Where to Eat in Observatory: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 22, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Discover the best restaurant in Observatory, South Africa including Mango Ginger, Magica Roma, Addis in Cape Ethiopian Restaurant, Fork Restaurant, Cargill's, The Test Kitchen, Graze Slow Food Cafe, The Pot Luck Club, Cafe Ganesh, Obz Cafe
Things to do in Observatory

1. Mango Ginger

27 Lower Main Road | Observatory, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +27 21 448 2500
Excellent
57%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Mango Ginger

Mango Ginger's focus is on creating healthy, nutritious and fabulously flavoured foods. We use only organic flour, pure fats and organic fresh produce where possible to create decadent, delicious treats. We are open from 07:30 to 17:00 on weekdays, and 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.

Reviewed By PaulVanR - Cape Town Central, South Africa

This morning required a venue with foreign friends that were gluten intolerant. We chose Mango Ginger based on other trip advisor recommendations. Met by an attentive Manageress who served us our meals and was astounded by the amazing service and product knowledge. Generally a lovely place with good food, great coffee and refreshing drinks. Nice add on touch were the cookies served with coffees and teas. Healthy alternative options to the menu was appreciated by our friends. Take-away bars and seed balls were also a great option. We will definitely be back, away from the mad cycling rush in Cape Town that is over the Cycle Tour weekend.

2. Magica Roma

8 Central Square, Pinelands 7405, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 531 1489
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 352 reviews

Magica Roma

Reviewed By Jelswiss - Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland

As always fabulous, never a disappointment food service atmosphere are perfect ! Have been going for years now and just had another wonderful experience Etzio is the perfect front of house and owner with Franco in the kitchen. Wine list is excellent always a pleasure to visit and dine in this splendid restaurant in such a funny location,can't wait to go back! Quality is
kept up to scratch.

3. 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

4. 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!

5. Cargill's

20 Station Road, Rondebosch, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +27 21 689 2666
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 113 reviews

Cargill's

Reviewed By recordable - Clitheroe, United Kingdom

I visit this small restaurant every time I'm in CapeTown and it maintains a high standard for food,service and wine.The food is simply cooked and presented with few 'cheffy' frills but is of a consistently high quality and is wel worth seeking out in Rondebosch.
Service has always been good with a perfect balance between efficiency and friendliness and there seems to be a high proportion of local,return customers.The chef/owner is very personable and usually appears front of house to check that customers are happy and he is a great source of knowledge on wine and always prepared to give advice.
If you are looking for a top fine dining venue then this may not be for you but this place beats the hell out of many central Cape Town/V and A restaurants and is orth searching out especially perhaps for couples or others who prefer a more intimate setting.

6. The Test Kitchen

375 Albert Road | Shop 104 A / The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock 7925, South Africa Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +27 21 447 2337
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Test Kitchen

Reviewed By k3bab - England

Booking process needs changing. They release bookings once every few months, 3 months ahead at 8AM South African time. Travelling from the UK, I tried to secure a booking within 2 hours of them releasing an allocation to no avail. It was completely booked out.
How about - release them gradually, giving people a better chance to book. This is a restaurant, not an Apple store, not everyone wants to camp out overnight to be first in line to be relieved of their cash, before the proprietor runs out of stock, or in this case, booking allocations.
Website says, e-mail for lunch Reservations. Upon e-mailing you get an auto responder saying bookings over e-mail will not be accepted.
A restaurant is not just about food, it is about the overall experience, and if you can't even get a table, the experience sucks right from the outset.

7. 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

8. 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.

9. Cafe Ganesh

38 B Trill Road, Woodstock 7925, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 448 3435
Excellent
39%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Cafe Ganesh

Reviewed By Carel V

My wife and I were looking for something different and this certainly fits into that category. It looks a little scruffy, especially from the outside but it has a lot of character. The food was really great. I had umngqusho (lamb shank with samp) and my wife had the vegetable rootie. Really delicious and very affordable.

10. Obz Cafe

115 Lower Main Road | Cape Town, Observatory 7925, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 21 448 5555
Excellent
37%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Obz Cafe

Upbeat and urban, the new Obz Cafe restaurant is situated in the heart of Observatory. So come for a visit, sit down, enjoy the friendly vibe and great food and become part of the Obz Cafe family.

Reviewed By Marguerite W - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Came here for an early evening meal with some friends. Very pleasantly surprised. Plenty to choose from on the menu; comprehensive drinks menu including some interesting looking cocktails. Attentive staff. Served promptly. Food was good too. Would definitely go back.

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