Cape Town is a fine-dining gem. It offers a world of the best restaurants, award-winning chefs, and tantalising dishes at often very reasonable prices. 

To help you experience some of the top restaurants in Cape Town, we’ve curated a list of some of our favourite places.

These are the Cape Town fine dining restaurants that are absolute must-visits for 2022. Some of these you’ll know. Others may come as a complete surprise.

This year, a few of the previously best restaurants in Cape Town have fallen away – victims of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can reminiscence about the fallen gems, like the beloved Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort and The Test Kitchen, in our tribute article on restaurant closures.

Since we can’t possibly choose a number one, we’ve decided to list the below trendy restaurants in alphabetical order.

So, here you go, our list of 20 of the best Cape Town fine dining restaurants to visit in 2022!

Cafe Charles

Marketed as a laid-back cafe that’s also open for breakfast and lunch, you wouldn’t necessarily classify Cafe Charles as a top fine-dining spot.

But, their food is divine enough to warrant inclusion, and they’ve managed to keep up the excellence consistently. 

Focusing on local, organic, and free-range, Cafe Charles creates sustainably sourced, tasty, and beautiful dishes.

Visit them for a genuine culinary surprise in a casual setting with a regularly changing menu.

You’ll find them here: 137 Waterkant Street, Cape Town

Say hello & book here: +27 87 743 2359 | hello@charles.capetown

READ OUR CAFE CHARLES REVIEW

Cafe charles restaurant at de waterkant - cape town fine dining with a twist

Simple yet tasty – Cafe Charles never fails to impress

Chefs Warehouse

Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse has been consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Cape Town – and for good reason.

There are now multiple Chefs Warehouse branches around, all offering a unique twist of flavours and dishes.

  • Beau Constantia: Their tapas-style set menu celebrates South-East Asian flavours and combines local, seasonal ingredients from the farm and surrounds.
  • Tintswalo Atlantic: The contemporary tapas set menu draws inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean and focuses on marine produce.
  • Maison: This Franschhoek Village country restaurant offers a contemporary small plates menu.
  • Pinchos & Wine Bar: This Bree Street hub focuses on Spanish treats available on an a la carte menu.

Our recommendation? Visit the Beau Constantia or Tintswalo Atlantic branches for great food and breathtaking views!

You’ll find them here:

  • Beau Constantia: 1043, Constantia Main Road, Constantia 
  • Tintswalo Atlantic: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay

Say hello & book here::

Cheyne’s

Cheyne’s in Hout Bay has long been known as the restaurant to visit if you’re looking to indulge in fine Asian cuisine.

Their menu is divided into SEA, LAND, EARTH, and HAPPY ENDINGS and features sharing plates you can order individually or as part of a set menu experience.

Cheyne’s is also the mastermind behind Lucky Bao, offering Asian street food, Shio, which focuses on Japanese cuisine, and Ding Dong, a Japanese food and cocktail bar.

Himitsu restaurant in Camps Bay, an extension of the group, offers the most mesmerising views of Camps Bay, but average food and terrible service take this restaurant off our list this year.

Visit the tried-and-trusted Cheyne’s instead.

You’ll find them here: 35 Main Road, Hout Bay

Say hello & book here: +27 66 412 3289 | cheynesrestaurant@gmail.com

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Codfather

The Codfather doesn’t need to impress with Instagram glitz and glamour. They’ve been on the scene long enough to have established themselves as one of Cape Town’s best seafood restaurants.

With world-class sushi and a deli selection of only the freshest seafood, you’ll undoubtedly find anything your heart desires.

Stuck on what to choose? We’d highly recommend their phenomenal sushi!

Also, this spot gets bonus points for the witty name.

You’ll find them here: 37 The Drive – Camps Bay

Say hello & book here: +27 21 438 0782 | codfather@mweb.co.za

Foodbarn

You’ll find this exceptional fine dining gem off the beaten track in Noordhoek.

While the restaurant lacks views of the gorgeous scenery, you probably won’t be able to take your eyes off the food anyway!

The Foodbarn has been on the Cape Town foodie map for years and consistently impresses with delightful and original dishes packed with flavour.

In addition to their more fine dining dinner menu, you can also visit them for cafe-style breakfasts and lunch.

You’ll find them here: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Cape Town

Say hello & book here: +27  21 789 1390 | info@thefoodbarn.co.za

Foxcroft tasting menu

Foxcroft offers a well-priced tasting menu that will delight your senses

Foxcroft

In many ways, Foxcroft is the perfect restaurant.

Unpretentious and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Foxcroft gives you everything you need – and consistently manages to impress.

With a laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous Constantia mountain views, and reasonable prices, they’re our number one choice for a delightful Sunday lunch or a special occasion.

They keep things fresh with an ever-changing tasting menu, with regular, reduced, and plant-based options available.

