50 Great Places To Eat Out in Cape Town

06 Oct 2016

1.  La Colombe

We guarantee that this will be your best fine dining experience in Cape Town, perhaps even in Africa. La Colombe has won many awards over the years and there's no guessing as to why. Located in the Silvermist Wine Estate at the top of Constantia Nek, enjoy your incredible meal with views of the Constantia Valley or Hout Bay. Whether going for lunch or dinner, we suggest indulging in the full experience and choosing the gourmand menu with wine pairing. Booking is essential and you will be required to pay a deposit. Unfortunately children under the age of 12 are not allowed to attend the restaurant for dinner. Children are welcome for lunch if they are supervised and very well behaved. 

2. Cape Point Vineyard Market.

With an enchanting view of Noordhoek and the ocean, this is the ideal picnic spot to watch the sunset. You will be spoiled for choice with a large variety of tempting food and their delicious wines. Perfect place to take the kids on a sunny afternoon. This spectacular market takes place every Thursday.

3.  Kitima

Seldom are we lucky enough to find restaurants which combine two equally delicious cuisines. Kitima is one of the rare and wonderful restaurants to do just that. Here you may have your cake and eat it! Or rather, you can have your Thai and your sushi! Found in Hout Bay, Kitima offers a vast menu of tasty Thai food and delectable sushi. The quality of the food is outstanding and will leave you wanting more. Not only is the food fantastic, but the ambiance is great and compliments the architecture of the building. Booking is essential.

4. Inside and You're Out

While IYO is a casual burger bar based in Cape Town, the Bree Street atmosphere definitely filters in. Their burgers, toppings inside and not on top, are some of the tastiest burgers we have tried. From a whiskey braai barbecue sauce, to an Asian inspired beef burger, IYO is without a doubt a must!

5. Jonkershuis

This exquisite Cape Dutch building from 1685 sets the scene for a romantic meal with beautiful views and some of the best Cape Malay food. No matter the weather, you will never be disappointed with the ambience of this unique spot nestled within the Groot Constantia vineyards. Be sure to treat yourself after a hearty meal with their amazing cheesecake!

6. Bistro 1682, Steenberg

This is the place to come to treat yourself and tantalise your taste buds! You won't be disappointed with their menu, whether you go there for breakfast, lunch or tapas. Not only is their food incredible, but the views will blow you away. We recommend that you leave the kids with the babysitter for this one, and allow yourself to enjoy the sophisticated tastes and tranquillity.

7. Harbour House

Found in the harbour of the quirky seaside suburb of Kalk Bay, this restaurant provides an unforgettable experience for diners. Enjoy a variety of delectable seafood while waves crash against the wall of the restaurant and watch as the local fisherman bring in the catch of the day. Suitable for kids who can sit down and enjoy their meal.

8. Glen Carlou

With breath taking views of the Cape Wine lands, and the most beautifully designed modern architecture, the restaurant at Glen Carlou is a truly magical experience. Their dishes are innovative and boast vibrant flavours which perfectly compliment their award winning wines.

9. Blue Bird Garage Market

Set in the rustic surf community of Muizenberg, this buzzing market offers a wide selection of delicious food from every corner of the earth, quirky hand-made crafts and a variety of  craft beer on tap. Friendly to children and furry kids. This spunky market is open every Friday from 4pm to 10pm.

10. Myoga

Located at the Vineyard Hotel and spa, this luxurious yet relaxed restaurant is perfect for either lunch or dinner. Not only is the food undeniably delicious, it is also presented in such a way that you will gasp in awe as it is laid down in front of you. We recommend the 7-course tasting meal, as you will want to try as much of this culturally- diverse cuisine that as possibly can.

11. Indian Chapter

Quietly tucked away in Blouberg Strand, you will find some of the best Indian Food in Cape Town. Whilst their wine list is selective, you will be entranced by the flavours of their foods. We strongly recommend the Lamb kolaphuri, however it is not for the faint hearted. There are a variety of curries with various flavours that range from mild to hot. It is definitely worth the visit.

