27 restaurants to visit on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard

Looking for some top-notch nosh in Cape Town and don’t want to leave the Atlantic Seaboard? Here are some highly rated restaurants located along the glinting coastline – from the V&A Waterfront to the ‘republic’ of Hout Bay – for light snacks, sundowners and blow-the-budget meals.

These restaurants were rated highly enough by our panel of critics to make it into the latest issue of Eat Out magazine, which is on sale now. Want to give some shine to a little neighbourhood gem not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments.

V&A Waterfront

Baia Seafood Restaurant
This perennial favourite offers upmarket fish and Portuguese options. Chicken livers in spicy lemon-and-garlic dressing or venison carpaccio with capers and citrus vinaigrette are great to start. Main courses feature prawns in a beer, garlic and chilli sauce, or baked line fish with a lobster tail. Rump Bordelaise style with bone marrow is excellent. One of the best wine lists in town, some with serious mark-ups. The interiors are plush and elegant. Book a window seat.

The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel
The Granary Café, located on the sixth floor of the spectacular Silo hotel, has a compact, classic menu with modern flair. Start with duck-liver parfait, prawn cocktail or tomato tart. Steak with Béarnaise sauce and chips is well executed. Desserts are simple, comforting and well presented. The Silo Hotel is impeccably decorated and the views magnificent. Head to the rooftop bar for sundowners.

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

Harbour House
The speciality here is seafood, adhering to SASSI’s list of sustainable options. The yellowtail served with a smooth beurre blanc is a popular option. Sushi is served upstairs and a new small plates concept (think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons) has been introduced. Splurge on a lavish seafood platter. There’s a good local wine list that’s relatively well priced. A fresh palette of black and white stripes sets the tone for seaside opulence. The best views are had upstairs or out on the deck.

Nobu One&Only
Dinner is a lively and interactive experience. The menu is broken down into cold and warm, light and rich, old- and new-style, and the chef’s signature tasting menu. Share edamame beans and a few portions of new-style sashimi to start. A better eel California roll is impossible to find; umami-packed baby spinach salad with dried miso is an unexpected highlight; but the pièce de résistance has to be the much-hyped black cod den miso with its spectacularly pared-down presentation. The chocolate bento box with a gooey lava fondant and a scoop of matcha ice cream ends off the meal perfectly. Another highlight is the well-curated selection of wines, Japanese whiskies, beers, cognacs and sake.

Some of the tasty tapas at tashas. Photo supplied by the restaurant.

Café classics are the strong suit, and the extensive menu includes tapas and sandwiches, as well as heartier fare. Start your day with the vegetarian royale, poached eggs on asparagus or spinach with a lemony sauce. The harissa lamb sandwich features pulled roast lamb with harissa paste, hummus and roasted brinjal. The space at this mall café is light, airy and contemporary. Head to the cake counter for a sweet treat after your meal.

Willoughby & Co.
The legendary sushi has a massive fanbase. For something warmer, try the tom yum soup or clam chowder, or the simply scrumptious calamari with your choice of either Sicilian, Cape Malay or green Thai curry sauce, or have it Cajun style. The tuna kebabs come hot off the coals – tender and tasty. Tables turn over fairly quickly and service is fast and efficient, so don’t mind the wait for a table.

The Yard
You’ll find this stylish new drinks and dinner spot in the shadow of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town’s coolest harbour-side precinct. Mediterranean, Indian, Oriental, and Middle Eastern antipasti platters for two to 12 set the tone for the menu’s broad influences. For the main course, mutton rogan josh sits alongside kingklip en papillotte, Thai curry and Tuscan gnocchi. Try the subtly-spiced masala chai brûlée to end. This is urban-industrial chic – think tan leather booths and utilitarian lighting.

Inside The Yard. Photo supplied.

Green Point

Anatoli Turkish Restaurant
The meze is the highlight; go with a crowd and feast on all the options. The baba ganoush and dolmades starters are exquisitely prepared and tasty; the phyllo pastry cigars filled with a redolent mix of spinach and feta; and the lamb liver scrumptious. The mains options are offered buffet-style – a variety of lamb, chicken and vegetarian stews and lamb and chicken kebabs – served off the skewer. Poached quince with creamy yoghurt and the baklava have their devoted adherents. Lighting and Turkish music make for an authentic visit.

Don Armando
The star at this Argentinian parilla (steakhouse) is beef asado: well-aged, tender and grilled to perfection. The big meaty menu also tempts with every possible succulent cut on and off the bone, from short rib to T-bone and a signature sirloin with chimichurri. It’s a little gem to enjoy on a night out on the town. Begin or end the evening with a drink in the downstairs bar.

