The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017 The Granary Cafe at The Silo Hotel

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. Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Hottest New: Chefs Warehouse-maison

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

2. Pierino Penati at Villa 47

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Villa 47 Pierino Penati

You know things are cooking in Cape Town when a Michelin-starred chef from Italy bids his beloved motherland farewell to come and open a fine-dining eatery in the city! Chef Theo Penati, whose grandfather opened the original Pierino Penati in Brianza, Italy, 70 years ago, is no stranger to the Mother City, having backpacked through the country over a decade ago, returning last year to guest-chef a charity dinner at Villa 47. His love of provenance is evidenced in his painstaking creations that are, ironically, simply delicious; while his attention to the guest experience makes dining here a pleasure.
Opened 22 September 2017
Contact 021 418 2740,
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 4pm –10pm (kitchen)
Location Villa 47, 47 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

3. Marrow

Marrow Hottest New
Kenan James Tatt

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,
Opening times Monday – Friday, 11am – 3pm
Wednesday – Friday, 3pm – 8pm
Location 83 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Riekie Human

4. Top of The Ritz

Bertus Basson Restaurant at The Ritz: New Restaurants

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 Top of The Ritz, as well as Casa Restaurant & Cabanas, which will offer a Mediterranean à la carte menu with a modern South African twist.
Opening December 2017
Contact 021 439 6010
Location Corner of Main Road and Camberwell Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

5. 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,
Location Unit F, 179 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Stefania Johnson

6. La Petite Colombe

New Restaurants in Cape Town: La Petite Colombe

We had the extraordinary pleasure of eating at La Petite Colombe within a week of its launch and, after just seven days of service, this relaxed and refined newcomer feels as well-oiled and established as its feted Constantia sibling.
The menu Heading the kitchen is John Norris-Rogers, a bright-faced young chef who spent four-and-a-half years honing his skills under La Colombe’s Scot Kirton and James Gaag. His self-assured demeanour belies his 26 years, as he dazzles diners with a theatrical array of nine superb and creative dishes (if you opt for the Full Menu; or five courses if you choose the Reduced Menu).
After arriving at our table to present his inspired Springbok Tataki course, John is quick to play down his fast-tracked trajectory when we ask about his brand-new baby: “I think it’s easier to step into an existing concept, than to start something from scratch.” Which is fair enough… but as similar as the two restaurants seem in terms of the slick and sophisticated overall experience, it definitely feels as though John has put his unique stamp on the menu here.
The vibe Everything about this 54-seater restaurant (housed at Le Quartier Français where The Tasting Room used to be) oozes timeless elegance – from the background music (Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James) to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors (by UK-based Beverley Boswell) – no wonder it’s fully booked for dinner until October.
Inside info The restaurant is offering an unbeatable winter lunch special – four courses for R395 – until end-October 2017.
Good to know The Full Menu (nine courses) costs R995; with wine R1 600.
The Reduced Menu (five courses) costs R695; with wine R1 100.
Opened 1 August 2017
Read our full review.
Opening times 1 August – 31 October 2017: Tuesday: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 13pm; 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 202 3395,
Location Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

7. SeaBreeze Fish and Shell

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
Location 213 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

8. The Sunnyside Inn

Sunnyside Hottest New

Who’d have thought that a white-table-clothed eatery would open in a spot that was the erstwhile home of one of Cape Town’s most iconic dive bars? We didn’t, but stranger things have happened… From the owners of The Power and The Glory and Hallelujah comes this elegant gem that’s not intended to be a pretentious fine-dining establishment but rather a special-occasion haunt. Swiss chef Emma Hofmans’ three-course set menu (R380 per person) recalls a bygone era of hotel lunches and dinners, where sharing a classic, wholesome meal with friends is de rigueur. (If you’re a picky eater, you might want to check out the menu online before you book a table, because there is one set menu.)
Opened July 2017
Contact  087 802 7729,
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 7pm – 10pm
Location 1st Floor, 13 Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

9. Homage 1862

Homage: New Restaurants in Cape Town

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 2017
Contact 0822 105 218,
Opening times Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Location 168 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Mei Capes

