The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2019

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2019 Tryn: Drizzle & Dip

The Mother City's food scene has exploded, with an eclectic mix of restaurants popping up faster than you can say “springbok tataki”.

Cape Town is ranked among the top culinary capitals of the world, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sydney, London, Tokyo and Barcelona. We certainly are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in our magnificent city – from tried-and-tested favourites to lesser-known gems, 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.)

Do you know of any hot, new spots you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.

Le Chêne

Le Chene New Restaurants Cape Town

Darren Badenhorst, chef-patron of the accolade-strewn Le Coin Français, has opened a new restaurant at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. True to the town’s French Huguenot heritage, the restaurant specialises in French cuisine, with ingredients sourced fresh from the estate and surrounding countryside.
The restaurant is situated in Leeu Estates’ elegant Manor House, and takes its name from the oak tree that once stood in the venue’s glass conservatory. Custom-built furniture, including a long 750-year-old yellowwood table, lends Le Chêne a sophisticated charm, as do the views of the surrounding vineyards and mountains.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 492 2222,
Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
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Surfshack New Restaurants Cape Town
Claire Gunn

This contemporary seafront eatery is the latest addition to the heaving Camps Bay strip, and boasts a deliciously cool surfer-chic vibe – the perfect place to sit back and soak up the seaside scene, while enjoying a selection of diner-inspired bites.
On the menu Whether you’re looking for “Sharables”, “all-day brunch” or something substantial from “The Main Show” section, the menu is varied and exciting, so something’s sure to grab your attention.
We came straight off the beach for an early bite, and ordered the rice crispy prawns, ahi tuna bun (with sesame, avocado, jalapeño, sriracha aioli, sweet-and-spicy coleslaw – utterly delicious and great value at R170, as it comes with fries), dry-aged sirloin on the bone (cooked to perfection), a house salad, and the heavenly a Campfire & Marshmallow for dessert. There’s even a selection of pizzas, a bun (burger) section, as well as a selection of scrumptious desserts.
And even though we were in beach garb, while some were ready to razzle and dazzle, we felt quite at home.
Grab a seat on the ocean-facing terrace and experience an epic Cape Town sundowner session before enjoying a laidback dinner.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 021 437 1802,
Where to find it 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Boudha Authentic Asian Cuisine

Boudha New Restaurants Cape Town

When Boudha (formerly Boudha Lounge) first opened in April 2019, it quickly became known among Long Street party-goers as the spot that remained open after the others on the strip had called last rounds. It wasn’t until July that the owners decided to change direction, which saw an extensive upgrade to the interiors, food and cocktail menu. Décor-wise, there are Chinese references throughout, tastefully enhanced by live jazz (on Wednesdays) and dim lighting that sets an ambient mood. Behind the scenes, head chef Wesley Chen – who has served as head chef in some of Cape Town’s best Cantonese restaurants and has over 25 years’ experience in this style of cuisine – has compiled a small yet exceptional menu. Specialities (all of which we can vouch for!) include Peking duck (which can be served whole upon request), crispy pork belly, and black truffle and mushroom udon. For starters, we highly recommend the spicy cucumber salad, har gao (steamed prawn dumpling), and sesame prawn. Whisky lovers should definitely give the Geisha Sours a whirl, while purists will be delighted to know that the extensive sake list has over six varieties to choose from.
Opened July 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11.30pm – 4am
Contact 021 422 0803 / 2268,
Where to find it 4B Buiten Street, CBD

Blockhouse Kitchen

Blockhouse Kitchen: New Restaurants Cape Town

Chef Brad Ball returns to the beautiful Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, where he served as executive chef more than 12 years ago when it was River Café. Loyal fans of that restaurant will certainly recognise some dishes from the original River Café menu, which Brad has tweaked and reincarnated – the utterly moreish salt and vinegar chips that are served with the soda-and-spice-battered hake, for example; the sticky pudding, and the heavenly eggs benedict – all of which taste as ambrosial as we remember them.
It’s a modern, airy and beautifully dressed 250-seater space, offering a chic yet child-friendly dining experience. (We visited on Mother’s Day weekend and it was packed to the brim.) “It’s a big restaurant, and our aim is to fill it at every service,” says Brad. “Most of our team have worked in high-volume spaces, so they can definitely handle the numbers.”
The restaurant’s tagline: “Social. Seasonal. Simple” echoes this sentiment. Here, you’ll find easy-to-eat comfort food. If you’re looking for highfalutin haute cuisine, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Opened May 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am –11.30am, 12pm – 10.30pm; Sunday & Monday, 8am – 11.30am, 12pm – 5pm
Contact 021 794 3010,
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town