El Burro
A fantastic bet for delicious Mexican food in the city. The classic ceviche is a favourite, spiked with lime, coriander, ginger and chilli, and served with crunchy corn chips to scoop. The build-your-own-tacos are highly recommended, with fillings like fried fish, pork and grilled chicken and lashings of sour cream, pickled red onions and guacamole. For dessert, churros are an absolute must. Sip on a wide range of tequila, craft beers and excellent wines. It’s wise to book, especially on the balcony.

Il Leone Mastrantonio
Carpaccio starters are generally excellent, as are the bruschetta, fried calamari and Caprese. There’s a lengthy selection of pastas, with the linguini Portofino – prawns, cherry tomatoes, rocket and pine nuts – a favourite. There is also a bounteous selection of fish, chicken and meat mains, with the veal dishes exciting particular approval. End on house-made tiramisu and crème caramel. There is a good selection of apéritifs and digestifs to enjoy at the bar.

Sea Point

Winner of our Mexican category in the Western Cape at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. The short menu is Latin American in a broad sense – think ceviche, pico de gallo and chimichurri. The corn tacos are made on site – try the tasty pollo tacos with grilled chicken, pico de gallo and radishes. For dessert, aim for the glorious churros. Very intriguing tequila-based cocktails will keep you hydrated at this small, beautiful restaurant.

A spread at award-winning Fuego. Photo supplied by the restaurant.

Jarryds Espresso Bar + Eatery
The menu at this trendy and vibey spot offers a sense of simplicity, with the sourcing of the best local and seasonal produce available. Breakfasts include coconut granola and a blackberry smoothie bowl, or build your own omelette. The French toast (served with white chocolate, cornflake crunch, lemon purée, winter berries and butterscotch) is simply divine. For lunch, the espresso brisket roll with horseradish cream is the business. Sip on fresh juices, power shots and excellent coffee.

Kleinsky’s Delicatessen
This tiny New York-style deli is perpetually packed with fans of bagels and latkes. Join them, preferably with a latke Benedict. Poached eggs rest on pulled pastrami and crispy potato latkes. The delicious house pastrami also appears in the hash with eggs. For lunch, bagels are the way to go – try a Reuben with pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Or have the chicken-and-matzo-ball soup. It’s a bright, hip little space with local art on the walls.

La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro
The tapas offering changes daily: seared tuna in soya broth (with julienne vegetables and egg noodles) is jam-packed with umami-rich flavour. On the mains side, the pan-fried calamari and chorizo are well prepared and flavourful. Pulled lamb gnocchi is cloud-like and comes with a rich sauce of tomatoes, peas and artichokes. Kudos for a well-assembled and interesting selection of well-known and off-the-radar wines at very reasonable mark-ups.

La Mouettenominee for the 2017 Top 10
Opt for the five-course set menu and kick off with the likes of caramelised onion soup – a riff on the traditional French dish with a cheesy croquette (chef Henry Vigar’s speciality). Other highlights include a tartiflette with crisp ham hock, charred Dalewood Superlatif cheese and artichoke truffle purée, rich lamb neck with black garlic paste and buffalo milk yoghurt, and beef fillet with smoked bordelaise. For dessert, the melting ‘Ferrero Rocher’ is a gift for chocoholics. An excellent selection of wines, including some unusual estates, with by-the-glass options.

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Ristorante Posticino
This restaurant offers authentic, no-frills Italian classics. The signature dish of meatballs – four plump and tender beef meatballs smothered in a rich tomato sauce – is so comforting. If it’s available, try the vongole sauce, made from cooked clams and traditionally served with spaghetti. Pizzas are cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven, giving the dough a perfectly crisp base. End with tiramisu, cassata or Peppermint Crisp tart for good measure. In summer, sit outside on the patio, if you can.

Scheckter’s Raw Gourmet Health Food
This is among the few spots in Cape Town where vegans, health-nuts and foodies alike can find fare worthy of raving about. Sweet or savoury, the 100% vegan menu offers scrumptious items, from the raw organic cacao and activated mesquite granola jar, to the aptly named BVB (Best Vegan Burger), accompanied by smashed avocado, caramelised onions and a side of moreish sweet potato fries. Try the (almost) guilt-free raw organic treats for dessert.

Stop by for something healthy at Scheckter’s Raw. Photo supplied by the restaurant.

