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

We’ve curated a list of some of our top favourite Cape Town fine dining restaurants that are absolute must-visits for 2021. Some of these you’ll know. Others may come as a complete surprise.

Unfortunately, numerous of the top restaurants we listed in the past have closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read up on those here.

Of course, the global pandemic that has taken its toll on every person in the world still severely affects the restaurant industry. As South Africa goes in and out of various lockdown levels, opening times, tasting menus, and availability of alcohol and pairings may change.

Many of the below restaurants have now also begun offering fine dining delivery services and restaurant gift vouchers.

Since we can’t possibly choose a number one restaurant, we’ve decided to list these in alphabetical order.

So, here you go, our list of 20 of the best Cape Town fine dining restaurants to visit in 2021!

1. Cafe Charles

You wouldn’t necessarily classify Cafe Charles as a top fine-dining spot. It gives the appearance of a laid-back cafe and is also open for breakfast and lunch.

But, their food is divine enough to warrant inclusion. With a focus 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 Cape Town

Simple yet tasty – Cafe Charles never fails to impress

2. Chefs Warehouse

The Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic is the latest addition to this group and is already making headlines – and for a good reason.

Not only does the restaurant benefit from the exceptional views that only Tintswalo Atlantic can offer, but it brings to the table the same excellence that’s put Chefs Warehouse on the Cape Town restaurant map.

Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is well-known for similar reasons – a fantastic dining experience 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::

3 Cheyne’s

Cheyne’s in Hout Bay is probably the restaurant to visit if you’re looking to indulge in fine Asian cuisine.

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

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

Also keep your eyes open for Himitsu, an Asian restaurant that’s set to open in Camps Bay in due course!

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

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

4. Codfather

The Codfather doesn’t need to impress with Instagram glitz and glamour – they’ve been on the scene for that long and are consistently deemed one of Cape Town’s best seafood restaurants.

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

While great food matters, service and kindness matter too. We dealt with The Codfather extensively as part of the Restaurant Support Initiative in 2020 and were blown away at how friendly the team is.

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

5. Ëlgr

Ëlgr is the latest restaurant to occupy 75 Kloof Street, a beautiful restaurant space in Kloof Street’s centre with ample interior seating and a beautiful courtyard.

The restaurant has been established by Chef Jesper Nilsson, who is of Swedish heritage – ëlgr means ‘moose’ in old Norse.

While you won’t find moose on the menu, you will encounter Jesper’s curiosity of taste and regularly changing seasonal dishes with exciting and original yet simple flavours.

You’ll find them here: 75 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Say hello & book here: +27 21 422 0384 | reservations@elgr.co.za

6. Foodbarn

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

While the restaurant itself doesn’t offer much in terms of views, 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 numerous years and consistently impresses with delightful and original dishes packed with flavour.

In addition to their more fine dining dinners, 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

7. Foxcroft

We’ve visited Foxcroft numerous times, and they never fail to impress.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Foxcroft can perhaps best be described as your ‘casual’ fine dining spot.

With a laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous Constantia mountain views, and reasonable prices, they’re the perfect restaurant for a delightful Sunday lunch or a special occasion.

Their tasting menu is ever-changing, and they also offer plant-based menus and takeaway ‘Foxcroft At Home’ menus (as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic).

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

Foxcroft Constantia is a Cape Town fine dining gem

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

8. FYN

FYN brings together the kitchen and the dining room to create a unique sensory and culinary experience with a fine-dining take on fusion cuisine.

Headed up by culinary genius Chef Peter Tempelhoff, the dishes are meant to delight you on all levels.

In light of dietary requirements and lifestyle changes, FYN also offers various menus – the standard FYN menu, a pescetarian menu, a plant-based menu, and a bento experience.

FYN now also offers guests the chance to buy gift vouchers.

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

9. Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort

The Cellars-Hohenort is a world-class hotel nestled in the Constantia Valley. It is only fitting, then, that the mesmerising Greenhouse Restaurant further enhances it.

The restaurant is small and intimate – yet still allows for social distancing – and features an à la carte menu and an ever-changing tasting menu.

Dishes have been designed to be as unique and beautiful as they are tasty.

Greenhouse doesn’t merely offer you food – it offers you a complete dining extravaganza.

You’ll find them here: The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

Say hello & book here: +27 21 795 6226 | reservations@greenhouserestaurant.co.za

READ OUR GREENHOUSE RESTAURANT REVIEW

Greenhouse at Cellars Hohenort

The menu at Greenhouse offers something for everyone

10. Homespun

Homespun is the only restaurant across the bay that’s made it on to our list – but this is a must-visit spot.

Situated in Table View, 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.

The team has also expanded their offering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and you can now purchase gift vouchers or even enjoy their Homespun At Home experiences for an exceptional 5-course takeaway menu.

Also, check out their phenomenal Secret Supper Club that takes place every Monday – a 15-course immersive musical dining experience.