12. Postcard Café

With the most breath taking views of the Stellenbosch mountains, this hidden gem will totally blow you away. We recommend doing breakfast at the café and then making your way down to the stark-condé tasting room, which is a wooden cabin with a wraparound deck extended over a dam. Their vast green lawns make this particular visit perfect for kids of all ages. We are sure that you will have a magnificent experience.

13. Haute Cabrière

Known for their decadent wines and MCC, the Haute Cabrière restaurant and terrace makes for an incredible romantic dining experience. Their French inspired 6 course pairing celebrates unique flavours complimented by their award winning wines. The underground cellar feel of the restaurant is best suited to a winter’s day with the cobblestone walls and cosy fire place. However, on a sunny day the terrace is perfect for enjoying some of the best views overlooking the Franschhoek valley.

14. Saveur Restaurant Group

Saveur Restaurant Group is found on either end of Cape Town; one branch is in the beautiful historic Simon's Town and the other is in Loop Street. We recommend taking the day to explore everything that Simon's Town has to offer and ending off with a meal at Saveur. The restaurant offers European style food and friendly, energetic service. While most popular on the weekends, you can catch their specials with steak night on Tuesdays, Burger night on Wednesdays and Seafood night on Thursdays. We recommend you try their delicious seafood!

15. Guardian Peak

Located in Stellenbosch with a wonderful view of the mountain range, Guardian Peak is an ideal spot to enjoy your lunch or dinner.  The service is friendly and attentive, the menu offers a variety of mouth watering dishes and you will be spoilt for choice with the selection of wines. We suggest going for a long lunch on a sunny day so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious wine and food. Be sure to have the cremè brûlée for dessert - it's a knock out!

16. Buitenverwachting

After being voted one of the top 100 restaurants, its classy and sophisticated yet laid back feel will be an undeniably memorable experience.  The beautiful Cape Dutch architecture and serene mountain views will make you feel instantly relaxed. From their springbok dish to their pan-fried prawns, you are in for a treat. Pair your meal with their delicious selection of Buitenverwachting wines and take in the extraordinary flavours of the Constantia wine valley.

17. Newton Johnson

Placed in the idyllic Hemel en Aarde Mountains meaning ‘heaven on earth’, Newton Johnson is perfect evidence of its location. Set high up on the slopes, it boasts breath taking views of the entire Hemel en Aarde Valley. Although their menu consists of only a few selections, we guarantee that your order will be a difficult decision to make. We recommend trying a bottle of their award winning Pinot noir with your meal.

18. La Parada 

One of Cape Town’s favourite tapas bars, based in Bree Street, offers a delectable range of European inspired tapas. The relaxed and modern atmosphere is perfect for a Saturday night pre-party or going for drinks and a light meal. They have also recently opened a branch at the top of Constantia Nek which is perfect for a sunny Sunday lunch with a bottle of wine. The menu is more suited for adults or children with more sophisticated taste.

19. Erawan

This upmarket Thai restaurant in the quaint area of Chelsea Village is a great place to go with the family for an unforgettable dining experience. The waitress’s instantly make you feel welcome, dressed in their lovely traditional Thai attire. We definitely recommend the crispy fish with spicy sauce, as well as their mouth-watering crispy duck with pancakes. Make sure you start off your meal with their prawn toast appetiser- totally moreish!

20. Four and Twenty Café

Nestled away in the suburb of Wynberg is a gem of a café perfect for both breakfast and lunch. The cosy set up provides delicious and strong coffee, a variety of scrumptious breakfasts - sweet and savoury, mouth-watering lunches and a diverse selection of exquisite cakes and pastries. There is also a pantry where you can choose from all sorts of delicious food products to take home with you. As this place is as good as it sounds, it is usually busy. We recommend you get there earlier rather than later.  

21. Kyoto Sushi Garden

This one is for the Japanese food enthusiasts! Your eyes will pop out of your head when you see the incredibly large menu filled with dish after dish of delicious authentic Japanese style food. Even if you're not the most clued up on Japanese food, if you're a seafood lover - this is the place for you. Not only does Kyoto Garden Sushi make incredible food, but it also has a wide range of Japanese style cocktails to choose from.  You'll find this gem on Kloof Nek Road and it is only available for dinner.

