The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town Pilcrow & Cleaver

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.

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
Contact 064 301 6328
Where to find it 3.2 Piazza, Parliament Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

Fire Monkey

Fire Monkey: New Restaurants Cape Town
Sam Linsell

Adding some much-needed edge and flavour to the ’burbs, this Asian-fusion hotspot comes to us courtesy of restaurateur Cheyne Morrisby (the man behind Cheyne’s, Shio, Lucky Bao, Ding Dong Bar). Fire Monkey is a sleek, open-plan restaurant with social dining-style tables and a striking monkey mural, that’s already making a name for itself for its utterly moreish tapas-style small plates such asl Tokyo tuna tacos, JFC (Japanese fried chicken) and wagyu short-rib gyoza.
Opened February 2020
Contact 071 378 3691, firemonkeyrestaurant@gmail.com
Where to find it Shop 2, Intaba Place, 25 Protea Road, Claremont, Cape Town
Reviewer Hannah Littlewood
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Mykonos Camps Bay

Mykonos Camps Bay: New Restaurants Cape Town

Synonymous with some of the tastiest Greek food in Cape Town, Mykonos has been welcomed to Camps Bay with wide-open (and hungry!) arms. More of a takeaway spot, than a restaurant, it’s the perfect pitstop for a post-beach souvlaki or vegetarian gyro – and live out your Greek holiday dreams.
Opened November 2019
Opening times  Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 439 2106, info@mykonostaverna.co.za
Where to find it The Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Epice

Epice: New Restaurants Cape Town

If we had the power to declare Franschhoek the culinary capital of South Africa, we would! The valley’s ever-expanding foodscape has just welcomed another. Introducing Epice – named after the French word epicé (meaning spice), the intimate eatery is situated in Heritage Square, in the space formerly occupied by Marigold, and is the brainchild of La Colombe’s chef-proprietor Scot Kirton and executive chef James Gaag.
Serving an array of delectably curated French-fusion dishes, the fine-dining restaurant is headed by chef Charné Sampson (previously sous chef at La Colombe), and features a flavour-packed menu inspired by the team’s culinary expedition to India, as well as memories of travels through Spain, Japan, Mexico, Denmark and the US.
“The menu will revolve around spices, but that doesn’t necessarily mean spicy-hot – think vanilla and saffron; cinnamon and nutmeg,” explains Scot.
Wild boar chorizo, spiced quail cooked in a tandoor, and oysters vindaloo are just some of the other exciting creations diners can expect. There’s also an ice-cream trolley for the palate cleanser course, from which diners can select their own sorbet. Heaven!
Opened November 2019
Opening times Dinner: Monday – Sunday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Lunch:  Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Where to find it 9 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
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Exhibit A

Exhibit A: New Restaurants Cape Town

Where there’s an exciting new concept restaurant in Cape Town, you know chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü and Warwick King are involved. The latest offering from the SŸN duo is a more South African-focused gastronomic affair named Exhibit A, which tends towards sustainability, indigenous ingredients and elevating and reimagining local favourites. Located in the spot formerly inhabited by SŸN – on the second floor of Villa 47 on Bree Sreet, Exhibit A is a bold green space and offers diners a five, seven or twelve-course fine-dining experience. And chef Christiaan De Jongh has joined the team!
Opened November 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm and 6pm to late
Contact 060 392 2234, bookings@exhibita.co.za
Where to find it 47 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Dahlia on Regent

Dahlia On Regent: New Restaurants Cape Town
Aviwe Dikiza

One of the latest additions to Sea Point’s golden mile, Dahlia on Regent is the brainchild of owner and head chef, Damian Dafel. Having traveled the world in pursuit of culinary inspiration and working at some of the top establishments such as La Colombe, Gleneagles in Scotland and La Tete, Damian found himself wanting to bring his own style of cooking to Cape Town. This small 30-seater spot brings an innovative new menu of international flavours with a local flair, so come hungry!
Opened December 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Wednesday, 5pm –10.30pm
Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 5pm – 10.30pm
Contact 087 470 0296, bookings@dahliaonregent.co.za
Where to find it 77 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
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Le Chêne

