One of the must-see destinations in Cape Town is the historic Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. The waterfront is jointly owned by the Government Employee Pension Fund and Growthpoint Properties Ltd. It is managed by a board who have made it an exceptional retail therapy experience that is not to be missed. Naturally, all that shopping will mean you need to refuel fortunately there are numerous restaurants in Waterfront.

While Fyn the number 37 restaurant on the world’s 50 best restaurants ranking isn’t at the waterfront. There are countless other restaurants that are sure to satisfy your cravings. This extensive range of options can make deciding where you want to eat challenging. That is why we decided to make this list of our picks for the 3 best restaurants in Waterfront. To help you find the perfect seaside dining experience for you.

Quarter Kitchen

intimate and cosy seating in the quarter kitchen dining area, another great venue amongst the restaurants in waterfront

If you are looking for a taste of Cape Malay cuisine, which is a food Cape Town is famous for, then the Quarter Kitchen is for you. This restaurant is located in the Portswood Hotel and offers the most extensive range of Cape Malay foods of all the restaurants in Waterfront. This restaurant has an elegant yet relaxed aesthetic that is complimented by its intimate seating arrangement. 

As we have said the food at this restaurant focuses on Cape Malay cuisine. This includes traditional favourites such as bobotie and various curries including a wonderful Cape Malay seafood curry. However, they also offer more standard fare including burgers, pasta, steak and seafood. This large variety ensures that the Quarter Kitchen has something for everyone.

The Quarter Kitchen is open from Monday to Sunday from 06:30-23:00. Therefore they are available to cater to your food cravings at all times of the day. With such a wide variety and extensive offerings of famous Cape Town food, it is easy to see why this restaurant is at the top of our list.

Gibsons Gourmet Burgers

eye-catching yellow chairs stand out against the white and black floors and ceilings, almost cafe-esque seating another iconic venue amongst the restaurants in waterfront

Next on our list of restaurants in Waterfront is Gibsons Gourmet Burgers and Ribs. This cool and trendy burger joint began with a quest to create the best burgers and has grown into a local favourite. The restaurant has a stylish contemporary aesthetic with black and white walls and floors and eye-catching yellow chairs. The restaurant also has outdoor seating that overlooks the harbour, making it ideal for burgers at sundown.

The food at Gibson’s is burger focused with 35 hand-crafted burgers to choose from. These include The Ultimate burger which is a Gibson’s classic beef, chicken breast and bacon burger with cheese. This burger is a must-try for anyone who enjoys a good burger. Aside from the burgers, they do also have an assortment of starters and meats including their export-quality beef or pork spare ribs. For dessert, Gibson’s is famous for their handspun milkshakes with over 207 different flavours available. These shakes are a sight to behold and are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Gibsons are open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00-22:00, and on Sundays from 12:00-22:30. This means that they are the perfect stop for lunch or dinner while exploring the Waterfront. The wide variety of burgers and shakes at Gibsons makes it the ideal family restaurant with enough on offer for kids and parents to enjoy.

Quay Four

customers sitting at simple tables and chairs on a wooden deck overlooking the harbour, an immaculate setting even amongst the restaurants in waterfront

As no trip to the coast is complete without some seafood next on our list of restaurants in Waterfront is upstairs at Quay Four.  This restaurant is one of the oldest eateries on the Waterfront and is located above the Quay Four Tavern. The interior has an elegant seaside aesthetic with large windows letting lots of natural light in. There is also outdoor seating on their deck that overlooks the harbour and all the hustle and bustle below. This provides the perfect setting to enjoy the bounty of the ocean.

Quay Four is famous for its fresh seafood offering a wide range of delicious dishes. These include prawn curry, Norwegian salmon, and some belly-bursting platters. While famous for seafood the restaurant does offer other dishes if fish isn’t for you. They have a grill, poultry, and venison menu with enough variety to satisfy any meat lover. As for after the meal they have some delectable desserts including an Amarula creme brulee that is to die for. They also have some deluxe milkshakes and smoothies that are perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Quay Four is open from Monday to Sunday from 08:00-23:00, meaning you can always stop by to see this Cape Town landmark. This is the perfect restaurant to get your seafood fix while enjoying a sweeping view of the waterfront, and the Atlantic Ocean. With so much to offer it is easy to see why this is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike.

These are our picks for the 3 best restaurants in Waterfront. Therefore if you find yourself getting hungry while enjoying all that the V&A Waterfront has to offer. Be sure to try one of these restaurants for a dining experience that is sure to satisfy you.

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