We’ve all been there: You’re planning an impromptu dinner with a few close pals, and some of them ask if they can just bring one friend who’s visiting from out of town, and that one friend has two friends… Before you know it, you have a logistical nightmare.
Though Cape Town has the benefit of an abundance of quaint, intimate eateries, they are just not geared toward this sort of culinary quandary. But rest assured that there are plenty of popular restaurants roomy enough to accommodate the football team–size gathering you’ve somehow found yourself coordinating. Some overlook the water, while others are on hip stretches in the heart of town frequented almost exclusively by locals; what they all have in common are great food and lively vibes. Though reservations are always recommended, most of the time the friendly staff will be more than willing to “make a plan,” as they say in South Africa, and find your group the perfect table.
When to Book: One to two months ahead.