The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2017

Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia

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

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

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

Still, the city’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries opening up faster than you can knock back a tequila – all of which are ready when you are! We’ve rounded up the latest additions below and, while some might not be brand spanking new, we thought they deserved a mention too. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

1. Homage 1862

New Restaurants Cape Town: Homage

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

2. La Tête

New Restaurants in Cape Town: La Tete
Claire Gunn

Ever since it swung open its monochromatic doors in November 2016, La Tête has been wowing local gourmands (and the international foodie set) with its fresh, seasonal French-bistro fare. Chef Giles Edwards’ nose-to-tail philosophy (where every part of the animal is used, leaving nothing to waste) underpins his menu offerings, but there are vegetarian options available, too. Giles’ aim when he opened La Tête – his first restaurant – was to remove diners’ aversion to eating the whole animal; and, of course, serve extraordinary food.
Try the mint-and pork terrine or beef-and-kidney pudding, and the plum pavlova for dessert.
Opened November 2016
Read our full review.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 418 1299,,
Where to find it La Tête, 17 Bree Street, Cape Town

3. Primal Eatery

Primal Eatery New Restaurants

Take your palette on a culinary adventure to your ancestral roots. This flame-to-plate meatery (the word “steakhouse” is banned here) is all about the main ingredient and its preparation on an open fire. But don’t let the primitive cooking technique fool you into thinking that presentation is an afterthought. Each dish we sampled featured the meaty lead at centre stage, with supporting acts contributing to intricately flavoured, richly textured and beautifully presented plates.
My favourite example of this artful marriage is the duck “ham” and crispy leg with burrata, grilled nectarine, quinoa and almond – a must-try. We were particularly impressed with the attentive service from the waitstaff and subtle presence of management (often a growing pain for many a new restaurant). Deserving of a tip of the hat are owners Brynn and Kristina Felix, who work hand-in-hand with their executive chef Phil de Villiers. An authority in his own right, Phil helped establish one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Johannesburg, Level Four, in just two short years at the helm.
Opened January 2017
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 12am
Contact 021 422 3232,
Where to find it 50 New Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Beau Constantia

Liam Tomlin’s original Chefs Warehouse is rated the best restaurant in Cape Town by some of city’s top chefs, so when he opened a second branch at Beau Constantia Wine Estate, foodies in the southern ‘burbs danced a collective jig! With chef Ivor Jones (Luke Dale-Roberts’s righthand man at The Test Kitchen) in charge of the kitchen, guests can expect the same cutting-edge cuisine and laid-back atmosphere that Liam Tomlin’s original eatery is so famous for.
Opened November 2016
Read more about the new Chefs Warehouse.
Where to find it Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road

5. Thali

New Restaurants Cape Town: Thali

If you’re still not over the closing of Takumi, you’ll be pleased to know that not only did Papa San open a new sushi restaurant on Long Street, but that his former space is the home of an exciting new eatery: an Indian-style tapas bar conceived by none other than Chefs Warehouse guru Liam Tomlin, in partnership with Dimo Papachristodoulou (Fat Cactus and Long Street Cafe), and with head chef John van Zyl at the helm.
Thali takes you on a visual journey where intricate postcard art, kaleidoscopic patterns, vibrant colour and Indian intrigue abound. The interiors (five different sections) and garden area make for an exotic and unique eating experience indeed!
Try the tapas for two (R650), which includes eight dishes, with the likes of tantalising tandoori chicken, as well as golden lamb and chicken curries included in the mix.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 9.30pm

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

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,
Where to find it Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

