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 2020.
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
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. There’s also a great little wine bar in the same building – Froggit & Vonkel.
103 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
087 898 2207
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 0500
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
Liam Tomlin’s acclaimed restaurants on Bree Street and at Beau Constantia deliver exceptionally modern tapas-style dishes. Whether you find yourself dining at Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen, a relaxed city-centre café on Bree, or over-looking the Cape wine valleys at Beau Constantia, 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
A casual, fine dining restaurant on bustling Kloof Street offering an array of tasting menus varying in length and a succinct wine list which includes boutique wines from around the Cape. Janse & Co are also passionate about making their own cheeses and cured meats. Spend summer nights under the stars in a romantic courtyard or in the main dining area overlooking the open kitchen.
75 Kloof Street, Gardens
082 924 7621
La Tête is the culinary dream of two brothers, Giles and James Edwards. Giles worked with Fergus Henderson, learning his Nose-to-Tail philosophy for seven years at the St John Restaurant in London. The unconventional menu and primordial gastronomy would have Asterix & Obelix guffawing with lip-smacking delight.
17 Bree Street, Cape Town
021 418 1299
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 and chef Wesley Randles offer a vibrant and contemporary dining experience for lunch and dinner in the city centre. The venue has been designed with a luxe old-world feel and Randles’ dishes are prepared with his identifiable style and innovation.
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
The world-famous, stylish blend of traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian inspired ingredients. Enjoy Michelin-starred chef Nobu’s masterful menu of fresh creations in the trendy One & Only Hotel.
One & Only, V&A Waterfront
021 431 5888
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
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.
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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 while Carne is an excellent choice for red meat lovers – try the lamb ravioli to start and the T-Bone for two. The Commissary is a casual eatery serving no-fuss plates packed with big flavours, perfect for diners who are on-the-go.
Villa 47 on bustling Bree Street celebrates Mediterranean & Asian cuisine across three vibrant and trendy floors. 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. Upper Bloem adopts the uniqueness of Cape Town and draws inspiration from the port city’s mix of cultures especially the Cape Malay influence. Harbour House specialises in fresh fish, sushi and lavish seafood platters where all are accompanied by exquisite sea views.
Mulberry & Prince is an interesting 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 on Kloof Nek or Bouchon just off Bree Street.
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