22. Azure

Located at the luxurious Twelve Apostles hotel, this restaurant is the perfect place to dine whilst watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Allow their spectacular menu, paired with some sparkling wine, to transport you to the ultimate place of relaxation. You have a choice between one of their 3 course set menus, or you may choose from a variety of international cuisine from their a la carte menu. We promise the food is as rousing as the atmosphere and views.

23. Bay Harbour Market

This indoor market in Hout Bay is the perfect place to spend your weekend listening to local live music, browsing the extraordinary selection of local crafts and designer goods whilst filling your tummy with the best cuisines the city has to offer. You can get anything from lamb to oysters, cocktails to coffee and cheesecake to crepes.

24. Village Idiot

This trendy restaurant/bar is found in the centre of  city life on Loop Street. It is fun to go to for a meal and for drinks. The meals here are all based on traditional South African dishes but have an edgy twist, making them both exciting and delicious! The presentation of the food and the ambiance of the restaurant will make this eating experience truly unique. We suggest going earlier in the evening before the party gets started.

25. Carne

Calling all meat lovers! If you’re looking for some of the best prepared meat dishes, this is the place.You will find this protein paradise in the suburb of Wynberg. We recommend the T-bone for two, paired with a delicious glass of the Iona cab/ merlot. Choose a side of your choice, from potato wedges to their scrumptious house veg. You won’t be let down.

26. Chardonnay Deli

When the weather is warm, and you’d like to enjoy your meal outdoors, we recommend heading through to Chardonnay Deli in Groot Constantia. Here you can enjoy a farm-style meal, sitting on a terrace surrounded by trees. The ambiance is casual and relaxed, perfect for a laid back afternoon. Alternatively, pop in for a coffee and a treat from their delicious bakery.

27. Den Anker

This Belgian inspired restaurant is set in the perfect location at the V&A Waterfront. Not only is there a great selection of wine and delicious Belgian craft beer, you’ll also be impressed by their variety of cuisine. We recommend their cold seafood platter, paired with a glass of the Newton Johnson Felicite rosé on a hot summer’s day. If you’re looking for something meaty, they make delicious steaks and burgers too. The setting and ambience is laid back, and it is the perfect place to dine with the whole family.

28. La Petite Tarte

If you're in the mood for a French style restaurant filled with charm and tasty food, we suggest you spend some time in La Petite Tarte. Found in the Cape Quarter in Greenpoint, we recommend you sit outside for the proper French café feel. While the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, their most popular dish on offer is their selection of pies. They are also well known for their delicious cakes, so be sure to put this place on your tea time list!

29. The Chapmans Peak Hotel

When the weather allows for you to sit outdoors, head through to Hout Bay to enjoy a lunch at the Chapmans Peak hotel. Be sure to get yourself a table with an exquisite view of the harbour bay, so that you can sit back and relax. We recommend getting the calamari in the pan - this is a local favourite. It is also ideal to go to for sun downers.

30. The Food Barn

There is something indescribable about this part of Cape Town. You instantly feel as though there are no worries on earth. Set in the Old Noordhoek Farm village, the Food Barn is a unique fine dining experience, not soon to be forgotten. Whether you choose to try their 3 course wine and food tasting menu, indulge in something exciting off their tapas menu or order a hearty meal off their a la carte menu- you will not be disappointed.   It is the perfect place to take the kids for a nice lunch, with a jungle gym and large piece of grass to run around on.

31. Open Door

Found in the beautiful vineyards of Constantia Uitsig, Open Door is a restaurant to go to on a beautiful day when you can sit outside on the terrace. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but we recommend making the most of the surrounding scenery and going for lunch. The menu offers a selection of decadent dishes and the restaurant is renowned for its desserts. While the food is fancy, the restaurant is still appropriate for children as it has a children's menu and play area.  