Le Chene New Restaurants Cape Town

Taking its name from the oak tree that stood in the property’s glass conservatory, La Chêne at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek is the latest offering from chef Darren Badenhorst, whose name many might recognise from his time at Grand Provence, as well as Le Coin Français, his accolade-strewn eatery on Franschhoek’s main road.
With chef Oelof Vorster heading the kitchen, the pair have devised a confidently varied and proudly South African menu underpinned by rigorous French technique. The result? Simply delicious, perfectly executed plates that are comfortingly familiar yet interesting and unexpected.
The sustainable beetroot-cured seabass ceviche, with citrus, avocado emulsion, and smoked dehydrated chilli, for example, is umami squared! As is the foraged-porcini cured-springbok tartare, with pickled beetroot carpaccio, spiced sultana gel, turmeric and fynbos pickled mustard. Elegant, refined, perfect. Each course was one better than the next. And the true test of the cooking? Our fussy four-year-old son ate everything on his plate!
As one would expect from a Leeu Collection establishment, service is exemplary and the interiors sophisticated, with custom-made furniture, including a long 750-year-old yellowwood table. Cellar geeks will love the wine-pairing suggestions! Book a table on the deck, which yields spectacular garden, vineyard and mountain views.
Inside info Owner of Leeu Collection, Analjit Singh, happened to be there on the day we dined and true to his reputation of being a perfectionist, the 60-something billionaire was straightening cushions and measuring curtains in the sitting room!
Opened October 2019
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am; 12pm – 2.30pm; 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 492 2222, reservations@leeucollection.com
Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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Fabrica do Prego

Fabrica do Prego: New Restaurants Cape Town

Legendary prego joint Chippies has rebranded and expanded! Now called Fabrica do Prego, the popular space has opened a new branch in Sea Point, and has a sleek, new, pastel-hued look and feel and an updated menu. Still serving finger-licking flame-grilled pregos, the made-over joint has more options for fans of Portuguese food, and a smattering of dishes for vegans, too! We hear the mushroom prego is a winner.
Opened November 2019
Good to know There is also a Fabrico do Prego branch in Rondebosch.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8.30pm
Contact fabrica@fabricadoprego.com, 087 470 0259
Where to find it Shop 16, 277 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
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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, info@shakespeares.co.za
Where to find it  Heritage Square, Corner Vrede & Gladstone Streets, Durbanville
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The Poké Co Kloof Street

Poké Co Kloof Street

First there was one, then there were two, and now we have a trio of poké parlours dishing up the most delicious bowls this side of Honolulu! Founded by 32-year-old Andrew Flanagan, the Kloof Street branch, like its sisters on Loop Street and in Sea Point, serves fresh, utterly delicious bowls of goodness, in a serene, well-put-together space, with friendly passionate staff rounding off the experience.
And, if you’re not partial to poké, there are all sorts of other items on the menu: smoothie bowls, healthy breakfast bowls, homemade cold-pressed juices, hot beverages, soft-serve ice cream and even sushi-rittos (burrito-sized sushi creations).
Opened 6 December 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm
Contact 021 286 9597, 066 0472731
Where to find it 47 Kloof Street, Cape Town
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Sloppy Sam pop-up

Sloppy Sam Pop-up: New Restaurants Cape Town

Affectionately known as “Little Sloppy Sam”, this new pop up has the same divine Greek and Persian flavours of owner Hooman Saffarian’s previous Sloppy Sam spot. Sharing a smaller space with Origin Coffee in De Waterkant, with the smaller location comes a more compact menu offering of small plates and mix-and-match mezze. Many of the old favourites are still on offer, such as the pan-fried calamari and the lamb roll, as well as new dishes, such as chargrilled courgettes with Persian pickled grapes, olive oil and mixed Zeytoon (Persian style green olives with walnuts and garlic).
Opened December 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm onwards
Contact 021 421 1000, info@sloppysam.co.za
Where to find it 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Surfshack

