Top of the Ritz

Looking for the most gorgeous views Cape Town has to offer? Dinner at the newly refurbished Ritz Revolving Restaurant is exactly how we remembered it to be in the 90’s … but with more pizazz.

Dining at the top of Cape Town’s Ritz hotel is without a doubt the best place to end a holiday in the Mother City. Having last dined there when I was seven year’s old, in 1997, I was anxious to see first had how the landmark building had been restored after the hype surrounding the renovations. Everything about my dinner ‘at the top’ was just as enchanting as I remembered it (and no less magical than it had once been from the eyes of a child).

The city’s only revolving restaurant, situated on the 23rd floor of The Ritz hotel, sports an unrivaled 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, the mountain, and the cityscape.  Guests enter through the newly revamped Miami Vice styled lobby, up an elevator to the 22nd Floor, where they are greeted with bubbly and breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.

And while there are elements of the hotel that still need work (old elevator finishes and the remnants of renovations done at cost to make up for largly ambitious budgets) once you find your table overlooking the Cape nothing else in it’s entirety matters, except for the people and cordon bleu at your table.

The menu interpreted interpreted by executive chef Adrian Cook, reflects a journey through the flavours of Cape Town and its surrounds. The set menu which consists of Knysna Oysters, Avocado Ritz, followed by a main course of grilled beef sirloin and Karoo rack of lamb and finished off with smoked chocolate mousse ,was enough to leave any food lover breathless at both the presentation and flavor.

The top of the Ritz’s view and understated décor – imported Philippe Starck lamps on each table – provides a perfect foil for the refined dining on offer. An unforgettable destination for celebratory dinners or popping THAT question, Top of The Ritz restaurant may also be booked on an exclusive basis for private occasions. Space is limited per evening, so it is highly recommended to book in advance.

R850 per person includes a seven-course set menu, with a glass of bubbly. (Excludes service charge)