The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2018

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2018 Janse & Co

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 even added some that are about to swing open their doors, because forewarned is forearmed! (And, we’re all about giving you the Inside Track, so to speak.) We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

1. Janse & Co

Janse Co Kloof Street

City slickers (who resent having to schlep to the winelands for haute cuisine), you’re in for the mother of all treats! Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg (of Maison in Franschhoek fame) has opened a new spot – on Kloof Street, no less – with his partner Liezl Odendaal (who also sports an impressive culinary CV, having worked with Franck Dangereux and Luke Dale-Roberts, to name a few).
As he did for six delicious years at Maison, Arno has created a menu of boundary-pushing yet perfectly pared-down dishes, but instead of a relaxed farm setting, diners can now enjoy these palate-popping dishes in a super-stylish innercity environment. His starting point, as always: the best ingredients, prepared with passion, with a strong focus on provenance and seasonality, of course.
As Janse & Co’s delightfully affable restaurant manager, Ronel Smidt, says: “Don’t get too attached to anything on the menu (there are 20 in total, three of which are desserts), because he changes them regularly!”
Opened December 2017
Contact 021 422 0384, reservations@janseco.com 
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm
Location 
Janse & Co, 75 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

2. Upper Bloem

Green Pointers, are y’all ready for some edge-of-your-seat news? From the team behind Sea Point’s famed La Mouette comes Upper Bloem, a 40-seater fine-dining eatery on the Green Point strip. Inspired by his childhood growing up in the Bo Kaap (on Upper Bloem Street), head chef André Hill – in collaboration with La Mouette’s Henry Vigar – has devised an edgy yet refined menu of nine irreducibly delicious sharing plates (a steal at R395) that reflect his roots.
Echoing the menu, the curry-flavoured interiors – shades of brown, rust and teal – were designed by Cape Town maestro Liam Mooney, and are as warm and delicious as the food.
Says British-born co-owner Henry (with a wry grin): “Cape Town, as we all know, is the southernmost city in Europe, and many of our restaurants reflect that. Here, we wanted to showcase and celebrate authentic South African cuisine, which I think we’ve done through André.”
Good to know The dessert board is not included in the tasting menu but is a cloying denouement (R195 for two).
Opened May 2018
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday (lunch and dinner)
Tuesdays (dinner)
Contact 021 433 1442, reservations@ubrestaurant.co.za
Where to find it Shop 1, Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

3. Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Chefs Warehouse Maison: New Restaurants in Cape Town

If seven of the country’s top chefs – including Michelin-starred Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Luke Dale-Roberts, Eric Bulpitt, Brad Ball, Rudi Liebenberg, Franck Dangereux and Reuben Riffel – rate Chefs Warehouse among the best restaurants in Cape Town, you can be sure that it is! So, we were super-excited to hear that Chef Liam Tomlin has opened a new restaurant in Franschhoek! At Maison Estate, on 26 November 2017!
The newcomer moved into the space formerly occupied by The Kitchen, and is headed by chef David Schneider, who has worked alongside chef Liam, and Ivor Jones at Chefs Warehouse in Constantia.
As with Liam’s three other wildly popular restaurants, the emphasis is on serving superb “global tapas”, accompanied by the estate’s excellent wines. We’ve just booked our table!
Opens 26 November 2017
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 7pm – 8.15pm
Contact 021 876 2116
Location Maison Estate, R45 Franschhoek

4The Ceviche Bar

Hottest New Ceviche Bar

You’ll feel like you’ve landed in a Scandi-chic Pinterest board when you enter The Ceviche Bar. Clean, breezy, light and bright, the restaurant is situated on the first floor, above a coffee roastery, and entered through a clothing store.
The menu is everything I want in a menu: two breakfast offerings available till 12, and seven options for lunchtime diners, two of which are vegan.
The fish Sublime. The Ceviche Mango (lime-cured kingklip served with mango and sweet potato al dente topped with red chilli and coriander) is zesty, fragrant, fresh and instantly satisfying. The lime-cured Salmon Tiradito, served on a bed of julienne cucumber and topped with sesame seeds, spring onions, chilli, soya sauce and lime, is another winner. Peruvian and pure (with the bonus of being light, and packed with nutritional value).
Good to know Owners Tamryn Bruinders and Dylan Norton are not only warm, super-efficient and friendly, they’re also avid seafood lovers and visibly love what they do. They’ll be introducing scallops, oysters, locally sourced rainbow trout and Patagonian squid, as they create dishes for their new menus.
Opened March 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday & Thursday, 6 – 10pm
Contact 063 223 5551, reservations@thecevichebar.co.za
Where to find it 103 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Reviewer Li Protheroe

5. Ragamuffin Curry

Hottest New Ragamuffin

This gem of an eatery in a suburban street of Kenilworth deserves to be shouted about from the rooftops! It’s a small space (just six tables) with a huge heart, where you’re guaranteed a good time – and an even better meal – without having to take out a loan.
Owned and run by 31-year-old Thinus Ras – a towering, softly spoken, black-beaded “boerseuntjie” and mechanical engineering graduate, Ragamuffin Curry offers a selection of traditional favourites (based on Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay recipes), as well as some less conventional dishes, such as the Margate braaied-chicken curry and pork-and-mango curry.
The vibe The eclectic hodge-podge of art, decor and furniture – including shweshwe bunting and a corrugated-iron roof  – enhances the cheery atmosphere.
Honouring vegetarians The vegetarian dishes on the menu are by no means an afterthought. “I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into honouring non-meat-eaters,” says Thinus. As for dessert, there are four items, ranging from R15 to R35! In fact, everything is ridiculously well-priced. Ridiculously!
Excellent food, personable service and a lovely atmosphere make this a winner.
Opened December 2017
Opening times Monday – Sunday 11am – 9pm
Contact 083 548 0708
Where to find it 3 Mains Avenue,  Kenilworth (Next to Noyes Pharmacy)
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

