Madiba Restaurant

Madiba Restaurant

African Restaurant$$$$
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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  • Nate F.
    "bobotie and chakalaka for dinner"(8 Tips)
    NabeWise
    "South African food with a super awesome ambiance."(3 Tips)
    Sheila C.
    "The peri peri prawns and the Obama mama are awesome"(4 Tips)
    Bianca L.
    "Get the Ostrich Carpaccio and wings as your appetizer."(4 Tips)
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  • Otelo B.
    Otelo BurningOctober 31, 2012
    Madiba is a staple in the BK community located in Ft. Greene. Gives u the feeling of visiting your favorite cousin's home. Great selection of SA wines & phenomenal food! Great w/friends or a date!
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VApril 15, 2014
    Brunch was decent. We didn't venture too deep in the menu this time, but there are some great curry items I hope to try in the future. Get the pitcher of Obama Mama. You won't regret it
  • martha d.
    martha dentonApril 3, 2016
    It's all really good here. Staff is really friendly and will share their faves. We ate the bush mans brunch with a side of fried sourdough bread and it was yummy. (But not even close to low calorie).
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Come before 20:00 and then get the chicken wings and samosas as appetizers, and then as mains the Bobotie and the Baby Back Ribs with monkey gland sauce are out of this world. Read more
  • Lisa
    LisaJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything.The burgers big, the rice delish, the prawns massive & the selection of S.African wine perfection. Very much a neighborhood place with a lively bunch of regulars but everyone feels at home
  • Aidah Z.
    Aidah Z. M.January 31, 2015
    The grilled Calamari appetizer will make you question why you every liked it fried. Then try the flavorful Beryani with lamb, which makes your tastebuds dance and top it off with the Bread Pudding.
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren ElizabethDecember 12, 2016
    This place is awesome. A little unorganized when I was there but cool decor and best samies ever. Get the Vetkoek samie if you like mango chutney and pair it with a South African brew.
  • Lindsey Y.
    Lindsey YooOctober 8, 2014
    Get the Amagwinya: fried sourdough filled with a juicy, flavorful beef mixture & served with a sweet chutney. Food is delicious, but the spotty, slow service keeps this place from becoming a standout.
  • Simone
    SimoneSeptember 3, 2013
    I walk by this restaurant often and it seems to always be busy. Now i know why. The vegetable curry served with beryani rice was tasty. The restaurant has many vegetarian options. We will back!
  • DeShaun H.
    DeShaun HarrisMay 1, 2011
    Went for second time & food was again delightful! I had lobster tail w/saffron rice in a sweet chutney + an Obama Mama rum drink (mmmm). My companion had a lamb curry w/tasting palette. Also delish.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 22, 2010
    They brought Bobotie to Choice Eats- traditional Cape May curried mince bake (meatloaf) with an egg custard tuppine & shaved almonds. Served with yellow rice and raisins, complimented with sambas. It
  • Dave D.
    Dave DawsonSeptember 12, 2013
    Delicious food in one of my favorite neighborhoods. Grab a table outside and do some people watching while you wait for your Bunny Chow to arrive!
  • Patricia V.
    Patricia VoightFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Peri peri wings are a must. I also recommend the prawns, boboti, and Durban bunny chow. Tusker beer and ginger beer will quench your thirst.
  • Doctore A.
    Doctore AguacateNovember 13, 2014
    Aside from the obvious winners, the pumpkin side dish is a perfect sweet component to the meal, and excellent sub for slightly savory dessert.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 31, 2011
    Taste - Ostrich carpaccio; chiken livers peri-peri; safari platter (cured, dried, salted meat with nuts and fruit); potjie bredie. Note: The name "Madiba" pays homage to Nelson Mandela. Read more
  • Kibbie
    KibbieJune 16, 2012
    I love this place. It has a great vibe & atmosphere. Get the Durban Bonny chow curry with seafood! The spices are like an aphrodisiac.
  • Lisa
    LisaJanuary 25, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Nothing but love. Outdoor seating in nice weather. Friendly, food consistent for over 17 years. Great music, regulars, lots of laughter
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always friendly service, hip scene, delicious food and no better place to chill out on dekalb in the summer.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Curries are a bit spicy for small ones. Try the bobotie and chakalaka for dinner, and the malva pudding for dessert.
  • Christina K.
    Christina KirschMay 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My new fav place! Love the earthy, delicious food and the cute ambiance. Try the whiting fish app, you wont be disappointed!
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorFebruary 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sort of like Cheers in ft Greene. A comfy place where everyone knows your name. Recommend the chicken curry.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorrisonOctober 18, 2010
    Great food (samoosas, chakala, bunny chow!), drinks, atmosphere, service! One of my favorite restaurants anywhere! Was recommended by a Durban native.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 17
    It's not cheap, but the food and cocktails are tasty, the atmosphere is great and the staff are friendly, helpful and very welcoming. Overall, a pretty great spot!
  • Angela
    AngelaJune 12, 2016
    The lamb chops and the lamb bunny chow were fantastic. Get the Obama mama too!
  • Antoine (IHMDJ!)
