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Fine Dining

Fine Dining

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:

The Biscuit Mill and Bay Harbor Market

These two very different local markets offer an opportunity to experience the sheer diversity and talent that is the hallmark of Cape Town’s local food scene. The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is open on Saturday morning while the Hout Bay Market operates on the weekends. The local food, baked goods and specialty items are in such abundance as to leave you wishing you’d “left room for that”. Come early and browse for at least 20 minutes before digging in as the choices are insane!

Our favorite Saturday morning Cape Town “thing” is to get up early, stroll along the beach or take a walk on Lions Head and then head for the Biscuit Mill for a Brunch that never ends.

The Roundhouse

Cuisine: Local, International Fusion 

Style/Ambiance: Impeccable service and sublime luxury are on offer at The Roundhouse, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which combines a beautiful natural setting and unique, individual dining spaces bursting with character and historical interest.


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.


Delaire Graff Restaurant

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.


Blues Restaurant & Bar

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.


La Colombe at Silvermist

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.


Test Kitchen

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.


The Greenhouse

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.


The Food Barn

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.


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For Steak Lovers:

Some of the best Steak Houses in the World are in Cape Town.. Here are some that can’t be missed:

Primal Eatery 
On top of the Orange Street hill lies an eatery that will blow your mind. From food offerings to the staff and décor, Primal Eatery offers meat-lovers an experience of South African traditions, merged with that of the Mediterranean, creating a night of fun-dining at the modern hotspot. With funky beats in the background and the entire concept of Primal Eatery is based on the South African cultural practice of braaing, Brynn and Kristina, partners in both life and business, decided to add a contemporary twist to something that we, as South Africans, have been doing for years

Nelson’s Eye 
There’s a reason this popular steakhouse has been around since the 60s: the old-school joint serves up top-quality, succulent steaks that are wet aged for up to 21 days, and you can even choose your own cut at the grill. Not to mention, carnivores who scoff at anything smaller than a 500-g portion can tuck into 600-g sirloin, rump or T-bone and 800- or 900-g racks of tasty ribs.

Headquarters Restaurant
Headquarters Restaurant, Headquarters Restaurant, also known as HQ, is so confident in their steak dish that for a while it was the only meal they offered. Having since added to their menu diners can still expect straightforward, flavour-focused dishes. Sink your teeth into their signature sirloin steak meal that comes complete with chips and a house salad. There are a number of mouth-watering tapas options, including the Lamb Sliders, Marinated Chicken Skewers or Triple Cooked Pork Belly Cubes

The Hussar Grill
This award-winning restaurant group has over 45 years of experience preparing high-grade beef and game under its belt, and this certainly comes through in each meal. Highlights on the menu include the deliciously indulgent Hussar Carpetbagger – fillet mignon stuffed with smoked oysters and cheddar cheese and topped off with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce – and the Game Steak, which changes regularly depending on what’s available. The staff, who are all trained in house, offer quick, friendly service at every one of the group’s various branches (there are six throughout the Cape), making the dining experience that much more pleasurable. But what makes this steakhouse truly exceptional? The restaurants don’t charge a corkage fee, so diners are free to bring along their own choice of wine to accompany their excellent steaks.

As its name suggests, this Italian carnivore’s paradise is all about the meat – T-bone, sirloin, rib-eye and rump are all cooked to perfection here. Owner Giorgio Nava is rather obsessed with detail, and most of the fine, free-range cuts of Romagnoala beef, Dorper lamb and game that the restaurant serves up come from animals that are ethically reared on his own farms in the Karoo. Carne SA is the ideal after-work meeting place and features a modish bar lounge dotted with paraphernalia reminiscent of a traditional Italian butchery, like butcher’s blocks and a retro Italian meat slicer.