7. Hokey Poké

New Restaurants Cape Town: Hokey Poke

Like its tongue-in-cheek name, this newcomer to the CBD doesn’t take itself too seriously, although the food on offer is straight-up, simple, fresh and delicious. Poké is traditionally Hawaiian fare – fisherman would cut up and marinate their catch of the day to keep it fresh for longer.
Owner Max Botha fell in love with poké in Singapore and spent six months experimenting with ingredients and flavours before opening Hokey Poké (pronounced any which way you like) in February. The Original Poké (No. 1 on the menu) is typically Hawaiian – raw tuna, shredded kombu (seaweed), sweet onions, toasted macadamias (for texture and crunch) with a zesty, soy-based furikake seasoning and a bit of a kick – heaven in a bowl. There are four other menu items, as well as a weekly special, or you can build your own.
The decor is tongue-in-cheek too – a fresh white interior with Miami-Deco-meets-downtown-Tokyo touches. Pop in for a quick and easy lunch or linger longer in the evening when they turn down the lights and crank up the volume (don’t forget to bring your own tipple while they work on their liquor license). And look out for their downtown Saturday brunches coming soon… Oysters and champagne.
Opened February 2017
Contact 021 422 4382,
Where to find it 1 Church Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Jo Skelton

8. 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)
Where to find it Villa 47, 47 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

9. Wolfgat

New Restaurant Cape Town: Wolfgat
Food & the Fabulous

This is arguably the opening of the season! Master forager and award-winning chef Kobus van der Merwe has named his new eatery after the nearby Wolfgat cave – an archaeological wonder containing remnants of an ancient culture, and rumoured gateway to underground passages.
If you’ve ever had the salubrious fortune of eating at Oep ve Koep, Kobus’s other feted eatery in the charming west coast town of Paternoster, you will be familiar with his gastronomic style and philosophy: hyperlocal Standveld cuisine. His reverence for his ingredients and their provenance, coupled with his playfulness and skill, makes every mouthful a rare treat.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12.30pm; Sunday, 12pm  (lunch)
Friday and Saturday, 7pm (dinner)
Note Lunch and dinner are served by appointment only. Reservations can be made via email
Where to find it Wolfgat, 10 Sampson Street, Paternoster
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

10. The Peacock Indian Inspired Tapas & Bar

New Restaurants Cape Town: Peacock Indian Inspired Tapas & Bar

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

11. 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
Where to find it 136 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

12. The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel

Silo Hotel

There are views of Cape Town, and then there are VIEWS of Cape Town, the latter of which will blow your hair back and leave you gasping. The Granary Café is what we’re talking about, and you’ll find it on the sixth floor of the brand-new Thomas Heatherwick-designed Silo Hotel that opened on 1 March 2017. Tastefully decked out by interior designer Liz Biden (who owns The Royal Portfolio collection of hotels), the restaurant is headed by chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert (formerly Ellerman House and The Belmont Mount Nelson), whose contemporary comfort food is pitch perfect.
For starters we shared the Endive Salad (with green apple, Parmesan and walnuts in an apple vinaigrette, R70) and Salmon Ceviche (R135, off the raw menu), whose tangy coriander pesto dressing was next level. The Steak Frites with a lip-smacking béarnaise sauce R205, was excellent, and the Tarte au Chocolate (with chocolate macarons, pot au crème and hazelnut ice cream, R85) was the best thing to happen to me all week. And if you don’t have to dash home, round off your evening with a digestif at The Willaston Bar on the same floor.
Good to know The Granary Café also serves breakfast, afternoon tea and an excellent Sunday roast.
Don’t miss the sensational rooftop restaurant, where you can order salads, charcuterie, crudité, charcoal-fired bites, and a selection of tempura to accompany the unbeatable urban panorama.
Please note The Silo Rooftop is for guests only and is open to the public by prior reservation only. The Willaston Bar and Granary Café on the sixth floor are also open to the public. Reservations at The Granary Café for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are advised to avoid disappointment. No reservations are required in The Willaston Bar.
Opened March 2017
Contact 021 670 0511,
Where to find it The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

13. 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 As its name suggests, 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.
We attended the launch, and can confirm that the sushi is superb, and the fried chicken little bao to die for!
Insider Info Michelle Leo, Kove’s marketing manager, informed us of an additional two Kove openings in Camps Bay next month. Watch this space!
Opened 11 September 2017
Contact 021 286 4933,
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10:30pm
Where to find it Shop 154 Victoria Wharf, Breakwater Boulevard, Waterfront
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

14. Roast & Co

New Restaurants Cape Town: Roast & Co
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
Where to find it 98 Shortmarket Street,
Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

15. Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

New Cape Town Restaurants: Reuben's

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

16. 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 and intimate setting. 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
Where to find it 3 Bright Street, Somerset West
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

