The Shop

34 Reviews
Bistro fare, French, Health food, International, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0837825240 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday (Bookings on weekends advisable) 6pm to 11pm


R160 avg main meal
Bistro fare, French, Health food, International, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
R60 per bottle of wine, R80 per bottle Of MCC, 1 bottle per two people
R160 avg main meal
Business meetings, Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Licensed, Serves food, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jess Spiro


The ethos behind this restaurant is a simple one – cook beautiful ingredients well and let them do the talking. Kyle and Gabi work closely with local farmers and producers, sourcing all their ingredients ethically and responsibly. Drawing on classic French techniques, they have a number of dishes they’ve become known for, such as the beef carpaccio that comes with parmesan and a soy dressing that’s good enough to drink; the pillow-like potato gnocchi with silky carrot purée; and the splendidly unfussy slow-cooked lamb with pommes mousseline and jus.

The specials board is also worth a gander. Here you’ll find dishes inspired by highly seasonal and exciting produce, like roasted bone marrow with gremolata and sourdough toast, or simply grilled fish of the day in a delicate white wine sauce, broad beans and a generous blob of aïoli.

Dessert could be anything from crêpes Suzette topped with homemade ice cream to apple crumble and a perfect crème brûlée. No one is trying to be clever or challenging, and the result is irresistible, hearty food that you always want to eat.


The wine list is excellently curated (and priced) and includes a pleasant mix of niche brands in amongst the usual suspects. Look out for everything from Marras to Secateurs and Gabriëlskloof, and as well as great local beers and spirits.


Eating at The Shop is reminiscent of eating at a close friend’s home. From the moment you walk in, you’re warmly acknowledged and welcomed. The waitstaff are friendly, efficient and well-versed in the menu, and are able to talk you through each dish.


The term neighbourhood gem comes to mind when trying to describe The Shop, and the overall vibe is pleasant and buzzy, with several regulars in attendance.

Best for…

Simple, delicious food in a relaxed setting.

(August 2019)

