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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 L.
    Christina LaFonteMay 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Bianca L.
    Bianca LamSeptember 12, 2012
    Get the Ostrich Carpaccio and wings as your appetizer. DELICIOUS - Your welcome :-)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Justin W.
    Justin W.May 12, 2013
    Try the Umngqushu Stambu - Well worth the wait - wonderfully flavorful and rich
  • 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.
  • Ez J.
    Ez JonesSeptember 3, 2013
    Just had sides. Good for vegetarians. Amagwinya, yellow rice and raisins and warm pumpkins fritters.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jackie C.
    Jackie ChevallierFebruary 22, 2014
    Try the bunny chow & the ribs. You will not be disappointed!
  • 🚍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!
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoApril 10, 2016
    What ever you do, ask for the Amagwinya. You won't retreat it!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
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