Restaurants in Cape Town
Cape Town restaurants offer a range of cuisine choices – expect fusion cuisine created by world-class chefs served alongside traditional African dishes. Seafood is often the star of Cape Town dishes, courtesy of South Africa’s coastlines and more distant African shores like Namibia.
Experience that intriguing medley of influences at the Roundhouse & Rumbullion, a unique outdoor dining experience that not only has an award-winning young chef at its helm as well as excellent fare, but is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the original site of the guardhouse for the Dutch East India Trading Company, its views of Camps Bay, once meant to protect the guardhouse, are now a stunning feature for the famous venue.
On Cape Town’s stylish Kloof Street, you can find a different kind of restaurant and a different type of Cape Town flair. The Opal Lounge, also considered one of the best restaurants in Cape Town, is housed in a stately Victorian building, and the design has received as much attention as menu. The Opal has several separate dining rooms, making it perfect for an intimate and romantic dining experience.
Though the nighttime views are lovely at this spare, modern 80-seat restaurant (set on the second floor of a Victorian, it has a glass-enclosed dining room that looks over twinkling city lights), the real eye candy here is culinary.
Located inside a restored old house, Manna Epicure café has an airy, all-white interior that blends homelike elements—such as a fireplace mantle lined with glass flower vases—with more eclectic touches like hanging teapots and a chandelier made with sticks of white wattle wood.
Part wine bar and part restaurant, Caveau is housed inside the red-brick Josephine Mill, which once produced grain for settlers in the early 19th century.
Stop into this favorite spot for coffee or a quick lunch: the Namibian owners, a mother and her two daughters, prepare all-organic baked goods; the younger daughter, Frauke Stegmann, one of Cape Town’s emerging graphic designers, creates the whimsically decorated ceramics on which the food is ser
Located at the Bay Hotel, this upscale South African restaurant provides panoramic views of Camps Bay through a wall of sliding glass windows, which are kept open when the weather is pleasant.
Located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this Belgian eatery occupies a cavernous space with a high ceiling, exposed wooden beams, and wall-to-wall windows overlooking the harbor and Table Mountain.
Housed inside two 18th-century Georgian row houses, this upscale South African restaurant combines historic design elements—such as centuries-old brick, Table Mountain stone, and cast-iron support columns—with contemporary touches like glass wall partitions, exposed ductwork, and cabbage-shaped c
Though it’s set in what feels like a mini theme park (a Stellenbosch wine estate/resort with its own amphitheater and cheetah conservation center), Moyo is irresistibly fun and Afro-chic even to locals.
A recently opened Greek restaurant on the waterfront.
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bantry Bay, this Ambassador Hotel restaurant features one of the most impressive vistas in Cape Town.
Order the pear salad with warm brie and toasted pumpkin seeds at the Newton Johnson Vineyards restaurant in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
Overlooking the six-acre gardens of the Vineyard Hotel, Myoga serves an inventive East-meets-West menu in a stylish setting.
Often lauded as the city’s best pan-Asian restaurant, Haiku serves a wide variety of tapas with Japanese, Chinese, and Thai influences.