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Celebrate Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Cape Town

We’ve put together a tempting selection of feasts and parties to celebrate the 2014 festive season in the Mother City!

Christmas is always merrier in sunny Cape Town given the countless opportunities for picnics on pristine beaches, cocktails beneath clear skies and gourmet cuisine at restaurants, eateries and wine estates with breathtaking views.

So, don’t spend your festive season slaving over a hot stove in a busy kitchen (leave that to the professionals); book your spot with family and friends at one of these hotspots for a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch without the mess or fuss.

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2014 CHRISTMAS EVE DINNERS IN CAPE TOWN 
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Christmas Eve Dinner at Richard’s Supper Stage 
Have an extra merry Christmas Eve in Cape Town with dinner and a show at the famed Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro in Sea Point.  The musical revue restaurant is dishing up their signature Cape Malay cuisine with a helping of live entertainment, ‘Kaapse Stories from the Mother City’ presented by the resident Kleintjies Clan. Served alongside the lively tale of Cape Town and its people, the evening’s meal includes a quintessential Cape starter – snoek pâté and Malay samoosas – and a mains buffet featuring Richard’s signature korma chicken and prawn curry, baked linefish and whole roast beef fillet, to name just a few. The desserts are typical South African treats – malva pudding, koeksisters and milk tart – and guests are sure to leave feeling more than satisfied with the true Cape Christmas experience. 
COST: Christmas Eve dinner at Richard’s Supper Stage costs R400p/p, and bookings can be made either by calling +27 (0) 76 144 4809 or emailing bookings@richardscapetown.co.za. The restaurant is open from 7pm, and dinner starts at 7:30pm. 

Christmas Lunch at the Crystal Towers Restaurant 
Celebrate Christmas in style at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa’s swanky restaurant buffet. The Yuletide spread highlights the eatery’s imaginative and uncomplicated flair, and diners should definitely pack an extra stomach so they can sample everything on offer. To start with, there’s a choice of nibbles, like marinated mussel vinaigrette, beef carpaccio with rocket and a whole selection of sushi to choose from. Plus, there’s an entire salad bar with various mouth-watering combinations and dips and breads to more than just whet the appetite. The mains are certainly more traditional, with a carvery boasting whole roast turkey with all the trimmings, shoulder of lamb with mint sauce and honey and lime-glazed gammon. Of course, there will be a wide variety of sides and other hot dishes to accompany the meats and even a stir-fry station for a summery alternative. Finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the sweet treats, and Crystal Towers won’t disappoint: the eatery offers up a selection of miniature desserts, individual puddings with brandied custard and, the eternal favourite, mince pies. 
COST: Christmas lunch costs R415p/p, which includes a glass of Champagne on arrival. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 pay half price, and little ones under the age of 6 eat for free. Bookings can be made either by emailing conferencing@crystaltowershotel.com or calling +27 (0) 21 525 3888. 

Christmas Eve Dinner at The Backyard Grill Lounge
Skip the mess and fuss of starting up your own braai and head down to The Backyard Grill Lounge in Sea Point for a chilled Christmas Eve Dinner in Cape Town with family and friends. Located in the heart of the Atlantic Seaboard among a host of salons, shops and cafés, this down-to-earth restaurant offers patrons a reprieve from the blustering wind along with juicy chops, steak and braai-kos. Patrons can either order the braai platters or put together their own meals from the fresh, top quality meats and sides on offer. 
COST: Christmas Eve braai platters cost R130p/p. Meat is charged by the kilogram and all side dishes cost R20.

