The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Cape Town dining scene is back in business!

Cape Town’s foodscape has always been accepted as one of the most exciting in the world, with a scintillating smorgasbord of offerings – from haute cuisine dining rooms to edgy street-food pop-ups. Then Covid-19 and lockdown happened… and our cookie crumbled, taking down some of the city’s hallowed gems.

Suffice it to say, that’s all behind us now. Our city’s resilient restaurateurs are dusting themselves off and preparing for the next round, with a clutch of gutsy newbies joining the fray! Are you ready for Cape Town Reloaded?

While you’re here, do you know of any hot, new spots you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.

Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic

Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic : New Restaurants Cape Town

From celebrated chef and restaurateur, Liam Tomlim comes his latest eatery – and his first by the sea – at the luxurious and very intimate Tintswalo Atlantic boutique hotel on Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic is headed by chef Braam Beyers (ex-Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia), under the guidance of Liam and chef-patron Ivor Jones.
“This location is surely one of the best dining rooms in South Africa, if not the entire world,” says Liam of his brand-new baby. “It is a dream come true to have a Chefs Warehouse right on the ocean… and to use this breathtaking location as inspiration to create a menu that will no doubt pay homage to the ocean.”
Guests can expect a mouthwatering menu of “contemporary fine-dining global tapas” – best enjoyed with endless ocean views and a delicious glass of Colmant MCC.
Opens 2 November 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Address Tintswalo Atlantic, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Contact details 021 541 0165,
Book through DinePlan


Ōku Eatery: New Restaurants Cape Town

The latest venture from chef Darren Badenhorst (Le Coin Français, Le Chêne and Tuk Tuk Microbrewery) and restaurateur Ryan Shell is the first South Asian restaurant in Franschhoek! The minimalist aesthetic creates a casual, calming and refined atmosphere in which to enjoy the wonderful selection of bao, broths, dumplings and poké.
Opened October 2020
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 876 2494,
Where to find it Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Road,  Franschhoek
Book Through DinePlan

Chef Chen Sushi Bar

Chef Chen Sushi Bar: New Restaurants Cape Town

Well-known sushi chef and Asian food caterer Wanli Chen has finally opened his own restaurant at The Point Mall in Sea Point. Light-washed wooden furnishings act as a blank canvas for the pops of colour that arrive on a platter of exquisitely made sushi.
Opened July 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Contact 072 203 6320,
Where to find it 2nd floor, The Point, 76 Regent Road, Seapoint, Cape Town

The Restaurant at Grande Roche

The Restaurant at Grande Roche: New Restaurants Cape Town

Occupying the space that was previously home to Viande (chef Pete Goffe Wood’s steak restaurant), this newcomer to Paarl is headed by none other than chef Kevin Grobler, previous head chef at the Michelin-starred JAN Restaurant in Nice. Expect fine-dining-style small plates and a heavenly bread course from this internationally experienced chef.
Opens November 2020
Where to find it Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl

All Things Edible (ATE)

All Things Edible: New Restaurants Cape Town

With acclaimed chef Michael Broughton (ex-Terroir) heading the food-design team of this exciting new concept, ATE at Silver Forest Boutique Lodge in the Somerset West Winelands promises to be full of delicious surprises. There’s a short menu of reimagined Italian favourites, such as smoked spaghetti, confit pork belly served with creamy truffle mac n cheese and a dessert pizza.
Opened August 2020
Opening times Wednesday– Saturday, 8am – 8.30pm
Sundays, 8am – 3.30pm
Contact 021 140 0040,
Where to find it Corner of Parel Vallei and Silverboomkloof Roads, Somerset West
Book Through DinePlan