10. Kleinsky’s Delicatessen CBD

Kleinsky's CBD: New Restaurants

Ever wanted to feel like a member of the Seinfeld crew? Then hotfoot it to the new branch of Kleinsky’s, a New York-themed deli that recently opened in the bustling Central Business District, making it all the easier for you to grab a fresh bagel and coffee on your way to work (show up before 8am and you’ll get to try one of their signature coffee bagels).
Other offerings include diner-style burgers, rugelach (otherwise referred to as “Jewish croissants”), New York Cheesecake, and pastrami sandwiches with a side of pickles (which wouldn’t look out of place at Katz’s Delicatessen). Now we just need the Soup Nazi to open a kitchen nearby, and your dream of actually living out a Seinfeld episode could just become a reality.
Opening October 2017
Contact 021 433 2871 (Sea Point Branch)
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Location Parliament Street, CBD (facing Church Square)
Reviewer Matthew Flax

11. FireFish

New Restaurants Cape Town: Firefish

“Fresh from the ocean and hot off the grill” is the order of the day (and night) at this upmarket harbourside eatery at the V&A Waterfront. It’s the latest dining iteration from Kove Collection, whose stable includes Blanko, Lily’s, The Bungalow, Paranga, Umi, La Belle, Dalliance, and Pépenero, to name a few.
Owner Paul Kovensky, who makes it his business to remain abreast of culinary trends, has deftly jumped on the charcoal-cooking bandwagon, taking things a step further by installing a state-of-the-art Josper Charcoal Grill, whose ultra-high temperature allows the meat and fish to be grilled and roasted without losing any of their natural flavours.
The food Let’s just say this is our new favourite restaurant at the V&A! The dishes, all conceived by Kove’s head chef Amber Deetlefs, are fresh and bursting with distinct and exciting flavours. As the name implies, the main event is charcoal-grilled fish, with an array of smack-of-the-sea cuts on display at The Ice Bar at the entrance. But there’s more than enough variety on the extensive menu for vegetarians, carnivores, sushi lovers, and even those with bite-sized appetites, who can order off the Asian-inspired Small Plates menu, which is exactly what we did.
We recommend The lip-smacking pulled shortrib bao; the flavourful shrimp dim sum; the superbly tender chicken yakitori and anything off the sushi menu. As for dessert, we tried The Pocky Sticks and the Burnt Matcha Cream, both of which were phenomenal.
Insider Info At the launch, Michelle Leo, Kove’s marketing manager, informed us of an additional two Kove openings in Camps Bay next month. Watch this space!
Opened September 2017
Contact 021 286 4933,
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10:30pm
Location Shop 154 Victoria Wharf, Breakwater Boulevard, Waterfront
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

12. Ka Pa Tée

Hottest New Ka Pa Tee

What probably began in the Yunnan region of China during the Shang Dynasty is now a much loved daily ritual performed by a large portion of the world’s population. The ritual of tea – brewing, pouring, drinking and enjoying. So when a dedicated organic tea bar opened in the heart of the Mother City, we just had to check it out.   
Simple yet effective bamboo plants add to the zen-like atmosphere in this calming space. I took a seat on one of the comfortable chairs, and whiled away a few hours sipping exotic and everyday teas, and trying some of the delicious baked vegan goods.
If you’re a newbie to the tea game (and don’t know how to choose between the various greens, blacks, whites, and Earl Greys), then sign up for a tasting (R100 per person) where you get to sample five different teas (R150 with brownies).
We tried the Asian Express, with five teas from across Asia, but opted to swap out the Sir Blue Earl Grey for a delicious chococcino tea!
Good to know As well as an impressive wall of teas available for purchase, they also sell a variety of infusers, mugs, tea pots, African bead work, skincare products and even stylish leather handbags.
Opened July 2017
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Location 7 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

13. Albert’s Eatery

Albert's Eatery: New Restaurants Cape Town

Albert’s on Albert Road, owned by Albert Venter, is just the thing for health-conscious foodies who work in Woodstock. Don’t be fooled by the humbleness of the one-stop lunch-time counter; quality ingredients reign supreme at Albert’s: free-range chicken (“that tastes like real chicken”) is sourced from upstanding local suppliers, as is the fresh seasonal produce. Having worked in other people’s kitchens for 12 years (including Scot Kirton’s La Colombe), Albert decided to go at it alone with the help of his wife, Elzaan.
The menu changes daily depending on what’s available, but you can expect lush sarmies, veggie bakes, and power bowls. During our visit we tucked into a power bowl crammed with grilled-to-perfection chicken, broccoli and cauliflower, served on a mix of brown rice and quinoa, with a side of dressed coriander.
Opened September 2017
Contact 079 902 5690,
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Location 364 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