17. Shio – Modern Japanese Izakaya

Shio Japanese Restaurant

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at Cheyne’s and Lucky Bao, you’ll know exactly what we mean when we say finger-licking delicious! And now the owner-chef of these two Hout Bay institutions has opened a third restaurant – at the Grey Boutique Hotel in the heart of De Waterkant. Dishing up modern-Japanese cuisine in a cool setting, Shio is a must-do for those who have a predilection for Asian cuisine.
Opened December 2016
Read our full Shio review.
Opening times Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 064 661 7474,
Where to find it ShioThe Grey Boutique Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

18. 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
Where to find it 165 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

19. Mojo Market

New Restaurants Cape Town: Mojo Market

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

20. Café du Cap

New Restaurants Cape Town: Cafe Du Cap

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

21. SeaBreeze Fish and Shell

Hottest New: SeaBreeze

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

22. Bosjes

Bosjes New Restaurants
Adam Letch

With Pete Goffe-Wood and Kim Cox on food, Liam Mooney and Coetzee Steyn on design, and a gobsmackingly gorgeous location, it’s not surprising that Bosjes Kombuis is on everybody’s lips. In addition to the ultra-modern restaurant, the farm (formerly Bosjesmans Valley Farm) is also home to a charming guesthouse, and open-air tea garden. The restaurant’s ceiling-to-floor glass walls maximise the surrounding views of the impressive Slanghoek and Waaihoek Mountains, but you might prefer to sit outdoors on the wooden deck and inhale the unpolluted country air…
Opened March 2017
Contact 023 004 0496
Where to find it Bosjes, Wine Farm, off the R43, near Worcester/Ceres

23. The Shortmarket Club

Shortmarket Club New Restaurants

Luke Dale-Roberts. Need we say more? Not actually, but we will… The award-winning chef has joined forces with three others to open an impossibly chic, immaculately designed venue where, as always, the food is off the charts.
Opened July 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 7pm – 10pm
Contact 021 447 2874,
Where to find it The Shortmarket Club, 88 Shortmarket Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

24. Foxcroft

Foxcroft Constantia

It’s one of the most talked-about restaurants in Cape Town – and deservedly so. The food at Glen Foxcroft Williams’ bustling fine-dining restaurant (which he co-owns with feted chef Scot Kirton of La Colombe) is inspired and utterly sensational. Glen’s heavily inked forearm bears the word soigné – “prepared with great attention to detail; showing sophisticated elegance; carefully or elegantly done” – a principle that underpins every single dish that comes out of his open kitchen. Though the vibe at Foxcroft is more laidback than its buttoned-up sister, the food is equally exceptional.
We recommend everything on the set menu! It’s ridiculously good value: two generous tapas, a main and a dessert for R350. For tapas we had the tuna tartare with tempura avo, miso, daikon, apple and baby gem; Korean fried chicken; squid with chorizo, ajo blanco and wild garlic; and the yellowtail ceviche with kolrabi kimchi, burnt orange and tiger’s milk – all of which were beautifully presented, free of frippery, and layered with interesting (and carefully considered) ingredients, flavours and textures. The mains and desserts were equally exquisite. Certainly the most memorable meal I have eaten in ages.
Opening times 12pm – 2pm (lunch)
6pm – 8.30pm (dinner)
Opened 1 October 2016
Contact 021 202 3304
Location Foxcroft, High Constantia Shopping Centre, Corner Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

25. 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 South Africans and tourists to Cape Town 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 one –  20 crêpes, layered with fluffy pastry cream, and topped with caramelised icing – which was a bit bitter for my taste, but 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
Where to find it 136 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

