The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is arguably one of the most popular locations for locals and tourists alike. With stunning mountain-ocean views, as well as the glamorous hotels, gorgeous cosmopolitan shops and of course some of the best restaurants in Cape Town, it’s no wonder the V&A Waterfront is such a hot spot for locals and tourists alike.
If you’re looking for delicious eateries with stunning views, the V&A Waterfront is the place to be! Whether you’re craving freshly caught seafood, Italian, Japanese, Italian or South African cuisine, you’ll find a stylish restaurant here.
From a great selection of restaurants, we’ve narrowed down to the top 10 best restaurants in the V&A Waterfront.
The Top 10 Best Restaurants in the V&A Waterfront
1. Firefish Restaurant
Overlooking the V&A harbour, the stylish Firefish Restaurant has a sensational focus on freshly caught seafood. Just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge, the sophisticated eatery puts a modern flair on a hot off the grill seafood menu.
From mouthwatering tuna tartare, freshly shucked oysters, fillet steaks, sushi, wraps, bowls as well as vegetarian dishes, the contemporary menu has something for everyone.
2. Willoughby & Co
Once voted the “Best Seafood Restaurant” by the V&A Waterfront Restaurant Guide, Willoughby & Co is the go-to Japanese fusion kitchen in Cape Town. This stylish, ever-popular restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best sushi restaurants at the V&A Waterfront.
With more than just good sushi on offer, tuck into a flash grilled salmon steak, crispy tempura dishes, hot and sweet soups, Asian salads and all of the delights of Japanese cuisine.
3. Si! Cantina Sociale
Situated in the hot and happening Silo District, Si! Cantina Sociale is a cool, chic restaurant that adopts a farm-table approach with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients. With colourful murals lining the walls, it’s no surprise that their food is just as exciting.
Serving wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the cuisine takes on a Mediterranean feel with tapas-style dishes. There is a selection of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, fragrant coffee and one of the best cocktail menus in Cape Town.
4. Grand Africa Café & Beach
With ocean view decks and a choice of five bars, the Grand Africa Café & Beach takes on-beach dining to the next level. The Grand offers a relaxed escape from the bustling city, with majestic views of the Atlantic ocean, Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Robben Island.
Located on a private beach just walking distance from the V&A Waterfront, this chic restaurant is a must-visit for all those travelling to Cape Town. The menu is inspired by the seaside surroundings and local South African flavours.
Perfectly positioned on the harbour with delightful views of the Atlantic ocean, Sevruga is the perfect place to watch the sunset as you dine on some of the most spectacular food the V&A has to offer.
The interior of Sevruga oozes sophistication and opulence. The fine-dining menu is just as exciting with fresh fish, fillet steak, caviar, and sushi prepared by master chef Alan Huang. The cuisine has Asian flavours at its core with a delightful seafood and grill menu.
6. Den Anker
Located quayside at the V&A Waterfront, this Belgian-inspired restaurant is surrounded by magnificent views of passing yachts and seals basking in the sun.
The relaxed atmosphere makes Den Anker the perfect setting for a cold Belgian beer and delicious high-quality food, including freshly-caught fish, oysters, crayfish, plump scallops and other seafood delicacies.
Using only the freshest ingredients to recreate simple traditional cuisine with an Italian theme, Balduccis offers delectable Italian food with a somewhat homemade feel. Receiving international acclaim as an award-winning eatery, expect exceptionally good-tasting food that is rich and comforting.
The extensive menu includes South African game, traditional pasta, seafood, Asian tapas and noodles, gourmet pizzas, a sushi bar as well as a full vegan menu.
8. V&A Food Market
Something different and exciting for this list is the V&A Food Market, located just outside the bustling shopping centre and next to the Two Oceans Aquarium. This artisanal food market hosts over 45 local vendors producing some of the most delicious cuisines from local, fresh and organic produce.
With something for everyone, the Food Market boasts traditional Indian curries, fresh falafel shawarmas, scrumptious burgers and pizzas, fragrant coffee, freshly-pressed juices, homemade ice-cream and much, much more.
If you’re a fan of market-style eating, be sure to check out our list of the best markets in Cape Town!
9. Seelan Restaurant and Bar
The epitome of style and grace, nestled in a quiet part of the V&A Waterfront, Seelan Restaurant and Bar boasts sweeping views of the harbour.
With a menu inspired by European-style dining, Seelan Restaurant and Bar puts a lovely African and Indian twist on traditional European dishes. For wine lovers, this is the place to be, as Seelan boasts an extensive wine list of boutique wines local wines.
10. Signal Restaurant
Located in the luxurious Cape Grace Hotel, Signal Restaurant offers sumptuous breakfasts, lunches, dinners and delightful tapas. Here, the chefs utilise local, farm fresh products from regional farms, creating a variety of innovative dishes inspired by South Africa’s diverse cultures and flavours. The restaurant’s recipes change seasonally, so there is always a reason to come back for an exciting new dish. You can also have a drink at the Bascule Whiskey Bar and delight in the extensive collection of world whiskeys on offer!
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