14. 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’s about to change because the second branch of SpirtCafé is opening in Dunkley Square (close to another of our perennial favourites, Maria’s) at the end of October.
“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,
Location Dunkley Square
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

15. 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,
Location The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

16. 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,
Location 1 Church Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Jo Skelton

17. Lucky Bao De Waterkant

Lucky Bao De Waterkant: 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

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,
Location 113 Loop Street, Cape Town

19. The Light Side Café

Hottest New: Light Side Cafe

Neil Roake is your quintessential slash guy: five-time cookbook author/ restaurateur/ ex-hotelier/ marketing consultant/ design guru/ etc. His latest offering – Now Showing – is part fashion store and part restaurant: The Space on ground level stocks a delicious selection of local designers’ garments, while The Light Side Café on top is a haute pop-up vegan café.
The café is open daily for breakfast (and organic coffee, naturally), but it is Neil’s four-course vegan tasting menu, served every day from 12pm until 3pm, that deserves a whirl. It’s fresh, boundary-pushing, and creative (rather like the cook himself), and is served with a delicious glass of Rosalie Rosé (a Provence-style, artisanal wine). All that for R195!
Insider tip Do not wait too long before visiting because, come February 2018, The Light Side Café will be transformed into a darker space to reflect the arrival of autumn.
Opened November 2017 (until end-Feb 2018)
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm
Contact 076 375 8541
Location 109 Waterkant St, De Waterkant
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
Location Bosjes, Wine Farm, off the R43, near Worcester/Ceres

21. 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,
Location 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

 22. Harvest Café & Deli

Hottest New: Harvest Cafe

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

23. The Dairy Den

Hottest New Dairy Den

Inspired by their family’s ice-cream business and fond childhood memories of cones, drips and drizzles, Tasia Donaldson and Lexi Van Kets joined forces with Doh!nuts, and opened The Dairy Den in October 2017. And now this soft-serve ice-cream and doughnut store on Sea Point’s busy main road has made childhood dreams all over the Mother City come true, with its pretty-in-pink decor and brightly coloured treats.
Instead of a normal cone, get your ice cream scooped into an Oreo-flavoured black-sugar cone, or try the sticky doughnut creation – delectable!
Flavours range from traditional to exotic: vanilla, Belgian chocolate, strawberry, bubblegum, dragon mint (we love the nod to Game of Thrones) and the summer sizzle – a granadilla/mango/strawberry pulp creation – ensuring there is something for everyone. Add the freshly made doughnuts (that you can order by the box), and soft-serve coffee, and you have a winner. Come summer sunshine or winter rain, this little store is sure to be packed.
Opened October 2017
Contact 076 401 9895,
Opening times Daily, 8am – 10pm
Location 148 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

24. Cocotte

Cocotte Hottest New

Appropriately named Cocotte (the French word for hen that doubles as a term of endearment), this French chicken rotisserie on Sea Point’s burgeoning Regent Road serves lip-smackingly good chickens – whole or quartered –  with delicious gravy and sides. And although it rubs shoulders with the likes of Mojo Market, My Sugar, Sundoo and Three Wise Monkeys, its legion of loyal customers remain undeterred, and keep coming back for their weekend roasts or on-the-run takeaway sandwiches.
Opened May 2017
Read our full review.
Contact 021 286 4352,
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm; Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Location 20 Regent Road, Sea Point
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

25. Schoon

New Restaurants Cape Town: Schoon

When owners Fritz and Chanelle Schoon announced that they were closing their beloved bakery on the bustling corner of Bird and Church Streets in Stellenbosch, an entire brigade of bread lovers was left bereft. Fast forward five months to August 2017… the brand-new, pint-sized Schoon opened on bustling Bright Street in Somerset West to collective cries of jubilation!
For those familiar with the Schoon brand, you already know what to expect: honest-to-goodness and utterly moreish bread and baked treats in a warm, intimate and very stylish setting (think slate tables, leather-covered chairs, exposed-brick walls and a fireplace to keep things cosy). For those who’ve yet to experience what all the fuss is about, let’s just say you’ll soon discover which side your bread is buttered!
Opened August 2017
Contact 021 883 2187,
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Saturday, 8am – 3pm
Sunday, 8am – 1:30pm
Location 3 Bright Street, Somerset West
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

