Cape Town’s thriving foodie scene is a gastronomic delight. There are so many great dining experiences to be had in Cape Town that you really are spoilt for choice. This selection is based on proximity to Maison Noir or standout favourites that we personally love. Many of these restaurants have limited booking windows and require deposits. Our manager will help you secure bookings for your stay on request.
IN HOUT BAY
Many great restaurants are found downtown, with several of them affording stunning views of the bay, harbour and unforgettable sunsets. Read on here to find some of our favourites.
CHAPMAN’S PEAK HOTEL
To walk into this restaurant – in an historic old building sitting right at the base of the famed Chapman’s Peak Drive – is to be transported back in time. Wonderful views of the bay. Stick to the seafood or maybe the beef fillet. We find this place great for afternoon/sundown cocktails and maybe a plate of their delicious calamari. Also a great lunch option.
+27 (0)21 790 1036, chapmanspeakhotel.co.za
Delicious, gorgeous and inventively presented plates of pan-Asian/Pacific Rim tapas-style portions. Tapas are small, so order several selections. Standouts include the deep-fried milk/green chilli caramel, chilli tamarind seared salmon and the Tokyo beef slider. For dessert, the peanut butter/miso/butterscotch shake is a must. There is a nice list of local wines. The place is smallish and very popular with locals as well as tourist, so definitely make a booking in advance. Request an outdoor table in good weather.
+27 (0)79 067 4919, www.zomato.com/capetown/cheynes-hout-bay/menu
Not gourmet, just good food in an amazing setting. The sunsets over Hout Bay are stunning! Service varies. Standouts are the raw oysters, real Caesar salad and fried seafood, including great calamari. Skip the pizza. Wear flipflops! Reservations are a good idea, especially if an outdoor table is desired.
+27 (0)21 790 1876, dunesrestaurant.co.za/
Massimo’s is everything you want in a small beach-town dinner spot. Casual, inviting and delicious. Extremely child friendly, and there is a large playground outside. Delicious brick-oven thin-crust pizza, homemade pasta (including gluten-free options). Try the polenta nibbles as a starter. Daily specials. We love it and visit often! Great vibe, friendly service and delicious food.
+27 (0)21 790 5648, pizzaclub.co.za
It’s a good thing Mila Noodle does not deliver or we might eat only from only there. The husband/wife team (and their precious baby, Mila) are Chinese but he makes some of the best sushi we’ve ever tasted. The back of the menu also offers some Chinese standards, which are the best Chinese offerings available in Hout Bay as well. This is not about atmosphere or decor in any way as both are quirky. It’s about consistently being surprised by the flavour and combination of ingredients. Tell the waiter, Lovejoy, that you are a guest of Maison Noir and you’ll get the royal treatment.
+27 (0)21 790 0336, www.zomato.com/capetown/mila-noodle-hout-bay
QUENTIN AT OAKHURST
Quentin at Oakhurst is less than five minutes’ drive from Maison Noir. The space is exquisite and the walls are covered in Hout Bay and South African history – well worth a closer look. The service here is divine; almost Parisian. The roasted marrow bones with parsley and garlic served with ash goat’s cheese on toast is to die for! This place is intriguing and an anomaly of sophistication to find in such a small town.
+27 (0)21 790 4888, oakhurstbarn.com
Relatively authentic Greek offerings in an extremely chilled environment. Request an outdoor seat in the courtyard out front for great people-watching in the afternoons. The service usually leaves something to be desired, but it’s worth it when the food arrives.
+27 (0)21 791 3897, spiroshoutbay.co.za
This is a chain restaurant, but the food is delicious and the quality consistent. Delivery is usually within 15 minutes – if it will be longer, they let you know. Black bean noodles or curry, curry, curry – you can’t go wrong! In-restaurant service is casual but extremely friendly and efficient. Local jewel!
+27 (0)21 790 7000, thaicafe.biz
@ THE NEK, CONSTANTIA NEK
Restaurant @ The Nek, at Constantia Nek, has just opened and is only a few minutes’ drive from Maison Noir. Headed up by Chef Dylan Laity (previously at Roundhouse in Camps Bay) it’s the newest gourmet hot spot for travellers in-the-know. Expect a delicious, well-balanced menu of locally sourced ingredients, all beautifully presented.
+27 (0)21 795 0688
BLANKO, ALPHEN HOTEL, CONSTANTIA
A favourite with our guests. Excellent seafood and conveniently nearby. Five separate dining rooms decadently designed for privacy and exclusivity, with a cosmopolitan menu.
+27 (0)21 795 6313, email@example.com
CHEF’S WAREHOUSE, BEAU CONSTANTIA
Just 5 minutes’ drive away on the Constantia wine route. A dazzling venue with a tasting-style menu that is regarded as a Cape Town top 5 restaurant. Wine tasting is also available.
+27 (0)21 794 8632 , firstname.lastname@example.org
LA BELLE, ALPHEN DRIVE, CONSTANTIA
Rustic and stylish brasserie/bistro. Wonderful bakery.
+27 (0)21 795 6336, https://www.labellecampsbay.co.za/
LA COLOMBE, SILVERMIST/CONSTANTIA
A few minutes’ drive from Maison Noir is one of Cape Town’s – and indeed the world’s – finest restaurants. Executive chef Scot Kirton creates arguably the best cuisine in all of Cape Town. Reservations a must and generally need to be made weeks in advance. Consider lunch if dinner not available.
