The Best Camps Bay Restaurants

The Best Camps Bay Restaurants

La Parada del Mar, Andrea van der Spuy

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. Azure Restaurant

Camps Bay Restaurants: Azure
Where in the world can you sit on the terrace of a restaurant with the majestic Twelve Apostles as a backdrop, picture-perfect Lion’s Head in the distance, poised above a bright blue sea as you dine? Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay is where! And the stylish blue and white interior decor isn’t too shabby either.
Chef Christo Pretorius has devised three tasting menus – his own, Taste of the Sea and Taste of the Earth. We decided to order from the varied  à la carte menu, which features flashbacks to popular dishes of yore (Bea Tollman’s rice pudding with a twist) as well as modern picks (baby calamari risotto topped with crispy fried tentacles on a bed of spiced butternut purée, pickled sultanas, Parmesan crumbs and a dashi and roast calamari broth. Delicious!
The bread offerings alone are worth the visit: olive ciabatta, traditional rye, and the most moreish nut and seed loaf ever accompanied by creamy anchovy butter (or plain salted butter, for the uninitiated).
We love everything on the menu! The Azure Steak – a 250g fillet cooked perfectly medium-rare, with pommes frites and a generous topping of Café de Paris butter deserves a special mention. The well-trained staff are solicitous, attentive and well informed.
Contact 021 437 9029, azure@12apostles.co.za
Location Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

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
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

3. La Parada del Mar

Camps Bay Restaurants: La Parada de 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.

If you’re with friends, secure a table on the downstairs terrace, and watch the surfers ride the turquoise-tinged waves across the way. For a romantic tête-à-tête, ask for a balcony table in the upstairs section, which also has its own bar, ample seating, and delicious views of Camps Bays colourful passing trade.

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.

Though there is not a high chair in sight, our toddler had a ball running up and down the steps at the entrance in between scoffing his patatas bravas (and not irritating the friendly staff too much). We could have stayed all afternoon, but slipped away as the DJ was setting up for what was sure to be a rollicking evening set.

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm to late
Contact 021 286 2106, campsbay@laparada.co.za
Location 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

4. The Rumbullion at the Roundhouse

Camps Bay Restaurants: The Rumbullion
Nestled in the glens of Table Mountain, The Rumbullion lawns boast sweeping views of Camps Bay and the expansive Atlantic – the perfect place for a post-beach picnic, a weekend breakfast, or a tapas-style lunch. Though it’s much more casual than its sister restaurant, the food is wonderfully fresh and delicious.
We love the concise but varied sundowners menu. You must have the chewy ciabatta with hummus, olive tapenade or snoek pâté to start followed by one of the delicious pizzas.
Good to know The value-for-money Sundowner Special is a winner; booking well in advance is advised.
Contact 021 438 4347, info@theroundhouserestaurant.com
Location Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

5. Mezepoli

Camps Bay Restaurants: Mezepoli
There are many good Greek restaurants in Cape Town, but none boast a setting as stunning as Mezepoli’s – right across the road from Camps Bay beach. Glorious sea views greet diners to this predominantly Greek restaurant, with a menu that focuses on simple, flavourful dishes drawn from the culinary cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Although almost everything on the menu is tempting, we highly recommend starting with a choice of mezze to share. Our picks include grilled haloumi: soft in the centre and perfectly scored on the outside, and drizzled with fresh lemon and a touch of olive oil; the deep-fried crispy squid heads with aioli; fried baby zucchini with a generous topping of grated Gruyère, and a dip or two of tzatziki and taramasalata with warm pita bread – washed down with a delicious cocktail or a cool glass of bubbly. We found the feta-and-Gruyère croquettes too salty… The superb lightly salted lamb cutlets perfectly seasoned with oregano and olive oil, accompanied by square-cut potato chips, soft and fluffy in the centre and crisp on the outside are delicious. Any Greek meal would not be complete without a medium Greek coffee and a pastry dessert. Baklava, anyone?
We love sitting on the wooden terrace, watching the passing parade, while enjoying quality Mediterranean food. The friendly, well-informed waiters, lovely crisp white napery, elegant square-shaped crockery and spotless glassware all enhance the experience.
Contact 021 438 1915, campsbay@mezepoli.co.za
Location The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

6. Paranga

Camps Bay Restaurants: Paranga
With its prime location on the sunny Camps Bay strip, this cool sea-facing Mediterranean eatery serves an assortment of fresh and delicious seafood dishes in a stylish modern setting. Friendly attentive staff at the front of house and seasoned chefs in the kitchen coupled with cool beats and a muted interior palette make this a Camps Bay must for a glam night out.
We recommend the generous seafood platter with three dipping sauces; and the beef and reef (fillet steak and tiger prawns) . For a lighter meal, try the scrumptious fried goat’s cheese with sweet chilli sauce (my favourite).
Insider tip For dinner and a “show”, book your front terrace table for 7.30pm (in summertime), and enjoy the spectacular setting sun while you tuck into your meal.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, .30am – 10.30pm,    
Contact 021 438 0404, info@paranga.co.za
Location Shop 1, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Alicia Chamaille

