The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

Bosjes, Adam Letch

The Mother City is a culinary destination, with an eclectic mix of restaurants popping up faster than you can say “penne arrabiata”.

From ethnic eateries to fine-dining establishments and even tourist traps, we’ve selected the new restaurants in Cape Town worth trying. While some might not be brand spanking new, we thought they deserved a mention too. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

1. Thali

New Restaurants Cape Town: Thali

If you’re still not over the closing of Takumi, you’ll be pleased to know that not only did Papa San open a new sushi restaurant on Long Street, but that his former space is the home of an exciting new eatery: an Indian-style tapas bar conceived by none other than Chefs Warehouse guru Liam Tomlin, in partnership with Dimo Papachristodoulou (Fat Cactus and Long Street Cafe), and with head chef John van Zyl at the helm.
Thali takes you on a visual journey where intricate postcard art, kaleidoscopic patterns, vibrant colour and Indian intrigue abound. The interiors (five different sections) and garden area make for an exotic and unique eating experience indeed!
Try the tapas for two (R650), which includes eight dishes, with the likes of tantalising tandoori chicken, as well as golden lamb and chicken curries included in the mix.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 9.30pm

Lunch: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 2.30pm
(no reservation policy in place)
Contact 021 286 2110,
Location Thali, 3 Park Road, Gardens
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

2. Bosjes

Bosjes New Restaurants
Adam Letch

With Pete Goffe-Wood and Kim Cox on food, Liam Mooney and Coetzee Steyn on design, and a gobsmackingly gorgeous location, it’s not surprising that Bosjes Kombuis is on everybody’s lips. In addition to the ultra-modern restaurant, the farm (formerly Bosjesmans Valley Farm) is also home to a charming guesthouse, and open-air tea garden. The restaurant’s ceiling-to-floor glass walls maximise the surrounding views of the impressive Slanghoek and Waaihoek Mountains, but you might prefer to sit outdoors on the wooden deck and inhale the unpolluted country air…
Opened March 2017
Contact 023 004 0496
Where to find it Bosjes, Wine Farm, off the R43, near Worcester/Ceres
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

3. The Foodbarn Studio

Foodbarn Studio New Restaurants
Franck Dangereux’s The Foodbarn needs no introduction. But his new and exciting project –The Foodbarn Studio – might do… Set a few minutes away from its sister restaurant, you’ll find it in the home of fellow chef, Nicky Gibbs (whose CV includes cooking for the likes of the late David Bowie and The Rolling Stones). Although The Studio initially started out offering five- and six-course lunches from Wednesday to Saturday, it is now also hosting weekly Wednesday night demos, during which Franck will prepare some dishes for you to tuck into after the class.
Opened December 2016
Contact 021 789 1390,
Where to find it The Foodbarn Studio, 18 Sea Cottage Drive, Noordhoek
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia New Restaurants
Liam Tomlin’s original Chefs Warehouse is rated the best restaurant in Cape Town by some of city’s top chefs, so when he opened a second branch at Beau Constantia Wine Estate, foodies in the southern ‘burbs danced a collective jig! With chef Ivor Jones (Luke Dale-Roberts’s righthand man at The Test Kitchen) in charge of the kitchen, guests can expect the same cutting-edge cuisine and laid-back atmosphere that Liam Tomlin’s original eatery is so famous for.
Opened November 2016
Read more about the new Chefs Warehouse.
Where to find it Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road

5. The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel

Silo Hotel
There are views of Cape Town, and then there are VIEWS of Cape Town, the latter of which will blow your hair back and leave you gasping. The Granary Café is what we’re talking about, and you’ll find it on the sixth floor of the brand-new Thomas Heatherwick-designed Silo Hotel that opened on 1 March 2017. Tastefully decked out by interior designer Liz Biden (who owns The Royal Portfolio collection of hotels), the restaurant is headed by chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert (formerly Ellerman House and The Belmont Mount Nelson), whose contemporary comfort food is pitch perfect.
For starters we shared the Endive Salad (with green apple, Parmesan and walnuts in an apple vinaigrette, R70) and Salmon Ceviche (R135, off the raw menu), whose tangy coriander pesto dressing was next level. The Steak Frites with a lip-smacking béarnaise sauce R205, was excellent, and the Tarte au Chocolate (with chocolate macarons, pot au crème and hazelnut ice cream, R85) was the best thing to happen to me all week. And if you don’t have to dash home, round off your evening with a digestif at The Willaston Bar on the same floor.
Good to know The Granary Café also serves breakfast, afternoon tea and an excellent Sunday roast.
Don’t miss the sensational rooftop restaurant, where you can order salads, charcuterie, crudité, charcoal-fired bites, and a selection of tempura to accompany the unbeatable urban panorama.
Please note The Silo Rooftop is for guests only and is open to the public by prior reservation only. The Willaston Bar and Granary Café on the sixth floor are also open to the public. Reservations at The Granary Café for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are advised to avoid disappointment. No reservations are required in The Willaston Bar.
Opened March 2017
Contact 021 670 0511,
Where to find it The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

6. Primal Eatery

Primal Eatery New Restaurants
Take your palette on a culinary adventure to your ancestral roots. This flame-to-plate meatery (the word “steakhouse” is banned here) is all about the main ingredient and its preparation on an open fire. But don’t let the primitive cooking technique fool you into thinking that presentation is an afterthought. Each dish we sampled featured the meaty lead at centre stage, with supporting acts contributing to intricately flavoured, richly textured and beautifully presented plates.
My favourite example of this artful marriage is the duck “ham” and crispy leg with burrata, grilled nectarine, quinoa and almond – a must-try. We were particularly impressed with the attentive service from the waitstaff and subtle presence of management (often a growing pain for many a new restaurant). Deserving of a tip of the hat are owners Brynn and Kristina Felix, who work hand-in-hand with their executive chef Phil de Villiers. An authority in his own right, Phil helped establish one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Johannesburg, Level Four, in just two short years at the helm.
Opened January 2017
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 12am
Contact 021 422 3232,
Where to find it 50 New Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