26. The Stranger’s Club

The Stranger's Club: New Restaurants Cape Town

Just off Green Point’s Main Road, in one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, is a hidden treasure that feels far, far away from the bustle of the city. Owned and run by 21-year-old Emma Vith, who hails from a long line of intrepid explorers, The Stranger’s Club takes its name from a book by William LaVarre, which Emma’s grandfather gifted to her father (and which inspired many years of wonderful travel adventures).
In the book, like-minded travellers would gather at The Stranger’s Club in La Paz to share stories and trade goods; In Cape Town, it’s a place where (city-weary) travellers and locals seeking solace can meet for the best chai lattes in town, simple yet meticulously prepared sandwiches, smoothie bowls, and delicious vegan treats, while sharing stories of adventures and dreams.
The vibe Inside, neutral colours, upcycled-wooden furniture, artefacts from around the globe, and indoor plants add to the tranquil atmosphere, while the shaded outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to refresh and recharge before heading back into the noise of the city.
Good to know All the artefacts were sourced from Out Of This World, a decor and furniture store next door, which is owned by Emma’s parents (who also own a branch at the V&A Waterfront).
Opened September 2017
Contact 079 504 9786,
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm; Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Location 1 Braemar Road, Green Point
Reviewer Simone Michaelis

27. The Crazy Horse

New Restaurants in Cape Town: The Crazy Horse

Tapas and communal tables are all the rage in restaurant circles. And, even if you’re lucky enough to snag your own table at your favourite hole in the wall, you’re so close to the next table, you might as well share an ice bucket! At the Crazy Horse Gastro Pub Emporium, that’s not the case. The double-storey Bree Street building has been tastefully renovated, with quintessentially British touches throughout, such as various-sized Chesterfield booths that provide ample privacy. Herringbone floors, framed sketches of crickets players, and antique desk lamps create a homely atmosphere, which encourages you to order another ale.
The food British gastro grub at its finest. Popular private chef Matt Manning has designed a menu that fully satisfies. Don’t be fooled by diminutive-sounding “cups”, “bites” and “toasties” – the portions are sizable. Share the beer-battered hake as an appetiser. Then get stuck into some hearty grub – which includes Beef Wellington and Yorkshire puddings. But, know this: it doesn’t get much better than the chargrilled gammon, served with a fried hen’s egg, honey-roasted pineapple and a side of the best hand-cut chips ever with homemade tomato sauce. Brinner for the win! You must try the chocolate pudding (actually a chocolate fondant) with cultured vanilla cream!
The drinks Apart from the eight on-tap beers (try the Horse Piss), bottled craft beers and signature cocktails, Crazy Horse also sells a wide variety of wines that are beautifully displayed on the first floor, in a room with a perforated-steel floor.
From the horse’s mouth The Crazy Horse is part of First Thursdays. So, pull in on match days, and watch your favourite team on the big screen. Bottom’s up!
Opened June 2017
Contact 087 470 0457,
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 2am
Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Location 165 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

28. 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,
Location 120 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

29. The Fat Greek

The Fat Greek: New Restaurants Cape Town

This little piece of Greece – courtesy of the Dimitri’s – 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 Dimitri’s 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,
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

30. 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,
Location 50 New Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

31. 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)
Location 61b Harrington Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

32. Localli

New Restaurants Cape Town: Localli

The vibe at Cape Town’s first dedicated Mille Crêpe shop is super-slick yet friendly. We popped in one evening as it was about to close, and owner Dale van der Lingen, an economist by day, insisted we come in and sample his wares. The petite patisserie is stylishly decked out: navy blue walls, rose-hued aluminium chairs, wooden tables, and beautiful glass-and-wood cabinets displaying the tempting treats. As the name implies, the focus here is on sourcing everything locally – “from the ingredients in our cakes to our plates, cups and saucers, and even our napkins, which are made from Western Cape-grown cotton that is hand-woven in BarryDale!” enthuses Dale. The list goes on – the counters, for example, were carved from indigenous acacia… “We wanted to show people that we can source amazing ingredients and create amazing products using luxury local ingredients.”
The crêpes Like the shop itself, the menu is teeny: four crêpe cakes, a selection of  fresh pretzel rolls, teas, coffees, and hot chocolates. We tried the chocolate cake –  20 crêpes, layered with fluffy pastry cream, and topped with caramelised icing. I was expecting a wispy mille-feuille type of dessert, which this is not. Still, there’s no doubt that the ingredients are the real thing. “We use only fair-trade, free-range and organic products, with no artificial additives or preservatives,” says Dale.
Good to know Localli currently serves bubbly by the bottle, but come season, guests will be able to order it by the glass. “Look out for Bubbly Fridays, coming soon,” laughs Dale.
Opened June 2017
Contact 021 422 2647 or
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm
Location 136 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

