Eating Out in Cape Town

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Like any big city, Cape Town has plenty of choice if you want to eat out. You can buy a quick snack, like mieliepap at a street corner, or go for something more substantial in one of the many restaurants. You can choose from restaurants in many nationalities, but it's certainly worthwile to try the Cape cuisine. There are many delicious seafood dishes, like crayfish, snook, or the huge perlemoen (abalone). The Malays (in the past often the cooks for the white people) have had a great impact on the food in South Africa in general and the Cape in special. Try the waterblommetjiesbredie (a stew with water lillies) or the bobotie (spicy mince meat). Wash it all down with a good glass of south african wine.





Many Cape Town Restaurants have contributed to making Cape Town among the most sough-after culinary destinations in South Africa. These restaurants serve everything from the native (South African) fare to the most exotic of Mediterranean and Asian delicacies. This is primarily because South Africa boasts of small regional populations belonging to various ethnic groups and the resulting, culinary influences are apparent in Cape Town’s varied gastronomic offerings.

Many of the native, Cape Malay dishes have a distinct Asian flavoring since South Africa was one of British India’s leading trading centers. Cape Town restaurants can be further divided into well-priced, family restaurants and the most contemporary of kitchens boasting of internationally-popular chefs. Also, Cape Town is among South Africa’s leading wine-growing destinations and the wines sourced from local vineyards ensure a wide selection of reasonably-priced wines. Some of Cape Town’s most popular restaurants include the:

Harbour House

  • Address: Kalk Bay, Harbour 7975, Cape Town
  • Hours: Daily 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The cuisine is essentially Mediterranean and the food is renowned for its freshness, being sourced from the nearby harbors. In fact, Harbour House has its own fishing boats to ensure that the seafood is among freshest in Cape Town. The ambiance is uncomplicated with one side of seating arrangement giving a beautiful view of the ocean-front.

La Colombe

  • Address: along the Spaanchmat River Road, near Constantia Winelands, Constantia 7806
  • Hours: 12.30 pm to 2.30 p.m. and 07.30 p.m. to 09.30 p.m.
La Colombe is counted among the topmost specialty restaurants in Cape Town. The cuisine is typically French and so is this restaurant’s decor. The restaurant is uniquely located, nestled between massive oaks that are a common occurrence in the wetlands of Constantia. The preparations are seasonal to ensure the freshness.

Cafe Royale

  • Address: 273, Long Street 8001
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The name may bear resemblance to a James Bond flick but this isn’t the restaurant’s only connection with the movies. This is among the most exclusive eating places in Cape Town, known to host Hollywood celebrities. However, more than being a nice specialty-restaurant, it is more of a luxurious but casually-decorated burger joint, known to serve more than 30 kinds of burgers.

Perseverance Tavern

  • Address: 83 Buitenkant Street Gardens
  • Hours: Daily, except Sundays

If anyone wants to taste what authentic South African food tastes like, the Perseverance Tavern is the place to visit. Often referred to as the ‘Tavern,’ it is housed among the oldest structures in Cape Town. The building housing the tavern is counted among the heritage buildings lining Buitenkant Street. This isn’t a typical restaurant but more of an embellished diner-cum-pub where local bands play throughout the day. The ambiance is very relaxed and the regulars can be seen lounging, wearing trainers and jeans. The menu includes native specialties like fried Calamari and Trinchado (a saucy, beef preparation).

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Cape Manna

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They serve Cape style South African food.

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address:34 Napier Street, De Waterkant
tel:021-4192181

Granny FeelGood's

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Diner/Cafe open 7 days a week and serving all day breakfast, sandwiches and salads. Great coffee and atmosphere. Friendly and affordable with wireless internet access.

type:American
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tel:0214342463
address:107 Main Road, Green Point
PriceOfMenu:Varies
email:grannyfeelgoods@gmail.com
priceofmenu:cheap

Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen

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Chef Pon's provides a wide selection of Asian dishes, ranging from Mongolian to Thai to Japanese, all clearly marked on the menu. It is a great place for relaxing and having a delicious Asian dish at a decent price. The smoking section has a good view of the non-stop activity in the kitchen and if they say the Jungle Curry is hot, it really is hot! (Which is a good thing of course)

type:Chinese
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address:Gardens
tel:: 021-4655846
PriceOfMenu:R100 pp

Biesmiellah

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Cheap, but tasty Cape style food.

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address:2 Upper Whale Street
tel:021-4230850/24

Savoy Cabbage

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For a more classy evening out, the Savoy Cabbage is a good choice. It has a very stylish interior combining an old building with modern fittings. The food is exellent, Continental / European, with a reasonable choice in vegetarian dishes. The menu changes daily and organic seasonal indredients are widely used. A very wide range of good wines by the glass and mainly from small boutique estates, so experiment.

type:First Class
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address:Heritage Square, Hout Street
tel:021-4242626
accessibility:good with secure parking
PriceOfMenu:50-12-
email:savoycab@iafrica.com

Panama Jacks

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Panama Jacks is an exellent sea food restaurant, and a well kept secret. Located deep in the docks the decor is dominated by flags pinned to the ceiling and water tanks full of live lobster and abalone (pick your own!). Lively and down to earth. Be sure to book a table, it's popular.

type:International
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address:Eastern Mole Road / Quay 500 / Cape Town Harbour
tel:(021) 447 3992
url:www.panamajacks.net
email:panamajacks@mweb.co.za

Africa Cafe

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The Africa Cafe offers an African Feast, where you can sample foods from all over Africa. Order as much as you want from the ones you like.

