Cape Dutch – Party in the Front, Business in the Back
With multiple levels and a private dining room, Cape Dutch is great for both groups and couples and the noise level is not objectionable, as opposed to many other Atlanta restaurants. They’ve even got a small patio, perfect for the spring days ahead or for those unseasonably warm winter days. But can I tell you a secret? The real action is right in the front at the bar. It was hopping with customers that seemed to be having a blast. Note that Cape Dutch is open until midnight on weekends.
Cape Dutch is the follow up to 10 Degrees South and Yebo Beach Haus from Justin Anthony.
The smart design completely separates the bar from the main dining room, so diners don’t have to hear the gregarious bar patrons while trying to enjoy an elegant dinner. Everything in the decor from the gorgeous lighting fixtures to the comfortable seating, oozes sophistication. It’s a terrific special occasion restaurant or for a business dinner.
Pictured at the top is the Szechuan Pepper Tuna. Served with seaweed and cucumber salad, the ginger soy vinaigrette is a nice compliment to the dish, but in no way overpowering. Though meat is the star of the show here, I would not recommend missing out on this dish at Cape Dutch.
The Venison Carpaccio at Cape Dutch is served with a delectable fig jam. Even if you plan on getting meat (steak, elk, veal) for your main entree, The Venison Carpaccio is a match made in heaven with the fig jam. I’m not sure if you can order food at the bar, but if you’re looking for light dishes, the carpaccio and tuna are perfect to accompany a cocktail or glass of wine.
A Braai is a South African wood grilled oven. Entrees at Cape Dutch are divided between what’s cooked on the Braai (steaks, lobster, veal, chicken) and the non-Braai items like rabbit leg, salmon, lamb and an elk chop. If you like dry aged steaks, here’s a perfect place to get them in Atlanta. Steaks are supplied to Cape Dutch by Chicago purveyor Linz.
We skipped dry aged steak in favor of the veal chop and the elk. The veal chop was served with the most delicious morel mushroom sauce and was perfect drizzled over the potatoes served with the dish.
Most wines are geared towards bottles, so you are a bit more limited on selection if ordering by the glass, but my server was able to recommend a lovely red to pair with my elk chop.
It is pretty surprising that the restaurant group chose to locate so close to strip club central (the large glowing neon signs just about slap you in the face as you enter and exit the restaurant) but I supposed the layout is ideal for such a restaurant and it is an up and coming area. I’m looking forward to sipping a cocktail or two on the lovely patio come spring.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE
Disclosure: My meal at Cape Dutch was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.