6. Salt at Paul Cluver

SALT

Elgin is one of our favorite destinations for a gourmet bite in the country. It’s close enough to escape for the day (about an hour’s drive from the city), yet far enough to feel like you’re getting away from it all. Salt at Paul Cluver is the latest venture from chefs Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit, spearheaded by Mechell Spann. Craig’s hope is for Salt to be the first wine farm to offer a salt-, wine- and food-pairing experience.
On each table sits a wood panel containing six different salts – a bit of a brain teaser if you thought there was only one kind! Each plate is designed with a specific taste in mind, not only to fit the flavour profile of a paired wine, but also of a paired salt. Our favourite was the miso-seared game fish with gooseberries: a wonderfully unexpected combination; as well as the plum-fed pork with squid and grilled corn.
The vibe is relaxed, owing to the farmhouse-style interiors and the sights and sounds of the working farm that borders the restaurant. The back of the restaurant walks onto a terrace and lawn, where a few tables are scattered under the afdak and under the trees. The playlist is hip, offset by tractors busy on the encroaching farm. You feel as though you’re removed from the hustle and bustle here, which is why we love it.
Opened 13 December 2017
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Contact 021 844 0012, craig@thegooseroasters.co.za
Where to find it Paul Cluver, Grabouw
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

7. Coco Safar

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Cape Town’s café society will feel like they’ve died and gone to flat-white heaven at this Belle Epoque-flavoured café-patisserie (that relocated to Sea Point from Cavendish Square, where it operated for just under a year). Housed in the recently refurbed Artem Centre (previously The Adelphi), the street-level café is reminiscent of a Parisian tea salon: plush, dimly lit interiors, lofty proportions, deep-buttoned velvet-and-leather booths, and floor-to-ceiling cabinets displaying perfectly merchandised products.
Though it feels a little product-driven (for my tastes), the attention to detail is impressive – no bonbon has been left unturned – from the waitstaff’s attractive three-piece outfits to the customised Around The World in Eighty Days-inspired art pieces.
The coffee It’s good! And the best part? The Nespresso-sized capsules are fully compostable!
The rest Everything that comes out of the kitchen is made on site, including all the patisserie and the flaky and buttery viennoiseries (with just the right amount of chew in the centre). Even the coffee is roasted on site! For lunch, the deliciously crunchy Asian chicken salad hit the right spot, and there are some interesting bao options, too.
Before you leave Swing by the chocolate Atelier, and a Rooibos Bar!
Opened January 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 9pm
Contact 021 433 1336, generalenquiries@cocosafar-sp.co.za
Location Artem Centre, 277 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

8. Jakes on The Common

Since the closure of the original Jakes in Kenilworth, the mother-and-son duo behind the classy eatery have opened up in Noordhoek, in a glorious setting at the foot of Chapman’s Peak Drive. Like Jakes in the Village (Steenberg in Tokai), the new property is elegant yet unpretentious, and it shares the same interesting and international menu. But, to suit its surrounds, Jakes on the Common is rustic and a tad quirky.
With a toddler in tow, on an autumn afternoon, we decided to go alfresco. The sun was out and the view picture-postcard perfect. We quickly ordered a mac ‘n cheese off a separate kiddies’ menu, and the Wild Mushroom Ravioli starter for us to share: delicious and creamy, but not too rich.
The menu has a decidedly Oriental slant, with a Thai prawn and chicken curry, an Asian pork stirfry and two Indian curries. There’s also a South-American inspired chimichurri T-bone steak, salads, a range of Moroccan flatbreads, a couple of gourmet hotdogs, and extravagant American-style burgers and sliders.
My Pulled Pork Burger was exceptional: sweet and succulent pork on a bed of fresh and crunchy shredded beetroot and carrot. As was the Roasted Butternut, Feta & Beetroot Salad.
The drinks menu is impressive: a surprisingly good selection of inexpensive wines and wines by the glass, which is a rare thing in upmarket restaurants.
We left no space for dessert, but I’m told the Dessert Platter is the way to go. The service is swift, warm and attentive.
While Jakes describes itself as a family restaurant and caters for children, I got the impression they would prefer not to. A sign inside the restaurant reads: “We love children, but not in the bar, lounge or on the furniture” – you might wish you had left your sprog at home with a nanny.
Opened December 2017
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8.30am – 10pm
Sunday, 8.30am – 5pm
Monday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 789 0445, noordhoek@jakes.co.za
Reviewer Karen Read

9. The Shop

Fans of the former Buzbey Grill, which enjoyed pride of place among the Sea Point set for its old-school bistro atmosphere and sublime steaks, will certainly not be disappointed with the brand-new offering that has taken its place. Run by hands-on, energetic and passionate husband-and-wife team, Kyle and Gabi Knight (both qualified chefs who have worked in various countries), The Shop offers prepared-to-perfection cuts, and then some…
The food The refreshing and simple menu changes every six weeks, and chef Kyle knows where every ingredient in his kitchen comes from, which is evident in the flavours of all the dishes we tried – from the delectable pork belly (served on the creamiest white bean pureé with a hint of salsa verde to round it off) to the line fish of the day with leeks, potatoes and a white wine sauce. Not to mention the crispy pulled-beef croquettes with vegetables and broth that certainly ups the comfort-food ante.
The vibe This is a good old-fashioned neighbourhood joint (with a light and airy new look), that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a charming borough in New York City, where the chef knows your name – and just how you like your favourite dish prepared.
Your must try Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, the roast head of cauliflower with a buttermilk and brown butter dressing and almond dukkah is a must!
Opened November 2017
Contact 083 782 5240
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm
Tuesday – Sunday, 6pm – 11pm
Where to find it 14 Three Anchor Bay Road, Sea Point
Reviewer Riekie Human

