Top Five Personal Favorite Restaurants in Cape Town & Surrounds


Pigalle Restaurant is located in the trendy, cosmopolitan area of De Waterkant, one of Cape Towns fastest growing must see destinations.  Pigalle restaurant offers a completely glamorous and exciting experience.  The restaurant’s interior has deep ruby walls, which provide the perfect backdrop for an array of sensual oversized paintings, the black and red upholstery on the chairs rest on thick yet tasteful carpeting.  The dinning room and stage areas are perfectly lit by art noveau chandeliers, which set the mode for the opulent interior, to do what it does best, and that is satisfy.  Named after an area in Paris recognized for its vivacious surroundings and beautiful people, Pigalle restaurant commandingly and accurately captures this sense of “joie de vivre”.


Aubergine Restaurant in Cape Town is one of the best ever restaurants, and has been one of our firm favorites for many years.  Harald Bresselschmidt has built up a reputation for championing South African produce and deserves significant praise for doing so.  Sensational dishes like ostrich and scallop tartare are kept relatively small, but with such rich flavors there is no need for more.  Presentation is a priority, and deserves special mention, as does the chef’s vegetarian offerings, all of which are far superior to most restaurants.  Who wouldn’t enjoy a risotto boasting gorgeous Kalahari truffles?  The wine list is one of the best in South Africa.  The Aubergine wine list has been created with the clear intention of adding to the dining experience.  The major South African wine regions are all represented, with foreign wines also making an appearance.   A phenomenal compilation.


Situated in the heart of the Constantia Wine Route, in the shadow of Table Mountain, lies the signature restaurant of Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, La Colombe.  This award-winning restaurant offers a unique dining experience in a relaxed and unrushed atmosphere.  With Chef Luke Dale-Roberts at the helm, the renowned ‘La Colombe experience’ of cuisine, service, ambiance and the breathtakingly beautiful setting, is set to continue its global reputation of culinary success as one of the top restaurants in South Africa.  La Colombe offers innovative Southern French – inspired cuisine. The proficient service at La Colombe creates a relaxed ambience, where guests enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine and superb wine selection.


No wonder Rueben now has the responsibility of a restaurant at the One & Only Cape Town as well.  He’s a local with a passion for great food.  Reubens Restaurant in Franschhoek is an gourmet experience not to be missed.  The home of finest dining, where cuisine is not only stirred up with professionalism and care to suffice even the most expert connoisseur, but is wielded into shapes of color-coordinated wonder.  Delicately arranged into a culinary masterpiece upon the canvas-like plate and presented as an array of fine art, this divine sculpture of a meal urges the mouth to water with anticipation, the eyes to sparkle with appreciation and the inner sense of pleasure and comfort to be pampered and spoiled to a point of no return.  The gastronomic pride of lovely Franschhoek, where the well-trained palate as well as the unaccustomed taste buds of young and old will be enthralled and sufficed with a personal decadence that is second to none, loved by all, and the key ingredient that has won this restaurant and it’s chef (Reuben himself) a number of notable awards, not to mention the awe and praise of all who have had the privilege to experience it.


The Strandloper Restaurant is a world famous restaurant on the beach.  It is an experience you don’t want to miss out on while visiting the Cape.  It is situated in Langebaan, approximately 100km from Cape Town itself which makes it convenient for a lovely day trip for locals and visitors.   It has a buffet style menu where you can just eat and enjoy as much as you like.  The costs are very reasonable and you will definitely get your money’s worth.  This is surely one of the most unique experiences you will every come across.  Braaied Snoek, a variety of fresh fish, mussels freshly picked, crayfish in abundance, excellent company and staff and the waves at your feet with uninterrupted seaviews, what more could you ask for?  The restaurant also caters for weddings and special occasions.  You will not be sorry you made the trip out to Langebaan to discover relaxation and fun at its best.

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