The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017

Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia

The Mother City's food scene is exploding, with an eclectic mix of restaurants popping up faster than you can say “tuna ceviche”.

Cape Town was recently voted number 1 on Condé Nast Traveler‘s Best Food Cities in the World – eclipsing Sydney, London, Rio and Hong Kong, among others, to take top honours! Let’s pause for a minute to let that sink in…

We certainly are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in the Mother City – from tried-and-tested favourites to lesser-known gems and, of course, speciality restaurants, the options are endless.

Still, the city’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries opening up faster than you can knock back a tequila – all of which are ready when you are! We’ve rounded up the latest additions below and, 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. Homage 1862

New Restaurants Cape Town: Homage

Housed in a heritage building dating back to 1862, Homage does healthy and hearty haute cuisine in the Mother City’s CBD. Design-wise, it’s an appealing mix of sophistication and quirk, with all the carefully pulled-together elements creating an at-once homely and intriguing atmosphere – from the handmade crockery to the dining tables made from the salvaged ceiling wood.
The giant wood-fired oven –  the heart of the restaurant’s “green-grilling” philosophy – is surrounded by an intimate dining area. But if, like me, you have a penchant for atrium dining, there’s a charming quasi-alfresco space at the back, with an expansive skylight, indigenous “green walls” and exposed brickwork.
The food Flame-grilled South African favourites with delicate Asian undertones is the underlying theme of this interesting menu. I had the salmon marinated in miso and fynbos honey, accompanied by gomae greens and yuzu enoki deliciously doused in a sesame-infused dressing, which was superb. The drinks menu offers a healthy selection of fresh juices, smoothies and house cordials for those who wish to abstain from a lunchtime tipple. I opted for the PBJ smoothie (peanut butter, Greek yoghurt and mixed berry chia seed jam) – a thick, creamy and delicious accompaniment to my meal.
Good to know Sensual in its simplicity, the From the Earth selection is a wonderful way to sample most of the small plates in one sitting for R105.
Inside info Upstairs, a bar and retro coffee lounge – with a vintage vinyl corner – provides a great space to enjoy a laid-back morning coffee or after-work drink.
Opened April 2016
Contact 0822 105 218,
Opening times Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Where to find it 168 Loop Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Mei Capes

2. La Tête

New Restaurants in Cape Town: La Tete
Claire Gunn

Ever since it swung open its monochromatic doors in November 2016, La Tête has been wowing local gourmands (and the international foodie set) with its fresh, seasonal French-bistro fare. Chef Giles Edwards’ nose-to-tail philosophy (where every part of the animal is used, leaving nothing to waste) underpins his menu offerings, but there are vegetarian options available, too. Giles’ aim when he opened La Tête – his first restaurant – was to remove diners’ aversion to eating the whole animal; and, of course, serve extraordinary 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.
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

3. 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

4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Beau Constantia

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

6. Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

New Restaurants Cape Town: Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

If JFK were to take Jackie out for pre-theatre drinks, this cool new cocktail lounge in Cape Town’s East City is where I’d imagine them going. Ornate, plush, and beyond beautiful, this hot new after-work drinks spot – once a grungy live-music dive (The Assembly) – is the undertaking of the same team who brought us Aces ’n’ Spades, The Village Idiot, Villains Ale House, and SurfaRosa (also recently opened).
Draped velvet curtains line the interior walls and velvet-covered booths. Scattered in between the windows and throughout the venue are framed botanical sketches, old black-and-white pictures of Cape Town, and Baroque-style paintings. The drama continues above, with Victorian cornices, crystal chandeliers and eclectic lounge music, while underfoot, revived hardwood floors are adorned with Persian carpets.
The most magnificent of all the features is the striking L-shaped bar that wraps around half the venue, boasting exposed brick behind rows of spirits. The cocktails, as one would expect from a cocktail lounge, are excellent, and some of the best we’ve had in the city recently. Pair your poison with an assortment of tapas for the table to share. We recommend the meat platter (and the seafood platter with oysters if you’re feeling fancy).
Good to know The venue hosts East City Jazz Sessions on Thursdays from 8pm – 10pm.
Opened February 2017
Contact 021 461 2276,
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am (kitchen closes 10pm)
Where to find it 61b Harrington Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