Christmas Eve Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Tuck into a four-course gourmet menu this Christmas in Cape Town at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s Savour Restaurant. Located in the centre of the Mother City, this stylish and contemporary eatery serves up a decadent festive season selection bound to suit any palate. Apart from the delicious dishes prepared for this Christmas Eve feast, patrons can cheers with a gratis glass of Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique on arrival and get into the spirit with complimentary Christmas crackers. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and ends at 11pm.
COST: The Christmas Eve Dinner costs R395p/p, and kids younger than 12 years of age pay half price. Booking is essential and can be made either by calling +27 (0) 21 469 8000 or emailing reservations@15onorangehotel.com; full pre-payment is required to secure the reservation. Please note that Prokard discounts do not apply to this offer.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Mezepoli in Camps Bay
Eat, drink and make merry this Christmas Eve in Cape Town, and celebrate at Mezepoli’s, the Mediterranean eatery along the popular Camps Bay strip. With its relaxed atmosphere, the chic and modern restaurant is the perfect setting for a festive meal with family and friends. Experience the essence of Greek culture and indulge in the range of dips, meze and mains for a unique social dining event. The extensive tapas-style menu will leave you spoiled for choice, with everything from haloumi to hummus and tasty treats in between. For the more traditional palates (or less adventurous), there is a range of mains of offer, which includes baby chicken and lamb chops. 
COST: 
Booking is essential as space is limited. To do so, contact Mezepoli on +27 (0) 21 438 1915 or campsbay@mezepoli.co.za. Choose from the wide range of meze on the à la carte menu; prices range from R29 to R65 for meze and the mains are priced between R89 to R125.

Christmas Eve at Rick’s Café Américain
Make merry this Christmas Eve in Cape Town at the home-away-from-home Gardens restaurant Rick’s Café Américain. The Casablanca-inspired eatery offers up their usual selection of Moroccan, North African and Spanish cuisine, closer-to-home fare like burgers and grills, and of course some fine festive Christmas specials (think Slow-roasted Duckling served with Apple-scented Red Cabbage, Pan-fried Bohemian Dumplings and a Dark Beer Jus).  For more information about the menu, contact the restaurant directly.
COST: Booking is essential. For information and reservations email info@rickscafe.co.za. 

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2014 CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCHES IN CAPE TOWN
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Christmas Lunch Buffet at Richard’s Supper Stage 
Celebrate a truly Capetonian Christmas at Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro. The Sea Point musical revue restaurant is dishing up a three-course feast and live carol singing for a true, traditional Yuletide get-together. Guests get a complimentary welcome drink on arrival and get to choose from a mouth-watering selection of eats. To start with, there’s a choice of salads, freshly baked breads and Cape pâtés, while the main course buffet spread includes Free-range Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce and Roast Chicken with Duxelle Stuffing and Gravy, amongst other delicious options. The meal is rounded off with a traditional Christmas Pudding with Crème Anglaise. 
COST: Christmas lunch at Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro costs R250p/p, which includes the welcome drink, and bookings can be made either by calling +27 (0) 76 144 4809 or emailing bookings@richardscapetown.co.za.  Guests can arrive at 12:30pm for 1pm. 

Christmas Day Lunch at The Backyard Grill Lounge
Spend your Christmas in Cape Town tucking into a laidback braai lunch with family and friends at the cosy Sea Point locale The Backyard Grill Lounge. Set in a wind-protected location, this unassuming Atlantic Seaboard restaurant will do the hard work for you this festive season. Guests can either put together their own meal and choose their meat and sides or simply order a braai platter personally put together by grill-master Jason.
COST: Christmas Day braai platters cost R130p/p. All other meat is charged by the kilogram, and all side dishes cost R20

Christmas Day Lunch Buffet at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Indulge in a gourmet feast this Christmas in Cape Town at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s Savour Restaurant. Situated in the heart of the Mother City, this chic and stylish hotel eatery puts forth a buffet chock-full of decadent dishes sure to delight foodies this festive season. From a selection of salads and starters to a seafood spread and range of entrées, diners can sample numerous dishes and still have space for the sweet treats. Lunch starts at 12:30pm and ends at 3pm.
COST: The Christmas buffet lunch costs R650p/p, and kids younger than 12 years of age pay half price. Booking is essential and can be made either by calling +27 (0) 21 469 8000 or emailing reservations@15onorangehotel.com; full pre-payment is required to secure the reservation. Please note that Prokard discounts do not apply to this offer.