Arthur’s Mini Super

Arthurs Mini Super New Restaurants Cape Town

It’s easy to understand why locals have fallen head over heels for this retro-cool grocery store, deli and hangout spot that’s as haute as it is homely. Our favourite is the anchovies on toast, but there’s a whole selection of wonderful breakfast and lunch options available. Don’t leave without having a beignet and coffee.
Opened December 2018
Opening times Tuesdays – Fridays, 7am – 5pm
Saturdays – Sundays, 8am – 2pm
Contact 087 702 7470
Where to find it  15 Arthurs Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Goldfish Eatery

Goldfish Eatery New Restaurants Cape Town

What’s better than a fish and chips spot by the sea! One that’s prettily decked out, serves fresh, sustainably sourced seafood, and offers free wi-fi (so it can double as a place to get some work done). Adding some much needed pizazz to the Strand, this laidback eatery also serves healthy wraps and good coffee.
Opened February 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm; Saturday, 9am – 3pm;
Contact 021 300 5368,
Where to find it 90 Beach Road, Strand, Western Cape

Mykonos Taverna Newlands

Mykonos Taverna New Restaurants Cape Town

Brought to you by veteran restaurateur Dimitri Peroglou (owner of Mykonos in Sea Point) and his wife Vicky, this new addition to Newlands continues the proud traditions of the original and much-loved Sea Point branch, which was established by Dimitri’s father Peter Peroglou back in the ’80s. If you’ve eaten at Mykonos before, you’ll know what to expect: lip-smacking Greek grub, from mezze and moussaka to seafood, skewers, souvlaki and kleftiko lamb shank – and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere.
Opened April 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact 021 685 0139,
Where to find it 37A Dean Street, Newlands, Cape Town

Café Furlough

Cafe Furlough New Restaurants Cape Town

A French-style sidewalk café in Stellenbosch, where you can enjoy buttery croissants and great coffee, as well as a host of healthy breakfast dishes such as kale-and-Chevin scramble, and banana bread French toast. The charm of oak-tree-lined Dorp Street is enchanting, making for a tranquil respite.
Opened June 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm; Saturday, 7am – 3pm; Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 887 0000,
Where to find it 86 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

Jéan Restaurant

Jean New Restaurants Cape Town

Situated at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery in Durbanville, Jéan Restaurant has reopened after a revamp. Surrounded by idyllic vineyards, the new-look restaurant has a welcoming and homely interior that is especially well-suited to family lunches. In fact, the Sunday Family Lunch Table provides exactly that, with a set menu that changes weekly.
In addition, the à la carte menu offers farm-fresh breakfasts such as warm oats and eggs Arlington (poached eggs with béarnaise sauce, potato rösti and smoked Franschhoek trout), hearty lunch and dinner dishes such as grilled eland fillet or confit and pan fried duck, and decadent desserts like chocolate brownie cheesecake.
Jéan is just another reason to visit the burgeoning Durbanville restaurant scene.
Good to know As a boutique winery, Klein Roosboom produces wines that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. Be sure to do their cave wine-tasting experience while you’re there.
Opened July 2019
Opening times Wednesday, 12pm – 4.30pm;
Thursday & Friday, 12pm – 3.30pm, 7pm – 9.30pm;
Saturday, 9am – 11am, 12pm – 3,.30pm, 7pm – 9.30pm
Sunday, 9am – 11am, 12.30pm – 3.30pm (Sunday Family Lunch Table)
Contact 079 693 9646,
Where to find it Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
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The Kind Kitchen at Constantia Uitsig

