Cape Town boasts some of the best ocean views in the world. From the West Coast and Atlantic Seaboard, to the laid-back villages of False Bay, all the way to Gordon’s Bay in the south-east; all of these areas have stellar vantage points of the sea, not to mention the city’s magnificent sunsets. So if you love scenery and good food, make sure that you wine and dine at these top restaurants with an ocean view.
Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel
Restaurant, Seafood, European, South African, Wine, Beer
Nestled below the Twelve Apostles range, Azure Restaurant is renowned for its fine dining and dazzling sunsets. This restaurant’s large open-air terrace is what truly sets it apart as its panoramic views of mountains and ocean are truly spectacular. Executive Chef Christo Pretorius and his team are on hand to give you a truly South African dining experience, with eclectic dishes ranging from venison to fresh seafood.
Bertha’s is a well-known seafood restaurant located along the South Peninsula, around 50 minutes from central Cape Town. The nautical-styled restaurant is perched on the quay in Simon’s Town, and is a popular stop off point for locals and travelers on the way to Boulder’s Beach and Cape Point. Its charming outdoor terrace affords sweeping views of the harbor and False Bay.
Live Bait Restaurant is situated on Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg, one of South Africa’s most renowned surfing destinations. Indulge in mouthwatering seafood, mezze-style dishes, freshly-made flatbreads and sushi in a stylish beachside setting with views of the sea.
Casa del Sol is one of the most popular beachfront restaurants on the False Bay coast. It has a spacious outdoor terrace, where patrons can enjoy a lazy lunch while sipping on cocktails and soaking up the sun. On the menu you will find a variety of contemporary favorites such as burgers, grills, sushi platters and other tasty light meals.
Grand Africa Café & Beach is set in a restored warehouse on a private beach in the V&A Waterfront precinct overlooking Table Bay. It has an equally glamorous and casual beach vibe, with a range of seating indoors and outdoors and multiple bars around the venue. The menu offers a variety of contemporary fare as well as cocktails and wine.
Café Caprice has long been a favorite of Cape Town’s social scene due to its laid-back ambiance by day and party vibe by night. The sidewalk cafe is located on Camps Bay’s famous beach road strip and features epic sea and sunset views. Expect delicious café fare, artisan cocktails and a soundtrack of chilled deep house tunes.
Restaurant, South African, European, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$$
As the name suggests, On the Rocks is situated on Blouberg Beach along the picturesque West Coast. The restaurant’s beautiful Venetian interior lends itself to romantic dinners beside the fireplace whilst the outdoor terrace offers al fresco dining with spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean, Table Mountain and Robben Island. On the Rocks offers breakfast, lunch and dinner consisting of local cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Harbour House is fine seafood dining at its best. This long-established restaurant is perched on the rocks in Kalk Bay with wonderful views of the harbour and crashing waves below. You can expect an excellent menu, extensive wine list and welcoming atmosphere.
Moyo offers a unique African dining experience situated on the West Coast, around 25 minutes from Cape Town. The lively restaurant boasts an African-style setting, surfboard tables on the outdoor terrace and a picture postcard view of Table Mountain. You can look forward to authentic African dishes from around the continent as well as South African favorites, including lamb bunny chow, potjie stew and Durban-style lamb curry.
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Wharfside Grill is a must-visit when exploring Hout Bay, for its authentic harborside ambiance. They offer a wide selection of seafood such as sushi, fresh mussels, seafood curry and tasty Kingklip grilled to perfection. The restaurant decor pays homage to the seafaring history of the area and there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with stunning views over the bay.