It seems almost unfair to have to pick only 10 amazing eateries in Cape Town. There’s so much, if not too much, variety and culture to choose from. From fine dining to bistro cafés and African to Asian cuisine. One can start at Bo Kaap and end all the way down in the CBD’s Eastern Food Bazaar.
With a little guidance from Eat Out, food24 and having the pleasure of trying out some of the restaurants for ourselves, the search was narrowed down, but still painstakingly hard, which is why we ended up picking 12 restaurants instead of 10.
The Test Kitchen
Currently ranked as one of the top if not the top restaurant in South Africa, it’s no surprise that this little place is on our top ten list. Situated in Woodstock (Old Biscuitmill) it’s won restaurant of the year in 2012 and loved and run by Luke Dale-Roberts who also boasts with the Chef of the year award in 2011
Food is an adventure with choices of a Lunch a la Carte, Lunch 5 course, Lunch vegetarian, a Dinner Discovery and Gourmand Dinner.
“I want guests to be surprised and delighted, to wonder what ingredients we have used and how we made it. It should be an adventure!” – Luke Dale-Roberts, Chef and Owner, The Test Kitchen.
Bookings and reservations are essential:
- +27 (0) 21 447 2337
The Woodlands Eatery
If fancy and laid back ever had to meet for dinner, they would do it in this place with a craft beer. Up in Vrede Hoek The Woodlands Eatery is cosy with a variety of foods and even some gluten free, wheat free options!
The menu changes regularly but the wood-fried pizzas are delicious. Try their filling butternut salad and for desert the chocolate fondant.
- 021 801 5799
- 2 Deer Park drive, Deer Park, Vredehoek
Vanessa Marx (winner of the 2013 Rising Star Award).
In an almost 200 year old building this all-day brasserie and occasional event space is home to the 2013 Rising Star Winner Chef Vanessa Marx. The restaurant focusses on ethical terms of sourcing ingredients and picks their produce localy.
Although they host a lot of variety on their menus which also change from time to time their vegetarian dishes are the most talked about.
For bookings or enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or simply call: 021 422 4920.
An amazing vibe with happy serving employees and boerewors rolls like you’ve never tasted before. It’s a restaurant in the “local is lekker” category but with a tiny twist – it’s gourmet. Anything with sautéed onions on it is a must.
Pop in for their April special this moth: “Any boerie roll, chips, beerie and dessert for just 99bucks”
They’re on the corner of Kloof and long. Shop No. 5, Buitenkloof Studios. No reservations needed and I on a first come first serve basis.
Madame Zingara brand continuously amazes by bringing food, décor and poele together in some of the most imaginative ways possible. Café Paridiso is yet another one of their chain restaurants that’s been around for quite some time now and brings locals home and foreigners back every time.
Just by reading some of the reviews you’ll be wondering why you haven’t shown your face there.
- 021 423 8653
- 110 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Wildly popular for its handcrafted beer and Pregos, this establishment is laid back with and American style and feel. They always have new and upcoming trends like free wine tastings on Thursdays.
Defiantly go for their craft beer (or ginger beer) with a, 100% pure beef patty, burger
- 021 422 2770
- Shop 7, 110 Bree Street,City Bowl, Cape Town
The dogs Bullocks (The YARD)
Roode hek gardens; a playground for hipsters and people obsessed with hashtag. It’s here where one can find the absolute magic of what a real burger tastes like. But you have to be quick about it the Dogs Bollocks serves a daily dose of 50 gourmet burgers every day after 17:00 and breakfast until 16:00, sound like a pretty sweet deal.
Da Vinci’s on Kloof
This culinary spot opened its doors in 1993 and since then strived on locals who love the fancy décor in a relaxed setting (so your mood can go either way)
Famous for their burger in a bowl served with a fresh helping of crispy salad and of course the pizza. Da Vinci’s also hosts weekly sometimes monthly specials so be sure to keep both your eyes on their facebook page.
- 021 424 7504
- Open 7 days a week
- 11h30 – 23h30
- 70 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Hearty meals at a reasonable price and passion in love placed in their food this wine & bistro bar is welcoming no matter what you arrive in.
“We believe life is all about experiences, the kind that leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach.”
Named as one of the best bistros in town by EatOut and with more than 60 wines to choose from, it’s definitely worth it to pop in for something exceptional.
- 021 434 8797
- 341 Main Road, Sea Point.
If food is not a great enough incentive for you to get of your bum and visit this fine establishment then go for the walls which are by far my favourite part. Hats, violins, Chellos and guitars dangle where wall paper ought to be. It’s a place with personality and basically the best ambience in town.
The Miss Piggy (with bacon and guacamole) is one for the books and don’t even get us started on the milkshakes. They’re famously double thick with over 20 different choices. Strawberry and Mint, Romany Cream, Honeycomb and even a Jack Daniels & Peanut Butter.
- 273 Long Street,
- Cape Town
- Tel. 021 422 4536
Cosy and warm like mom’s kitchen, the fresh farm eggs and smell of bacon will ease the homesickness. There are beautiful red velvet cupcakes that stare at you from beyond the display case and burger night on Thursdays is a must. It’s no surprise that this little joint is locals’ treasure on a hill.
- 021 424 0521
- 3 De Lorentz Street, Cape Town
We couldn’t have a foodie list without it having some Asian influence splashed on it now could we? With Beautifully polished granite floors and soft pastille colours your dining experience will most defiantly be a memorable one. Guests can watch their food being artfully prepared in the state-of-the-art open kitchen.
Moat probably the only place where you can find the best dim sum and Asian tapas in town.
- 021 418 5700
- Shop No. 6264, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf Waterfront, Cape Town