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 good 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.
Tinotenda, our waitron, was warm, funny and on the ball – and even though we were in beach garb, while other guests were ready to razzle and dazzle, we didn’t feel out of place.
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, info@surfshackdiner.co.za
Where to find it 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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VIXI Social House

Vixi Social House New Restaurants Cape Town
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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, booking@vixi.co.za
Where to find it 49 Bree Street, bou
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Arkeste

Arkeste: New Restaurants Cape Town

Situated on Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek, chef Richard Carstens’ brand-new restaurant is a culmination of his more-than-30-years experience in some of the top kitchens in the land (most famously an eight-year stint at Tokara). His latest (ever-changing) menu combines his past passions and triumphs (molecular gastronomy and Asian-fusion), his self-taught techniques (classical French) and his most recent musings: clean eating and pescetarianism. The result? “The kind of food I want to eat when I go out,” says my husband after every mouthful. “Healthy, well-prepared, delicious.”
Surrounded by a 40-seater treed deck, with floor-to-ceiling glass panes allowing the serene greenery to permeate, the restaurant accommodates 36 covers inside, and is beautifully run by Jeremy Collins who worked with Richard at Tokara.
The food We had the corn cappelletti with prawns, raspberry and Parmesan crème, followed by saffron-braised endive, with walnuts, black sesame, gooseberries and coconut. Intermezzo was a yuzu-and-sake sorbet with wasabi syrup, and then came the lemon-glazed ostrich with pearl couscous, asparagus, nectarines and black pepper jus. All were superb. For dessert, we had to try Richard’s famous Gorgonzola ice cream, a dish he conceived of 20 years ago. Guess what? It actually works. Beautifully.
The rest Richard is passionate about creating an all-round experience. As such, he’s compiled a 12-hour playlist that complements the food perfectly: serene, edgy, nostalgic, current. As for the winelist, it’s small and hyper-local. “Because I’m constantly creating new dishes, we need to be able to change the pairings regularly, which a small list allows us to do,” explains Richard.
Insider tip If you have an adventurous palate, enquire about the Baked Alaska (meringue and smoked salmon ice cream!) It’s not on the menu, but he’ll gladly whip it out!
Opened October 2019
Opening times  Wednesday – Thursday, 12pm – 3pm
Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 876 2393
Where to find it  Chamonix Restaurant, Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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Plant Café Camps Bay

Plant Cafe Camps Bay: New Restaurants Cape Town

It’s been an ode to all things plant-based since its humble beginnings as a Bo-Kaap café, after which it became a gourmet vegan destination in the innercity. It’s no wonder that Plant’s latest endeavour – an oceanside restaurant right on the Camps Bay strip – elicited whoops of joy from just about every vegan, vegetarian and health-conscious foodie in Cape Town. Boasting a light and lovely first-floor location overlooking the Atlantic, it features all of Plant’s evergreen items, including their drool-worthy nachos with smoky beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream and cheese. (And we have it on good authority that this will never disappear from the menu.) There are also new summer items, available at the CBD café too, which include crispy tacos with red onion and olive ceviche, mango and avocado. Run by the delightful Angela Ndoro, who started as Plant’s pastry chef before rising through the ranks, this little gem hits the spot. Whether you enjoy your nosh on the balcony, or grab it to go back to your brolly on the beach, you’re in for a fresh flavour feast.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Monday, 7.30am – 5pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30am – 9.30pm; Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 076 296 1665,  info@plant.co.za
Where to find it 87 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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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.yu
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, hello@stellski.com
Where to find it 59 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Kent Cloete
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Limoncello Noordhoek