    Antoine (IHMDJ!)January 11, 2010
    We always get the Curry Durban or Roti, its <insert expletive> amazing! Havent been terribly impressed with anything else on the menu, but still go back again and again just for the curry.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MackApril 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb chops and the chicken wings and Obama punch will leave you feeling good and full!
  • Elsa J.
    Elsa JennaJanuary 27, 2014
    Really good. The lamb chops and the prawns are delicious. Food is kinda pricy though!
  • James Z.
    James ZimenoffMarch 8, 2015
    Food was excellent, a must for anyone into international cuisine.
  • Bianca L.
    Bianca LamSeptember 12, 2012
    Get the Ostrich Carpaccio and wings as your appetizer. DELICIOUS - Your welcome :-)
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HermanMarch 31
    The interior of this restaurant is lovely but the food is so-so and the cocktails are not interesting nor even good. Restaurant is only worth coming to say you've been to a South African restaurant.
  • Ifeoluwa
    IfeoluwaFebruary 16, 2015
    Skip the oxtail. If you want flavorful oxtail, stick with your neighborhood Caribbean restaurant. The Bobotie was the tastiest thing my party ordered.
  • Justin W.
    Justin W.May 12, 2013
    Try the Umngqushu Stambu - Well worth the wait - wonderfully flavorful and rich
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SheppardMarch 9, 2015
    Loved the fish n chips, they're nice and vinegary. The cocktails are a little too sweet for me.
  • Ez J.
    Ez JonesSeptember 3, 2013
    Just had sides. Good for vegetarians. Amagwinya, yellow rice and raisins and warm pumpkins fritters.
  • Quarnell L.
    Quarnell L.March 1, 2013
    The roti is like soup with a flat fried bake. You will be disappointed if you are expecting a Trinidadian style roti.
  • Kako
    KakoNovember 4, 2012
    Nice atmosphere. Perfect to chill out on Sunday evening.
  • Phil K.
    Phil KatzApril 23, 2016
    Wonderful atmosphere, inventive food and drink menu, great outdoor seating
  • Carolyn
    CarolynApril 4, 2015
    The grilled veggies, lamb curry and jerky were all fantastic.
  • Walter A.
    Walter AndersonApril 6, 2013
    Crusted salmon yellow rice and raisins with the salad. 10% discount with first check in on four square. Makes it
  • Ab
    AbAugust 27, 2016
    Bring friends. Cut up a little. Try the bobotie. Cocktail was regala tho.
  • Rhonda K.
    Rhonda KhanJuly 20, 2013
    Great ambiance! Delicious food. Try the Seafood Curry Breyani style!
  • NabeWise
    NabeWiseAugust 30, 2011
    South African food with a super awesome ambiance. Interesting dishes and drinks. A little pricey.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GMay 19, 2012
    Make sure you have tons of time. Service is as slow as it gets. Wings and curry are delicious.
  • 🚍DP "The Flx 1975"🚍
    The Staff is cool and the food is very very good! Yebo Burger with Cheddar Cheese was FANTASTIC! and Damn good Moheitos!
  • Isaac S.
    Isaac SJune 14, 2015
    The roti is fantastic and the garlic bread. The vegetable curry too!
  • Jackie C.
    Jackie ChevallierFebruary 22, 2014
    Try the bunny chow & the ribs. You will not be disappointed!
  • Yiannis
    YiannisOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Step 1: Order Chakalaka & Slap Chips. Step 2: Dump Former over later. Step 3: Eat it w/ your face. Step 4: Thank me & tip your server.
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoApril 10, 2016
    What ever you do, ask for the Amagwinya. You won't retreat it!
  • Ernst-Jan P.
    Ernst-Jan PfauthSeptember 22, 2012
    South-African food (hence the Mandela ref), great terrace and a gorgeous waitress from Argentina. Guess who.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.February 25, 2011
    Try the lamb bunny chow and the wings! Prepare for a kick of pepper with the wings though!
  • Tatiana D.
    Tatiana DorochinaOctober 19, 2013
    Good ostrich carpaccio and lamb chops. Cornmeal and cabaggey sides are blah.
  • Sheila K.
    Sheila KhaembaJuly 13, 2014
    The Chutney they use with their Samosas is Awesome
  • Karlie H.
    Karlie HustleJanuary 23, 2012
    Try the prawns! And the chakalaka beans are wild tasty. Yum!
  • Ron S.
    Ron SSeptember 8, 2013
    Great pap! Roti was nice and hot. Good texture and taste.
  • Darrell C.
    Darrell CortezApril 13, 2012
    The food is phenomenal. Had calamari, rice and the marvel cake
  • naveen
    naveenMay 1, 2016
    lamb curry with rice pilav. vegetable samosas to start.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    salmon cake was a tasty starter
  • Maura W.
    Maura WhiteApril 7, 2012
    Get the lamb chops & pap and the lava cake - AMAZING!
  • Maru R.
    Maru RegalziFebruary 8, 2015
    Kalkys fish parcel with beer and chocolate indulgence for dessert... Love it!!
  • Jevaun H.
    Jevaun HowellNovember 23, 2010
    This place is AWESOME. Do yourself a favor and get the Mulva pudding for dessert. SO GOOD!
