Top 10 restaurants in Cape Town Central, South Africa

April 10, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Cape Town glistens at the southern toe of the African continent. Tourist brochure-views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are within easy driving distance of "The Mother City." The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve provides sweeping sea vistas, hiking trails and wildlife encounters. On a more somber note, travelers can visit Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years.
Things to do in Cape Town Central

1. Pigalle Restaurant

57A Somerset Road | Green Point, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 421 4343
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pigalle Restaurant

Well-known as the perfect venue for a stylish evening out, we offer guests live entertainment from our dance floor alongside superb dinner courses. Renowned for our fresh seafood and Chalmar steak, our menu comprises of classic dishes with a subtle Portuguese flair. Including a spacious cigar lounge and private dining room our venue is versatile as well as suitable for private functions.

Reviewed By Janessa D - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a delight to find a restaurant where service, food and ambiance combine to make a wonderful mix. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter's recommendations were spot on. The food flavours were sublime and the portion sizes surprisingly large. I was on crutches and the management saw me "walking" toward the restrooms, only to move ahead of me to open doors and assist. in a time were service excellence has become a rarity, Pigalle stands out for me as a cut above. Have been singing there praises to many and will definitely be back!

2. Addis in Cape Ethiopian Restaurant

Corner Long & Church Streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 21 424 5722
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 690 reviews

Addis in Cape Ethiopian Restaurant

Addis in Cape! Voted best African Eatery in Cape Town, an authentic Ethiopian restaurant that caters for Non-vegetarian, Vegan and Vegetarian clients. We provide a unique communal dining experience you, your family and friends will remember. From traditional hand-wash ceremonies to our traditional Ethiopian coffee we promise a memorable experience. Ethiopian cuisine is famous for its rich aromas and generous use of herbs and spices. The country was historically situated on trading routes that included the trade of many exotic spices; this history has had a tremendous influence on the taste of Ethiopian food as we know it. Today most of the herbs and spices are blended and prepared in the home with great love and attention, as are those used in Addis in Cape. The dishes that you taste here are unique to Ethiopia and we are proud as a restaurant to share them with you.

Reviewed By oris2017

Don’t waste any minute and go there for the best service and tasty healthy food! Amazing dishes, great drinks - you can never go wrong hereGood day, Thank you very much for your 5 star rating your appreciation for good healthy food and service is highly noted. We hope to serve you again soon, where warm greetings await you. āmeseginalehu ( Thank you ) Addis in Cape Team

3. Fork Restaurant

84 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards African, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 21 424 6334
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fork Restaurant

Reviewed By Deborah C - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

In the last 3 weeks we have visited Fork 5 times. As locals we have tried many places that serve tapas and this is definitely one of the best. The only way to describe the tapas is DELICIOUS and they are consistently that way. We love the Raclette fondue, the Fig rocket tomatoe and feta salad and the pan seared ostrich fillet on sweet potato amongst many others. The restaurant is a piece of fun sophistication in Vibey Long street with great service and decent wines. Not to be missed!

4. Miller's Thumb

10b Kloofnek Road | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 424 3838
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Miller's Thumb

Reviewed By Bosker - Ireland

Dinner on a Monday evening and the place the buzzing. Casual atmosphere with friendly professional service made for a comfortable experience. We ate prawns, oysters and mussels to start - the prawns were outstanding. Blue nose for main course with al dente stir fry veg were incredibly delicious. Cheesecake to finish was also surprisingly good. Will remember this place for a long time to come. Highly recommmended.

5. Graze Slow Food Cafe

21 Queen Victoria Street, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch +27 76 243 1930
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

Graze Slow Food Cafe

Locally sourced and seasonal menu

Reviewed By Max H

The staff and management were friendly and accommodating. Choices were limited as lunch was almost over. Perhaps some generic menu options would alleviate this. But I do feel that R185 for pork belly swimming in a broth isn't really good value. The coriander was a...MoreOnes tries ones best to read walk-ins but gauranteed this time of year a spur customer falls thru the cracks

6. The Pot Luck Club

373-375 Albert Road | The Silo, The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 447 0804
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Pot Luck Club

