12 restaurants in Cape Town with epic views

Between a coastline, an impressive mountain range and a flourishing floral kingdom, you could say Cape Town is pretty good-looking. Make the most of these sights with some great food at these restaurants with impressive views.

Azure Restaurant (Camps Bay)

For endless Atlantic views, head straight to Azure at 12 Apostles. Pick from either the a la carte or curated tasting menus, which both feature a decidedly classic French style with a South African twist. Make sure to call ahead and book a table on the terrace, ensuring you have the best seat in the house.

The view at Azure Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Bistro Sixteen82 (Tokai)

Bistro Sixteen82 has always been the place to head for a scenic lunch. What’s not to love about the delicious tapas offering and world-class Steenberg bubbles? Expect to see reflecting pools and lush gardens from your seat inside the restaurant. A post-lunch stroll will allow you to enjoy views of the Constantia mountain range, including the vineyards, Elephant’s Eye Cave and False Bay. If, like us, you prefer to stay in one spot, make sure you grab a table outside.

Bistro Sixteen82, overlooking the vineyards and mountains of Steenberg. Photo supplied.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)

Admittedly, you could eat chef Ivor Jones’ food in a cardboard box and it would still be one of the best meals of your life. Luckily, his small plate menu is served with undisturbed views of the rolling Constantia vineyard. On a perfect summer’s day, make sure you ask to be seated outside.

The beautiful views from Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia. Photo by Claire Gunn Photography.

De Grendel Restaurant (Panorama)

De Grendel capitalises on their epic view – the full expanse of Table Mountain. Enjoy from its open-plan dining room while sipping on their famous wine and working your way through the delicious menu.

Granary Cafe at The Silo (V&A Waterfront)

It seems that everything The Silo Hotel does is pure class, and their all-day eatery The Granary Cafe follows suit. Its extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature French classics like steak béarnaise and bouillabaisse. Regardless of the time you choose to eat here, you’re guaranteed some of the best views in Cape Town.

The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel. Photo by Mark Williams.

Harbour House (Kalk Bay)

If a drive out to Kalk Bay isn’t scenic enough, make sure you book a table (near the window) at Harbour House. Not only will you have one of the most picturesque views of False Bay and Kalk Bay harbour, but you’ll also be able to tuck into the delicious seafood offering that has become synonymous with the rest of the Harbour House group.

Views from Harbour House. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Views from Harbour House. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

La Parada Del Mar (Camps Bay)

La Parada Del Mar’s décor alone is a sight worth seeing but, in case that’s not enough, you’ll have the iconic Camps Bay beachfront to look at too. The tapas-style menu at La Parada is designed for a long, leisurely lunch with friends, and the location is perfect for watching the sun go down. To take in the most of those ocean views, book a spot downstairs on the terrace or upstairs near the window.

Enjoy a drink on the first floor of La Parada Del Mar. Photo supplied.

The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock)

A trip to the top of the silo that houses The Pot Luck Club is never a chore as the small plates packed with flavour make it more than worth it. The almost 360 degree views of the mountains and harbour certainly aren’t bad, either. In the summer months, book a table next to a window and enjoy a perfect sunset while tucking into some of the best food in the city.

The exterior of The Pot Luck Club in Woodstock. Photo by Michael Le Grange.

The exterior of The Pot Luck Club in Woodstock. Photo by Michael Le Grange.

Rhodes Memorial Restaurant (Newlands)

Stopping off at Rhodes Memorial Restaurant may seem perfunctory – a necessary post-hike stop for refreshment – when in fact it should be seen as a destination in itself. The cosy spot offers some of the best views in Cape Town, including the Atlantic and Indian oceans, Athlone Stadium and Durbanville Hills. You can sit nearly anywhere to take in these sights as you enjoy a freshly made sandwich or slice of cake and a cup of tea.

Rumbullion at The Roundhouse (Camps Bay)

The Roundhouse is almost the first place that springs to mind when you think of restaurants with beautiful views, and the rolling lawn is the dreamiest way to spend a sunny afternoon taking in the endless views of Camps Bay. They serve food all day, including some great breakfasts. We especially love their thin-based pizzas.

The ocean views at The Rumbullion. Photo supplied by restaurant.

Sotano (Mouille Point)

A stroll along the Sea Point promenade can only be improved by one thing – good food. Sotano in Mouille Point has long been the pit stop of choice for strollers for this exact reason – their seafood and sushi are served with a side of views of the Sea Point promenade, the Atlantic Ocean and the lighthouse. To make the most of these views, sit outside.

Looking down on Sotano's location: on street level in Mouille Point. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Looking down on Sotano’s beautiful location: on street level in Mouille Point. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Tintswalo Atlantic Restaurant (Hout Bay)

The restaurant at Tintswalo Atlantic was previously only reserved for their lucky hotel guests, but recently they’ve opened reservations to locals. The hotel restaurant offers undisturbed views of the Atlantic and Hout Bay. Because of the intimate setting, you’re guaranteed a great view wherever you sit. The menu changes daily based on what’s available, so you’re always in for a surprise when dining here.

Undisturbed ocean views at Tintswalo Atlantic. Photo supplied by restaurant.

Top of the Ritz (Sea Point)

The iconic Ritz restaurant has had a facelift and is looking better than ever. It has retained the revolving quality, though, which heightens the overall viewing experience. If you can peel your eyes away from the ever-changing Atlantic views, you’ll notice that the food is exciting too. Chef Adrian Cook’s eight-course tasting menu makes for a great way to celebrate your next special occasion.

The views at The Top of The Ritz. Photo by Adam Letch.


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