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Restaurants with fireplaces in Cape Town
Despite gloomy winter weather, a great meal next to a cosy log fire is enough to coax anyone out of hibernation
Last Update: 11 September 2017
Cape Town’s restaurants are not just all about lazy seaside lunches and summer sundowners; with the enticing offer of a roaring log fire, many cosy Mother City eateries come alive during winter too. And while it’s always tempting to retreat when it rains, the notion of a hearty, warming meal and a rich glass of red beside a crackling hearth is enough to lure anyone out from under the duvet when the bitter chill rolls in.
To make sure you wring the most out of the cooler weather, we’ve compiled an overview of top Cape Town restaurants with fireplaces.
Enjoy great food and company and seductive sounds. Asoka believes that food brings people together and in the midst of great company, memories are made. At Asoka, the chefs are lovers of sharp flavours, fragrant herbs and rich spices and craft dishes which blend the tastes of countries around the globe. The menu offers seared Norwegian salmon; duck spring rolls with hoisin sauce; and Asian beef tartare with spring onion, pickled ginger, avocado, ponzu mayo, almond coriander pesto and sweet potato.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 5pm – late | Kitchen open until midnight.
68 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 0909
The Wild Fig Restaurant
Experience country life in a beautifully restored 18th-century building. The Observatory-based Wild Fig Restaurant was built as an extension to a refurbished Victorian Manor, while the comfortable but stylish bar, Annie’s Arms, is housed in a converted barn that has been declared a historical monument. Patrons can choose from over 35 single malt whiskies here and enjoy a cosy dinner or lazy lunch next to the restaurant‘s large stone fireplace during the cold months.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 12pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm
Valkenberg Estate | Liesbeek Avenue | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 0507
Kloof Street House
Set in a magnificent Victorian-era house, nestled within a beautiful leafy garden is Kloof Street House. This charming restaurant is a great place to break away from the hurried streets of the city. The intimate building is home to more than three crackling fireplaces is a great place to keep warm this winter. Relish live performances as you dig into the eatery’s Mediterranean-style bistro food that will warm guests from the inside. Try the KSH table salad of mixed leaves, avocado, plum tomato, feta and toasted pine nuts; the grass-fed beef burger with truffled wild mushrooms, rocket, and camembert; or the potato gnocchi with roasted butternut, gorgonzola cream and toasted walnuts. Remember to pair one of the hotspot’s famous signature cocktails with your meal – we recommend the Porn Star Martini!
Opening times: Monday: 5pm – late | Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm – late | Kitchen open until 11pm
30 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 4413
With two grand fireplaces, deep carpets, plush furnishings and a breathtaking floor-to-ceiling view of the wintry Atlantic Ocean, Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel is one of the most romantic cold weather spots in the Cape. Not to mention, the fine dining eatery boasts a selection of hearty, feel-good dishes alongside various contemporary creations, and the red wine collection is robust enough to take the nip out of even the chilliest of days. Plus, the iconic dining space is beyond a doubt one of the most ideal locations to host a special occasion between the months of June and September when most Mother City hotspots are robbed of the chance to offer visitors use of their impressive outdoor areas.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10:30am (breakfast); 12:30pm – 3:30pm (lunch); 6pm – 10pm (dinner).
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 437 9029
Perched snugly in the bosom of Cape Town’s CBD, Charcoal Dining is the sort of sanctuary inner-city dwellers go to escape the nippy weather and heat the body up from within. The contemporary dinnertime eatery, which moonlights as an art gallery of sorts, claims a glowing hearth just next to the bar, and its dimmed lights, flickering candles and retro-chic décor ooze warmth and cosiness. What’s more, though the restaurant separates itself from run-of-the-mill pizza and pasta places by serving exceptional fare, the dishes are large and hearty and enough to make for wonderful winter meals. The menu changes every day depending on what’s fresh and seasonal, but guests can expect options like grilled beef fillet with hand-cut fries, ostrich fillet medallions with seasonal vegetables and homemade gnocchi with tomato, rocket, pine nuts and feta. For those that are just peckish, there's also an assortment of tasting plates to share. And the highly personalised service and the intimate ambience are also bound to leave the heart feeling warm and happy.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday: 6pm – late.
50 New Church Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 3232
While this award-winning restaurant is well-known for its outdoor tree-lined terrace during summer, it also packs heat during the winter months with its crackling fireplace that adds much-needed warmth to any evening dining affair. Headed by chef-owner Harald Bresselschmidt, the eatery treats guests to inventive fare and features both an a la carte menu and a two- or three-course set offering. Folk are able to enjoy classical foods that place an emphasis on creativity and balance and boast a tantalising yet sophisticated blend of flavours and textures. The menu changes according to the seasons, but guests can expect a selection of items that serve as a tribute to South African ingredients, such as kabeljou, ostrich and springbok. What’s more, Aubergine’s wine list is fit for the gods (it is considered one of the most remarkable lists in Cape Town). So, this venue is perfect for a pleasant winter night out enjoying scrumptious food, delectable vino and great company in a luxurious CBD setting.
