These restaurants offer dining experiences with live music and performances from a piano bar to jazz, reggae, and soul. You might even be welcomed by a praise singer, or experience stories illuminating Cape Town’s colourful history.
1. Café Roux Cape Town – Shortmarket street, CBD.
Known as the “sexy little sister” to the Noordhoek branch. Café Roux has been gracing its loyal patrons with live performances by the crème of South African music artists each week since November 2016. Take a seat in one of the comfortable elevated booths or leather bar stools for an optimum view of the show, while you enjoy a delicious dish from the simplistic and unpretentious Italian-styled menu. The ever-changing menu showcases a selection of craft pizzas with fresh seasonal toppings, as well as sumptuous vegan and gluten-free options. The doors to this urban chic yet eclectic venue are open from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
2. Stardust Theatrical Dining – Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock.
Renowned for its energetic and entertaining theatrical dining, one can expect live performances from Stardust’s very own waiters and other talented local performers (maybe a little dancing on tables too). The Mediterranean-inspired a la carte as well as the three set menus, offer an extensive variety of mouth-watering traditional Moroccan and Greek dishes. The restaurant is open to patrons from Tuesdays to Saturdays with performances beginning at 8pm while you can enjoy a quick pre-drink at the bar from 5pm onward. Owing to the appeal of its delectable food, fun and vibrantly charming atmosphere, reservations are essential.
3. GOLD Restaurant – Bennett street, Green Point.
Immerse yourself in an all-African themed experience while feasting on an award-winning 14 course Cape Malay and African menu. At the onset of your dinner, you are welcomed by a praise singer who introduces the performers and Mali puppets of the night. In the second segment of performances, you are treated to a showcase of traditional African dances and celebrations, while the third portion honours the royal African queens. The doors to this incredible Afri-ganza are open all week long with staff eagerly awaiting your arrival and take you on a journey from Table Mountain to Timbuktu.
4. The Rockwell Dinner Theatre – Prestwich street, Green Point.
Situated at the prestigious Rockwell All-Suite Hotel and Apartments, the Rockwell Dinner Theatre is home to the uniquely and proudly Capetonian musical revue Kaapse Stories from the Mother City. With the audiences’ participation and comedic interludes, the show illuminates the colourful history of Cape Town using renowned international and local South African songs. Apart from the entertainment, the audience is also indulged in a scrumptious 4 course meal during the performance, and a tantalizing glass of sparkling wine or orange juice on arrival. The award-winning show takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and bookings are essential!
5. The Piano Bar – Napier street, De Waterkant.
Sophisticated and soulful musical revue at the glamourous Manhattan, New York venue meets African inspired jazz. With live musical performances by various artists every night of the week, this elegant yet cosy restaurant offers an evening of soul, blues, funk and more, and regales patrons with a selection of top-class wines, innovative as well as classic cocktails.
6. The Crypt Jazz Restaurant – Cnr of Wale & Adderley streets, CBD.
Located beneath the well-known Capetonian landmark, St Georges Cathedral, the contemporary Crypt provides a live musical platform to both established and up-and-coming local jazz artists and bands. Patrons of the Crypt can expect to enjoy various forms of live jazz music while relishing in the gloriously multifaceted menu with something for everyone. Owned by a locally renowned jazz musician, the Crypt opens its doors to appreciators of jazz weekly between Tuesdays and Saturdays, attracting notable visitors such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
7. The House of Machines – Shortmarket street, CBD.
Think trendy hipster vibe meets coffee, motorcycles, cocktails and craft beer, and of course live music! This contemporary brick-lined establishment serves up an array of tasty light meals like gourmet sandwiches, as well as unique cocktails, while you jam to the sounds of talented local bands. Expect to find manly motorcycle-related paraphernalia as well as menswear the venue is deemed the “quintessential fine purveyor of the modern man”, honouring man and machine. Live music performances are held every night from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
8. Ferrymans Tavern – Dock road, V & A Waterfront.
As the oldest tenant at the V&A Waterfront, Ferrymans boasts with a considerable history of live musical performances every single day. Known by the locals and tourists alike, this casual but bustling family restaurant is guaranteed to serve up a variety of seafood, grub from the grill as well as delicious vegetarian options. Ferrymans is particularly known for its vibe. The live music performed (predominantly variants of rock) affront the vast outdoor seating area, usually has patrons singing and dancing along. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, with music kicking off at 8 pm on weekdays and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
9. Sotano – Beach road, Moullie Point.
Overlooking the Moullie Point Lighthouse and magnificent ocean beyond, Sotano is a local contemporary favourite with an interior has a cosy fireplace, and casual outdoor seating. This chic Mediterranean spot is considered a specialist in wine with over 80 wines by the bottle and almost 40 by the glass. Enjoy the selection of Spanish-style tapas or seafood while you soak up the sounds of live jazz on a Friday nights, or the reggae rhythm of the Rivertones on Sundays between 4-7 pm.
10. Beluga – Prestwich street, De Waterkant.
Resembling a New York-styled loft, this trendy unique venue offers an alluring Euro-Asian fusion menu, a whiskey bar, and exclusive wine attic. A courtyard completes the century old art-deco setting. Beluga’s bespoke cocktails are no secret, and neither are their Saturday specials. Unwind to the sounds of live jazz music while savouring there divine west coast oysters and Jack Daniels between 1-5 pm every Saturday.