Best restaurants in Cape Town

  • Restaurants in Southern Suburbs

    Foxcroft

    With a seasonal menu featuring dishes such as slow-cooked lamb with nettles and whisky mustard, Foxcroft is a delectable addition to the Southern Suburbs fine-dining scene. Tackle the four-course tasting menu in the minimalist dining room or on sunny days take tapas on the patio. It sits at the edge of the car park, but the mountain views are marvellous.

  • Restaurants in Gardens & Surrounds

    Unframed

    This simple shopfront serves silky, decadent ice cream - definitely some of the best in the city. You'll usually find around a dozen of their 50-or-so flavours up for grabs, including unusual options like beetroot, chocolate and ginger or turmeric latte. The vegan versions are possibly even more delicious than the traditional ice cream.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 homemade kimchi. The seafood dishes use what's available from the harbour, normally yellowfish; order the angelfish ceviche when it's going.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 sustainable fish, grass-fed beef (displayed on wheeled trolleys), and plenty of locally grown vegetables. White-jacketed waiters provide a sleek European touch.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 (mains R35 to R145) and tapas bar (6pm to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday; small plates R50) is just as good, and stocks its freshly baked goodies and other locally sourced food and drinks.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 Outeniqua springbok, feature on the 12-course tasting menu. For serious foodies only; desserts are served on petrified Madagascan wood, to remind diners of the circle of life and death.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 of three mains (always including a vegetarian option) look exactly as they do on the touchscreen menu and taste wonderful.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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. If you can't get a seat (there are no bookings), try their takeaway hatch Street Food in the space under the stoop.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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. Dishes are designed to be shared; we defy you not to order a second plate of the beef with truffle-café-au-lait sauce.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 could cut them with a spoon. The veggie side dishes are just as impressive – you've never eaten cauliflower and aubergine this good.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 chicken tikka) and burgers (toppings include brie and caramelised onion). You can pre-order picnic baskets (R380 for two) and there are cocktails, craft beers and of course Meerendal's wines and bubbly.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 contemporary-tearoom look with exposed floorboards and homemade cakes, jams and biscuits on display. The breakfasts range from eggs Benedict to sweetcorn flapjacks, and lunches from open sandwiches to the sushi stack.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 likes of French toast and poached eggs with parmesan and basil pesto; lunch dishes include aubergine bake and Asian yellow chicken curry.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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. Vegetarian menus are available, and the service and ambience are impeccable.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 love, and sweet treats with tea served from china teapots.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 dinner) are offered from 5pm and it's also justifiably popular as a restaurant to breakfast in style. Seating is both indoor and outdoor, with beguiling views of the gardens and mountain.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 reservation here is like winning the gourmet lottery – online bookings open three months ahead and you need to be quick off the mark.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 of Imhoff Farm looks out over Noordhoek Beach and Chapman’s Peak. There's good service, a garden, a jungle gym and the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard next door.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 such as tuna Niçoise, springbok loin and a sinful smoked-chocolate mousse.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 breakfasts, which range from coconut granola to eggs Benedict, and lunchtime sticky ribs or falafel bowls. Ingredients are sourced locally, including the coffee from Espresso Lab in Woodstock.