10. The Electric

Hottest New Electric

Does Cape Town really need another juice bar, we hear you ask… Only if it offers something special, which The Electric does in spades, as you’ll discover the moment you step off the busy street and under the bright yellow entranceway into the light-filled interior. Just six months ago, this inspiring space was the burnt-out remains of an auto-electric shop… The transformation is so dramatic, it feels energising.
The fridge full of brightly coloured bottles is a siren song. The six different coloured juices (green, red, yellow, orange, pink and white) offer various flavour combinations, including the sweet, fresh and zesty watermelon, mint, basil and lime, my favourite.
The nut milks are a rare treat – five flavours across four nuts (almond, cashew, Brazilian and walnut) with different flavour profiles. And then there are the shots – small bottles packed with punch: activated charcoal, ginger or orange (with turmeric, ginger and honey).
The food A small menu offers smoothies and eggs for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. Choose from Tom’s famous five-seed bread, baguette or ciabatta, with five fabulously fresh fillings on offer, including salmon and cream cheese.
Just as suited to a quickie breakfast, lunch on the go, a three-hour-long working session or a chill session upstairs, this new café has a whole lot of heart and an energising mix of food and drink.
Insider tip Return your glass bottle for a R5 bottle deposit.
Opened March 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am to 6pm, Saturdays, 9am to 2pm
Contact 0214610916, kay@the-electric.com, www.the-electric.com
Where to find it 48 Canterbury Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Bridget McNulty

11. SpiritCafé Dunkley Square

Spirit Cafe: Hottest New Restaurants

You don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian or even health-conscious to enjoy the utterly delicious, made-from-scratch dishes at SpiritCafé in Constantia. So much so that I have city-dwelling friends who make specials trips to the ’burbs for their fix of feel-good food.
But that all changed when the second branch of SpirtCafé opened in Dunkley Square (close to another of our perennial favourites, Maria’s) in October 2017.
“Food-wise, people can expect the same culinary profile as the Constantia branch”, explains owner Kate Ball (who also owns and teaches yoga at YogaSpirit upstairs). SpiritCafé is known far and wide for its creative, seasonally driven dishes, made with farm-fresh ingredients and oodles of love.
The vibe “Dunkley Square’s piazza-like location has informed how we’ve done the store up,” says Kate. “The shop will have the same warm and inviting touches – with a deep couch and cushions – but the cabinetry and tables will have a more Scandi feel.” We cannot wait!
Opening October 2017
Contact 021 795 0167, cafe@yogaspirit.co.za
Location Dunkley Square
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

12. Skinny Legs at Maison Mara

Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the picturesque district of De Waterkant, just behind the busy Cape Quarter shopping centre, this second branch of the popular Skinny Legs Luxury Café offers an intimate hideaway from the CBD hustle and bustle.
The cosy haven is frequented by everyone from suits seeking their pre-work caffeine fixes, to yoga mat-toting diners looking for post-workout fuel, and friends catching up over a freshly squeezed juice. The atmosphere is a more laid-back one, and is best for a long, lazy breakfast with time to spare, so don’t settle in if you’re in a huge rush.
Rustic stone walls, moody lighting, and bursts of fresh indoor plants set the scene, with deliciously fresh, wholesome meals and friendly staff completing the picture.
On sunny days, sit outside on the cobblestoned road and people-watch over all-day breakfasts of homemade granola, raw muesli, avo toast and an apple pie smoothie; when it’s nippy, pull up a chair at one of the minimalist white tables inside, and warm up with the comforting coconut quinoa porridge, eggs-made-your-way, or a salad, pasta or sandwich for lunch.
Opened February 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday, 8:30am – 2pm
Contact 021 461 2717, info@skinnylegs.co.za
Where to find it 5 Jarvis Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Reviewer Kent Cloete

13. Today & Tomorrow

Kloof Street has added yet another fab feather in its cap with this new and already-bustling hotspot. Located in the space that was once home to Mitico Restaurant, Today & Tomorrow is the sister of Yours Truly – the popular locale up the street. But while Yours Truly is great for laidback DJ beats, chatter and drinks, Today & Tomorrow is perfect for a relaxed sit-down bite with an edge.
Casually laid tables overflow with all types: everyone from the excitable Yours Truly locals, couples on dates, friends catching up, and even the occasional family sharing a plate of loaded fries.
Many aspects hint to its part in the Yours Truly group (similar logo design, hanging plants, young waitstaff and twinkling fairy lights), but T&T has a magic of its own that will have you returning, er, today and tomorrow!
The menu is unpretentious, and features wholesome, darn delicious classics: everything from smoothie bowls, eggs benedict, and banana bread to salads, pizza, pasta, fried chicken, and  steak sandwiches.
We recommend the house burger: a tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef patty on a heavenly toasted-brioche bun, with garlic mayo and a side of your choice. There’s also a delectable dessert menu that features crème brûlée, cheesecake, tiramisu, and a gooey chocolate brownie, as well an extensive drinks menu, offering everything from wine, beer and spirits, to fruit juices and freshly brewed coffee.
Opened 16 May 2018
Opening times  Sunday – Tuesday, 8am – 12amWednesday – Saturday, 8am – 2am
Contact 021 422 0175, info@yourstrulycafe.co.za
Where to find it 71 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Kent Cloete

