Restaurants in Cape Town
Foodies will appreciate the quality and variety of restaurants in Cape Town. Regarding menus, they will find a wide variety of international fare, along with many restaurants that offer local Cape Malay dishes and traditional African cuisine. Seafood is extremely popular too. Fine diners and families with young children will find they are equally well-catered for, and vegetarians and vegans will also feel at home.
Camps Bay and the Waterfront have a wide variety of restaurants, but many of the better ones are outside these tourist hotspots. The town of Franschhoek is just 40 minutes outside Cape Town and is considered the gourmet capital of South Africa. Many of the wine farms in Constantia and around Stellenbosch have fantastic establishments for long lunching over a bottle of the superb local wine.
Visitors to Cape Town during the winter months should take advantage of 'winter menus' offered by most restaurants. These are astoundingly good value deals, often packaged as a tasting menu of five courses or more. Restaurants in Cape Town usually add a 10 to 15 percent service charge to tables of six or more. Otherwise, waiters expect a tip of 10 to 15 percent for good service.
Located in wine country and against the backdrop of the Constantiaberg Mountain, Constantia Uitsig has been a huge success story since day one. The menu is Italian-French, though Chef Clayton Bell continues to create food with broader influences than his original Provencale-Tuscan mix. Bookings are essential.
Address: Constantia Uitsig Farm, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
Telephone: 021 794 6500
Miller's Thumb is Jane and Solly Solomon's refreshingly casual seafood establishment. Set in uptown Cape Town, it's ever-changing chalkboard menu offers customers a good chance of discovering something new, though it tends to include familiar options as well. Cajun and Creole dishes are the order of the day, as is Yaki Soba, an award-winning Japanese dish with cashes, chickens and prawns. Thankfully, it's a staple. There's generally a pasta dish or two, complemented by an array of interesting sauces and a selection of good wines.
Address: 10b Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof
Telephone: 021 424 3838
Situated just behind Camps Bay's main strip, the Codfather offers a unique presentation of fine fish. There is no menu at this low-key restaurant. Patrons make their choice after a personal discourse with their waiter on the daily specials. It is then weighed, prepared to the highest standard, and served to their table. Staff are all first class and provide a service of the highest order. There is also a sushi bar. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 37 The Drive, Camps Bay
Telephone: 021 438 0782
Beluga is a stylish and sophisticated eatery located in the Foundry, a 100-year-old redbrick building that once housed one of the city's oldest metal works. It now has a modern interior design as well as an office centre, integrating into what has become Cape Town's film and modelling district. The restaurant offers the best of a wide range of cuisines. However, there are plenty of robust flavours, interesting ingredients, and generous portions. The cocktail bar serves great drinks, perfectly complemented by its famous sushi menu. Tables spill out onto an enclosed courtyard, serving light meals and coffees from early until late.
Address: The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point
Telephone: 021 418 2948
Royale is the gourmet burger joint of choice in Cape Town. It's not uncommon to see scruffy-jeaned skaters at one table and trendy executives at another. Patrons can choose beef, chicken, ostrich or veggie patties, and can chop and change toppings. Regarding sides, they can go for regular fries, sweet potato fries, potato wedges or delicious salads.
Aside from offerings like 'The Miss Piggy' and 'The Fat Bastard' (double everything), the restaurant serves a variety of pizzas and milkshakes. Royale also boasts an upstairs bar and live-music lounge known as the Waiting Room, and a third floor reserved for private functions and sundowners.
Address: 273 Long Street
Telephone: 021 422 4536
Regarded as one of Cape Town's most stylish dinner-dance venues, Pigalle is a vast, split-level restaurant divided into intimate dining areas, each boasting a view of the dance floor and band. The lavish furnishings, elegant tables, and background music create the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy sumptuous offerings from the set menus, or from the à la carte menu. Black mussels provide a delicious start to the dining experience. From there, patrons could move on to the ostrich fillet with mushroom and peppercorn sauce, the fillet medallions, or the Pigalle Platter (prawns and langoustines in lemon butter). Couples could round off their meals by sharing the crème brûlée or baked cheesecake. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Address: 57A Somerset Rd, Greenpoint
Telephone: 021 421 4848
Something of a Cape Town institution, Café Mozart has been attracting locals and foreigners for over thirty years. Serving some of the best coffee in town, Café Mozart is a great breakfast stop, with tables spilling out onto a shaded pedestrianised walkway, where buskers amuse passers-by with some lively tunes. With superb fruit juices, a mouth-watering selection of sandwiches made on freshly baked bread, and an attractive daily menu created at the whim of chef and proprietor Tom Kelley, there is something for everyone. Tea lovers should sample the restaurant's variety of loose-leaf teas, all of which are served in elegant silver teapots and quirky crockery. Café Mozart is open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch.
Address: 37 Church Street
Telephone: 021 422 1765
Tobago's Restaurant, Bar and Terrace
With its prime location near the Cape Town Stadium, Tobago's restaurant in the Radisson Blu Hotel is a celebrated venue for visitors to enjoy a long luxurious lunch or dinner. Diners are offered a wonderful selection of meals from the restaurant's world-class menu, made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients. They can also choose from a buffet, which is best enjoyed in the stylish dining area or outside on the beautiful waterfront terrace. Tobago's is a good option for those seeking fine dining before or after a sport event or concert at the Cape Town Stadium.
Address: Beach Road, Granger Bay
Telephone: 021 441 3000
Myoga is a trendy and upmarket Cape Town establishment that serves the finest in contemporary fusion cuisine. With a friendly and laidback atmosphere, its speciality dishes include the caramelised pear and walnut gorgonzola. Another favourite is the seared ostrich with mango and fynbos honey, a unique dish which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The kitchen itself is set in the middle of the restaurant, allowing patrons to see the staff's craft. Myoga is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations are essential.
Address: Colinton Road, Newlands
Telephone: 021 657 4545
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