26. Osteria Tarantino

House & Garden

A staircase on Waterkant Street in De Waterkant leads you up to this delightful pocket-sized osteria, whose owner Enrico Tarantino is as charming and unpretentious as the delicious plates he dishes up. The daytime vibe is warm and rustic (think unsanded wooden tables, a chalkboard menu and easy-listening Italian music), which gets a makeover when the sun goes down, with white tablecloths and dim lighting. For starters, we shared the Tuscan Cigars (stracciatella and rocket wrapped in Parma ham), which were divine. We tried two pasta dishes for mains: the not-too-rich and creamy Gnocchi Gorgonzola, which were pillowy and comforting, and the 4 Ps pasta (pappardelle, Parmesan, porcini and pancetta), which was delectable and moreish. The cannoli for dessert rounded off a truly satisfying experience.
Opened June 2016
Good to know Enrico now has a liquor licence (guests can still bring their own but please be advised a corkage fee will be charged) and roaring fireplace for the cold winter months.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 076 505 1771
Where to find it 125 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

27. Mulberry & Prince

Mulberry & Prince New Restaurants

New York (quite literally) meets Cape Town at this cultishly cool kitchen and bar on the corner of Bree and Pepper Streets that’s co-owned by Capetonian Cornel Mostert and Brooklyn-born Cynthia Rivera. The chic eatery specialises in New American cuisine – expect to be bowled over by slow-cooked pork shoulder in brodo (broth) with burnt leeks and cucumbers, or ricotta gnudi (dumplings) with Parmesan broth and mushrooms. The up-to-the-minute space is a delicious mix of exposed-brick walls, stained glass, lush velvets, mid-century modern-inspired furniture, with beautiful artwork by Kurt Pio (available for purchase) on the walls.
Opened April 2016
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – late (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Contact (021) 422-3301,
Where to find it Mulberry & Prince12 Pepper Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

28. El Burro Newlands

New Restaurants Cape Town: El Burro Newlands
The Pretty Blog

Mouthwatering Mexican food has landed in the Southern ‘burbs! Yep, El Burro opened a new branch in Newlands. Fans of the original restaurant in Greenpoint (as well as its Taqueria in Tamboerskloof) can expect the same cool sombrero-style decor and delicious cuisine at this new offering, which is conveniently situated alongside The Creamery Ice Cream cafe in Dean Street.
Opening November 2016
Contact 021 201 1421,
Where to find it Dean Street, Newlands
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

29. Hidden Leaf

Hidden Leaf Vegetarian Burger

Carnivores are (also) welcome at this quaint little restaurant in Woodstock, tucked away on the first floor of a gracious Victorian building (whose entrance is on Roodebloem Road). Fabulous window views of Table Mountain and a cute display of potted plants vie for attention in the light, bright and homely space. Catering as much for carnivores as vegans, Hidden Leaf’s menu changes often, as only fresh and available ingredients are used. But, you can almost always bank on the juicy beef burger with truffle fries; the hand-made ravioli (with free-range chicken or a vegan option); and the poached salmon on red and white quinoa, with dill cream and a cress garnish. I hear the homemade melktert is delicious, and the Ponyo cocktail legendary – definitely worth returning for.
Read our full review.
Opened May 2016
Contact 021 447 4868,
Where to find it  Hidden Leaf, 77 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
TIG reviewer Debbie Loots

30. Cabrón Taco Bar

Cabron Taco Bar Cape Town

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

31. Chefs

Chefs Restaurant Cape Town

Simplicity is the name of the game at this no-frills eatery where the cool, pared-down interiors reflect the culinary philosophy: fresh, wholesome, great-tasting food. The restaurant is a collaboration between Justin Letschert, the guy behind Bio-Oil; Adam Whiteman, of The Power and The Glory and Hallelujah; chef Jenny Ward; and MD Campbell Stevenson. They wanted to created a space for on-the-go people, looking for top-quality grub without the hassle of perusing a long menu, waiting in a queue, and ordering from a waiter. Here, you can order one of three freshly prepared mains from an iPad at the counter and pay for it there and then. According to TASTE magazine’s Abigail Donnelly: “The food has a Bill Granger thing going on: fresh, bold, simple, delicious.”
Opened October 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 461 0368
Where to find it Chefs, 81 St John’s Street, Gardens, Cape Town

