Ever find yourself wondering ‘what are the best restaurants near me’? Cape Town has such a huge foodie scene that it can be difficult to choose between the hundreds of great restaurants. Take your cue from those who know the city best. Wonder no more, here is a list of restaurants in Cape Town recommended by locals! Bon appetit.
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Officially the best restaurant in the world in 2019 according to the World Restaurant awards, this charming piece of West Coast bliss is just 2 hours out of Cape Town in the small fishing village of Paternoster. Chef Kobus van der Merwe forages daily for the ingredients for his very special dishes.
This widely-acclaimed restaurant in Constantia offers a refined dining experience without pretentiousness. With a simple yet finely-crafted dinner menu of 2 tapas, a main, and a dessert, the restaurant also offers an entire plant-based menu that makes it the perfect spot for vegans and vegetarians to get experience Capetonian fine-dining.
Although its speciality is seafood—and is regarded by many as one of the best seafood restaurants in the city—Lemon Butta has an extensive menu, ranging from vegetarian to various beef cuts. It also has an extensive kids menu. But we recommend you try their signature Whole Baked Line Fish, a Mediterranean inspired dish cooked to perfection on an open flame.
If it is meat you’re after, you need to look no further than Hussar Grill a restaurant chain famed for its meat dishes. The original Hussar Grill first opened its doors in Rondebosch but has since branched out into Green Point, Camps Bay, Constantia, Willowbridge, Paarl and Stellenbosch. The mains are all about the meat—although there are some fish and chicken dishes on offer—with some serious options like the carpetbagger, filet moutarde and more destined to fill your belly. There is also an extensive wine list to complement the meat and to ensure you don’t go thirsty.
THE INDIAN CHAPTER
This family-run restaurant has made a name for itself with its warm, homely ambience combining brilliantly with a menu boasting authentic Indian cuisine. Regarded as one of the best spots in the city for curry, owner Prim Reddy is often on hand to interact personally with guests.
Tuck into a hearty meal at the famous Beleza Restaurant and Bar in the eclectic area of Tamboerskloof – and you’ll be hooked! Portuguese and Italian inspired restaurant is perched between Burnside and Kloofnek Road in Tamboerskloof and enjoys being the melting pot for the diverse tastes of the area and surrounds! Their menu reads like a global fairy-tale with dishes from Mozambique, Lisbon, Madeira, Goa and of course, Italy and Portugal – certainly able to cater to every taste.
Lufefe Nomjana is the Spinach King of Khayelitsha, and his healthy township deli is making waves for being the first of its kind. Situated at the Khayelitsha mall, Spinach King offers muffins, bread, spinach pizza bases and spinach juice – all at amazing prices. While you’re in the area you can check out some of the other great things Khayelitsha has to offer.
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Set in a historical manor on the beautiful Vergenoegd Wine Estate—just 25 minutes outside of Cape Town—this fantastic fine-dining restaurant provides diners with a comfortable and intimate atmosphere, combined with superb service and fantastic food, prepared with an emphasis on simple, fresh fare with an undercurrent of modern techniques.
FAMOUS BUTCHERS GRILL
Famous Butchers Grill is a comfortable and laid-back setting for all occasions. Whether you’re planning to charm your date, or hoping to close an important deal with a business client, the Butcher’s Grill is a great choice.
RICK’S CAFÉ AMERICAIN
Walking into Rick’s Cafe has the same feeling as walking into a friend’s home for dinner. The ambience is comfortable, to say the least, with decor reminiscent of the movie classic “Casablanca” with its stylish colonial Moroccan tones accompanied by lounge music filtering through the 100-year-old Victorian building. Immerse yourself in the warm ambience and eclectic decor in our 80 seater restaurant with its three fireplaces and bar, or enjoy the relaxed, vibey loft lounge and cocktail bar spilling out onto a roof deck with breathtaking views of the mountains.
The Blanko Restaurant at the historic Alphen Hotel is fine dining with a difference. Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and for lunch on Sundays, the menu offers simple, but sophisticated meals, with meat, fish and vegetarian dishes available. House within the old Manor House, Blanko lends itself to an intimate and luxurious experience.
THE CONSERVATORY AT THE CELLARS HOHENORT
The restaurant at The Cellars Hohenort uses fresh produce from the gardens, which are then incorporated into its seasonal menu. Having been built around a 200-year-old oak tree and with a backdrop of Table Mountain and the camphor trees at its foot, The Conservatory exudes a comfortable and laidback ambience, which is paired wonderfully with its sophisticated menu.