7. Shio – Modern Japanese Izakaya

Shio Japanese Restaurant
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at Cheyne’s and Lucky Bao, you’ll know exactly what we mean when we say finger-licking delicious! And now the owner-chef of these two Hout Bay institutions has opened a third restaurant – at the Grey Boutique Hotel in the heart of De Waterkant. Dishing up modern-Japanese cuisine in a cool setting, Shio is a must-do for those who have a predilection for Asian cuisine.
Opened December 2016
Read our full Shio review 
Opening times Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 064 661 7474,
Where to find it ShioThe Grey Boutique Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

8. Hokey Poké

Hokey Poke Cape Town

Like its tongue-in-cheek name, this newcomer to the CBD doesn’t take itself too seriously, although the food on offer is straight-up, simple, fresh and delicious. Poké is traditionally Hawaiian fare – fisherman would cut up and marinate their catch of the day to keep it fresh for longer.
Owner Max Botha fell in love with poké in Singapore and spent six months experimenting with ingredients and flavours before opening Hokey Poké (pronounced any which way you like) in February. The Original Poké (No. 1 on the menu) is typically Hawaiian – raw tuna, shredded kombu (seaweed), sweet onions, toasted macadamias (for texture and crunch) with a zesty, soy-based furikake seasoning and a bit of a kick – heaven in a bowl. There are four other menu items, as well as a weekly special, or you can build your own.
The decor is tongue-in-cheek too – a fresh white interior with Miami-Deco-meets-downtown-Tokyo touches. Pop in for a quick and easy lunch or linger longer in the evening when they turn down the lights and crank up the volume (don’t forget to bring your own tipple while they work on their liquor license). And look out for their downtown Saturday brunches coming soon… Oysters and champagne.
Opened February 2017
Contact 021 422 4382,
Where to find it 1 Church Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Jo Skelton

9. La Tête

La Tete New Restaurants
This French nose-to-tail bistro, on Bree Street’s ever-expanding foodscape, is farm-to-fork chef Giles Edwards’ first restaurant. His aim is to remove diners’ aversion to eating the whole animal – and, of course, serve delicious food.
Try the mint-and pork terrine or beef-and-kidney pudding, and the plum pavlova for dessert.
Opened November 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 418 1299,,
Where to find it La Tête, 17 Bree Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

10. Wholesome / Hail Pizza

Hail Pizza Cape Town
Wholesome by day; Hail Pizza by Night, this new addition to upper Bree Street is one of those places you’ll miss unless you’re exploring on foot. Tucked at the back of Clarke’s (the ever-popular burger joint/watering hole) in the space previously patronised by skateboarders, the two-in-one eatery serves fresh juices, smoothies, breakfast and light lunches by day (seven days a week), morphing into an upbeat pizza joint from Tuesday to Friday night.
Off Wholesome’s menu, I can highly recommend the goat’s cheese tartine with tomato and basil – a delicious and filling breakfast.
From Hail Pizza, go for a cocktail (dreamed up by the staff) and a pizza, of course – they’re great (literally and figuratively).
So, next time you’re in that neck of the woods, ignore the Clarke’s distraction, and push through to the back – it’s spacious, casual and welcoming, and the menu is well worth a try.
Opened Wholesome: January 2017; Hail Pizza: December 2016
Contact 072 349 3551
Where to find it 133 Bree Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Debbie Hathway

11. The Sorrows

The Sorrows New Restaurants

Fellow commiserators, Daniel Holland (of YoursTruly) and James Louw (of JL Joinery), have combined their creative flair, pulling in the operations expertise of Dino Moulopoulos to open Kloof Nek’s trendiest new watering hole-slash-restaurant. An intricately crafted French Oak and marble bar, navy leather benches and striking chandeliers create an elegant atmosphere that’s offset by off-the-cuff illustrations and a group of headless Venuses. In the kitchen, head chef Shayne Schutte’s eclectic menu pairs simple drinks with seasonal dishes that change bimonthly.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 11am; 12pm – 4pm; 7pm – 10.30 pm
Sunday, 7am – 11am
Insider tip Drown your sorrows at a fraction of the normal prices between 3pm and 6pm every day.
Contact 021 422 3655,
Where to find it Shops 3 and 4, 16 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

12. Ben Wei

Ben Wei New Restaurants
Conveniently situated in the buzzy Wembley Square centre, around the corner from Virgin Active, Ben Wei is perfectly placed to provide a post-workout lunch or dinner. Regular visitors will recognise this as the former home of Fugu Sushi & Noodle Bar, but the newcomer arrives with new owners: chef Jim Dai and dynamic restaurateur Ian McMahon. While the restaurant also serves sushi, the design revamp has made for a snazzier looking restaurant, with a menu that caters to a wider variety of tastes.
The sushi is fresh and flavourful, meticulously prepared under the supervision of chef Dai, whose past experience includes stints at The Alphen Vineyard Hotels. But if sushi ain’t your thing, other options include Thai curries, stir-fries, and the highly recommended spicy beef, served with your choice of noodles or rice. The crispy deep-fried ice cream is also worth a whirl. Also on-hand are a choice of wines, and Wembley Square’s signature Stone Circle Weiss draught beer,  brewed right around the corner at the Stone Circle Brewery.
Opened February 2017
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 9pm
Contact 021 461 2966,
Where to find it Ben Wei, Shop 3, Wembley Square, Solan Street, Gardens
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

