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Restaurant Favourites

With so many sites to browse we've saved you time by putting together our own personal recommendations covering travel guides, things to do, eat/drink/dance, further-a-field and recommended accommodation.

Whatever and where-ever you end up we hope you have a great trip!

Phone: 021 438 0782

THE CODFATHER

…off the beaten track and one of Cape Town’s best loved seafood & sushi restaurants.

37 The Drive, Camps Bay
open daily 12pm til late

Phone: 021 788 5455

THE BRASS BELL

…after a session with the penguins at Boulders enjoy great basic fish & chips with a pint where the sea spray splashes against the windows. They have four different venues - The Brass Bell Grill, The Bikini Deck Waters Edge & Pavilion, The Cabin Bistro & The Beach

Main Rd, Kalk Bay Station
Mon-Sun 10am til late

Phone: 021 419 4848

COL'CACCHIO PIZZERIA

...this is part of the popular chain and has a large selection of thin-based pizzas with all the popular options and more unusual favorites like the Tre Colori (smoked salmon, sour cream, and caviar) and the Prostituto (avocado, bacon, feta, and spinach). There are also pastas and several large salads on offer.

The Spearhead, 42 Hans Strijdon Avenue,
Foreshore
Mon-Fri 11am-11pm
Sat-Sun 6pm-11pm

Col'Cacchio Pizzeria
Phone: 021 421 6666

MANHATTTANS

…now part of the Zingara group it has been restored to industrial chic with a splash of Wild West and just a hint of mischief. Burgers, cocktails and late night bar; fun local with no pretension

74 Waterkant Street
open daily 10am - 11pm

Phone: 021 465 0000

AUBERGINE

…we celebrated our 10th year anniversary here and re-visited recently and were not disappointed. It is a fine dining experience in a historical setting with a relaxed welcoming and warm atmosphere. If you want to treat yourself then this is a must.

39 Barnet Street, Gardens
Lunch Wed - Fri 12pm - 2pm Sept - April
Dinner Mon - Sat 6pm-10pm

Aubergine
Phone: 021 424 0000

BUKHARA

33 Church Street …one of the best curry houses in town, popular so book.

Mon - Sat 12pm-3pm
Mon - Sun 6pm - 11pm

Bukhara
Phone: 021 422 0221

AFRICA CAFE

108 Shortmarket Street, Heritage Square …booming African experience with food from the whole continent. Everything from Xhosa spinach patties to Mozambican peri peri prawns. 6.30pm-10pm daily

Africa Cafe
Phone: 021 421 3753

BELTHAZAR RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR

V&A Waterfront (shop 153) …wine by the glass with great steaks, game and fish.

Belthazar
Phone: 021 421 0071

IL LEONE

...a firm local favourite offering fresh Italian dishes without the red & white table clothes or hanging Rioja straw bottles in the ceiling!

22 Cobern Street
Tues-Sun 12pm-3pm
Tues-Sun 6.30pm-10.30pm

Phone: 021 418 2948/9

BELUGA

...a stylish popular venue located in the Foundry, a 100 year old red-brick building that once housed one of the city's oldest metal works. Generous portions catering for meat and fish lovers with lunchtime half price Sushi and cocktail bar.

The Foundry, Prestwich Street
Mon-Sun 12pm-11pm

Beluga
Phone: 021 424 2100

SOCIETY BISTRO

...this is a friendly local joint in the city and well worth a visit. Down-to-Earth and intimate with bar and al fresco dining in the walled garden offering local produce with good attentive service.

50 Orange Street, Gardens
Mon - Sat 12pm - 10pm

Phone: 021 439 4014

POSTICINO

...much loved cosy pizza/pasta parlour with a great variety of interesting toppings, upbeat service and outdoor patio for those hot evenings. Fridays and w'ends packed.

323 Main Road, Sea Point
open daily 12.30pm til late

Phone: 021 433 2081 

THE HUSSAR GRILL - MOUILLE POINT

..great place for beef and game cuts plus selection of fresh seafoods, pastas and salads just opposite the Cape Town Stadium. Impressive selection of wines and if you're going the whole hog then they offer malts, cognacs, ports and cigars. Moved from Green Point and now with sea views.

163 Beach Road
Mouille Point
Mon - Sat 12pm - 11pm
Sun & Public Holidays 12pm-10pm

Phone: 021 424 6334

FORK

...contemporary tapas combining traditional Spanish and modern European with a South African twist using fresh local ingredients. Exposed brick walls and cooper banded tables with leather sofas add warmth to this stylish but honest eatery.