Limoncello Noordhoek: New Restaurants Cape Town
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Italian eateries are a dime a dozen, but if you’re looking for a margherita or spaghetti vongole done like nonna used to, authenticity is not so easy to find. Which is why we were thrilled to hear about the recent revival of Limoncello, the fabulous neighbourhood eatery that once graced a quiet side street in Gardens – in Noordhoek, no less!
Just like Luca and Cecilia Castiglione’s original southern Italian ristorante in Breda Street, the new incarnation is relaxed, romantic, and is fast becoming one of the most sought-after spots in the deep south.
Those who visited the original shop might remember Luca’s melanzane alla parmigiana and Cecilia’s marinated fresh yellowfin tuna, fior di latte and rocket pizza. And now you can enjoy all of that, and more, under the shade of ancient milkwood trees, with ocean and mountain views.
And, don’t leave without enjoying a shot of Luca’s homemade Limoncello!
Opened October 2019
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; Tuesday – Sunday 5pm – 10pm
Contact 021 224 0830, cealcastiglione@gmail.com
Where to find it Corner Beach & Pine Streets, Noordhoek
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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 Monday – Tuesday, 7am – 4pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 7am – 8pm
Sunday, 7am – 3pm
Contact 072 516 7727, hellohoneycafe@gmail.com
Where to find it 146B, Main Road, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

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, info@boudhalounge.com
Where to find it 4B Buiten Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle De Bruin
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Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina: New Restaurants Cape Town

Born in Australia in 2006, Deus Ex Machina started life as a motorcycle workshop, with the underlying philosophy that doing something is more fun than simply owning something. More than a decade later, Deus has cultivated a culture of creativity across the globe – from Amsterdam to Bali – and now Cape Town, too. Its latest offering is at the Homestead in Hout Bay – a bike shop, restaurant, vinyl room and bar all rolled into one vibey space
Opening 13 December 2019
Contact africa@deuscustoms.com
Where to find it 140 Main Road, Hout Bay
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Harvest Café Muizenberg

Harvest Cafe Muizenberg New Restaurants Cape Town
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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
Contact info@harvestcafe.co.za
Where to find it 4 York Road, Muizenberg
Reviewer Hannah Littlewood
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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, 9am – 9pm; Sunday & Monday, 9am – 5pm; Daily (breakfast), 9am – 11.30am
Contact 021 794 3010, info@bhkitchen.co.za
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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Arthur’s Mini Super

Arthurs Mini Super New Restaurants Cape Town
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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

Clay Café In The City

Clay Café In The City: New Restaurants Cape Town

Live out your craft fantasies at the innercity branch of this wildly popular Hout Bay haunt. Order a selection of tapas, and a glass or two of wine, and get creative. A perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 2pm –10pm
Contact jade@claycafe.co.za
Where to find it 23 Wandel Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George

Gigi Rooftop Bar New Restaurants Cape Town
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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, hello@gorgeousgeorge.co.za
Where to find it Gorgeous George, 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
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Botany D’Aria

New Restaurants Cape Town: Botany D'Aria

The Copper Club Group has opened a second branch of their popular Newlands cocktail bar at the gorgeous D’Aria wine farm in Durbanville. The green-themed bar is right at home between vineyards and rolling hills – the views of which guests can soak up while enjoying an expansive selection of G&T cocktails, bar bites and wine.
Opened November 2019
Opening times Monday – Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Friday – Saturday, 12pm – 12am
Sunday 12pm– 9pm
Contact 021 205 0572
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville

Jewells

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, info@spiceroute.co.za
Where to find it Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl
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Jéan Restaurant at Klein Roosboom

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, bookings@jeanrestaurant.co.za
Where to find it Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville
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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 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, info@thekindkitchen.co.za
Where to find it  Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town
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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, capetown@ironsteak.co.za
Where to find it 114 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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Seed & Circus