13. Wolfgat

New Restaurant Cape Town: Wolfgat
Food & the Fabulous

This is arguably the opening of the season! Master forager and award-winning chef Kobus van der Merwe has named his new eatery after the nearby Wolfgat cave – an archaeological wonder containing remnants of an ancient culture, and rumoured gateway to underground passages.
If you’ve ever had the salubrious fortune of eating at Oep ve Koep, Kobus’s other feted eatery in the charming west coast town of Paternoster, you will be familiar with his gastronomic style and philosophy: hyperlocal Standveld cuisine. His reverence for his ingredients and their provenance, coupled with his playfulness and skill, makes every mouthful a rare treat.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12.30pm; Sunday, 12pm  (lunch)
Friday and Saturday, 7pm (dinner)
Note Lunch and dinner are served by appointment only. Reservations can be made via email
Where to find it Wolfgat, 10 Sampson Street, Paternoster
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

14. The Shortmarket Club

Shortmarket Club New Restaurants
Luke Dale-Roberts. Need we say more? Not actually, but we will… The award-winning chef has joined forces with three others to open an impossibly chic, immaculately designed venue where, as always, the food is off the charts.
Opened July 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 10.30am, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 7pm – 10pm
Contact 021 447 2874,
Where to find it The Shortmarket Club, 88 Shortmarket Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

15. Foxcroft

Foxcroft Constantia
It’s one of the most talked-about restaurants in Cape Town – and deservedly so. The food at Glen Foxcroft Williams’ bustling fine-dining restaurant (which he co-owns with feted chef Scot Kirton of La Colombe) is inspired and utterly sensational. Glen’s heavily inked forearm bears the word soigné – “prepared with great attention to detail; showing sophisticated elegance; carefully or elegantly done” – a principle that underpins every single dish that comes out of his open kitchen. Though the vibe at Foxcroft is more laidback than its buttoned-up sister, the food is equally exceptional.
We recommend everything on the set menu! It’s ridiculously good value: two generous tapas, a main and a dessert for R350. For tapas we had the tuna tartare with tempura avo, miso, daikon, apple and baby gem; Korean fried chicken; squid with chorizo, ajo blanco and wild garlic; and the yellowtail ceviche with kolrabi kimchi, burnt orange and tiger’s milk – all of which were beautifully presented, free of frippery, and layered with interesting (and carefully considered) ingredients, flavours and textures. The mains and desserts were equally exquisite. Certainly the most memorable meal I have eaten in ages.
Opening times 12pm – 2pm (lunch)
6pm – 8.30pm (dinner)
Opened 1 October 2016
Contact 021 202 3304
Location Foxcroft, High Constantia Shopping Centre, Corner Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

16. Faber at Avondale

Faber Avondale New Restaurants
Looking for winelands fine-dining without the snootiness? Put Faber at Avondale at the top of your list. Co-owned by chef Eric Bulpitt (formerly The Roundhouse and Newton Johnson) and Avondale Estate owner Johnathan Grieve, this understated eatery is a beautiful blend of country charm and state-of-the-art elegance, where culinary magic, excellent service and warm hospitality reign supreme. We recommend the five-course Chef’s Menu (R595), with any of Avondale’s great wine offerings.
Opened October 2016
Read our full review here
Contact 021 202 1219,
Where to find it Avondale Wine, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

17. Osteria Tarantino

House & Garden

A staircase on Waterkant Street in De Waterkant leads you up to this delightful pocket-sized osteria, whose owner Enrico Tarantino is as charming and unpretentious as the delicious plates he dishes up. The daytime vibe is warm and rustic (think unsanded wooden tables, a chalkboard menu and easy-listening Italian music), which gets a makeover when the sun goes down, with white tablecloths and dim lighting. For starters, we shared the Tuscan Cigars (stracciatella and rocket wrapped in Parma ham), which were divine. We tried two pasta dishes for mains: the not-too-rich and creamy Gnocchi Gorgonzola, which were pillowy and comforting, and the 4 Ps pasta (pappardelle, Parmesan, porcini and pancetta), which was delectable and moreish. The cannoli for dessert rounded off a truly satisfying experience.
Opened June 2016
Good to know Enrico doesn’t have a liquor license yet, so BYOB.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 418 0099,
Where to find it 125 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

18. Mulberry & Prince

Mulberry & Prince New Restaurants
New York (quite literally) meets Cape Town at this cultishly cool kitchen and bar on the corner of Bree and Pepper Streets that’s co-owned by Capetonian Cornel Mostert and Brooklyn-born Cynthia Rivera. The chic eatery specialises in New American cuisine – expect to be bowled over by slow-cooked pork shoulder in brodo (broth) with burnt leeks and cucumbers, or ricotta gnudi (dumplings) with Parmesan broth and mushrooms. The up-to-the-minute space is a delicious mix of exposed-brick walls, stained glass, lush velvets, mid-century modern-inspired furniture, with beautiful artwork by Kurt Pio (available for purchase) on the walls.
Opened April 2016
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – late (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Contact (021) 422-3301,
Where to find it Mulberry & Prince12 Pepper Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

19. El Burro Newlands

El Burro Newlands, New Restaurants
Mouthwatering Mexican food has landed in the Southern ‘burbs! Yep, El Burro opened a new branch in Newlands. Fans of the original restaurant in Greenpoint (as well as its Taqueria in Tamboerskloof) can expect the same cool sombrero-style decor and delicious cuisine at this new offering, which is conveniently situated alongside The Creamery Ice Cream cafe in Dean Street.
Opening November 2016
Contact 021 201 1421,
Where to find it Dean Street, Newlands
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

