all different types of people were there, with good reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Dinner
    NYCEATER
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Curry lamb and lobster dish were good. A little disorganized but good vibe. They definitely need a bigger place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Wooky
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful service!
    jjstarheart
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Integrity to Open Table
    howie
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • March Madness
    Unhappy29thbirthday
    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...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday Brunch
    eater
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was slow to come out, but great food, great ambiance, friendly waitstaff. Looking forward to coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed I made a 8pm
    poohbear
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for a lovely Saturday
    mhabwe
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disorganized but the food is always
    TastefulDinerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent curries
    JennC
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    GemmyVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food was great but the service was excellent - enough to make me come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie spot
    Ordacity
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a inch
    bigbellyman
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.