Kind Kitchen Uitsig New Restaurants Cape Town

This lauded vegan restaurant, whose popular spot in the heart of Woodstock has garnered quite a following, has opened up a second branch – in the southern ‘burbs. Located on the historic Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, this laidback eatery rubs shoulders with a string of other well-trodden haunts, but is the only one that serves delicious vegan delights – all of which are made using seasonal, locally sourced produce. Expect fresh, no-frills wraps, salads and juices that’ll give you a spring in your step.
Opened September 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Sunday & Monday, 10am – 4pm
Contact 061 526 1358,
Where to find it  Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town
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Harvest Café Muizenberg

Harvest Cafe Muizenberg New Restaurants Cape Town

The popular Bo-Kaap health café has opened a brand-new seaside spot in Muizenberg. With laidback decor (handmade by local brand 8 Degrees South), a bounty of greenery and a few surfboards, too – this beachside haven emanates Bali vibes.
Diners can expect the same healthy options as the town branch (smoothie bowls, eggs benedict and quinoa porridge), with loads of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options available too. Pet-friendly, chilled and healthy… there’s no holding us back from this Deep South gem.
Opened September 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Where to find it  4 York Road, Muizenberg

Stellski Coffee Bar

Stellski Coffee Bar New Restaurant

When passionate owner Megan Kritzinger decided to leave the corporate world for brighter pastures, she decided to harness the things she loves the most: doing good, and creating good vibes. Enter Stellski – a vibrant new coffee bar on bustling Loop Street, where everything – from the bright, colourful interior to the great tunes and smiling staff – is aimed at adding a little joy into worker bees’ mornings.
Named after Megan’s beloved pooch Stella, (affectionately known as Stellski), the high-energy spot serves a range of homebrewed coffee made by friendly barista Austin Ngqashemba, as well as a variety of affordable, no-nonsense toasts, pastries and sandwiches made right in front of you by the lovely Irene Chirwa.
Whether you sit inside the funky pink, red and blue interior – complete with a mural of Stellski herself – or grab a coffee to go on your way to work, this is one spot that is sure to start your day off on a great note.
Good to know All the profits from their signature drink, The Stellski, go towards Megan’s nonprofit organisation, Coactive, aimed at inspiring local youth through motivational experiences in and around Cape Town.
Opened August 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Contact 072 135 2677,
Where to find it 59 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

Yu Asian Tapas & Bar

Yu New Restaurants Cape Town

Situated at the swanky new Onyx Hotel in downtown Cape Town, this Asian-inspired eatery fits in well with the establishment’s cosmopolitan New York feel. It offers a sophisticated tapas experience, complete with sake bar for young professionals to enjoy after work drinks. The restaurant is run by 30-year-old Zimbabwean Tapiwa Munyawiri, who started his career as a porter at a hotel in Johannesburg; and worked his way up through the hospitality industry over the course of eight years.
Opened March 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 011 205 6699,
Where to find it 57 Heerengracht Street, The Onyx Hotel, Cape Town

Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George

Gigi Rooftop Bar New Restaurants Cape Town

This chic café is situated on the roof of Gorgeous George, one of 300 hotels worldwide that form part of the Design Hotels stable. Decor-wise, expect boundary-pushing decor and design in a relaxed atmosphere that is best summed up in the hotel’s philosophy: “Come for breakfast, stay for dinner”.
Executive chef Guy Bennett, who plied his trade at Buitenverwachting, Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town, and Delaire Graff, has created a menu that combines his experience and as such guests will certainly taste classical French, Asian-fusion and South African flavours and influences.
Opening 18 April 2019
Contact 087 898 6000,
Where to find it Gorgeous George, 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan


Viande: New Restaurants Cape Town
Charles Russell

Situated at the iconic Grande Roche Hotel – which was recently taken over by Paarl natives Hansie and Theresa Britz – this brand-new enterprise is helmed by celebrity chef Pete Goffe Wood. The French word for meat, Viande is country-style restaurant, with a nose-to-tail menu, explains Pete, who will also be involved in the hotel’s food and beverage operations. Herbs and vegetables will be sourced from the hotel’s garden.
The restaurant occupies the entire floor of the hotel’s main building, with overhanging chandeliers and a fireplace enhancing the grand old-world atmosphere. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Paarl mountains and vineyards, it’s sure to be a transportative dining experience.
Good to know The revamped hotel also houses a cocktail bar that serves innovative tapas dishes and a wide range of drinks, with a special focus on brandies.
Opening July 2019
Contact 021 863 5100,
Where to find it Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl
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Iron Steak and Bar