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34 Reviews
    The Shop embraces you with a warm generous welcome from the moment you step inside. This character shines even more so in the attention to detail and the care with which each meal is prepared. Ones of the most intimate evenings we’ve had in CT.
    I hosted my 50th birthday lunch party for 30 guests at The Shop last weekend and what an incredibly special, wonderful occasion it was. The food was outstanding ... and we ate A LOT! Everything was served on platters on the table, making for a very relaxed, sharing affair which is exactly what I wanted. We started with home-baked sourdough & ciabatta served with an outstanding Chicken Liver Paté, farm-fresh radishes with butter & salt, smashed Broad Beans with Pecorino and home-marinated olives. We then gobbled our way through some delicious Calamari, grilled with chilli & garlic, Roasted Bone Marrow with green sauce (my absolute favourite!) and beautiful bowls of dressed green beans & broccoli with almonds. We had 28-day dry-aged, grass-fed Sirloin on the bone, roasted and carved onto platters and served with possibly the most delicious Cauliflower cheese I've ever eaten, Cavalo Nero and roasted farm carrots. A cheese board of perfectly ripe Dalewood Brie and Healy's cheddar with Kyles home-made Quince preserves and finally a Lemon Tart - beautiful pastry & the lightest, tangiest, tartest, lemony filling. No mean feat to get all of that food perfect, which it was, so that was impressive. The service was slick, smooth and unobtrusive so that was impressive too. The fact that Kyle took the time to explain the provenance of everything on the menu was also impressive. But the thing that blew me away completely was the warmth and care lavished on both myself and all of my guests by Kyle and Gabi. They truly allowed us to feel that we were eating lunch in the home of someone we loved which is, ultimately, what made the day so incredibly special. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
    I just absolutely love this place! From the delicious food (all ingredients can be traced back to the origin.), the great atmosphere and the passionate owners and staff. The Shop is something truely special!
    Are you f#%^*= kidding me??? A 3-course meal... Starter West Coast mussels with cabbage, bacon, and white wine cream...better than we found anywhere in France...with a bonus slice of sourdough fresh out of the oven Main Broad bean risotto with brown butter, radishes, and parmesan...better than we found anywhere in Italy Dessert Baked lemon pot with chantilly cream...tangy and utterly delicious ALL FOR R235!!! The equivalent of... £13 €15 $17 What you will pay for a few cups of coffee overseas!!!
    Third time visiting The Shop and we were not disappointed. Kyle and Gabi are wonderful owners with great attention to detail and a humble approach. What you think may be simple is so will thought out and executed perfectly. We tried different starters (creamy rich Jerusalem artichoke risotto, yum bone marrow and delicious lamb). I had the Calamari main which was tender and full of flavour. A friend had the steak which she referred to as the best ever and my husband had the fish-cooked perfectly. Simple food, cooked to perfection. This is sure to become our favorite local eatery in Cape Town. Keep it up!!
    What a truly magnificent place. The food is amazingly good and made with such love. It's so refreshing & exciting to find a new menu each time, filled with mouth watering, soulful meals.The owners are such amazing human beings who are always warm and kind. The ambience is wonderful! The Shop is an overall delightful experience! We'll go here over and over!
    Best. Calamari. Ever! Wonderful hosts too.
    What a pleasure to come back to the buzz of The Shop. Never ceases to disappoint. From the single dinner sipping wine at the bar to the fun filled table enjoying their Aperol . The food is always worth coming back for, even though I struggle to look passed the slow cooked lamb shoulder. The deserts a winter warmer for the soul. I'll be back very soon.
    It's like visiting friends. Food is always good and no request is too much
    Another great dinner at The Shop. Bravo! Their winter special options surprise and delight the taste buds as it is not the usual fare. Each dish has a twist that enhances the overall experience and speaks to Kyle's creativity and undeniable passion for cooking. This along with Gabi's warm and super attentive nature, complimented by some very skilled wait staff, makes you feel like their #1 guest. I would highly recommend The Shop.
    The Shop is exactly what you want from your neighbourhood bistro, and we'll definitely be going back again and again. The service was the perfect balance between friendly and discreet, and the dishes likewise achieve a beautiful balance between confident simplicity and detailed flavour. The gnocchi a la Romana were so delicately light, and I'm very glad my partner decided to go with the three course winter special, as I got to share his creamy white chocolate parfait.
    I take my son and grandson to eat here weekly. The owners are friendly and the staff is on the ball, not to mention the amazing food. I know when we go to eat there the food will be great, we will never have to wait long for food and their wine selection is perfect. Thank you for always making us feel so welcome.