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

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

11. 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.

It sits proudly and unassumingly in the heart of Cape Town and has consistently impressed diners since its opening.

Select Kyoto dishes are now also available for delivery via the Mr D Food app.

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

Say hello & book here: +27 21 422 2001  | reservations@homespunbymatt.co.za

12. La Colombe

La Colombe has been consistently voted as one of the best restaurants in the world and the best restaurant in Africa – and it truly is an honour to dine here.

It is one of your best bets for a spectacular experience, from culinary creativity to extravagant tastes and world-class service.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, they’ve also expanded their offerings a bit, and you can purchase gift vouchers as well as an 8-course takeaway menu.

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

Pro tip: Best to Uber if you’re planning on doing a wine pairing.

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

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13. Kloof Street House

Kloof Street House is always a firm favourite.

A classic home converted into a restaurant and situated in the heart of Kloof Street, it lights up the city with old-school charm.

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

The food is delightful as well, and they offer regular 3-course menu specials.

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

14. Reverie Social Table

Reverie Social Table is a rare fine dining gem in the streets of Observatory, and, stepping into their simple one-room venue, you’ll feel instantly transported to a place where the outside world doesn’t matter.

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, wonderful 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. (Of course, you can always arrange for dietary requirements, etc.)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Reverie is currently only offering lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but will resume their regular dinner service – albeit with Covid-19 restrictions and limited guests – by March.

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

Reverie Social Table is a Cape Town fine dining must-visit spot

Reverie’s dishes are seasonal, ever-changing, and always delicious. Photo credit: Claire Gunn Photography

15. Salsify

The latest addition to the restaurant portfolio of Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame, with Chef Ryan Cole as co-owner and head chef, Salsify has already made its mark on the Cape Town culinary scene.

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 a 4-course and a 6-course tasting menu 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

16. Thali

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

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

Yet, it is so much more than that – an interpretation of Indian food that features dishes from across the Indian country, maximising on flavour, and enhancing presentation and the fine dining aspect.

On the menu, you’ll find a three-course tasting 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

17. The Potluck Club

The Potluck Club is best known as the gorgeous tapas venue adjacent to The Test Kitchen at the Old Biscuit Mill. Of course, this is another restaurant that’s part of the Luke Dale Roberts portfolio.

While the restaurant has been serving an exceptional small plates menu since 2012, the Covid-19 pandemic had led to some further developments.

You’ll now also get to experience The Potluck Club Home, their home-meal delivery service, as well as The Potluck Club Go, a takeaway venture situated at the Cavendish Connect in Claremont.

All menus feature 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

18. The Test Kitchen

No list of fine dining restaurants in Cape Town would be complete without The Test Kitchen.

Luke Dale Roberts is the mastermind behind a few of the restaurants on this list, and The Test Kitchen is his original claim to fame.

Consistently voted as one of the best restaurants in Africa and among the top fifty best restaurants in the world, The Test Kitchen brings world-class dining into an African space.

You’ll get to enjoy a 4-course or a 7-course tasting menu, with or without wine pairing. There is also a vegetarian menu available.

Latest from The Test Kitchen is the TTK Burgers menu, gourmet burgers that can be ordered online, and available for collection only.

You’ll find them here: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

Say hello & book here: +27 21 447 2337 | reservations@thetestkitchen.co.za

Tryn Restaurant

Tryn offers exceptional dishes that will wow you with every bite

19. Tryn

Tryn is the Steenberg Wine Estate’s signature restaurant, offering an elegantly designed dining area, 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 modern flair, expertly created by Executive 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

20. Upper Bloem 

(March 2021 Update: temporarily closed to flatten the curve; we’ll keep you updated once it’s re-opened)

Upper Bloem is not situated in Upper Bloem Street, as the name may suggest. Instead, the name pays tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town’s Upper Bloem Street, situated in the Bo-Kaap.

The restaurant itself delights in seasonally-inspired tapas-style dishes that feature a range of flavours, many of which hark back to the South African Indian culinary traditions.

Menu-wise, you can enjoy a five-course or an eight-course set menu, both available with or without wine pairing. There is also a vegan and vegetarian menu available.

You’ll find them here: Shop 1, Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point

Say hello & book here: +27 21 433 0291 | reservations@ubrestaurant.co.za

Haute Cabriere

Haute Cabriere offers exceptional dishes

Cape Town Fine Dining Notable Mentions

While we wanted to keep this list to twenty restaurants, you’ll find that Cape Town offers many more exceptional fine dining restaurants.

This is why we’ve decided to include a special mentions section, to name some of the many other restaurants that rank among Cape Town’s finest.

Even the notable mentions section is not exhaustive, but it will give you plenty of Cape Town fine dining restaurants to visit over the next year.

I hope 2021 is a year filled with health, happiness, and goodwill.

Written by Benike Palfi
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