The 20 Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The 20 Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

From an open-fire boma and a sizzling-hot Peruvian hotspot in the innercity to lazy lunches in the Winelands, Cape Town’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries popping up in and around the CBD, in the suburbs and as far afield as the Winelands.

We’ve rounded up the 20 most noteworthy restaurant openings in the Cape – 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.)

Let us know which are your favourites in the comments below.

New Restaurants in Cape Town
New Restaurants in The Winelands + further

Nikkei

New Restaurants: Nikkei

Japanese-Peruvian cuisine is currently having more than a moment in Cape Town… Nikkei is the name of this fascinating fusion, and also the name of an exciting new restaurant on Bree. A sibling to the bang-on-brand Scala, Burger & Lobster, Iron Steak and Hacienda, the group’s executive chef Justin Barker has worked with the culinary consultation of chef Rikku O’Donnchu to create a fresh and exciting menu. Think ceviche, sumptuous shared plates from the Josper oven, an authentic Japanese-Peruvian grilling experience from the tableside robatayaki, Japanese-Peruvian new style sushi. South American flavours, Japanese finesse and a whole lot of Bree Street vibes…
Opened 12 December 2023
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 109 0081, capetown@nikkei.co.za
Where to find it 87 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Grub & Vine Norval

Grub And Vine Norval

Matt Manning’s Bree Street bistro has just gained an artful new sibling in the Constantia Valley. Grub & Vine Norval is an airy glass-walled restaurant at the Norval Foundation art museum. overlooking striking sculpture gardens, rolling mountains and a beautiful outdoor deck. Here he continues what Grub & Vine does so well: elegant, refined bistro fare partnered with a fantastic wine offering in a relaxed, view-drenched setting.
“I see Grub & Vine Norval as Bree Street’s sophisticated older sibling and, given the location and idyllic surroundings, I imagine lunchtime will be highly popular,” Matt says. The interiors have been transformed with rich colours and sumptuous textures, the open kitchen catching the eye whenever you’re not gazing out at the resplendent green views.
Opened 30 November 2023
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 216 0021, hello@grubandvine.co.za
Where to find it The Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Steenberg Estate, Tokai, Cape Town
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Heirloom

New Restaurants: Heirloom

Fresh from an extensive renovation, the signature restaurant at Cape Grace, re-born as Heirloom, is all set to make fine-dining waves in an exciting collaboration with chef Gregory Czarnecki (if you’ve been wondering what he’s been up to since closing The Restaurant at Waterkloof in 2020). His renowned technical mastery finds expression in the unhurried spirit and bountiful terroir of South Africa, combining tradition and creativity in a six-course degustation menu (evenings only) with wine pairings. Serving up the iconic hotel’s mesmerising views over the marina to Table Mountain, Heirloom looks set to join the list of the Mother City’s fine-dining destinations.
Opening 30 April 2024
Good to know The hotel’s iconic Bascule Bar is also set to re-open in June 2024, with a sultry and sophisticated new look and feel.
Where to find it Cape Grace, W Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Boma on Bree

New Restaurants: Boma

This fiery hotspot on Bree Street’s buzziest stretch is an exciting new collaboration between the bar-wizardry team at The Firm, Reg Macdonald and his wife Pini (Village Idiot, Harringtons and more), and cutting-edge chef Vusi Ndlovu and Absie Pantshwa from Edge Africa (last making waves in Cape Town with their pop-up at the Mount Nelson). Expect a cool boma-bar vibe inspired by desert landscapes and big skies from the Karoo to the Kalahari. Sizzling, all open-fire cooking is the theme, with stunning jaffels, legendary lamb ribs, askoek (bread cooked in the embers) and pampoen churros just some of the highlights, plus cocktails and a storytelling fireside vibe that entice you to settle into for the evening.
Good to know Or finish off your evening downstairs in the Tiki Tomb cocktail bar, by the same owners.
Opened August 2023
Opening timesTuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 2am
Sunday, 1pm – 10pm
Contact 021 109 0039,  boma@thefirmct.co.za
Where to find it 107 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Sloppy Sam

New Restaurants: Sloppy Sam

After an 18-month hiatus, Sloppy Sam has found a new home that fits like a glove. In the heart of Heritage Square, it’s got stone walls hung with Persian carpets, and a warm, welcoming buzz. The focus of Hooman Saffarian’s new menu is a series of small plates to share mezze-style: utterly moreish lamb riblets, pan-fried calamari, his legendary loaded hummus with naan breads to scoop it up. Turkish Borek is also a must – light and crispy phyllo pastry cases filled with a deliciously warm potato and cheese filling. And his old favourite mains, such as a luscious lamb shank, pop up as daily specials. Fill the centre of the table with a whole selection and dig in to a generous finger-licking feast.
Good to know There are two seatings, with ample time so you don’t feel rushed.
Opened January 2024
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 8pm or 8pm – 10pm
Contact 082 377 3707
Where to find it Heritage Square, 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town

