Top 10 Beach Bars and Restaurants Along the Cape Peninsula

Summer is here!  In Cape Town we are spoiled for choice with restaurants where we can  relax with the lingering hours of summer sunlight.   Here we have compiled a subjective list of our Top 10 Beach Bars & Restaurants in “our hood” where we love to end our day with a colourful cool cocktail in hand followed by a meal and possibly a walk on the beach!

Our Top 10 Beach Bars and Restaurants
on the Cape Peninsula

1. Wharfside Grill – Hout Bay

Enjoy an authentic harbourside eating experience, at this Hout Bay institution – part of the world famous Mariner’s Wharf. Their nautical inspired decor will take you back to the time when mail ships and steamers plied the waters of the cape. After your meal, kick off your shoes and take a brisk stroll along Hout Bay beach. More Info


2. Dunes  Restaurant – Hout Bay

Located at the other end of Hout Bay Beach, Dunes is the perfect, quintessential beach restaurant. Dunes commands sweeping views of out over Hout Bay from Chapmans Peak to the harbour, and offers everything from breakfast to dinner. Sip on cocktails while enjoying the sun setting behind the Sentinel (the large peak overlooking Houtbay) , while the kids play in the on-site playground. More Info


3. Monkey Valley Resort – Noordhoek

You’d be mistaken for missing this gem of a restaurant – as its located deep in an indigenous Milkwood forest on the side of the mountain, overlooking Noordhoek beach. Thorfynns is the restaurant at Monkey Valley Resort and has amazing beach views and is sheltered from the wind that can pick up  over summer time. The beach is only a quick 5 min walk from the restaurant. More Info


4. Blue Water Cafe – Kommetjie

Although not technically on a beach, Blue Water Cafe at Imhoff Farm offers some amazing views of Long Beach, Chapmans Peak and Hout Bay in the distance. Blue Water Cafe is a must if you have kids, the food is varied enough for even the most fussiest of eaters and once they are done, the playground, including a slide from a tree, will keep them entertained, while mom and dad finish they flat whites or cocktails (depending on the time of day!) More Info


5. Black Marlin  – Simons Town

One of the best seafood restaurants on the Cape Peninsula, Black Marlin is located about halfway to the Cape Point Nature reserve entrance. It offers unrivaled sea views and because it’s away from the hustle and bustle of city, the only interruptions would be from the occasional seagull caw or breaching whale. You have not experienced seafood until you’ve dined here. More Info


6. Berthas – Simons Town

If any restaurant could challenge Wharfside Grill for the title of most authentic harbourside eating experience, Bertha’s in Simons Town maybe the one. Situated on a quay in Simon’s Town harbour, Bertha’s gives you a first-hand account of life inside a working harbour. From the comfort of your table you can see the yachts coming and going from the nearby marina or spot the odd submarine leaving the naval base on its next clandestine mission. More Info


7. Beachcomber Bistro  – Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek beach offers you a simple, yet enjoyable beach experience for the whole family. Likewise, the Beachcomber Bistro on Fish Hoek beach offers a no frills, simple dining experience. Ideal when you want to take a break from the sun and sea and enjoy a burger or pizza or traditional fish and chips, and if your kids don’t want to leave the sea just yet – the restaurant is close enough for you too keep an eye on them. More Info


8. Cape Point Vineyards

A sweeping vista from Kommetjie in the South to Noordhoek in the North greets you as you settle down on your picnic blanket. Be sure to check out the community market held every Thursday from 16h30 to 20h30, where you get to sample a wide variety of foods from local vendors. More Info


9. Casa Labia – St James

Did you know you could experience a Italian palazzo right here on the False Bay Coast? Casa Labia is located in Muizenberg and offers a dining experience and sea views that just can’t be matched. Built in 1929 to reflect 18th century Venetian decor, Casa Labia was once the home of Count and Countess Natale Labia. It has since been converted into a culture center open to the public. This is a must visit for locals and tourists alike. More Info


10. Live Bait – Muizenberg

Live Bait in Muizenberg offers you a trendy, ‘beach-house’ style setting, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the beach front while you tuck into your choice of seafood or sushi. Situated right on the beach, you can spot surfers enjoying some of the best waves at the world-famous surfers corner or kite surfers making using of the breezy South-Easter that blows over summer.


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