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18 January2017

by Greg Cooke

The Royal Porftolio's Best Restaurants in Cape Town

We’re often asked by our discerning guests to recommend the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, museums and galleries in and around Cape Town.

There is no shortage of enthusiasm around The Royal Portfolio for these recommendations as new restaurants, bars and attractions pop up in Cape Town on a seemingly weekly basis. To get the rissole rolling we’ve started with our Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town – something to sate every craving.

The Shortmarket Club

Luke Dale-Roberts latest venture with chef Wesley Randles offers a vibrant and contemporary dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the city centre.

88 Shortmarket Street
021 447 2874



Fine dining with chef Peter Templehoff at the Cellars-Hohenort hotel. The emphasis is on interesting local ingredients. Dishes are exquisitely presented while the exceptional wine list focuses on the Constantia Valley.

Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Constantia
021 795 6226

Kloof Street House

Fun, eclectic and quirky restaurant and bar with a lovely courtyard. Contemporary comfort food with a South African twist. Sunday jazz is a winner.

30 Kloof Street, Gardens
021 423 4413


Delicious, beautifully presented contemporary cuisine in a stylish, modern environment. Look out for the cheese room.

Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre, Constantia
021 202 3304

The Stack

The Stack is where you’ll find the city’s cool creatives enjoying brasserie style food and trendy cocktails in a super-stylish, double-decker venue, housed in the historic Leinster Hall.

7 Weltevreden St, Gardens
021 286 0187

La Tête

La Tête is the culinary dream of two brothers, Giles and James Edwards. Giles trained as a chef in Cape Town before moving to London in 2005. He worked with Fergus Henderson, learning his Nose-to-Tail philosophy for seven years at the St John Restaurant in London. The primordial gastronomy would have Asterix & Obelix guffawing with lip smacking delight.

17 Bree Street, Cape Town
021 418 1299


Celebrated chef Liam Tomlin’s signature style takes on a authentic Indian theme. You have two menu choices at Thali – take it or leave it. We certainly recommend that you take it. The tapas for two includes seven remarkable dishes rich in exotic flavours while an interesting wine selection pairs favourably with the Eastern spices.


3 Park Road
021 286 2110

Chef’s Warehouse

Liam Tomlin’s acclaimed restaurant delivers exceptional modern tapas style dishes in a relaxed canteen on Heritage Square. You can’t book and the kitchen closes at 8pm so get there early. A sister restaurant has now opened on Beau Constantia wine farm which does take bookings.

92 Bree Street
021 422 0128

Beau Constantia Wine Estate
021 794 8632


A busy Peruvian bar and grill on the eternally trendy Bree Street. The menu is short and sweet and there’s a great wine list. Try a Pisco Sours and the Seared Tuna Tiradito.

114 Bree St
021 422 0757

Harbour House

A great option for seafood lovers in the bustling V&A Waterfront.

Quay Four, V&A Waterfront
021 418 4744

The Test Kitchen

Voted as one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world, Luke Dale-Robert’s signature restaurant offers an unrivalled gastronomic experience for passionate food lovers. Splash out on the iconic wine pairing.

Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
021 447 2337

La Colombe

Chef Scot Kirton delivers exquisitely plated contemporary cuisine at this stalwart of the Cape Town restaurant scene.

Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia
021 795 0125

The Pot Luck Club

Luke Dale Robert’s contemporary top floor restaurant serves exquisite tapas style food with wonderful views. Be sure to try out the Sunday Brunch.

Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
021 447 0804

Black Sheep Restaurant

Contemporary gastropub at the top of Kloof Street.

104 Kloof Street
021 426 2661


Great steaks and an excellent wine list. Try the lamb ravioli to start and the T-Bone for two.

153 Kloof Street
021 424 3460 or 021 426 5566


Push the boat out with signature dishes such as the Black Cod at this internationally acclaimed Peruvian/Japanese restaurant in the One&Only Cape Town.

One&Only, V&A Waterfront
021 431 5111

The Granary Café

An extraordinary space in The Silo Hotel offering a mix of classical and contemporary dishes focusing on fresh, local ingredients. Open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner seven days a week.

The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
+27 (0) 21 670 0500

Il Leone

Relaxed Italian restaurant that’s a favourite among locals. Try the Linguine Portofino.

22 Cobern Street, Green Point
021 421 0071

Bistro Sixteen82

Contemporary bistro on Steenberg wine estate. Ideal for lunch and a wine tasting on a sunny day.   

Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai
021 713 2211

The Food Barn

Relaxed, neighbourhood atmosphere serving really great food. Sophisticated but unpretentious.

Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek
021 789 1390

If you’re looking to head out of town to take in the incredible scenery of the Western Cape, take a look at our list of the Top 10 Restaurants in the Cape Winelands.

Please find The Royal Portfolio’s latest restaurant and bar recommendations.

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Honorable Mentions

There were a few that didn’t quite make the Top 20, but which we thought worth mentioning. Chalk & Cork is a relaxed tapas restaurant on Kloof Street with a great wine list. They also have a pizza oven and serve cauliflower base pizzas for the carb conscious. Woodlands Eatery is a favourite among locals in Vredehoek and serves a delicious slow roast lamb pizza. Societi Bistro is a casual Italian/French bistro that serves a wonderful mushroom risotto – it has a great al fresco space for long summer lunches and is cosy inside by the fireplaces in winter. Mulberry & Prince is an interesting new addition to the Bree Street scene serving unusual flavour combinations in a stylish, modern dining room. And for those more interested in the wine than the food, try out Publik wine bar and Ash Restaurant in Heritage Square or nearby Bouchon. Aubergine is a stalwart of the Cape Town fine dining scene and has a seriously impressive wine list.

Willoughby & Co is the ideal lunch spot for a day out at the V&A Waterfront. It’s in a shopping centre, the wine list is limited to Fairview wines and you’ll likely have to queue, but it’s still serving up some of the best sushi and other Japanese cuisine in town. Villa 47 on bustling Bree Street celebrates Mediterranean & Asian cuisine across three vibrant and trendy floors.

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