You’ll find them here: Shop 8, High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

Say hello & book here: +27 21 202 3304 | reservations@foxcroft.co.za

READ OUR LATEST FOXCROFT REVIEW

FYN

FYN unites the kitchen and the dining room to create a unique sensory and culinary experience in a semi-casual setting.

Headed up by culinary genius Chef Peter Tempelhoff, the FYN take on fusion cuisine aims to delight on all levels.

Like many modern restaurants, FYN offers various tasting menus, including the standard menu, pescetarian menu, plant-based menu, and a bento experience.

You’ll find them here:  5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town

Say hello & book here: +27  21 286 2733 | info@fynrestaurant.com

Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock

Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock is an absolute delight.

Not only does it offer fantastic views and great wines, but the food creations are real works of art with beautiful flavours and many unique combinations.

They have two-course, three-course, five-course, and seven-course tasting menus available, with or without wine pairing. There’s also a vegan option.

We’d recommend opting for the seven-course tasting menu with wine pairing for the full experience.

You’ll find them here: Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600

Say hello & book here: +27 21 888 4750 | gate@quoinrock.co.za

READ OUR GÅTE RESTAURANT REVIEW

Gate Restaurant Quoin Rock Salad - Cape Town fine dining at its best

Dishes at Gåte Restaurant are beautiful and delicious

Grub & Vine

Chef Matt Manning serves up five-star quality food in this bistro-style restaurant at the heart of Cape Town’s CBD.

Both the wine list and the food menu change regularly to keep things at Grub & Vine fresh and exciting while supporting various local producers.

Expect good food served as a seasonal tasting menu, with or without wine pairing.

You’ll find them here: 103 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD

Say hello & book here: +27 87 153 5244 | info@mattmanningchef.com

Homespun

Homespun is the only restaurant across the bay that continuously makes it on to our list – and for good reason.

Situated in Blouberg, Homespun stands out like an unexpected blooming rose and offers a contemporary fusion menu that’s crafty and delicious.

With an unpretentious and simple space, the restaurant lets its food do the talking – and it’s likely to seduce you.

You’ll find them here: 3C Porterfield Road, Table View

Say hello & book here: +27 21 556 2824 | reservations@homespunbymatt.co.za

Kloof Street House

You can never go wrong with Koof Street House.

A classic home converted into a restaurant at the heart of Kloof Street, this gem lights up the city with old-school charm.

The garden and the interior are exquisite, with nooks and crannies filled with wonderful secrets and stories.

Dishes are simple but expertly put together and offer an explosion of flavours.

Also, try some of their world-class cocktails. Porn Star Martini, anyone?

You’ll find them here: 30 Kloof Street, Gardens

Say hello & book here: +27 21 423 4413 | info@kloofstreethouse.co.za

Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden is one of Cape Town’s signature Japanese restaurants.

It offers an authentic menu that focuses on sushi, sashimi, and seafood but also includes items like Wagyu beef, duck, and Ramen.

This restaurant sits proudly and unassumingly in the heart of the city – and you might miss it if you didn’t know it was there.

Kyoto Gardens has been a firm favourite with Cape Town locals for years.

You’ll find them here: 11 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof

Say hello & book here: +27 21 422 2001  

La colombe is one of the best Cape Town fine dining restaurants

La Colombe is timeless

La Colombe

La Colombe has been consistently voted as one of the best restaurants in the world and the best restaurant in Africa.

It truly is an honour to dine here, and if you only choose one Cape Town fine dining restaurant to visit, this should be it.

If you’re craving an out-of-this-world experience, from culinary creativity to extravagant tastes and world-class service, then La Colombe should be your go-to.

If you’re out in Franschhoek, you can also visit La Petite Colombe, their equally excellent sister restaurant.

You’ll find them here: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek

Say hello & book here: +27 21 794 2390 | reservations@lacolombe.co.za

READ OUR LA COLOMBE REVIEW

La Petite Ferme

While we love staying in the Mother City, sometimes a drive out into the wine lands is a must – and there is no place prettier than Franschhoek, not even an hour away from the Cape Town CBD.

This year, we’ve added the restaurant at La Petite Ferme to our list of must-visit places.

With a seasonal set menu at exceptional prices, phenomenal views, and fantastic service, La Petite Ferme is a spot you’ll want to be visiting in 2022.

We also love that the restaurant focuses on home-brand wines, which aren’t always easy to find!

You’ll find them here: Franschhoek Pass Road, 7690, Franschhoek

Say hello & book here: +27 21 876 3016/8 | reception@lapetiteferme.co.za

READ OUR LA PETITE FERME REVIEW

La petite ferme restaurant confit pork belly and kudu loin

La Petite Ferme is a Franschhoek gem worth the drive!

Reverie Social Table

Reverie Social Table is a rare fine dining gem in the streets of Observatory.

Based on the concept of social dining, everyone packs away their phones and shares one large table, ready to be delighted by Chef Julia Hattingh’s exceptional creations, beautiful stories, and lots of wine.

With an ever-changing seasonal menu, you’re never quite sure what you’ll get.

