Everyone has their favourites and every restaurant has it’s good days and bad days and some restaurants come and go. Different areas around Cape Town have very different atmospheres.
We have listed a few but chat to Annie about what’s good currently, just tell her what you like and how much you want to spend (for overseas visitors the prices are remarkably good and the quality excellent).
Baia Seafood Restaurant (021 421 0935) Outstanding. Consistently good reviews. Very strong for seafood but other food available. On the first floor of the V & A. Book the terrace if the weather is good. Great views. Book.
Sevruga (021 421 5134) Also in the V &A Waterfront this is the sister restaurant to Beluga – see below. Very good sushi at good prices and great food all round. Book outside if eating at lunchtime.
Five Flies (021 424 4442) Really good food in a wonderful old building. Try and book the atrium but this is not essential to enjoy the experience. Downtown near the Court House. Best for evenings.
Panama Jacks (021 447 3992) Strange location as it’s in the heart of the real docks so you may wonder where the drive is taking you. Excellent seafood including big seafood platters and you can view dinner in the enormous sea water tanks. Can be very popular so book the day before. Not cheap but a good experience. A bit of a drive but don’t be put off.
Beluga (021 418 2948) Trendy place near Green Point but good food. Set in a converted warehouse. Best to book for the evening.
Wakame (021 433 2377) First floor restaurant near Seapoint. A different view of the ocean with the superb Cape Town stadium behind. Great cooking including sushi. Very popular with Capetonians for years. Book.
Chapman’s Peak Hotel (021 790 1036) is an institution and essential for a visit. The calamari in particular is excellent.
The Codfather (021 438 0782) Choose your own fish or sushi. Food good but rather arrogant service.
Constantia Uitsig. 3 restaurants to choose from but book : Constantia Uitsig itself (021 794 4480) for very good food with a winelands setting, recommended for lunch with views over the vines, book outside if possible, good with children; La Colombe (021 794 2390) is excellent, Mediterranean/French cuisine, possibly this is better for the evening; the Bistro – Spaanschemat River Cafe (021 7943010), also very pleasant and great for lunch
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. (021 762 9585) If you go for a stroll around the gardens there is a really good restaurant here for lunch (rather than the café.)
Cape of Good Hope area
The Black Marlin restaurant (021 786 1621) (on the road between the Cape of Good Hope and Simons Town.) Book in advance and ask for a table on the terrace. Good view and nice food. Occasional coach parties.
Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point. (021 780 9200) Good value and superb views. Make a reservation is advance or reserve a table as soon as you get to Cape Point itself because there will be a lot of coaches. The terrace is fantastic but can be blowy and cold.