Cape Town and Peninsula Restaurants

Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa and quite possibly the continent. It certainly has the best restaurants in southern Africa. Nowhere else in the country is the populace so discerning about food, and nowhere else is there such a wide selection of high-quality restaurants. Western culinary history here dates back to the 17th century—Cape Town was founded specifically to grow food—and that heritage is reflected in the city's cuisine and the fact that a number of restaurants operate in historic town houses and 18th-century wine estates.

Cape Town dining today offers a global culinary experience, with Cape chefs showing the same enthusiasm for international food trends as their counterparts worldwide. French and Italian fare has long been available, but with Thai, Japanese, and Pan-Asian influences flooding in, accents of lemongrass, miso, and yuzu have become de rigueur in fine-dining kitchens. Middle Eastern cuisine is finally making some headway, and the Americas have also come to the fore, with plenty of burgers and ribs, and even chicken and waffles popping up on menus these days, not to mention a few South American and passable Mexican eateries. Ubiquitous pan-Asian fare is probably not as good as what you might be used to in major American cities; sushi is also easily found, though largely limited to tuna and salmon, and often prepared with lots of drizzled mayo and sauces. The locavore trend toward organic produce and healthful dishes is also gaining popularity, though attitudes toward vegetarianism in this meat-happy land remain somewhat backward.

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  • 1. Belthazar

    $$$$ | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Steakhouse

    Boasting one of the largest selections of wines by the glass (about 100) in the land, Belthazar is also recommended for its consistently good...Read More

  • 2. Black Sheep Restaurant

    $$ | Tamboerskloof | Eclectic

    The menu at this relatively new but instantly popular Kloof Street eatery focuses on a small regular menu of comfort fare mixed with an ever...Read More

  • 3. Dias Tavern

    $ | Cape Town Central | Portuguese

    This Portuguese taverna in District Six is Cape Town's answer to a dive-bar-meets-diner. Serving classic South African Portuguese fare—think...Read More

  • 4. Giovanni's Deliworld

    $ | Green Point | Café

    With floor-to-ceiling shelves stacked with everything delicious from French Champagne to truffle oil, Giovanni's is a great place to stock up...Read More

  • 5. Gold Restaurant

    $$$$ | Green Point | African

    In a huge brick warehouse space decorated with Africana like giant Malian puppets, beautiful beadwork, and wooden carvings, Gold instantly prepares...Read More

  • 6. Haiku

    $$ | Cape Town Central | Asian

    This Pan-Asian restaurant's complex menu of dim sum, sushi, and wok-fried items is very tasty, but with all the other great restaurants in town...Read More

  • 7. Harbour House

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Built on the breakwater of a working harbor, the Harbor House's location is unbeatable—waves are known to crash against the huge plate-glass...Read More

  • 8. Kloof Street House

    $$ | Tamboerskloof | Mediterranean

    Set in a fanciful garden under palm trees illuminated by strings of fairy lights, this magnificently dolled-up Victorian house on trendy Kloof...Read More

  • 9. La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

    $$ | Sea Point | Mediterranean

    Serving hearty gourmet meals at reasonable prices, this unassuming bistro and wine bar on Sea Point's Main Road is often packed, and deservedly...Read More

  • 10. Panama Jack's

    $$$$ | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Seafood

    In this raw-timber structure in the heart of the docks, about three miles north of other V&A venues, the music is loud, the tables are crowded...Read More

  • 11. Raith Gourmet

    $ | Gardens | German

    So much German is spoken by patrons here that it's easy to forget you're in Cape Town. People come to this pristine deli for the largest selection...Read More

  • 12. Societi Bistro

    $$ | Gardens | French

    This much-loved neighborhood bistro offers a reliable and seasonally adapted menu of French- and Italian-style classics. In a renovated 19th...Read More

  • 13. The Codfather

    $$$$ | Camps Bay | Seafood

    The Codfather serves an excellent array of fresh seafood in a casual yet buzzing environment by way of a slightly unorthodox system. Rather...Read More

  • 14. Willoughby & Co

    $$$ | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Japanese

    Though unfortunately inside the mall, this buzzing hive of activity consistently churns out what many say is the city's best sushi, thus adding...Read More

  • 15. Wakame

    $$$ | Mouille Point | Asian

    Truly sublime dishes (prawns with heart of palm, cashews, and a divine yuzu-sesame dressing) battle it out with decent if overly sweet Asian...Read More

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