Restaurant Posts
By Daryll Williams | October 18, 2022

Chapter 3: Casual Dining – Updated 2022

There’s a time and a place to splurge on fine dining. For every other meal, these casual pit stops will more than do the trick.

Belly of the Beast

The menu changes daily and is made up of what the chefs can grow, find, source or steal. All you have to do is show up and trust them to satisfy with their seasonal fair.

Why go?

It’s all about sustainable eating at this nose to tail institution. The name referencing their no-waste, ethically-raised meat approach.

All you do is show up and trust to be satisfy with their seasonal fare, Image Credit: Belly of the Beast


a: 110 Harrington St, Cape Town
t: +27 76 220 5458
h: Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday, starts at 12h30, Dinner: starts at 18h45

Black Sheep

The Black Sheep restaurant has been a labour of love for the Japha and Silva families. Every aspect of your experience, from the food to the décor, has been a journey to create a restaurant very close to their hearts. It is the culmination of 20 years of food, laughter and excellent wine.

Why go?

The food is no-frills, no-fuss, fresh and funky. There’s usually a small selection of comfort fare, but the real focus is the ever-changing array of adventurous blackboard specials.

No-frills, no-fuss just fresh and funky, Image Credit: The Black Sheep Restaurant


a: 104 Kloof St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 426 2661
h: Monday: 17h00–21h30, Tuesday to Saturday: 12h00–21h30

Blockhouse Kitchen

Nestled on the historic Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Blockhouse Kitchen is a modern, airy and beautifully dressed 250-seater space where you’ll find delicious, easy-to-eat comfort food.

Why go?

The estate sits in a valley at the bottom of a beautiful mountain range with breathtaking views. The restaurant’s tagline: “Social. Seasonal. Simple”, very much echoes the dining sentiment.

Strong focus on wholesome and healthy food, Image Credit: Blockhouse Kitchen


a: Spaanschemat River Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806
t: +27 21 794 3010
h: Tuesday to Saturday: 08h00–21h00, Sunday to Monday: 08h00–17h00. Breakfast daily: 08h00–11h30

La Parada

Located in an old-fashioned barn that has recently been revamped, La Parada is prime for a lazy Sunday overflowing with quality food, rhythmic music and delightful cocktails.

Why go?

Fresh, exciting tapas with enviable Constantia Valley views, La Parada has grown into a mainstay among those in search of escaping the city for the night.

Continuously serves innovative and mouthwatering dishes, Image Credit: La Parada


a: Main Rd, Hout Bay
t: +27 21 795 0620

h: Monday & Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: 11h00–24h00, 

h: Wednesday & Sunday: 09h00–23h00.

Maria’s Greek

Open since the 1950's! Maria's is one of Cape Town's oldest and most loved restaurants. Situated on charming Dunkley Square in the old part of the city, loyal guests return for lunches, dinners, mezes, baklava, chunky Greek salads, and other favourites.

Why go?

This warm and comfortable taverna-style eatery serves hearty, flavour-packed Greek food that takes no prisoners, and has been doing so for years. The food is organic, green and free-range where possible.

Flavour-packed Greek food, Image Credit: Maria's Greek Café


a: 31 Barnet Street, Dunkley Square, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001
t: +27 21 461 3333
h: Monday: 11h00–22h00, Tuesday to Saturday: 08h30–22h00, Sunday: 10h00–16h00

Woodlands Eatery

This cosy neighbourhood bistro boasts decorations sourced from junk shops and scrap yards to create a quirky, nostalgic feel that pairs perfectly with the authentic Italian cuisine on offer.

Why go?

Look forward to some of the best woodfired pizza in town as well as meals combining an Italian edge with the existing local flavors.

Some of the best woodfired pizza in town, Image Credit: Woodlands Eatery


a: 8 Breda St, Gardens, Cape Town
t: +27 63 710 4742
h: Monday to Friday: 12h00–22h00, Saturday and Sunday: 12h00–22h00


From rare-breed meats, and seasonal heirloom vegetables to artisanally crafted cheeses, Beyond serves to showcase and celebrate the ‘weird and wonderful’ and the beauty of unique strains and flavours beyond mass production.

Why go?

Beyond is steeped in history with heritage and family at its heart. Embracing the feel of a working farm, the restaurant offers an elegant but unpretentious experience where comfort and enjoyment are the primary objectives.

Sourcing a diverse range of special raw produce, Image Credit: Beyond


a: 37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town, 7806
t: +27 21 794 0306

h: Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday: 12h00–14h30, 

h: Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday: 17h30–22h00, Friday & Saturday: 18h00–20h00

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