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Nobu

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The world's most recognized name in sushi comes to Cape Town. — Gayot

The famous chain has been a hit in South Africa. — Time Out

Food is the main event in this vast, modern space, in the Waterfront's One&Only resort. If your budget allows, the Omakase multicourse tasting menu is the way to go for a divine culinary experience. — Fodor's

Stylish locals feast on Nobu tacos, seafood ceviche, spicy edamame, and the signature sushi in a high-ceilinged dining room cast lovingly with amber lighting. — Condé Nast Traveler

This branch of the upmarket global Japanese chain is a smooth-running operation. — Lonely Planet

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Aubergine

Fast Food 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

German-born Harald Bresselschmidt is one of Cape Town’s most consistent chefs, producing creative, hearty dishes. — Lonely Planet

Gourmands form an orderly queue: This elegantly transformed 1830s house in one of the oldest parts of the city is amongst the finest of fine dining restaurants in Cape Town. — Frommer's

One of Cape Town's oldest and most consistent fine-dining establishments, Aubergine has a timber-and-glass interior that matches chef-owner Harald Bresselschmidt's classic-with-a-twist cuisine. — Fodor's

Award-winning chef Harald Bresselschmidt conjures up worldly, sophisticated fare at this elegant restaurant. — Time Out

Unbeat- able choice for a 5-star dinner, with a garden to sit in to enjoy the top-quality Afro-Asian cooking of Harald Bresselschmidt. — Rough Guide

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Africa Cafe

Cafés 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"In Africa, we like to eat with our fingers. You should feel free to do the same," explains a waitress at the Africa Café, a restaurant located a few minutes' walk from Cape Town's Greenmarket Square. — Concierge

Probably the best tourist restaurant in Cape Town for African cuisine, with a fantastic selection from around the continent. — Rough Guide

Have your pick of everything from Xhosa spinach patties and Mozambican peri-peri prawns to Ethiopian lamb. — Time Out

Touristy, yes, but still one of the best places to sample African food. — Lonely Planet

Housed in a restored 18th-century townhouse, the Africa Café provides a culinary tour of the continent, from Ethiopia and Algeria to Malawi and South Africa. — Travel + Leisure

Royale Eatery

Burgers 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

According to their website, this eatery serves “Burgers that make your soul tingle and your dreams come true.” — On the Grid

Gourmet burgers are grilled to perfection here. For something different try the Big Bird ostrich burger. — Lonely Planet

Parked amid the bustle of Long Street, Sacha Berolsky’s homage to Pulp Fiction is a gourmet burger experience par excellence. — DK Eyewitness

Gourmet burgers in a hip hang-out that pack a surprise with unusual combinations, such as brie or roasted vegetables in the bun. Choose from lamb, beef, chicken and seven vegetarian... — Rough Guide

This hipster hangout is all about the gourmet burger. — Time Out

Savoy Cabbage

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Remains a great place for inventive cooking, and gives diners the chance to try local game meats such as eland and springbok. — Lonely Planet

Famous for its themed events, where winemakers or opera-house stars make an evening of it. — Fodor's

This stylish restaurant celebrates the trend toward "sophisticated peasant food. — Frommer's

Incorporating fresh organic produce and wild African game (think warthog and wildebeest), the daily changing menu may include the signature tomato tort. — Travel + Leisure

All pared-down, industrial glass-and-steel chic in a historic building, this place is a haven for lovers of all things meaty. — Time Out

La Colombe

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Located on the Uitsig working wine farm, La Colombe was voted 28th-best restaurant in the world by the UK’s Restaurant magazine in 2006. — DK Eyewitness

British chef Scot Kirton rustles up skilful dishes combining French and Asian techniques and flavours. — Lonely Planet

For a sublime French dinner, head 20 minutes out of the city to the Constantia winelands to one of the city's most beautiful wine estates, Constantia Uitsig. — Concierge

Contemporary French meets Asian cuisine at this Silvermist Estate restaurant. — Gayot

For a sublime French dinner, head 20 minutes out of the city center to the Constantia winelands to one of the city's most beautiful wine estates, Constantia Uitsig. — Condé Nast Traveler

Bizerca Bistro

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You'd be forgiven for wondering if you'd stepped into Paris when you walk through the back doors of Bistrot Bizerca, and into its lovely courtyard garden — Travel + Leisure

With its superb cuisine and excellent service, diners adore this French bistro located in an old Cape Dutch building on Heritage Square. — Fodor's

Award-winning chef Laurent Deslandes has brought his philosophy of Gallic dining to Cape Town. — Time Out