Iron Steakhouse And Bar New Restaurants Cape Town

A new addition to bustling Bree Street, this restaurant lives up to its name, offering perfectly prepared steaks and a fabulous array of tipples, gorgeously displayed in an old-timey bar section. Occupying the space formerly home to Charango, Iron Steak is serious about meat, which I’m told is sourced from various boutique butcheries around the Cape.
I ordered the T-Bone, which was grilled to perfection by head chef Roche Rossouw, who was in his element, standing over his special Spanish charcoal griller. “I get to braai at work every day,” he beams.
Meat dishes come to the table on a chopping board, with a cleaver instead of a knife, and you have to order sides separately. I opted for the chargrilled broccolini and snap peas, which were beautifully cooked.
Staff are informed and welcoming; noticing that I was a little flustered on arrival, manager Joshua De Swart managed to turn my mood around with his easygoing approach. There’s a lovely elevated deck, with hanging plants mimicking a rooftop garden.
X factor Instead of nasty peppermints at the end of your meal, your waiter hands you a token, which can be redeemed for a salted caramel ice cream, dipped in Valrhona shavings. Outstanding.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Daily, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 422 1175,
Where to find it 114 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Tryn New Restaurants Cape Town
Drizzle & Dip

The well-known Catharina’s Restaurant on Steenberg Estate has been reincarnated as Tryn – a vibrant venue brimming with youthful energy. It pays homage to Steenberg’s 17th-century founder, Catharina Ras (known as Tryn to her friends and family). Kerry Kilpin, who has been the executive chef at Steenberg’s BistroSixteen82 since 2014, describes her new project as “a dining experience that is more connected to Tryn’s free and feisty spirit.”
Tryn is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sees Kerry bringing her trademark Asian- and Middle Eastern-inspired flavour to classically prepared dishes.
Opened September 2019
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am; 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 713 7178,
Where to find it Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley, Cape Town
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Mozambik New Restaurants Cape Town

The cheap and cheerful atmosphere of this Afro-Mozambique eatery provides the perfect foil to enjoy finger-licking food. Occupying a sought-after spot on the V&A’s marina-facing strip (in the space that was formerly home to Seelan), Mozambik is an easy-going, accessible newcomer to the Waterfront, and the first Cape Town branch of this nationwide franchise.
It’s already a hit with locals and out-of-towners; we ate there on a weeknight, and the place was heaving!
We recommend the starter platter for four: grilled calamari tubes, fried squid heads, beef trinchado, chicken livers and two fresh bread rolls (for mopping up the moreish sauces), followed by the peri-peri chicken (which comes with a choice of rice, fries, or stir-fried vegetables).
If seafood is your thing, there are fish, prawn and calamari options galore; steak and ribs for the meat-eaters, and two options for vegetarians.
Opened August 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 023 0345,
Where to find it  Shop 8, Quay 5, V & A Waterfront, Dock Road


Ochre New Restaurants Cape Town

The prestigious One&Only Cape Town, long an exemplar of luxury, has welcomed a new restaurant to its wonderful array of offerings. Named for the colour of traditional Cape Malay spices that represent such a significant aspect of the Mother City’s heritage, Ochre offers a dining experience that celebrates local flavour – not only in its mouthwatering array of dishes, but also in its colourful decor.
As head chef Chris Mare says: “The history of the spice trade has connected so many
cultures and people from across the globe – Dutch, German, French – and it truly has inspired me to create some new and unique flavour combinations that I hope our guests from all over will enjoy.”
In addition to dinner, Ochre serves a buffet breakfast daily, which in the grand tradition of One&Only breakfast buffets, is sure to offer a bountiful array of delicious options.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Daily, 6.30am – 11am; Thursday – Tuesday, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 431 5888,
Where to find it One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Cause Effect

