Connoisseurs of great wine, cuisine, and joie de vivre should head to Cape Town. From the lively food markets to the bustling café culture of Kloof Street and Bree Street, you’ll find a wide variety of delights in Cape Town.
Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, and Stellenbosch are just a few of Cape Town’s vineyards where you can find some of the city’s best restaurants. While global provenance-driven farm-to-fork movements have impacted local cuisine, they have also altered regional culinary traditions and indigenous, often foraged flavors. To acquire a table in the best restaurants, you’ll have to compete with other diners or become friends with the concierge at your hotel. We’ve already completed some of the more time-consuming tasks for your convenience. According to us, these are some of the most fantastic restaurants in Cape Town.
1. Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
This buzzing Restaurant is the gorgeous sister of the outstanding Chefs’ Warehouse Pinchos & Wine bar in the city center. It provides a menu of fine-dining-quality worldwide tapas, served with breathtaking views of the famed vine-covered valley.
Chef Ivor Jones, co-owner of Beau Constantia with Liam Tomlin, has developed a wonderful assortment of innovative meals focusing on freshly produced food from the farm’s gardens and a dash of Southeast Asian flavors. Coupled with the breathtaking location, stylish surroundings, and panoramic views, this dining experience is worthy of a letter home.
2. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock)
Dining at this stylish Old Biscuit Mill restaurant, located on the top floor of the silo complex, provides stunning views of trendy Woodstock and Devil’s Peak, and Table Bay’s docks. The tapas-style dishes are refined and understated because they are meant to be shared among several people. A few ideas: fried fish sliders with dill-apple emulsion, curry aioli, turmeric and cashew XO on the side, crispy calamari, or fish tacos with kimchi, guacamole, and broad beans. An open kitchen and studio lighting in a modern industrial restaurant create a cozy atmosphere. Try one of their drinks with house-made purée and syrups before you depart.
3. Harbour House (Kalk Bay)
Harbour House, which has outposts at the V&A Waterfront and Kalk Bay, has become a sought-after gastronomic destination in Cape Town. The hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide an unobstructed view of the water from its perch on the cliffs of Kalk Bay Harbour. There is nothing quite like the sound of crashing waves on the beach to enhance the beauty of nature. They have a large variety of fantastic and flavor-filled menu options, including West Coast mussels and prawns and a wide variety of seafood platters for everyone to choose from.
4. The Lawns At The Roundhouse
This is a more casual eating option than Salsify, right next door. It’s the perfect place to wind down after a long day exploring the grounds of the magnificent mansion perched on the slopes of Table Mountain. It’s the ideal place to enjoy a meaty pizza or vegan Beyond Meat Burger with an icy cocktail while seeing the ocean and Twelve Apostles mountain peaks. The Cabana lawn is the most secluded of the resort’s three properties. You can rent a cabana and a picnic basket for a small, intimate, and physically separated outing.
5. The Stack
Upstairs, the Stack has a colourful version of a members’ club, where trendy Capetonians hold meetings among the old furniture and bright patterns. But even if you’re not a member and can’t get past the velvet rope, the brasserie and bar on the ground floor have plenty to offer. From cocktails made to match your personality to rich dishes like coq au vin and steak frites, everything is made to make you feel very comfortable.
6. The Granary Café
A contemporary brasserie-style restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. In the Granary Café, Thomas Heatherwick’s pillowed glass windows create an atmosphere of romance, where an unbroken view of Cape Town accompanies every dish.
Dining at the Granary Café is a truly exceptional experience. It has a brief but varied menu that focuses on fresh, local foods and is the right blend of classic and contemporary. In addition to its world-class cuisine, the Granary Café at the Silo Hotel, one of Cape Town’s most known architectural treasures, is a must-visit destination for Mother City visitors.
Each course is a taste explosion that makes you want more. Just don’t skip the cheese sandwich before the sweet kaiseki. Africa inspires the menu and decor, but the overall style is Japanese. This makes for a seductive (and tasty) mix of tastes, flavors, textures, and types. The Restaurant’s location is on the fifth floor and has a view of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head from way up high. The rooms are modern, warm, and stylish, and the kitchen is in the middle of the space.
8. Grand Africa Café & Beach, Granger Bay
In the V&A Waterfront sector, on a private beach with a view of Table Bay, you’ll find the Grand Africa Café & Beach, located in a refurbished warehouse. A variety of seating options, both indoors and outdoors, and various bars, is spread out across the facility, giving it the feel of a glamorous yet laid-back beach club. In addition to wine and cocktails, the menu features a selection of modern dishes.
9. The Skotnes (Tokai)
This Restaurant, located in a sculpture garden in the Steenberg wetlands, is ideally situated to give Tokai’s best views: vineyards, the Constantiaberg Mountains, and the Steenberg woodland. The Skotnes represents the inventiveness of its namesake, the South African artist Cecil Skotne, and the world-class Norval Foundation art museum where it is located. Enjoy South African cuisine such as bobotie and braaibroodjies while seeing the art on the Restaurant’s walls and the Sculpture Garden outside.
