Cape Town Restaurants
We're always on the lookout for Cape Town's best restaurants. The 'Horny Grazer' is our anonymous restaurant reviewer. Read his brutally honest reviews on the Rhino Africa Blog which should help you sort through the multitude of Cape Town restaurants!
The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts
It’s a brave venture which is set to become one of SA’s finest restaurants – the raw ingredients are there, none more so than the passion and genius of Luke himself.
The Greenhouse Restaurant
Willie Wonka, Heston Blummenthal and the Mad Hatter could not have concocted a more interesting menu. From savoury lolly pops to birds’ nests laden with langoustine custard filled eggs. All is not what it seems. Dishes will challenge your mind’s gastronomic reflexes and anticipations.
Part of the Mastrantonio set up, but it’s more sophisticated than its siblings. In a renovated double-storey building in Green Point, white table cloths and plenty of pine set the scene for the classic Italian fare.
If you haven't been to Nobu in the One&Only, you're seriously missing out. The food is simply exquisite! Nobu is a global phenomenon that started as a business partnership in 1994 between chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners including actor Robert De Niro.
Planet Bar and Restaurant
A miraculous kiss of life for the Grande Dame of South African Hotels. First the Mount Nelson gave us the Planet Bar. Now welcome the Planet Restaurant in all its glory. Even Tatler magazine would be proud of this debutante.
One of my favourite dining spots in Cape Town is without a doubt the Salt Restaurant, on the coast in Bantry Bay. It’s expensive; so you know there shouldn’t be any, you know, slip-slop riff-raff. To be elitist, pour un moment.
Many restaurants in South Africa could learn a thing or two from 95 Keerom. Fresh ingredients, expertly prepared. Unpretentious and delicious. You don't have to look much further than the baked bread and Morgenster Olive Oil to find evidence of this.
The Makaron restaurant and M-Lounge at Majeka won the Eat Out 2011 Boschendal Style Award and it’s easy to see why. Eclectic design combines modern and classical in ways that only the bravest of interior designers would imagine possible.
The twelfth best restaurant in the world. You can imagine the bristling excitement of the Horny Grazer. La Colombe is on the Constantia Uitsig wine estate in (perhaps unsurprisingly) Constantia.
Hmm - who to take to Aubergine? Not a date. No, I think I would take a good friend who loved food and wine as much as I do. A fellow fatty. This is a place to be an unapologetic gourmand. To wave pretension aside and indulge.
If you're looking for the ultimate spot for a beach sundowner, your search ends here. The Grand Cafe and Beach, Granger Bay is hidden off a slip road between the V&A Waterfront and the Raddison Hotel in Mouille Point...
Reuben's at the One & Only
When the recommended main arrived at Reuben's in the One & Only, I couldn’t help but consider the wise words of health fanatic Gillian McKeith - you are what you eat. I had the pork belly.
Beluga was as slick and polished as its Capetonian brethren, but the wise words of Oprah haunted my every mouthful - "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." She clearly hasn't tasted the beignets?
The setting is sublime - vivid colours, yachty totty, sea air and Table Mountain looming in the background. It's a big restaurant - part of the Caviar Group which includes Blonde and Beluga...
The Bombay Brasserie
Get to the Bombay Brasserie for the most chakra pleasing all round dining experience I've had for a very long time. Indian fine dining in the splendid space in Cape Town. Get thee there.
Bizerca Restaurant has always been well known for serving some of the best food in Cape Town. The only thing letting it down was the location. But thankfully they moved. The new location is in Heritage Square just off Bree Street.
The Duchess of Wisbeach
The Duchess of Wisbeach is a bit of a conundrum, it's loud, busy, chaotic - the service was erratic, the electricity tripped twice and they ran out of two of the dishes we ordered. But I loved it all the same.
Signal at the Cape Grace
At Midday you will hear an almighty bang from the Cannon on Signal Hill. This tradition dates back to the days of the Dutch East India Company when the Cape was used as a stopping point on the trade route between Europe and the East.
Societi Bistro nearly achieves the "neighbourhood local" vibe to which it aspires. They just need to watch the prices because these are not expensive ingredients. It's good old fashioned Italian cooking and should be priced accordingly. That's where the appeal lies.
Cast your mind back to the bygone days of the Rat Pack - the team at Brio have created a traditional dining room in this fantastic double volume space, built way back in1893. They have brought back 'dinner and dance' with stylish aplomb.
Wakame & Wafu
Wakame is a vibey venue with some of the best sea views around - a setting sun and thunderous waves crashing into the shoreline make it an ideal lunchtime/sundowner venue. After a slightly more strenuous walk up Lion's head than I'd anticipated...
It was good, but it didn't deliver - it's not easy to cook a Wellington medium rare, but it's not impossible either. It's also not impossible to keep the pastry crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.
The Woodlands Eatery
The Woodlands Eatery is an eclectic experience tantalising to the taste buds, nourishing for the soul and pleasing to the eye.
Sample genuine Mexican cuisine and choose from a wide selection of tequila. We're pretty sure you'll enjoy every minute of your time at this Mexican Restaurant in Greenpoint, Cape Town.
The Royale Eatery
When Vincent Vega told his fellow hitman Jules about a "royale with cheese" in the opening scene of Pulp Fiction he probably did as much for the humble burger as the movie did for John Travolta's ailing career.
A great location at the top of Kloof Street in central Cape Town. Think rustic Tuscan - pebbled courtyards, a wine room and several farm house dining rooms.
Bosman's Restaurant at the Grande Roche
Eat Out is the definitive Top 10 for South Africa restaurants and this year Bosman’s at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl made it to fourth spot. The service is exceptional and the expert sommelier knowledge is a real treat, proffering some great pairing suggestions.
The Hussar Grill - Greenpoint
The original Hussar Grill was opened in Rondebosch in 1964, now Cape Town boasts three of these delectable steak houses and we think the Hussar Grill in Greenpoint opposite the Cape Town stadium is the pick of the bunch.
It’s hard to hide anything edible from the truffle hound that is the Horny Grazer. Overture on the Hidden Valley near Stellenbosch was no exception. We had to make a reservation. Of course there is quite a waiting list for a restaurant consistently voted into South Africa’s Top 10.
Maria's on Dunkley
Since our offices are only a short walk away, we find ourselves at Maria’s fairly often. Walk past this Greek restaurant and you’ll probably spot one of us lunching there at one of the tables under the trees outside or inside with the fairy lights.
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