Seed & Circus: New Restaurants Cape Town

This extremely Instagrammable café in Zonnebloem is a food-lovers dream. Founded by young entrepreneur Karla Hart, the eatery serves an array of droolworthy dishes that are as aesthetically pleasing as the neutral-hued boho-chic interiors. It’s here where Karla and her small, passionate team create all-day breakfast and lunch dishes with a unique twist.
The menu is seasonal and changes regularly, but diners can expect the likes of Grandma’s Pancakes (with seasonal berries, whipped orange blossom mascarpone and raspberry dust), Turkish Eggs (roasted garlic labneh, poached eggs, wilted organic chard, chilli burnt butter noisette, dill oil, crispy chickpeas and a slice of sourdough), West Coast Ceviche (triple citrus emulsion, line-caught hake, fennel, beetroot, and sweet potato crisps), and Mung Bean Noodle Salad (with crunchy vegetables, bean shoots, peanuts, Karoo lamb meatballs, Vietnamese dressing, and coriander).
Opened January 2020
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact seedandcircus@gmail.com
Where to find it 17 Constitution Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
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Three Wise Monkeys Kloof Street

Three Wise Monkeys Kloof Street: New Restaurants Cape Town

This izakaya (informal Japanese gastropub) and ramen bar has just opened a second shop on Kloof Street! After the roaring success of its Sea Point branch, it was just a matter of time before the Asian eatery opened in the city bowl. And with its fabulous fare and laid-back vibe it’s sure to fit right in. Pop in day or night for a bowl of their famous ramen, or tuck into delicious fresh sushi and poke bowls sure to keep you coming back for more.
Opening December 2019
Contact info@threewisemonkeys.co.za
Where to find it Kloof Street, Cape Town
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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, yu@theonyx.co.za
Where to find it 57 Heerengracht Street, The Onyx Hotel, Cape Town
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117Kloof

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 064 642 5004, eat@ourlocal.co.za
Where to find it 117 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Patina Steak & Fine Wine D’Aria

New Restaurants Cape Town: Patina D'Aria

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 November 2019 
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 205 0572, info@coppercollection.co.za
Where to find it D’Aria Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville
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La Grotto

La Grotto: New Restaurants Cape Town
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The historic Constantia Uitsig estate has welcomed yet another restaurant to its wonderfully diverse and family-friendly offerings: La Grotto Ristorante. Situated near the bike park area of the estate, it’s the perfect spot to throw carb caution to the wind and order a generous bowl of pasta, while your kids let off steam on the nearby track. There are also fresh salads, pizza, meat and seafood dishes on offer – and the setting makes for a lovely weekend outing for the whole family.
Opened October 2019
Opening times To be confirmed
Contact 021 205 5622, lizbell@tiscali.co.za
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, 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, info@goldfish-eatery.co.za
Where to find it 90 Beach Road, Strand
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Big Dog Café

Big Dog Café: New Restaurants Cape Town

Situated in the contemporary Workshop17 building in the heart of bustling Kloof Street, Big Dog Café (whose name you may recognise from the original branch in Franschhoek) has fast become a favourite for hot brews and tasty bites among on-the-go city slickers. Grab a coffee and freshly baked pastry to go, or pull up a seat in the peaceful courtyard and pick a dish off the small menu, all of which have been lovingly created by head chef Roland Hiscut and his team.
Opened September 2019
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm
Contact 079 186 7383, kloofstreet@bigdogcafe.co.za
Where to find it Lower Ground Floor, 32 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Maaya

Maaya: New Restaurants Cape Town

Housed in a heritage building on Loop Street, Maaya is an oasis in the innercity. Formerly home to Homage 1862, the ground floor pays homage to nature with a double-volume plant wall that also serves as the backdrop for plush velvet booths. Upstairs the vibe takes a moody turn: Dim lighting dances off the 150-year-old exposed brick behind the bar, while an eclectic mix of old and new (candelabra and neon signs nested inside birdcages) are a feast for the eyes.
The menu is fresh and light, boasting an array of light seafood dishes. Starters include seared tuna sashimi, octopus rock shrimp and salmon mango tartare (this is delicious!). The four main courses cover all the bases with sea bass ceviche, orange-glazed chicken, mushroom burger and chocolate teriyaki beef.
Sushi is also on offer – with a Peruvian twist on the Japanese staple. A standout was the Amazon Roll – salmon, cream cheese and strawberries. Apprehensive at first, once I put my inner purist back in its cage, I relished the harmonious way in which these delicate flavours work together.
Opened November 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 2am
Contact 082 500 5669, info@maayacapetown.com
Where to find it 168 Loop Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle De Bruin
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Kong

