The Best Italian Restaurant in Cape Town?

A Tavola’s authentic Italian dishes are made from the freshest organic local South African ingredients. Guests often say this is the best Italian restaurant in Cape Town. We’ve been listed Number 1 on The Inside Guide’s list of Best Italian Restaurants in Cape Town, where they had this to say:

A Tavola’s passionate owner is committed to using organic herbs and vegetables, pasture-reared beef, sustainable fish and handmade pasta (including wheat and gluten-free) in all their tasty dishes.

What makes A Tavola – an authentic Italian restaurant in Cape Town – so special?

It all starts from the source:

  • Organic products from local growers who love our planet and would never do anything to harm her
  • Free range livestock nurtured by farmers who care
  • Fish sourced in a sustainable manner, without depleting the oceans
  • Handmade (including wheat- and gluten-free) pasta’s

And finally we prepare and present your dish with care, love and most importantly, passion.
Buon appetito!

What others say about the best Italian restaurant in Cape Town

“Long-standing authentic favourite Italian Cape Town restaurant for dinner!”

“A Tavola has been my family’s go-to spot for all special occasions or evenings of sheer indulgence and food-joy! It NEVER disappoints and the view from the dining area into the open-plan kitchen, bursting with enthusiastic chefs, fresh pasta neatly stashed in clear boxes, frying pans flaming up and the smells of only the best and most carefully prepared ingredients on their way to your ever-anticipating palate, is simply divine! I always leave wanting to come back as soon as possible and have yet to taste a single morsel that is not perfectly prepared and beautifully (yet unpretentiously) presented!

Undoubtedly THE BEST Melanzane Parmigiana in Cape Town and I have tried and failed repeatedly, to leave without first savouring every mouthful of their Torte de la Nonna – it is simply FABULOUS! I will remain an enthusiastic and loyal regular! Always simply a pleasure to be there! P.S. The Decor is also totally charming and one feels almost as if one has been transported to a real little gem in the heart of Rome! No frills, no fuss, just excellence time and time again!” — Marijke D

“Authentic Cape Town Italian Restaurant”

“My wife and I had dinner at a Tavola whilst in Claremont, Cape Town. The food is genuinely Italian, fresh and top notch! The selection of wine very good too. The ambiance is family orientated and since the tables are close in an enclosed space it is a little noisy but one is still able to speak. That, in my view, adds to the atmosphere but would rule it out as a “fine dining” venue despite the quality of the food. A great Italian restaurant for a group of people who really enjoy Italian food! Highly recommended.” — brianpatterson273

“One of the best Italian Restaurants in Cape Town”

“This is the local you take your friends and family to on a special occasion. Non-pretentious, laid back enough for the midweek-I-don’t-feel-like-cooking dinner. But excellent service, delicious food and gorgeous wine list that make it perfect for a celebration too. There is always something on the weekly menu that catches your eye – this week’s ricotta and mushroom parcels a definite winner! As well as a few faithful’s on the standard menu to fall back on – my favourite being Steak Tartare / Linguine Marinara / Veal scallops. This is one of the best Italian spots in Cape Town.” — Michelle M

“Authentic Italian in Cape Town”

“A recommendation from our guest house owner – and somewhere we would not otherwise have found. Very busy Friday night meant for a noisy but atmospheric dinner. The menu contained many Italian classics as well as some more imaginative dishes – enhanced by daily specials. The food was excellent and very authentic Italian. Service was also very good – would certainly recommend.” — Baronsboy

“Great authentic Italian food!”

“I was so impressed by the food I visited A Tavola twice in a week. On my first visit we ate of the “specials” menu. There was an excellent choice and reasonably priced. The quality of the food was excellent and the staff very attentive. I took my cousin on my second visit and we both chose pasta dishes. The pasta was the best I have ever tasted – mouth-wateringly good. I would suggest booking in advance as it is very busy.” — Maggie R

Other Guest Reviews

Valentine's Treat

★★★★★
5 5 1
Hands down the best Italian cuisine in Cape Town. I absolutely love the pasta dishes and last night I had a chocolate tart that was just superb. A Tavola is always such a treat.

Good food, good service

★★★★☆
4 5 1
A great place for good ambiance, exceptional service & quality food. Will definitely be back for more.

Dinner

★★★★★
5 5 1
Excellent evening. Quick service.

Service and Food

★★★★★
5 5 1
Best Pasta that we have had in a long time and the service is amazing. thanks for making our night special

A TAVOLA

★★★★★
5 5 1
Excellent food Fantastic service Thank you!

Top-drawer authentic Italian cuisine

★★★★☆
4 5 1
The food all round was excellent. Portions are generous, particularly the antipasti, and service was also very good. The one small gripe was the sliced fillet dish had to be returned as it was done more rare than expected - we ordered medium-well done, probably our own mistake. That said, the meals were all outstanding. The menu caters more than adequately for vegetarians, meat- and fish-lovers alike. A good place to re-visit.

A Tavola

★★★★★
5 5 1
Excellent food and service with superb wine list

Dinner

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Very Delicious food - Excellent Service (5 star). We had Fusilli ai Broccoli & Linguine Gamberoni (prawn pasta) Really enjoyed our first experience at A Tavola. Really good food!” however the portions could have been a little bit bigger.”

Great food, fabulous service

★★★★★
5 5 1
This is a great restaurant - delicious food, friendly service and really good value.

A Real Treat

★★★★★
5 5 1
Joined a colleague for lunch , what a treat delicious food , we both ate off the specials page . Tuna kebabs were divine !!! Service was excellent, I will certainly be back .

Good evening

★★★★★
5 5 1
A family reunion kids back from Europe, parents live in Knysna, son lives in ct so we all had different tastes - menu satisfied all the boxes - Pasta dishes were all very good -well seasoned. A place to go back to

Authentic Italian

★★★★☆
4 5 1
I've been at A Tavola three times. The food is authentically Italian. My favorites are the caprese salad and the Linguine Gamberoni (prawn pasta). The restaurant doesn't offer a cocktail menu, which I find disappointing, but for the wine drinkers, the wine selection is good.

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Best Italian Restaurant in Cape Town - A Tavola

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