Top ChoiceTapas in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Salt

Offering a gastronomic take on False Bay cool, Salt serves mains such as wild kudu goulash, but your best bet is to focus on the small plates (R45), which range from wasabi-dusted calamari to bratwurst with...

Top ChoiceInternational in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Shortmarket Club

Star chef Luke Dale-Roberts' latest venture hides in plain sight on the street it is named after. It's a gorgeous attic space with a wall of paper butterflies and clubby leather chairs and booths. Dishes include...

Top ChoiceInternational in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Foodbarn

Expect rustic, delicious bistro dishes with suggested wine pairings at master chef Franck Dangereux's restaurant in the relaxed surrounds of Noordhoek Farm Village. The separate, book-lined deli-bakery-cafe...

Top ChoiceInternational in Southern Suburbs

Greenhouse

Chef Peter Tempelhoff's culinary imagination runs riot in this elegant restaurant that's one of the Cape's top dining destinations. The finest local produce and recipes, from Cape Malay curried octopus to...

Top ChoiceInternational in Gardens & Surrounds

Chefs

So called because you can see all the chefs at work in the open kitchen, this is a fab new addition to Cape Town's dining scene with an original concept of 'fast fine dining' that really works. The daily choice...

Top ChoiceTapas in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Chef's Warehouse & Canteen

Hurry here for a delicious and very generous spread of small plates from chef Liam Tomlin and his talented crew. Flavours zip around the world, from a squid with a tangy Vietnamese salad to comforting coq au vin....

Top ChoiceInternational in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Pot Luck Club

The sister restaurant to Test Kitchen is a more affordable Luke Dale-Roberts option. Sitting at the top of an old silo, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, but the star attraction is the food....

Top ChoiceBarbecue in Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs

Hog House Brewing Co.

It couldn't be in a more obscure spot – within a business park in an industrial part of town – but this barbecue restaurant is perpetually busy. The creations of chef PJ Vadas include smoked meats so tender you...

Top ChoiceInternational in Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs

Carlucci's Deli

This relaxed, family-friendly restaurant at Meerendal wine estate has outside tables overlooking a jungle gym and sweeping lawn – perfect for enjoying breakfast wraps and croissants, pizzas (with toppings like...

Top ChoiceCafe in Southern Suburbs

Gardener’s Cottage

After exploring the Montebello craft studios, relax at this lovely cafe, which occupies the estate's original gatekeeper's cottage. Beyond the leafy garden and stoep (veranda), the interior has a...

Top ChoiceInternational in Southern Suburbs

Starlings Cafe

One of the Southern Suburbs' most charming dining spots. With its relaxed, arty cottage and shady garden environment, it's great for a lazy breakfast or lunch. Excellent coffee, too. For breakfast, choose the...

Top ChoiceInternational in Gardens & Surrounds

Aubergine

German-born Harald Bresselschmidt is one of Cape Town’s most consistent chefs, producing creative, hearty dishes served with some of the Cape's best wines, several of which are made specially for the restaurant....

Top ChoiceDeli in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Kitchen

Of all the swanky restaurants in town, it was this little charmer that Michelle Obama chose for lunch, proving the ex-First Lady has excellent taste. Tuck into plates of divine salads, rustic sandwiches made with...

Top ChoiceBistro in Southern Suburbs

Bistro Sixteen82

Perfectly complementing the slick and contemporary wine-tasting lounge at Steenberg Farm, this appealing bistro serves everything from oysters for breakfast to braised lamb neck for lunch. Tapas (rather than...

Top ChoiceInternational in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Blue Water Cafe

A lovely place to enjoy breakfast, simple-but-good lunch dishes including pizza, pasta, seafood and gourmet salads, or a craft beer with a sweeping view. The stoep (porch) of this historic property at the heart...

Top ChoiceInternational in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Test Kitchen

Luke Dale-Roberts creates inspired dishes with top-quality local ingredients at his flagship restaurant – generally agreed to be the best in Africa. However, the restaurant is so popular now that securing a...

Top ChoiceInternational in Gardens & Surrounds

The Stack

Given a stylish makeover to become a brasserie and bar downstairs and a private members club upstairs, old Leinster Hall is a delightful place for a meal. The food is beautifully presented and includes dishes...

Top ChoiceCafe in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Jarryds Espresso Bar & Eatery

When Jarryd and brother Ariel moved home from Sydney, they brought with them the concept of the come-as-you-are daytime eateries beloved of the Aussies. This has consequently become Sea Point's go-to for...

Top ChoiceFusion in Southern Suburbs

La Colombe

A veteran of Gordon Ramsay's kitchen, chef Scot Kirton rustles up skilful dishes combining French and Asian techniques and flavours, such as quail breast in coconut and miso, and Karoo lamb-loin bolognese. The...

Top ChoiceFrench in Sea Point to Hout Bay

La Mouette

New takes on the classics (such as herb gnocchi and smoked pork belly) and fresh inventions (including kudu loin with fermented cabbage, BBQ carrot puree and bolognese sauce) make this a standout culinary...