  • MixedBunny
    MixedBunnyMarch 20, 2011
    Service was disappointing; however, I had the lamb dish + guava cosmo. Both were v good! Loved the ambiance
  • Darrin Benjamin M.
    Darrin Benjamin MaxwellNovember 4, 2011
    Oh boy, the lobster tail in butter cream sauce....not the same as when I had it a year ago, but always sumptuous.
  • Jhokania D.
    Jhokania D.July 6, 2014
    Although the host that attended us was great, our waiter(s) was awful. We had a total of 3 diff ppl serving us food, & they never checked on us. I had the lobster tail - not a fan. Ribs were good.
  • Christian
    ChristianAugust 28, 2014
    Awesome food, good service. Enjoy some Crabbie's while waiting for your order.
  • Simone B.
    Simone BlumSeptember 18, 2011
    Everything is good here. Food, service, and south African wines
  • Jabari P.
    Jabari PedżDecember 30, 2011
    Try to get an end table because the seating is tight. Make sure to grab the servers attention because they will forget you.
  • Sheila C.
    Sheila CoxMay 17, 2013
    The peri peri prawns and the Obama mama are awesome
  • Amina H.
    Amina HussainAugust 30, 2014
    Loved the oxtail soup and chakalaka
  • Cate B.
    Cate BarrettAugust 16, 2015
    Lamb curry bunny chow and boerewoers were fantastic
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    chicken curry roti style
  • Nyasha_Nicole
    Nyasha_NicoleMay 10, 2013
    Wooo wee Foursquare just gave me 10%...loving my entire meal and the service
  • Maeva R.
    Maeva RenaudApril 22, 2013
    The chicken wings are spicy but great!
  • Jessica
    Jessica1 week ago
    Great curry and overall great vibe
  • Cristina F.
    Cristina F-MJanuary 6, 2010
    can't go wrong with samosas or lamb curry bunny chow. lamb chops were great, though chops themselves were pretty small.
  • Aman M.
    Aman MaysonJanuary 24, 2015
    Lamb bunny chow and Mozambique prawns - yummm!!
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RojasDecember 30, 2012
    Try the Peri Peri Chicken Livers - Excellent
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MackAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The lamb chops are like meat candy!
  • Gozi
    GoziMay 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The Pap & Vleis is super tasty. So good.
  • Kerrin E.
    Kerrin EgalkaSeptember 9, 2010
    Bunny Chow is excellent here! Same with the house ginger beer :)
  • J F.
    J FoxMarch 30, 2013
    I really, really want to love this place. But service was terrible & our food was cold (would have been delicious). Frustrating! Steep prices & not even a check up for alcohol ($$)...smdh. Just sayin
  • Leanne Z.
    Cool vibes and standout food.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 7, 2015
    Curried frikkadels & the nana s milk tart
  • Nadia N.
    Nadia NeophytouOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, good vibe, done in true South African spirit!
  • Freda M.
    Freda MoonJune 8, 2013
    It's a bit pricey for the portion size, but I'm partial to the lamb curry roti.
  • Darrin Benjamin M.
    Lobster tail with garlic mango cream sauce
  • Teddy W.
    Teddy WeinbergNovember 15, 2014
    Bobotie and curries Bunny Chow Style. So good.
  • Clarissa T.
    Clarissa TartarJune 10, 2016
    Order one of the Durban curries…fantastic!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmootSeptember 15, 2016
    Great food and atmosphere! Enjoying eating there.
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GregoryAugust 8, 2014
    The Durban bunny chow is excellent
  • Anna D.
    Anna DApril 6, 2015
    The wait was sooo long, we did get free drinks on the house but man, 45 minutes really?
  • Spike
    SpikeJuly 25, 2012
    Owner said to us "you can eat my food or bigger off". Surprisingly, we stayed. An hour later, we're still waiting for the food. Thinking about buggering off.
  • Tim d.
    Tim de GierSeptember 22, 2012
    Very good South African food. Pap en boerewors.
  • daniel h.
    daniel harveyAugust 16, 2011
    Be sure to try the whiskey milkshakes.
  • Toia C.
    Toia Capelli ScabbiaJanuary 24, 2015
    Bobotie was so good!
  • Naim S.
    Naim SheriffFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    50% off via scoutmob. Get the babotie & chocolate indulgence
  • Daisy R.
    Daisy RMay 26, 2013
    Very slow and bad service. The sweet potato quiche is amazing though and so was the burger.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 7, 2015
    Joburg Joller is a killer cocktail
  • Noble Hill wines
    Noble Hill winesJune 9, 2011
    Boerwors with a bottle of Noble Hill Syrah... just like on the vineyard!
  • christina l.
    christina loveMarch 28, 2010
    amarula!! yum. the lamb bunny thing was delicious. about to try the traditional salad--
  • DJ R.
    DJ RatchetNovember 21, 2015
    Garlic bread good app
  • Leo S.
    Leo SkvirskiySeptember 16, 2015
    Очень приятное место, чуть слегка дороговатое. Но зато африканские товары продаются, ну и на людей поглазеть интересно.
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