14. Jusu

From restaurateur Cheyne Morrisby (Cheyne’s, Shio and Lucky Bao) comes another gem to the small seaside suburb of Hout Bay. Jusu (a Japanese version of the word “juice”) serves an assortment of organic cold-pressed juices, Japanese herbal teas, booster smoothies (packed with superfoods), Deluxe coffee, and breakfast bowls of Acai and Chia Pudding.
The minimalist modern interior is reminiscent of a traditional dimly lit Japanese walk-in café, yet the bursts of fresh greenery and blue walls add a touch of Cape Town. Perfect for sit-down catch ups or on-the-go refuels, Jusu is a welcome addition to the ever-growing bay.
Opened March 2018
Opening times From 7am
Contact cheynemorrisby@gmail.com
Where to find it Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

15. The Botanical Bar

Botanical Bar: New Restaurants in Cape Town

First came single-malt whisky, then it was the craft-beer revolution, and we’re currently in the throes of a love affair with artisanal gin. “So, what’s the next big thing?” you might be wondering… Funny you should ask… The savvy people behind Honest Chocolate Café, The Gin Bar, and Marrow have the answer. It’s not a spirit per se, but rather a wonderful collection of fresh, fragrant and foraged-for stuff that abounds in the Cape’s oceans, mountains and forests. We’re talking about botanicals…
The team behind this fresh, new concept have spent the past eight months honing their skills, concocting their own bitters, potions and aperitifs, with the aim of showcasing the Cape’s unique indigenous botanical flavours through food and drink (of course). The venue is called The Botanical Bar and, while foraged-for fresh ingredients are the main event, there’ll be top-drawer beer, rum, brandy, gin, bourbon and whisky to accompany the fresh flavours.
Opening December 2017
Contact 064 686 4164, hello@botanicalbar.co.za
Location 160 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

16. Patina Steak & Fine Wine

Patina Newlands: New Restaurants in Cape Town

Before you even take your first bite, there are clues galore that this is no average steakhouse: the superb wine-by-the-glass list (the “Fine Wine” in its name kind of gives that part away); the small but select starter menu (carpaccio with pickled shallots, mustard seeds, radish, smoked salt and olive oil); the slick interiors; and, of course, the perfectly prepared steaks – made with aged Chalmar beef.
We recommend the finger-licking roasted marrow bones (with onion rings, sourdough wafers, beetroot aïoli and pickled mushrooms) and the tender-licious fillet, which comes with a side of your choice. Order two! The creamed spinach and sweet potato fries.
Opened September 2017
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm to 10pm
Sunday, 12pm to 9pm
Contact 021 823 9739
Where to find it 35 Dean Street, Newlands, Cape Town

17. Cushty Deli


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British slang for “comfortable and easy-going”, this neighbourhood deli on the corner of a narrow residential street in Green Point, serves delicious café-style delights that has ravenous morning runners and caffeine fiends lining up at the door.
Owners Roy and Anna Moore have created a cosy vibe, in a space that’s alive with energy, with casual wooden-table seating and chalkboard menus setting the scene for a laptop date or friendly catch-up.
For breakfast, tuck into a hearty plate of bacon and eggs or a healthy fruit-and-yoghurt bowl, and come lunchtime, choose from a variety of readymade salads and continental cold meat dishes displayed on shelves, or order a gourmet sandwich off the à la carte menu. In addition to the grub, there are also freshly squeezed juices, kombucha, smoothies, coffee and tea, not to mention an array of scrumptious take-home snacks, and bottles of preserves.
Weekends (especially Sundays) are the busiest, so get there early to snag a seat at this up-and-coming favourite.
Opened March 2018
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7pm
Contact 072 654 2508
Where to find it 6 St Georges Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Reviewer Kent Cloete

18. Tap|Eat at the Franschhoek Beer Co

Hottest New Tap Eeat

It’s no secret that the Franschhoek Valley is aburst with fine-dining restaurants and award-winning wine farms. But where do you go if you’re a beer lover (or dating a beer lover) and in the mood for a low-key yet splendid meal? Luckily for us, Alex McCormack, Frank Rodriguez and Reuben Riffel identified this gap! Alex and Frank went above and beyond and produced a stellar range of craft beers, opening the Valley’s first microbrewery, alongside a tap room and restaurant. Tap|Eat is where Reuben entered the picture and, in collaboration with head chef Nick Oosthuizen (ex Foliage), developed a mezze-style menu that’s all about fresh, local, superb-quality ingredients. Each dish is made with organic produce that’s sourced directly from the gardens on the farm, while the in-house baked breads are made using the beers on offer. Nick has an exceptional knack for layering flavours and textures, taking something seemingly simple like a tuna salad to gourmet level.
We love the beer cocktails and the beer-and-food pairing experience – two clever concepts that aim to introduce beginner beer-drinkers to the world of barley and hops.
The vibe is laid-back yet elegant, owing to modern, sleek interiors.
Order a few plates to share, or a burger with a side of chips (if you’re a beer-and-burger type of guy or gal).
Opened December 2017
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Contact 021 8762092, info@franschhoekbeerco.co.za
Where to find it R45, Franschhoek
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

19. Nourish’d Observatory

Nourish'd Observatory Hottest New Restaurants

Health-food lovers are no strangers to Nourish’d – the neat little juicery and café on Kloof Street where vegan smoothies, bowls and light meals abound. So when they opened a sister venue in Observatory, creatives, students, travellers and professionals who work and live nearby were chuffed.
The menu is not a carbon copy of Kloof Street’s. Here you’ll also find warm rainbow bowls, oat breakfasts, and hearty soups. What’s more, says chef and manager Katie Beard, there’s a Nourish’d Harvest Table that changes daily: four plant-based dishes – or, as she puts it, “a beautiful bounty of rainbow goodness” – served on a plate.
So far, the most popular dishes at Nourish’d Obs are the Moonshine Bowl (avocado, falafel, hummus, kimchi, spiral carrots and zucchini, baby spinach, rocket, kale, microgreens, raw almonds, and ginger-and-lemon olive oil drizzle) and shmooshy avo toast on sourdough.
The shots There’s a host of health shots on offer that highlights what’s best for which niggles. Feeling fluey and muggy? The Hot Shot (ginger, lime, turmeric and black pepper) is the answer. Too much wine last night? The Black Grit (activated charcoal, apple and lemon) is the ticket.
Good to know In the pipeline are warm elixirs, as well as cleanses and an online product range.
Opened 12 April 2018
Contact 063 648 1040
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Where to find it 186 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Reviewer Riekie Human