32. The Foodbarn Studio

New Restaurants Cape Town: Foodbarn Studio

Franck Dangereux’s The Foodbarn needs no introduction. But his new and exciting project –The Foodbarn Studio – might do… Set a few minutes away from its sister restaurant, you’ll find it in the home of fellow chef, Nicky Gibbs (whose CV includes cooking for the likes of the late David Bowie and The Rolling Stones). Although The Studio initially started out offering five- and six-course lunches from Wednesday to Saturday, it is now also hosting weekly Wednesday night demos, during which Franck will prepare some dishes for you to tuck into after the class.
Opened December 2016
Contact 021 789 1390,
Where to find it The Foodbarn Studio, 18 Sea Cottage Drive, Noordhoek
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

33. Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

New Restaurants Cape Town: Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

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

34. La Parada del Mar

La Parada Del Mar

Location. Location. Location… The latest concept from the Harbour House Group comes in the form of a sexy, Ibiza-style tapas bar on the covetable Glen Beach side of the Camps Bay strip, where the former Grand Café used to be. Patterned blue-and-white tiles, befitting a laidback beach bar, lead up to the main entrance and ground-floor bar, where ordering a white sangria as you step through the door should be your number-one priority.
The menu is a concise, seafood-centric version of its sister restaurants in Bree Street and Constantia Nek – though the signature tapas when we dined on Sunday for lunch was lamb rump on a bed of roasted potatoes, peppers and spinach – tasty and comforting. As always, the salt and pepper fried calamari is a winner, and the seared sesame-crusted tuna is a light and tangy option.
We could have stayed all afternoon but, with a toddler in tow, slipped away as the DJ was setting up for what was sure to be a rollicking evening set.
Good to know You can now enjoy breakfast at all three La Parada branches, bright and early! At La Parada Del Mar, be sure to try The Pan Breakfast (slow-cooked tomato sauce with chorizo, blackened corn, eggs and toast).
Opened December 2016
Contact 021 286 2106,
Where to find it 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

35. The Mess

New Restaurants in Cape Town: The Mess

Cape Town’s cool corner, De Waterkant, recently welcomed a brand-new eatery: The Mess. Housed in the space formerly inhabited by Café Dijon, its owner Carlene de Gouveia has given it a fresh new look, with consultant chef Luke Wonnacott introducing an exciting new menu. In line with the de rigueur global trend of plate-sharing dining experiences, The Mess’s menu showcases an array of cuisines through its various courses, all of which are packed full of delightful flavours, work fantastically well side by side – and, most importantly, are designed to be eaten communally. The outside courtyard will be the spot on balmy summer evenings, with fairy lights strung up from the surrounding trees.
We recommend you whet your appetite with the yogurt and thyme flatbreads, confit of duck rillette, and pickled goat’s cheese. Ooh, and the lime-cured tuna ceviche! And for mains, you must share the pork belly.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Contact 021 418 3910,
Where to find it The Mess, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel (Ground floor, shop 110), Napier Street, Green Point
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

36. The Stack

The Stack New Restaurants

Private-members’ clubs are trending in the Mother City right now, and it’s thanks to The Stack! We’re not talking old-school fraternities clogged with cigar smoke and social climbers. The Stack is where you’ll find the city’s cool creatives enjoying fine food and excellent drinks in the comfort of this super-stylish, double-decker venue, housed  in the historic Leinster Hall.
Opened June 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 286 0187
Where to find it The Stack, Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

37. Harbour House at Constantia Nek

Harbour House, New Restaurants in Cape Town

Jointly occupying this historic location with La Parada is Harbour House Constantia Nek, which boasts a sophisticated space with rustic stone walls, floors and herringbone brick work. And now that the gardens have been neatened, the views over the beautiful Constantia Valley are even more breathtaking.
This laidback fine-dining restaurant seats up to 100 people, and there’s also a bar, with a lovely, oversized wine fridge.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 795 0688,
Where to find it Harbour House Constantia Nek1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

38. Obi

New Restaurants: Obi Restaurant

Papa San is back! The lovable (if volatile) chef who earned his exemplary reputation at the now defunct Takumi and Minato has opened a new Japanese restaurant in Long Street that specialises in sushi (naturally), tempura and ramen (which seems to be the latest hipster food fad). His fish is always ocean-fresh, flawlessly prepared and as tasty as forbidden fruit. Chopsticks at the ready!
Opened July 2016
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 418 4040,
Where to find it Obi Restaurant, 14 Long Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