20. Mantra Café

Camps Bay restaurants – Melissa's Mantra Cafe
New to Camps Bay; new to Melissa’s, Mantra is a touch of laidback chic on the bustling Camps Bay strip. Part of the very popular chain of coffeeshop-delis, Mantra is no ordinary Melissa’s; this is Melissa’s on steroids – and a foray into the first of its new style of eateries. Here you can order prawns, linefish, sticky chicken wings or a pizza. Or, if you’re not feeling peckish, grab a seat at the bar, and let off the day’s steam with a beer, cocktail, or tasty G&T. Read our full review here.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 021 437 0206,
Where to find it Melissa’s Mantra Cafe1st Floor, 43 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

21. Hidden Leaf

Hidden Leaf Vegetarian Burger
Carnivores are (also) welcome at this quaint little restaurant in Woodstock, tucked away on the first floor of a gracious Victorian building (whose entrance is on Roodebloem Road). Fabulous window views of Table Mountain and a cute display of potted plants vie for attention in the light, bright and homely space. Catering as much for carnivores as vegans, Hidden Leaf’s menu changes often, as only fresh and available ingredients are used. But, you can almost always bank on the juicy beef burger with truffle fries; the hand-made ravioli (with free-range chicken or a vegan option); and the poached salmon on red and white quinoa, with dill cream and a cress garnish. I hear the homemade melktert is delicious, and the Ponyo cocktail legendary – definitely worth returning for.
Read our full review here.
Opened May 2016
Contact 021 447 4868,
Where to find it  Hidden Leaf, 77 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
TIG reviewer Debbie Loots

22. Chefs

Chefs Restaurant Cape Town
Simplicity is the name of the game at this no-frills eatery where the cool, pared-down interiors reflect the culinary philosophy: fresh, wholesome, great-tasting food. The restaurant is a collaboration between Justin Letschert, the guy behind Bio-Oil; Adam Whiteman, of The Power and The Glory and Hallelujah; chef Jenny Ward; and MD Campbell Stevenson. They wanted to created a space for on-the-go people, looking for top-quality grub without the hassle of perusing a long menu, waiting in a queue, and ordering from a waiter. Here, you can order one of three freshly prepared mains from an iPad at the counter and pay for it there and then. According to TASTE magazine’s Abigail Donnelly: “The food has a Bill Granger thing going on: fresh, bold, simple, delicious.”
Opened October 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 461 0368
Where to find it Chefs, 81 St John’s Street, Gardens, Cape Town

23. La Parada del Mar

La Parada Del Mar
Location. Location. Location… The latest concept from the Harbour House Group comes in the form of a sexy, Ibiza-style tapas bar on the covetable Glen Beach side of the Camps Bay strip, where the former Grand Café used to be. Patterned blue-and-white tiles, befitting a laidback beach bar, lead up to the main entrance and ground-floor bar, where ordering a white sangria as you step through the door should be your number-one priority.
The menu is a concise, seafood-centric version of its sister restaurants in Bree Street and Constantia Nek – though the signature tapas when we dined on Sunday for lunch was lamb rump on a bed of roasted potatoes, peppers and spinach – tasty and comforting. As always, the salt and pepper fried calamari is a winner, and the seared sesame-crusted tuna is a light and tangy option.
We could have stayed all afternoon but, with a toddler in tow, slipped away as the DJ was setting up for what was sure to be a rollicking evening set.
Good to know You can now enjoy breakfast at all three La Parada branches, bright and early! At La Parada Del Mar, be sure to try The Pan Breakfast (slow-cooked tomato sauce with chorizo, blackened corn, eggs and toast).
Opened December 2016
Contact 021 286 2106,
Where to find it 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

24. The Mess

New Restaurants in Cape Town: The Mess
Cape Town’s cool corner, De Waterkant, recently welcomed a brand-new eatery: The Mess. Housed in the space formerly inhabited by Café Dijon, its owner Carlene de Gouveia has given it a fresh new look, with consultant chef Luke Wonnacott introducing an exciting new menu. In line with the de rigueur global trend of plate-sharing dining experiences, The Mess’s menu showcases an array of cuisines through its various courses, all of which are packed full of delightful flavours, work fantastically well side by side – and, most importantly, are designed to be eaten communally. The outside courtyard will be the spot on balmy summer evenings, with fairy lights strung up from the surrounding trees.
We recommend you whet your appetite with the yogurt and thyme flatbreads, confit of duck rillette, and pickled goat’s cheese. Ooh, and the lime-cured tuna ceviche! And for mains, you must share the pork belly.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Contact 021 418 3910,
Where to find it The Mess, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel (Ground floor, shop 110), Napier Street, Green Point
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

25. The Stack

The Stack New Restaurants
Private-members’ clubs are trending in the Mother City right now, and it’s thanks to The Stack! We’re not talking old-school fraternities clogged with cigar smoke and social climbers. The Stack is where you’ll find the city’s cool creatives enjoying fine food and excellent drinks in the comfort of this super-stylish, double-decker venue, housed  in the historic Leinster Hall.
Opened June 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 286 0187
Where to find it The Stack, Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

26. Blanko

Blanko New Restaurants
Constantia, it seems, is Ground Zero for all the hot new openings… Between September and November 2016 four big-name restaurants started trading in the area – Foxcroft, La Parada, Harbour House and Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse. And, then of course, there’s Blanko, Kove Collection’s new baby. Located in the iconic Alphen Hotel, Blanko’s all-day atmosphere is just what the neighbourhood needed. The all-white gallery-style space – with Italian marble tables, a dramatically lit-up bar, and textured furnishings – reflects head chef Amber-May Deetlefs’ culinary philosophy: “The best food not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated”.
The walls of the restaurant are adorned with the art of some of South Africa’s top artists, such as William Kentridge, Brett Murray and Michael Subotzky, courtesy of Goodman Gallery. So, all round, it’s a sensory feast.
Opened October 2016
Opening times Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 795 6300,
Where to find it Blanko, Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

