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81 St John's Street | Gardens, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 461 0368
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good17%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“miso soup” (3 reviews)
“meringue” (2 reviews)
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Open Now
12:00 - 15:00 Hours
Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
81 St John's Street | Gardens, 8001, South Africa
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Chefs
1. Three daily meal options
"There is a choice of 3 main dishes and one 1 dessert"
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2. Chefs wood-fired oven
"an open kitchen and a mesmerizing wood fire stove"
Sindhoori N
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3. Meet the Chefs
"The food is served by the chef on a specially designed tray."
Nicola M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I ate lunch here with a friend. I had the vegetarian option and told them (my chef who served us) that I don't do gluten. The chefs were accommodating and thought everything through, they were also great to talk to. The restaurant is a mix...More

Thank BerniceGriff
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

The menu changes every day and there is a choice of just three mains - typically one fish, one meat and one vegetarian. The food is imaginative, delicious and we'll priced. Water and service is free which is a nice touch.

1  Thank IngridW_CapeTown
ChefsCT, Marketing at Chefs, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Happy to hear you enjoyed our concept at Chefs. Hope to see you again soon! 💙

Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Incredible food which is not only fresh, local and seasonal, but presented in a beautiful way. The wine is also outstanding and the chefs are super friendly! A must visit lunch/dinner spot!

1  Thank 8Carms8
Reviewed 6 September 2018

What a Pleasant surprise, venturing into Chefs for the first dinner visit. All three meal options looked ultra good last night, and my choice of Tuna tartar and my partners roast chicken were both delicious a. The accompanying side salads, dressings and dips were all...More

1  Thank Y3853OUjoannem
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Yesterday evening we looked for a restaurant on out roundtrip in SA. There were not many people in the restaurant. You van have a look in the citchen which is quite entertaining for the kids. The menu was great and the dessert was simple but...More

1  Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

This is a great concept which serves delicious and varied meals every day . The concept is a new mini menu every day , so the food is always fresh and fabulous . You get to see the daily dishes on a mini screen in...More

1  Thank Amber D
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This restaurant has been on our radar for awhile now and we finally got to try out Chefs for dinner last night. They have a very different approach in how they work. So there are no menus, no waiters and no fancy décor. There are...More

1  Thank voila-cpt
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Daily changing made-by-a-chef-just-for-you dishes. Vegetarian friendly. There’s a yummy homemade drink of the day, really welcoming knowledgeable service. The dishes are a main, side, and salad. Great concept. Very well executed. The second time I came was a month after the first and the waiter...More

1  Thank norsp
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We met a family friend and her son, who is a celebrity chef in Cape Town and Italy (Lapo's Kitchen!), and we ate here on the recommendation of Lapo. I was a little skeptical, but lunch was perfect! A relaxed atmosphere, excellent wine, a choice...More

Thank tribecadoc
ChefsCT, Public Relations Manager at Chefs, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Chefs! 💙

Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Quirky surroundings and a three course main choice, meat fish veg. All looked good and excellent chicken. Wine by the glass and excellent value. Perhaps not romantic!

Thank Ross w
ChefsCT, Marketing at Chefs, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Chefs 💙 Hope to see you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$19
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 St John's Street | Gardens, 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town
  • Phone Number: +27 21 461 0368
  • E-mail
HOW IT WORKS No menus, no waiters, no fancy décor, just three meal choices. Sound horrific? Depends on how much you like good food and dislike the fuss that normally surrounds it. Here, the chefs serve you lunch or dinner, Monday to Friday and literally, they do serve them. They bring you your food, doing away with the need for waiters. You’ll have checked the changing daily meal choices online before arriving, so you simply tell them what you want when you walk in and the chefs get cooking immediately. Your meal – a main and sides – is plated and curated in the kitchen and brought to you on the signature Chefs’ tray. Still or sparkling water is on the house, there’s a daily juice, beer is on-tap and the wine list changes monthly. There’s also a dessert that changes daily.
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