20. Pizza Warehouse at Yard

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If, like us, you love a hidden gem, then you’re sure to have come across Yard – home to the legendary Dog’s Bollocks, whose burgers are among the best in town. This atmospheric garage-cum-eatery is also our go-to place for Mucky Mary’s Breakfasts and The Bitch’s Tits’ Lunches and… drum roll please… it’s now home to our favourite new pizza “parlour”.
The pizza menu has four sections, divided by base type: Classic Neapolitan (a thin base with a puffed-up outer crust that is baked for 90 seconds at 900 degrees. Yikes!); California Thin Crust (the name says it all); Romano Thick Crust (medium to thick dough, light and fluffy inside but crispy on the outside); and New York (a monstrous,45cm thin crust), and you can also customise your own.
If you’ve not been before, we thought we’d prepare you: the waitrons are a rowdy lot: they’ll explain the menu and holler when your burger order is ready (the pizza section is slightly more mannerly) – No linen napkins and silver service here – in fact, using cutlery is almost considered an insult.
Good to know You can bring your pooch as Yard is a dog-friendly establishment.
Opening October 2017
Contact 082 885 5719, meganeloff@gmail.com
Location Yard, 6 Roodehek street, Gardens, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

21. Rafael Lebanese Café

Hottest New Restaurant: Rafael

New restaurants seem to be popping up on Sea Point’s buzzy Main Road faster than you can wolf down a sheesh tawook (but more about that later). One such eatery is the delightfully fresh and traditional Rafael Lebanese Café where hues of blue transport you to beachy afternoons, and delicious meals leave you satisfied but not sluggish.
Hands-on owners Mikhael and Angelic Bou Rjeily (of Mishu Coffee and Byblos Trading Co) ensure their guests are happy and well fed and, even if service is a tad slow at times, it’s always friendly and jovial, making it an utterly pleasant place to spend a few quiet hours soaking up the view of Signal Hill and its many paragliders while sipping on Turkish coffee with a side of baklava.  
The menu offers traditional dishes, such as shawarmas and falafels, but if you’re worried about portion size then order a few bites from the mezze menu. We enjoyed the beef kofta kebabs (deconstructed meatballs, hummus, cucumber, tomatoes and green leaves in a wrap), sheesh tawook (chicken, garlic sauce, tomatoes, coleslaw and pickles in a wrap) and Byblos (Danish feta, tomatoes, zaatar and olive oil, served with olives and flat bread).
Opened December 2017
Contact 021 439 6783, info@byblostrading.co.za
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11am –10pm
Sundays, 11am – 9pm
Where to find it 154 Main Road, Sea Point
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

22. Bowls on Bree

Bowls on Bree: New Restaurants in Cape Town

It’s the best of both worlds: food so delicious it makes you go “Ahhhh”, and so healthy your body starts singing as you swallow. You’ll find Bowls on Bree (BoB)  up a long staircase – two long staircases, in fact – inside the gallery space of Upstairs on Bree. It’s an inauspicious entrance, traipsing up the stairs; but the view of the city through the wall of windows, combined with the beautiful leather-and-wood bar and windowsills full of succulents, is worth the climb. And that’s before you’ve had a bite to eat.
The choices are simple: drinks are still, sparkling or coconut water, food is a Buddha, Paleo or Poke Bowl. But don’t be fooled by th1 seemingly spare options – you won’t believe how much goodness gets packed into one white bowl.
Erik Schärberg is the man behind BoB – quite literally. He’s the owner, he came up with the concept (“Grab life by the Bowls”), and he stands behind that fabulous bar whipping up the food.
You can tell, from the very first bite, that there is life in abundance in these bowls. I chose the Silly Salmon (with pineapple raw slaw, shredded daikon, roasted asparagus, the most amazing organic bean sprouts, micro herbs, pickled red onion and a sprinkling of toasted almonds and coconut flakes). It’s a rainbow of colour and taste in one bowl. And I kid you not, I felt fantastic all afternoon  
With affordable prices (R55 to R100 per bowl), friendly service, a beautiful space and bowls full of goodness, Bowls on Bree is a superb addition to Bree Street’s fabulous food culture.
Insider tip No time to sit down and eat? You can order your bowl to go in a biodegradable bowl. Either pick it up, or use UberEats or OrderIn.
Opened October 2017
Opening times Monday – Friday, 11am to 5pm
Contact 021  422 4147, holla@bowlsonbree.co.za
Where to find it 103A Bree Street, inside Upstairs on Bree.
Reviewer Bridget McNulty

23. Lekker Vegan

Lekker Vegan: New Restaurants in Cape Town

Despite what it says on the label, 90% of the happy diners at this cool new joint aren’t even vegan, or so we’re told… Lekker Vegan is the brainchild of James Knaap who became vegan after battling and overcoming a chronic illness through conscious eating. Having worked at the Vegan Junk Food Bar in Amsterdam, James realised that Capetonians simply had the wrong idea about what it meant to eat vegan – it’s not all carrot sticks and salads. Lekker Vegan’s menu includes delicious gourmet burgers, Gatsbys and nuggets that are so tasty, you won’t want to share.
The vibe This eatery keeps things easy, funky and modern, with accents of rose-tinted copper and plants displayed on one wall and the brand’s bright, simplistic logo on the other, suspended wooden counters, and cheeky urban music playing in the background.
Good to know 95% of the packaging is environmentally friendly.
Opened December 2017
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 10pm
Friday, 12pm – 3am
Saturday, 1pm – 3am
Sunday, 3pm – 10pm
Contact info@lekkervegan.co.za
Location 37 Barrack Street, Corner of Harrington & Barrack Streets, Zonnebloem
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