39. Jardine

Jardine Restaurant

Renowned chef George Jardine, whose award-winning Jordan Restaurant is one of our all-time favourites, adds another medal to his decorated epaulette: the new Restaurant Jardine (check it out on our list of The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants). Situated in a converted home opposite the Stellenbosch Hotel, the new eatery is warm and welcoming, offering innovative dishes enriched by chef Jardine’s commitment to fresh and flavourful ingredients.
Opened February 2016
Opening Times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 886 5020,
Where to find it Restaurant JardineAndringa Street, Stellenbosch
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

41. Stacked Diner

New Restaurants: Stacked Diner

You might fall off your chair in disbelief when you clock the prices of the burgers at this contempo-cool diner on Kloof Street – R45 for a burger is not something you stumble across often in 2017! Especially when you consider that said burger is made using 100% free-range, grass-fed beef, and happens to be bloody delicious. (And, that a factory-farmed patty from a big nationwide chain – no names mentioned – costs almost double!)
But, wait, there’s more… included in that paltry amount are as many toppings as you desire (I chose chipotle mayo, gherkins and jalapeños, because I like a bite), including caramelised onions, grilled mushrooms, among many more.
Apart from Burgers, the menu is divided into Dogs, Salads, All Day Breakfast, Waffles, Stacked Jacks and Homespun Shakes. Sit at a street-facing table and shlurp on a cloyingly decadent Peanut Butter Shake, while gazing at unfettered views of Table Mountain through the large sliding windows.
We love that there are good-quality salt and pepper grinders on every table, as well as Heinz tomato sauce and mustard, which according to knowledgeable on-duty manager Reg are exclusive to Stacked; and the fact that breakfast is served all day.
Opened October 2016
Contact 021 422 1572
Where to find it 60B Kloof Street, Gardens, 8001
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

40. The Raptor Room

Raptor Room New Restaurants

Roeland Street’s new retro-cool hangout is a cute and quirky diner dressed in neon pinks, with a green tiled floor and fern wallpaper, giving it a fresh but old-school feel. The  imaginatively named menu items include You Gats-tby Kidding Me (loaded pork sandwich); F*K Bread (a salad with corn fritters); and the Beyoncé Float (sparkling watermelon juice with vanilla ice cream). The classic Mac n’ (cheese) is a crowd pleaser – add smoked bacon for an extra punch.
Highlights: the quick and efficient service, the small pink dinos spotted around the joint, and  laidback beats, making it the perfect spot for a quick bite before a busy day (or after a night out on the town).
Climax: The G, which hit all the right spots. It’s a chocolate torte, with a deliciously sweet crumble, builder’s-tea ice cream, and salty-caramel nut brittle.
The Raptor Rooms plans on opening an outside seating area and acquiring a liquor licence to really get the party started.
Opened November 2016
Contact 087 625 0630,
Opening times 10am – 11pm, Monday – Saturday
Where to find it Shop 2, 79 Roeland Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

41. Bertus Basson at The Ritz

Bertus Basson on Cape Town

To adapt a famous Paul Hewson quote: “There’s been a lot of talk about this pig-loving chef… maybe, maybe too much talk.” But we’re still waiting to hear if Bertus Basson is in fact going to be opening a restaurant at The Ritz… The iconic revolving restaurant has been a familiar sight on the Sea Point skyline since 1972 (even before Sea Point had anything resembling a skyline). So, when it closed in 2015, Capetonians were left wondering what was going to open in its stead… That is until news of its R110 million refurbishment emerged. Now hospitality group Shimmy Luxury Collection (SLC) – headed by Nicky van der Walt, whose other endeavours include Shimmy Beach Club and the Bon Amis at Bloemendal Wine Estate – have rolled out some exciting changes, including the addition of Casa Restaurant & Cabanas, offering a Mediterranean à la carte menu with a modern South African twist.
What we are most excited about, though, is the brand-new fine-dining restaurant, Bertus Basson at The Ritz, where chef Bertus Basson will be conjuring magic in his inimitable down-to-earth style, as he dishes up an eight-course tasting menu (R1 000 per person), complemented by a chilled glass of MCC, ensuring a stylish food experience from start to finish.

