10 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, boasting with world-class restaurants, amazing scenery – and, of course, great wine. Here's the guide to the best wine restaurants and wine bars in town!
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Phone: +27 21 465 4909
Address: 39 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Aubergine Restaurant is centrally located in Cape Town in the inner-city suburb Gardens in a previous private house dating back almost 200 years. The interior is warm and welcoming with plenty of yellowwood furniture throughout the venue and a cozy fireplace for winter. The cooking is terrific and the chef owner understands wine evolution better than many sommeliers and is a firm promoter and supporter of sommellerie in South Africa. The result is a remarkable (and mature) cellar of goodies for a small restaurant.
Address: 11D Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town
Publik Wine Bar is located on a busy corner of the famous Kloof Nek Road leading up towards Table Mountain. It’s a small and trendy hole-in-the-wall wine bar with a raw and rustic interior that still feels warm and inviting with wax candles scattered over wooden tables. Most of the seating is at the bar counter and the environment tends to get crowded and naturally lend itself towards socialising and late nights.
Phone: +27 87 898 2206
Address: 103 Bree Street, CBD, Cape Town
Frogitt & Vonkel Wine Bar is located in Bree Street in Cape Town’s Central Business District, on the second floor of an 18th-century stable that dates back to the Dutch rule at a time when a mere 15,000 people lived in Cape Town and the black-maned cape lion was still around. The venue itself has a comfy pub-feel with dark green leather chairs and couches, dark wooden tables and an inviting pool table.
Phone: +27 21 422 0800
Address: 72 Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Openwine is a morph between a wine bar and a tasting room centrally located in Cape Town on Wale Street, about a corks' throw from the buzzle and energy of Bree Street. The spot is personified by its owners, a French and Italian couple (charismatic overload) that emigrated to the Cape and now forms an established part of the local wine fauna. The venue is comfortable and simple with several small private rooms and seating areas.
Phone: +27 21 430 3200
Address: Bantry Bay, Cape Town
Ellerman House is a luxurious five star hotel and Cape Edwardian mansion situated on Kloof Road in Bantry Bay. The terrasses overlook the sea where the sun sets, arguably the best setting in Cape Town in this regard. The hotel is very exclusive and private, so not a place where you can simply pop in for a drink on your way home, you will need to make a reservation in advance (maybe even plead a little bit) in order to be admitted. It’s worth it.
Phone: +27 21 794 2390
Address: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
La Colombe is South African fine dining at its best with white table cloths, a horde of service staff, refined detail everywhere and set on the mountain side surrounded by a forest of blue gum trees on Silvermist Wine Estate at the end of a steep and winding road leading up from the top of Constantia Nek. This is terrain that reassures 4x4 drivers that they made the right vehicle choice, don’t try to walk it up. The food and service is top notch and the wine service is quirky, showing confidence and personality. You will always have a good time here.
Phone: +27 21 286 2733
Address: 5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town
FYN Restaurant is a modern and edgy space located on the 5th floor of a building located on Parliament Street in the Central Business District. The outside street is not giving much away of the inside, it’s borderline dodgy, but that just adds to the contrast. Once you come up through the elevator you end up in a super-refined restaurant with lots of dark colours, polished stone counters, sleek wooden tables, interesting wooden objects floating around everywhere and really, really great lighting. It is a beautiful spot with great views overlooking Cape Town's inner city. The cuisine is Asian...
Phone: +27 21 421 3753
Address: Shop 153, Breakwater Boulevard, Cape Town
Belthazar is a bistro-style steakhouse restaurant and wine bar located at the Waterfront in Cape Town's harbour. It is a tourist spot due to its location, but what’s particularly great about this space is the amount of South African wines available by the glass, about 250 of them. This is a great spot for sampling, whilst enjoying the pulse of a busy seafront.
Phone: +27 21 447 0804
Address: The Silo, The Old Biscuit Mill, 6, 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
The Pot Luck Club is a trendy and viby food bar situated on top of an old silo in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, a short drive from Cape Town’s city centre. It’s a really nice evening venue with a panoramic view over Cape Town and Table Mountain and ideal to go to as a group in order to share as many different dishes as possible whilst plundering the wine list for interesting finds.
Phone: +27 21 422 0128
Address: 92 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Chefs Warehouse Canteen & Wine Bar is a casual eatery that serves tapas dishes to share in a set menu. No bookings allowed, you just drop in and hope for the best. If the place is full, as it often is, you can simply park yourself in the small wine bar and enjoy a glass of wine or two whilst waiting for a table to open up. The venue is centrally located on Bree Street and forms part of Heritage Square, a building block that is home to the oldest, fruit-bearing and wine-producing vine in South Africa, planted around the 1770’s.
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