Bistrot Bizerca is a place where we serve down-to-earth food with exceptional skill and great passion. This high standard may be fine dining in terms of the quality of the food, but we always have been and remain true to the casual, relaxed bistro-style of eating.
After five successful years in what was arguably one of the toughest locations in the CBD, the Foreshore, in late 2012 Bistrot Bizerca moved to the historic Heritage Square. Situated in the heart of the city, Bistrot Bizerca has settled quickly and comfortably this home.
The interior of Bizerca has a seating capacity of 50. An additional 50 diners can be accommodated in the brick-paved courtyard which is famous for having the oldest fruit-bearing vine in Southern Africa. The courtyard is perfect place to escape the harsh Cape Town winds and everchanging weather. It is perfect for balmy summer evenings, long lazy lunches, or informal mid-afternoon interludes of oysters and champagne.
With raw brick walls echoing the stony courtyard, the interior and exterior blend seamlessly at Bistrot Bizerca. Subtle recurring butterfly motifs on the walls, menus, and napkins reflect Bistrot Bizerca’s metamorphosis.
Cyrillia & Laurent
Cyrillia and Laurent owned and ran prestigious award-winning fine dining establishments in Australia for many years, but a yearning for the unpretentiousness of a bistro drew them back to Cape Town where they opened the original Bizerca Bistro on the Foreshore in 2007.
Laurent grew up and trained classically as a chef in France, where there is a bistro on every corner serving traditional, comforting food in a relaxed environment, without compromising on flavour or quality. This is what we wanted to recreate in Cape Town.
You will find classic French dishes and traditional cooking methods at work here at Bistrot Bizerca, but also many new dishes created with the influences picked up during our years in Australia.
Since its launch, Bizerca Bistrot has made a name for itself as one of the country’s top restaurants with numerous accolades. Twice, in 2009 and 2011, Bistrot Bizerca has been awarded the title of Best Bistro in the Eat Out Restaurant Awards, which are widely considered to be South Africa’s foodie Oscars. Bistrot Bizerca has also received a three star rating from Rossouw’s Restaurants and is in the Fleur du Cap Restaurant Awards’ top 10.
We are proud of our carefully selected list of wines, as well as the addition of Tattinger champagnes to our wine list. Some wines are well known South African classics but others are from boutique estates we discover that offer exceptional vintages.
It’s important for us to know they will complement Laurent’s food, and we are confident in our suggestions to diners.
We aim to offer a little bit of everything, including selected French wines.
Guests are also welcome to bring their own wine and champagne, one bottle four every four guests and there is a corkage fee of R80 for wine and R100 for champagne.
Bistrot Bizerca is located in Heritage Square, 98 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.