27. Harbour House at Constantia Nek

Harbour House, New Restaurants in Cape Town
Jointly occupying this historic location with La Parada is Harbour House Constantia Nek, which boasts a sophisticated space with rustic stone walls, floors and herringbone brick work. And now that the gardens have been neatened, the views over the beautiful Constantia Valley are even more breathtaking.
This laidback fine-dining restaurant seats up to 100 people, and there’s also a bar, with a lovely, oversized wine fridge.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 795 0688,
Where to find it Harbour House Constantia Nek1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

28. Obi

obi restaurant
Papa San is back! The lovable (if volatile) chef who earned his exemplary reputation at the now defunct Takumi and Minato has opened a new Japanese restaurant in Long Street that specialises in sushi (naturally), tempura and ramen (which seems to be the latest hipster food fad). His fish is always ocean-fresh, flawlessly prepared and as tasty as forbidden fruit. Chopsticks at the ready!
Opened July 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 418 4040,
Where to find it Obi Restaurant, 14 Long Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

29. Mangata

Mangata pork belly
Finally, there’s a restaurant in Simon’s Town worth the drive! Owner and head chef William Sharp was “fed up of driving over the mountain for a decent meal”, so when the opportunity to open his own presented itself, he put his chef’s jacket (back) on. The top-floor space is warm and low-key, and has a balcony with views over the rooftops to the sea. The modern, creative, and French-inspired menu bursts with ample delicious options. We recommend the mushroom bruschetta (R89) to start, the sesame-seared tuna (R220) for mains, and the crème brûlée (R55) for dessert.
Opened September 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 10 pm
Contact 021 786 1635,
Where to find it Mangata, 98 St Georges Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

30. Ground Art Caffe

Ground Art Caffe New Restaurants
Ian Goodes

A place of passion and dedication, this cool café offers a lovely selection of food, art and coffee, in no particular order. The close-knit staff members are efficient and welcoming, and the select menu offers a range of coffees, Nigiro teas, juices, pastries, antipasti and ciabatta panini as a takeaway or sit-down option.
We recommend a flat white (obviously) and a freshly baked, lightly toasted ciabatta panini (with roast gammon, rocket and sundried tomatoes)
Opened October 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times
Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 7am – 3pm
Sunday, 7am – 12pm
Contact 021 418 1331,
Where to find it Ground Art Caffe, 160 Strand Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

31. Bardough by Jason

Bardough by Jason
Jason (of Jason Bakery fame) has opened a brand-new restaurant on Loop Street, which will be “similar, but different” to his original Bree Street sensation. Though you won’t find any of those crispy doughssants here, the new joint has its own special offerings, such as Dog Day Afternoon on Saturdays, where gourmet hot dogs and beer are served from 11am onwards. So now you’ll have somewhere else to go when Jason Bakery is packed to the brim, as it usually is.
Opened March 2016
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3.30pm
Friday, 9am – close
Saturday, 11am – close
Contact 060 681 3803,
Where to find it Bardough by Jason, 33 Loop Street
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

32. Jardine

Jardine Restaurant
Renowned chef George Jardine, whose award-winning Jordan Restaurant is one of our all-time favourites, adds another medal to his decorated epaulette: the new Restaurant Jardine (check it out on our list of The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants). Situated in a converted home opposite the Stellenbosch Hotel, the new eatery is warm and welcoming, offering innovative dishes enriched by chef Jardine’s commitment to fresh and flavourful ingredients.
Opened February 2016
Opening Times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 886 5020,
Where to find it Restaurant JardineAndringa Street, Stellenbosch
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

33. Villa 47

Villa 47 New Restaurants
Yet another Bree Street restaurant! This one does Italian cuisine with aplomb, and there are plans to incorporate an Asian diner. For now, Villa 47’s Locando Bistro offers a sidewalk-café experience out front (one of the only sunny spots on Bree Street), and a courtyard area in the back for more sheltered dining.
Opened March 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 10:30pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 10:30pm
Contact 021 418 2740,
Where to find it 47 Bree Street

34. Scheckter’s Raw

Scheckters Raw New Restaurants
A welcome addition to the burgeoning food scene on Sea Point’s Regent Road, Scheckter’s Raw takes health food to the next level. I started with a Golden Mylk (raw organic activated nut mylk, turmeric, cinnamon, dates, coconut oil, black pepper), which was utterly delicious. Being a chilly winter’s day, I ordered the organic hemp and flax Thai curry for mains (baby corn, ginger, cayenne pepper, baby marrow, carrot, red cabbage, tamari, cashew nuts, garlic, dates, sesame oil and red onion, served with quinoa), which was flavourful and satisfying. Do not leave without trying the “Snickers bar”. I have no idea what was in it, but I trusted owner Toby Scheckter’s promise that he only serves “natural, authentic, honest, plant-based, cruelty-free and nutrient-dense food”. It was as decadently delicious as its unhealthy counterpart (seriously); the only difference was that I didn’t feel bloated and lethargic afterwards. #Winning! Read our full review of Scheckter’s Raw here.
Opened March 2016 
Contact 021 434 1364,
Where to find it Scheckter’s Raw
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

