The top everyday eateries in the Mother City have been decided, after a year long public voting process via the Eat Out app and website as well as scoring from professional critics.
If you’re wondering where to gobble up the best burgers, seafood, Asian-inspired cuisine, Indian dishes or country-style lunches in Cape Town, we’ve got you covered.
Without further delay, here are the Cape’s best everyday eateries as well as some highly recommended must-try spots:
1. Best Asian-Inspired Eatery – SHIO
With a modern yet traditional feel, Shio serves up some delightful asian-inspired dishes and makes for a great Instagram picture too!
Enjoy Japanese delicacies like tuna tartare, Tokyo beef yakitori and XO soba noodles.
Reviewer Lornida Voges says, “Any true foodie knows that eating out is not just about food but about the experience as a whole, and from the entrance of Shio Restaurant to your table, you will undoubtedly be wowed.”
Contact: 064 661 7474
Address: 49 Napier St, Cape Town, 8001
Asian Inspired, Highly recommended – Active Sushi
If you’re looking for an affordable and delicious sushi option, Active Sushi should be on your list.
“This wonderful restaurant always provides amazing quality food at good prices. The service and vibe is always on point, ” says reviewer, Duncan Willis.
Contact: 021 418 2604
Address: 32 Hudson St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
2. Best Bistro – Avontuur Estate Restaurant
With ideal outside seating looking out over the picturesque Avontuur Estate and hearty meals to please every palate, this local bistro is a must-visit.
“My husband and I return to this restaurant again and again whenever we travel to the area,” says reviewer, Julie Dettman.
Contact: 021 855 4296
Address: 7130 R44, Firgrove Rural, Somerset West, 7130
Highly Recommended Bistro – Skotnes
Located at the exquisite Norval Foundation, Skotnes offers not only exceptionally prepared meals but easy access to local art.
“An exquisite experience for all the senses, from the presentation (which is in itself a work of art) right through to the last cup of coffee after your sensational meal,” says reviewer, Abigail Henzen.
Contact: 087 654 5902
Address: 4 Steenberg Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945
3. Best Burger Eatery – Jerry’s Burger Bar
Jerry’s Burger Bar in Blouberg serves up some heaping helpings of burger glory but also offers a delightful backdrop of Cape Town’s most iconic landmark.
“With Table Mountain and a glorious ocean view set as your surrounding, this family orientated restaurant in Blouberg is a must-visit,” says reviewer Ikeraam Daniels.
Contact: 021 556 0852
Address: 1st Floor Portico Building, Athens Road, Blouberg, Cape Town, 7439
4. Best Coffee Shop – Pajamas & Jam Eatery
For breakfast, lunch and especially coffee, make your way to the refined and pretty Pajamas & Jam eatery in Strand.
Everything from healthy vegetarian options to creative pastries and croissants can be found on the menu.
“The setting is beautifully done. The food looks exquisite and tastes delicious. The service is friendly and helpful. Everything you could ask for in a restaurant.” – says local reviewer, Sean Michael. Lubbe.
Contact: 021 854 6408
Address: 32 Van Zyl St, Strand, Cape Town, 7140
Highly Recommended Coffee Spot – Boston Coffee
These handcrafted coffee roasters make each cup with passion and respect for the art, it is a great spot to meet up with friends and enjoy a well-made warming java boost.
“Absolutely amazing. You can taste the love, care and passion in everything you order. This is not just another coffee place, where the barista just make another coffee,” says local reviewer, Erica Siebrits.
Contact: 076 153 9450
Address: Corner Cleveland street and 12th Avenue Boston Bellville, Western Cape
5. Best Country-Style Eatery – Ons Huisie
For homegrown, down to earth, wholesome meals with a beach view, locals need not look any further than Ons Huisie.
Every meal is prepared with love and fills every crevice of the stomach.
“The food is great, the atmosphere is perfect for relaxation and the staff are friendly,” says local, Kuhlula Ndhima.
Contact: 021 554 1553
Address: 18 Generaal Jansen Road, Bloubergstrand
Highly Recommended Country-Style Eatery – Karoo Art Hotel
Art, culture, mountain views and splendid food, is there anything more a local could ask for?
“Absolutely superb food served in the most beautiful hotel! The head chef is incredibly versatile and catered for my vegan needs without hesitation.” says local Tessa Barlin.
Contact: 028 572 1226
Address: 30 van Riebeeck Street, 6750 Barrydale
6. Best Indian-inspired Eatery – The Indian Chapter
For a spicy and flavourful authentic taste of Indian set your sights on The Indian Chapter.
Visitors can enjoy a delightful and wholesome menu filled with Indian must-trys.
“The best Indian food on the West Coast! The Indian Chapter is a hidden gem in Tableview with a cosy inviting atmosphere and excellent service,” says Jules Morrison.
Contact: 021 557 5524
Address: Carnaby, 9 Marine Cir, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, 7441
Highly recommended Indian-inspired Eatery – Marigold Indian Restaurant
Lovers of Indian cuisine should not pass up the chance to visit this gem when in Franschhoek, the Marigold is often praised for its unforgettable dishes and vibrant atmosphere.
“Good reason why it is recommended as one of the best in Franschhoek. Put it on your bucket list” – Adriaan P van der Colf
Contact: 021 876 8970
Address: 9 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
7. Best Italian-Inspired Restaurant – Giulio’s Café
Grab yourself some fresh, rich and authentic Italian grub at the city’s best Italian Eatery, Giulio’s Cafê.
If you love pasta, pizza or traditional Italian sauces, you’ll be head over heals for Giulio’s.
“We are only in Cape Town once or twice a year and when we are in Town, we make sure to eat at Giulio’s. Hands down the best breakfast and the pasta and pizza is as authentic Italian as it gets,” says René Solomon.
Contact: 021 418 6304
Address: Cornerstone House, 16 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Highly Recommended Italian-Inspired Restaurant – A Tavola
If you stay in the Southern Suburbs or happen to be in the area, stop over at A Tavola for some good old Italian cooking.
“A Tavola is a hidden gem in the Southern Suburbs, and definitely on my list of top 5 Italian restaurants in Cape Town,” says Adriana Roos.
Contact: 021 671 1763
Address: Shop 1, Library Square, Wilderness Road, 7708 Cape Town, Western Cape
8. Best Seafood Eatery – Kyoto Garden Sushi
No seafood restaurant can rival the mouthwateringly unique offering of Kyoto Garden Sushi.
From squid and octopus served with ink, to sea urchins and fresh prawns, plus an unforgettable rank of Japanese whiskeys, you can’t go wrong at Kyoto.
“By far the freshest fish in Cape Town. The scallops melt in your mouth. Good wine and good food! They will definitely see me again,” says Liezel Rossouw.
Contact: 021 422 2001
Address: 11 Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens, 8001 Cape Town, Western Cape
9. Best Steakhouse – Rare Grill
If a good cut of meat is your favourite dish, make sure you visit Rare Grill.
Visitors can enjoy thick cuts of a variety of decadent meats as well as marrow bones, cooked to perfection.
”I just love the Rare Grill! We have been quite a few times and have invited friends and family along – no-one has ever been disappointed. They always have different cuts on offer and they are always superb,” says Mayola Gouveia.
Contact: 076 460 0423
Address: Shop 3 166 2nd Avenue, Kenilworth, 7700 Cape Town, Western Cape
These are the lovely culinary professionals responsible for bringing the Mother City these foodies favourites, who were awarded their certificates last night at the Eat Out Everyday Eastery Awards.
Congratulations to all.