Aubergine Restaurant

  • Cape Town Central, Western Cape
  • Continental, Cosmopolitan, Fine Dining, Game, International, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • 39 Barnet Street,
    Cape Town
    South Africa

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Sophisticated dining

Aubergine Restaurant strives to provide everything that’s fine in the world of wining and dining. Aubergine has string of awards and accolades attesting to their dedication and commitment to dining excellence in South Africa.

Harald Bresselschmidt the head chef and owner, continually sets the pace and spends hours creating and preparing gourmet dishes for patrons to savour. Fresh produce is always incorporated into the dazzling new dishes that include fresh seafood from the Peninsula, local game and wild mushrooms from the heart of our forests. The cooking is a sumptuous blend of nutritious, classical cuisine at times influenced by fragrant nuances from Asia. Diners can select a premier wine from a selection of more than 450 wines to accompany their meal.


Aubergine serves lunch Wednesday - Friday for lunch from 12h00 to 14h00 between September and April. Choose from an A la Carte Menu or 3-course Chef's menu. They will consider opening on other weekdays to host groups of 20 or more at lunchtime.

Secure parking is available around the corner at the Jewish Museum in Hatlfield Street.

Each week the chefs create a new lunch menu - would you like to receive the new menu via email each week? Please add me to your lunch mailing list


The A la Carte menu changes with the seasons and availability of fresh local ingredients. Diners can enjoy a variety of creative starters followed by delicious main courses such as seafood, chicken, meat and game, as well as an array of vegetarian fare.

Fresh produce decides the daily menu so be sure to order fresh oysters in season. For that sweet after taste enjoy a sensational choice of desserts such as Tiramisu Soufflé or a savoury platter of international and local cheeses.

Degustation is a culinary term for an appreciation of tasting various foods and is perfect for a special occasions. A three, four or five course Degustation Menu is available from R535 to R795 per person. This creation offers the most popular dishes and wine pairing is an excellent additional option.


The wine list at Aubergine includes some 400 wines, mainly from South African vintages with an array of special imports. With the focus on the best South African Estate wines, the selection starts from R170 for quality and value to the finest award winning wines. The wines include classical European grape varieties and New world wines.

Special Occasions:

Aubergine Restaurant caters for your special event, wedding, function or celebration. Up to 50 guests can be seated in the main dining room and groups of 12-13 and 15-18 can be seated in smaller intimate dining rooms.

The talented team will attend to your needs and create a personalized menu to suit your special occasion. Let Aubergine create beautiful memories for years to come.


  • JHP Gourmet Guide "One Plate" Award (2016 - 2017)
  • Rossouw's Restaurants 5 stars (top award) in the Sophisticated Category (2005 - 2015)
  • American Express Platinum Fine Dining Programme (member)
  • Diners' Club Wine List Diamond Award (current) and Best Overall List in the Cape (2016)
  • World of Fine Wine "World's Best Wine Lists" (2014 - 2016)
  • Top 100 SA Wines Inspirational Wine List Award (2012)
  • San Pellegrino Top 100 Restaurants in the World (2009)


Aubergine Restaurant Private Dining and Exclusive Wine Pairing Functions

If you're hunting for the perfect setting for a private dinner, birthday party or exclusive function, look no further than AUSLESE, Aubergine's sister venue. Auslese caters for all manner of functions related to wine and food pairing and is conveniently located in Gardens in a elegantly renovated old Cape building. View more information and photographs on or contact Catherine on

Who's Cooking?


Harald Bresselschmidt


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.  This team, committed to detail and fundamental techniques, and the imagination and craft of his kitchen, create innovative yet discerning combinations of food experiences.

Our Must Try Meals!


    set on a squid ink risotto


    filled with marinated goat's cheese


    with braised garlic


    with a fruit sorbet


Group Capacity : 80+ People Cost Per Head : R200+

  • Cuisine : Continental, Cosmopolitan, Fine Dining, Game, International, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Ambience : Fireplace, Romantic, Upmarket
  • Entertainment : Internet or WiFi
  • Dress : Smart/Casual
  • Reservations
  • Functions
  • Outside Area
    Outside Area
  • Secure Parking
    Secure Parking
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cocktails
  • Cellar
  • Private Dining
    Private Dining
  • Aircondition
  • Generator

Credit Cards Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Diners Club
    Diners Club
  • Debit Card
    Debit Card
  • VISA
  • Mastercard


  • Street Smart
    Street Smart
  • Cape Town Tourism
    Cape Town Tourism


39 Barnet Street,
Cape Town
South Africa