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Best Restaurants in Cape Town (2023)

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

If you are looking for the "best restaurants near me" We've put together a wide range of some of the best restaurants in Cape Town. Whether you are looking for fine dining, local cuisine, or even the "best burgers near me" we've found the hidden gems in Cape Town and its surroundings.

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Note that star ratings are a combination of TripAdvisor and Google ratings with a touch of discretion.

A little background on South African Food

One of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in a country's culture is to explore that country's food. Cape Town has to be one of the most diverse cities in the world, which means great food, and great restaurants.

When you look at the globe, Cape Town and South Africa are right in the middle of the East and West. Cape Town was a key trading port that connected Europe to the East. This has resulted in a fusion of African, European and Eastern cuisine. Combining this with South Africa's rich and fertile soil, farming and oceans results in a very special gastronomy and cultural experience.

In this article, we want to highlight some of the best food experiences and restaurants in Cape Town.

Best Restaurants in Cape Town

1) Homespun by Matt

There is something special about Homespun. You really get the sense that Matt is a dreamer and a visionary. Each plate of food is a work of art with a story. I remember the first time I heard of Homespun. A little fine dining restaurant in Blouberg. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, however, we were blown away by this little gem. Over the years we've seen Matt grow in confidence as a chef and really begin to push the boundaries of what is possible. It is evident that Matt loves food, travelling, experimenting and putting on a show that captivates all your senses.

Style: Local cuisine, Asian, European, International Fusion.

Homespun by matt, fine dining, best restaurant in cape town
Homespun by Matt

Rating 4.9*

Best for:

  • Hidden Gem

  • A sensual culinary adventure

  • Fine dining

Location: 1 Porterfield Road Opposite Catch 22 & next to The Fat Greek, Bloubergstrand 7441 South Africa

Contact: 021 556 2824

2) Fyn Restaurant (Worlds top 50 Restaurants #37)

Fyn is one of those extraordinary restaurants that push the boundaries of excellence. The menu is highly innovative yet grounded in contemporary culinary practices. We love the interesting decor and the integration of the kitchen with the dining room. The flavours are a fusion of South African and Japanese cuisine. If you are looking for a special culinary experience, there is a reason why Fyn found it way onto the Worlds top 50 Restaurants list.

Fine Dining, Fyn Restaurant, Cape Town
Fyn Restaurant

Rating 4.8*

Best for:

  • Fine dining

  • Date night

  • Taste sensation

  • Culinary experience

Location: Speakers Corner Floor 5th 37 Parliament Street, 8001 South Africa

Contact: 021 286 2733

3) Reverie Social Table

The is something about sharing good food and wine with good company. At Reverie Social Table you'll be treated to a wonderful set menu paired with fine wine at one big communal table. It's much like being invited to a dinner at a friend's house, a friend that is a super host! Expect an incredibly intimate evening with Julia the owner and head chef.

Rating 4.9*

Best for:

  • Unique dining experience

  • Good food, good wine, good company

  • Vibe

Location: 226A Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa

Contact: 079 060 6971

4) Belly of the beast

Belly of the beast is one of those really unique and interesting restaurants. The restaurant only seats 24 people, as the team does everything from Cooking to serving their food. Be prepared for a fine dining experience you have never had before.

"There are no menu options or set amount of courses. All you do is show up and trust us to satisfy with our seasonal fair.

We source from local sustainable producers and use every part of the animal. You can expect some dishes that might test your boundaries, but we always balance our menu so that everyone will enjoy the experience."

Rating: 4.9*

Location: 110 Harrington Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

5) La Colombe | Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia

La Colombe is one of those restaurants that take fine dining to a whole new level. Somewhere where every sense is satisfied. It's where your imagination runs wild and is rewarded with the unexpected.

La Colome is one of the most loved restaurants in South Africa with a distinguished list of rewards.

Contemporary French meets Asian fine dining.