Thankfully, despite the high pedigree of the food, this isn't just another fine-dining establishment aimed at euro-carrying tourists. — Frommer's

French chef Laurent Deslandes' food, including succulent beef cheeks, is expertly prepared and bursting with flavour. — Lonely Planet

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The Roundhouse Restaurant

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This heritage-listed 18th-century building, set in wooded grounds, is perfect for the elegant restaurant it now houses. — Lonely Planet

What was once Lord Charles Somerset's 'shooting box' has been tastefully renovated into a contemporary restaurant. — Time Out

Known for its exceptional natural beauty, Cape Town is surprisingly short on restaurants with killer views: The Roundhouse is helping close that gap. — Fodor's

This is the most romantic dining experience in Cape Town: an 18th-century hunting lodge with extraordinary views and an enchanting location, hidden away in a little-known woodland version of Camps Bay. — Frommer's

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Haiku

Chinese 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Often lauded as the city’s best pan-Asian restaurant, Haiku serves a wide variety of tapas with Japanese, Chinese, and Thai influences. — Travel + Leisure

The steamed dumplings alone warrant a visit to this Asian tapas joint in the center of Cape Town. — Concierge

The steamed dumplings alone warrant a visit to this Asian tapas joint in the center of Cape Town. — Condé Nast Traveler

Multiple kitchens work on different sections of the menu, so dishes arrive in dribs and drabs, making it a bit of a culinary adventure. — Frommer's

Loud lounge music permeates the venue, but otherwise the ambience is very Zen, with soft overhead lights and black granite walls. Brighter lighting shines on the open-plan kitchen. — DK Eyewitness

Manna Epicure

Fast Food 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dishes worth looking for are the roasted aubergine with toasted pecan nuts and gorgonzola; the ostrich burger with pear, granadilla, and onion chutney; and a simple, zestful homemade linguine. — Frommer's

A trendsetting restaurant with a sleek, white interior. — DK Eyewitness

Come for a deliciously simple breakfast or lunch, or for late-afternoon cocktails and tapas on the veranda of this white-box cafe. — Lonely Planet

This chic white-on-white spot located in the shadow of Table Mountain evokes the beach home of a sophisticated friend, and its breakfast clientele is no less stylish. — Travel + Leisure

A white and shining beacon on the hilly Kloof Street coffee shop stretch. — Time Out

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The Pot Luck Club

Diners 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's what's on the plate that tends to take the breath away. — Lonely Planet

Even if its sister restaurant, the Test Kitchen, is much more formal, I prefer the Pot Luck Clu: its casual, small-plates menu and industrial-chic décor are much more laid-back, but no less stylish. — Travel + Leisure

A plate-sharing menu divided into five flavour profiles: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. — Wallpaper

The menu changes regularly, but the smoked beef fillet and truffle café au lait, and Korean fried chicken with pineapple-and-miso slaw remain favorites. — Fodor's

Casual menu than he has on offer downstairs, focused on small plates like beef fillet with chocolate and coffee sauce or a nectarine almond tart served with malted-popcorn ice cream. — Condé Nast Traveler

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95 Keerom

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's affordable glam, and Capetonians love it. The food here is also wonderfully pared down, free of the rich, sauce-heavy dishes favored by many top chefs. — Frommer's

Authentic Italian food meets refined dining at this sophisticated City Centre restaurant. — Time Out

  Charming chef/owner Giorgio Nava is everywhere at this svelte Italian restaurant set in a 17th-century former stable house. You’ll find him tableside, graciously switching between... — Travel + Leisure

Somehow a century-old olive tree continues to grow inside this established city-centre restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

Bookings are essential for this chic Italian restaurant, with an olive tree the centrepiece of the 1st floor. — Lonely Planet

Olympia Cafe

Cafés 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Always buzzing, a tad scruffy and with views of the harbour, Olympia offers great coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast, accompanied by their own freshly baked goods. — Rough Guide

An irreverent ambience and strong culinary skills have won this café the Award for Everyday Eating. — DK Eyewitness

The breakfast at this informal deli is an institution, be it the fluffy scrambled eggs, flaky croissants or mushrooms on toast. — Time Out

It’s great for breakfast, and its Mediterranean-influenced lunch dishes are delicious, too – particularly the heaped bowls of mussels. — Lonely Planet

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Cafe Paradiso

Cafés 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Kloof Street café is one of Cape Town's most beloved eateries, with a lovely garden, shabby-chic décor, and delicious menu of hearty comfort foods. — Travel + Leisure

