Things-to-do: 18 Best Restaurants in Durbanville, Bellville, Table View, Blouberg and Melkbos

The 18 Best Restaurants in Durbanville + the Northern Suburbs 2019
Durbanville Hills

From haute cuisine to authentic fare, these northern suburbs gems deserve a spot in the limelight.

There are many things the northern suburbs are known for: kite-surfing, cool-climate sauvignon blanclekker Afrikaans people (and sometimes not so lekker Afrikaans music). The one thing it’s not that well known for is its food scene. But we’re about to change that with our roundup of eateries worth venturing from the city for.

Durbanville Restaurants

1. Diemersdal

Diemersdal Durbanville Restaurants

A mere 40-minute drive from Cape Town, you’ll find the luscious Diemersdal Estate, in the heart of Durbanville wine country. The restaurant has been brought to life by the Louw family (six generations deep), who restored an old stable to provide a tranquil country ambience. Captained by local chef Martin de Kock, the farm eatery serves a delightful array of dishes incorporating eastern and western influences, as well as local South African flavours.
Operating hours Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (set menu, reservations only)
Contact 021 976 1810, restaurant@diemersdal.co.za
Where to find it Diemersdal Wine Farm, Koeberg Road, Durbanville
Map: Click here

2. Poplars at D’aria

Poplars Durbanville Restaurants

Surrounded by lush gardens, Poplars offers a modern European-style menu that changes according to the availability of fresh ingredients. Dishes are paired with sauvignon blancs and red wines sourced from the Durbanville Valley.
Good to know Also to be found at the beautiful D’Aria Winery: The Backyard (a relaxed eatery that serves pizza, burgers, salads and nachos), and a cocktail bar stocking craft beers and whiskies from around the world.
Operating hours Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 9am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 9am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 975 5736, poplars@mantellagroup.co.za
Where to find it D’Aria Wine Estate, M13 (Racecourse Road), Durbanville, Cape Town
Map: Click Here

3. Annapurna

Annapurna Durbanville Restaurants

A cosy setting, hospitable hosts and flavourful curries await at this intimate Indian restaurant in Durbanville. Tucked away at the back of the centre, the eatery is easy to miss, but you’ll be grateful for having discovered it. Numerous vegetarian-friendly options are available, as well as traditional chicken and lamb dishes.
Operating hours Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 976 2046, annapurna.tyg@gmail.com
Where to find it Heritage Square, Shop 4C, Vrede Street, Durbanville
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4. Durbanville Hills

Durbanville Hills Restaurants

If you haven’t yet been to Durbanville Hills’ contemporary bistro-style restaurant, you’ve definitely seen their flagship sauvignon blanc on the shelves of your favourite wine shop. Raking in one Michelangelo award after another for its wine, the farm’s restaurant is also making waves in the food department. As the name suggests, Durbanville Hills is situated atop a hill in the Durbanville Wine Valley, with sweeping views of Table Mountain and Table Bay on grand display through double-volume glass walls. In the kitchen head chef Louisa Greeff creates a simple, yet sophisticated menu each season.
Opening hours Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 558 1300, info@durbanvillehills.co.za
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms, Cape Town
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5. Crown Restaurant at Meerendal

Crown Durbanville Restaurants

Guests to this warm and welcoming Meerendal restaurant enjoy spectacular views of the Boland mountains, as well as excellent service in a relaxed setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, and the menu – like the interior decor – is unpretentious yet effective in its simplicity.
Good to know Meerendal is also home to Carlucci’s Deli, which serves good coffee, croissants and freshly baked goods in a relaxed countryside setting.
Operating hours Daily, 7am – 10pm
Contact 021 975 0383, info@crownrestaurant.co.za
Where to find it Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
Map: Click Here