The latest venue from the Harbour’s House Group, Tiger’s Milk has quickly become one of the most popular spots to hang your coat at for the night in Muizenberg. Offering top-notch “dude food”, pizzas, burgers, ribs and craft beer, a second venue has just opened in Long Street.
96 WINERY ROAD RESTAURANT
This inviting countryside venue is best known for its excellent service and inspired seasonal menu. True to its name, the restaurant also boasts over 320 vintages. So there’s that…
Welcoming brasserie in the successful ‘Societi’ mould. The ambience is friendly and unpretentious; hearty seasonal menus and daily specials reflect the best produce available from local artisanal suppliers. Savour classic brasserie fare like croque-monsieur and soupe à l’oignon gratinée; tuck into best-selling steak au poivre, risotto and home-made pasta. Large selection of bespoke local beers and well-priced winelist.
Classy and sophisticated, but warm, friendly and unpretentious, Il Leone is a Cape Town favourite. As would be expected, pasta is the name of the game here, but there are also a number of meat dishes as well as fish and risotto if you aren’t seeking out Italian fare.
The Hout Bay restaurant is well known for its pizzas—which are out of this world—but there is far more on offer with plenty of pasta dishes—including a wheat-free option—to tantalise your taste buds. There are also some seriously decadent desserts, including a chocolate fondue and sweet pizzas.
Ristorante Posticino first opened its doors in Sea Point in 1998 and such was its popularity it had to expand to accommodate all the patrons lining up to sample Enrico and Gioacchino’s fabulous dishes. The duo has since opened up a second store in Hout Bay and continue to serve meals with simple, fresh ingredients. The menu has a wide variety, while both restaurants are child-friendly with a warm atmosphere,
One of the best seafood restaurants in the city, Codfather is something of an institution. Fantastic seafood and sushi are further complemented by a warm inviting ambience and epic views of the ocean.
With one of the best views in the Helderberg, both sea and mountain, Steffanie’s continues to rank amongst the best – and most loved – restaurants in Somerset West. Enjoy a light lunch on the terrace—space is limited—or something more substantial from the main menu like the Crispy Duck or Grilled Kingklip. Cap it off with some decadent dessert as you soak in the views and vibe of Steffanie’s.
DE GRENDEL RESTAURANT
A fine dining experience in a refined setting overlooking the De Grendel wine farm vineyards and Table Mountain. Many of the items on the seasonal menu are grown and sourced from the farm, while the De Grendel wines are available at cellar door prices. Popular for Sunday lunches, the De Grendel Restaurant is a perfect escape from the city hustle.
A mainstay at the V&A Waterfront, Balducci’s has a great vibe and an extensive wine list to go along with its menu, which offers a huge variety, from steak to pizza and sushi to pasta.
FAT HARRY’S RELOADED
A favourite of the Southern Suburbs crowd, Fat Harry’s is making waves with its reasonably priced craft beer offerings and burger menu. Sure, you are still going to fork out more for the CBCs and Devil’s Peak brews than your mass-produced beers, but at Fat Harry’s you won’t necessarily be breaking the bank.
CITY GRILL, V&A WATERFRONT
Set in the Waterfront overlooking the harbour, this stylish steakhouse is well-known for its full flavoured grills. The menu offers up a variety of dishes that are sure to please any foodie, plus sweeping views of the waterfront.
Known as Mucky Mary in the morning for a variety of breakfasts until late in the day, the Bitch’s Tits for lunchtime and by night (from 5pm) as the Dog’s Bollocks, this quirky venue serves up something for everyone. Think breakfast hotdogs, philly cheese steaks, gourmet burgers and craft beer. Deluxe Coffee Works also has its HQ here so great coffee for all!
Tryn, formerly called Catharina’s aptly named after the original owner of the land, is headed up by chef Kerry Kilpin and has a relaxed atmosphere that guests can enjoy. There is locally made custom furniture and sweeping views of False Bay and the vineyards from this restaurant.
SOUTH CHINA DIM SUM BAR
Don’t let the name fool you, this restaurant offers up cuisine that comes not only from China, but also Singapore, Vietnam and other Asian countries. It’s Asian street food at its best with dishes such as Winton Mein, danta (a Hong Kong-style egg custard tart) and different types of bao (a steamed bun with various fillings).