Café Paradiso offers a wide variety of international food created by locals and sourced from the area. — On the Grid

Travellers with kids will love this place. — Lonely Planet

Emulating the look and feel of a country farm stall, Café Paradiso stands out as one of the best family restaurants in Cape Town—and yet still has plenty of romantic nooks for couples. — Frommer's

A down-to-earth and well-established restaurant serving hearty Mediterranean meals with an extensive wine list to match. — DK Eyewitness

Carne on Keerom

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Meat lovers might want try this premium steak restaurant, which also has a branch on Kloof St. — Lonely Planet

Sister to the acclaimed 95 Keerom and directly across the way, this is carnivore heaven. — Fodor's

"When you work with good ingredients, it's impossible to mess up," says Giorgio Nava. To prove his point, he uses only organically reared Romagnola beef and Dorper lamb grown on his very... — Frommer's

Restaurateur Giorgio Nava is famously passionate about provenance and the result is a farm producing his own Italian-South African beef. — Time Out

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The Foodbarn Restaurant

Delis 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A country-chic restaurant in the beach town of Noordhoek, the Foodbarn a great spot for an alfresco lunch. — Condé Nast Traveler

Masterchef Franck Dangereux might have opted for the less stressful life in Noordhoek, but that doesn’t mean this operation skimps on quality. — Lonely Planet

This thatched barn with its lovely old-school stoep serves top-notch global fare without the bank-breaking bill. — Time Out

The food, however, is beyond top-notch—locally grown, seasonally based, passionately prepared, and artistically plated. — Travel + Leisure

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Harbour House

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated upstairs above it's little sister, Live Bait, Harbour House is a more fancy fish restaurant. It tends to be a little pricier, but it is just as appealing. — Lonely Planet

It's a case of out-of-the-boat-and-into-the-pan at this popular restaurant on the lip of the Southern Peninsula. — Time Out

Seafood and Mediterranean fare, at a venue situated spectacularly on the breakwater of Kalk Bay harbour; book a table with bay views or enjoy sundowners on the deck. — Rough Guide

Be warned: prawns come with shells intact in South Africa, meaning you have to get dirty and peel them off yourself—not for the faint of heart, but the plump, juicy reward is well worth the effort. — Travel + Leisure

Perhaps the most up-market restaurant in this popular fishing village, Harbour House is located within the harbour and above two other restaurants. — DK Eyewitness

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Mzoli's

Steakhouses 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Let your hair down and get into the Gugs groove at the homely tavern that's a hit among locals and kombi-busloads of tourists alike. — Time Out

Tourists, TV stars and locals gather at this busy butchery serving some of Cape Town’s tastiest grilled meat. — Lonely Planet

Meat lovers should head to Gugulethu township and Mzoli's Place, a rough-and-ready family-staffed butcher shop where chosen cuts are roasted on a giant braai and served with pap, the local polenta. — Condé Nast Traveler

Meat and more meat, it ranges from chops, boerewors sausage, cuts of beef and lamb served with dumplings, pap (thick maize porridge), meat sauce and chakalaka, a tomato salad. — Rough Guide

Head out to the Gugulethu township for one of the liveliest daytime parties around. Bring your own plates and napkins, and choose your meat from the butchery. Select the independent braai... — Travel + Leisure

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Myoga

Asian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you like highly experimental food, Myoga is hard to beat. — Frommer's

Evenings are all about the amazingly good-value seven-course tasting menu. Lunches are more casual but still boast favorite dishes like the green curry mussel chowder. — Fodor's

Overlooking the six-acre gardens of the Vineyard Hotel, Myoga serves an inventive East-meets-West menu in a stylish setting. — Travel + Leisure

From the open kitchen comes creations such as trio of veal, or lamb rack reconstructed. — Lonely Planet

Take a seat at one of the plush orange high-backed chairs and prepare to be blown away by the food here. — Time Out

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Biesmiellah

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A number of places offer Cape Malay fare, but none is quite as authentic as Biesmiellah. — Frommer's

For an authentic taste of Cape Malay food, head to Biesmiellah's for samosas, potato half moons and chilli bites. — Time Out

Not big on atmosphere, Biesmiellah nonetheless offers authentic and spicy Cape Malay and Indian food. — Lonely Planet

This restaurant is a must. In fact it’s a private house, and you come here to eat well-prepared and authentic Cape Malay cooking. No alcohol. — Insight Guides

One of the oldest restaurants for traditional Cape Muslim cuisine; rather than a sit-down meal, join local residents in the queue for their takeaway samosas and delicious savoury wraps called salomes. — Rough Guide

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