Oxalis Eatery

Oxalis Eatery: New Restaurants Cape Town

Founded by four passionate female foodies – Liezl Odendaal, Jade Konz, Lisa Knipe and Yoraya Nydoo – who worked together at the recently closed Janse & Co restaurant, Oxalis Eatery is named after the resilient oxalis wood sorrel (an edible indigenous plant). Housed in a contemporary space above the secret Gin Bar on Wale Street, the eatery serves a delicious array of seasonal eats in a lovely laidback atmosphere, with art by South African artist Mark Rautenbach on the walls.
Opened August 2020
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.45pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Contact 063 562 1136,
Where to find it 64A Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Vadas Pasteis De Nata & Café

Chef PJ Vadas’ pastéis de nata need no introduction. They are the best you can find outside of Lisbon! Now, these legendary egg-and-custard pastries have a space to call their own – at Vadas Pasteis De Nata & Café in Stellenbosch. Here you’ll find tartlets in all shapes and flavours, perfectly accompanied by a well-made café! Uma bica, por favor!
Opens end-November 2020
Where to find it Stellenbosch

Noodle Box

Noodle Box: New Restaurants Cape Town

Noodles have made their way to Newlands thanks to the team behind Sushi Box, the well-known fresh-fish chain whose first branch was opened in Newlands in 2012 by a group of Zimbabweans. From vermicelli and egg noodles to udon, soba and Thai, this is spaghetti central! Diners can expect bao and dim sum, too.
Opened March 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 8.30pm
Contact 060 704 3499,
Where to find it 8 Cardiff Castle Centre, Kildare Road and Main Street, Newlands, Cape Town


Mazza: New Restaurants Cape Town

Irrepressible Irish chef Liam Tomlin has taken 2020 by the horns, harnessing its unpredictable craziness and turning it to gold. And by gold, we mean two new restaurants: Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic (which has already been buzzed about) and Mazza, an accessible Middle Eastern eatery located on the first-floor of Liam’s brand-new food hub on Heritage Square.
The perfect party venue, Mazza will offer an à la carte menu of small plates, perfect for spontaneous after-work pop-ins.
Opens End-November 2020
Contact 021 422 0128
Where to find it Shortmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Flower Café

Flower Café: New Restaurants Cape Town

Picture the scene: you’re sipping on a cup of tea, digging your fork into a slice of carrot cake, while deciding between baby’s breath and bouvardia for your custom bouquet… Welcome to the Flower Café, a coffeeshop in Woodstock where you get to make your own unique arrangement. From well-known florists, Petals, the venue is perfect for a special celebration, an atypical team-building experience, or just a casual get-together with friends, fuelled by scrumptious cake and confectionery and endless cups of tea.
Opened July 2020
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Contact 082 321 7371 or 021 461 8809,
Where to find it 184 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Salushi Express

Salushi Express: New Restaurants Cape Town

Known for more than 10 years of delicious sushi and Thai-inspired dishes, Salushi recently opened shop on Cavendish Street in Claremont. A favourite for fresh, tasty meals on the go, the restaurant serves an extensive range of sushi, à la carte sashimi, build-your-own poké bowls, spring rolls, noodles and Thai curries.
Good to know Salushi has a stall in Woodstock’s GOODFood Market.
Opened August 2020
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 9pm
Contact 065 038 2106,
Where to find it 6 Cavendish Street, Claremont, Cape Town

Royale Eatery

Royale Eatery: New Restaurants Cape Town

This burger joint has garnered somewhat of a cult following on the foodie streets of Cape Town, since its first branch opened on Long Street in 2003. The spot has moved onto more suburban pastures, opening up a shop on Vineyard Road in Claremont.
Although the location has changed, diners can still expect the same, finger-licking burgers and decadent shakes in a chilled space. Psssst! Bring your vegan friends along – there’s an extensive plant-based menu for them to pick off.
Opened September 2020
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 11pm
Where to find it 20 Vineyard Road, Claremont, Cape Town

