Cape Town punches above its weight when it comes to both interesting and adventurous restaurant experiences as well as fine dining. When one considers the abundance of some of the finest seafood anywhere on the planet, given the wash of two great Oceans along its shores, as well as a rich and delirious harvest of fresh farm to table fruits and vegetables and it being the home of some of the finest wine in the world, then perhaps it comes as less of a surprise. The quality of ingredients and way of life in the Cape draws world renowned chefs from all over the world but some of the finest are home grown and now deliver the most seductive fusion of Malay, French, Contemporary and Indigenous tables all of which impart a sense of supreme confidence and delight in the quality of ingredients and the development of a truly unique world class cuisine. Whether you are looking for the out-of-the-ordinary, the sublime hole-in-the-wall family run little gem or the exquisite five star dining experience in unbeatable settings, we pretty much have you covered. Cape Town and environs (including The Garden Route) offer a foodie destination of rare exception. The fact that prices are sometimes only one third to a quarter of what you’d find in the US has it’s own pecuniary charm! Some recommendations:
Aubergine, one of Cape Town’s culinary highlights, is conveniently situated in the Gardens area close to most of the major hotels.
Experience superior, contemporary cuisine from the à la carte menu, which bursts with flavors, aromas and textures appealing to even the most seasoned palate. A degustation Menu with wine pairing is also available each evening. Aubergine’s cuisine rests on a classical foundation from which innovations are continually created, incorporating influences from East and West.
Cuisine: Local, International
Style/Ambiance: This sensational wine estate restaurant uses local and organic ingredients in dishes bursting with fresh, sumptuous and warming flavors.
A stunning contemporary interior is in elegant contrast to the romantic idyll of the oak-tree-canopied terrace, where alfresco dining comes with magical views of the Stellenbosch valley and mountains.
Cuisine: Seafood, Local and Mediterranean Fusion
Style/Ambiance: Blues is a well-loved summer dining hotspot, with a laid-back seaside atmosphere, exceptional sea views, the freshest seafood, and excellent cocktails to be enjoyed in front of a clear ocean sunset.
Its impressive seasonal menu embraces fresh local ingredients and international fusion. Get here early in the summer for the best seats to take in the glowing sunset.
Cuisine: French and Asian Fusion
Style/Ambiance: Widely acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in the Western Cape, the legendary La Colombe is a unique, unmissable dining experience on your visit to Cape Town.
Cuisine: Nouvelle Latin
Style/Ambiance: The Test Kitchen, the restaurant to put Woodstock on the foodie map in Cape Town, offers nouvelle Latin cuisine with a South African touch.
Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ restaurant is a foodie’s heaven. Combining culinary perfection and classical technique, his food is bold and inventive. The restaurant holds one of the country’s best cellars, providing the best local wines.
Each dish here is delicious and beautifully presented. Opts for the seven-course tasting menu and to spurn the international wine labels on offer for a South African pairing.
The open plan kitchen allows guests to watch chefs prepare an array of experimental dishes in an industrial-like environment, offering fabulous city and mountain views.
Led by the legendary Peter Tempelhoff, one of two Relais & Châteaux Grand Chefs in South Africa, and Ashley Moss, this much loved eatery at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel should feature on every foodie’s to-do list. Drawing inspiration from sea and land, Greenhouse offers modern South African cuisine at its best, accompanied by sophistication, refinement and a magnificent five-star setting.
This Noordhoek institution, where top chef and La Colombe founder Franck Dangereux works his magic, offers a more relaxed take on fine-dining. Housed in a charming old barn, The Foodbarn offers a unique food experience; in addition to the restaurant, there’s also a deli (which transforms into a tapas bar at night) and pop-up kitchen, every Wednesday at the Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market.
If you can get over the awfully punny name, an absolutlely amazing extravaganza of fresh fish, delectable shellfish and delicious, innovative sushi. The freshness quality and variety is spectacular – Giant prawns from Mocambique, Oysters, Langoustines and Crayfish, tender Falkland’s Calamari and huge variety of the freshest Linefish.
Create your own platter or one for the table to share, or simply have fish and chips and enjoy the warmth and genuine care of the staff, like guests in our home. In other words the options and possibilities are endless.
As the most popular restaurant in Camps Bay for over 17 years the atmosphere is busy and buzzing.