35. Ash Restaurant

Ash Restaurant Cape Town
A collaboration between Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, Publik wine bar, and talented young chef Ash Heeger (whose previous experience includes stints at The Test Kitchen and La Colombe). Frankie Fenner and Publik’s former home on Church Street has been transformed into a restaurant, which combines Fenner’s scrupulous commitment to fresh, ethically sourced meat, Publik’s array of fine wine, and the culinary expertise of Ash.
Opened June 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 424 7204,
Where to find it 81 Church Street

36. Stacked Diner

New Restaurants: Stacked Diner

You might fall off your chair in disbelief when you clock the prices of the burgers at this contempo-cool diner on Kloof Street – R45 for a burger is not something you stumble across often in 2017! Especially when you consider that said burger is made using 100% free-range, grass-fed beef, and happens to be bloody delicious. (And, that a factory-farmed patty from a big nationwide chain – no names mentioned – costs almost double!)
But, wait, there’s more… included in that paltry amount are as many toppings as you desire (I chose chipotle mayo, gherkins and jalapeños, because I like a bite), including caramelised onions, grilled mushrooms, among many more.
Apart from Burgers, the menu is divided into Dogs, Salads, All Day Breakfast, Waffles, Stacked Jacks and Homespun Shakes. Sit at a street-facing table and shlurp on a cloyingly decadent Peanut Butter Shake, while gazing at unfettered views of Table Mountain through the large sliding windows.
We love that there are good-quality salt and pepper grinders on every table, as well as Heinz tomato sauce and mustard, which according to knowledgeable on-duty manager Reg are exclusive to Stacked; and the fact that breakfast is served all day.
Opened October 2016
Contact 021 422 1572
Where to find it 60B Kloof Street, Gardens, 8001
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

37. The Raptor Room

Raptor Room New Restaurants
Roeland Street’s new retro-cool hangout is a cute and quirky diner dressed in neon pinks, with a green tiled floor and fern wallpaper, giving it a fresh but old-school feel. The  imaginatively named menu items include You Gats-tby Kidding Me (loaded pork sandwich); F*K Bread (a salad with corn fritters); and the Beyoncé Float (sparkling watermelon juice with vanilla ice cream). The classic Mac n’ (cheese) is a crowd pleaser – add smoked bacon for an extra punch.
Highlights: the quick and efficient service, the small pink dinos spotted around the joint, and  laidback beats, making it the perfect spot for a quick bite before a busy day (or after a night out on the town).
Climax: The G, which hit all the right spots. It’s a chocolate torte, with a deliciously sweet crumble, builder’s-tea ice cream, and salty-caramel nut brittle.
The Raptor Rooms plans on opening an outside seating area and acquiring a liquor licence to really get the party started.
Opened November 2016
Contact 087 625 0630,
Opening times 10am – 11pm, Monday – Saturday
Where to find it Shop 2, 79 Roeland Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

38. Bertus Basson at The Ritz

Bertus Basson on Cape Town
This iconic revolving restaurant has been a familiar sight on the Sea Point skyline since 1972 (even before Sea Point had anything resembling a skyline). So, when it closed in 2015, Capetonians were left wondering what was going to open in its stead… That is until news of its R110 million refurbishment emerged. Now hospitality group Shimmy Luxury Collection (SLC) – headed by Nicky van der Walt, whose other endeavours include Shimmy Beach Club and the Bon Amis at Bloemendal Wine Estate – have rolled out some exciting changes, including the addition of Casa Restaurant & Cabanas (official brunch opening set for 19 March), offering a Mediterranean à la carte menu with a modern South African twist.
What we are most excited about, though, is the brand-new fine-dining restaurant, Bertus Basson at The Ritz, where chef Bertus Basson will be conjuring magic in his inimitable down-to-earth style, as he dishes up an eight-course tasting menu (R1 000 per person), complemented by a chilled glass of MCC, ensuring a stylish food experience from start to finish.

Opening Sometime in 2017
Contact 021 439 6010
Where to find it Corner of Main Road and Camberwell Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

39. Garth Almazan’s restaurant in Paternoster

paternoster new restaurants

Having served 15 years as executive chef at Catharina’s Restaurant on Steenberg Farm, Capetonian-born Garth Almazan is embarking on a new venture. He’s planning a beachside eatery in Paternoster, in partnership with Simone Jacke and Deon Brand (owners of the five-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel). Set to open this summer, the restaurant will be an authentic west-coast eatery, with a menu and atmosphere true to its seaside-village setting.
Opening Summer 2016
Where to find it Paternoster
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

40. Ginja

Ginja New Restaurants in Cape Town
Offering a civilised reprieve from the tourist-trodden shopping mall, this chic new eatery on the Waterfront Pierhead boasts magical views of the harbour basin and Table Mountain (especially at night when the city lights are aflutter). That’s not to say you won’t find out-of-towners here; its waterside setting has made it somewhat of a honeypot for visiting bees. Its concise all-day menu includes prawn risotto, an Asian-style pork wrap, a slow-roasted pulled-duck pasta, battered hake, smoothies and raw juices, and a value-for-money crayfish special.
The Grilled Halloumi salad with grilled artichokes, charred sweetcorn, heirloom tomatoes and avocado is knockout, and could’ve served as a main, but I’d already ordered the seared yellowfin tuna steak for my entrée…  Topped with a tasty onion-and-tomato relish and accompanied by deep-fried cauliflower, it is superb (and reasonably priced, I thought, at R150). Don’t leave without ordering the Chocolate Dessert (layers of chocolate cream, pistachio ice cream and chocolate brownie, served in a glass mug, with a honey wafer).
Opened October 2016
Contact 021 419 6677,
Where to find it Ginja RestaurantWatefront Pierhead, Noble Square, V&A Waterfront
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

