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.
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.
The Pot Luck Club (021 447 0804) The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is a fantastic location and you pay for it. Tapas sized plates with an emphasis on sharing.
Butcher Shop and Grill ( 021 434 0813) in Mouille Point . Very good meat restaurant and shop. Discovered by a guest.
Chefs Warehouse (021 422 0128) in Bree Street. Very small, relaxed dining space serving a selection of daily changing dishes. No booking possible so may have to queue.
Chapman’s Peak Hotel (021 790 1036) is an institution and essential for a visit. The calamari in particular is excellent.
Katima (021 790 8004) Very popular and needs booking. Thai and Sushi cuisuine in an old Cape-Dutch style homestead.
Quentin at Oakhurst Barn (021 790 4888) Contemporary Cape country cooking.
The Foodbarn (021 789 1390) in Noordhoek Village. Delicious and decadent fine dining style food but in a super relaxed and characterful old barn. We always go for lunch. Marvellous.
The Codfather (021 438 0782) Choose your own fish or sushi. Food good but rather arrogant service.
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.)
Bistro Sixteen 82 (021 713 2211) on the Steenberg Estate. Fine dining with an inimitable contemporary spirit.
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.