Chef and entrepreneur Seelan Sundoo has created a space to honour his south Indian roots. There are nods to Durban classics like bunny chow, braised fish roe, chops chutney, and duck curry. Tender lamb curry, kavrathi chicken and pineapple braised with black mustard seeds and coconut are firm favourites on the menu. For dessert, opt for the vermicelli in cardamom milk or buttery semolina soji.

Three Wise Monkeys
There’s always a crowd of young hipsters slurping ramen in rich, umami-laden broths. The beef brisket option has great depth of flavour and comes with a chicken-based broth, shoyu seasoning, miso, pickled cabbage, yaki corn, a five-minute marinated egg, spinach, leeks and wakame. Other choices include beef fillet, chicken, duck and veg. Finish with a chocolate-and-marshmallow s’more. They don’t take bookings, and are often full, but the wait is usually short.

The Asian-inspired fare keeps the crowds coming at Three Wise Monkeys. Photo supplied by the restaurant.

Mouille Point

The Butcher Shop & Grill
The name of the game is meat. Starters include superb steak tartare and lamb boerewors and lamb kidneys on a skewer. There are 15 different steak dishes done any way you would like them. Don’t miss the sticky ribs and the spectacular wine list. This a large space cleverly laid out with plenty of leather and wood. Stop at the butchery before you leave.

The Hussar Grill
This long-running steakhouse is all about prime cuts of beef. There is a wide selection of dressed-up steak dishes if you don’t feel like the perfect 300g rump. The brandy-flambéed Chateaubriand is popular, as is the adventurous oyster-stuffed Hussar Carpetbagger. If you really don’t want steak, you’ll find slow-cooked lamb shanks, burgers, salads and seafood, too. For the thirsty, there’s an extensive list of wines, single malts and brandies. A cosy atmosphere is created by leather-backed chairs inside, while terrace tables make the most of lovely sea views.

The T-bone steak at Hussar Grill in Mouille Point. Photo supplied.

The T-bone steak at Hussar Grill in Mouille Point. Photo supplied.

It’s café classics with a healthy twist at this pretty spot. Standouts include the almond overnight oats, vegan coconut curry, grilled hake with cauliflower couscous, serious mac and cheese, burgers on brioche buns, or fried chicken with spicy aioli. Finish with an inventive pudding like a skillet apple crisp or molten lava cake. Popular in summer, outdoor tables spill out onto the pavement. They don’t take bookings for breakfast.

Lily's bowl

One of the beautifully plated dishes at Lily’s. Photo supplied.

Camps Bay

Azure Restaurant
This fine-dining restaurant offers a diverse menu with themed tasting menus (including vegan and vegetarian). Smoked snoek is reinvented with the addition of a 75°C hen’s egg; the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with lamb shank tortellini is perfect meat-lover’s main. End the meal with key lime pie. An extensive list of wines has some big-hitting options. The terrace overlooks the ocean, great for sunset views.

The view at Azure Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Hout Bay

Look forward to innovative and original dishes packed with umami. The menu is divided into sea, land, earth and happy endings. Pick a few dishes to share. Highlights include soft-shell crab, firecracker prawns, yellowtail ceviche, gochujang-spiced grilled lamb cutlets, crispy pork and quail’s eggs, beef sliders, and grilled chicken yakatori. The deep-fried milk with red-pepper caramel and ponzu gel is a textural delight. Finish off with yuzu cream catalana with candied orange and black sesame snap or the peanut butter shake with toasted peanuts. Service is always top notch.

Kitima at the Kronendal
The Sunday all-you-can-eat buffets are legendary here. Many nooks and crannies provide a romantic and opulent setting. If ordering off the menu, start by sharing dumplings or the chef’s signature sashimi. For mains, the aromatic crispy duck served with pancakes is legendary, and Thai curries are packed with flavour. Kitima’s desserts are inspired, including the likes of Valhrona chocolate fondant with miso-caramel ice cream, and a peanut butter parfait with sesame brittle and chocolate truffle. Sip a cocktail made by skilled mixologists.

Quality imported ingredients, sublime home-made delicacies and Piedmontese passion in Massimo’s kitchen are a winning formula. Thirty kinds of wood-fired pizza made from stoneground flour are the heroes of the menu. They’re topped with gourmet ingredients, from mortadella to meatballs. An authentic pasta menu tempts, while vegetarians are spoiled with choices like artichoke or butternut and sage ravioli. Leave room for boozy desserts: a limoncello bomb or chocolate liqueur volcano. Service is always warm and hands-on at this lively, laid-back family trattoria.

These restaurants were rated highly enough by our panel of critics to make it into the latest issue of Eat Out magazine, which is on sale now. Want to give some shine to a little neighbourhood gem not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments.


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