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 2pm (summer only); Monday – Saturday: 6pm – 10pm (all year). Do note that the restaurant is closed every alternate Monday (visit the reservations page for more information).
39 Barnet Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 465 0000
This homely, upmarket city centre bistro has three inviting fireplaces to keep bodies warm on icy winter nights (two in the restaurant and one in the bar area), while the outside enclosed garden is perfect for those balmy summer days. Societi Bistro excels in service with passion.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 11pm .
50 Orange Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 2100
Rick's Café Américain
Home to three fireplaces, this Casablanca-inspired eatery offers a selection of comfort food and tasty winter treats. Expect a vibrant ambience, Moroccan-themed décor and a very busy bar – the interior is rich and warm. Read more about our lovely lunch at Rick's Café Américain.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 11am – late.
2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 1100
The Odyssey Gastropub
The first of its kind in Cape Town, The Odyssey Gastropub on Bree Street is based on the popular British notion of a bar that also serves tip-top fare, and hence it specialises in both premium drinks and tasty, well-made cuisine. The double-storey, industrial-chic eatery – it claims plenty of solid wood and raw, exposed brick walls – crafts wholesome dishes made from quality, locally sourced ingredients (think Orange Chicken Supreme, Mushroom Risotto, Sirloin Steak and a Fig and Camembert Burger, for example). And whether visitors are popping into this neighbourhood haunt for an after-work dop, a speedy lunch between business meetings or an indulgent sit-down dinner, they’re bound to have a positive pub experience. While the meals are of a higher standard than traditional bar food, they’re still substantial and hearty enough to keep patrons warm on cooler days; though, if the fare and flowing booze don’t do the trick, the large log fire that roars downstairs in winter certainly will.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 12pm – late; Saturday: 4pm – late .
199 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 4084
Bardelli’s (Kloof Street)
Enjoy quality Italian food in this old converted heritage house on Kloof Street while escaping the bitter winter chill. With traditional European memorabilia decorating the space’s walls and a comprehensive menu of delicious dishes, this cosy restaurant offers guests an authentic taste of Italy right in the middle of the Mother City, and its two fireplaces make it an ideal escape during the cold season.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm
18 Kloof Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 1502
One of the trendiest spots in the Mother City; Headquarters, or HQ as it is known, is effortlessly elegant. There is a sophisticated ambience and a daringly simple menu (either go for the signature steak dish, the vegetarian option which is a mushroom dish, or choose from the selection of snack boards and tapas options available). Cosy up to the crackling fire found in the lounge area, just off the main restaurant floor. Enjoy a meal or a few rounds of drinks on the plush leather couches that surround the fireplace. The no fuss, all flavour menu that’s devoid of pretense and unnecessary frills and delivers food sure to satisfy both sophisticated and simple palates. Make an outing of eating at the brasserie-style restaurant on Monday’s for their 2-for-1 dinner special or their #DateNight special on a Tuesday. You could make a stop at the bar for a glass of red by the fire too.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – midnight.
Heritage Square | 100 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6373
The Roundhouse Restaurant
Sitting cosy in the folds of Table Mountain, this Camps Bay gem offers four different dining experiences. The private dining room promises warmth, romance and luxury; the Somerset Room offers majestic views of the Twelve Apostles range, Clifton and Camps Bay; and the Oval Room boasts an original 18th-century fireplace, lowered roof and exquisite wall panels. During summer, guests can also enjoy a picnic-style spread of freshly baked bread, salads, charcuterie meats, cheeses, pizzas and decanters of wine on the outdoor Rumbullion lawns (do note, the lawns are closed in winter).
Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 2:30pm (lunch); Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm – 9:30pm (dinner).
Kloof Road | The Glen | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 4347
Nestled just off lively Long Street, Galbi marries the unique social concept of a Korean barbeque with a distinctly local flavour. Most prominent on the restaurant’s menu is a range of marinated meat dishes (from game to chicken to beef), which, like in traditional Galbi houses in Korea, are cooked by customers over a blazing grill built into the centre of each table. Paired with this succulent, self-grilled fare is a variety of interesting Asian fusion side dishes, made for sharing in groups. Although not your traditional fireplace, the individual coal-based barbeques – which are all as authentic as it gets, having been shipped over from Korea – along with the steaming grub, are sure to keep customers feeling toasty and content through the cold season.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 6pm – late .
210 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 3030
Situated right by the sea in the picturesque suburb of Clifton on the Atlantic Seaboard, this luxurious restaurant boasts spectacular views and is constantly kissed by a fresh ocean breeze. During the colder months, patrons can enjoy the warm glow of the fireplace, which is found in the belly of the elegant eatery, while they sample some of the top-notch cuisines on offer, including seafood dishes and delish sushi prepared by the in-house chef.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – late .
