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.
Lunch on a juicy ostrich burger under the guava trees of the alfresco Koggelmander restaurant.
A fusion of Euro/Asian flavors practically jumps off the plate at this industrial-chic, 60-seat restaurant in the city’s old Malay Quarter.
Distinguished as the only urban winery in South Africa, Signal Hill is housed in a two-story, colonial-style white stucco building dating back to 1771.
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 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.
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.
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bantry Bay, this Ambassador Hotel restaurant features one of the most impressive vistas in Cape Town.
Often lauded as the city’s best pan-Asian restaurant, Haiku serves a wide variety of tapas with Japanese, Chinese, and Thai influences.
Because the Clifton Beaches area is a bedroom community, services are limited; the Clifton Beach House Restaurant is the only restaurant, located at the entrance to the 4th Beach.
The red-brick façade, green shutter doors, and tall casement windows say old Cape Town, but inside this Green Point restaurant, the sights, sounds, and aromas evoke Istanbul.
Located in a restored Georgian-style house, Societi Bistro evokes a homelike atmosphere with exposed brick walls, worn wooden floors, and a bustling open kitchen.
Among Long Street's many ethnic restaurants, Masala Dosa stands out for its menu, inspired by south Indian street food, and for its style, a blend of traditional and whimsical design.
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.
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