Cape Town's Top Restaurants

You can't go wrong eating out in Cape Town and its surrounding areas. It's truly a gastronomic delight and by far the best fine dining destination in Africa. My selection of Cape Town's top 10 restaurants offers a variety of gorgeous locations, where you can enjoy excellent fresh, organic local menus paired with world-class wines. Many of the finest restaurants are located in the Winelands, where a four hundred year history of ​winemaking and culinary genius continues to this day.

01 of 09

Rust en Vrede

Rust en Vrede Restaurant, Stellenbosch
Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Address
Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 881 3757
Fine Dining
4.5

Rust en Vrede has consistently rated a top restaurant in the Cape Town area and you will really not be disappointed. The food is contemporary with a classic flair. Locally grown, organic ingredients are used to create dishes like Salmon Trout Mi Cuit, Yuzu Jelly, Apple Caviar, Horseradish, and Ginger Crumble. The four and six-course menus are fantastic, and a very fun way to try as many dishes as possible, all paired with different wines from the estate. The setting in a ​historic wine estate can't be beaten, especially if you make it for sundown around 6 pm. The service is impeccable and the vibe is very relaxed.

Reservations: (021) 881-3757 or check online.

02 of 09

The Strandloper

The Strandloper
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Address
Leentjiesklip, Langebaan, 7357, South Africa
Phone
+27 22 772 2490

The Strandloper is not so much a restaurant as a jumble of old rowing boats, fishing nets, wind shelters and other flotsam and jetsam that seem to have landed on the beach in a storm. You sit on the sand and you eat. The name Strandloper comes from Stone Age beachcombers who left evidence of their own beach braais in shell middens all around the coastline. There are 10 courses in all, but no-one announces them, you just get up and help yourself whenever you're ready. Mussels in white wine, mussels in garlic butter, haarders (mullet), seafood paella, braaied snoek, smoked angelfish, stumpnose bream and kreef. It's a delicious feast of food and culture.
Reservations: call +27 (0)22 77 22 490.

03 of 09

Aubergine

Address
39 Barnet St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 465 4909

Aubergine serves contemporary food with a lovely blend of Asian and western influences. On the dinner menu, a Rare-Fried Ostrich Fillet in a morel mushroom sauce sits comfortably next to Medallions of Pork Fillet with lardo flavors fried blue cheese wonton and roccula-tomato sauce. The eclectic menu is paired with excellent wine and good service. The restaurant is cozy and romantic, a perfect place for a date, but also great if you're just out with friends. Vegetarians are well served here and so is the after-work crowd looking for a classy place to have a drink and some light, delicious snacks.​

Reservations: call (27) 21 465 4909 -- or go online. 

04 of 09

Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français

Tasting Room, Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, South Africa
 Tasting Room, Le Quartier Francais
Address
Berg Street &, Wilhelmina St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 876 2151

The Tasting Room is on San Pellegrino's list of top 50 restaurants in the world for its fine dining menu, created by Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef -- Margot Janse. The dishes are inspired by unique African ingredients, each one offers a delicious surprise to be savored long after the meal is finished. Every tasting plate is served with a complimentary wine. Expect to spend at least three hours here to enjoy each course. The decor is exquisite but the dining is still relaxed with no dress code in place. The grounds of this exclusive boutique hotel are lovely to take a pre-dinner stroll around.

Reservations: call (021) 876 8442 or make a booking online.

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05 of 09

The Roundhouse

Roundhouse Restaurant, Cape Town
 Roundhouse Restaurant, Cape Town
Address
Round House Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 438 4347

Wonderful views, fantastic ambiance, and excellent service round out the be beaten food at The Roundhouse. During the summer you can have lunch al fresco on the terraces of the historic property while overlooking the sun worshippers enjoying the Camps Bay beach. In the evenings, the Roundhouse offers a wonderful tasting menu, paired with complimentary wines and to die for desserts. The main dining area, The Somerset Room, has glorious panoramic views of the mountains and bays, it's truly a picture-perfect setting. The dining menu offers contemporary dishes with an Asian/African twist.

Reservations: call 021 438 4347 or go online.

06 of 09

La Colombe

La Colombe, Constantia Uitsig, Cape Town Restaurants
La Colombe
Address
Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 794 2390

La Colombe has a regular spot on the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World. The executive chef Scot Kirton offers a tasty menu inspired by classic French cuisine with an Asian twist. The gorgeous setting, within Cape Town's most famous vineyard and overlooking a fountain courtyard, adds to the classy dining experience. The winter special menu is great value (from May - September) and offers diners a chance to sample five different courses for a set price. Signature dishes use local, fresh ingredients and a fantastic wine list makes it all taste even better.

Reservations: call +27 21 794 2390.

07 of 09

Beluga

Beluga Restaurant
 Beluga Restaurant
Address
70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 418 2948

Fish lovers gather at the Beluga for a whale of a time. Beluga is one of Cape Town's most established seafood restaurants. The sushi, dim sum, and sashimi get top marks, and the lamb shank is excellent as well. This is a popular restaurant with lots of energy, so if you're looking for a quiet romantic evening, maybe not your best bet, (check out Servuga, the sister restaurant instead). The bar buzzes at happy hour, and also serves up the light fare to wash down a strong cocktail or two. Prices are very reasonable and service is excellent even when the restaurant is filled to capacity.

Reservations: call 021 418 2948.

08 of 09

Jonkershuis

Jonkershuis
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Address
Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 794 6255

Jonkershuis is a wonderful option for those looking for great food, at reasonable prices in a lovely setting. The menu consists of mostly light dishes, light pasta, gourmet salads, and spicy Cape Malay specials. The burgers are considered among the best in Cape Town. In the summer, it's wonderful to enjoy your meal under century-old​ oak trees in the beautiful gardens. "Jonkershuis" means “young man's house” and it was a second dwelling typical of all Cape Dutch homesteads, where the eldest son would set up house in anticipation of inheriting the whole.

Reservations: call 021 794 5128

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09 of 09

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme of Franschhoek Wine Valley, South Africa
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Address
Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Phone
+27 21 876 3016

La Petite Ferme is a lovely little restaurant that's been run by three generations and considered to be one of the best in a town known for its exceptional restaurants. The lunch, in particular, is heavenly. Where else could you enjoy a starter of bite-size Springbok Bobotie, served with peppered poppadums and sambals? And while your taste buds are savoring the food, your eyeballs will be lapping up the gorgeous valley and lake views. Conde Nast Traveller named La Petite Ferme as one of the top 15 'Best Value' establishments in the world. There are guest rooms available if you'd like to stay a little longer and savor the setting.

Reservations: call +27 (0)21 876 3016/8​

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The Best Cape Town Restaurants