Sky-High Dining at Top Of The Ritz Revolving Restaurant

Sky-High Dining at Top Of The Ritz Revolving Restaurant

Everything’s better at the top...

Since its re-launch in December 2017, The Ritz Hotel has been the talk of the town – with curious visitors keen to see what a R120-million refurb actually looks like. Suffice to say, the hotel is back with a glitzy-and-glam bang, and no shortage of ways to indulge in the luxe life – be it for a day, a week, or even just a special-occasion dinner

The hotel’s crowning glory is most certainly its revolving restaurant – Top of The Ritz – perched on the 23rd floor, ensuring the landmark’s pride of place on Sea Point’s burgeoning skyline. Inside, the restaurant’s plain black decor – most probably chosen to allow the spectacular views to shine – creates a refined atmosphere, while the tasty modern menu is elevated to new heights due to its heady setting – among the clouds, with panoramic views of some of the Mother City’s other dazzling stars.

A sparkling start

Your evening begins with a glass of Graham Beck bubbly and a delectable Knysna oyster canapé with strawberries (done four ways) in the moody Champagne Lounge on the 22nd floor.

Then, once done, take a flight of stairs to the top where the magic unfolds. Settle into one of the luxe black velvet chairs at your table decked with Philippe Starck lamps and top-notch silverware, as you gaze out at the sweeping views – only a touch away – and prepare for your seven-course journey.

Seventh heaven


The menu – entitled “A Journey of Flavours Through Cape Town” – is executive chef Adrian Cook and head chef Maveer Thulsie’s way of paying homage to the city’s local culinary traditions and flavours, and offers non-meat eaters a vegan or vegetarian variation. Each of the seven courses has its own unique theme, and features locally sourced ingredients and favoured farm produce to create a dining experience with a twist. “What’s so exciting about the menu is that we get to play with food that is familiar to many diners, but we are presenting it in a new and exciting manner,” says Adrian. “Our seven-course ‘Journey’ isn’t about smoke and mirrors,” he continues, “but authentic flavours presented in a refined manner.”

The appetizer – Sea Point Avocado Ritz – tips its head to the hotel’s location, while the bread course – homemade bread, butter, pâté and mousse – is a modern take on a classic South African street food, the Grand Parade Masala Steak Gatsby.
Next up is the starter – a beetroot-and-goat’s cheese “salad” dubbed The Gardens, whose dramatic presentation is trumped only by the delicious flavour combinations. A subtle and refreshing gooseberry sorbet with a dehydrated bird’s eye chilli makes a fitting palate cleanser, and sets the scene for Ocean View, the fish course, which is a celebration of the sea, and offers guests a fresh linefish fillet accompanied with salt and vinegar cigars, kelp crisps and homemade tartare.

Mains is a choice between Countryside, which pays homage to the city’s surrounding farmlands, featuring grilled beef sirloin and free-range quail egg as the stars of the show, and The Karoo, which celebrates the famed meat-producing region. Here, a perfectly prepared rack of lamb is served with sides of mint peas, spinach farce, truffled celeriac purée, and a fynbos croquette.


And finally, your trip around the Cape ends with the Mountain View dessert of smoked chocolate mousse, chocolate soil, pebbles, white “mushroom” and smoke, mimicking a misty evening walk in the mountains. As dramatic as the presentation was, the flavours were too smokey for my liking (but that didn’t stop us from inhaling it all).

Tea or Koffie is served with dainty petits fours (included in the price).

Above and beyond

In addition to a satisfying meal and the warm and wonderful service from our waitron Frank Shabalala, we got to experience the whole city without leaving our seats! That’s right, the restaurant revolves every 62 minutes, to capture magnificent views of the sunset-laced coastline and the majestic Lion’s Head and Signal Hill backdrop. Jaw-dropping stuff!

So… are you ready to take a trip to the top? Then, enter our competition, and stand a chance to win dinner for two, and a bottle of bubbly, valued at R2 000.

Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm; 6:30pm or 7pm
Cost R850 per person (includes a glass of bubbly and a seven-course set menu; excludes beverages and wine) Prepayment is required to confirm.


Ritz Hotel, Corner Main and Camberwell Roads Sea Point Cape Town


021 439 6010,


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: 08 March 2018

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14 Responses to “Sky-High Dining at Top Of The Ritz Revolving Restaurant”

  1. Gayle du Preez

    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to experience this restaurant.

  2. Gayle du Preez

    Sounds like an amazing experience!

  3. Karsten Gerke

    Here are some things to say about the ritz: Top of the ritz is not very clean. The restaurant shows a lot of dust especially along the revolving middle part and in the corners. Dust is visible, so why is the place not cleaned? Unfortunately we got a quite severe food poisoning the same evening we enjoyed our seven course meal only a few hours after we visited the restaurant. The ritz management offered us a refund, which never arrived, even though we reminded them a couple of times. I would not recommend this restaurant.

    • The Ritz Marketing

      Dear Karsten Gerke – We apologise for not getting in touch, which is not usual. Please can you send me your email address and date you dined there so that our Food & Beverage Manager and GM can investigate and come back to you? We take guest feedback seriously and would like to make sure we attend to your complaint. Please email Regards, THE RITZ

      • Karsten Gerke

        Good evening,

        we have been dining at the top of the ritz at the 26th of January 2018. I have been in contact with the ritz a couple of of times. I felt that i was ignored and not taken seriously. Looking forward to end this case finally now.
        Kind regards


    LOVE !

  5. Jacques Zakarian


  6. Charlie Apperley

    Sounds like a symphony of taste .

  7. Louise Horne


  8. Livine Munton

    This sounds amazing! If i could surprise my husband for once. It is amazing place. Please please would love to go.

  9. Kamini

    It will be my birthday treat… Yay let me win… N enjoy the treat

  10. Michelle Macleod Smith

    When I first moved to Cape Town 29 years ago with my boyfriend (now husband), we occasionally dined there. It would bring lots of nostalgia to return

  11. Pina Cascio

    Would love to share the amazing experience with my partner; in celebration of my 60th birthday. This must be one of the most stunning views on the planet. The modern menu sounds exquisite – great that vegeterarian / vegan menu has been considered.