33. Souk

Souk: New Restaurants in Cape Town
Zachariah Schrueder

If tapas is indeed the new black of the food world, then Souk is wearing a stunning LBD. Quintessential Spanish fare gets a cosmopolitan makeover in the form of deep-fried oxtail balls, secret-spiced lamb chops, crumbed calamari and truffle fries. Head chef Christiaan Barnard is a self-taught culinary savant who has worked in kitchens all over the world. His enriching travels brought him to open a pop-up restaurant in Stilbaai, after which he was approached by the owners of this innercity tapas lounge to develop a menu and take charge of the kitchen (which he has done splendidly).
The vibe The character building on 193 Long has been exquisitely renovated and tastefully decorated, with black subway tiles, plant-print wallpaper, Chesterfield couches and moody lighting setting the scene. Ever-changing art – courtesy of neighbouring galleries – deck the walls, while clusters of boothes, ottomans and side tables create cosy alcoves throughout. The large balcony – sure to be the spot on balmy summer evenings – is the perfect place to enjoy some shared plates and live house beats.
Good to know Wait out rush hour in style with half-price tapas (and cocktails) before 6pm every day.
Opened May 2017
Contact 021 422 1404,
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 11pm
Saturday, 12pm – 2am
Location Souk, 163 Long Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

34. Roast & Co

Roast & Co Hottest New
Melissa Delport

Zeroing in on the inescapable farm-to-table trend is the latest venture from the HQ team. Like its meat-centric sibling, Roast & Co follows the same mono-menu philosophy: choosing one thing, and doing it really well. Here, it’s all about the chook – roasted to perfection, using local flavours with a global twist. As you’d expect, the free-roaming birds are locally sourced from sustainable suppliers, and they’re served whole, with the aim of being shared and keeping wastage low. Now, before you start imagining a table full of whole cooked chickens, the sides include roasted corn on the cob, roast potatoes, croquettes, salads, and even sweets.
The vibe The interiors were done by the same architects who designed HQ, so diners cab expect a rustic-chic industrial setting.
Opened 8 September 2017
Contact 021 424 6372 or
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 12am
Location 98 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

 35. Salt

New Restaurants: Salt in Kalk Bay

A well-known British chef once said: “The sign of a good restaurant is when it takes you ages to decide what to have” – something you will most certainly relate to when you dine at this rather lovely small-plates joint on the Kalk Bay strip, because everything on the chalkboard menu sounds delicious. Conceived, owned and run by 24-year-old Nic Macleod, who is as hospitable as he is unflappable, Salt is next door to one of our perennial favourites, Olympia Café.
The food “I was inspired by the Cape of Good Hope’s history as a trading post,” explains Nic. As such, Salt’s menu is an eclectic mash-up of global flavours and influences, featuring the likes of ceviche with lemon, grapefruit and honey; bánh mì pork belly with a soy reduction, slaw and coriander; wasabi-dusted calamari with lemon and chilli; and Bratwurst roti with homemade kimchi and sriracha mustard. Nic has certainly nailed the “health food made tasty” concept – all his ingredients are fresh, seasonal, organic (wherever possible) and ethically sourced. ”I’d rather pay more for hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and poultry, than serve bad stuff.”
The drinks The concise winelist, compiled by Nic and his dad, includes some pearls. And, like the food menu, the drinks are very reasonably priced. “I don’t believe in adding a 300 percent markup,” declares Nic. You’ll also find on-tap and bottled craft beers, coffee and tea.
Like the food, the decor is a mish-mash of styles, which works rather well in this cool, homey space.
Salt seats 50 diners, and is perfect for a spontaneous breakfast (at the street- and harbour-facing counter), lazy lunch, or festive dinner.
Be sure to try the Lindt chocolate fondant with homemade ice cream – definitely worth its salt – and then some!
Opened May 2017
Contact 021 788 3992
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 11pm
Location 136 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