7. The Chicken Shop

New Restaurants Cape Town: The Chicken Shop

Inspired by Melbourne’s chook shops, the founders of Jarryds Espresso Bar and Eatery have opened Cape Town’s first charcoal chicken rotisserie restaurant, with the aim of providing discerning diners a boutique takeaway experience – where free-range chickens are the order of the day. Despite the odd cock-up in its opening weeks, the shop seems to be garnering great reviews at the moment – deservedly so.
Good to know Its chicken-centric name belies the other tasty offerings, such as slow-roasted lamb, fresh salads and burgers, all made with local, seasonal and, above all, organic ingredients.
Opened March 2017
Contact 076 268 8163,
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Where to find it 164/6 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

8. 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 has created an eclectic winter 2017 menu that is simple, seasonal, and excellent value for money. The victuals include tidbits of lamb ribs, pork chipolata – and a chorizo, date and orange salad that is one the best dishes I’ve eaten all year. For mains we opted for the lamb shank and porchetta with a side of polenta – the perfect accompaniment to the saucy dishes. The perfume of fresh herbs are evident in both dishes, complementing the fattiness of the perfectly cooked meat. The deconstructed apple pie is sweet and tart, and the crème brûlée ticks all the right boxes. The service is on the ball and the staff are friendly, making you feel welcome from the first hello.
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

9. Hokey Poké

New Restaurants Cape Town: Hokey Poke

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

10. 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

11. The Peacock Indian Inspired Tapas & Bar

New Restaurants Cape Town: Peacock Indian Inspired Tapas & Bar

An Indian tapas bar in Obs? That’s one for the books, particularly in a city where real-deal spicy Indian cuisine is hard to come by.
Eye-catching from the road – especially at sundown when it really comes into its own – inside is a spacious two-level restaurant with prime street-side and cosy interior seating. The signage and occasional silky-smooth pops of colour are a nod to India’s exotic national bird: the peacock.
The food It might be worth mentioning that head chef Wadia Dramat is an IT engineer-turned-professional chef! And, once you’ve sampled the food, you’ll agree that passion and food flare know no limits…
Tirelessly hands-on owner Andrew Williams and his small, yet efficient, team are a breath of fresh air when it comes to friendly restaurant hospitality – even when UberEats takeaway orders are flying in thick and fast, and the restaurant buzzes with relaxed diners, too.
You must try the superb, well-balanced samoosas (which include vegan/vegetarian options, such as mashed potato with thyme, black pepper and truffle oil). My favourite remains the hot chili prawn and spring onion! The naan “pizza”, topped with a rich-and-creamy prawn curry with generous handfuls of coriander, is ridiculously moreish, washed down with a Pink Peacock cocktail.
Because it’s tapas, it’s fun to share almost anything off this affordable menu – including the Trio of Sweets: three desserts on a single platter!
Opened March 2017
Contact 021 300 3294,
Opening times
Monday – Wednesday, 11.30am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Sunday, 5pm – 10pm
Where to find it 105 Lower Main Road, Corner of Lower Main Road and Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

12. Lily’s

Lily's Restaurant Cape Town

This all-day eatery on Mouille Point’s Golden Mile is the latest dining iteration from The Kove Collection (whose stable includes The Bungalow, Paranga, Umi, La Belle, Dalliance, Pépenero, and Blanko, to name a few). Named in honour of the owner’s daughter, this chic eatery harnesses the endless sea views, and combines lavish furnishings and fine interiors with a carefully considered menu.
Patron-wise? Lily’s leans towards a casually clad leisure set rather than suited power-lunchers. (I eavesdropped on a conversation about a bulk-Botox deal, for example).
We recommend The Gun Show mussels. The garlic, thyme and white-wine broth is so good, I  asked for extra bread to mop up its last remnants.
I’ve a sense Lily’s will slowly ensconce itself in the Atlantic Seaboard dining consciousness and enjoy a long reign from its throne metres from the sea.
Opened May 2017
Read our full review.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm
Contact 021 204 8545,
TIG reviewer Maurice Levin

