We’re incredibly grateful for the kind words others have said about our authentic Italian Cape Town restaurant. Below are a smattering of our most recent reviews. We’ve also been listed as Number 1 on The Inside Guide’s listing of the Best Italian Restaurants in Cape Town and we’re featured in their listing of the Best Desserts in Cape Town.
Rossouw’s Restaurants Review
THERE is a particular pleasure in returning to an old favourite and finding it as good as before, or even better.
In the Italian restaurant category, the competition is very fierce in South Africa, but the memorable ones can be counted on just one hand.
A Tavola in Claremont did not open with much hoopla and a number of years later has quietly established itself as a “local” with a loyal following. In contrast to many others, it has not chosen the Grand Prix or football-themed trattoria look and the result is an Italian in the form of a modern café. There’s a deli section, an open kitchen and also pleasant patio seating. [more…]
“To the Table …” for authentic Italian cuisine – as featured in The Claremont Clarion
If the animated buzz of dinner conversation is in any way related to the level of contentment experienced by diners, A Tavola, the newly opened Italian eatery has certainly succeeded in its culinary offering. [more…]
“OUT & ABOUT: CAPE TOWN” – as featured in Food & Home
Head to the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs where new restaurant A Tavola is making an impression with its superb Italian cuisine. It’s fast becoming the place to be seen… by Julia Rowand [more…]
“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.”
“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.””
“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”
“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.”
“A lovely evening. Thank you to one and all at A Tavola. You made my birthday dinner a very happy occasion. All my friends enjoyed themselves and the food - especially the spectacular starters. I will have treasured memories of the experience. Just what I hoped for. Perfect!”
“What a treat to have dinner in such a fabulous restaurant. The fact that not only was the food superb, but you can actually have a conversation without having to shout. The service was attentive and just a great venue in every way possible. I look forward to going back again soon.”
“Grazie mille, era bonissimo come sempre ! As we are an Anglo-Italian family, one of my daughters lives in Rome being married to an Italian, we are appreciative of good Italian food. A Tavola never disappoints and is by far our favourite restaurant with such a pleasant atmosphere and charming efficient staff. Unlike some other restaurants I can name A Tavola remains consistent, both in the excellence of the food and service. A presto, J C Groves”
“We eat regularly at A Tavola and I can honestly say that the food is always outstanding and the service kind. The menu is freshened with seasonal updates to keep regulars like ourselves interested. Their Zuppa Frutti di Mare is the best ever. Well done to the chef and his capable team.”
“We have not been on a date night in a while because we have our darling baby. Finally planned a babysitter and so enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. I am a vegetarian my husband not. Catered for both our tastes. Service was brilliant too!”
“So often a restaurant has good and bad days but, after several meals at A'Tavola, my experience has been that the food is consistently good here. The noise absorbing tiles that have been built in to the ceiling are amazing - one is able to dine without being disturbed by others' whose voices may be unusually loud. The Menu is varied and the quality excellent. Service impeccable.”
“A Tavola has become an institution in Cape Town, an exemplary restaurant serving Italian fare. Do arrive with a reservation, and be aware that locals frequent this Italian gem – the restaurant is often packed at night, weekdays and weekends. The atmosphere is sophisticated, but unobtrusive with a sense of joviality. Diners enjoy privacy but are part of a larger whole, a community dining and celebrating life. The décor hints at drama with its draped curtains. The menu is strictly Italian and offers an array of antipasti, salads, primi courses and secondi courses. I visited with my foodie best friend whose high standards could be any cook’s challenge. Our aperitifs included a full blood Italian spritz – which has been executed and served perfectly. We side stepped all temptations and opted straight for secondi: Veal Limone and Saltimbocca alla Romana. Both dishes were flavoursome, perfectly executed (according to my well travelled, foodie friend’s standards). We shared both dishes and finished every morsel. We shared a plate of summary peaches filled with flavour and served with gelato. The service was superb. Ideal for all those celebrating and savouring life.”
“We enjoyed a family meal at A Tavola last night and were so impressed with the service efficiency and quality of food. We chose from the Menu of the Day and the food was really excellent. One of our party was delayed at the airport and they handled the serving of the food very well. The wine was good and the waiter very knowledgeable.”
“A firm favourite that we visit at least every couple of months...normally I only ever order the same mushroom with truffle oil as it's amazing, but last night I tried their ricotta and para ham parcels....OMG it was out of this world. Subtle herbs and generous portion size. Also ordered was the soup starter - frutti di mare....yum! Always have the zucchini frutti on the side...The best. Great service and attention as usual. David the owner runs the best Italian kitchen in town...and you can see they are happy.”
“This restaurant was recommended by the hotel driver,and what recommendation on arrival all staff were so polite,the menu was fantastic I had the calamari for starter and the veal saltumboca for main and both were absolutely fantastic and this rates as my top meal in Cape town,a must place to visit and we shall definitely be going back very soon.”
“This is my favorite restaurant in Cape Town. The best Italian food with the highest quality ingredients. The ambience is unpretentious, the staff are all happy and clearly well treated. At least as good as the best Italy has to offer...... P.S. Have the chocolate tart”
“We visited on a cold and wet Thursday evening and the restaurant was full! Fabulously good food at honest prices and the chef -Jomo- who runs the kitchen with his heart. So pleasant to see a restaurant maintain a consistently high standard.”
“I have nothing whatsoever negative to say about Tavola - you are transported to Italy the moment you step through the doors to a warm welcome - the service - the food - the family feel - Oh the Pasta - the specials. I could go on and on - if you have not been to this restaurant then book immediately.”
“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!”
“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
You can also see what recent guests are saying on TripAdvisor. We’re delighted to have received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award places A Tavola in the top-performing 10% of all Italian Restaurants worldwide on TripAdvisor, and is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.