7. The Leopard Bar

Camps Bay Restaurants: Leopard Bar
Charmingly nestled at the foot of Table Mountain lies the Twelve Apostles. Here you’ll find the swanky and sophisticated Leopard Bar which boasts magnificent ocean views from the balcony, best enjoyed with a fine whiskey or cognac to hand – or a Strawberries & Blanc (sauvignon blanc, strawberry juice, soda water, lemon and some fresh mint) prepared by one of the skilled and attentive bar staff).
We love the generously sized flavourful burgers. We shared a Mini Burger Platter (two beef, pork and chicken burgers with chips). But you could also order the Smoked Trout & Egg Salad or the creamy Prawn Stroganoff…
Insider tip Book one of the coveted balcony tables, and arrive early so you can enjoy drinks at the bar to the strains of live vocalists. Grace de la Hunt serenaded us the night we were there.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 2am
Contact 021 437 9000, leopardbar@12apostleshotel.co.za
Location Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Alicia Chamaille

8. Sunset Café

There’s been a flurry of restaurant openings in Camps Bay recently, and this is one we are really excited about. Owned and operated by the same team that runs Mondiall, the trendy spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9am until late. Their coffee is also something to get excited about, as they have introduced Black Insomnia (the world’s strongest coffee) to the strip, available as a hot cuppa joe, a cold brew or – for those feeling really brave – as a cocktail. Rock & Roller Coffee is also available for those looking for a normal caffeine kick.
We recommend the smokey free-range chicken wings, done in a sticky Asian BBQ sauce; and, of course, a good old G&T.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11pm
Contact 021 437 0358, k@sunsetcafe.co.za
Location 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
TIG reviewer Dean Horwitz

9. The Bungalow

Camps Bay Restaurants: The Bungalow
Boasting an uninterrupted panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, The Bungalow is one of the best spots to grab a drink and mingle. Its buzzy vibe and the young-at-hearts it attracts make it the perfect place for a summer soirée. Bring your shades and toast to the setting sun with a delicious cocktail (the pomegranate mojito is sweet perfection).
We recommend the truffle-infused burrata (Italian cheese); chicken breasts with a lemon and chilli basting; and the indulgent chocolate tart are all divine. But if you’re in the mood for some deep-sea fishing, you can’t go wrong with the seared tuna or the whole baby kingklip.
We love that when the temperature drops (and the winds pick up), the waitstaff are quick to offer warm blankets, pull down the awnings, turn on the heaters and bring out the next hot dish.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm (summer)
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm (winter)
Contact 021 438 2018, info@thebungalow.co.za
Location The Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

10. The Raj

Camps Bay Restaurants: The Raj
Greenhorn Gourmet

If, like me, you have a predilection for Indian cuisine, this sea-facing beauty is absolutely the place to go and get your fix. It’s been around for six years, and I could kick myself for not having discovered it sooner – not least because of its beautiful location, just metres from the sea. Add reasonably priced menu items, great service, and delicious food, and you’re in for a treat. Manager Zane informs me that the butter chicken is their most popular dish, adding that the restaurant sold a whopping 6 000 dishes in 2016 – a figure that is set to skyrocket now that I’ve tasted it.
We love the butter chicken, obviously. Grilled over hot coals, the chicken pieces are then added to the most fragrant and aromatic sauce I’ve tasted in a long time. All dishes are best enjoyed with naan, which I like to refer to as a culinary dishcloth, because I use it to wipe up every drop of sauce off my plate. Off the starter menu, you must try the tandoori prawns and the Punjabi samoosas (potato and pea), which are three-dimensional in shape to maximise flavour and appeal. Expect a full house around dinner time.
Contact 021 438 4555, info@theraj.co.za
Location Shop 4,The Promenade, Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Robin Adams

11. The 41

The 41 Camps Bay Restaurants
Located at – you guessed it – number 41 on the famed Victoria Road strip, The 41 came on to the Camps Bay scene in October 2016. Formerly Tuscany Beach restaurant, French owner Bravo Gilles Blanc and his partner Nicholas Da Costagave have given the space a complete architectural overhaul. The new trendy eatery now boasts sliding glass doors and tiered dining levels to showcase 180° views of the encroaching seascape. The minimalistic décor is chic yet comfortable, luring beachgoers to pop in for a sundowner while also appealing to discerning diners. In the kitchen, chef Aristotle Ragavelas (who co-owns Ragafellow’s in Hout Bay) puts his extensive international experience to the test. Aiming to cater to the local market, the eclectic menu is an unpretentious fusion of South African flair and European influence, birthing contemporary presentation and robust flavours.
We recommend the pork pâté with pickles and mustard.
Opening times Monday, 12pm – 11pm
Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 11pm
Contact 021 437 0558, info@the41.co.za
Location The 41, 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

Disclaimer:

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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