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 June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (30)hot spot (28)great for outdoor dining (25)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (15)special occasion (14)late-night find (13)romantic (11)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded, But Good
    Joel
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Went on a Friday night. PACKED! Wait was about 40 minutes...but that was because there was HUGE party in the rear. Hostess was alert. Food was good. Would go maybe on a regular weekday. Great music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South African food (Loved it)
    NiaLUVSnyc
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I took my friend there for her birthday last Saturday and she loved the place, Thank GOD I made a reservation on Open Table because the place was PACKED! I know why ... the ambiance is GREAT and the food is even Better. My Waitress and all the staff was so polite and welcoming. I would DEFINITELY be going back and YES I do recommend Madiba, if you want an ethnic taste of South Africa that is full of FLAVOR. Book a table on Open Table esp if you are going on FRIDAY or SATURDAY otherwise you are good! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Bobotie ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    The food was better South African food than I had in South Africa. Great, fresh salad followed by bobotie and malva pudding. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back!
    PalB
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    This was my second time at Madiba and first for my husband. All in all it was an experience to remember. Will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The food and service were outstanding. The beer selection could use an upgrade as well as the AC but all in all this is a great dining experience and a must for the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab in Fort Greene
    Roux58
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Madiba is one of those places you haven't been for a couple of years and upon your return, you say, why don't we eat here more often. Excellent South African food and really fun vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a Brooklyn foodie recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    The ambiance is meant to feel like you are in a township in South Africa, very small, tight fit, loud, and HOT! I loved my lamb chops. Had a good time but at 90 degrees outside, we could have used a little more AC inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.