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View from the main dining room towards the barView from the terrace into the main dining roomView into the main dining roomView from the terrace looking towards the doors into the restaurantA long table in the mezzanine dining room seats 12 - 14 guestsThe red wine fridge separating the bar from the main dining roomSmaller tables in the mezzanine dining roomView from the bar into the annexe dining room View from the back of the annexe dining room towards the barView from the back of the annexe dining room towards the barView from the back of the annexe dining room towards the barView along the bar counter The elegant raised glass tables just off the main dining roomOur Red Wine FridgeView from the main dining room onto the terrace

Welcome to Aubergine

Aubergine Restaurant opened its doors in September 1996 with a vision to create a gastronomic haven in an atmosphere of timeless elegance where diners could enjoy innovative and creative combinations that excite the senses and pique curiosity. We are proud to have gained a significant following from both within South Africa and abroad and it is always a pleasure to welcome back guests who share our passion for good food and wine. Aubergine has received numerous local and international awards and been consistently rated among the top restaurants in the country.

San Pellegrino Top 100 Restaurants in the World (2009)
Eat Out Top 10 (2010)
Rossouw's Restaurants 3 stars (top award) in the Sophisticated Category (2005 – current)
American Express Platinum Fine Dining Programme (member)
Diners' Club Wine List Diamond Award (current)
Top 100 SA Wines Inspirational Wine List Award (2012 - 2013)

Wein-Visionäre / Wine Visionaries: Menschen und ihre Weingüter in Südafrika / The people behind South African Wines

Wine Visionaries Book

Harald creates recipes paired with flagship wines from prominent estates in the Cape Winelands. Signed copies available for purchase at our restaurant.
Buy our book

Heritage & Setting

Housed in the former 1830 home of the first Chief Justice of the Cape, Sir John Wylde, Aubergine is situated in the historic Gardens area of Cape Town. Recent refurbishments combined the old and the new into a stylish contemporary venue. The ambience is elegant and refined with the décor complementing beautiful yellowwood tables, original wooden sash windows and Knysna Blackwood floors. During the summer months, guests enjoy al fresco lunches on the lush terrace and magical dinners under the African stars. In winter a quaint fireplace provides a cosy atmosphere. Sophisticated, private dining areas are available for intimate dinners, birthdays, business functions and other special celebrations.

The Chef

Harald Bresselschmidt was born in the pristine Eifel Region of Germany close to the Belgian border. As a child he was strongly influenced by life on a working dairy farm, instilling in him a love of the land and an appreciation for fresh produce. Harald worked in restaurants from an early age spending time predominately in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and London before doing his Masters in Gastronomy. His cuisine is based on a philosophy of natural flavours and seasonal ingredients, and a number of his dishes are infused with Asian influences. His team, committed to detail and fundamental techniques, and the imagination and craft of his kitchen, create innovative yet discerning combinations and food experiences.

The Aubergine Restaurant represents a landmark of fine dining and exquisite cuisine in South Africa. Chef Harald Bresselschmidt and his team invite you to join them for a taste of perfection in this award winning restaurant resting in the lap of Table Mountain.