Glen Country Club | 3 Victoria Road | Clifton | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 438 2018
RESTAURANTS IN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS
Catharina's Restaurant at Steenberg Estate
Based out in the forests of Tokai, Steenberg Wine Estate is a serene place to visit, and its on-site restaurant is no different. The elegant, contemporary Catharina's offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, a lush garden and the estate’s picturesque vineyards. Two log fires warm the sophisticated space, where customers can enjoy first-class comfort food paired with award-winning South African wines. Look out for the eatery‘s Sunday winter lunch special and stop by the bar area, which is also home to a gas fire, before or after dinner for martinis and bubbly.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: Breakfast: 7am -10:30am; Lunch: 12pm - 3pm; Dinner: 6pm-10pm (breakfast ends at 10am on Sundays).
Steenberg Wine Estate | Steenberg Road | Tokai | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 713 7178
The Wild Fig Restaurant
Experience country life in a beautifully restored 18th-century building. The Mowbray-based Wild Fig Restaurant was built as an extension to a refurbished Victorian Manor, while the comfortable but stylish bar, Annie’s Arms, is housed in a converted barn that has been declared a historical monument. Customers can choose from over 35 single malt whiskies here and can enjoy a cosy dinner or lazy lunch next to the restaurant‘s large stone fireplace during the cold months.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 12pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm.
Valkenberg Estate | Liesbeek Avenue | Mowbray | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 0507
Pastis Brasserie Bar
Visit the charming, brasserie-style Pastis in Groot Constantia to sample classic French cuisine by a gas fireplace or to sip a glass of wine by the wood-fired hearth in the bar. Alternatively, if you want some fresh air, you can settle by the fire on the patio outside. If the food and decidedly European atmosphere – think vintage posters and gingham tablecloths – turns you into a Francophile for the evening, then try their imported French Champagnes. For committed locals, there is a large selection of wines from our own Western Cape vineyards on offer as well.
Opening times:Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 10pm .
High Constantia Centre | Constantia Main Road | Constantia | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 794 8334
Think laid back Italian restaurant meets charming English pub. At Wynberg’s Caffe Verdi guests can warm themselves by the fire, have a drink at the rich mahogany bar or sit down and enjoy comfort food, like sandwiches, pasta and pizzas. For those in the mood for something to pair with a beer, a large range of burgers also appear on the menu.
Opening times: Monday - Saturday: 9am – midnight.
Chelsea Village | Wolfe Street | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 762 0849
A Touch of Madness
Situated in the heart of bohemian Observatory, this Victorian ‘Quaffery’ is based in an old house that was restored to its former glory in the 1990s. With decor that pays homage to the early 1900s, the setting offers a warm, friendly and relaxed environment, and comprises two dining rooms, a lounge and a pub. Glowing hearts are present in both the lounge and one of the dining rooms.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm.
12 Nuttall Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 1940
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RESTAURANTS IN THE NORTHERN SUBURBS
Just a 20-minute drive from Cape Town‘s city centre, this contemporary country restaurant, which rests on the edge of a tranquil dam on Nitida Wine Farm in Durbanville, is an ideal spot for warm winter meals. Enjoy its award-winning wines, diverse, seasonal menu, friendly atmosphere and, of course, its three hearty fireplaces, which are situated in the bar, the dining room and the function venue.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 9am - 9pm; Sunday: 9am - 2pm.
Nitida Wine Estate | Tygerberg Valley Road | Durbanville | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 976 0640
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De Oude Welgemoed Bistro
Housed in an old horse stable, the cosy bistro at De Oude Welgemoed has wooden ceilings as well as a wood-burning pizza oven – if the glow from this kiln isn’t warming enough, customers can relax with family or friends next to a burning fire. Otherwise, guests can visit the à la carte restaurant, which sits next to a 300-year-old oak tree and is also home to a fireplace. Bookings are essential.
Opening times: Bistro & Restaurant: Monday 4pm - 10pm; Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm; Sunday: 9am – 4pm.
Cnr Jip De Jager Drive and Pandoer Street | Welgemoed | Bellville | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 913 4962
RESTAURANTS IN THE CAPE PENINSULA
With a charming indoor area that sports a fireplace and a small bar, Café Roux is a relaxed, family-style village restaurant that’s a great hideaway on a cold winter’s day. The menu offers anything from a Cape Malay roti wrap and a butternut and goat’s cheese salad to burgers and a wide array of breakfasts. As a quaint Noordhoek neighbourhood eatery, Café Roux is the perfect place to unwind.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm .
Noordhoek Farm Village | Cnr Main Road and Village Lane | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 789 2538
RESTAURANTS IN THE CAPE WINELANDS
Pierneef a La Motte
La Motte wine estate honours the work of renowned South African artist Pierneef in their food and wine offering. At the Pierneef a La Motte restaurant Executive Chef Michelle Theron has conceptualised a variety of dishes that pay homage to the great artist and his work. Guests are invited to enjoy the sumptuous sophistication of a unique and on-trend take on traditional Cape Winelands cuisine. Enjoy the scenic views from the enclosed patio area on clear summer days or opt for a table close to the warmth of the fireplace on colder winter days. Enjoy the comfort of the cosy lounge with couches for a lovely laze-about after a delicious meal.
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am – 3pm | Sunday family lunch: 11:30am – 3:30pm | Closed on all Christian religious holidays
R45 Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | [email protected] |+27(0)21 876 8800
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