Pam’s favourite Cape Town Restaurants – Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Pam’s favourite Cape Town Restaurants – Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Some of our favourite restaurants in the  V&A Waterfront (Known as the V&A by locals!) are:


STATUS DEC 2020:   Opening on 10 December 2020

New South African Local Food Market.   It will also be an incubator for small food businesses.   An exciting development that is located in the Waterfront Cruise Terminal.   For more info check out our new restaurants in Cape Town section on the website

Willoboughby & Co

Status:  OPEN FEB 2021

This spot is located inside the main mall at the Waterfront – however this is its only fault!

Willoboughy’s has the reputation for offering the best sushi in Cape Town.  The reputation is well deserved and we tend to head down there at least once a month to do the pilgrimage! S o, if you are a sushi fanatic, make sure you that you eat here.

They also offer an extensive seafood menu – we however have never tried it as we are hooked on the sushi!  V&A Main mall.  Open daily for lunch and dinner – no reservations taken.  When you see the queue heading out of the restaurant, you know you have found the right place!  Don’t be deterred – the queue moves very quickly! They do NOT take bookings.


Status:  OPEN FEB 2021

Is located the One & Only Hotel.  My dining experience literally blew me away – each morsel is a masterpiece and a complete taste sensation.

The restaurant is beautiful and you actually feel like the evening is a special occasion.  For a foodie it is a mind blowing treat. The prices are high for locals.   However for those that know the Nobu group – they rate this as the cheapest they have ever visited. I would rate the evening I spent here as one of the top dining experiences I have ever had in my life.

Some background: “World-class master chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa expands his eponymous empire with the debut of his first restaurant in Africa – his third for Kerzner International.  No stranger to worldly culinary influences, Nobu gives classical Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist. Diners can indulge in fresh South African seafood and indigenous spices in mesmerising dishes such as Sake Roast Whitefish with Jalapeno or the Chocolate Bento Box; a dark chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream and a sesame seed tuile.”

Baia Seafood Restaurant

Status:  OPEN FEB 2021

Portuguese inspired upmarket seafood restaurant in the V&A Waterfront.  A winning combination of excellent seafood with impeccable service.  The prices are steep – but it is worth it as you will enjoy every mouthful.  If the weather is good book an outside table.  Note that it is essential to book in summer as they are very popular.  Tel +27-21-421-0935.  Open daily for lunch and dinner

Harbour House V&A Waterfront 

Status:  OPEN FEB 2021

The Harbour House in Kalk Bay is renowned for providing fresh seafood.  In the Waterfront they have a great setting next to the water.    Upstairs is the drinks bar – think “champers & oysters” or vodka and sushi – yes – this is decadent and fun and you can lurk all afternoon or evening up here for drinks and boat watching – I love it!!  Den Anker 


This is a Belgian restaurant in the V&A Waterfront.  It boasts one of the nicest locations as it is in the middle of the Waterfront campus – ie it overlooks the boats and it is a magical spot for lunch or dinner as the view is fantastic.   House specialties include fresh West Coast mussels, served with pomme frites and Belgian Beer – a fabulous combination! V&A Waterfront.  Tel no: +27 21 419 0249  Open daily.





Si Cantina Sociale


This is a lovely addition to the Waterfront.   It is located in the new design quarter in the Clock Tower District of the Waterfront.   It is a relaxed and vibey spot – a combo of a pub and a tapas bar (with a couple of mains).    This recommendation is for the vibe and the atmosphere.   The staff are also really lovely here.   Prices are reasonable and it is perfect for a lunch before a trip to Robben Island or before heading into the Zeitz Mocaa Art Gallery.   Tip – if you are there in the evening – combine this with a drink at The Silo Hotel (you need to be well dressed to be admitted) or on the rooftop of the Radisson Red Hotel (younger crowd – vibey and they have a truck as a bar)


Has relocated from the working part of the harbour to the New cruise terminal.  Panama Jacks is an institution in Cape Town – locals love it and the prices are great!  There are absolutely no frills and if you are a seafood lover – I would highly recommend it!  Fabulous fresh seafood – simple preparation – some retro dishes.  Address – Cruise Terminal in the Cape Town Harbour.  Open daily for dinner & lunch.  Tel no: 021 448 1080 or 021 447 3992