Cause Effect New Restaurants Cape Town

Kurt Schlechter, and his trusty band of mixologists, have moved their innovative cocktail kitchen (previously located just off Kloof Street) to an exciting new home at the V&A Waterfront. The cocktail crowd can expect the same superb standard of bold, expertly crafted tipples in contemporary surrounds – think copper stools, a stone-clad bar, hefty wooden tables, and lush indoor hanging plants.
The inspired menu at Cause Effect 2.0 turns the traditional on its head, featuring groundbreaking new flavour combinations and interactive cocktail presentations that tell stories about Cape Town – channelling the mountain, ocean, fynbos and vineyards into an experience you won’t soon forget.
And, if you’re hungry, the selection of platters and small plates created to complement the cocktails (including prawn toast and sliders, generous platters of cheese, coppa and Parma ham) are sure to do the trick.
Sit at the bar, and watch the maestros create liquid magic. A must for cocktail-lovers who want to broaden their horizons.
Opened September 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Contact 021 422 0266,
Where to find it The Rocket Shed, 280 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
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117Kloof: New Restaurants Cape Town

Brought to you by the team behind Yours Truly, this wonderfully eclectic oasis is housed in a converted workshop. An antique store and coffee shop rolled into one, the space also doubles as a nursery, where you can buy indoor plants.
The pièce de résistance is a 10-metre-long banquet table, where several times a week, guests can enjoy a three-course meal at the Chef’s Table.
Good to know The venue is hireable for hosting private events and occasions.
Opened May 2019
Opening times Coffee Hatch: Monday – Sunday, 6am – 3pm
Our Local: Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 2pm
117 Kloof: Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 422 3788,
Where to find it 117 Kloof Street, Cape Town
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Patina Steak & Fine Wine on D’Aria Estate

Patina Daria Estate New Restaurants Cape Town
Patina in Newlands

The original branch of this steakhouse quickly established itself as a stalwart after it opened in Newlands in September 2017. And now northern suburbanites are in for a treat, with a new branch set to open at the beautiful D’Aria Winery in Durbanville, where guests will be able to enjoy a perfectly prepared steak and fine wines amid splendid Winelands views.
Opening To be confirmed 
Opening times To be confirmed
Contact 021 823 9739,
Where to find it D’Aria Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville


GoodFood: New Restaurants Cape Town

Not quite a market, not quite restaurant, this foodhall-style space brings together a carefully curated selection of food and beverage providers under one roof. Guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of offerings, from breakfast bowls to vegan curries, from the likes of Woodstock Waffles, Salushi Express, Gourmet Grubb, Vagabond Kitchens, The Woodlands Eatery, Prashad Café and Truck Norris. Though everyone’s welcome, the food-hall experience is probably best suited to young professionals and creatives, working or living in the area, who can order takeaways or enjoy their meal at one of the communal tables.
There’s also GoodBar, a platform for exceptional cocktail mixers; and GoodCoffee, a collaboration with Rosetta Roastery and Nuude Studio.
Opened June 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 9pm
Contact 061 606 9114,
Where to find it The Ironworks Building, 187 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock


Scarpetta: The Best New Restaurants
Danillo Turilli

From the ebullient and experienced restaurateur Ricky Turilli comes his latest project: a homely dining space in a Victorian building on Roodebloem Road in Woodstock that captures the essence of Italian (and Jewish) culinary traditions. “I’m half-Jewish and half-Italian,” laughs the larger-than-life Ricky, whose previous projects include Andiamo at the Cape Quarter, and Zucca. “There’s so much overlap in the two cultures, especially when it comes to food and family. I like to call it Kosher Nostra,” chuckles Ricky.
As such, communal eating is the main event, with guests gathering around a festive table to enjoy generous helpings of comfort food. (Scarpetta, literally a small shoe in Italian, refers to the piece of bread Italians use to mop up leftover pasta sauce on their plate). Don’t be surprised if you encounter the Turilli clan celebrating their ritual Friday-night shabbat dinners here.
Hands-on Ricky handles everything from the cooking to the bookings. The menu is a concise list of Italian favourites, such as penne puttanesca and chicken al limone, and includes desserts like tiramisu and chocolate torte (baked by his wife). We recommend ordering off the daily specials chalkboard that Ricky concocts on the day.
The restaurant does not have a liquor license. “I’m happy for guests to bring their own,” says Ricky, “and we don’t charge a corkage fee.”
Opened January 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10.30pm
Contact 083 251 0730,
Where to find it 85 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
Reviewer Nikki Benatar