36. Bootlegger Café & Grill Constantia

Hottest New Bootleggers

When we heard that one of our favourite chefs, Eric Bulpitt (ex-Newton Johnson and currently Faber) had conceived of the menu at this recently opened spot in the High Constantia Shopping Centre, we simply had to check it out – not least because it shares pavement space with another of our perennial favourites, Foxcroft. In the space where Greens used to be, BCG – which is short for Bootlegger Café & Grill – is part of the Bootlegger group of restaurants but, as down-to-earth and ebullient restaurateur Pieter Blom is quick to point out, it’s a far cry from it’s coffee-drenched siblings (of which there are now 10!)
A quick squiz through the concise (yet versatile) menu reveals that Eric has indeed stuck his talented fingers in this delicious pie! Says Pieter: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Eric. He’s a straight shooter; there are no dramas; he puts his head down and gets things done. I love that he’s always open to suggestions. If I say I don’t like something, he will always come up with more ideas.”
The food We recommend the heavenly burrata – simple and utterly sensational. The Neapolitan-style pizzas, whose dough is fermented for 48 hours – are comforting and moreish, and the Chalmar steaks are perfectly prepared and simply presented – which is all your really want from a steak, right?
The desserts are a classic case of “the best for last”. I had to make a special trip to the kitchen to meet the person behind the the cheese cake brulée – unassuming pastry chef Peter Nyaude (ex Kitima). Though it sounds gimmicky, it was a mouth-popping explosion of celestial tastes and textures.
Opened September 2017
Contact 087 238 2695,
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6.30am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday, 7.30am – 10pm
Where to find it Shop 6, High Constantia Shopping Centre, Corner Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road
Reviewer Nikki Benatar  

37. 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
Location 105 Lower Main Road, Corner of Lower Main Road and Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

38The Botanical Bar

Hottest New: Botanical Bar

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 060 606 6014,
Location 160 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

39. Janse & Co

Janse & Co: New Restaurants Cape Town
Hospitality Hedonist

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) is set to open a 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 will be dishing up his signature humble-haute cuisine, but instead of a relaxed farm setting, diners can now enjoy his palate-popping dishes in a laidback innercity environment. His starting point, as always: the best ingredients, prepared with passion, with a strong focus on provenance and seasonality, of course.
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Opening December 2017
Location 75 Kloof Street, Cape Town

40. Pizza Warehouse at Yard

Pizza Warehouse at Yard: New Restaurants
Angie vd Berg

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 about to become our favourite pizza “parlour”.
We’re still waiting to hear what style will be served – thin-based, deep-dish, Neapolitan, New York – but we’ve no doubt it’s going to be a cheesy-tomatoey fest of note.
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 order’s ready – no linen napkins and silver service here.
Opening October 2017
Contact 082 885 5719,
Location Yard, 6 Roodehek street, Gardens, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

41. Jason Bakery Greenpoint

Jason Bakery Hottest New

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,
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):

Ash Restaurant
La Tête
Scheckter’s Raw
The Shortmarket Club
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
The Stack
House of H
Three Wise Monkeys
The Mess
Mink & Trout
95 on Morgenster
Bouchon Bistro
Stacked Diner
Mulberry & Prince
The Sorrows
Hail Pizza

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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: 11 October 2017

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

  1. Sarah V

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

  2. Silvia ockel

    Thank you

  3. Vivienne Visser

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

  4. Narelle Wearne

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

  5. Miri

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

  6. 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!

  7. Samie

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. Nita

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

    • The Inside Guide

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

  11. Sendhamarai

    Its really great blog. I love it.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Malcolm jacobs

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

  15. Lezel

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

  16. 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

      • Celeste

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

    • Colleen Rens

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

    • Juanita

      Food Jams!

  17. Corina

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

  18. Abdel

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Sarah Jessica

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. WDN

    Gastao’s tapas & craft beer in Tygerwaterfront?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Tony

    Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is really good fun.

  28. 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

  29. Jez

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

  30. Sophia Stopford

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

  31. giusi

    What about the Vesuvio Pizza in tyger water front?

  32. Manu Siegel

    It’s great to be updated

  33. Kieran


  34. 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.

      • Laetitia

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

  35. Soraya Bhamjee

    How do we get our restaurant on your list please

  36. Jeane

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

  37. 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

  38. 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!

  39. 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

  40. Julia Hattingh

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

  41. Jeanne

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

  42. Rachel

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

  43. 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…

  44. Charisse

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

  45. 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

  46. 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…

  47. Simone Factor

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