Kanji Ramen

Kanji Ramen

The newest addition to Cape Town’s ramen scene, right on the vibey Kloof Nek hub, Kanji Ramen is a collaboration between chef Seelan Sundoo and veteran restaurateur Gavin Hagger (of Jerry’s Burger Bar). Start by sharing a few of the Japanese small plates: a moreish bok choi with garlic and soy, Asian fillet carpaccio, delicious chicken-and-cabbage gyozas, or a bao bun, along with an aromatic cocktail.
Then, there are four different ramen bowls to choose from, all with deep, comforting flavourful broths and hand-pulled noodles: double beef, pork, or chicken, and a vegan mushroom with tofu in a miso broth.
Opened February 2024
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 12am
Contact 021 745 6625
Where to find it 12 – 16 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

Novo Pizza + Wine

New Restaurants: Novo Pizza

Taking over the neighbourhood pizza joint (it used to be Bruegels) with the mission of making it the southern suburbs go-to spot for good pizza and great SA wine, is how 2024 started for Ammy and Arno Steijn. The DIY refurb is complete (relaxed and unpretentious); the wine fridge stocked (Ammy’s brother owns Publik Wine Bar); and puffy-edged pizzas are crisping up fast. We love the sound of the Fellini (fennel sausage and caramelised red onion) and the Bianco Ariela (feta, red onion, pistachio, honey and rocket). There’s a short selection of aperitivi snacks (think caponata, pork polpette and garlic pizza) to precede your pizza, or just nibble on with a glass of excellent vino.
Opened March 2024
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 11pm
Contact 082 211 7489 (WhatsApp), novopizzawine@gmail.com
Where to find it 99 Durban Road, Little Mowbray, Cape Town

Ember & Oak

Ember and Oak

The new kid on the Constantia Uitsig block, Ember & Oak has quickly filled a gap for locals longing for an informal but tasty array of global tapas. Tim and Judy Pick (Tim is ex- La Colombe) have created a short menu of delicious small plates to browse on the terrace tables outside the Uitsig heritage cottages, along with a glass or two of Uitsig wines or a refreshing slushy.
The vineyard, lawns and Constantiaberg mountain views are spectacular, but it’s the flavourful, unpretentious (and affordable) small plates that are already drawing a crowd of repeat customers. We tried the yellowtail ceviche puri (served on an egg box), the Yakitori chicken wings with a gochujang glaze, and the tuna tataki with nori crisp – delicious! Oh, the tongue-in-cheek Chardonnay and Savannah slushies are perfect for summer.
Opened December 2023
Opening hours Tuesday –Saturday, 12pm – 9pm (coffee from 10am)
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 067 499 5621
Where to find it Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Hiro Izakaya at Constantia Uitsig

Hiro Izakaya

Following his re-invention at Bang K in Muizenberg, chef Cheyne Morrisby (together with his partner Danielle Oosthuizen) has another new venture in the works – at Constantia Uitsig. Hiro Izakaya will bring Cheyne’s Japanese-inspired small plates to life (with a touch of fire-cooking) in an informal saké-shop format, with a wide covered front verandah, banquettes, bar and indoor seating decorated with Danielle’s vibrant artwork, and a semi-private dining space by the open kitchen. Expect simplified Japanese street and bar food dishes such as fish finger hand rolls, udon carbonara with bacon tempura and duck egg Caesar, and a dessert menu of Japanese sundaes.
Opening 1 May 2024
Where to find it Constantia Uitsig, Constantia, Cape Town

Galjoen

New Restaurants: Galjoen

Sustainable seafood by the boatload is the core philosophy behind Galjoen, a semi industrial dining space in the heart of the city. “Our approach is to serve only what is responsibly caught locally. If it’s not from South Africa, it’s not going on the menu,” says co-owner Neil Swart. He and Anouchka Horn continue the winning formula that wowed Cape Town foodies at Belly of the Beast: a set tasting menu, a limited number of seats and reservations only, plus of course fabulous local ingredients. Chef Isca Stoltz rolls out a delicious series of dishes on the frequently changing menu, including stunners such as the Rockpool: farmed abalone, seaweed broth, klipkombers and pickled kelp, or the braaied aged yellowtail with apricot and tamarind.
Good to know Bookings open on the first day of each month at 10am for the following month.
Opened 16 June 2023
Opening times Monday – Saturday 6.45pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday, 12:30pm – 3pm
Contact 079 093 0559, eat@galjoencpt.co.za
Where to find it 99 Harrington Street, Cape Town
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Therapy