Bellville and Parow

1. De Grendel

De Grendel Durbanville Restaurants

This scenic restaurant and wine estate on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills continues to be a favourite – living up to its reputation as the World Luxury Restaurant Award winner in 2017. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the estate’s glass-panelled farmhouse-style eatery, accompanied by one of De Grendel’s homegrown wines, available at cellar door prices.
The contemporary dishes, passionately created by head chef Ian Bergh (with sous chef Conrad van den Heever) include items such as quail parfait, tuna tataki, grilled lamb loin, and organic pork belly, with desserts such as sweet soufflé, posset and brownie delights, among many more. View the 2018 menu here.
Operating hours Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2:30pm ; 7pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 2:30pm
Contact 021 558 7035, restaurant@degrendel.co.za
Where to find it Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Western Cape
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2. Pizza Vesuvio

Pizza Vesuvio Durbanville Restaurants

Few topics are as controversial as where to find the best pizza in town, but who doesn’t revel in a bit of controversy every so often? Owned and run by husband-and-wife duo Jerarvo Cozzolino (operations) and Silvana Marztico (head chef), Vesuvio follows 100-year-old family recipes in the making of its pasta and pizza bases, which are wood-fired, of course, and made with imported Italian dough (to stay true to Mamma’s methods).
The menu includes traditional antipasti and platters made using top-quality ingredients sourced from local Italian producers. The insalata caprese is made with real bufala mozzarella, while the carpaccio de bresaola is a winner among meat-lovers. The interiors follow the Italian theme: warm and rustic. The roof’s exposed skeleton, facebrick accents, reclaimed furniture, walled display cases of bric-à-brac and long tables conjure a sense of life in Italy. Saluti!
We recommend the the Bianca Neve pizza (mozzarella, smoked provola, blue cheese, wild mushrooms, cherry tomato, rocket, basil, olive oil and pancetta).
Opening hours Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 914 1414
Where to find it Waterfront and Fountain Roads, Bellville Park, Bellville
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3. Ton Khoon

Ton Khoon Durbanville Restaurants

If you’re looking for a bona fide Thai experience, but aren’t prepared to compromise on stellar service and elegant ambiance, look no further than this must-try gem. The crisp decor borders on fine dining, yet feels warm and welcoming owing to tastefully authentic Asian touches. We love the wait staff’s colourful Thai outfits! When the weather plays along, sliding glass doors reveal for stylishly dressed tables on the water-facing veranda. The chiffonade of carefully curated chefs each have more than 10 years’ experience.
The Tom Yum Goong soup starter was so good, I had to fight my dinner companion off with a spoon. The balance of flavours is absolute perfection. All though Ton Khoon is dominantly a Thai restaurant, the sushi is in a class of it’s own. Manager Johan told us that chef Chon is notorious among the local fish suppliers, refusing to settle for a batch that is not as fresh as logistically possible. With that in mind, you can bet you’re in for some fantastic sashimi.
We recommend sushi, tempura prawns and basil crispy pork, which is not your typical starch-coated dish, but grilled in the oven until the crackling is the perfect consistency.
Operating hours Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact 021 914 9991, johan@tonkhoon.com
Where to find it Tyger Lake Building, Tygervalley Waterfront, Bellville
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4. Arugula Bistro & Bread

Arugula Bistro & Bread Durbanville Restaurants

Almost always fully booked for dinner, Arugula Bistro opened in March 2012 and consistently offers flavourful, value-for-money fare. It’s the perfect spot for a quick weeknight bite if you’re in the mood for something special (just take care to reserve your table). The restaurant is small, situated on the first floor of the Welgemoed Forum centre, offering patrons a bird’s-eye view of the goings-on below. The clever layout of the open-plan kitchen allows you to watch the chefs in action, as you unwind from a long day at the office, chilled glass in hand. The menu is seasonal and changes quite often; keep an eye out for the chalkboard of daily specials – it always has something exciting on display.
If you’re an early riser, the breakfast (and lunch) dishes are freshly made each morning and satisfy every time. So do the homemade ice creams!
We recommend the grass-fed burgers, homemade ice cream.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 9pm
Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Contact 021 913 6906, info@arugulabistro.co.za
Where to find it Shop 18, Welgemoed Forum center, Welgemoed, Bellville
Map: Click Here