13. The HQ Courtyard

Cape Town New Restaurants: HQ Courtyard by Laurent Deslandes

Since it opened its doors back in 2008, Cape Town diners have been frequenting the popular HQ for expertly prepared steaks, attentive service, and an overall cool buzz. With high expectations and a reputation to uphold, HQ decided to take over the courtyard it previously shared with Bizerca, and open an exciting new pop-up eatery serving tasty lunchtime treats.
Diners can expect the traditional HQ menu, an array of tasty tapas, as well as an à la carte tasting menu featuring classic dishes with a modern twist that suit the Parisian-inspired courtyard.
You must try the refreshing tomato gazpacho with cucumber and watermelon spheres that burst in your mouth; and the perfectly seared tuna with butternut gnocchi, pak choi and Asian dressing.
Insider tip HQ is working on a new and exciting Mono Menu that will see a second restaurant opening in the space previously occupied by Bizerca. Set to launch in August 2017, the restaurant will accommodate around 200 dinners, with the courtyard seating being shared by the new restaurant and HQ.
Opened April 2017
Contact 021 424 6373
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 5pm
Friday, 12pm – 8pm
Where to find it HQ Restaurant, 100 Shortmarket Street, CBD, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

14. The Hungry Herbivore

New Restaurants Cape Town: Hungry Herbivore

Veganism and vegetarianism, it seems, have reached a tipping point in li’l ol’ Cape Town, with a slew of quality eateries popping up faster than you can sprout mung beans. One such restaurant is The Hungry Herbivore (THH) –  a cosy space on Orphan Street, in the heart of the CBD, where health fiends gather to get their fix of delicious, hearty and reasonably priced vegan fare.
After living in Thailand for a few years, owners Amy Scott and Brent Borman started selling gourmet vegan desserts and raw pizzas at various markets around Cape Town. After a few years, they realised demand for tasty and nutritious food warranted a stand-alone restaurant and, voila, THH was born.
You must try The Burger – a lentil, sweet potato and quinoa-kimchi patty served with avo, caramelised onion and spicy mayo – a hearty feast I could eat every day of the week.
Read our full review.
Opened October 2016
Contact: 021 422 0347,
Opening times: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8am –10pm;
Sundays 9am – 3pm
Where to find 11 Orphan Street, Cape Town CBD
TIG reviewer Jo Skelton

15. Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

New Cape Town Restaurants: Reuben's

It’s here! The striking new Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar in Franschhoek! Combining 12 years memories and moments, the exquisite glass-fronted eatery is chef Reuben Riffel’s new home.
The food Including some of his signature dishes (tuna takaki, pork belly and peppered Springbok steak), the menu also includes interesting tasters (a poké bowl and smoked-pork croquettes), exciting sharing plates, and hearty mains (butter chicken curry, prawn and squid pasta, Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac risotto, to name a few), and some dreamy desserts, too.
The vibe Ritzy marble floors, floor-to-ceiling atrium-style glass windows, with prime views of the bustling Main Road, and refined decor, which echoes the sophisticated dining offering.
X factor Aside from the fact that it’s another great prospect from one of South Africa’s most well-known chefs, we love that the bar is a main event in itself, serving an extensive selection of bubbly, wine, spirits, beers and ciders, liqueurs and aperitifs.
Open Monday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 3772,
Where to find it 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

16. 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

17. Mojo Market

New Restaurants Cape Town: Mojo Market

There’s a new market in town… well, actually, Sea Point, to be exact. This vibrant market space boasts over 80 food, home and clothing stalls in a 2 000-square-metre area and is a welcome addition, to the Mother City scene and particularly Sea Point, where the Promenade and popular eateries are a mere stone’s throw away. Visitors can look forward to amazing food and drink offerings from the likes of Breakfast Bar, Hokey Poké, The Candy Shoppe, IYO Burgers, The Mussel Monger and Earthfire Pizza, to name a few. The Mojo Coffee Collective – open 24 hours a day – is a coffee lover’s’ delight, showcasing some of Cape Town’s best artisanal coffee roasters. And don’t miss the clothing, jewellery, accessories and homeware stalls, for some pre- or post-snack shopping…
Opened April 2017
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 9pm (summer); 10am – 9pm (winter)
Where to find it 30 Regent Road (between Church and Clarens Roads), Sea Point, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

18. Café du Cap

New Restaurants Cape Town: Cafe Du Cap

This vintage- and French-inspired café on Loop Street – in the gorgeous Cartel House – doubles as a retail space, selling stylish homeware and furniture, and a dazzling range of women’s kaftans. With an eclectic playlist of bygone classics – Edith Piaf, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones, for example – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Hemingway novel. All that’s missing are the ceiling fans overhead…
The food Excellently priced and delicious nibbles (sandwiches, quiche and cheesecake); great coffee; and a hot plat du jour (dish of the day) for lunch, with a salad bar to round it all off.
Open Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 276 1955,
Where to find it 113 Loop Street, Cape Town