84 Long Street
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

Fork
Phone: 021 419 2921

SLOPPY SAM

...ok, the name isn't encouraging but don't let that put you off. Mediterranean & Middle Eastern fare it offers Meze and lamb specials in an informal comfortable setting with loyal local regulars.

51a Somerset Road, Green Point
Mon-Sat 6.30pm - 10pm

Sloppy Sams
Phone: 021 426 4347 

SIMPLY ASIA - HERITAGE SQUARE

...this is a fast food chain but we'd only recommend this one; located in the CBD this small popular restaurant offers healthy and flavoursome Thai fragrant and spicy creations that smack of Asia.

94 Shortmarket Street
open daily 11am - 10.30pm

Phone: 021 425 9019

BEEFCAKES

..the vibe is fun, frothy, sparkly and pink. Unashamedly camp venue with innuendo menu, topless barmen that also attracts women who just want to have fun. Nightly shows with Bitchy Bingo & drag.

Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Road, Green Point
Mon-Fri 12pm -10pm
Sat 6pm - 11pm

Beefcakes
Phone: 021 434 8797

LA BOHEME WINE BAR & BISTRO

...locals love this place and simply put, it offers unpretentious delicious and very affordable food & wine with a friendly service. Warm, bustling, and busy so book well in advance.

341 Main Rd, Sea Point
open daily 12pm-10.30pm

Phone: 021 424 6373

HQ

...a very New York style steak restaurant focused on a single meal of salad, sirloin and chips! You only have to choose how you like you meat cooked and of course the dessert and drink!
Funky place that attracts a young crowd to its lounge style bar and courtyard; not a place for an intimate dinner.

100 Shortmarket Street, CBD
Mon - Thurs 12pm - 12am
Fri & Sat 12pm - 1am

Phone: 021 423 8653

CAFE PARADISO

...part of the Madame Zingara empire, this much loved location with its garden and warm Mediterranean décor mixes French and traditional South African dishes. Relaxing place to chill out and enjoy a lazy lunch or intimate dinner.

110 Kloof Street, CBD
Mon-Sat 9am-10pm
Sun 10am-3pm

Cafe Paradiso
Phone: 021 423 6805

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

...this place brings back memories of the original Madame Zingara and it's sister restaurant Carla Lazule. It's style is quirky gypsy and vibey eccentric where you will be forced to wear a costume hat and the waitresses definitely add to a fun packed evening.

158 Kloof Street, Gardens
Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm

The Bombay Bicycle Club
Phone: 021 422 0765

95 KEEROM

...stylish and upmarket Italian restaurant that has established its place in the hearts of Cape Town's in crowd. Definitely worth treating yourself and booking in advance to enjoy excellent food in this trendy establishment.

95 Keerom Street, CBD
Mon-Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm
Fri 12pm-2.30pm

95 Kerom
Phone: 021 447 3992

PANAMA JACK'S

...if you're looking for style, chic and contemporary look elsewhere! Built and expanded overtime from port-o-cabins the music is loud, the tables are crowded, and the decor is nonexistent, but nowhere in town will you find bigger crayfish. This is a good honest local fish restaurant and you must definitely try the live oyster vodka shot!

2nd Road Left after The Royal Yacht Club,
Table Bay Harbour
Mon-Fri & Sun 12pm-2.30pm
Mon-Sun 6.30pm - 10.30pm

Phone: 021 788 4133 / 021 418 4744

HARBOUR HOUSE - KALK BAY OR V&A

...its hard to compete with Kalk Bay's spectacular location with the sea spray hitting the restaurant windows however the V&A alternative has been tastefully built with a perfect spot to view the harbour and enjoy a drink. Both offer good fish and reasonable wine.

Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Rd
Mon-Sun 12pm-4pm & 6pm-10pm

Phone: 021 424 6772

MASALA DOSA

...no flocked wall paper or tired black tie waiter here! Not your typical Indian restaurant, this compact space is friendly and vibey offering a simple menu of gigantic dosas (thin pancake-like bread made with rice and lentil flour) served with a selection of South Indian curries. Basic wine list but good spot to start of from if you fancy a night on Long Street.

167 Long Street, CBD
Mon-Sat 12pm-10.30pm

Phone: 021 418 6115

WILLOUGHBY AND CO

...we'll be honest and, as locals, we prefer not eating in the V&A but as long as you sit inside this packed venue and forget you are in a shopping centre this place does serve the best fish and sushi in town so worth a try at least once.

Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, Waterfront
open daily 11.30am-10.30pm

Phone: 021 425 0551  

THE GRAND CAFE & BEACH

...Cape Town’s first beach café is located adjacent to the V&A Waterfront. Reclaimed sea sand has been used to create a fun private beach bar and restaurant. If the sun is shining this is a great place for a lazy long lunch or sun-downers.

Haul Road, off Beach Road, Granger Bay
Mon - Sun 12pm til late

Phone: 021 418 2042

HEMELHUIJS

...just walk down Waterkant Street and over the bridge towards the city and you'll find this chic daytime venue on the right. Fresh juices, cocktails, teas and coffee compliment the good size portioned food.

71 Waterkant Street
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Sat 9am-3pm

Phone: 021 554 1553

ONS HUISIE

...this is the perfect place for fish lovers with local cuisine, no frills and great views of Table Bay. Step off the beach and enjoy a cold beer with fish & chips.

Corner of Generaal Jansens Road and Stadler Road
Bloubergstrand
Mon-Sun 9am - 10pm
Open Public Holidays

Phone: 021 863 3852

BABYLONSTOREN

...simply book well in advance and if you're lucky to get a table then this place will not disappoint. We went when it first opened and have been trying to book ever since!

R45 to Franschoek

Babylonstoren
Phone: 021 447 2337

THE TEST KITCHEN

...located in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock award-winning Cape Town chef Luke Dale-Roberts has created a small intimate venue where you can watch him close up prepare and create amazing dishes. This is very popular so book well in advance. Close by in the recently renovated silo Luke has created a second restaurant called The Pot Luck Club; again another restaurant you have to try.

The Old Biscuit Mill
375 Albert Road
Woodstock
Tue - Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm
Tue - Sat 7pm-10pm

Phone: 021 461 2458

EASTERN FOOD BAZAAR

...this narrow internal corridor from Longmarket to Darling Street offers great value no frills eat-in or take-away meals from R20-35. Re-inventing the food court concept you pre-pay at tills then queue up with all locals. This is a great venue to see the true side of Cape Town with a lively, bustling crowd, the atmosphere is jolly and congenial.

96 Longmarket Street
daily 11am - 10pm

Eastern Food Bazaar
Phone: 021 434 6815

SALATHAI

...if you enjoy authentic Thai with the standard green walls and plastic flowers then this is a must. You can even have a massage but we do recommend go for mild unless you like it hot!

65 Winston Place
Main Road, Green Point
Open Daily 11am - 10pm

Phone: 021 881 3612

JORDAN RESTAURANT

...located at the end a beautiful valley, this award winning restaurant, not only has fantastic views but is a perfect lunch spot to really treat yourself.

Mon - Sun 12pm-2pm
Thurs - Sat 6.30pm til late

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: 071 563 6020

FRESH

...if you driving through the Elgin Valley on the N2 and fancy a lazy lunch then do stop at Niki's "Fresh" which is located in the Paul Cluver wine estate. This small intimate restaurant has a great outdoor seating area next to the working vineyards and Niki personally will let you know what she is cooking for the day. A very relaxed and chilled setting with great fresh local food.

Paul Cluver Wines
DE RUST ESTATE
N2 Grabouw
Western Cape
Wed - Sun 8.30 – 11am & 12 - 3.30pm

Fresh @ Paul Cluver
Phone: 021 876 4004

BREAD & WINE

...the perfect restaurant to enjoy a lazy long lunch on a hot day. Located at Moreson's wine farm the best tables are outside and you can enjoy rustic seasonal food in a lovely setting.

Moreson Wine Estate
Happy Valley Road
Franschhoek
Daily 12pm-3pm
(Tues & Wed closed during winter)

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant
Phone: 021 434 0813

THE BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL

...if meat is your thing then this palace to the cow, including life size replica over the double storey well stocked wine bar, won't disappoint. Serving the best mature aged meat including local beef, lamb, Argentinian ribeye, Kobe-style wagyu and Dutch veal. This is a meat lovers feast complimented by fantastic wine cellar; seems weird to also say but the jelly & custard topped off a great evening.
As their name says you can also buy from their butchery & deli and cook at home

125 Beach Road
Mouille Point

The Butcher Shop & Grill
Phone: 021 880 2721

OVERTURE

...exploring the less crowded Hidden Valley and this restaurant located, at the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain, will take your breathe away for just its views. The award winning food matches the setting and definitely worth the drive and extra expense.