5. Devil’s Peak De Oude

De Oude Durbanville Restaurants

If you’re seeking a feast for your eyes and belly, and a taste of the fine craft brews that Devil’s Peak is known for, then this all-in-one foodie and beer destination is a good bet. Situated in a heritage building, the venue offers three dining experiences, each with views of rolling lawns and exquisite views.
De Oude Manor offers diners a range of top-quality dishes made from freshly sourced ingredients, each created with a wholesome traditional farm feel. The vast menu caters for any time of the day, and features sharing boards, charcuterie and cheese selections, as well as a kiddies’ menu.
De Oude Bistro is a more relaxed dining experience, offering guests a little slice of Italy. The interior is designed around the large pizza oven that delivers a storm of farm-fresh pizzas with tasty toppings. Delicious pastas, fresh salads, and kids’ meals are available, too. And, if you’re thirsty, choose from a range of home-brewed craft beers and ciders to enjoy with your meal next to the fire, or outside on the shaded lawns.
Alpha Beer Hall is a mecca of homemade Devil’s Peak brews that also serves light meals. It features a range of 10 rotating on-tap craft beers, as well as some popular year-round favourites. There’s also a wine list and a number of various hand-crafted liquors available. Share a pizza, antipasto or one of the famous signature burgers, and enjoy it by the gorgeous Venetian fireplace during winter, or outside on a hot summer’s day.
Good to know Kids’ pizza-making workshops are held during the week between 4pm and 5pm, and on weekends at 11am, 12pm, 4pm, and 5pm – a great way to keep the little ones entertained.
Opening hours
De Oude Manor: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 11pm
Sunday, 8am – 6pm
De Oude Bistro: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Alpha Beer Hall Monday – Friday, 4pm – 11pm
Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Contact 021 200 5802, info@dpdeoude.com
Where to find it 1 Pandoer Street, Bellville
Map: Click Here

Table View & Blouberg

1. Homespun by Matt

Homespun by Matt Durbanville Restaurants

Inspired by years spent in the kitchen of his father’s restaurant as a teeanger, owner Matt Schreuder draws from his global travels and the expertise of his talented chef, Waheeb Abrahams, to create what he calls “new and unique dining experiences”. The atmosphere is unpretentious and the staff upbeat and professional. The space is small. Cosy. Rather romantic. The dramatic decor is carried through to the mesmerising presentation of the cocktails and the food. But it’s not all show. It tastes as good as it looks. The value for money Matt and his team are able to offer has us excited about fine-dining again.
We recommend the beef tataki, braised sticky pork belly, and Valrhona blonde fondant. The menu changes seasonally, but these favourites have stood the test of time.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 556 2824, reservations@homespunbymatt.co.za
Where to find it 1 Porterfield Road, Table View
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2. On the Rocks

On The Rocks Durbanville Restaurants

This shore-hugging eatery has become somewhat of a Blouberg landmark, having upheld its stellar reputation for scenic views and delicious food by the sea for over 56 years. The extensive menu includes eggs benedict breakfasts, ostrich carpaccio starters, seafood curry and lamb shoulder mains, and cheesecake and panna cotta desserts, among many other offerings. Diners visiting in winter can sit next to the toasty indoor fireplace, while summer calls for a seat on the outdoor terrace, savouring a delicious dish while basking in the refreshing sea breeze and breathtaking views of Table Bay and Table Mountain beyond.
The Hatch is the establishment’s resident coffee and pastry bar, and is open from 7am to offer early risers (and sleeper-ins) a hot cuppa and tasty snack.
Operating hours Monday – Sunday, 9am – 10pm
Contact 021 554 1988, ontherocks@seascapecollection.co.za
Where to find it 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
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3. The Indian Chapter