2021 Awards

World’s 50 Best (81st)

Trip Advisor - Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World (13th)

Trip Advisor - Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Africa

World Culinary Awards - Best Restaurant in Africa

Rating 4.8*

Best for:

  • Fine dining

  • Experience one of the world's best restaurants

  • Taste sensation

  • Culinary experience

Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, 7806

Contact: 021 974 2390

6) Chefs Warehouse (Beau Constantia)

Chefs Warehouse in Beau Constantia is one of the consistently best, restaurants in Cape Town. The seating area on the top of Constantia's neck that overlooks the vineyards and False bay is incredible. The service is excellent, and the food is exquisite, both in concept, flavour and presentation. The unique ingredients will blow your mind.

Rating 4.7*

Best for:

  • Wholesome food

  • Beautiful Cafe

  • Vegan and Vegetarian options

  • Pitstop on a day trip around the Cape Peninsula.

Location: Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Main Road Beau Constantia, Glen Alpine, 7806 South Africa

Contact: +27 21 794 8632

Best Street Food (Near me)

1) Nish Nush

If you love travelling and food, there is something special about finding that secret hole-in-the-wall type restaurant that makes mouth-watering food.

Nish Nush (Meaning "snack" in Hebrew) is a middle Eastern Street Food Hatch on Bree. Known for their homemade pitas, succulent shwarmas, hummus and falafels. Nish Nush was founded by Israeli-born Ofer Holinger. We highly recommend stopping by if you love street food and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Nish Nush Bree Street Food Cape Town
Nish Nush Bree Street

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Street Food

  • Mediterranean food

  • Shwarma's

  • Casual Dining

Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 10 pm

Location: 110 Bree Street, CBD, Cape Town

Contact: 061 543 1120

Best Local and African Cuisine.

1) Mzansi

Mzansi Restaurant was birthed through the vision of Nomonde’s Siyaka late mother. Langa Township is the oldest township in Cape Town and is one of the most visited by tourists. It holds a strong historical account of movements against the apartheid government and thus the interest of the tourist. Mzansi Restaurant aims to introduce to tourists traditional foods served in the African traditional environment. Music, played by our live band adds to the atmosphere aiding in a complete township restaurant experience.

Rating 4.7*

Best for:

  • Authentic Local Experience

  • Good food, good music, good people

  • Unique

Location: 45 Harlem Ave, Langa, Cape Town, 7455

Contact: 021 694 1656

2) Mozambik

Mozambik has to be our favourite everyday restaurant, the food and flavours are always incredible. This casual restaurant is always vibrant with people enjoying their meals, it's a great spot for beers in the sun with the food never disappointing. Mozambik, gets its name from Mozambique, the coastal country that borders South Africa to the north. Anyone that has travelled to Mozambique will tell you how beautiful the country is, and how good the food is. The cuisine is a fusion of African flavours, Island-style cooking with a heavy Portuguese influence. The Mozambiquan-style prawns, chicken and calamari have to be the tastiest we have ever tried.

There are currently 3 Mozambiks in Cape Town

  • V & A Waterfront

  • Century City

  • Eden on the bay Blouberg

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Local cuisine

  • Prawns

  • Portuguese style cooking

  • Lunch with Mates

  • Takeaways (Uber Eats)

Contact: 021 023 0345

3) Gold Restaurant

Gold is more than just a meal, it is a full African Experience. Specialising in Local Tunisian cuisine. Visiting Gold is an interactive evening of fun. Experience a 14-course tasting menu or get involved in a drumming circle. Gold offers a spice experience in addition to a trip through Africa through food, dance and music.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Entertainment

  • Experiencing local cuisine and culture

  • Fun Night out

  • Spice menu

Location: 15 Bennett St, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005

Contact: 021 421 4653

4) Madam Taitou

Madam Taitou is an Authentic Ethiopian Restaurant and Gallery set in the heart of Cape Town CBD, Long Street. If you are looking for an unusual, surreal dining experience we highly recommend stopping in. The Food and atmosphere are amazing. Traditional African Cuisine.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Ethiopian cuisine

  • Unique Dining Experience

  • Vegan and Vegetarian Options

  • Food Journey

Location: 77 Long Street 74B wale Street corner of Wale and Buitengracht, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

Contact: +27 21 426 6969

5) Stardust Cape Town (Singing waiter)

Stardust Cape Town isn't your typical resta