Hottest New: Therapy

What could be more therapeutic than sitting round a table enjoying good conversation and good food, a glass of excellent wine or a cocktail or two? That’s what legendary Cape Town-born and Khayelitsha-bred DJs and creatives, Loyiso Mdebuka and Vincent Mvelase Manzini (aka DJ Loyd and Sir Vincent) had in mind for their upmarket new eatery just off Kloof Street. “More than just a restaurant we wanted a space where we join as a community,” says Vincent. “a place that speaks to the kind of people we are. Conversations that are meaningful happen in such spaces.”
Consultant chef Paolo Santo of Gemelli in Joburg has devised a winning combination of heart-warming flavours presented as generous small plates and well-portioned mains: share the sticky lamb ribs on couscous salad with pistachios, and buttermilk fried chicken thighs with apple slaw, a spicy bowl of chorizo and harissa pasta, or a whole plate of sole with fennel salad. And leave room for dessert – a rather gorgeous baked cheesecake and a panna cotta liberally topped with candied hazelnuts.
Therapy is all about being an inclusive space in the heart of the city where all are welcome.
Opened September 2023
Opening times Sunday – Wednesday, 8am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday, 8am – 11pm
Contact 021 109 0112
Where to find it 5 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town
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Bang K

New Restaurants: Bang K

For his new modern Thai restaurant, chef Cheyne Morrisby found a fitting location. York Road in Muizenberg, lined with heritage buildings, is like an atmospheric dining alley, with fluttering flags strung across the street. It draws you in… and Bang K stands out, not only for its fresh and different offering but for its moody interior, too. There’s a low-key glamour here, hinting that you’re in for something special. Cheyne is keeping it simple, with food based on the mother flavourings of Thai cuisine – lemongrass, tamarind, coconut, green chilli, galangal, ginger, lime – which he plays with in his unique style and a small-plate approach. Don’t expect noodles and broths; it’s all about the taste combinations (not so much hot-spicy as sour and zesty) applied to fresh produce. Expect beautifully plated dishes – like lovely little gifts brought to the table – from a menu with four categories: Thale (Sea), Thidin (Land), Lok (Earth) and Hwan (Sweet).
Opened October 2023
Opening times Tuesday + Wednesday, 5pm – 10pm
Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 082 373 5045
Where to find it 2 York Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Hōseki

New Restaurants: Hoseki

Fresh from a top-to-toe refurbishment, Delaire Graff’s brand-new Hoseki replaces long-standing multi-award-winning Indochine Restaurant. Hōseki (jewel in Japanese) occupies the same light-filled, luxurious space overlooking the Stellenbosch Winelands towards Table Mountain. Envisaged as an elegant Japanese dining experience, with subtle aromatics and a symphony of fresh contemporary flavours, the menu will change with the seasons, with herbs and vegetables sourced from the Estate’s greenhouse and vegetable garden, for an authentic farm-to-table experience honoring Japanese culture and traditions. This new culinary adventure headed up by chef Virgil Kahn promises the same expertise, creativity and finesse that wowed diners at Indochine since it first opened in 2010, but with a brand-new look, flavour and feel.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 8pm (last seating)
Contact 021 885 8160, restaurant.bookings@delaire.co.za
Where to find it Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch
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Nocturne

New Restaurants: Nocturne

Dynamic and sustainability-minded chef-duo Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austin have added another culinary hotspot to the Stellenbosch scene, to go with their award-winning fine-dining restaurant, Dusk. Nocturne is a restaurant-bar, where the cocktails and food go together, breaking boundaries on both. The Dusk test kitchen and fermentation lab provides intriguing food concoctions and a team of cocktail maestros take mixology to new heights of sustainable, local and of course, deliciousness.
Opened July 2023
Where to find it Stellenbosch
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Vrymansfontein

Vrymansfontein Dining
Sean Gibson

A working almond farm with spectacular views on the Suid-Agter Paarl road, Vrymansfontein is fresh from a magnificent re-imagining as a wine-and-dining destination for families and foodies. Chef Kevin Grobler (formerly JAN Nice, Delaire Graff, Grande Roche) has devised a Mediterranean-inspired farm-to-table menu ih line with owner Max Ward’s vision. The serene signature restaurant, Scape, offers a fresh and flavour-packed menu of family-style shared plates. It’s food you’d happily return for week after week: strawberry-and-goat’s cheese salad with pancetta; beetroot carpaccio with grapefruit and almond gremolata; and the succulent simplicity of the brined then roasted veld chicken. A fresh and fabulous basil ice cream with crunchy honeycomb is another flavour bomb.
Good to know You can also enjoy casual Levantine-style tapas at the bar on the shaded Tree Bar terrace; or laze on the lawns with the Gardens menu of food from the fire, while the kids happily play on the custom-built timber jungle gym.
Opened 10 November 2023
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm (restaurants)
10am – 6pm (wine-tasting)
Contact 082 617 4903, info@vrymansfontein.co.za
Where to find it Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
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Mertia