41. House of H

House of H, New Restaurants
Tails of a Mermaid

Looking for a new spot that’s utterly unpretentious yet so damn cool? House of H on Loop Street is it. Revamped by owner H’s wife, the converted warehouse has been brought to life by quirky bits and bobs that add warmth and charm. Exposed brick walls, reclaimed wooden furniture, life-sized Marmite stools and shelves packed with vintage tins tickle the senses each time you notice something new.
The menu is seasonal and changes daily, but there are regulars, such as various cuts of meat, burgers, and a delicious display of salads (which looked so good, I considered vegetarianism for a minute). When you’re ready to order, make your way to the pass, where H will cut your steak in front of you.
When resident DJ JonnyRazor isn’t playing old-school tunes on the vinyl decks at sundown, he’s wearing his Jonni-the-Barber hat at the on-site barber shop.
We love the back-to-basics food philosophy. Herbs and mushrooms used in the making of our meal form part of the decor, as does locally sourced organic produce that’s also available for purchase.
We recommend The cheeseburger with hand-cut chips, and the koeksister waffle – served with Japanese green tea-infused cream cheese and berry compote.
Opened August 2016
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Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 11pm
Contact 079 061 9826,
Where to find it House of H, 112 Loop Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

42. The 41

New Restaurant Cape Town: The 41

Easy to find, easy to love! The 41, the latest addition to the buzzy Camp’s Bay strip, is perfect for an epic summer holiday outing. Located at, you guessed it, 41 Victoria Street (which was once Tuscany Beach), this restaurant-come-bar has an fab glass façade, perfect for gazing at the world-class beach views.
Opening November 2016
Where to find it The 4141 Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Insider info Rumour has it that Kove Collection will be taking over the space currently occupied by Blues in the not-too-distant future. Also, keep your eyes peeled for Homage and Sea Breeze… We’ll keep you posted.

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You might be interested in the restaurants that have previously appeared on this list (that are still hot, but not brand-spanking new):

Three Wise Monkeys
Mink & Trout
The Salt Yard
Villains Ale House
Kan 10
City Bowl Health Kitchen
Tortilla Modern Mexican
Smak Delicatessen
The Creamery at Palmyra Junction
Solo Restaurant
95 on Morgenster
Bouchon Bistro
Outrage of Modesty
Reverie Social Table
The General Store
Arcade Café
Raya Kitchen by Kitima
Lucky Bao and Asian Shake Bar
La Belle Bistro & Bakery
Open Door at Constantia Uitsig
The Village Idiot
Byblos Trading Co
Loaves on Long
My Sugar
Imibala Restaurant and Deli
Nomad Bistro Fusion
Con Brio Bistro
Batavia Cafe
Bacon on Bree
Jarryd’s Espresso Bar & Eatery
Burger & Lobster
Riverway Cafe


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 05 April 2017

60 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town”

  1. Malcolm jacobs

    Nobody ever mentions the best place in the cape and that is Magica Roma in Pinelands,UNBEATABLE

  2. Lezel

    Bosjes is simply incredible. Plus it is totally kiddie friendly-fantastic playground, high chairs and kiddies menu. Highly recommended.

  3. Andrea

    I’m coming to Cape Town with 16 teenage girls and 4 adults! Top suggestions for lunch spots around 150/pp and dinner around 250/pp? We need a lunch spot not far from green market square, most dinners near waterfront, and maybe a lunch at camps bay or sea point one day? Any suggestions so I can make some reservations would be greatly appreciated! I know the girls love Kauai so it’s always an easy and quick go to if need be.

    • Jana

      You could try La Perla or The Grand .Ginja is also good and good value for money

  4. Corina

    What about Stepbrothers in town? Delicious Italian food and really worth a visit!

  5. Abdel

    New Brighton Bakery in Woodstock. Best halaal eatery in CT.

  6. Lindi

    Can anyone tell me if the new restaurant, Bertus Basson @ The Ritz have opened yet? I am struggling to find any info on this restaurant. Can not get hold of the hotel either. Any feedback appreciated!

  7. Jeremy

    found a gem of a restaurant in simons town, called mangata food was of the same standard i have had at top ten restaurants. so if there was a gem worth finding id say send some one to have a look. I’m no expert but think its as good as any where in cape town.

  8. Sarah Jessica

    Kleinskys in sea point! Great place, great food, great service. Definitely a must

  9. Ralph

    My wife and I eat out almost daily and each time I check in to the resturant on Facebook
    Many of our friends have suggested that we become food and resturant critics or just blog. How should we go about. Perhaps we could become a part of the inside guide

  10. Greg

    Forage at Wildekrans is also relaunching end of October. Good things happening over the mountain as a lot of new top eateries and chefs have moved to the Overberg region.

    • The Inside Guide

      Indeed Greg! It’s an exciting place to be! We hear great things about Wildekrans. Thank you.

  11. WDN

    Gastao’s tapas & craft beer in Tygerwaterfront?

  12. Martin

    Have you been to De Grendel Restaurant?

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Martin
      We have! It’s great, but it’s not new. You will notice that our list here includes the restaurants that have opened in the past three months (and up to a year ago).

      • Louise

        How about Homespun by Matt in Blouberg? Nicer than a few of the places on your list, relatively new and doing incredibly well.

        • The Inside Guide

          Hi Louise

          Thanks for your opinion. Homespun was on our list last year, soon after it opened. This list is dedicated to the latest openings.

  13. Stacey

    Tried dalliance based on this post and it’s definitely not a dinner spot! It might be fine for a quick shopping breast but definitely not okay for a dinner. Might be worth adding that to the review.

    • The Inside Guide

      We totally agree, Stacey. Those portions do not touch sides.

  14. Tony

    Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is really good fun.