T4 Route
Off Annandale Road
Stellenbosch
Daily lunch from 12pm
Thurs - Sat from 7pm

Overture
Phone: 021 423 2919

THE COMPANY'S GARDEN RESTAURANT

...a great stop whilst exploring the city this iconic landmark, right in the centre of the gardens, has been revamped and now is an ideal spot for family and visitors to enjoy a bit of peace from the buzzing metropolis just over the wall.

The Company's Gardens
19 Queen Victoria Street
Daily 7am - 6pm

The Company's Garden Restaurant
Phone: 021 418 7655

TRUE ITALIC

...at the quieter end of Bree Street this very authentic rustic Italian with piano, deli bar and football shirts serves the best gnocchi we've ever eaten. Laid back a great spot to enjoy huge wooden anti-pasta platters and a decent bottle.

15 Bree Street
Tues - Sat 6pm - 10.30pm

True Italic
Phone: 021 424 7648

CLARKE'S BAR & DINING ROOM

...one of the original places that helped turn Bree Street into the hip and trendy area that Long lost a while ago. Popular for breakfast and lunch the American diner style food is basic but reliably good and it gets packed at night serving beer on tap and cocktails.

133 Bree Street
City Bowl
Mon 7am - 5pm
Tues - Fri 7am till late
Sat 8am - 4pm
Sun 8am - 3pm; Open Public Holidays

Clarke's Bar & Dining Room
Phone: 021 426 2413

MANNA EPICURE

...more well known for their breakfast's we recently tried them out in the evening and would definitely go back. The place is small, friendly with attentive staff and warm atmosphere. Great food and good position in Kloof Street to wander up from close by bars.

151 Kloof street,
Tamboeskloof

Sun - Mon 8am-9pm,
Tues- Sat 8am-10pm

Manna Epicure
Phone: 021 202 2720

QUAGLINOS BAR DINING

...if you are looking for a good spot with sea front views then try this casual place out. Sliding glass windows look across Mouille Point common; food is Italian and seafood.

Cnr. Beach & Rothesay Road
Mouille Point

Mon - Sun 8am-10.30pm

Phone: 021 874 3844

COSECHA

...we love this place as its original, not pretentious with a beautiful setting next to a dam and no coach loads of tourists. Located 20km from Franschoek on the Nobile Hill Wine Estate, you can do some tasting before hand; the food is fresh latin cooking using local produce. Lovely lunches and they also offer picnics on the lawns.

Klapmuts - Simondium Road

Mon - Sun (except Tues) 10am-5pm

Phone: 021 423 4413

KLOOF STREET HOUSE

...classic opulent elegance in an old Victorian House with different quirky rooms creating a warm friendly atmosphere that overflows onto the front outdoor seating area. Mix into this a live Jazz band on most Sundays and this is a fun venue to laze away over brunch, lunch and dinner.

30 Kloof Street
Gardens
Mon 5pm til late
Tues - Fri 12pm - 11pm
Sat & Sun 10am - 11pm

Kloof Street House
Phone: 021 418 2740

VILLA 47

...adding to Bree Street's popularity this venue boasts 3 different restaurants spreads across ascending floors. A mix of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with the top floor being the priciest and smartest. The ground floor cafe style Locanda is more laid back with imported Italian meats and cheeses. If you cannot get a table on the front then opt for the colourful courtyard at the rear and enjoy the friendly bustle and noise of this hip popular place.

47 Bree Street
Cape Town
Mon - Fri 6.30am -10.30pm
Sat 9am - 10.30pm

Villa 47
Phone: 021 4247204 

RIVERINE RABBIT

Some top notch restaurants can feel a little o.t.t. and stiff however this one hits all the right notes for sophisticated food in a great atmosphere. The kitchen is open plan to the dining area and Chef Ash runs a tight ship that is surprising very quiet.

81 Church Street open Mon - Sat 6pm-9pm

Riverine Rabbit
Phone: 021 422 0384

JANSE & CO

Fine dining has arrived on Kloof Street with this sexy dark green interior. Chef Arno and his wife have created a 3 and 7 course tasting menu with some unusual ingredients that you might not of heard of before; luckily the menu does have a glossary! Definitely a great setting for a romantic evening or to impress.

Janse & Co
"Being in a home not a room,and friendliness of local staff both cleaning and security. "
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