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 and, of course, speciality restaurants, the options are endless.
Still, the city’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries opening up faster than you can knock back a tequila – all of which are ready when you are! We’ve rounded up the latest additions below – and even added some that are about to swing open their doors, because forewarned is forearmed! (And, we’re all about giving you the Inside Track, so to speak.) We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
The Green Goose Eatery
“No-bullshit-haute-cuisine” is how chef Gustaaf Boshoff describes his culinary vision at The Green Goose Eatery, a laid-back streetside establishment in the good old town of Stellenbosch. Gustaaf keeps it simple, yet flavourful, with dishes inspired by his travels around the world. Small plates, such as pork belly and “Kaapse fried chicken” are available for sharing, and main dishes include offerings like pearl barley risotto, slow braised lamb moussaka, and sirloin with mushrooms and root vegetables. The menu changes seasonally, and there’s a lot of focus on the specials board, with the linefish (sourced using Abalobi, an app that connects restaurants directly with small-scale fisheries) changing weekly. There’s also a neat drinks menu, with cocktails, beer and a fine selection of wine and bubbly.
Opening times Monday, 4pm – 10pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm; Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 087 807 7092, email@example.com
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Where to find it Mill Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Where to find it Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl
Mykonos Taverna Newlands
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, email@example.com
Where to find it 37A Dean Street, Newlands, Cape Town
Yu Asian Tapas & Bar
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 57 Heerengracht Street, The Onyx Hotel, Cape Town
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 to share a few small plates, or tuck into your own main, there’s sure to be something to satisfy your craving – from crispy corn on the cob and seared ahi tuna to barbeque lamb chops, grilled chicken kebabs and dry-aged sirloin on the bone. There’s even a selection of pizzas and a bun section, as well as a selection of scrumptious desserts.
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, email@example.com
Where to find it 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town
Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George
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, email@example.com
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Where to find it Gorgeous George, 118 St George’s Mall, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it The Rocket Shed, 280 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Stellski Coffee Bar
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, email@example.com
Where to find it 59 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Reviewer Kent Cloete
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl
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, email@example.com
Where to find it 117 Kloof Street, Cape Town
The Kind Kitchen at Constantia Uitsig
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, 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, email@example.com
Where to find it The Ironworks Building, 187 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Walking along Claremont’s busy Imam Haron Road – with its smorgasbord of stores ranging from pet care and bicycle shops to spice emporiums and quickie marts – you hardly expect to be met with the delicious smells wafting from the street’s newest resident, Lebanese Bakery. The intimate space, a deli and café, is bathed in natural light that floods in through large windows, with a clay pizza oven in the centre.
The menu is simple offering variations of manakish (Middle Eastern flatbread), fatayer (Middle Eastern pies stuffed with cheese or spinach), and a ka’ak (Middle Eastern bagels). The fuss-free food arrives quickly and makes for a lovely light meal. Do yourself a favour and order a side of hommous (Lebanese hummus), which is served with olive oil (drizzled generously) and the most divine toasted bread.
Good to know If you can’t find a seat (a very real possibility, if the queue outside during Saturday lunch is anything to go by) fret not, they do take out!
Opened October 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday, 7.30am – 3pm
Contact 021 671 1522,
Where to find it 203 Imam Haron Road, Claremont, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamailé
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 85 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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, email@example.com
Where to find it 18 Kloof 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):
Janse & Co
The Poké Co.
The Shortmarket Club
Seabreeze Fish and Shell
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
The Granary Cafe at the Silo Hotel
La Petite Colombe
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