Oh Honey Café

Oh Honey: New Restaurants Cape Town

From husband and wife duo, Tom and Courtney Kotze, comes this laidback café in the sleepy seaside suburb of Fish Hoek. Welcoming guests with a pretty pink door and a relaxed atmosphere, the quaint eatery serves a selection of wholesome eats, where lip-smacking breakfasts, homemade baked goods, light lunches, burgers, wood-fired pizzas, freshly brewed coffee, and smoothies are the order of the day.
Opened February 2020
Opening times Tuesday – Wednesday & Friday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm
Thursday, 8am – 3pm
Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 072 516 7727,
Where to find it 146B, Main Road, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Culture Wine Bar

Culture Wine Bar: New Restaurants Cape Town

Successful chef-restaurateur Matt Manning (32) and wine aficionado Chris Groenewald (35) – armed with lorry loads of grit and creativity – decided to open a bar in what many would call scarily uncertain times. They launched Culture, a brand-new wine bar on Bree Street in the same building as Matt’s other two concerns, Grub & Vine and The Chef’s Studio. “Food and wine are – and will always be – the perfect match,” continues Matt, “so when the space adjacent to Grub & Vine became available, I took it! It makes sense to have something in that space that complements the food offering: where you can have a quick glass of wine after work, meet up with friends after the work week on Friday, or have a nightcap after dinner.”
Opens 30 October 2020
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 4pm – late
Contact 076 256 8654,
Where to find it 103 Bree Street. Cape Town

Grumpy & Runt Little Deli & Donuts

Grumpy & Runt Little Deli & Donuts: New Restaurants Cape Town

This small deli on Dunkley Square has a delicious (and, dare we say, en vogue) plant-based bent. Think New York-style sourdough sandwiches and bagels and knock-out doughnuts.
After fuelling up with a doughnut and coffee, fill a basket with anything and everything from pink oyster mushrooms and seaweed snacks to kombucha and falafel mix. A hidden gem indeed.
Opened March 2020
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Sunday, 9am – 1pm
Contact 076 677 5979,
Where to find it 22 Dunkley Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Ciao Pizza

Ciao Pizza: New Restaurants Cape Town

In the heart of the city on gritty Long Street, this cosy Italian joint serves authentic wood-fired pizza (à la nonna) in a lovely, laidback environment. What’s more, each pizza is made using the best ingredients, including award-winning mozzarella, San Marzano-style tomatoes, good olive oil and fresh homegrown basil.
Opened June 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 11pm
Contact 067 057 3712,
Where to find it 309 Long Street, Cape Town

Seed & Circus

Seed & Circus: New Restaurants Cape Town

This Instagrammable café in Zonnebloem is a food lover’s dream. Founded by young entrepreneur Karla Hart, the eatery serves an array of dishes that are as aesthetically appealing as the neutral-hued boho-chic interiors.
The curated menu comprises sumptuous all-day brunch on weekends, lunch and dinner options created by executive chef David Mac Donald (previously Bertus Basson’s sous chef at Spek & Bone), using the finest locally sourced organic produce.
Each dish is plated to perfection that – were it not for the lovely, laidback and pooch-friendly atmosphere – we might’ve mistaken it for a fine-dining experience. (If you’re lucky, Karla’s playful Jack Russell pup, Gigi, might make a guest appearance.)
Opened January 2020
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 9pm
Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 063 776 8662,
WhatsApp to make a booking.
Where to find it 17 Constitution Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town


Entrée: New Restaurants Cape Town

Set around a treed courtyard in Franschhoek, Entrée – as its name implies – serves starter-size plates designed for endless tasting and sharing. Formerly home to the Village Grill and Butcher, the family- and pet-friendly eatery makes for an ideal lunch outing in the Winelands. Or plan an evening visit for an alfresco experience under the stars.
Opened September 2020
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 066 083 1145,
Where to find it 191 Main Road, Franschhoek
Book Through DinePlan

