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10 Best Reastaurants Of Capetown To Enjoy Your Meal

Updated: May 8

In Cape Town, the restaurant scene is a whirlwind of new openings that can leave you breathless, much like knocking back a tequila shot. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the latest trends, but beneath the surface, there is a rich and diverse food culture to explore. Adding to the culinary adventure is the proximity of the Winelands, which offers an abundance of options that are sure to spoil you for choice. The stunning vistas of the Winelands serve as the perfect backdrop, taking an already exceptional gastronomic experience to astonishing heights.


To ensure you have an enjoyable and unforgettable time, we have carefully curated a list of reliable and highly recommended establishments.

These 10 recommendations have been thoroughly tested and have consistently delivered excellent results, guaranteeing a memorable day or evening experience.


1.FYN

This establishment promises one of the most thrilling culinary experiences in the city at present. Located on the fifth floor of an inner-city building, the restaurant boasts a sophisticated and spacious loft-like setting, offering breathtaking views. The cuisine and ambiance are a delightful fusion of African inspiration and an overarching Japanese aesthetic.

In 2022 it ranked world's 37th best Restaurant .

Location:Church Square, 37 Parliament Street, CBD, Cape Town.


2.Ramenhead


To complement the culinary delights, a selection of Japanese drinks such as sake, whisky, and cocktails are available, flowing generously from the bar. The interior of the eatery exudes a dark and moody ambiance, creating an intimate setting.

However, the experience spills outside onto the square, where tables and sofas are arranged under the soft glow of fairy lights hanging from the trees. On a perfect night, it transforms into a breathtaking location, tucked away in a lesser-known part of town, offering a memorable dining experience.


Location :Speakers Corner, Church Square, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town


3.Chefs Warehouse at The Bailey.


With resounding applause, Chefs Warehouse has returned to the city, and this time it's bigger and better than ever. Nestled in the revamped lower level of The Bailey on Bree Street, the restaurant pulsates with the beloved global small-plate classics that have become signature dishes at the original CW Canteen.

Fans of their delectable salt-and-pepper squid will be delighted to find it on the menu. However, this time around, the culinary offerings have been refined to perfection by the talented duo of Liam Tomlin and head chef Asher Abramowitz.

While the classics steal the show, there are also exciting newcomers to discover. These new additions add a fresh and innovative touch to the dining experience, making it even more enticing for both loyal patrons and newcomers alike. Prepare yourself for a culinary journey filled with flavors and creations that will leave you craving more.


4.Salsify

Sitting atop the hillside in Camps Bay, with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, is one of Cape Town's premier dining establishments, helmed by chef Ryan Cole. Having previously served as head chef at the renowned Test Kitchen under Luke Dale Roberts, Ryan Cole brings his culinary expertise to this exceptional restaurant. Salsify offers a modern and nature-inspired cuisine that is guided by the seasons.


Location:Roundhouse Road, off Kloof Road, Camps Bay.


5.Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia


Situated high above the renowned vine-covered valley, this restaurant is a constant source of excitement and acclaim. Its elevated location provides panoramic views while offering a set menu of shared plates that rival the caliber of fine dining.the combination of the spectacular setting, exquisite cuisine, and a selection of world-class wines that truly sets this establishment apart. All these elements come together to create an unforgettable dining experience that will leave a lasting impression.


6.Pier



With its coastal setting, Pier offers a unique dining experience that celebrates the bounty of the ocean and the surrounding region. The menu is thoughtfully crafted to showcase the freshness and quality of the ingredients, resulting in an exceptional culinary journey. Guests can expect a harmonious blend of creativity, expertise, and a deep respect for the local flavors, making each dish a true delight for the senses.


7. La Petite Colombe


La Petite Colombe offers a refined ambiance that complements the culinary experience. Guests can expect an atmosphere that is both inviting and sophisticated, setting the stage for an unforgettable dining affair. For those seeking an exceptional culinary adventure in Franschhoek, La Petite Colombe is the epitome of fine dining and a must-visit destination.


8.Arkeste.



Located on Chamonix Wine Farm, this restaurant finds itself perched on the edge of a captivating forest. It serves as the culmination of Chef Richard Carstens' extensive culinary journey spanning over 30 years, during which he has honed his craft in some of the country's most esteemed kitchens.

The menu at this establishment is a harmonious fusion of Carstens' past passions and triumphs, including elements of molecular gastronomy and Asian-fusion cuisine. The chef also incorporates classical French techniques and his latest culinary musings, which revolve around clean eating and pescetarianism. The result is a culinary experience that showcases Carstens' diverse influences and reflects his dedication to crafting innovative and delectable dishes.


Location :Chamonix Farm, 40 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek.


9.EPICE


Situated in the charming courtyard of Le Quartier Français, this atmospheric restaurant takes its name from the French word for spice. With a seating capacity of 45, it provides an intimate and inviting setting for guests. Chef Charné Sampson is the mastermind behind the culinary magic that unfolds within its walls. She presents a flavorful menu of refined, home-style dishes that draw inspiration primarily from India, as well as Spain, Japan, Mexico, and other exotic locales.


While the restaurant's name suggests spice, it is important to note that it is not solely focused on heat and chillies. Instead, it aims to take diners on a fragrant and aromatic culinary journey. The menu showcases a delightful array of spices such as vanilla, saffron, nutmeg, and caraway, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors. Each course is an adventure in itself, with dishes like wild boar chorizo, spiced tandoor quail, and oysters vindaloo being just a glimpse of the innovative creations you might encounter.

Adding to the dining experience is the sorbet trolley, which offers a delightful selection of palate-cleansing sorbets. Guests have the pleasure of choosing their preferred flavor, enhancing the personalized and memorable nature of the meal. Overall, this restaurant promises an enticing culinary journey that combines global influences and refined techniques, making it a must-visit for adventurous food enthusiasts.


Location:Cnr Huguenot and Berg Streets, Franschhoek.


10.Indochine

Delaire Graff epitomizes the essence of the Winelands, offering a culinary experience that delights both the palate and the eyes. Chef Virgil Kahn orchestrates a feast of flavors with his Indo-Asian dishes, each dish presented with meticulous artistry. To enhance the authenticity and freshness of the flavors, Chef Kahn utilizes Asian herbs cultivated on the estate and draws inspiration from his extensive experience in the East, including his time at the renowned Michelin-starred Saint Pierre in Singapore.

To complement the extraordinary flavors, an expert sommelier is on hand to guide guests in pairing the dishes with the estate's award-winning wines. The result is an unforgettable dining experience that showcases the best of Delaire Graff's culinary and winemaking excellence.


So, the next time you find yourself in Cape Town and are looking for an extraordinary dining experience, consider these tried-and-tested favorites. Each of these restaurants offers a distinct and memorable encounter, inviting you to savor the finest ingredients, innovative techniques, and impeccable service that make Cape Town a true culinary destination.




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