24. Marrow

Marrow: Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

This tiny broth bar on Loop Street packs a serious punch! Apart from being one of the most buzzed-about new arrivals on Cape Town’s ever-exploding restaurant scene, the delicious line-up of deceptively simple dishes has foodies flocking back for more.
Its four owners (one of whom also owns the Secret Gin Bar and Honest Chocolate) were inspired by a love of soupy things, partly due to a trip to Japan, mixed with the incredible health benefits of the humble broth, not to mention the sheer versatility of it…
The menu There are four broths: Clear, White, Green and Brown, which are served in a cup (R30) or a bowl (R65), with new items being added to the menu as we speak.
Health benefits Everything served at Marrow is focused on a promoting gut health. Bone broth is a great source of bioavailable collagen, which aids digestion and improves nutrient absorption.
Opened August 2017
Read our full review.
Contact 082 963 3534, hello@marrowbroth.co.za
Opening times Monday – Friday, 11am – 3pm
Wednesday – Friday, 3pm – 8pm
Location 83 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Riekie Human

25. Wildsprout

Hottest New Wildsprout

Wholefood with a whole lotta love is what’s on the menu at Wildsprout – a buzzy little gem of an eatery at the top end of Loop Street that serves fabulous fresh fare from 7am to 5pm, and also stocks a small range of heavenly healthy foodstuffs.
The owners Co-founders Candice Coles and Bryan Walter share a passion for conscious eating, and take enormous care in both the sourcing of organic ingredients and the preparation of tasty dishes that leave you energised and nourished rather than needing a nap after lunch.
The crowd A happy mix of urban hipsters and young medics in scrubs (either that or the cast of Grey’s Anatomy just walked in for Superberry Smoothies and Smashed Avo on rye).
The food The all-day menu is playful and interesting, and at 12 noon the Harvest Table is set out: a deliciously wholesome buffet that changes daily. We take our pick from four salads (three of which are vegan) and two yummy protein dishes. The kale, broccoli and coconut salad, with an almond-milk-and-cumin dressing is a favourite, and we love the chicken-with-figs. The vegan veggie burgers are excellent too, and I’m delighted to find some to take home in the deli fridge. Who knew that healthy could be so irresistible?
Insider tip Don’t leaving without checking out the Wild Sprout range of granolas, biscotti and other treats on offer, and find a bounty of ready-made dishes including fish cakes, seasonal soups, free-range chicken pies and grain-free banana loaf in the freezer.
Read our full review.
Opened August 2017
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Contact 021 007 3355, info@wild-sprout.co.za
Location Unit F, 179 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Stefania Johnson

26. El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint

El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint

New to Blouberg, this cool Mexican joint is spicing things up with cool Dia de Los Muertos-style décor, spankingly fresh margaritas, and mouth-popping street food-style grub! Lovers of traditional Mexican grub can expect generous portions of tasty tacos, taquitos, ceviche, chipotle-drenched prawns, and much, much more.
Opened December 2017
Opening Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11pm
Contact 021 554 9696, hola@tacosandtequila.co.za
Where to find it 16A, Eden on the Bay, Corner Otto du Plessis and Sir David Baird Drive, Bloubergstrand

27. Cause and Effect Cocktail Kitchen

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From owner Kurt Schlechter, together with righthand men James “Trigger” Phillips and Marshall Siavash, comes this exciting new cocktail kitchen just off Kloof Street that is turning the traditional on its head. The extensive unique cocktail menu pushes boundaries and celebrates classics with a modern twist. A must for cocktail-lovers who want to broaden their horizons.
The cocktails Bold and expertly crafted, there’s no shortage of sip-worthy tipples here. Sit at the bar, and watch the maestros at work. Begin with a light aperitif (including the extinct Caperitif, reborn in the Cause Effect kitchen), followed by a selection of traditional brandy-based cocktails infused with fynbos flavours, homemade tinctures and fresh herbs. And end with a jaw-dropping experiential cocktail.
The food If you’re feeling peckish, choose from a range of tasty meals including the ostrich wrap, steak and chips, mushroom pasta, and three different types of cheese, meat and veg platters (each with an accompanying, you guessed it, cocktail). All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly foraged – no beating around the bush here!
Opened December 2017
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 1:30am; Saturday 8pm – 1:30am
Contact 072 917 1183, marshall@causeandeffect.co.za
Where to find it Cause and Effect Cocktail Kitchen, 2A Park Road, MLT House, Gardens, Cape Town
Reviewer Kent Cloete

28. Bilboa 

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For delectable seafood, uninterrupted ocean views, and very friendly service, the latest restaurant from the Kove Collection is the place to be. Modern furnishings – from recessed timber ceilings to slick lighting and gold accents throughout – create a sophisticated vibe. On a perfect wind-free summer’s day, the see-through blinds that span the length of the restaurant are rolled up for guests to soak up the exquisite surrounds. We dined there on a typical blustery evening and, even with the blinds down, we were still able to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The menu offers a variety of seafood from prawns and langoustines to salmon; as well as steak, lamb and chicken. Appetisers include oysters, grilled halloumi, mussels, and more. The crispy prawns, and the baby squid are particularly good! If you’re a seafood lover, go for one of the Bilboa specialities as a main. The chef has lovingly tried and tested these recipes and it’s evident in the gorgeous flavours and pretty presentation. We highly recommend the salmon with quinoa, dukkah, Lebanese pickled cucumber, chili and lemon. Washed down with crisp Boschendal Brut Rosé, it was just perfect!
Take it easy on the outdoor deck, overlooking the coveted Camps Bay strip, under the striped umbrellas, or enjoy a more formal dining experience inside.
Opened  November 2017
Contact 021 286 5155, reservations@bilboa.co.za
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Location Shop 120, First Floor, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Reviewer Liza West