+27 (0)21 794 2390 . lacolombe.co.za
TINTSWALO ATLANTIC, CHAPMANS PEAK DRIVE, HOUT BAY
The location on the ocean’s edge, below nearby Chapman’s Peak Drive, is spectacular. Reservations required.
+27 (0)11 300 8888, +27 (0)21 201 0025, email@example.com
THE GREENHOUSE AT THE CELLARS-HOHENORT, CONSTANTIA
Seasonal menus including a dedicated vegetarian menu. Consistently ranked as one of South Africa’s top 10 restaurants in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Reservations required.
+27 (0)21 794 2137, firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRAL CAPE TOWN
95 KEEROM, 95 KEEROM STREET, CITY CENTRE
Upscale Italian. Ultra-chic decor in restored house originally the stables and slave quarters of the Company Gardens. Reservations required.
+27 (0)21 422 0765, email@example.com
CARNE, 70 KEEROM STREET, CITY CENTRE
Highly rated steaks with Italian flair. Alongside prime beef, lamb and venison, you’ll find cuts rarely available at other steakhouses: hanger steak, spider steak, prime rib on the bone.
+27 (0)21 424 3460, firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKE’S BAR & DINING ROOM, 133 BREE STREET, CITY CENTRE
Modern SA diner with hip, stylish decor serving upscale comfort food, including gourmet burgers and Southern fried chicken.
+27 (0)21 424 7648, email@example.com
LA TÊTE, 17 BREE STREET, CITY CENTRE
Nose-to-tail cuisine, truly excellent and unique.
+27 (0)21 418 1299, latete.co.za
MANNA EPICURE, 151 KLOOF STREET, GARDENS
Unassumingly excellent, Manna always delivers.
+27 (0)21 426 2413, firstname.lastname@example.org
MANO’S, 39 MAIN ROAD, GREEN POINT
Bistro with personal service from the friendly staff topping up your drinks, offering you warm bread before your meal.
+27 (0)21 434 1090, manosrestaurant.business.site
POT LUCK CLUB, SILO TOP FLOOR, THE OLD BISCUIT MILL, 373–375 ALBERT ROAD, WOODSTOCK
A spectacular setting overlooking Cape Town harbour, with an innovative tasting-style menu; another top Cape Town spot. Reservations essential.
+27 (0)21 447 0804, thepotluckclub.co.za
SUPERETTE, EXCHANGE BUILDING, 66 ALBERT ROAD, WOODSTOCK
A neighbourhood café (from the creators of the iconic Neighbourgoods Market) on the ground floor of the Woodstock Exchange. Great breakfast, soups and salads. Perfect place for lunch while shopping in trendy Woodstock.
+27 (0)21 802 5525, email@example.com
THE TEST KITCHEN, THE OLD BISCUIT MILL, 375 ALBERT RD, WOODSTOCK
Still the toughest ticket in town. Reservations must be made months in advance are traded like currency.
+27 (0)21 447 2337, firstname.lastname@example.org
THALI, 3 PARK ROAD, GARDENS
Indian Tapas, unique and excellent.
+27 (0)21 286 2110, email@example.com
THE FOODBARN, NOORDHOEK FARM VILLAGE, MAIN ROAD, NOORDHOEK
A local gem, The Foodbarn is where Cape Town’s own chefs dine, for good reason. Unpretentious and casual decor with surprisingly upscale cuisine. Highly recommended. A great option as it not generally difficult to get a reservation; easiest to reach via email.
+27 (0)21 789 1390, firstname.lastname@example.org
HARBOUR HOUSE, KALK BAY HARBOUR, KALK BAY
Veritable institution for seaside seafood and its spectacular setting perched on the edge of the ocean. Clean, nautical decor and astonishing views of the harbour and ocean. Reservations recommended especially for dinner or larger parties.
+27 (0)21 788 4133, email@example.com
OLYMPIA CAFÉ & DELI, 134 MAIN ROAD, KALK BAY
An informal setting belies what remains an excellent restaurant and deli on Kalk Bay’s Main Road across the road from the harbour. Chalkboard menu of simple, rustic food. Fresh breads and baked goods from their own bakery next door. Reservations not accepted.
BABEL & THE GREENHOUSE, BABYLONSTOREN ESTATE, PAARL
Set in the awe-inspiring gardens of wine estate Babylonstoren, the produce served is from the farm. The excellent and memorable Babel restaurant requires an advance booking. The farm’s second restaurant, Greenhouse, is a walk-in lunch café that serves a limited but tasty sandwich/salad menu.
+27 (0)21 863 3852, firstname.lastname@example.org
DELAIRE GRAFF RESTAURANT, HELSHOOGTE PASS, STELLENBOSCH
Contemporary and creative bistro cuisine accompanied by exceptional South African wines in an extraordinary setting.
+27 (0)21 885 8160, email@example.com
LE QUARTIER FRANCAIS, BERG & WILHELMINA STREETS, FRANSCHHOEK
The Dining Room, with its airy and spacious conservatory, encourages long, leisurely meals savoured with a fine South African vintage from the cellar.
+27 (0)21 492 5988, firstname.lastname@example.org
TOKARA, OFF R310 HELSHOOGTE ROAD, BANHOEK VALLEY, STELLENBOSCH
Café chef Richard Carsten’s intelligent take on South African cooking. Exquisite food, spectacular views and excellent service.
+27 (0)21 885 2550, email@example.com