Green Point and Sea Point are affluent, densely populated suburbs situated a few minutes from the Cape Town CBD. Both areas offer a string of boutiques, nightclubs, parks, hotels and restaurants to explore. Here we round up the best restaurants and bistros in the two areas.
La Mouette Restaurant
Restaurant, Bar, French, Contemporary, $$$
La Mouette | Courtesy La Mouette
Serving modern French cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, La Mouette is headed by husband-and-wife team Henry and Mari Vigar. Together they offer seasonally-inspired menus showcasing the best local ingredients and a curated selection of wines. Set in a gorgeous old house, the fine dining restaurant boasts four dining rooms, six fireplaces and a bar, perfect for cozy winter dining by the fire or al fresco dining in summer. Try the barbecued beef brisket with fermented carrots, confit and smoked marrow crumble or the smoked pumpkin polenta – both are excellent.
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, South African, Mediterranean, European, $$$
Unwind at this cosy bistro-style restaurant serving gourmet yet hearty meals at a reasonable price. Boasting an impressive wine list, of which over sixty are available by glass, La Boheme is the only wine bar in the Sea Point area. The creative menu changes daily with variations to all dishes but expect a variety of yummy tapas, flavorful meat dishes, salads and vegetarian options. The intimate ambiance is perfect for gatherings with friends and family.
Restaurant, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $$$
Posticino is a laid-back, family-friendly Italian restaurant offering salads and meat dishes, but the best part is their selection of delicious pastas and thin-crusted pizzas with custom sauces. A Sea Point institution, the ambiance is casual, friendly and homely and there are several cosy rooms in which to enjoy your meal. Indoor and outdoor seating is available too, depending on what you fancy.
A new addition to the restaurant circuit, Sundoo is an innovative, contemporary New York-style eatery serving Indian and contemporary cuisine. It was established by renowned restaurateur and chef, Seelan Sundoo, whose rich Indian heritage is emphasized at this trendy establishment. Showcasing an intimate space, with seating for only 40, diners are treated to authentic South Indian dishes. Savor mouth-watering breyanis, traditional tandooris and flavorful curries with a choice of medium, hot or vindaloo! There’s also a range of tapas, meat and fish mains, and a great selection of cocktails and wines.
El Burro is a popular choice for Mexican food lovers in the Cape Town city bowl. You can look forward to all the usual favorites like enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos with a variety of fillings, but you can also choose to build your own tacos. Get a table on the balcony and be sure to try one of their refreshing variations of the classic margarita cocktail.
Rated one of the best Italian restaurants in Cape Town, Il Leone Mastrantonio serves authentic Italian fare in a revamped Georgian house in Green Point. The menu includes classic pasta dishes in delicious homemade sauces, antipasti, gnocchi, risotto, meat and fish. Pair your meal with one of the local or Italian varietals from the extensive wine list and don’t forget to try one of the decadent desserts. The restaurant’s relaxed ambiance is complemented by simple wooden furniture and eye-catching artworks on the walls.
Bar, Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Contemporary, $$$
If you’re a sushi fanatic, stop by at Beluga, one of Green Point’s most beloved restaurants. The chic, contemporary-styled eatery offers a wide selection of sushi, dim sum, seafood and meat dishes, and an extensive wine list. Try the springbok served with butternut puree and potato rosti in beef reduction or the mushroom gnocchi in truffle emulsion. The main highlights though are the sushi specials. If you’re up for a party, their well-stocked bar serves cocktails and wine.
Restaurant, South African, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Table Thirteen is a bustling cafe tucked away in the charming neighborhood of De Waterkant, around the corner from the CBD. Set in a relaxed environment, breakfast and lunch is served Monday to Friday from 7am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. All food is hand prepared and locally sourced, ensuring a range of fresh and delicious baked items, deli food and Mediterranean fare. Take-aways are also available for those who are strapped for time.