Unfiltered New Restaurants Cape Town

A collaboration between 24-year-old brewer James Williams (Rosebank Brewing Company) and Italian-food whizzes Matteo Santini and Maurizio Carlo (Woodlands Eatery), this new taproom on Kloof Street is, as its name implies, unadulterated and unpretentious – where excellent beer and uncomplicated, flavourful dishes do the talking.
“We initially wanted a very small menu,” says James, “but considering all the different types of people Kloof Street attracts, we had to be more eclectic with our food offering.” As such you’ll find thin-crust pizzas, tasty tacos, vibrant salads and juicy burgers.
Drinks-wise, there are currently eight craft beers on tap (with another eight in the pipeline), a selection of local wines, and fun cocktails.
Knockout nu-disco beats, coupled with simple interiors (in a characterful, heritage building) and friendly staff (who make their work look like such fun) make Unfiltered the perfect place for spontaneous after-work gatherings, rain or shine.
Don’t miss Unfiltered Fridays with a live DJ and mega vibes.
Good to know There are vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
Opened January 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 060 615 4917,
Where to find it 18 Kloof Street, Cape Town


Jewells New Restaurants Cape Town

Chefs Warehouse maestro Liam Tomlin has joined forces with charcuterie whizz Neil Jewell and baker extraordinaire Tina Jewell to open a farm-to-table eatery in the Paarl Winelands. The new restaurant has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bertus Basson at Spice Route and is due to open for Easter 2019. As you’d expect, only the best-quality ingredients will be used in the dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland, and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd.
The experimental winelist comprises a Spice Route selection, including a new range of natural wines, produced in clay vats from Georgia (in Europe, one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions).
With three talented chefs at the helm, a beautiful winelands location, and farm-fresh produce – we’ve no doubt Jewells will shine bright like a diamond. Watch this space!
Opening June 2019
Contact 021 863 5200,
Where to find it Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl
Book through DinePlan

Shakespeare’s Restaurant

Shakespeares Restaurant New Restaurants Cape Town

Named after the iconic British playwright, the brand-new Shakespeare’s Restaurant in Durbanville offers a hot take on old-timey dining. This immersive experience is complete with all the theatrics expected of a Shakespearean play – with nightly performances and a fully stocked library (with a 404-year-old bible no less). Diners can look forward to opulent mains, such as pork belly, or guinea fowl; and dessert options include the To Eat or Not To Eat dark chocolate crémeux.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Thursday, 11.15am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday, 11.15am –11pm
Sunday, 11.15am – 3pm
Contact 021 569 0244,
Where to find it  Heritage Square, Corner Vrede & Gladstone Streets, Durbanville

Legado Coffee Bar

Legado New Restaurants Cape Town

Arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing coffee shops on Instagram right now, Legado Coffee Bar in Stellenbosch is the new flagship store for the popular Legado Coffee Roasting brand. With its clean, rounded lines and gold finishes, the shop’s modern Art Deco design creates a decidedly pleasant space in which to enjoy the excellent coffee on offer. Before you lose yourself under a ceiling of hanging plants, take your pick from a short but classic list of hot and cold coffees, and maybe even a freshly baked pastry (or two)?
Opened September 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3.30pm
Contact 021 855 0377,
Where to find it  Technopark, 19 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch

Schoon Bread Café Franschhoek

Schoon New Restaurants Cape Town
Claire Gunn

The latest addition to the string of Schoon offerings is the Franschhoek Bread Café, which lives up to its manifesto of creating a space for communities, honouring local produce and producing delicious food. Steps away from the Huguenot monument, this well-loved bakery has imbued Franschhoek’s main road with the glorious smell of freshly baked bread. You’ll be able to find all the baked goods your heart desires – even the non-carby renditions – Ezekiel bread, mosbolletjies (a traditional sweet bun), rye, croissants, and friands, as well as breakfast options, sandwiches and salads.
Opened July 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Where to find it  9 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

Punjab Kenilworth

Punjab Kenilworth New Restaurants Cape Town

Owners Gupreet (GP) Singh and Beena Kaur’s string of Indian and Punjabi restaurants serve an assortment of authentic dishes that have been modernised and adapted to suit South African palates. Their latest offering is in Harfield Village, Kenilworth and caters for those seeking a traditional Punjabi experience. You won’t find any bland butter chicken here; rather choti (small) bites, paneer achari tikka and Punjabi-inspired cocktails, as well as a selection of South and West Indian street food.
Vegetarians and vegans, there are options galore for you, too.
Opened June 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 9.30pm
Contact 021 671 5281,
Where to find it  166 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village


