Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town

R165 avg main meal; Breakfast for Non-residents R375 per person; R188 for Children under the age of 12; free for children under the age of 5; Sunday lunch: R395 per person
Groups, Special occasions
Bistro fare, Modern, South African
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Critic's review

The local celebrity chef may not often be in the kitchen at this flagship restaurant, but his stamp is firmly on the menu here, with a mix of upmarket bistro cuisine and reinvented South African flavours.

The recently trimmed-down menu begins with tapas-style ‘Table Toppers’ built for sharing: the generous portion of fragrant lamb bobotie samoosas is well worth a try. Order one of each of the five dishes and you’ve got a cracking shared starter for a small group. More traditional starters offer a mix of Reuben staples and tweaked bistro classics. The signature chilli-salted squid is there, but so too a beef tartar that's been given an Asian twist with ponzu-cured cucumber and a topping of sous vide egg yolk.

The standard of cooking has been ramped up a notch on this new menu, and it shows on the main courses. Gone is the predictable selection of wood-fired grills – in their place is an inventive range of main courses that will particularly keep meat-lovers happy. The signature pork belly tops the list, but don’t miss out on the veal loin with smoked carrot puree, or line fish with saffron linguine. Vegetarians are left with only one option: a smoked beetroot risotto. The cooking, quality and plating is high across the board here, but then so are the prices.

The ever-charming Head Sommelier, Luvo Ntezo, is amongst the best in the business, and his wine list here is a pleasure. The triple-volume glass-walled wine loft is home to the hotel’s substantial collection, which includes rare wines from exceptional vintages and oddities such as Waterford’s sought-after Library Collection of wines. There’s an excellent selection available by the glass, too. As you’d expect, though, prices are steep across the board.

Efficient, knowledgeable and friendly wait staff deliver superb service, although in such a large space the personal touch can be absent.

It’s a cavernous space that needs a crowd to lend a little atmosphere, but from the stemware to the table settings there’s an upmarket feel throughout.

There’s an excellent cheese offering on the dessert menu; be sure to leave space.

(September 2016)

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  • Our waitress was great, really attentive and knowledgable about the menu and wines. The african themed restaurant was nice, but not really for us. The food had some interesting flavour combinations and had an added twist on local SA flavours, but it fell short of the restaurants reputation. The food was beautifully presented but wasn't really a yummy meal all round. All in all, the restaurant was super fancy and the food just wasn't up to that standard unfortunately.
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Sunday Lunch at Reuben’s with Amy Tjasink

Embark on a culinary adventure with the whole family as South Africa’s favorite Celebrity chef Reuben Riffel creates an innovative, bistro-styled Sunday Lunch buffet of comfort cuisine along with live entertainment that everyone will love. Price R395 per person (children under 12 pay half price) | 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Chef & the Vine
One&Only Cape Town launches a culinary experience with the 2018 Chef and The Vine Series.  This monthly wine and dine programme brings together the best of the Cape’s wine farms paired with seasonal dishes in Reuben’s restaurant.  Hosted by Reuben’s head chef, Sandi Richmond, and One&Only Cape Town’s head sommelier, Luvo Ntezo, the ‘Chef & The Vine’ series is designed to tantalise the taste buds and satisfy the inner wine connoisseur. The food is carefully and delicately prepared to perfectly suit the wine of the night. These wines are provided by some of the top wine farms in the Cape.

The series starts off with Graham Beck Estate (22 February), followed by Marianne Estate (29 March), Delaire Graff Estate (26 April), Morganhof Estate (31 May), Avondale Estate (28 June), Springfield Estate (26 July), Jordan Vineyards (30 August), Hamilton Russell Vineyards (27 September), Warwick Estate (25 October), and Taste of MCC (29 November)

Cost: R595 per person

To book: 021 431 4511 or email

Madiba Dinner happening at Reuben’s on the 18th July 2018

Valid from - 2018-02-22 - 2018-11-29


  • Accepts credit cards
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  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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