Opening Late 2017
Contact 021 439 6010
Where to find it Corner of Main Road and Camberwell Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

42. Leeto

paternoster new restaurants

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

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

Ash Restaurant
Hail Pizza
The 41
Ground Art Caffe
Scheckter’s Raw
Bardough by Jason
Villa 47
House of H
Three Wise Monkeys
Mink & Trout
The Salt Yard
Villains Ale House
Kan 10
City Bowl Health Kitchen
Tortilla Modern Mexican
Smak Delicatessen
The Creamery at Palmyra Junction
Solo Restaurant
95 on Morgenster
Bouchon Bistro
Outrage of Modesty
Reverie Social Table
The General Store
Arcade Café
Raya Kitchen by Kitima
Lucky Bao and Asian Shake Bar
La Belle Bistro & Bakery, Mouille Point
Open Door at Constantia Uitsig
The Village Idiot
Byblos Trading Co
Loaves on Long
My Sugar
Imibala Restaurant and Deli
Nomad Bistro Fusion
Con Brio Bistro
Batavia Cafe
Bacon on Bree
Burger & Lobster
Riverway Cafe


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 26 May 2017

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

  1. Jess

    Surprised Eighty Ate isn’t on here 🙂

  2. Viv Burgess

    Great to hear of new restaurants in CT. We visit a least once a month for a few days & eat out most nights so having a god list is ideal.

  3. shashoe

    Try Graze Kenilworth. Awesome

  4. Rael

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

  5. Sandy pedersen

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

  6. Richard Jooste

    I have to agree with Sandy Pedersen.

    Quite surprising indeed.

    Catch up guys…..catch up

  7. Helga Groenewald

    We ate at Volare a few weeks ago and were very disappointed! The menu was limited, and it was definitely not value for money.
    I ordered slow roasted lamb for R150-00 , it was dry and tasteless and served with nothing more than a token decoration or two on the side.The manager was defensive and did not appreciate our criticism. We will definitely not be going back!

  8. Simone Factor

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

  9. Paul

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

  10. Filippa

    And a very new (1 week old) cafe for your list is The Shala Cafe, 15 Wandel Street, Dunkley Square.

    The Shala Cafe is a plant-based, soul food cafe in Dunkley Square, Cape Town.

    Our menu, is seasonal and flexible – a tenet that allows us to uplift local, small-scale farmers through buying their produce and close the loop from farm to table.

    We aim to be a zero-waste cafe – an opportunity to be an expression of a world of abundance – our food scraps find their way back into the ground as compost, surplus produce diverted to the hungry through Food 4 Thought, used coffee grounds become chicken feed and trading directly with farmers reduces unnecessary packaging.

  11. nicola townsend

    Where is eighty 8? X

  12. Grant

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

  13. Raoul Eurenius

    Fills my heart with pride, living all this way away in Sweden….
    Cape Town is where I was born and partly bred – yet I always carry a bit of it within my being….
    I love the very act and ritual of food….

  14. 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…

  15. Jason Whitehead

    Bacon On Bree and Open Door – both must visits!

  16. 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

  17. Charisse

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

  18. 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…

  19. Rachel

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

  20. Jeanne

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

  21. Julia Hattingh

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

  22. 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

  23. 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!

  24. Eyab curling

    Thank you for the vote for August Deli. We are truly blessed and proud to be part of this list.

    Thank you again
    James and Ryan
    August Deli

  25. 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

  26. Jeane

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

  27. Soraya Bhamjee

    How do we get our restaurant on your list please

  28. 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 !

  29. Kieran


  30. Manu Siegel

    It’s great to be updated

  31. giusi

    What about the Vesuvio Pizza in tyger water front?

  32. Sophia Stopford

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

  33. Jez

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

  34. 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

  35. Tony

    Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is really good fun.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. WDN

    Gastao’s tapas & craft beer in Tygerwaterfront?

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. Sarah Jessica

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. Abdel

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

  45. Corina

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

  46. 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!

  47. Lezel

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

  48. Malcolm jacobs

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

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. Sendhamarai

    Its really great blog. I love it.

  52. 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.

  53. 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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