19. SeaBreeze Fish and Shell

Hottest New: SeaBreeze

This brand-new seafood restaurant on perennially popular Bree Street (where else?) offers sustainably sourced, well-priced seafood dishes. Its Scottish owners Alex and Ruth Grahame left the icy climes of Aberdeen, where they owned a seafood restaurant, opting instead to open shop in Cape Town. At SeaBreeze, fresh and exciting versions of traditional seafood offerings are the order of the day – think hake ceviche with cream cheese and squid ink mayo; silverfish with braaied corn and salse verde; and a fresh line-caught tuna burger with crispy onions, among other delicious-sounding options.
We love that there’s a cool rum bar at the back of the shop. “There are already quite a few gin bars in the city,” explains Alex, “so we decided to try something different.” Aye, aye, we say, time to wet the ol’ pipe with a glass o’ grog!
Insider tip Don’t miss Oyster Happy Hour (from 5pm – 6pm, daily)… it’s R10 a shuck!
Opened May 2017
Contact 073 058 0164
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Where to find it 213 Bree Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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.
Contact 021 202 1219,
Where to find it Avondale Wine, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

24. 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 now has a liquor licence (guests can still bring their own but please be advised a corkage fee will be charged) and roaring fireplace for the cold winter months.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 076 505 1771
Where to find it 125 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

25. 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

26. El Burro Newlands

New Restaurants Cape Town: El Burro Newlands
The Pretty Blog

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

27. Mantra Café

Camps Bay restaurants – Melissa's Mantra Cafe

New to Camps Bay; new to Melissa’s, Mantra added a touch of laidback chic to the suburb when it opened in December 2016. 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.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 021 437 0206,
Where to find it 1st Floor, 43 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

28. 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.
Opened May 2016
Contact 021 447 4868,
Where to find it  Hidden Leaf, 77 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
TIG reviewer Debbie Loots

29. Cabrón Taco Bar

Cabron Taco Bar Cape Town

When a pocket-sized hole in the wall on ever-buzzy Bree Street presented itself to brothers Jake Weedan and Troye May and their longtime pal Drue Thuysman, they grabbed it with all six hands. “We’ve had a lifelong dream of owning a bar in town,” says Jake, “but know how critical location is, so we waited for the perfect spot to come along.”
Which it most certainly did – on arguably the coolest corner of this hip fashion, design and foodie strip, sharing pavement space with Max Bagels and Charango, opposite Clarke’s and Paul Smith, with magical trees enhancing the scenic-urban vibe.The taco-bar concept was a no-brainer – “There are no other Mexican restaurants nearby,” says Jake, “and as for pricing, we wanted to offer diners affordable and really tasty stomach liners.”
The food There are under 10 menu items painted on the yellow interior walls – four tacos: tuna, beef, pulled-pork and vegetarian; nachos, corn salad, and churros for dessert. The chef’s special on the night we visited was a spicy chicken taco, which was utterly delicious, but my favourite was the refreshing, lime-spiked tuna ceviche-style taco. Drinks-wise, expect margaritas, Coronas and a variety of local beers and, of course, tequila!
The vibe is cool and gritty, with a Spotify playlist blaring whatever genre the lads are in the mood for. When we were there, Michael Franks was bleating on about eggplant – classic. “We plan to refresh the menu with new items often,” promises Jake, “while still keeping it focussed and small.”
We love The friendly and professional service from the abundant wait staff. “I’ve been to really good restaurants, where there weren’t enough waiters on duty; waiting an hour for your food can put a dampener on a fun evening out,” says Jake. Agreed.
Opened April 2017
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 084 470 3533,
Where to find it 120 Bree Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