Pilcrow and Cleaver

Pilcrow and Cleaver: New Restaurants Cape Town

What’s in a name? In the case of Pilcrow & Cleaver, it’s everything. For Chef Judi Fourie, who trained at Silwood School of Cookery and worked in the UK, Mozambique and Zanzibar, this restaurant marks the start of a different (new) culinary wave in Cape Town. The pilcrow is a symbol (¶) used to mark a new paragraph, and the cleaver a large knife that represents food – coming together to symbolise an innovative food experience without walls between chef and customer – literally.
On the night we ate there, chef Judi and head chef David Solms took our orders, prepared our meals and interacted with us while we perched at the kitchen-facing counter. Judi describes the food as “bold, modern, Euro-flavoured with South African flair”, with an eclectic menu that changes weekly! Expect the likes of duck, cranberry and ginger vetkoek sliders; passionfruit and fresh-trout carpaccio; hash browns with caper mayo; abalobi catch of the day with polenta cumin fries, wilted greens and harissa; and red lentil penne, kale in fresh tomato.
Located on Speaker’s Corner in the CBD, the space seats just 20 diners inside, and pooches are more than welcome if their owners sit at a sidewalk table – there’s even a doggie menu! The intimate 20-seater bar next door is part of the offering, and rentable for private functions.
Opened December 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 9pm
Contact 064 301 6328
Where to find it 3.2 Piazza, Parliament Street, Cape Town

I Sapori

I Sapori: New Restaurants Cape Town

Nonni-approved, this bistro-deli in Table View is your go-to for imported cheese, pasta, coffee, and sweets from Italy, Spain and Germany. Pop in for a traditional Italian meal, and leave with a basketful of European delights.
Opened August 2020
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 557 4212,
Where to find it 47 Blaauwberg Road, Table View, Cape Town

Forneria Italia Beachfront

Forneria Italia Beachfront: New Restaurants Cape Town

Authentic Italian fare and a welcoming ambience are a given at the new beachfront location of this well-known restaurant, whose original branch is in Table View. Traditional pizza and pasta are the stars of the show, but you can also enjoy a substantial breakfast or deli-style lunch while you take in the view.
Opened August 2020
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 9pm
Contact 021 556 2262
Where to find it Aquarius Building, 10 Blaauwberg Road, Table View


Rosetta: New Restaurants Cape Town

This pint-sized corner spot on the corner of Bree and Shortmarket Streets serves – what is commonly accepted as – the best coffee in Cape Town. Classic monochromatic interiors make the caffeine hit that much sweeter, with some interesting food-and-coffee pairings adding an extra layer.
Opened October 2020
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm ⁣
Saturday, 8am – 4pm ⁣
Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact  021 447 4099,
Where to find it 101 Bree Street, Cape Town

The Manor at Nederburg

The Manor at Nederburg: New Restaurants Cape Town

Boasting breathtaking views of the Drakenstein mountains and the farm’s vineyards and gardens beyond, The Manor celebrates Nederburg’s rich heritage (dating back to 1791) through an innovative food-and-wine experience in the beautifully reimagined manor house. Open for breakfast, lunch and garden picnics, the eatery is run by head chef Jerry Kennedy and his passionate team, who have created a tantalising menu of seasonal fare matched with award-winning wines.
Opened September 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 862 3104,
Where to find it Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
Book Through DinePlan

The Poké Co Claremont

Poké Co Claremont: New Restaurants Cape Town

We like to think our constant nagging made Andrew Flanagan, owner of The Poké Co, open a branch in the southern ’burbs. Across the road from Cavendish Square, the tickled-pink shop is as Instagrammable as the other three branches (Sea Point, Kloof Street and Loop Street), and features the same fresh and delicious poké bowls, as well as smoothies and coffees.
Opened August 2020
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 9pm
Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Contact 087 470 0583,
Where to find it 12 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town

