Spectacular culinary experiences should be enjoyed by everyone. And in our quest to find and celebrate deliciously diverse dishes, we’ve meticulously put together a collection of inclusive restaurants focusing on accessibility for all.
Our selection represents a spectrum of gastronomic excellence, ranging from charming hidden gems to renowned dining destinations. But what sets these establishments apart is their commitment to accessibility.
In a city where space sometimes poses a challenge, these restaurants have risen to the occasion, crafting innovative solutions for anyone to go and delight in the Mother City’s fantastic food scene.
Whether it’s their thoughtfully designed layout, or staff trained to cater to specific needs, these restaurants prioritise inclusivity while creating memorable moments in our remarkable city.
Come with us and discover dining destinations transcending barriers, with our list of Cape Town’s curated list of accessible restaurants.
What is accessibility?
The term “accessible” refers to the quality or state of being easily reached, used, understood, or approached by a person, especially someone with disabilities. Accessibility can apply to various contexts, including physical spaces, digital content, information, services, and more.
In the context of physical spaces, accessibility often refers to buildings, sidewalks, public transportation, and other infrastructure designed to accommodate people with disabilities, making it easier to navigate and use facilities.
Overall, accessibility is about ensuring inclusivity and equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, by removing barriers and making things more user-friendly and accommodating.
Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia
300 years ago, Governor Simon van der Stel founded Groot Constantia, the region’s oldest wine estate. Simon’s, nestled within, matches opulence with inclusivity. Whether you crave coffee, brunch, or al fresco dining, the restaurant goes the extra mile to ensure accessibility. With ground-floor bathrooms, wide doorways, accessible toilets, and parking, Simon’s blends history with thoughtful hospitality. Though some areas are hilly, a little assistance ensures easy navigation throughout the area.
Clay Cafe Hout Bay
Clay Cafe in Hout Bay is a haven for creative souls and food enthusiasts alike. Enjoy painting stunning ceramics (which you can proudly display at home, of course), before indulging in delicious dishes like shakshuka, vegan brekkie or buddha bowls in a tranquil setting. Clay Cafe is wheelchair-friendly, boasting ramps, spacious doorways, accessible painting studios, kitted bathrooms and dedicated parking. Beyond its physical accommodations, the cafe’s staff is there to help with specific requests. Simply let them know your needs when booking, and they’ll ensure your visit is nothing short of exceptional.
Barracuda’s Fish Hoek
Barracuda’s, located just across from Fish Hoek Beach, offers a relaxed dining experience with stunning ocean views. The seaside decor sets the mood for a mouth-watering menu, ranging from fresh seafood to hearty Durban curry. Beyond the delectable cuisine and picturesque vistas, Barracuda’s is wheelchair accessible, has easy table access, and accommodating staff. Just inform the team of any specific accessibility needs during your reservation.
Moyo restaurant is a local institution, located near the entrance of Cape Town’s lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Moyo offers some fantastic local cuisine like their cooked-to-perfection game offerings, particularly the springbok shank which deserves a special mention.
Kirstenbosch Garden takes accessibility seriously, with most of the visitor facilities structured to accommodate wheelchairs. In addition, Moyo restaurant is large and open, with plenty of space inside for patrons to enjoy the luscious surroundings through the large windows if inclement weather prevents outdoor seating.
The Wild Fig
This farm-style restaurant and bar is situated in the original barn of the historic Valkenberg Estate. The Wild Fig, named for the majestic fig tree outside its doors, is known for its hearty meals and cosy atmosphere (it has a fireplace for winter months) and has been a local favourite for years. The Wild Fig’s crispy duck is a popular choice, so be sure to try it when you visit. The Wild Fig has wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, toilets, seating, and designated parking. The attentive staff is ready to cater to your needs, ensuring a delightful visit.
Seaforth Restaurant, named after Seaforth Beach, offers stunning seaside dining with African penguins as your backdrop. For two decades, it’s delighted patrons with fresh seafood and warm service. Enjoy rustic beach vibes and favourites like calamari and catch of the day. Seaforth has a ramped entrance, spacious doorways, and wheelchair-friendly seating. While a few snug spots exist, the staff are there to make your coastal eating experience a memorable one.
Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
Tobago’s is your ultimate Cape Town dining destination. With the azure Atlantic Ocean at your fingertips, this venue offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere with contemporary decor and breathtaking ocean views. The menu features an array of fresh seafood, hearty meats, and local flavours, including pizza, burgers, and vegetarian options. Tobago’s is wheelchair-friendly, with ample entrance space, accessible bathrooms, and warm welcomes for guide dogs.
GINJA Restaurant V&A Waterfront
GINJA offers a delightful dining experience by the water’s edge, providing superb views over the harbour. This chic restaurant boasts a mixed menu, ranging from risottos and wraps to seafood and sandwiches, with special options for children. The ambience is both elegant and welcoming, featuring organic textures, muted natural colours, and ambient lighting. There is a wheelchair ramp and a wide doorway. For a seamless experience, it’s advisable to book in advance and inform the staff of any accessibility needs.