50 Orange Street
+27 21 42 42 100
Mon – Sat:12:00pm – 11pm
“Societi Bistro is a neighbourhood ‘local’. For 11 years, we have been a sanctuary for Capetonians and visitors looking for a home from home. More than cuisine – it’s a way of life – taking time to savour a meal and enjoy the company of family and friends. We love it! It’s an extension of our homes.” – Peter Weetman, Owner
A bistro is, in its original Parisian incarnation, a small restaurant serving simple meals in a modest setting. Bistros were defined mostly by the foods they served: French home-style cooking, and slow-cooked foods. As time has progressed, the definition of bistros has evolved to encapsulate the fact that they are establishments that serve rural food in an urban setting, welcoming more cuisines than just French. Societi Bistro echo this very homely environment by serving un-garnished humble fair in our warm moody space. Their guests are festive, casual and, like the Parisian children of the revolution, occasionally exuberant! We love fine dining, but that is simply not what we are about.
Wherever possible, their dishes are prepared with the finest, locally-sourced, organic ingredients. One of the few exceptions is the prawns which are procured from the north Indian Ocean, and are therefore frozen.
Societi Bistro maintains the cold chain right up to the point of preparation to ensure the freshness of your meal, which if ordered medium-rare or less, will be cold in the centre. The beef is matured for 28 to 32 days, allowing the meat to drain, thus improving the tenderness and enriching the flavour of your steak. Though the source of Societi Bistro inspiration is European, they have found the local palate more attuned to a pasta or risotto cooked beyond al dente. Should you prefer al dente, our chefs will gladly oblige.
The meals are designed with a commitment to they bistro philosophy, balanced by what the guests’ tastes have taught them over the past decade. Societi Bistro appreciate that trends are always changing – should you have any off-menu dietary requirements (for example, gluten-free or vegetarian options) please feel free to send them an email at least 48 hours ahead of your booking.
Casual and informal bistro with a great little bar next door, The Snug.