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
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-qu
Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa and quite possibly the continent. It certainly has the best restaurant

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. Bistro 1682

    $$ | Tokai | Eclectic

    Named for the year the Steenberg wine estate on which it sits was established, this not-to-be-missed bistro serves dishes intended to be paired...Read More

  • 2. La Colombe

    $$$$ | Constantia | Eclectic

    Among South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurants, La Colombe recently moved its award-winning French-Asian cuisine to a new location...Read More

  • 3. The Pot Luck Club

    $$$ | Woodstock | Eclectic

    A playful and inventive tapas-style venture from Cape Town star-chef Luke Dale Roberts, this hip eatery on the sixth floor of an old silo is...Read More

  • 4. Azure

    $$$ | Camps Bay | Eclectic

    Although Azure's blue-and-white nautical-theme decor may feel a bit outdated to some, the restaurant's jaw-dropping sea and mountain views are...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Caffe Neo

    $ | Mouille Point | Mediterranean

    You'll pay more for a sandwich here than you should have to, but excellent lighthouse and sea views from the balcony and free Wi-Fi are the...Read More

  • 7. Casa Labia

    $ | Café

    Sitting atop fynbos-covered hills overlooking the magnificent surf, this excellent Italian-inspired café churns out well-priced meals, from...Read More

  • 8. Den Anker

    $$ | Waterfront | Belgian

    Take a break from your Waterfront wanderings at this Belgian-style eatery, where you can enjoy as good a pot of mussels with frites as you're...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Harbour House V&A

    $$$ | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Seafood

    Sister restaurant to the original Harbour House in Kalk Bay, the V&A location serves the same reliably fresh and tasty seafood menu from...Read More

  • 11. Mondiall Kitchen & Bar

    $$$ | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Eclectic

    Claiming a sweet spot at the V&A Waterfront with fabulous harbor and mountain views, this versatile eatery focuses on updated versions of...Read More

  • 12. Paranga

    $$$ | Camps Bay | Eclectic

    Attracting models and folks hoping to spot celebrities along Camps Bay's beach strip, Paranga is a high-attitude, stylish vantage point and...Read More

  • 13. The Roundhouse

    $$$$ | Table Mountain National Park | European

    Known for its exceptional natural beauty, Cape Town is surprisingly short on restaurants with killer views: The Roundhouse is helping close...Read More

  • 14. 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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