29. Harvest Café & Deli

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Beautifully curated health food with carefully considered and sourced ingredients has pretty much become the name of the game for inner city eateries worth their salt. Harvest Café & Deli in the Bo-Kaap is one such place. With its impressive, yet simple, lineup of tasty and original healthy dishes – coupled with a laidback interior, and simply sublime city and mountain views – it delivers in spades.
It’s not for nothing that the breakfast crowd has already cottoned on to the quinoa porridge with banana, coconut, turmeric, toasted buckwheat and passion fruit; and the eggs benedict on zucchini fritters with wilted spinach and toasted almonds. Naturally, smoothies (the Lean Green is a must) and fresh juices complete the picture.
Lunch is an equally wholesome affair. We loved the grilled aubergine wrap with avocado, feta, pickled cabbage and sriracha mayo.
Good to know The beautiful rooftop – with ridiculously pretty views – will soon play host to a series of special events, such as markets, yoga classes, and First Thursdays. So watch this space… Literally!
Opened October 2017
Contact 079 448 1618
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday, 8.30am – 2pm
Location 102 Wale Street, City Bowl
Reviewer Riekie Human

30. Haru

Haru: New Restaurants in Cape Town
Tabile Raziya

From Korean-born restaurateur Denis Sung and head chef Karen Hwang comes this delicious marriage of Korean and Japanese cuisine. This new kid on the southern suburbs block is all about fresh, fragrant flavours and authentic Asian cuisine, with an extensive menu that seems to have a plate for every palate. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering dishes including ramen, noodle broths, sushi, tempura, and more. Vegetarian diners are also catered for, with a range of meat-free alternatives, such as vegetarian sushi and fresh Japanese salads.
With neutral decor and minimalist interiors, the bold flavours steal the show, and rightly so!
Insider tip The restaurant is still unlicensed, so BYOB, or opt for the tea-totalling option and sip pots of home-brewed traditional teas.
Opened December 2017
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11:30am – 10pm
Contact 087 470 0474, haruinrondebosch@gmail.com
Where to find it 92 Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

31. The Hot Skillet

Hot Skillet: New Restaurants in Cape Town
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From the stars of My Kitchen Rules, Gomotsegang Modiselle (G) and Oginga Siwundla (OG), comes this light- and art-filled space that was born in answer to the question: “Where in Cape Town can we eat your food?”
And what a location they have found – inside the glorious Young Blood Gallery on Bree Street. Their philosophy is simple: “We just want you to be happy, and leave full.” As such, they’ve started with a small 10-item menu that offers breakfast and lunch staples, with coffee, water or rooibos on the side.
But the focus means that the dishes they are turning out are superb – we had the Eggs Royale on a toasted muffin with smoked salmon and hollandaise and it was excellent. But not quite as excellent as the stand-out Banger & Eggs, which crammed grilled pork sausages, eggs, onion, homemade mustard, mayo and smoked cheddar on to a Portuguese roll for a flavour explosion. We ended the meal with French Toast with a twist – cinnamon kitke rolled in crushed cornflakes with vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup. Divine.
The combination of simple yet delicious breakfast and lunch dishes – and the amazing space – will make you want to return again and again. That, and their emphasis on people relaxing and enjoying themselves – the tables are spaced far apart, the wi-fi is free, the music is good, and there’s no hurry to leave. top of
Keep an eye on this space – it feels like the start of something special.
Insider tip The chefs are available for private catering, and the gallery space is available for hire. It would make the most amazing birthday party or wedding venue…
Opened January 2018
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 061 522 5296, thehotskillet001@gmail.com
Where to find it Young Blood Gallery, 70 – 72 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Bridget McNulty

32. Lucky Bao De Waterkant

Lucky Bao: New Restaurants in Cape Town

Dining at Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is always flavour-packed and fantastic! The itsy-bitsy eight-seater bar drips with character, and serves the tastiest steamed bao (buns), ramen (noodles) and gyoza (dumplings) around.
So we were elated to learn that owner-chef Cheyne Morrisby has opened a second branch, in De Waterkant, no less – that’s allegedly smaller than the Hout Bay branch!
Just a stone’s throw from Cheyne’s other gem, Shio, this six-seater pavement bar is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinners.
Opening October 2017
Contact 079 067 4919
Location 47 Napier Street, Cape Town

33. The Fat Greek

The Fat Greek: Cape Town New Restaurants
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This little piece of Greece – courtesy of the Dimitris – is a welcome addition to Table View’s burgeoning restaurant scene. As the name suggests, guests can enjoy platters stacked with delicious Mediterranean fare, including the usual favourites such as hummus, lamb and chicken skewers, and the good old Greek salad. Situated on the Marine Promenade, the small and intimate space matches the restaurant’s family-friendly and community-oriented atmosphere.
Fun fact The Dimitris are no strangers to the restaurant scene. Dimitri Peroglou is the son of Peter Peroglou, who started the famous Mykonos Taverna in Sea Point; and Dimitri Manousakis is the son of George Manousakis, who ran a range of restaurants, including the Clay Oven and Athena’s.
Opened August 2017
Contact 021 556 4737, info@thefatgreek.co.za
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 5:30pm – 10:30pm; Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 11pm; Sunday, 12pm – 4pm; Public Holidays, 12pm – 11pm
Location Shop 5, Marine Promenade, 2 Porterfield Road, Table View
Reviewer Matthew Flax

