The Best Tapas Restaurants in Cape Town

February 7, 2017   /   bynatalie  / Categories :  Food & Wine, Uncategorized

So actually, “tapas” are Spanish. Which means that technically you can’t just call any old small plates or snacks “tapas”. So from here on out I’m going to be referring to the best small plates restaurants in Cape Town.

I particularly love this way of eating, because it means I get to try so many different things on the menu. Is there anything more stressful than having to decide on just one item on a delicious-looking menu? I don’t think so.

Cape Town is a major food hotspot, so there are literally hundreds of places you could eat. And loads of places serve small plates. But these are the places I think you should eat.

Chefs Warehouse

So I have always been under the impression that Chefs Warehouse serves some of the best food in Cape Town. And I’ve eaten there more than a few times. But just to be sure, I took myself out to lunch last week, for research you know? And I was right. The food is fresh and flavourful, beautifully plated and served with a smile. Honestly, I cannot get enough of this place.

The menu of “tapas for two” is a set 6-8 dishes, which really takes the pressure off choosing. They come in three courses, over the course of about one hour. I ordered “tapas for one”, so had to make the painful choice of just a few items off the menu. I went for the green veg risotto (insanely delicious!), salt & pepper squid, seared tuna, and silverfish with tomato chutney. I topped it off with a jewel box of chocolate bon bons and a lemon posset.

The tapas menu for 2 costs R650, but you can order it for one, which costs R350. Dessert is not included and ranges from R75 – R95. The restaurant opens at 12pm for lunch and 4:30pm for dinner. They don’t take bookings, so you need to make sure to arrive early. You 100% will not be disappointed.

The Details

92 Bree Street, Cape Town
Monday to Friday
Lunch 12PM – 2:30PM
Dinner 4:30PM – 8PM
Saturday 12PM -2:30PM

La Parada Del Mar

A very recent addition to the glamorous Camps Bay strip, La Parada del Mar comes with an amazing view and some seriously dreamy decor. But even better than both those things, which tbh, can be found in abundance on the strip, is the food.

Charred octopus, Spanish garlic mushrooms, seared tuna, salt & pepper fried squid…it’s all so good. Not to mention goblets of gin and tonics and colourful mojitos. And the churros – oh the churros! I personally am hard-pressed to venture “all the way out” to Camps Bay, but this place is definitely worth it. It’s light and airy, and feels far removed from the somewhat pretentious Camps Bay scene. The food is more than just nice, it’s delicious.

I’m going back soon to try their new breakfast menu and I can’t wait. Prices range from around R65 – R150 for the small plates.

The Details

35 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Everyday day 8AM-2PM


+2721 286 2106


Credit: Adam Whiteman

Credit: Marli Grobbelaar

Credit: Marli Grobbelaar

Credit: Marli Grobbelaar

Despite visiting this restaurant at every possible opportunity (birthdays, anniversaries, the time we signed the paperwork for our house), I don’t actually have any decent photos of my own. Mainly because they aren’t open for lunch (so I can’t shoot with natural light) and also because it’s my favourite restaurant, so I’m normally just floating on air and eating.

But don’t let my lack of photos deter you because dayyyyum, the food is good. First of all, this is where I find all my favourite flavours in one place; coriander, lime, sweet, salty, savoury, umami. Asian-style street food like grilled prawns served with steamed buns and coriander lime chutney, buttery lobster roll with grilled corn and creamy mayo (unfortunately not on the menu right now due to over-fishing), insanely outrageously delicious chicken wings with pickles, vegetables with cashew brittle. I’m drooling! Their cocktails are also absolutely top shelf. Dishes range from around R50 – R150 per plate, for two. We normally order about four or five dishes.

If you’re looking for somewhere special to take someone you want to impress, or you have something to celebrate, or you just want to eat at the best dang restaurant in town, book it!

The Details

11D Kloof Neck Rd, Gardens, Cape Town

Wednesday – Saturday 6:30PM – 11PM


+2779 839 2505


  • Reply

    Carmen / 08 Feb

    Hi Natalie! May i borrow the image from La Parada of the waiter and his tray? The light is from our shop (Delos) and i would love to post this on our social media. Of course, i would credit you.

    Let me know if it is okay? Many thanks xx Carmen

    • Reply

      natalie / 09 Feb

      Hi Carmen, sure! I will email it to you in hi-res, too.

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