Indian Chapter Durbanville Restaurants

Former TV and radio personality, Prim Reddy stepped out of public limelight and into the kitchen when she took over a failing restaurant and turned it into one of the best Indian destinations in Cape Town. Chapter 1 opened in 2013, shortly followed by adjacent Chapter 2 in the Carnaby Centre in Table View, with murmurings of more Chapters to come. Chapter 2’s interiors are understated with striking pieces scattered throughout the restaurant. Chapter 1 is more formal (if you’re looking to book for a special occasion). When the sun sets, a belly dancer appears for a remarkable 15-minute performance (which even the chef left his station to witness, probably for the umpteenth time). The appetisers are a variety of deep-fried specialities, kebabs, tandoori chicken and marinated and grilled linefish, while the aromatic mains of lamb are delicately balanced in flavour. Order the basmati rice and tandoori naan to compliment your mains.
Do BYOB if you’re a wine snob.
We recommend the chicken samoosa (Punjabi-style pyramid samoosa stuffed with spicy chicken mince), vegetarian pakoras (assorted vegetables dipped in spicy gram flour and deep fried). Lamb mains are the speciality and definitely worth the wait if the restaurant is busy.
Opening hours Daily 12.30pm – 10pm
Contact 021 557 5524
Where to find it Carnaby Centre, 9 Marine Circle, Table View
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4. El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint

El Barrio Durbanville Restaurants

Eden on the Bay was in desperate need of a good restaurant. On a strip riddled with copy-and-paste menus and frozen food, El Barrio is welcome respite for northern suburbanites looking for a satisfying midweek dinner or vibey weekend spot. Not to be confused with inner-city institution El Burro, this Mexican street-food joint puts its neighbours to shame with its eclectic interiors: a wall-to-wall chalk mural, Spanish-inspired prints and skullcandy aplenty.
Not only is the vibe festive, but the food is fresh and bursting with flavour. The frozen margaritas are made with real fruit, topped with lime (not lemon!), while the street corn bowl is flamboyantly presented: a deep-fried bowl that’s meant to be broken and used as chips to scoop the grilled-on-the-cob corn, Parmesan and coriander. The menu offers snacks; dishes that are big enough to share as starters; and 12 different taco combos (some served in corn tortillas, and others in soft flour tortillas), comprising chicken, beef and fish, and more inventive options, such as pork belly, pork shoulder, slow-roasted lamb (delicious!), and a vegetarian option.
Each taco is a single portion, so you might want to order a few if you’re not sharing a snack.
You must try the pastel tres leches con coco, which was recommended by co-owner Orlando Alkas Gama, and is made with three types of milk and coconut cream (can you hear me crying?). The recipe is his grandmother’s, and abuela ‘mag maar’.
Opening hours Daily, 9am – 11pm
Contact 021 554 9696, hola@tacosandtequila.co.za
Where to find it 16 A, Eden On The Bay, corner of Otto du Plessis and Sir David Baird Drives, Blouberg
Map: Click Here

Melkbos

1. Café Orca

Cafe Orca Durbanville Restaurants

This low-key seaside destination is one of my favourite places in the world to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sit inside the rustic beach cottage, or under the thatch roof-sheltered patio. Feel the cool southeast breeze against your skin as you take in the sights and sounds of encroaching Melkbos Beach. As is the norm for a http://insideguide.co.za/our-favourite-seafood-restaurants-in-cape-town/seafood restaurant that prides itself on serving the ocean’s freshest produce, menu items come and go based on availability. So do the daily specials that are usually excitingly uncommon catches of the day. What makes Orca stand out is the whimsy with which they marry unexpected flavours with seafood favourites. Think: mussels and blue cheese; or oysters and horseradish cream. Mind. Blown. It would be sacrilege not to give a tip of the hat to the staff – the service is always superb.
We recommend chorizo squid with the Ataraxia Chardonnay (the wine is quite pricey but the combination, which we discovered by accident, is excellent). The seafood platter for two is great value.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 11am – 3.30pm
NB They take bookings for dinner, but they don’t take bookings for lunch, so arrive early if you want to sit outside.
Contact 021 553 4120
Where to find it 88 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand
Map: Click Here