New Restaurants: Mertia
Daniela Zondagh

Fine dining with its heart in Stellenbosch, Mertia is hidden away upstairs in the old Standard Bank building, its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over old oaks and Rhenish Church. Two sons of Stellenbosch, Marais Kirsten-Uys (back home after a year at a three-Michelin-star restaurant in San Francisco) and chef Matt van den Berg (ex La Colombe and co-founder of How Bao Now) have created a sophisticated, intimate, understated and very comfortable space aimed at locals. They’ve dialled down the fine dining smoke and mirrors to create a tasting menu that their fathers would recognise as a “proper meal”, delivering plenty of delightful flourishes. Named after Marais’ grandmother Mertia, their opening menu celebrates nostalgia and the flavours of home. We particularly loved Mertia’s pampoen tart recipe with the venison, a delicious kinglip with a brandade, and the jam and cheese bread course. Superb wine pairings from sommelier Tino Madzunguruse, impeccable service, fresh, beautifully executed flavours… Mertia is a fab addition to the Stellenbosch dining scene and definitely one to watch.
Good to know The restaurant only seats 28 guests and there are two seatings for dinner: 5.30pm or 8pm. You can also pop in for cocktails and bar snacks in the intimate bar.
Opened 16 December 2023
Opening times Wednesday, 5.30pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Contact 076 644 8448, reservations@mertia.co.za
Where to find it 20 Bird Street, Stellenbosch (entrance off the Millstream side street)
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Frank’s Corner Bar & Grill

Frank’s Corner Bar And Grill

A contemporary North American restaurant in Franschhoek? Frank’s Corner has been buzzing with locals and visitors since it opened, hitting the spot as a refreshing alternative to the village’s fine-dining scene. It’s a collaboration between Frank Rodriguez (an American who has relocated to Franschhoek), Scotsman Alex McCormack and home-grown restaurateur and celebrity chef Reuben Riffel (the three friends co-own Franschhoek Beer Company). Expect a simple and appealing comfort-food menu with dishes such as corn dogs, blackened prawn tostada, buttermilk fried chicken wings and Nashville hot chicken, plus burgers, pastas, steaks, handcut chips and, for dessert, what other than triple chocolate brownies. And craft beer on tap
Opened December 2023
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 488 9922
Where to find it 42 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
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Gochu Gang

New Restaurants: Gochu Gang

Another streetfood spot in Stellenbosch! This one comes courtesy of chef Darren Badenhorst and team, and is nailing the young Asian streetfood vibe with bucketloads of cool, neon, fab music and energy. It’s along the Andringa Street strip of food outlets and open until late. Think sushi, bao buns, dim sum and a whole raft of Asian snacks from yakitori to poke bowls. It’s also down for eat-in, take-out and deliveries.
Opened July 2023
Where to find it Shop 38, Eikestad Mall (on Andringa Street), Stellenbosch

Rykaart’s

New Restaurants: Rykaart's

Rykaart’s opened with a splash on Stellenbosch’s Dorp Street in 2022, but husband-and-wife owners Alex and Ella Rykaart decided to give up their pavement perch for a new home on a wine estate (and who wouldn’t?). They haven’t changed their winning food philosophy, though – simple, contemporary flavours, unfussy, welcoming and delicious. Long, country-style tables on a wide terrace offer never-ending views (all the way to Table Mountain) and the three-course set menu, served family-style, is perfect for lazy lunches. The food pairs perfectly with Longridge’s award-winning biodynamic wines; and the chefs have beautiful organic herb and vegetable gardens within arm’s reach…
Good to know There is a simple menu for children under 12 years.
Opened September 2023
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Friday – Saturday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact eat@rykaarts.co.za
Where to find it Longridge Estate, Helderbergpad, off the R44 between Somerset West & Stellenbosch
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Eleven

New Restaurants: Eleven

Global small plates are the focus of Eleven in Franschhoek, sister restaurant to Ōku and Yama by restaurateur Ryan Shell. Bringing new life to the old Foliage space, he aims to pick up the baton of hyper-seasonal and foraged ingredients that chef Chris Erasmus began. Ryan and chef Pieter du Preez put together frequently changing set menus of beautifully presented small plates (with choices). They’re inspired by contemporary global flavours (except Asian cuisine which remains Ōku’s preserve), celebrating seasonality in a versatile style, whether you’re after an à la carte lunch, a relaxed three-course dinner or a full on tasting menu affair.
Opened August 2023
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 023 3755, reservations@eleveneats.co.za
Where to find it 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
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Time of publication: 17 April 2024

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