From lunches and carols to markets and meeting Santa
Ten top outdoor restaurants
Food, wine and warm summer skies
Cape Town's scenic beauty provides visitors with a multitude of Kodak moments. That's why it's best not to waste your holiday indoors. We have compiled a list of 10 of our favourite open-air restaurants - giving you ample opportunity to spend your evenings dining underneath the starry sky. Pair this experience with pre-dinner drinks at our recommended sundowner spots.
Enjoy the sea view from their outside tables at this Mediterranean style restaurant on Beach Road. You can choose between tapas or a meal prepared with seasonal ingredients and complement either with wine from their impressive list.
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | +27 (0)21 433 1757
Just across the road from Sea Point promenade this relaxed restaurant and bar is the perfect place to sit back and watch the sun set over the ocean. Try their pizzas or seafood and sip on a cocktail or Jack Black beer at one of their outside tables.
205 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27(0)87 808 2456
This popular bakery serves great food, sit at one of the window seats and enjoy the view of Kalk Bay Harbour. The rustic, down to earth décor fits in perfectly with Kalk Bay’s beach town feel.
134 Main Road | Kalk Bay | +27 (0)21 788 639
Dornier Bodega Restaurant
Bodega Restaurant has one of the most beautiful settings in the Cape Winelands. It’s quietly tucked away on the Dornier wine farm in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley outside Stellenbosch. From the Mediterranean style terrace you see the ultra modern wine cellar across the large Koi fish pond, a design from Christoph Dornier, founder of the estate.
Blaauwklippen Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 880 0557
Both Caveau at the mill in Newlands and on Heritage Square in town offer outside dining. Each offer the great food and wine that this restaurant and bar has become known for.
Heritage Square | 92 Bree Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 1367
16 Boundary Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 685 5140
Big Easy Restaurant
Enjoy alfresco dining by a fountain at this Stellenbosch restaurant, with a bistro style lunch menu and fine dining in the evenings. Choose from over 170 wines to go with your meal.
95 Dorp Street | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 887 3462
Eat on the balcony overlooking the vineyards or go one step further and eat in the vineyard at a table set up amongst the vines. Enjoy Italian food inspired by home-grown ingredients with the estate’s wines.
3 Green Valley Road | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 876 2738
Fresh Restaurant at Paul Cluver Estate
This restaurant focuses on food straight from the ground so it’s no surprise that you can enjoy your meal in the garden surrounded by plants. It’s comfortable and rustic; a real garden restaurant where you can enjoy the sunshine.
De Rust Estate | N2 Kromco turnoff | Grabouw | +27 (0)21 844 0605
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant
While away memorable Franschhoek summer days in a courtyard shaded by trellised vines and umbrellas and surrounded by the lemon orchards and vineyards of Môreson Wine Farm. Tuck into rustic food including imaginative salads, pizza breads and smoked meat and fish. Visit the farm grocer on your way out for smoked red wine vinegar, filled foccaccia or haloumi cheese.
Happy Valley Road | La Motte | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 876 3692
Nestled amongst 300-year-old pomegranate trees and landscaped gardens you can enjoy contemporary French cuisine, boutique wines and classic cocktails. The former hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset has been sophisticatedly restored.
The Glen | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 4347
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