2. Damhuis

Damhuis Durbanville Restaurants

The restaurant opened its doors in 2009, but the home of this popular establishment has been around for much longer, and has since been declared a national monument. Rich in heritage and history, the landmark also offers a noteworthy dining experience. The diverse menu, created by executive chef Stefan Meintjies, features a range of delectable breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, including French toast, creamy eggs, and Banting benedict, freshly shucked Saldanha oysters, peri-peri chicken livers, and seafood platters, to name a few. If you’re looking to think less and eat more, try one of the set menus, available at any time of the day.
Divided into five sections, there’s an ambience for any occasion. Diners can choose to enjoy their meal in the laid-back, beach house-style Fisherman’s Tent; the cosy, romantic Voorhuijs; the sun-soaked Outside Terrace, or the kid-friendly Beach Area where the little ones can run free. And, if you’re just in the mood for a drink, enjoy a beer or glass of wine in the pub-inspired Stampkroeg.
Operating hours Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 9:30pm
Contact 021 553 0093, info@diedamhuis.co.za
Where to find it 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand
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3. Trattoria Maranello

Trattoria Maranello Italian Restaurants

Who’d have thought a traditional trattoria would find its way to Melkbosstrand? If you haven’t paid a visit to this Ferrari-championing, sea-facing spot, where fresh, organic and locally reared produce is the order of the day, do it!
The menu is a delicious mix of classics (bruschetta, gnocchi Gorgonzola, quattro stagioni pizza) and modern interpretations (the Americano pizza features pepperoni sausage, black olives, rosa tomatoes, peppadews and mushrooms).
Good to know Eating at Maranello is a family affair so bring the little ones. Kids under 10 pay half price for half portions, while kids under three eat for free!
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 10am – 11pm
Contact 021 553 5701, uli@trattoriam
Map: Click Here

4. The Hart

The Hart Durbanville Restaurants

All food is made from the hart at this seaside locale, offering diners a bite or brew at any time of the day. Breakfast options include benedict, croissants, crepes and smoothie bowl; lunch features sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pies and salads, while dinner includes heartier items such as paella, seared fillet, or roast lamb.
Hot coffees are brewed each morning for those popping in for breakfast, complete with indoor heaters in winter. In summer the outdoor deck is the place to be for cool cocktails in the sun next to the ocean. There’s also a kids’ menu, and water bowls will happily be provided for parched pooches. Can you feel the love?
Operating hours Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday – Monday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 0215531073, info@thehart.co.za
Where to find it Shop 1, Mira Mar Center, Beach Road, Melkbos
Map: Click Here

We also rate

  • Saints Burger Joint for burgers and a side of ocean views
  • The Fat Greek for good Greek grub
  • Bon Amis Restaurant on Bloemendal for kid-friendly breakfast or lunch
  • Chocolat for the beautiful Parisian-style decor
  • The Olive Bistro for a laid-back pizza
  • Yumcious for wholesome takeaways by Jenny Morris
  • Boston Coffee for a good brew
  • Nuri Sushi Factory for fast-food sushi
  • Hillcrest Wine and Olive Estate for spectacular vineyard views
  • The Copper Club Eatery for burgers and craft beers
  • Zibaldone for authentic Italian
  • Devil’s Peak Epping Taproom for home-brewed ale
  • FrozenYo for excellent frozen ice cream by the sea
  • Ke-Monate Restaurant at Singal Run Wines for alfresco brunch

For the purposes of this article, we went as far west as Melkbos, and as far north as Durbanville, selecting a restaurant for each category based on consistency of service and food. If you feel we’ve left any out, let us know in the comments below.

Researched by Michelle de Bruin, Nikki Benetar, and Matthew Flax

Source: https://insideguide.co.za/cape-town/durbanville-restaurants/