But we can guarantee that it will always be delicious.

You’ll find them here: 226A Lower Main Road, Observatory

Say hello & book here:: +27 21 447 3219 | info@reverie.capetown

READ OUR REVERIE SOCIAL TABLE REVIEW

Salsify

Chef Ryan Cole and his team have put Salsify on the map – and it plans on staying.

This restaurant is situated at The Roundhouse, a heritage building in Camps Bay nestled under the sloping rise of Lion’s Head.

Salsify conjoins the classical charm of the venue with historical artworks and dishes that are full of awe and flavour.

Offering 4-course and 6-course tasting menus that are available for lunch and dinner, as well as a sumptuous Sunday lunch, Salsify has something to meet all your fine dining wishes.

You’ll find them here: The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay

Say hello & book here: +27 21 010 6444 | reservations@salsify.co.za

Thali

Liam Tomlin, of Chef Warehouse fame, and Dimo Papachristodoulou from The Fat Cactus and Long Street Cafe, joined forces to open Thali in 2016.

The restaurant can best be described as “Indian fine dining“.

Yet, it is so much more.

It is an interpretation of Indian food that features dishes from across the Indian country, maximising flavour and enhancing presentation and the fine dining aspect.

On the menu, you’ll find a three-course tasting menu that takes you from mild to hot dishes, a vegetarian tapas menu designed for two, as well as a vegan menu designed for one or two people.

You’ll find them here: 3 Park Road, Gardens

Say hello & book here: +27 21 286 2110 | info@thalitapas.co.za

Tryn Restaurant At Steenberg Starters

Enjoy great food and mesmerising views at Tryn

The Pot Luck Club

One of the last remaining strongholds in the Luke Dale-Roberts restaurant portfolio after the closing of The Test Kitchen and The Shortmarket Club, The Pot Luck Club is still going strong.

This is a must-visit tapas venue at the Old Biscuit Mill.

The restaurant has been serving an exceptional small plates menu since 2012, offering contemporary and Asian-inspired tapas dishes to enjoy alone or share with friends and family.

You’ll find them here: Silo Top Floor, Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

Say hello & book here: +27 21 447 0804 | reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za

Tryn

Tryn is the Steenberg Wine Estate’s signature restaurant, offering an elegantly designed dining area, a modern cocktail bar, and a tranquil vineyard terrace overlooking the idyllic Constantia Valley Winelands.

It is a marriage between classic charm and modern confidence, featuring a menu of traditional dishes with touches of contemporary flair, expertly created by Chef Kerry Kilpin.

Be prepared to be wowed with every course, from amuse-bouche right through to desserts.

We also love the focus on ethically sourced and sustainable products.

You’ll find them here: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley

Say hello & book here: +27 21 713 7178 | info@tryn.co.za

READ OUR TRYN RESTAURANT REVIEW

Werf Restaurant At Boschendal

The exquisite Werf Restaurant lies at the heart of the Boschendal Wine Estate near Franschhoek.

This restaurant epitomises soil-to-fork dining, with ingredients like vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs, beef, and pork sourced directly from the farm.

Other ingredients are sourced from nearby farms.

The menu is also prepared seasonally to highlight what’s available in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and surrounds at any particular time.

Enjoy fresh, local dishes with a sharing aspect that will leave you craving more!

You’ll find them here: Boschendal Wine Estate, Franschhoek (turn-off from the R310)

Say hello & book here: +27 21 870 4274 | reservations@boschendal.co.za

READ OUR WERF RESTAURANT REVIEW

Werf restaurant at boschendal wine estate

Werf Restaurant at Boschendal offers seasonal sharing plates

Cape Town Fine Dining Notable Mentions

While we wanted to keep our best restaurants list to twenty, there are many more top places to visit in Cape Town.

So, we’ve had to include a few more in a special mentions section.

The below few also rank among the best Cape Town’s fine dining restaurants that are worth visiting.

  • Aubergine: Classic, sophisticated, and consistently excellent, Aubergine has always been a must-visit venue.
  • Belly of the Beast: If you’re after exquisite nose-to-tail dining, Belly of the Beast is an excellent choice with a tasting menu for lunch and dinner.
  • Elgr: Inspired by Chef Jasper Nilsson’s Nordic background, Elgr restaurant on Kloof Street combines a world of flavours to create unique dishes.
  • Haute Cabriere: While offering fantastic views of the Franschhoek Valley, Haute Cabriere aims to keep your eyes on the food with excellent dishes and fine wine. Read our Haute Cabriere review.
  • Hemelhuijs: Regardless of whether you want breakfast, lunch or dinner, Hemelhuijs is the inner-city casual fine dining spot that’s got you covered.
  • Sea Breeze: This Bree Street seafood gem may have a small menu, but Sea Breeze consistently manages to astound with every dish.

Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive either.

Cape Town truly is a culinary hotspot that’s worth exploring time and time again.

Last updated: February 2022