    When a restaurant location changes owners, one has a sense of curiosity about how it will perform knowing of the legacy that once was. The Shop took that legacy and made it into its own and so much more, leading it to become a restaurant that my family and I visit weekly for a catch-up. From the friendly owners and staff to the phenomenal steaks and homely atmosphere, it really has become a part of my weekly routine and I would not change this for the world. When I do branch out and try something outside of the fillet, I am blown away by the creative and flavourful fish and alternative meat dishes which can always be accompanied by the wonderful wine selection. It really is one of Seapoint's treasures and I would highly recommend anyone to visit.
    Had a lovely evening ... food was tasty and the passion evident. Worth a visit !
    Having frequently dined at The Shop, I have yet to be anything less than overwhelmed at each dish. The menu varies slightly from week to week ensuring the best in seasonal quality. My go-to to impress guests visiting the city, The Shop serves French inspired food with detail in every dish. Highly recommended.
    This review is in terms of the best steakhouse. The Shop is not really a Steakhouse, but it does serve the best steak in town. We used to frequent Buzbey's Grill frequently for the best "Hollandse Biefstuk" cooked by Jimmy. When Jimmy retired and Kyle and Gabi took over the business and change it into "the Shop", I wasn't sure what to expect. With the large number of good restaurants in Cape Town one had a lot of options, but I thought let me check it out and I was blown away by the welcoming by Kyle and Gabi and the steak was simply divine. The sourcing of the meat and all other products plays a big role here and it shows. If you haven't tried a steak here, then you can't judge. The rest of the menu is also varied and very tasty. A go to place for any occasion.
    This is my go to place if I want a quick bite to eat or a leisurely dinner. Kyle and Gabi are the perfect hosts. The service is superb and friendly without being over the top. The dishes are superb with a nice selection for everyone. The steaks are always done to perfection. Great care is taken in the sourcing of products as I found out when commenting on the mash (which was the best I had ever tasted). Kyle mentioned that he sourced it from a different province due to the change of season and the effect of the cold on the potato. This attention to detail and love for cooking is evident in the end result.
    Excellent value for money, attentive and friendly service. Food is honest, delicious, very flavourful and must be one of the best neighborhood restaurants I have encountered in a long while. Please support The Shop, it's an Atlantic Seaboard gem.
    Course for course and rand for rand, The Shop is amazing. We have been to places charging 4x for much worse and the lovely ambience, atmosphere and staff make it even better. The fish cakes and sirloin are out of this world but lots of places in Cape Town do well on mains. The Shop stands out on all sauces, the holistic nature of the 3 course menu and especially dessert. My wife loves creme brulee. I like it but it’s not my passion. This is the best we’ve ever had and the sticky toffee and macaroons are also amazing. We have come twice in one week and hope to be back soon.
    I will admit that I created my account specifically to write this review and that I am visiting from the States, but might I say this may be the best restaurant experience I have had in Cape Town. First, the ambiance. I came on a Saturday night for a relaxed dinner with family and the restaurant was quiet, and dimly lit by candles and soft overhead lights. I was quickly greeted and shown to my table. Drink orders were taken and delivered promptly and the server was exceptionally attentive, noticing our catching up and patiently waiting to cover the specials board. We were lucky enough to come just in time for the winter specials, an amazing value and better experience. I opted for the 3 course meal which was reasonably priced at R235. Though I was assured I could decide after the first and second courses whether I would be interested in dessert, and I’m very glad I opted in. I started with the fish croquettes which came with a small dressed salad, a delicious and creamy tomato sauce, as well as home made tartar sauce. The croquettes were both crispy and light. Next, my main was a petite 150 g sirloin with mash and a mix of roasted and glazed seasonal vegetables. Though it may sound like too small a portion, it was more than filling! The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the vegetables and mash were an excellent complement to the star of the dish. Lastly, I ended my meal with one of the best sticky toffee puddings I have ever had accompanied only by a remarkably creamy condensed milk ice cream. The most difficult decision of my night was deciding between the sticky toffee pudding and the alternative creme brûlée! Overall, my experience at The Shop was exceptional and I wouldn’t hesitate returning for another wonderful meal and experience. Come with friends, family, or someone special, but certainly don’t forget to add this restaurant to your list!
    My husband and I came here twice in a week! Really recommend this restaurant. It’s fantastic food for affordable rates!
    Excellent food with a homey and warm ambience, if you craving a home feeling vibe.