32. Tiger's Milk

Found on Surfer's Corner in Muizenberg, this trendy restaurant has a fantastic view over the beach and also serves a variety of delicious food and drinks. While it is open for both lunch and dinner, it is recommended that you go for lunch and book yourself a window seat. This way you can enjoy your meal while watching the non-stop activity of the beach and the beautiful view of False Bay. The menu offers anything from calamari to steak, line fish to burgers and salads to pizzas

33. Fat Harry's T

his cute spot in Kenilworth is constantly buzzing. Whether you want a mouth- watering burger or some delicious calamari - Fat Harry’s never disappoints! It’s casual, relaxed vibe makes it a great place to try some of the best craft beers on tap. We recommend the lamb samosas with a mint yogurt dipping sauce - they are simply delectable! For the carb - crazy, go for the craft beer and mini- slider burger pairing. You’ll also have a chance to try some brandy and coke on tap- a local favourite.

34. Stellenbosch Root 44 Market

This market is for the 'outdoorsy', wine-loving adventurer, looking to soak up the sun whilst tucking into some tasty grub on the beautiful lawns. Whilst your kids play in the local wood park, you can enjoy a glass of the Audacia wines or some delicious craft beer. It's definitely worth taking the day to explore this market.

35. Seaforth

Imagine a breath taking view of Bolders beach, watching penguins dive off rocks as the sun is setting. Now, imagine all that with a bottomless entre of delicious prawns in garlic butter sauce and a bottle of bubbles - perfect right? Their special runs every Thursday evening, and space is limited so we suggest you book. The best part is that your kids can play on the beach right in front of the restaurant, whilst you relax on the balcony overlooking the ocean. Visit their website for details of the prawn special.

36. The Dog's Bollocks at YARD

If you’re a fan of real, hearty burgers then this is definitely the spot for you! You'll find this quirky grab-some-grub spot in Gardens. With its charming and rustic outdoor setting, including the blackboard menu, it is very much a laid back experience. Be prepared for messy eating, with no cutlery and some antique garden furniture. Don’t be scared away though, it’ll be one of the tastiest burgers you’ve ever had!

37. Bocca

With so many options on the bustling Bree Street, Bocca is definitely a restaurant that stands out. The vibe is modern and relaxed, in true Bree Street style, the staff are friendly and the food is out of this world. From tasty tapas to their famous pizzas and an outstanding wine list, Bocca will not disappoint. Friendly to children who are happy to sit down and enjoy their meal.

38. El Burro

With so many Mexican options to choose from, the ambience of El Burro is perfectly unique and innovative. The menu offers a wide variety for all taste buds and their wide range of margaritas makes it difficult to have only one (we recommend that you get an Uber). You’ll find yourself enjoying the upbeat feel of the restaurant, with the constant buzz of festive music and fellow happy customers. This vibey spot is located in Green Point. For a more casual experience, try their sister restaurant, El Burro Taqueria on Kloof Nek.

39. The Fat Butcher 

Another one for the meat lovers! Head through to Stellenbosch for an experience your taste buds won't forget anytime soon. The Fat Butcher offers a wide variety of meat dishes, a selection of seafood dishes and a diversity of craft beer on tap. We recommend going for one of the local favourites; the lamb shank. You also cannot go wrong with the chocolate brownie for pudding!

40. Panchos

Set in the artsy and culturally unique hub of Observatory, Panchos provides delicious Mexican food that will leave you wanting more. Their menu offers a wide selection of delicious Mexican dishes, making it difficult to narrow your choices down to one particular meal. We suggest the starter platter, to give you a wide selection of tasters. Whatever it is that you choose for mains, we recommend that you pair it with their infamous frozen margaritas (You’ll be wanting more, so make sure to order a margarita jug for the table). Be sure to dress to the occasion and ask your waiter to provide you with a sombrero, just for a giggle!

41. 96 Winery Road

Set along the spectacular Stellenbosch wine route, you’ll find this charming and quaint, fine- dining style restaurant. There certainly is something for everyone. Our personal favourite was the pan roasted pork fillet, delicious with a nice glass of red (their wine selection does not disappoint). Their steaks are also extraordinary paired with one of their wide selection of sauces available. Be sure to leave space for a taste from their ‘calorie corner’, we recommend the white chocolate and toffee mousse.

