The Best Camps Bay Restaurants

The Best Camps Bay Restaurants

With its sun-drenched beaches, dreamy turquoise water and an array of ultra-high-end restaurants, Camps Bay is as beautiful as it is cosmopolitan.

At the southern tip of Africa, between Cape Town’s monumental Table Mountain and the dreamy Atlantic Ocean, the exclusive suburb of Camps Bay beckons. Straddled by a palm-fringed sandy beach on the one side, and an ever-buzzing promenade on the other, Camps Bay has the sparkle of St Tropez and the sex appeal of South Beach. Here you’ll find bronzed beach babes in bikinis soaking up the sun, trendy locals zipping by on Vespas, yuppies draped over their convertibles, sun-kissed honeymooners strolling along the promenade and cyclists gliding by on their bikes. Alfresco cafes with stunning views of the powdery aquamarine Atlantic Ocean overflow onto the pavements – the vibe is hot, sexy but oh-so chilled.

At night, Camps Bay’s laidback persona is washed away by the tide and the suburb transforms itself into a dazzlingly cosmopolitan hub, awash with glitz and glamour. Party-seekers and diners flock to its stylish restaurants, swanky cocktail bars and high-end hotel lobbies to get a slice of the action. We’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants in the area; if we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments below.

1. The Leopard Bar

Leopard Bar
Charmingly nestled at the foot of Table Mountain’s Twelve Apostles lies, the Leopard Bar boast magnificent ocean views, which you can savour with a drink in hand. There is something on offer for everyone – from a fine assortment of whiskeys and cognacs to fruity cocktails prepared by the skilled bar staff.
We love the Tea by the Sea spread, especially the weekend buffet that serves a collection of baked treats, finger sandwiches and a selection of teas and coffee.
Contact 021 437 9015, restaurants@12apostleshotel.co.za
Location Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

2. 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 here.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 021 437 0206, campsbay@melissas.co.za
Where to find it 1st Floor, 43 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

3. The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse's outside eating area, the Rumbillion
Nestled in the glens of Table Mountain, The Roundhouse boasts sweeping views of Camps Bay and the expansive Atlantic – the perfect place for a fine-dining occasion. The food is fresh and seasonal, with a loose focus on classic French cuisine. Looking for something more relaxed? The outside area, known as The Rumbullion, offers guests a tapas-style menu, while unwinding in the sun on the lush lawns.
We love the casual Rumbullion menu, a tick-box format that offers breakfast, lunch and sundowners options – from freshly baked croissants to tapas served in jam jars.
Contact 021 438 4347, info@theroundhouserestaurant.com
Location Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay, Cape Town

4. The Raj

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Traditional Indian cuisine served just metres from the sea… The Raj prides itself on serving authentic Indian cuisine. Expect a plethora of aromas, textures, colours and flavours, and check out why we featured it on our list of Best Indian Restaurants in Cape Town.
We love the densely packed and deliciously crunchy samosas and, of course, the garlicky and buttery naan bread that should accompany any main.
Contact 021 438 4555, info@theraj.co.za
Location Shop 4,The Promenade, Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town

5. Mezepoli

Best Greek restaurants in Cape Town: Mezepoli
For a quick quality meal made with fresh and flavourful ingredients, Mezepoli is a good bet. While the menu is predominantly Greek, it includes a mixture of Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. The mezze platters are wonderful for an after-beach tuck-in with friends.
We love the dips – tzatziki, taramaslata, hummus, melitzanosalata and olive tapenade – all made in-house. Order spanakopita, souvlaki, dolmades and falafel and dip to your heart’s content.
Contact 021 438 1915, campsbay@mezepoli.co.za
Location The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

6. Paranga

Paranga
Located along the sunny Camps Bay strip, Paranga is another meeting spot for the city’s glam squad. The extensive menu and killer views make it a popular option.
We love the assortment of seafood dishes on offer, from traditional favourites (grilled sole and langoustine) to new flavours (salmon and kingklip fishcakes, spicy tuna tartar and Cape Malay mussels).
Contact 021 438 0404, info@paranga.co.za
Location Shop 1, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

7. The Bungalow

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Boasting an uninterrupted panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, The Bungalow is one of the best spots to grab a drink and mingle. The vibe here is sharing and being social, so the menu offes a wide range of shared dishes. Its buzzy vibe and the fashionista set it attracts make it the perfect place for a summer soirée.
We love the tuna burger that comes with ginger mayonnaise, tomato and red onion salsa, topped with fresh coriander
Contact 021 438 2018, info@thebungalow.co.za
Location The Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town

8. Azure

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This award-winning restaurant is the perfect location for a special occasion. The stylish décor, impressive wine list and professional staff make for a fantastic fine-dining experience. If the weather permits, the terrace has the best seats in the house, providing gorgeous views of the ocean.
We love everything on the menu, but we highly recommend owner Bea Tollman’s Cape Malay Curry with chicken and prawns.
Contact 021 437 9029, azure@12apostles.co.za
Location Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

9. Café Caprice

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This trendy pavement café is where the Mother City’s beautiful people hang out. Expect an array of cocktails, local and international models, and tasty food. With its picturesque sunset views and its DJ booth and dancefloor, Caprice transitions seamlessly from daytime hangout to party central.
We love the Caprice Burger,pure beef basted in barbeque sauce, topped with beer-battered onion rings and served with fries– no wonder it made it onto our Best Burgers in Cape Townlist.
Contact 021 438 8315, info@cafecaprice.co.za
Location 37 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Restaurant write-ups by Mischa Franco

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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: 23 December 2015

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