    I had the pleasure of dining at the The Shop on Wednesday evening. I wish that I had skipped lunch because everything (and i mean EVERYTHING) at The Shop is amazing. We had an early dinner and from when we walked in, we were met with the most amazing aromas from the kitchen. Gabi and Kyle welcomed us so graciously, and we were suprised with little espresso cups of mussel soup - we had an argument at the dinner table as to the contents of the soup because it was so rich and decadent, and were suprised to find it had no butter or cream in - just the most intense and incredible flavours of the sea. For main course we opted for the petite fillet for my colleague (cooked to absolute perfection) and I had the slow roasted lamb, and boy, was it impressive. I come from the Karoo, a descendant of lamb meat farmers, and I know a good piece of lamb when i see it but this one knocked my socks off. A solid, decent, more than enough portion, with the most incredible jus and mash. Dessert was creme brulee and again - wow. Creme brulee is the one thing i refuse to pass on in a restaurant, so i have had my fair share of creme brulees, good and bad, and this one has to rank in the top three. We were alone in the whole restaurant for our whole dinner, so it was empty but the music selection was great, the service from our waiter was honestly without fault and we felt like we were being waited on hand and foot without being made to feel that the service was overbearing. I cannot recommend them high enough. Thank you Kyle & Gabi!
    Kyle and Gabi are amazing hosts. So welcoming, warm and friendly. Enjoyed my meal - delicious, tasty food - some family favorites with a twist. Definitely a Sea Point favorite
    What an absolute pleasure! The food at this unassuming establishment was a whole level above any other food we sampled in Cape Town. The menu is very obviously crafted by highly experienced chefs, with locally sourced produce as the star of the show. The simple, classic flavours where second to none, matched only by the excellent service we received by the front of house staff. Highlights included the amazing matched wines, the creme brûlée (oh my god, the creme brûlée!), the pate and the melt-in-your-mouth beef fillet topped with their signature cafe de Paris butter. Although we live in Melbourne, the temptation of just one more mouthful will be enough to bring us back to Cape Town soon. Can’t recommend enough.
    Fantastic little spot run by a vibrant young couple who are welcoming and engaging. Service is prompt and their menu always delights. Whenever I eat here I feel like I'm part of the family and love the atmosphere of The Shop. Fantastic food served by amazing people leaves one eagerly awaiting one's next visit!
    After stalking their Instagram page for approximately the last two months, I finally had the pleasure of dining at their restaurant on my birthday last week-Thursday,6th of June 2019. I love everything about this place-the food that is seasonal,sustainably sourced and free range,the retro decor still taken over from the former Buzbey Grill,the history of how The Shop came to be and the incredibly down to earth owners Kyle and Gabi. The shop is currently running a winter special that offers a 2-course meal for R195.00 and a 3-course for R235.00.Both are extremely great options for value for money. My husband and I both opted for the 3-course meal. We both started with the mussels-steamed with bacon,leek and cream. They were so fresh and delicious. Mains- we both opted for the short rib with mash and brussel sprouts-we both ate our main dishes with a spoon-that's how incredibly soft the meat was-what a wholesome winter dish that warmed you from the inside and put a huge smile on both our faces. For dessert my husband had the sticky toffee pudding which he enjoyed and I opted for the creme brulee which had a crystal caramel burnt top that I had to crack open-the sound alone assured me that I had made the right choice. This was one of the best meals we have had in such a long time as you try to stay current and visit all the recommended restaurants but we feel that so many restaurants put a plate of food in front of you that has no thought or love behind it and then charge you a fortune. The Shop as its name,is simple,honest delicious food in an intimate space-a winning recipe for success. We cannot wait to go back.
    I had dinner at the shop last night with my friend and the service was awesome! For dinner I had the crispy octopus for starters which was the best ever and form Mains I had the duo of venison with roasted carrots and Brussel sprouts which was beautiful. All in all the best dinner ❤️
    Kyle and Gabi have the formula so well figured out - these two know how to make a restaurant work better than so many others. As a tour guide I eat around 800 restaurant meals a year (Im not joking! Breakfast lunch and dinner daily in restaurants is the norm for me) and one of the spots I love going to in my free time is The Shop. the whole thing is so brilliantly done - its just phenomenal! When my touring guests have free time, I encourage them to eat there - I know theyll be looked after properly and most importantly as valued guests and not just another number! Their menu - these two arent scared to try new things - if guests request something a few times, they figure out how to do it, do it better than others and then once they have it figured out, it goes on to the menu! Thats what makes a good Restaurant in my humble opinion. Kudo's to Kyle and Gabi!
    Affordable and classy food, paired with a welcoming atmosphere. Only the freshest produce from sustainable farming, fishing and butcher sources. It’s speaks volumes and shows just how much thought goes behind the running of this business. Although not a wine connoisseur, there are plenty of good wines where Gabi - with so much wine knowledge, could easily guide you through your choices on the evening. A new kid on the block, with a whole lot of goodness to offer!
    Great food and service, family business .

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