34. Jason Bakery Green Point

Jason Bakery: New Restaurants in Cape Town

Our favourite baker boy has closed his Loop Street shop, and is relocating to Green Point Main Road. Renovations are underway, with ovens set to start baking on 1 December! Atlantic Seaboard people, know this: you are in for one hell of a treat. Captain Bread (as he’s affectionately known) makes the best (almond) croissants in town, and his Saturday-morning doughssants are a feast for the senses, with their deliciously creative flavour combos.
Opening December 2017
Contact 060 681 3803, bardough@captainbread.com
Location 83 Main Road Green Point, Cape Town

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

Foxcroft
Ash Restaurant
La Tête
Thali
The Shortmarket Club
Seabreeze Fish and Shell
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Hokey Poké
The Granary Cafe at the Silo Hotel
Kleinskys  
The Stack
Shio
House of H
Three Wise Monkeys
The Mess
Mink & Trout
95 on Morgenster
Scheckter’s Raw
Bouchon Bistro
Stacked Diner
Mulberry & Prince
The Sorrows
Hail Pizza
Schoon
Villa 47’s Pierino Penati 
La Petite Colombe

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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: 19 April 2018

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82 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2018”

  1. Wendy Robinson

    I am looking for an upmarket business lunch with outstanding food and atmosphere and service. No budget. A sea view would be a plus but not necessary. It must be near the city centre. These are out of towners who we need to wow.

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  2. Natasha Prime-Stagler

    Hi – you guys should feature Ceviche at Corner Store in Town, by Silwood trained chef Dylan Norton

    Ceviche recipes vary, so there’s always a surprise and new recipe to look forward to!

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  3. Jess Green

    Giulios cafe in Loop!hot breakfast and lunch spot now open for dinners Thursday and Fridays:)not to be missed!

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  4. Conny

    Our local favourite. Lime Tree Cafe in Bergvliet. Something for everyone including me…a vegetarian.

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  5. Rael

    You don’t want to ever miss out on Lime Tree Cafe. Consistently rated 5*

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  6. Cindy Truscott

    A wonderful selection of fascinating food at fantastic venues.

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  7. Tanya Steyn

    Please send news on hottest and newest in CPT.

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  8. Wynoma Stockenstroom

    Please send your newsletter regularly

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  9. Sarah V

    THE DAIRY DEN – my best!!!! Love their soft serve!! So glad to see it on the list! Awesome list thank you!

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  10. Silvia ockel

    Thank you

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  11. Vivienne Visser

    Do you also recommend restaurants in the “Deep South” as people tend to call the Southern Suburbs today?!

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  12. Narelle Wearne

    Cant wait to try some of these new restaurants when we arrive in CT from Bali….in November….love CT.

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  13. Miri

    Newcomer is ‘The Yard’ in the new Silo district close to the Zeitz Mocca museum, amazing food……

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  14. Tony Miller

    Another great new place is My Favor8. It’s in Mandela Rhodes Place in Wale Street and we had some great food and cocktails there recently!

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  15. Samie

    new restaurant
    Mughals Indian restaurant and bar in Green Market square Cape Town, CBD
    Must try, you will love it i promise

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  16. Sophie Lloyd

    Just reading this post makes me hungry! These places sound great! I didn’t realise Cape Town was recently voted number 1 on Condé Nast Traveler‘s Best Food Cities. Wow!

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  17. Dudu

    Angus Restaraunt is also a new restaraunt in Blourberg or Tableview with an amazing view of the beach. They have incredible specials during the week especially thier all you can eat pork or beef ribs on Wednesdays. They surely know how to give customers value for thier money.

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  18. Nita

    Article was written in 2015, why does it state 2017?

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Nita
      The original article was published in 2015, but we continue to update it regularly.

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  19. Sendhamarai

    Its really great blog. I love it.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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

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  22. Malcolm jacobs

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

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  23. Lezel

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

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  24. 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.

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    • Jana

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

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      • Celeste

        La Perla in Sea Point is terrible do not go there. Go to Chefs warehouse in Bree street instead.

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    • Colleen Rens

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

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    • Juanita

      Food Jams!

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  25. Corina

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

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  26. Abdel

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

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  27. 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!

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  28. 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.

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  29. Sarah Jessica

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

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  30. 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

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  31. 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.

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    • The Inside Guide

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

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  32. WDN

    Gastao’s tapas & craft beer in Tygerwaterfront?

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  33. Martin

    Have you been to De Grendel Restaurant?

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    • 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).

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      • Louise

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

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        • 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.

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  34. 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.

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    • The Inside Guide

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

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  35. Tony

    Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is really good fun.

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  36. 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

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  37. Jez

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

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  38. Sophia Stopford

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

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  39. giusi

    What about the Vesuvio Pizza in tyger water front?

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  40. Manu Siegel

    It’s great to be updated

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  41. Kieran

    Charango?

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  42. 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!!!

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    • Karin Maud

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

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      • Laetitia

        For those living in Pinelands, yes definitely try the saltwater grill. Always fresh. The tuna steak is incredible !

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  43. Soraya Bhamjee

    How do we get our restaurant on your list please

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  44. Jeane

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

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  45. 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.

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    • 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

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  46. 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!

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  47. 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

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  48. Julia Hattingh

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

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  49. Jeanne

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

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  50. Rachel

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

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  51. 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…

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  52. Charisse

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

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  53. 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

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  54. 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…

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  55. Simone Factor

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

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