30. The Vic

New Cape Town Restaurants: The Vic

This cool after-work drinks spot, aptly named The Vic, is housed in a beautiful, restored Victorian building on Kloof Street that was the former home of Blah Blah Bar. Decor-wise, owner Jurie Blomerus (who also owns Striped Horse in Muizenberg) has injected his signature grunge-meets-Día de Muertos vibe into the venue, borrowing inspiration from the Victorian era, too.
The music The cool live music is probably what sets this place apart. “On Wednesday nights we have The Jam Stand,” says Jurie, “where a melting pot of local musicians play together – anything can happen on the night! Friday nights are all about vinyl – real music played by a real person – not a playlist.”
Sunday afternoons – B-sides & Rarities –  sees the frontman (or woman) of a well-known band, taking to the stage and making the venue theirs for the day.
Sit outside in the street-facing courtyard, grab a seat at the bar, or get comfy on a velvet sofa while country and rockabilly tunes blare.
The grub Affordable and tasty as muck. The chicken prego with bang-bang sauce is a must; and the hake and chips is lip-smackingly tasty, and ridiculously priced at R65!
Inside info The back courtyard is still in session and will soon be revamped (we’re told hush-hush). All we’re giving away is that a vertical garden will add to the Zen vibe.
Opened April 2017
Contact 021 811 0292,
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 1pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Where to find it 84 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

31. 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

32. The Foodbarn Studio

New Restaurants Cape Town: Foodbarn Studio

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

33. 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

34. 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

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. Obi

New Restaurants: 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 Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 418 4040,
Where to find it Obi Restaurant, 14 Long Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

39. 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.
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

40. 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

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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

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

45. Leeto

paternoster new restaurants

Having served 15 years as executive chef at Catharina’s Restaurant on Steenberg Farm, Capetonian-born Garth Almazan has embarked on a new venture. In partnership with Simone Jacke and Deon Brand – owners of the five-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel wherein Leeto is situated – he has opened this beachside eatery in Paternoster. The restaurant is an authentic west-coast eatery, with a fresh, seasonal menu and prime atmosphere true to its seaside-village setting.
Opening 2017
Contact 021 794 5858,
Where to find it Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, Patterson Slot, Paternoster
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

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

Ash Restaurant
Hail Pizza
The 41
Ground Art Caffe
Scheckter’s Raw
Bardough by Jason
Villa 47
House of H
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, Mouille Point
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: 26 May 2017

72 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017”

  1. Sendhamarai

    Its really great blog. I love it.

  2. Coolramblings

    We’ve been:
    Lily’s – note that they don’t have a liquor license yet (no corkage – take your own wine). Food was fresh and carefully prepared – fish and chips were delicious.
    The Granary Cafe at the Silo Hotel – the restaurant is two star compared to the hotel, bar and rooftop areas. Food is sub-standard and reception staff rude – even if you have a booking! Waiters and bellhops are just amazing.

  3. Jan

    Went to Homage for a friends birthday, delightful from the time u step into their beautiful Victorian building. Wonderful food, lovely ambience , friendly service

  4. Malcolm jacobs

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

  5. Lezel

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

  6. 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

    • Colleen Rens

      Vista Marina Restaurant – Stunning venue, Stunning Food, and based at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Waterfront

    • Juanita

      Food Jams!

  7. Corina

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

  8. Abdel

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. Sarah Jessica

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. WDN

    Gastao’s tapas & craft beer in Tygerwaterfront?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Tony

    Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is really good fun.

  18. 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

  19. Jez

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

  20. Sophia Stopford

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

  21. giusi

    What about the Vesuvio Pizza in tyger water front?

  22. Manu Siegel

    It’s great to be updated

  23. Kieran


  24. 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!!!

    • Karin Maud

      The food is really fresh and beautifully presented. The garden salad has edible flowers. Good specials on a Monday.

  25. Soraya Bhamjee

    How do we get our restaurant on your list please

  26. Jeane

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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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!

  30. 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

  31. Julia Hattingh

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

  32. Jeanne

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

  33. Rachel

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

  34. 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…

  35. Charisse

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

  36. 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

  37. Jason Whitehead

    Bacon On Bree and Open Door – both must visits!

  38. 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…

  39. 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….

  40. Grant

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

  41. nicola townsend

    Where is eighty 8? X

  42. 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.

  43. Paul

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

  44. Simone Factor

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

  45. 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!

  46. Richard Jooste

    I have to agree with Sandy Pedersen.

    Quite surprising indeed.

    Catch up guys…..catch up

  47. Sandy pedersen

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

  48. Rael

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

  49. shashoe

    Try Graze Kenilworth. Awesome

  50. 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.

  51. Jess

    Surprised Eighty Ate isn’t on here 🙂


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