Foodies, this one’s for you! A trip to South Africa is filled with many activities from safari’s, going up Table Mountain, swimming in the ocean, the incredible natural views and of course the food! If you are visiting Cape Town soon, these are some of the restaurants that should be on your list! You can expect all the “insta-worthy” pictures and crème de la crème deliciousness from these restaurants that are all rated above 4,5 stars
“Discoveries are made when boundaries are crossed.” FYN was voted 92 in San Pelegrino The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021.
This 50-seater urban diner combines an African-inspired menu and decor with a Japanese aesthetic, resulting in a captivating (and excellent) mix of tastes, flavours, textures, and styles. The restaurant is located on the fifth level and offers panoramic views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The furnishings are stylish, inviting, and contemporary, with the kitchen at its heart.
Rated: 4,8 Stars from 407 Google reviews
Location: 5th Floor, 37 Parliament Street, Speakers Corner, Church Square, Cape Town
The Pot Luck Club
From world-famous chef-patron Luke Dale Roberts, whose Test Kitchen was voted the greatest restaurant in Cape Town for 11 years, The Pot Luck Club is led by chef Jason Kosmas, whose delectable cuisine encourages plate-sharing so that customers can sample all five flavour profiles (salty, sour, bitter, sweet and umami). The modern cafe, which is located on the top floor of the Silo at The Old Biscuit Mill, has great city views, especially at night.
Rated: 4,6 Stars from 1 311 Google reviews
Location: Silo Top Floor, The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Thali is a traditional Indian meal that consists of 10 or more regional Indian dishes. This eating approach fits in wonderfully with the Chefs Warehouse model, allowing the restaurant to take customers on an aromatic journey through their interpretation of Indian cuisine.
Meals are served in three courses, starting with gentler flavours and progressing to spicier curry styles. Thali always has a vegetarian and vegan tapas menu available and gluten-free choices are available on request.
Rated: 4,6 Stars from 640 Google reviews
Location: 3 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town
*Thali caters for vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians, and doesn’t take reservations.
Belly of the Beast
Belly of the Beast, as it’s name suggests, is a carnivore-friendly restaurant, with all meat sourced from sustainably reared animals. Anything from pumpkin risotto to cured stumpnose fish or gemsbok (antelope) tataki could be on the menu.
Rated: 4,9 Stars from408 Google reviews
Location:10 Harrington Street, Cape Town
Reverie Social Table
A distinctly South African table d’hôte style café with a focus on social eating, located in the eccentric Observatory neighbourhood of Cape Town. Chef Hattingh invites visitors to gather around her bespoke 18-seater table each evening for a five-course dinner cooked just for them and paired with carefully selected wines. Guests are urged to put their phones away and participate in conversation with one another. Ideal for folks who enjoy good cuisine, wine, and company.
Rated: 4,9 Stars from 152 Google reviews
Location: 226A Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town
Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
This contemporary café, with its clean open-plan kitchen, appears to float over the verdant Constantia wine valley. Chef Ivor’s take on the famous Chefs Warehouse tapas-style set meal emphasises fresh seasonal ingredients and Southeast Asian flavours. Much of the produce is grown locally or on the lovely Beau Constantia farm, and it is then blended by a talented kitchen team into an ever-changing cuisine that celebrates the simple pleasures of eating and drinking well in a beautiful location.
Rated: 4,7 Stars from 115 Google reviews
Location: Beau Constantia Wine Farm, 1043 Constantia Main Road, Constantia Neck, Cape Town
Inspired by the Italian owners’ passion for good food, the recipe for success here is deceptively simple – like homemade penne salsiccia made with fennel sausage, mushroom, lashings of garlic, chilli, pecorino and cream. Everything is homemade. No shortcuts in this proud Italian kitchen.
Rated: 4,7 Stars from. 307 Google reviews
Location: 125A Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Hatsushiro Muraoka (affectionately known as “Papa San”) and chef-partner Ben Bettendorf have established Obi Restaurant on Long Street, an authentic Japanese restaurant and bar owned and operated by Cape Town’s much-loved sushi icon- Papa San. Obi Restaurant first opened its doors in July 2016, delivering real Japanese ramen, tempura, and, of course, Papa San’s renowned inventive sushi.
Rated: 4,6 Stars from 627 Google reviews
Location: Shop 2, 14 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Sushi Box De Waterkant
Sushi Box De Waterkant is a popular Cape Quarter building on Somerset Road. Sushi Box is one of more than 100 boutique shops and restaurants in this lovely lifestyle village, which blends elegance and refinement with history and tradition.
The open-air dining space is surrounded by picturesque cobblestone streets. Along with the wonderful, fresh sushi and lively atmosphere.
Rated: 4,8 Stars from 464 Google reviews
Location: 2 Jarvis St, De Waterkant, Cape Town
La Colombe Restaurant
Named South Africa’s best restaurant in 2019, this magnificent French-meets-Asian fine dining establishment, perched high on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountains, is sure to delight! La Colombe is a stunning setting for a world-class fine dining adventure, tucked in what feels like the trees of Silvermist Estate.
La Colombe was voted 81 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021. Other restaurants in the La Colombe stable include La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft and Protégé and Epice.
Rated: 4,8 Stars from 1477 Google reviews
Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town