10. Bobo’s Brasserie (Mouille Point)
Mouille Point Beach is best seen from Bobo’s Brasserie, which has one of the best views of the beach and serves up delicious food and drinks. Bobo’s Brasserie in Cape Town has a stunning view of the RMS Athens, a ship that sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
One of Cape Town’s best restaurants because of its magnificent seaside location, stunning ocean view with a laid-back ambiance, broad wine and cocktail list, and a jam-packed menu that caters to every taste bud is Bobo’s Brasserie.
11. Azure Restaurant (Camps Bay)
Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel has one of the best views in Cape Town. It is on the slopes of Table Mountain and looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and Lion’s Head. At any time of day, Azure will give you one of the best fine dining experiences in Cape Town. However, dinner on the Azure Restaurant terrace at sunset is pure magic.
Azure Restaurant is known for being one of the best restaurants in Cape Town with the best view. It is also known for its outstanding culinary masterpieces and world-class cuisine, which show off all the best flavors Cape Town offers.
12. Wharf Side Grill, Hout Bay
Due to its distinctive harborside atmosphere, Wharf side Grill is a must-visit when in Hout Bay. They offer an extensive assortment of seafood, including sushi, fresh mussels, seafood stew, and perfectly grilled Kingklip. The Restaurant’s design pays homage to the region’s maritime heritage, and there are ample indoor and outdoor sitting options with breathtaking views of the harbor.
13. On The Rocks (Bloubergstrand)
People who eat at the West Coast restaurant can also see Table Mountain and Robben Island while looking out at sea. This Restaurant is right on the rocks of Blouberg beach, and the way it’s decorated inside makes it feel clean, calm, and overall relaxing. The plating is always perfect, from Cape Malay curry, rack of lamb, and seafood to dry-aged beef fillet and freshly baked crème brûlée with rooibos. Try the chef’s specialty grilled kudu fillet with olive oil mash, wild mushrooms, and bacon jus.
14. La Colombe
Silvermist Wine Estate, located on the slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountains, is a true jewel in the Constantia Wine Valley’s crown. La Colombe, led by multi-award-winning chef-proprietor Scot Kirton and executive chef James Gaag, is located on this farm. La Colombe has been at the top of award lists for nearly two decades and has spawned many a top chef’s career, but the Scot-James combo has upped the standard even higher. The contemporary Restaurant’s pared-down atmosphere provides the ideal backdrop for James and his crew to concoct inventive French-Asian meals utilizing foraged ingredients that they miraculously polish into perfectly served entrees.
15. Chefs Warehouse At Tintswalo Atlantic
Tintswalo Atlantic is one of the few locations where you will be able to go closer to the water than you can anywhere else. The sound of the waves lapping on the rocks that serve as the outside deck for the hotel and the Restaurant may be heard here. The Restaurant’s elegant, carefully selected décor is trendy and cozy, and it features tables that overlook the breathtaking panorama from all sides. This location is just perfect for a gathering that is commemorative or solemn.
16. Salsify At The Roundhouse (Camps Bay)
Ryan Cole, who is 32 years old and was Luke Dale Roberts’ head chef at the old Test Kitchen, owns Salsify at The Roundhouse. As a nod to the Restaurant’s location by the ocean and to Ryan’s father, who was a professional fisherman, the menu has a lot of fish dishes that are skillfully and carefully made.
Each dish is a miniature work of art. This is refined, eco-friendly cooking at its most understated best. The interiors are also perfect. They are an intelligent mix of edgy sophistication and sumptuousness, with avant-garde art and rich fabrics and furniture. Many people recommend their octopus. Make plans ahead of time for Sunday lunch.
17. Bungalow, Clifton
The bungalow is the place to be for those who wish to be noticed. The location, formerly La Med, is a popular hangout for locals. Today, the Restaurant has an incredible balcony overlooking the ocean with incredibly comfortable mattresses. It is required that you remove your shoes, after which you can relax, nibble on delicious food, and take in the breathtaking Cape Town sunset.
18. Jewell’s Restaurant
A 45-minute drive from Cape Town, this resort jewel is everything (after the cuisine, of course). Perched high above the bustling Spice Route town, the verandah offers shade and relief from the oppressive heat and plenty of space for socializing. Chef Neil Jewell and his wife, Tina, are the owners of Jewell’s Restaurant, which serves fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food and an impressive wine list.
19. Chapman’s Peak Hotel
The well-known Chapman’s Peak Hotel is one of the best beach restaurants we have. Chapman’s Peak should always be your first stop when you have guests from out of town. You won’t want to go anywhere else between the endless views of the sea and the delicious prawn and calamari combos.
20. Top Of The Ritz, Sea Point
The Top of The Ritz, located on the 23rd floor of the newly rebuilt Ritz Hotel, is the only rotating restaurant in the Western Cape. This Sea Point treasure has undergone extensive restorations and is now a must-visit location along the Atlantic Coast. The Restaurant offers a seven-course ‘Journey of Flavors through Cape Town’ equally as remarkable as its breathtaking views.