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A Guide To Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands | UPDATED 2021


By Emma Thomson on
May 14, 2018

When it comes to the best restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands, you’re really spoiled for choice. With award-winning, globally recognised establishments around every corner, you can quite literally eat your way through the Mother City and Cape Winelands.

Another great thing about the food scene in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands is that there’s always something new to try. Whether you’re in the mood for a cosy, laidback evening or a glam, fine dining dining experience, there’s something for every mood, palette, and outfit.

Where to Eat in Cape Town and the Winelands

With such an array to choose from, selecting the right spot can be daunting; with that in mind, we here at Rhino Africa have done all the hard work for you and developed this comprehensive culinary guide to the best restaurants in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands.

Cape Town’s Top Restaurants

Our guide to the best restaurants in Cape Town features anything and everything for the best dining experiences to suit your needs.

We’ve hand-picked (it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!) our favourite restaurants after trying them for ourselves.

Cape Town is known for its excellent fine dining restaurants and we share some of the very best you can expect. Always remember to book in advance as these are very popular among locals and tourists alike.

Fine Dining at La Colombe in Cape Town
A feast for the senses. Credit: La Colombe

Some days you just want to meet up with friends in a casual setting over some comfort food. We share some of the best places to do so in the city.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not feast on the very best? We share our top spots for breakie.

If you consider yourself a bit of a carnivore, you’ll love these steakhouses offering prime cuts of meat.

If you’re all about living a plant-based life, you’ll be thrilled to know that Cape Town is very vegan- and vegetarian-friendly.

Vegetarian dish at Foxcroft restaurant
Vegetarian has never looked this good. Credit: Foxcroft.

From sushi to dim sums and everything in between, here are the best Asian restaurants in Cape Town you should check out.

Cape Town is known for its incredible fresh seafood, and it’s more often that not paired with incredible ocean views.

dish at Harbour House restaurant in Cape Town
Sensational seafood at Harbour House in Kalk Bay. Credit: Harbour House.

The city has such breathtaking views that we’ve got an entire category dedicated to restaurants offering the best views.

Want your little ones to join in on the fun but without the disapproving glances from fellow patrons? Cape Town has many excellent family-friendly restaurants for you to visit that will have the entire family smiling.

Cocktail, beer, or glass of wine, whatever tipple you prefer, our city has a plethora of entertaining bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink.

Combine the best drinks with the best views and you’ve got the perfect day! Here are our top pics for rooftop bars and restaurants in the city.

rooftop drinks at The Silo in Cape Town
Rooftop bar at The Silo. Credit: The Silo.

Cape Town is known for its coffee culture, so come and get your daily caffeine fix at our favourites.

Locals spend many weekends perusing the multitude of markets for everything from fresh produce to tasty treats and the latest fashion.

The Top Restaurants in Cape Winelands

Wine and food goes hand-in-hand, and the Cape Winelands is known for both. We share our favourite places to wine and dine in the different regions of the Cape Winelands.

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Emma Thomson

South African born and bred Emma says she's happy to be back on home ground after spending a few years in the UK. An avid coffee lover, equestrian enthusiast and self-proclaimed cat lady, Emma hopes to travel and experience as many cultures, countries and food types as possible. A love affair with language sees her wanting to continue writing and learn as many foreign languages as possible.

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