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address:Heritage Square
tel:(021) 422 0221

Zucca

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Cape Town's finest Italian cuisine. From the Mediterranean views of the outside terrace to the variety of finely decorated dining rooms, deli and espresso and cocktail bar, Zucca is a dining experience.

type:Italian
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tel:+27214237331
url:www.sexbyfood.com
address:84 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
PriceOfMenu:60-200
email:zucca@zucca.co.za
priceofmenu:80

Naked on Kloof

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Good vegetarian food at a very good price.

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address:51 Kloof Street, Gardens
tel:021-244748

Emily's

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Good South African restaurant run by a food critic who knows what he's doing. The decor is 'euro-trash Kitsch'. Great food.

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address:Woodstock
tel:(021) 448 2366

Paranga

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Paranga has the kind of feel of an uber-glam restaurant/bar that wouldn't look out of place along Miami's South Beach.  The decor wows you as you enter, as does the exotic selection of cocktails.  The menu concentrates on fresh fish and sushi which proved deliciously fresh and tasty.  Puddings came in small portions and were not particularly original (ice cream and hot chocolate sauce)

A lot can be said of the waiters and staff, some would call them pompous and arrogant, others may find their incessant yapping about the food/wine/weather a tad more..

type:Seafood
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PriceOfMenu:R400 per head (2 courses and bottle of wine)
address:The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
tel:(021) 438 0404
priceofmenu:R200 per head (2 courses and bottle of wine)

Mamma Africa

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Good African food and an African vibe, with live music most nights. Great meat dishes, but they serve vegetarian food as well. :

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address:Long Street 178
tel:(021) 261017

Kaapse Tafel

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One of the older restaurants in Cape Town, serving traditional Cape cuisine. Regularly changing wine list. Popular with tourists.

type:African
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address:90 Queen Victoria Street
tel:: 021-231651

Camps Bay Beach Club

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Camps Bay  Beach Club boasts the unique concept of being 'an information desk with a view' and also offers Harley Davidson and vintage car hire on their doorstep.  Another innovation at the sleek and stylish venue, is a cold kitchen serving crisp fresh dishes specialising in anti-pasti, salads and seafood. The Beach Club chef celebrates fresh ingredients and creates sublime nude food.

type:African
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tel:+27 (0) 21 438 3972
url:www.campsbaybeachclub.com
address:69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay Cape Town
email:res@campsbaybeachclub.com

Tide

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Tides is a restaurant where fine dining is the result of the study of fresh ingredients, complementing flavours and exquisite presentation. With an amalgamation of flavours that please the discerning palate, dinner at Tides is an affair of the senses.

Garnering many awards including a top restaurant award in 2007, a wine list award in 2006, one of the top 100 restaurants in South Africa and the top 10 restaurants in Cape Town award, patrons are assured of a quality dining experience.

Tides offers a delectable palate of seafood and a selection of meat and game more..

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tel:+27 (0) 21 437 9701
url:www.thebayhotel.co.za
address:69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
email:tides@thebay.co.za

Sandy B

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Exclusive to guests at The Bay Hotel over summer, Sandy B is a unique cocktail venue, accentuated by its glorious views of Camps Bay beachfront. With wooden loungers bordering the rim flow pool, positioned at the end of the expansive wooden deck, guests are beckoned to relax with cocktails and appreciate the atmosphere.

In winter, a fire is lit and guests are invited to enjoy sporting events on a big screen, when guests can support their favourite team while light meals can be ordered from the Deli. Heating up at sunset, cocktail hour is a vibrant time, setting the tone more..

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tel:+27 (0) 21 437 9701
url:www.thebayhotel.co.za
address:69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
email:res@thebayhotel.com

The Charles

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All the items on the carefully selected menu are wholesome, homemade meals, many of which are from Cape Malay origin.

Trendy and fashionable today, it is compared to New York's Greenwich Village and London's Soho with its tree lined streets, restored cottages, spectacular views and village atmosphere.

type:African
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tel:+27 21 437 9706
url:thecharles.co.za
address:137 Waterkant Street De Waterkant Cape Town
email:res@thecharles.co.za

Village Cafe' & Pub

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Conveniently situated in the Best Western Cape Suites Hotel at the foot of Table Mountain. The Village Cafe restaurant is open daily for a breakfast buffet from 06:30 until 10:30. Light lunches such as Toasted sandwiches, Tramezini’s and a full salad buffet can be enjoyed while relaxing on the Pool deck. There is a spacious Terrace outside the Village Café that enables diners to enjoy a pre-dinner drink while the Village Café Restaurant provides a soft but elegant atmosphere in the evenings and are open for a la carte dining from 18:30 until 22:30.

 

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tel:0214610727
address:Corner of De Villiers & Constitution Street
email:deputy.gm@capesuites.co.za

Village Cafe' & Pub

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Conveniently situated in the Best Western Cape Suites Hotel at the foot of Table Mountain. The Village Cafe restaurant is open daily for a breakfast buffet from 06:30 until 10:30. Light lunches such as Pan fried Prawns, Vegetable Ravioli and fresh Crayfish created by "new" executive chef "Steven Madonono" can be enjoyed while relaxing on the Pool deck. There is a spacious Terrace outside the Village Café that enables diners to enjoy a pre-dinner drink while the Village Café Restaurant provides a soft but elegant atmosphere in the evenings and are open for a la carte dining from more..

type:African
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tel:0214610727
address:Corner of De Villiers & Constitution Street
PriceOfMenu:100
email:deputy.gm@capesuites.co.za

Tong Lok Milnerton

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Small and unremarkable take-away restaurant with 2 small tables that supplies a range of dim-sum, standard chinese dishes and good quality sushi at affordable prices. They often also run specials offering extra portions with items ordered.

While they are affiliated to Mr Delivery, it is cheaper to order at the shop itself and take home than get it delivered.

type:Chinese
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tel:0215514871
address:Koeberg Rd, Milnerton
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