Restaurants in Cape Town

  March 2011


If you’re planning to go to any of the World Cup matches in Cape Town, be prepared to eat a lot. We’re quite sure the dining scene in this South African city (and environs) will be getting as much attention as the games themselves.

Here’s a quick look (and some links) to several of our favorite restaurants:

The Quarter (no website; just follow your noses in town to 44 Long Street). This is a tiny, bunny chow in Cape Towntake-out restaurant, specializing in gourmet bunny chow (pictured here), which is a spicy South African stew of sorts served in hollowed out bread.

OYO. Seafood, incredibly fresh seafood, right on the waterfront in the Victoria & Alfred (not Albert) hotel.

Maze at the One & Only. Oozes with international glamour.

Salt at the Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay. Here the views of the wave-smashed rocky coast compete with the food for your attention.

The Greenhouse Restaurant at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Clearly, there’s an artist in the kitchen at this stylish restaurant which is adjacent to the historic cSouth African food and wineellar in Constantia.

The Foodbarn in Noordhoek. A food writer for Time magazine called it "Haute cuisine that’s not haughty." I couldn’t agree more.

The Harbour House in Kalk Bay. Overlooking False Bay, a meal here between mid-July and December, means front row seats to watching Southern Right Whales right offshore who come here to calve, breed and mate in the warm waters.

Catharina's at the Steenberg Hotel & Winery in Tokai. Elegant food and wines served in an equally elegant setting with views of the Steenberg Mountains.

And, further afield, in the Winelands...

Moyo at the Spier Estate near Stellenbosch. African drums, food, entertainment…a bit gimmicky, but don’t miss it.

Bosman’s at The Grande Roche, Paarl. Dinner in this stately manor house is worth designing your winelands itinerary around. To the left is a crayfish dish served there.

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek. Here the culinary skills of Michelin-star Chef, Margot Janse, are showcased in five and eight-course meals.


Bread & Wine in Franschhoek. Country cousin to Le Quartier Francais, this is a lunch-only eatery at the nearby Moreson Wine Farm specializing in charcuterie, artisan breads and Moreson wines by the glass or bottle (see photo above, to the right).

--Susan Farewell


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