Kong New Restaurants Cape Town

This eclectic bar and grill in De Waterkant is sure to be a favourite among sports fans (there are big-screen TVs for live events), the cocktail set (there’s a rooftop deck) and late-night revellers (there are rows of pool tables available until 2am). Though it boasts a boisterous pub atmosphere, it distinguishes itself from your usual watering hole with its menu of intercontinental flavours.
Opened June 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 2am, Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Contact 082 429 9123 / 021 461 4920,
Where to find it 10-12 Cobern Street, De Waterkant, An-De-Waterkant, Cape Town


Syrup New Restaurants Cape Town

This small and homely spot on Bree Street brings American flavour to its hearty breakfast and brunch dishes, which include the likes of crunchy French toast (dipped in cornflakes and sprinkled with berries and powdered sugar); sweet cream flapjacks; and a classic American breakfast of eggs, bacon, a skillet of potatoes and a half-stack of pancakes.
Not a sweet tooth? Order a salad or a sandwich!
Opened May 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm; Saturday, 8am – 3pm; Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 072 659 6955,
Where to find it 231 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

VIXI Social House

Vixi Social House New Restaurants Cape Town

This Bree Street newcomer offers an all-day Mediterranean menu of tapas, seafood, pizza and breakfast dishes, best enjoyed at a sidewalk table, or inside the buzzy interior.
Opened February 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6.30am – 10pm; Saturday, 8am – 11pm; Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 418 1338,
Where to find it 49 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

The Jagger Lounge

The Jagger Lounge New Restaurants Cape Town

A pumping live-music venue on Shortmarket Street, in the space formerly occupied by Café Roux. Guests can enjoy live performances from talented local artists, along with a dinner menu that includes pizza, pasta and an extensive selection of cocktails. Add great coffee and breakfast options, no wonder it’s already a hit around the clock.
Opened August 2019
Opening times Monday & Tuesday, 7am – 4pm; Wednesday & Thursday, 7am – 12am; Friday, 7am – 2am; Saturday, 8am – 2am
Please note Closing times may vary depending on the live performances
Where to find it 74 Shortmarket Street, Central Business District, Cape Town


Eatstanbul New Restaurants Cape Town

Bringing the taste of Turkey to Cape Town, this atmospheric restaurant in Gardens is fully halaal, and also does takeaways. With falafel, flaming kebabs, and more, on the menu, Capetonians are in for some Turkish delights.
Opened June 2019
Opening times Daily, 11am – 12am
Contact 021 422 1989,
Where to find it 64 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

I Love The Dough

I Love The Dough

Sharing pavement space with Grub & Vine and Burger & Lobster on Bree Street, this brand-spanking-new pizza, salad and cocktail joint is already turning heads with its bright pink lights and contempo-cool decor.
Opened October 2019
Opening times To be confirmed
Contact To be confirmed
Where to find it 101 Bree Street, 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): 

Grub & Vine
Table Seven
Upper Bloem
Janse & Co
The Poké Co.
La Tête
The Shortmarket Club 
Seabreeze Fish and Shell
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
The Granary Cafe at the Silo Hotel
Scheckter’s Raw
Bouchon Bistro
La Petite Colombe 

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Time of publication: 16 October 2019

5 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2019”

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    The Harvest had the kakist vegetarian buddha bowl i have ever tasted
    117 Kloof street food is mediocre
    Gorgeous George’s hamburgers are properly cook
    The chef at The Kind Kitchen is a very unkind man
    Where do you get your info from?

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      The Inside Guide

      It seems you had different experiences to ours. While we (and I’m sure the restaurant owners and chefs) welcome constructive feedback, unnecessary rudeness is uncalled for.

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    Wendy Jayne Utermark

    SALT WATER GRILL, Durbanville.
    SIMPLY THE BEST 5*. …. Cuisine and Service!
    Superb crispy Tenticles, but ….. A MUST Have the
    Belgium Chocalate and Almond Tart – so decadent.
    Excellent wine list – short but sweet! What a pleasure!
    Special cocktails and indoor/outdoor terrace dining.