The Cape Peninsula’s Best Restaurants for Great Food, Ambiance, & Pizazz!

by Sandy Salle on January 17, 2013

Cape Town tour guide

Guest post by Cape Fusion Tour Guide, Pam McOnie

Today’s guest post comes to us from our trusted Cape Town and Cape Winelands guide, Pam McOnie, and spotlights the best restaurants in the Peninsula of South Africa (about a 45-minute drive from Cape Town)–Pam can be seen in the picture to the left (she is on the right side of the photo), dining with one of our clients!

Harbour House: An absolute favorite of mine, Harbour House restaurant boasts the best sea view in the area. When booking, try and get a table on the small side of the restaurant (the old part), then ask for a table in front of the windows. If you get one of these tables then stay for the entire afternoon.

The Harbour House has its own boats, so the fish of the day is always  fresh and excellent. Check out the chalkboards for what the fish of the day is and how the chef is preparing it. My recommendation would be to sample what they do best—fish! Booking is required during busy times; however, you can come late and enjoy the view of the harbour from the lounge while you wait for a table.

Tel +27-21-788-4133. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Location Kalk Bay Harbou, above the Polana.

Tip: Move onto the Polana for drinks after lunch at Harbour House. This is a bar directly below Harbour House and it’s open daily in the late afternoons and all day on weekends. Here, you can sit and watch the waves breaking in front of you! It is a favorite spot to just relax!

Olympia Café: One of the Cape’s best-kept secrets, Olypica Café is a must-visit while in the Peninsula. If you looked through the window you would walk right on past and very little has been spent on decor or the kitchen.  The chef (Bernie) prepares your food on a little gas stove behind the counter. The imaginative Mediterranean menu changes daily with offerings chalked up on the wall. Each menu is dependent on what is fresh on that day and on what Bernie is in the mood to prepare.

The restaurant has its own bakery and supplies the best bread, croissants, and pastries in the Cape. Be sure to take a loaf of the ciabatta bread home with you; I am addicted!

The Olympia cafe has also opened a deli around the corner from the restaurant.  It is well worth a visit if you are staying somewhere where you can cook. The offerings include their fabulous ciabatta breads, fresh tuna (when available), pies, cheeses etc. It’s good to visit if you simply wish to go and have a picnic in the Kalk Bay Harbour.

Note: No booking offered. If the restaurant is full on arrival, write your name on the chalkboard next to the door immediately. The next table that becomes available will be given to the next person on the list next to the door.

Located at 134 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. Tel: +27-21-788-6396

Note: This is about a 45-minute drive from the Cape Town city center.

The Foodbarn: Franck Dangereux has spread his wings and split the Foodbarn into two shops: the Foodbarn restaurant, which offers a fine dining experience, and the FOODBARN Deli, which still offers the farm store produce such as delicious breads and deli items, as well as a lighter eating experience.

The deli is a fabulous spot to have coffees, eat pastries, and read the weekend newspaper. The payoff line for the FOODBARN is “100% PASSION     HANDMADE    REAL FOOD” This philosophy accurately summed up our eating experience. The outdoor setting is relaxed and child-friendly and the restaurant puts a strong emphasis on fresh and innovative dishes.

Note that the restaurant is right next to the village kids play area, so if you are into fine dining, but have kids with you, this is an ideal spot to book.

Bookings are recommended for the fine dining restaurant, but no bookings are taken for the Deli restaurant.

Tel +27-21-789-1390. >> The restaurant is only open for lunch on Sunday and Monday and is open for lunch & dinner from Tuesday to Saturday  (TIP – about 100m up the road you will find Cape Point Vineyards, which is a fantastic vineyard, so stop for a tasting.)

Live Bait: Located just below the Harbour House, the Live Bait restaurant is a wonderful addition to the Kalk Bay Harbour. It is relaxed and laid back with waves crashing along the side of the restaurant. This has rapidly become one of our favourite spots for Sushi and great bottles of white wine.  The restaurant’s focus is on fresh fish, which comes in daily from the local harbour. It is reasonably priced and strongly recommended for an afternoon of relaxing with a group of friends.

Open daily. Booking recommended.  Tel +27-21-788-5755

Cape to Cuba: This restaurant is a must-visit for the awesome Cuban decor. The restaurant is literally stuffed with kitsch items that somehow blend together to create the most amazing ambiance. Enjoy lunch or dinner under giant chandeliers with the ocean alongside you and fantastic views of the harbour. The food is however secondary to the décor. But, regardless of the quality of the food, the experience is worth every moment spent here.

Cape to Cuba Kalk Bay also has a funky Cuban-style beach bar, which is fun to visit for drinks in the early evening. They are also now open on Long Street – do not miss out on the cigar bar, which is hidden at the back of the restaurant for a drink while doing a Long Street crawl.

Tel +27-21-788-1566  (Location: Peninsula, Kalk Bay)

If you missed Parts I, II, III, IV, V, or VI, VII, VIII, IX, or X of this post, view them by clicking the links below:

This Article was written by Pamela McOnie who contributes to the foodie side of this website and also offers private guiding services and gourmet & wine tours of the Cape region.

Have a question for Pam or want to have Pam guide your next tour to Cape Winelands? Contact us today.

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