THE BLACK SHEEP
Located in the city, the Black Sheep has constantly changing dishes that get written up on the blackboard on a daily basis. Even with three dining levels, the space is intimate and comfortable and the perfect place to enjoy the delicious meals on offer. There’s also a side-street bar should you only wish to pop in for a drink or two.
CLARKE’S BAR AND DINING ROOM
Serving all-day breakfasts, and renowned for their decadent burgers, this is where you will find local craft beers such as Jack Black Lager and Darling Brew Native Ale. It is also a perfect spot for people watching.
GRAND AFRICA CAFE AND BEACH
The Grand Africa Café’s white beach sand setting is a fun and casual atmosphere for summer. They have won the hearts of many with a chic, bistro-style menu and the feet-in-the-sand dining experience.
This vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the city centre serves up fresh meals, juices and smoothies. Plant prides itself on offering up clean and healthy foods without taking away from the delicious taste.
THE CHEF’S WAREHOUSE
A Bree Street favourite, the Chef’s Waterhouse is known for its tapas board that changes on an almost daily basis. Chef Liam Tomlin is great at what he does and all the food on the menu is innovative and delectable. The space is small and relaxed and there are various cooking ingredients and utensils on sale as well.
A popular Bree Street restaurant, Bocca has a small, but diverse menu, with pastas, Neopolitan pizza and more. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner with friends, Bocca is also a great place to gather for after-work drinks.
MOZART ON CHURCH
Sit in the shade of the trees amongst the art galleries and antique dealers. Mozart on Church is the place to relax and watch the city go by. Browse the antique traders tables. This quirky café has been here since 1970. Try their world famous baked cheesecake or Apple Strudel or relax under the trees with a glass of wine. Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch from 9 am to 5 pm.
Want to dine underneath the stars? You can do so at the Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson Hotel. This fine dining establishment is known for its ceiling that looks like the night sky, along with a galaxy themed carpet and a sparkling chandelier. Ched Rudy Liebenberg serves delicious meals to pair with the intimate setting.
*The Mount Nelson is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Based at the Cape Grace Hotel, Signal Restaurant is known for delicious Cape cuisine as prepared by executive chef Malika van Reenen. Pulling on the local heritage, the food is sourced from local farmers and suppliers to keep it fresh and is turned into beautiful dishes in the restaurant.
*Cape Grace Hotel is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
GREENHOUSE AT THE CELLARS HOHENORT
Another of Cape Town’s most impressive specimens housed in the valley, Greenhouse has a number of awards on its shelves thanks to three sensational tasting menus alongside the a la carte menu, expertly paired with some of Cape Town’s best wines.
ZEPI GRILL & BAR
At home at the Tsogo Sun Square, Zepi is a modern restaurant in the Gardens suburb of Cape Town. Favourite dishes include Bazaruto chicken and fillet, rump steak and lamb chops grilled to perfection. There are also daily blackboard specials to enjoy. Arrive early for some drinks on the terrace.
KE-MONATE RESTAURANT AT SIGNAL GUN
The Restaurant at Signal Gun is all about eating great food and enjoying our selection of superb wines from the Durbanville Wine Valley, which is sure to satisfy all tastes. Enjoying all of this in a relaxed atmosphere.
Making a statement on the corner of Oxford Street and Wellington Road is Soet Bistro with its stylish exterior. Soet offers great coffee, delicious baked cakes and sweet treats as well as fresh foods such as homemade burgers.
Olympia is one of the better known places in Kalk Bay and it’s easy to see why. This bustling eatery keeps their menu simple with a chalk board with the day’s food on it. Everything is prepared from scratch and portions are large. The setting is rustic and the staff are friendly. The space is small and popular so get there early to secure a table. Around the corner from this eatery is the famous bakery with the red door. Here you can buy all the yummy pastries served at Olympia plus pick up some delicious Truth coffee.
DUTCH HAVEN BISTRO
Looking for an authentic Dutch experience? Look no further than Dutch Haven Bistro. Here you can pick up a real Dutch Krokketen and bitterballenm with a Grolsch beer. They have a special menu for babies, a play area for the 0 to 3-year-old children, plus a larger jungle gym. Plus there are screens for live sporting events.
FRED & MAX
This trendy Somerset West spot is where all the trendsetters of Somerset West hang out. With gourmet burgers, a variety of drinks and an overall relaxed and chilled atmosphere, Fred & Max has made a name for itself in the local community.
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