It is no secret that Cape Town is a feast for foodies with top fine dining restaurants popping up around every corner. The city is a cornucopia of culinary delights, drawing travelers from far and wide each year, offering them a smorgasbord of beauty, culture, adventure and, of course, food! Even after South Africa was dealt some of the harshest lockdowns, the foodie scene remained resilient, and Cape Town stands strong, holding its rank as one of the top culinary capitals in the world.
No visit to Cape Town is really complete without exploring some of the exceptional restaurants the city and surrounds has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 fine dining restaurants in Cape Town for the discerning traveler looking to sample the most superb produce the city has to offer. If it’s the finer things in life you’re after, look no further.
The award-winning La Colombe in the Constantia Valley is one of Cape Town’s most renowned restaurants. La Colombe is located on Silvermist Wine Estate and serves up a contemporary French-meets-Asian fine dining menu by chef James Gaag. Using the freshest seasonal product, diners can look forward to the signature tuna ‘La Colombe’ – a tinned miniature yellowfin tuna creation featuring micro herbs, avocado puree and an umami broth while overlooking the scenic Constantia wine valley, False Bay and Hout Bay.
Since opening its doors in 2012, Luke Dale Roberts’ The Pot Luck Club has been wowing patrons with modern global inspired tapas served up by Head Chef Jason Kosmas. It has been dubbed the coolest restaurant in Cape Town with its success based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment in the cultural hub of Woodstock.
Some firm ‘Family Favorites’ at the Pot Luck Club include the Asian-style beef tartare served with hoisin dressing, coriander pesto and ponzu mayo, and the famous Pot Luck Club fish sliders with hake, mojo dressing and a delectable miso mayo.
Led by Chef Anouchka Horn and Neil Swart, Belly of the Beast offers diners an intimate nose to tail dining experience par excellence. The creative menu is a set-course taster option using only seasonal and local produce, as well as meat sourced from sustainable farmers – what’s available dictates the menu for the day. Diners can expect anything from mouth watering pumpkin risotto to delicious cured stumpnose fish or perfectly prepared gemsbok (antelope) tataki. All you need to do is show up and feast!
Chefs Warehouse is revered throughout Cape Town and the Winelands with restaurants in Cape Town, Constantia, Franschhoek and now the luxurious boutique hotel, Tintswalo Atlantic. Renowned chef and restaurateur, Liam Tomlin and chef Braam Beyers invite you to enjoy magnificent views and delicious contemporary tapas that draw inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean right on the restaurant’s doorstep.
Voted ‘Africa’s Best New Restaurant’ in the 2021 World Culinary Awards, this world-class eatery offers guests a multi-sensory dining experience with exceptional ingredients, innovative dishes, delicious wine, and natural beauty in abundance. It doesn’t get much better than this.
A collaboration between fine dining experts, Luke Dale-Roberts and Ryan Cole, Salsify at the Roundhouse takes guests on an opulent culinary journey accented by daring decor. Located in Camps Bay, the restaurant hosts guests in a space dating back to 1786 which has been reimagined by contemporary art and sculptures. The a la carte menu serves delicate, yet bold seasonal flavors. You can expect anything from a leg of lamb served with a mulberry and hazelnut pesto to caramelized pineapple with coconut cake and kefir ice.
Located in the vibrant V&A Waterfront, PIER is a 40-seater multi-course modern fine-dining restaurant headed by acclaimed Chef John Norris-Roger of La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek fame.
Situated in the Pierhead Building, PIER offers patrons an intimate multi-course dining experience overlooking the iconic V&A harbour. The menu features the finest local produce with a special emphasis on inspiration from the ocean like their confit mussels slowly cooked in chorizo oil or oysters poached tableside by the chefs.
FYN Restaurant is South Africa’s latest addition to the fine-dining scene in Cape Town. Under the expert guidance of Peter Tempelhoff, Ashley Moss and Jennifer Hugé, FYN serves exciting contemporary African and Japanese-inspired dishes in an industrial-chic space located in the heart of the city. Diners can expect a thrilling exploration of flavors, textures and cooking styles when they indulge in the five-course kaiseki-style menus. The open-plan restaurant blurs the line between kitchen and dining room, with the aim of creating a relaxed atmosphere for all guests. If you want to be in the heart of the action, be sure to ask to be seated at the counter where you can watch the skilled chefs doing what they do best!
With one eatery in Blouberg and a second now opened at Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont, Michelin-star trained chef Matt Schreuder’s Homespun invites guests to indulge in a three- or five-course tasting menu with a twist inspired by Asian, local and global flavours. The cosy restaurant features a rustic and homely aesthetic and everything on the menu is home-made using quality, local ingredients.
Dishes are fun, creative, and packed with layers of flavor. Be sure to try the ‘Matt Special’ which comprises beautifully prepared beef fillet with wasabi ponzu and capers, paired with a crisp Springfield Life from Stone or rich Thokozani SMV. Open for dinner only from 5pm.
Aubergine Restaurant opened its doors in September 1996 with a vision of creating a gastronomic haven in an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Housed in the former 1830 home of the first Chief Justice of the Cape, Sir John Wylde, Aubergine is situated in the historic Gardens area of Cape Town. The restaurant is open all year round for dinner and during the warmer months for lunch when guests can enjoy meals on the lush terrace. Private dining areas are available for small groups.
The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia Heights offers the epitome of a modern South African dining experience. From the indigenous bonsai on the table, to the explorative, locally-inspired fare dished up by Executive Chef, Tronette Dippenaar and team, the restaurant is an all-out celebration of everything South African.
The dynamic kitchen team looks to the oceans, gardens, paddocks and orchards of sunny SA to find ingredients infused with meaning, and combine it to arrive at fun, inspiring dishes.
The pulsating restaurant scene in Cape Town is constantly evolving with exciting eateries opening up new possibilities in the foodie scene that are guaranteed to leave you hungry for more. Be sure to contact your LuxVenture® Designer who will book a seat for you at one of Cape Town’s top fine dining restaurants today. No trip to Cape Town is complete without this unforgettable and indulgent add-on!