Clay Café In The City

Clay Café In The City: New Restaurants Cape Town

After opening a second branch in town last year, the owners of Clay Café soon realised they needed a bigger and more versatile spot, which they found on Bree Street. The new spot has the same ceramic-painting facilities and seating, as well as a balcony, bar area and a bigger menu. Looking for a unique venue for a special occasion or corporate event? Find out about their  Brunch & Bubbly, High Tea & Painting and Paint & Sip evenings.
Opened October 2020
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 1.30pm – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday,  9am – 5pm
Where to find it 199 Bree Street, Cape Town
Book Through DinePlan

Sharon’s Café

Sharon’s Café: New Restaurants Cape Town

Seeing female entrepreneurs thriving in the predominantly male-dominated restaurant industry is always inspiring – particularly women of colour. Sharon Moatshe recently opened Sharon’s Café at The Palms in Woodstock, which is hot news in itself! We look forward to tasting her own-blend coffee and working our way through her menu.
Opened October 2020
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Contact 081 497 9414,
Where to find it The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town


FreeBird: New Restaurants Cape Town

This funky chook shop has a new branch in Kloof Street Village (also home to Nü Health Food Café, Schoon Bread Café, and newcomer Kofi). Inside each of FreeBird’s mouthwatering chicken burgers is an irresistibly crispy buttermilk-coated chicken breast on a toasted brioche bun from Schoon Bakery, with a variety of toppings and all the trimmings.
Opened October 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm
Where to find it Corner of Kloof and Rheede Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Rick’s Café Americain

Rick’s Café Americain: New Restaurants Cape Town

Taking inspiration from the piano bar of the same name from the classic movie Casablanca, this popular spot (previously located just off Kloof Street in a 100-year-old Victorian building) has moved just around the corner. Closer to the action, Rick’s 2.0 features the same tasty grub (salads, steak, seafood, vegetarian dishes and tapas), an extensive drinks list, and the same festive atmosphere it’s always been known for.
There’s a vibey roof deck on the first floor, with daybeds and a scattering of tables with views of Table Mountain, while a scenic wrap-around balcony surrounds the indoor dining area and moody piano lounge, with a cool downstairs bar to boot.
Opening End-February 2020
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 2am
Where to find it 103 Kloof Street, Corner 101 Weltevrede Avenue, Cape Town
Book Through DinePlan

Mexicola Locale

Mexicola Locale: New Restaurants Cape Town

Deez Mexican Bistro – a local favourite in Hout Boy – is getting a makeover. New name, upgraded location, same authentic Mexican flavours. Watch this space!
Opens End-October 2020
Where to find it The Promenade, Scott Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Ideas Cartel Bar at Casa Labia

Ideas Cartel Bar at Casa Labia: New Restaurants Cape Town

Built in the 1920s by Count and Countess Labia, this palatial mansion on Muizenberg’s Main Road is home to a beautiful new bar decorated in flowers by Okasie. Open daily until 4pm (for the time being), the elegant locale is the perfect place to enjoy a crisp G&T or a hot brew for the teetotallers among us.
Opened September 2020
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 180 3119,
Where to find it 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

BarStaurant at Hotel Glencairn

BarStraurant at Hotel Glencairn: New Restaurants Cape Town

The name’s not exactly an attention-grabber (a portmanteau of, er, bar and restaurant), but this family-friendly newcomer from the Tintswalo group gets a thumbs up for friendly service, value for money, a safe play area for the kids, and sea views.
Opens December 2020
Where to find it 14 Glen Road, Glencairn, Cape Town

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Time of publication: 21 October 2020

9 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town”

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    Wendy Cardoso

    Please email me all the info.

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    ELINOR Irvine

    it’s so good to read about all these new and innovative ideas and restaurants . I live between Lyon , France and Cape Town, and these bistros would compare very well with lyonnaise menus.

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    Nick Winearls

    Can you recommend any Cape restaurant serving a Danish smorgasbord open sandwiches?

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      Hi Nick
      Thanks for your question. We don’t know of anything like that, but perhaps one of our readers does…

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    Reza Khan

    Supply more halaal restaurants please

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    I love it! Would be great if there were some halaal places listed also.