  15. Malibongwe Restaurant

    Malibongwe is a restaurant in lookout hill khayelitsha if your looking for an african experance malibongwe is the place for more info contacr Thando on 0213876259

  16. Jez

    Great article! Very in-depth, covering lots of places and super-useful reviews for foreigners visiting Cape Town – thank you!

  17. Sophia Stopford

    Tableview definitely has some good restaurants that are worthy being added to this list. One that comes to mind, is Homespun!

  18. giusi

    What about the Vesuvio Pizza in tyger water front?

  19. Manu Siegel

    It’s great to be updated

  20. Kieran


  21. Colleen

    Good to see all these great places in and around town – but I would like to draw your attention to a real hidden gem – its new. Its called Saltwater Grill in Pinelands – ideal for those that live in Observatory and surrounding areas. Specializes in Seafood – I can only say awesome!!!

  22. Soraya Bhamjee

    How do we get our restaurant on your list please

  23. Jeane

    Been to Nomad, the village idiot. Both very very good & beautiful spaces.

  24. Ash

    Another new restaurant is Midtown an authentic Middle-Eastern restaurant and bar in Cape Town, CBD serving flavour forward food that honours Middle Eastern traditions and marries them with unexpected cuisines from around the world. Taking culinary cues mainly from the Middle East, Italy and France.

    • Ron

      Midtown was great, met friends there for a dinner on Saturday, a bit quiet to start but got very vibey. Nice music selection and food was fantastic. Great Mezze but found the variety on the menu a bit strange. Nancho’s, Thai Salad and Greek Salad in a Middle Eastern Restaurant ???
      Overall brilliant

  25. Eyab curling

    Thank you for the vote for August Deli. We are truly blessed and proud to be part of this list.

    Thank you again
    James and Ryan
    August Deli

  26. wayne

    I am looking for a place for our dinner club for next Tuesday the 8th. Some thing in Cape Town which is special and vibey. Ideas please!

  27. Bruno

    Try out Giulio’s cafe in the CBD 16 long street. His ever changing mangia table and amazing coffee and designer decor is the cbds new trendy bistro/café. It has been open 3 weeks now to rave reviews too. The owner worked under Jamie Oliver and even has his italian mama in the café to give the extra cape town metropolitan eurocentric vibe! You wont be disappointed

  28. Julia Hattingh

    Reverie Social Table! social dining concept opening 1 October in Observatory- not to be missed!

  29. Jeanne

    Am a difficult one to feed but at Rustica the always find a way to see that I get what suits me

  30. Rachel

    Great article and love hearing about new places, but I feel like the author has something against Table View…

  31. Sammy

    So awesome that Cape Town has become such a foodie capital! I must say my best Cape Town Foodie Experience has been The Table d’Hote at The Flagship in Simon’s Town, they are number 7 on tripadvisor in Cape Town, the place just rocks! Also love Stardust…

  32. Charisse

    Delmar the new mexican fusion restaurant in Camps bay next to Blues is pretty incredible with their Michelin Star Mexican cheff

  33. Wanita

    I Was very disappointed that not one place in Observatory was mentioned. Best value for money and the most amazing places. Honeybun, Obz Cafe, Jerrys burger, 1890 sushi. You should do an article just on the amazing pretentious places in Obz

  34. Jason Whitehead

    Bacon On Bree and Open Door – both must visits!

  35. Nick

    Don’t forget PJ Vadas’ Hog House in Pinelands/Ndabeni that opened a couple of weeks ago. Classy smokehouse food and a brewery to come once they get their licence…

  36. Raoul Eurenius

    Fills my heart with pride, living all this way away in Sweden….
    Cape Town is where I was born and partly bred – yet I always carry a bit of it within my being….
    I love the very act and ritual of food….

  37. Grant

    Truly the best , tastiest fare at Lime Tree Cafe , in Bergvliet

  38. nicola townsend

    Where is eighty 8? X

  39. Filippa

    And a very new (1 week old) cafe for your list is The Shala Cafe, 15 Wandel Street, Dunkley Square.

    The Shala Cafe is a plant-based, soul food cafe in Dunkley Square, Cape Town.

    Our menu, is seasonal and flexible – a tenet that allows us to uplift local, small-scale farmers through buying their produce and close the loop from farm to table.

    We aim to be a zero-waste cafe – an opportunity to be an expression of a world of abundance – our food scraps find their way back into the ground as compost, surplus produce diverted to the hungry through Food 4 Thought, used coffee grounds become chicken feed and trading directly with farmers reduces unnecessary packaging.

  40. Paul

    Belsol Camps Bay – very poor, would never go back, over priced and boring menu / food.

  41. Simone Factor

    Great article! I shall have fun trying all these spots!!!

  42. Helga Groenewald

    We ate at Volare a few weeks ago and were very disappointed! The menu was limited, and it was definitely not value for money.
    I ordered slow roasted lamb for R150-00 , it was dry and tasteless and served with nothing more than a token decoration or two on the side.The manager was defensive and did not appreciate our criticism. We will definitely not be going back!

  43. Richard Jooste

    I have to agree with Sandy Pedersen.

    Quite surprising indeed.

    Catch up guys…..catch up

  44. Sandy pedersen

    Surprised The Eatery Wood Fired Grill Wynberg is not listed! Awesome food, atmosphere, staff. Plus, it’s strictly BYOB!

  45. Rael

    Lime Tree Cafe has been creating waves in Bergvliet since September. Firm favourite for followers of creative chef Graham Isaacson!

  46. shashoe

    Try Graze Kenilworth. Awesome

  47. Viv Burgess

    Great to hear of new restaurants in CT. We visit a least once a month for a few days & eat out most nights so having a god list is ideal.

  48. Jess

    Surprised Eighty Ate isn’t on here 🙂


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