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Cafe Balalaika

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Corner Independence Ave & Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia
+264 61 223 479
Mon - Thu 08:30 - 17:30
Fri 08:30 - 15:00
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

A great venue. We didn't book on a Friday night but were seated straight away. Prompt drinks order and lovely outdoor seating area with wood burners (though a bit dark to read the menu). Lovely food served promptly. Sautéed game with spinach, steaks and oryx kebabs, great pasta for the kids too. Would definitely visit again if in Windhoek good... More 

Thank Sam I
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Also known as Cafe Zoo, this place is well located in a park. I had a nice lunch here, overlooking kids playing on a Saturday afternoon. The service was attentive and the food was quite good, especially very reasonably priced. My husband had a great shrimp dish and I had a fantastic vegetarian dish with peanut butter sauce. Good food,... More 

Thank A J
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Called in for lunch. What I wanted was not on the menu but my request was meet with a smile. Good food and excellent service. Highly recommended.

Thank Hugh C
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2014

Excellent location. Went for a lunch on a hot summer weekend in September. The location is fantastic, lush green park, big shaddy tree for those sittin outside. Independence Avenue is clean and picturesque in itself. Service at Zoo Park was dreadful. Only one waiter was friendly after noticing the awful attitude of her co-workers. Our drinks order was wrong, twice... More 

Thank Kingsley M
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Zoo Cafe as some would call it, is situated in zoo park downtown windhoek. It has a very nice atmosphere most of the time. Nice music and a great selection of food (i found the west african selection of rice and stew dishes, as well as gari hit close to home :) )Service is definitely not the best but if... More 

Thank EKMO
Atlanta, GA USA
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The location for this restaurant is excellent, right at Zoo Park, and lots of outdoor seating amongst the trees. I have been there twice since they reopened and have found the service to be slow, the food to be good to very good (depending on the item) and wine selection has been good. I consider it to be a very... More 

Thank MF_Tractor_guy
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Had lunch, ginger pinch drink was really nice, the ginger pork curry really scrumptious, the chicken dish of the day was great, service was good, great site and nice relaxed atmosphere. Wished I had space for the cakes but...... Worth a try

Thank black2327
Windhoek, Namibia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Friendly waitress, but after an hour of waiting, we were told there were no pork chops, also 4 cocktails on the menu ''. So it took 2 hours for the food to arrive ultimately. (1 barman and 1 chef on a busy night?). The ingredients were out. Food is over priced although average. A customer from the table next to... More 

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Hengelo, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Good food, fresh. Good personnel, takes your wishes into account. Well taken care of joint. Wifi is a pré.

Thank Chuparuedas
1 review
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Absolutely regret patronizing this Cafe. Terrible service - we waited 50 minutes for three omelets and a curry. The omelets were burnt and the waitress neglected to tell us that the menu was incredibly misleading when it comes to the sides that come with maindishes. We were definitely overcharged and lied to about the final total of the meal. Tourists... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Independence Ave & Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Khomas Region  >  Windhoek
  • Phone Number: +264 61 223 479

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?