Christmas Lunch at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town Restaurant 
Enjoy an extra merry Christmas lunch at the quirky and cool Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town Restaurant. Famous for its burgers and milkshakes, the whimsical eatery is dishing up a delightful Yuletide buffet showcasing its creative take on dining. Diners get to pile their plates with a sumptuous selection of starters, including options like Cucumber and Crab Claw Tossed in Exotic Sesame and Teriyaki Sauce and Greek Salad with Deep-fried Rissole Balls and a Tangy Dressing. The mains selection features items like mouth-watering gammon, yummy roast lamb and the eatery’s popular Indian Butter Chicken Curry along with a host of sides to truly fill tums. Though, be sure to save room for dessert, because with sweet treats like Rosewater Cheesecake, CitruS Brûlée and Butternut and Butterscotch Pudding on offer, you definitely won’t want to miss out.   
COST: Christmas lunch costs R315p/p and a 50% deposit is required to secure a booking. Reservations can be made either by calling +27 (0) 21 488 2555 or emailing food1@fireandicehotel.com.

Christmas Lunch at Blowfish Restaurant
Soak up sun and seaside views this Christmas in Cape Town at Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg. Ideally located off the shores of Dolphin Beach, the family-friendly eatery is dishing up a scrumptious three-course menu featuring its simple, wholesome fare and, of course, some of its signature seafood too. Little ones also order off their own menu, and there’s a play area for kiddies to expend that Yuletide energy. Though, both young and old are bound to be mesmerised by the breathtaking views of Table Mountain on offer from Blowfish. 
COST: Christmas lunch at Blowfish is almost fully booked, but reservations can still be made by either calling +27 (0) 21 556 5464 or emailing events@blowfishrestaurant.co.za.Lunch costs R255p/p for adults and R55p/p for children under 12 who order from the kids’ menu. 

Christmas Lunch at De Grendel Restaurant 
Have a winelands Yuletide celebration and enjoy Christmas lunch in Durbanville at De Grendel Restaurant. The farmland wine estate is serving up their signature modern, season-influenced South African cuisine prepared with a festive twist and guests will also be treated to a few of the estate’s signature wines to pair with each of the five courses.  The kids will love it too since De Grendel also has community of farm creatures to keep them entertained in the charming country setting.
COST: Christmas lunch at De Grendel costs an all-inclusive R850p/p for adults and R250 for children under 12, which includes a gift from the estate. Bookings close on Sunday, 1 December 2013 and these can be made either by calling +27 (0) 21 558 7035 or emailing renate@degrendel.co.za. Lunch is served from 12:30pm (guests can arrive from noon).  

Christmas Lunch at Inn on the Square’s Dish Restaurant
Where better to celebrate Christmas in Cape Town than at the very heart of the city at Inn on the Square’s Dish Restaurant? Located on the edge of the bustling Greenmarket Square, the eatery is serving up a three-course buffet lunch featuring its signature South African-flavoured fare, and guests are bound to leave with bursting but content bellies. The Yuletide feast includes a selection of salads, seafood and pâtés to start, which are followed by traditional Christmas mains, like sweet and sour gammon with a sticky pineapple sauce, turkey breast stuffed with cranberry and brie and roast corned beef studded with garlic and fresh herbs. The dessert menu reads like a wish list for the sweet-toothed with an assortment of ice creams, Christmas pies, puddings and a delectable Amarula cheesecake on offer, and afterwards, satisfied diners can take in Dish’s vibrant city views.
COST:  Christmas lunch at Dish Restaurant costs R295p/p and R95p/p for children under the age of 12. Bookings can be made either by calling +27 (0) 21 423 2050 or emailing fandbmanager@innonthesquare.co.za. Lunch is served from 12:30pm to 3pm.