Reviewed By smaatje - Maastricht, The Netherlands

We went here for a 'goodbye dinner' after three months of cape Town. What was supposed to be the best dinner of our time in South Africa turned out to be a rather overpriced and underperforming dinner.
There is nothing 'wrong' with the dishes, but for a restaurant that pretends to be the best of CT and charges prices to back that up, the food lacks balance and variety. Instead of focusing on the food and the absolute flavor they seem to go for 'trendy and hip'. I don't see why a highly priced bite-sized dish comes in a paper wrap and cardboard box, unless this adds something to the flavor (which it doesn't).
The food is comparable to places that charge much less and worse to places that charge similar prices.
To me it feels this place has hit its peak a while ago and now is riding on their reputation, instead of building a new one.
There is not one dish that stood out. If I had to choose it would be the beef fillet, but even that is nothing special.
Service is ok, waiters seem to have memorized the dishes but are clearly not passionate about the food and lack the ability to really explain the Delicacy or complexity of a dish.
If they would charge 1/5th of the price they would have gotten five stars. But for a restaurant that claims to be the best there is a lot that needs to be improved.

Note: I've been in cape Town over 15 months and have visited dozens of restaurants.

7. The Black Sheep Restaurant

104 Kloof Street Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 426 2661
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 829 reviews

The Black Sheep Restaurant

Reviewed By Daniel G - Den Bosch, The Netherlands

We really enjoyed the several dishes we had - compliments for the vegeterian lasagne and dessert was amazing!

8. Stardust

118 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town Central 4925, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +27 21 462 7777
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Stardust

Reviewed By ABCJamesMartin - Cape Town, South Africa

A handful of friends and I ended up at Stardust Restaurant on a Wednesday evening, only to be hugely surprised by the combination of Brilliant Food, Brilliant Service and Amazing Performances by their own Waitering staff. It’s a place I would highly suggest making a booking for and trying their Lamb Shank... delicious!

9. Mzansi

45 Harlem Avenue | Langa, Cape Town Central 7455, South Africa Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 73 754 8502
Excellent
94%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Mzansi

Experience the Township of Langa at this traditional African restaurant. We cater to tourist and locals alike wishing to have a positive experience in Cape Town’s oldest township. Our kitchen is run by longtime Langa residents that have worked to put a modern twist on recipes that have been passed down through the generations. As you enjoy your locally sourced meal, a live Marimba band will entertain you with traditional African music (tipping is encouraged). Your support helps us to provide jobs and to empower our community. We kindly ask that you make a reservation/booking in advance for, we cook to order and are not a walk-in restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, we request that you call 24 hours in advance or early in the morning.<br><br>PLEASE NOTE: Our Restaurant will be closed September 19th-October 3rd, 2017 for holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Reviewed By Chris C

Lunch with Mama was the highlight of our 2+ weeks in South Africa. The food was incredible (easily the best creamed spinach I've ever had), but was outshined by Mama's story and infectious positivity. Don't let the location deter you, our group felt extremely welcomed by the community. Mzansi is an absolute must for any visit to Cape Town.

10. NV-80

76 Regent Road | Sea Point, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 +27 21 439 7112
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 978 reviews

NV-80

Taking the classic grill and bar to new heights, NV-80 was born in celebration of a successful 32 years in the restaurant industry. Named after the dynamic and legendary Goncalves brothers, Naldo and Victor, NV-80 is not just a restaurant, it&apos;s a lifestyle. It is absolutely no secret that this duo doesn&apos;t just enjoy what they do - they love it. NV-80 offers guests a relaxed atmosphere with friendly, attentive service as well as a delectable menu offering the very best chalmar steaks, fresh seafood, and a twist of international favourites. With its truly original design, NV-80 offers you a bit of &apos;Old Cape Town&apos; with intimate indoor dining, a romantic patio, and a chic bar that overlooks the restaurant.

Reviewed By bailey1946 - Chester, United Kingdom

MY friend who lives in bantry bay picked this restaurat as it would have been my 50th wedding aniversary sadly my husband died in capetown while on holiday a few years ago and was not dissapointed with the food we both had lamb rump and a very nice bottle of red wine.Service was excellant.

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