Dias Tavern

Address: 15 Caledon Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Telephone: 021 465 7547

- Budget

3.7

This Portuguese taverna serves up traditional eats and live entertainment at the weekend.

Dias Tavern has been going for umpteen years and the menu has remained as it was since the beginning. Come sporting match days it's teeming with regulars who come by for lunch and a chance to settle into the game (there are TVs all over), red wine or beer in hand. Authentic Portuguese food is the order of the day, with the Mozambican influence of spice thrown in as is the norm in South African Portuguese eateries. On weekend nights it turns into a party place with live entertainers singing - a fun night for those who love flashbacks to the eighties.

Food and drink
3.5
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
3.5
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
3.6
90%

Food and drink

Portuguese fare is served, often spiced up with Mozambican twists. Easy drinking wines (plenty of them red) team up well with the varied menu.

Recommended dishes

I always have the trinchado to start - it's cubes of panfried steak served in a spicy gravy served with a basket of bouncy Portuguese white bread to mop up the flavourful sauce. I'm a fan of the chicken livers too, served in a spiced tomato sauce and invariably someone at the table will have the seared steak espetado - a giant skewer of steak dripping with spicy sauce. The seafood is tasty, if a little on the oily side, and the Prego rolls are fabulous.

Ambience

Laid back with no frills and friendly.

Service

Most of the waiters have been here for years - they rule the roost and they know their stuff.

Location

On the outskirts of the central business district.

Price advice

Main courses are, on average, 80 rand.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Live entertainment
  • Chilling out

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