Cape Town’s Hottest Restaurants This Year

by Sandy Salle on November 24, 2015

To the surprise of many, Cape Town is one of the hottest foodie destinations in the world! Home to award-winning chefs and restaurants, Cape Town is a must visit for food lovers and wine connoisseurs.

See below for a list of the top restaurants in Cape Town right now: 

The Test Kitchen: Booked MONTHS in advance, The Test Kitchen has been on Cape Town’s top restaurant list ever since it’s opening in 2010 and has ranked amongst some of the world’s best restaurants in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. In fact, The Test Kitchen is such an iconic restaurant that Time Magazine stated “The day Woodstock officially became Cape Town’s hottest district can be dated to Nov. 24, 2010 – when Luke Dale-Roberts opened The Test Kitchen there.”– Alex Perry

Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ is The Test Kitchen’s founder and brilliant head chef, cooking up some of the most unique culinary creations on the planet. Guests at The Test Kitchen enjoy a variety of courses on a set menu, prepared meticulously and to perfection, utilizing the finest ingredients. Chef Dale-Roberts prides himself on his rich layers of flavors and stunning presentations.


Image above of Wild mushroom and duck liver chawanmushi, morel glazed sweetbreads, variety of onions, burnt thyme foam, taken from

Location: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town

Phone: +27 21 447 2337


Hours: Tuesday- Saturday: Lunch and Dinner (set seating times)

La Colombe: Finley crafted with a fusion of Asian and Contemporary French influences, La Colombe’s cuisine is renowned for its unexpected flavors. Wine lovers also come to this classic restaurant to thumb through La Colombe’s exquisite wine selection, knowing they’ll find the perfect wine to compliment their meal. But, that’s not all La Colombe has to offer. If you’re in the mood for a visionary dining experience, La Colombe is the place to be. With its fantastic lush backdrop of sprawling vineyards, it’s no wonder La Colombe is considered to have one of the best views of all the restaurants in Cape Town.

Although the menu changes regularly with fresh, seasonal ingredients, some of the dishes you might find at La Colombe include quail and celeriac, springbok tataki, scallop and pork belly, beef filet, karoo lamb, and more.


Image above of La Colombe’s pork and scallop dish, taken from

Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia Nek, Cape Town

Phone: (021) 795 0125


Hours: 7 days a week: Lunch and Dinner

Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel: With one of the most beautiful interiors, Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel boasts natural colors and textures, drenched with natural light for a crisp and organic atmosphere. Each of the dishes at Greenhouse is comprised of South African flavors from the land, sea, and garden.

Some of the current dishes featured on the Greenhouse menu include Lainsburg lamb (which features lamb loin and fatty belly, cumin carrots, truffled mielie meel, and tamatie), The Duck, the Ostrich and the Big Num-Num (which features fynbos, smoke, fruit beer, liver & fermented mushroom flavours), and Pork Sandwich (which features pork belly, langoustine, pea, samphire, XO sauce).


Image above of the Greenhouse dining room, taken from

Location: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town

Phone: +27 (0) 21 795 6226


Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: Dinner.

The Pot Luck Club: With a comfortable yet eclectic atmosphere, The Pot Luck Club is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after restaurants. The open kitchen concept allows guests to feel a part of the culinary creation process, which is one of the main focal points of the restaurant. The cuisine is designed around a “sharing plates” concept, so that each table can experience a culinary journey together. Each of the sharing plates is categorized as sour, bitter, sweet, salty, and umami.

Some of the dishes you’ll see at The Pot Luck Club include fish sliders, beef tartare, fish tacos, duck, tempura tiger prawn, ceviche, and more.

And, it comes as no surprise that The Pot Luck Club was founded by The Test Kitchen’s famous chef, Chef Dale-Roberts.

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Image above of a meal at The Pot Luck Club, taken from

Location: 375 Albert Rd., Woodstock, Cape Town

Phone: 021 447 0804


Hours: Monday – Saturday: Lunch and Dinner. Sunday: Brunch.

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