42. Reuben’s-One and Only

The elegant and sophisticated Reubens at the One & Only hotel, is a must for anyone visiting Cape Town. Chef Reuben Riffel has created an outrageously delicious and perfectly complimentary pairing menu. If you’re not doing their 5-course wine and food pairing, you can indulge in one of their tasty flat breads, or their hearty seafood platter. With a wine connoisseur on duty every evening, you are ensured to have the perfect taste sensation.

43. Olympia Café 

If you’re looking for tasty food, friendly service, buzzing café ambience and a scenic view of Kalk Bay harbour - look no further! Olympia café makes strong and delicious coffee, freshly baked pastries and bread, and their kitchen will cook you mouth-watering meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We highly recommend their mussels - you won’t be disappointed. Suitable for kids, who can appreciate a mean hot chocolate!

44. Borrusos

Whilst this quirky pizzeria in Kenilworth doesn’t look like much from the outside, we can confidently confirm that they have the best pizzas in Cape Town. It is the perfect place to take your kids, as there is a super outside area for them to run around, whilst you relax with a bottle of wine. Although pizzas are their crowd favourite, they also make an outstanding pasta dish - we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! They fill up very quickly over weekends, so be sure to get their early so that you can grab a nice table.

45. Bacon on Bree

Heaven on earth! A restaurant that serves bacon in every dish! Leave your vegetarian friends or family at home for this one. Bacon on Bree is a quirky and trendy restaurant in town where you are bound to have a good time. Open for both breakfast and lunch, always buzzing with people who are happy (because of the bacon)  and friendly service, there really is no reason not to give Bacon on Bree a try.

46. De Grendel 

Only twenty minutes out of Cape Town in the Durbanville Wine Valley, with the most exquisite view overlooking Table Mountain and surrounds, this wine farm has its very own unique and charismatic charm. We recommend a late lunch, to ensure that you take in the views and catch the incredible sunset. Arrive a little early for your booking, to ensure that you taste their spectacular wines on their tasting deck prior to your meal. Whilst their food pairings are to die for, we doubt that there is anything on the menu that you will not enjoy. Warning: you may wake up dreaming about their mouth-watering deserts.

47. The Round House

Treat your eyes to food so beautiful you almost won't be able to eat it. Almost. The Roundhouse in Camps Bay provides diners with an extraordinary fine dining experience. The six course menu includes dishes which are of a contemporary European character but revamped with an element of South African cuisine. The menu is updated on a weekly basis to allow for seasonal changes in produce and also for a creative chef.  We recommend reserving a table in the Somerset room in order to best take advantage of the beautiful views, as well as opting for the six course menu with wine pairing to get the full experience of the delicious food and fine wine.  If you're in the mood for something a little more casual, make your way to the terraces of the Roundhouse, now known as the Rumbullion. Relax on the outdoor benches for tapas or a meal and choose from a wide selection of favourite local wines or craft beer.  

48. Creation 

Take the day to travel out to the Hemel en Aarde valley and treat all your senses at the Creation restaurant. Set in the beautiful vineyards, the restaurant provides a variety of wine and food pairing options that will take your taste buds out of this world! We recommend giving yourself the day to sit back, relax and enjoy all that Creation has to offer. While their wine is beyond incredible, they also have non-alcoholic options and a kids food and drink pairing. 

49. Empire Café 

After you have gone for a morning surf, or a leisurely walk on Muizenberg Beach, treat yourself to breakfast at Empire café. It’s located just a stone throw away and is easy to walk to from the beach. Their coffee will give you the boost you need to get through the rest of the day and their food will fill your belly and make you smile. The vibe is energetic and buzzing, the service is friendly and the customers are happy. 

50. Babel at Babylonstoren

If you’re in the Stellenbosch wine lands area, be sure to pop into Babylonstoren. We recommend lunch time, as you can take a walk through their spectacular fruit and vegetable garden and do a wine tasting with a light platter of assorted fresh picks from the garden. Make your way to the Babel restaurant for a fine-dining lunch, with their eccentric selection of creative dishes. We recommend their mushroom and spinach risotto, paired with a glass of cold chardonnay. You can immediately taste the care and effort that has been taken in growing the fresh produce.

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