Christmas Day Lunch at Dornier Bodega Restaurant
Wine, dine and be merry this 2013 Christmas in Stellenbosch and tuck into a scrumptious five-course menu at Dornier Bodega restaurant in the Cape Winelands. Marrying fresh farm cuisine that’s been given a modern twist with exquisite vino, this wine farm eatery, which is housed in a Cape Dutch-style barn, offers patrons a yummy selection of classic Christmas dishes this year.
COST: Booking is essential and the Christmas Day lunch costs R325p/p for adults and R75p/p for little ones younger than 12 years old; drinks are for patrons’ own account. To book your spot, simply call the Winelands eatery on +27 (0) 21 880 0557.

Christmas Day Brunch at the Signal Hill Terrace at Hilton Cape Town City Centre
Feast on an assortment of drool-worthy delights at the Signal Hill Terrace restaurant’s Christmas Day brunch at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre. The impressive spread is as diverse as Santa’s collection of reindeer, featuring everything from a fruit station with seasonal produce, smoothies and juices to a good variety of seafood, cold meats and salad selections; plus, those keen for heartier fare can look forward to braaied meats and fish, roasted offerings and even eggs benedict on croissant. Not to mention, the desserts read like a Christmas wish list of sweet treats, with traditional pudding and custard, mince pies, individual trifles and a chocolate fountain on offer. And the cherry on top? The sun-kissed restaurant invites guests to tuck in poolside and spend the day lazing about in its laidback, chilled-out loungers.  
COST: Tickets for the brunch cost R325p/p. Children under the age of 12 years get a 50% discount, and little ones under the age of 3 eat for free. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 481 3700 or emailing HiltonCapeTown.Reservations@hilton.com. The brunch starts at 11am. 

Christmas Day Lunch at The Royal Restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel 
Escape to olive country and settle in at a colonial treasure for Christmas Day lunch in Riebeek Kasteel.  In honour of the festive season, the Royal Hotel’s fine dining restaurant offers up a five-course menu made up of modern dishes that still have elements of traditional Yuletide fare. Picture Prawn and Crayfish Croquettes with a spicy Curried Tartar Sauce to start with, a Sous-vide Turkey Ballotine wrapped in Serrano Ham in the middle, and Eggnog Crème Brûlée with Fruit Cake Melba Toast and Vanilla Pod and Hazelnut Ice Cream to finish. There are also vegetarian and kiddies options available, so the entire family can enjoy a lovely Christmas at what’s billed as the oldest licensed hotel in the Western Cape.
COST: The Christmas Day lunch costs R345p/p (10% service charge not included) and can be booked by calling +27 (0) 22 448 1378 or emailing info@royalinriebeek.com. Lunch starts at 12:30pm. 

Christmas Day Lunch at Mezepoli in Camps Bay
Soak up the summer sun on Christmas day in Cape Town at Mezepoli, the beach front Mediterranean-style eatery along the popular Camps Bay strip. Christmas is a time for sharing, and there is no better way to do that than by indulging in Mezepoli’s scrumptious Hellenic dishes with family and friends. Share a range of dips and tasty morsels from the wide range of options on the meze menu, which includes Spanish and Italian fare as well as an extensive sushi menu. If bites and mouthfuls are not quite to your taste, then choose from the more substantial mains menu, which features their most popular dish, the baby chicken.
COST: 
Booking is essential as space is limited. To do so, contact Mezepoli on +27 (0) 21 438 1915 or campsbay@mezepoli.co.za. Choose from the wide range of meal options on the à la carte menu; prices range from R29 to R65 for meze and the mains are priced between R89 to R125.

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The festivities don’t end there; celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Cape Town and surrounds with some of the hottest and biggest parties and scrumptious dinners. Also, have a squiz at our overview of annual December events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.

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