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, info@kongcapetown.co.za
Where to find it 10-12 Cobern Street, De Waterkant, An-De-Waterkant, Cape Town
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The Jagger Lounge

The Jagger Lounge New Restaurants Cape Town

This pumping live-music venue, bar and restaurant on Shortmarket Street offers guests a vibey atmosphere in which to enjoy live performances from talented local artists. Along with an Italian-inspired lunch and dinner menu, including pizza, pasta and salads, the hotspot also has an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. Add The Jagger Lounge’s signature coffee (from 7am for the early birds), and it’s no wonder it’s already a hit around the clock.
Opened August 2019
Opening times Monday & Tuesday, 7am – 3pm; Wednesday & Thursday, 7am – 12am; Friday, 7am – 2am; Saturday, 8am – 2am
Please note Closing times may vary depending on the live performances
Contact info@thejaggerlounge.com
Where to find it 74 Shortmarket Street, Central Business District, Cape Town
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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 Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday, 12pm – 2am (Kitchen closes at 11pm)
Contact hello@ilovethedough.co.za, 072 145 9988
Where to find it 101 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Step Brothers Bantry Bay

Step Brothers Bantry Bay: New Restaurants Cape Town

Previously situated in De Waterkant, Step Brothers recently moved into a new home in the sea-scraping suburb of Bantry Bay. Serving an array of Italian favourites, such as bistecca Fiorentina (T-Bone) and a series of hearty, home-made pasta dishes adapted from their Nonna’s traditional recipes, the new shop also has a deli section that sells cold meats, cheeses, salads and ready-to-go meals.
Opened October 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am –10pm  
Contact 021 569 0153, info@stepbrothers.co.za
Where to find it 29 Victoria Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town
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Rick’s Café Americain

Rick’s Café Americain: New Restaurants Cape Town

Taking inspiration from the piano bar of the same name that featured in the classic movie Casablanca, this popular spot (previously located just off Kloof Street in a 100-year-old Victorian building) has moved to a new  location. But fear not, because Rick’s 2.0 is a mere stone’s throw from its previous home – only closer to the action – and features the same tasty grub, 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. The eclectic menu includes tapas, salads, steak, seafood and vegetarian fare, so order a beer, or a glass of vino, and make an evening of it
Opening End-February 2020
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 2am
Contact info@rickscafe.co.za
Where to find it 103 Kloof Street, corner 101 Weltevrede Avenue, Cape Town
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You might be interested in the restaurants that have previously appeared on this list (that are still hot, but not brand-spanking-new):

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

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Compiled by Nikki Benatar, Kent Cloete, Hannah Littlewood, Michelle de Bruin, Matthew Flax

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

Time of publication: 11 December 2019

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

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    Amishi Kanakia

    Hi ! Love Your reviews and it is very helpful. I am from Mauritius and am usually here in Cape town for a short visit work related. I was kept @ Mandela Rhodes this time and was blown away by My Favor8 Restaurant. Mandela Rhodes has 2 different types of restaurants but I would be really proud to say My Favor8 won my heart with quality , different cuisines and value for money. Had to mention them ! Keep.up the great work. Love you guys ! Love from Mauritius !

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    Cheryl Webb

    I was recommended to try this restaurant – Homespun By Matt in Blouberg Cape Town. Was not disappointed and
    absolutely blown away by his tasting dishes . Presentation and service was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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    Bev Carnahan

    Quite a lineup of eateries!

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    Susan Bentata

    Interested in restaurants in Cape Town & shows
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    Les Lazarus

    Restaurant info and recommendations in USA and Europe generally have $$ signs to indicate the cost level.This is always really helpful and I think a worthwhile idea for your excellent newsletter

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