The Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town
The Royal Portfolio's Best Restaurants in Cape Town
We’re often asked by our discerning guests to recommend the best restaurants in and around Cape Town. Our team of expert concierges has compiled The Royal Portfolio’s list of Cape Town’s Top 20 Restaurants 2021.
2020 has been a year full of challenges, however, our city’s resilient restaurateurs are reopening their doors. It’s even more encouraging to see exciting new openings on the list.
Chef James Gaag delivers French-inspired dishes prepared using local ingredients and culinary mastery. La Colombe offers an award-winning fine dining experience coupled with rich vineyard views.
Voted “South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year” by the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards in 2019.
Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia
021 794 2390
An eclectic and quirky restaurant set inside a richly furnished Victorian house with a lively courtyard and fairy-lit garden. Kloof Street House has a cosy yet sophisticated atmosphere and serves a brasserie-style menu that puts a glamorous spin on South Africa’s favourite comfort foods. Their live jazz Sundays are not to be missed.
30 Kloof Street, Gardens
021 423 4413
Liam Tomlin’s acclaimed restaurants on Bree Street, at Beau Constantia and at Tintswalo deliver exceptionally modern tapas-style dishes. Whether you find yourself dining at Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen, a relaxed city-centre café on Bree, over-looking the Cape wine valleys at Beau Constantia or with the Atlantic ocean under your table at Tintswalo, you will encounter the same attentive service and world-class cuisine.
Bree Street, Cape Town
021 422 0128
Beau Constantia Wine Estate
021 794 8632
Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay
021 541 0165
A contemporary, brasserie-style restaurant showcasing seasonal and local ingredients. Dining in The Granary Café is a unique experience as shimmering pillowed-glass windows designed by Thomas Heatherwick create an atmosphere of romance where uninterrupted views of the Mother City accompany every dish.
The Silo Hotel, V&A Waterfront
021 670 0511
Fine dining at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel with an emphasis on fresh hyper-local ingredients and creative plating. Dishes are exquisitely presented while the exceptional wine list focuses on the Constantia Valley. The restaurant is an airy space with garden views during the day and a more sleek and sophisticated formal dining experience by night.
Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Constantia
021 795 6226
Celebrated chef Liam Tomlin’s signature style takes on an authentic Indian theme. A tapas-for-two style menu is served over three courses, starting with milder flavours and ending with hotter curries. Enjoy this exotic Indian cuisine inside or in a sparkling courtyard.
3 Park Road, Gardens
021 286 2110
Delicious contemporary cuisine beautifully presented with great attention to detail. Foxcroft is a stylish, modern restaurant located in a local strip mall among the vineyards of Constantia. It merges minimalist decor and bold flavours in an elegantly urban space. Look out for the cheese room.
Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre, Constantia
021 202 3304
Belly of the Beast is a nose to tail eatery, with no menu options or set amount of courses. All you do is show up and trust Chef’s Anouchka Horn and Neil Swart to satisfy with their seasonal flair and culinary mastery. This 20 seater restaurant provides intimate lunch and dining experiences.
110 Harrington St, Cape Town
021 461 0335
Chef Matt Manning serves refined bistro-style food, in a relaxed, contemporary space. The small menu changes regularly, but you can expect a selection of dishes in a starter or main-size portion and a fine selection of wines.
103 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
087 153 5244
The culinary venue that hosted Janse & Co now presents Chef Jesper Nilsson with his concept, Elgr, a modern, casual and multi-cultural dining experience. Subtle forest elements are reflected in calm sage green and charcoal tones with abundant indoor foliage and an open kitchen. A newly installed bar is the focal point of the spacious, outdoor courtyard. Elgr meaning ‘moose’ in old Norse, a nod to Jesper’s Swedish heritage, opened in December 2020.
75 Kloof Street, Gardens
082 924 7621
On its ground floor, is the elegant Italian restaurant Locanda, where diners can enjoy world-class Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. The cocktails are cutting-edge and should not be missed.
47 Bree Street, Cape Town
021 418 2740
Luke Dale Robert’s contemporary top floor restaurant serves exquisite tapas-style food. Known for being one of the most sought after spots in Cape town, The Pot Luck Club takes guests on a culinary journey where each sharing plate is inspired by one of the five basic tastes: salty, sour, sweet, umami and bitter. Be sure to try out the Sunday Brunch.
Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
021 447 0804
Fresh seafood and crisp white wines are the order of the day in this relaxed and friendly Bree Street restaurant. Unwind with a drink in hand out on the terrace or feast on endless oysters during happy hour at the oyster and MCC bar.
211-213 Bree Street
074 79 39 349
Luke Dale-Roberts has reimagined The Shortmarket Club with an upmarket, brasserie-styled menu for lunch and dinner in the city centre. The decor remains the same with a sophisticated, luxe old-world feel offering diners a comforting experience in a lavish environment.
88 Shortmarket Street
072 382 8664
Salsify at The Roundhouse looks out over Camps Bay’s leafy glen to the ocean and Twelve Apostles mountains. Go for the à la carte menu in the interests of tasting the greatest possible variety of dishes.
Round House Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
021 010 6444
Built on the Cape’s first farm (est. 1682) is this modern bistro serving tapas-style dishes alongside views of the expansive winelands on Steenberg wine estate. Ideal for lunch and a wine tasting on a sunny day.
Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai
021 713 2211
Acclaimed chef Peter Tempelhoff, who also operates FYN listed below, has opened a new restaurant in one of Buitenverwachting’s original thatch buildings that forms part of the historic wine estate. Enjoy an a la carte menu with breath-taking views of the Constantia Winelands.
Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road
021 794 0306
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
Relaxed, country-style fine dining set in a characterful old barn. Classic dishes with a modern twist are accompanied by a great wine selection. The atmosphere is sophisticated but unpretentious.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek
021 789 1390
Exquisite food in an equally picturesque, design-driven environment. The food and décor are perfectly paired, to the point where you can’t tell where the kitchen ends and the restaurant begins. The Asian-inspired menu is a fusion of Japanese flavours and local South African ingredients. Don’t leave without trying one of their Japanese whiskies.
5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament St, Cape Town City Centre
021 286 2733
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There were a few that didn’t quite make the Top 20, but which are certainly worth a visit…
Il Leone is a charming, white table-clothed Italian restaurant that’s a favourite among locals. Try the Linguine Portofino. Aubergine is a stalwart of the Cape Town fine dining scene and has a seriously impressive wine list. Villa 47 on bustling Bree Street celebrates Mediterranean & Asian cuisine across three vibrant and trendy floors. Harbour House specialises in fresh fish, sushi and lavish seafood platters where all are accompanied by exquisite sea views.
For those more interested in the wine than the food, try out Publik wine bar on Kloof Nek or Bouchon just off Bree Street. The world-famous Nobu serves a stylish blend of traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian inspired ingredients at the trendy One & Only Hotel.
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