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Delicious Buffet Restaurants in Cape Town and Surrounds
A look at the eateries, nature reserves with some of the best, affordable or special self-service spreads.
Last update: 22 May 2018
The Mother City has no shortage of delectable dining experiences, self-service spreads included! So, in the spirit of giving you the lowdown on lekker local hotspots that are wallet and portion-friendly, we’ve scoured the city for the ‘best of the buffet’. Whether you’re in search of a hot and spicy Indian curry, a seafood selection, a healthy breakfast smorgasbord or an out-of-this-world African dining experience, we’ve got something for you!
BUFFET RESTAURANTS IN CAPE TOWN
Leopard's Leap Family Vineyard
If you’re heading to the Cape Winelands and are eager to try a delicious and surprisingly affordable buffet lunch, stop in at Franschhoek’s Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. The sophisticated estate restaurant offers patrons a deli-style rotisserie spread. Think juicy, tender chicken and pork neck– and a tasty harvest table selection filled with seasonal salads and biologically grown vegetables. To top it all off, Leopard’s Leap treats diners to an array of freshly baked desserts. The eatery also has a variety of lip-smacking wine cocktails (think a cosmopolitan made with Rosé) that are served from Friday to Sunday and go beautifully with the view of the Franschhoek Valley vineyards. And if all this isn’t quite enough, you can delight in the occasional live music act and moderate pricing. Kids are more than welcome, and there’s an expansive lawn, small stream and a jungle gym to keep them entertained.
Planning a Sunday lunch for 10-20 friends? Now you can combine the rotisserie and harvest table food with something more special. On Sundays, the Family Table is open for bookings of 10-20 people and includes a stand-alone table within sniffing distance of the culinary action and a dedicated waiter to serve your food and wine. Booking is essential. R375 per person (excludes beverages and 10% service charge). Sundays only.
For enquiries and bookings call +27 (0)21 876 8002 or email [email protected]
Tobago’s Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town
With an uninterrupted, panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean – and Robben Island visible from the terrace – Tobago’s takes advantage of their location by hosting some of the best buffets in the city. Apart from Radisson Blu’s flagship restaurant offering a la carte menu, they also offer a delicious Sunday Lunch Buffet. Spend the day with family enjoying their extensive Sunday lunch buffet, live music and magnificent views. The buffet is R395.00 per person and kids between the age of 5 and 12 years pay half price. Kids under 5 years eat with our compliments and there's a 25% discount for pensioners. Bookings are advised
Buffet Hours: Friday and Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm. Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel | V&A Waterfront | Beach Road | Cape Town | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 441 3000
This international eatery in Green Point, offers a cosmopolitan all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast and brunch buffet on the weekend. Expect anything and everything, from fruit salad, muesli and yogurt, to an array of cereals and breads, including freshly baked croissants breadsticks and pretzels. A selection of cheese is on offer too, from sliced cheddar to blue cheese, goats milk cheese and everything in between. Add some cold meats and salad, and breakfast favourites like Russians, baked beans, and bacon and eggs made exactly how you like them. Grab an omelette at the omelette station, where Chef Calvin will greet you with a friendly smile and cook up a storm with blazing flames and theatrics to make your day. And just when you think you’re all filled up, Chef Calvin introduces you to his famous flapjacks, served with maple syrup and strawberries. Keep an eye out for the dessert options, which changes regularly. These include muffins and breakfast cheesecake slices!
Booking for Café Extrablatt’s buffet breakfast and brunch is essential. Buffet breakfast takes place every Saturday from 8am to 12pm and cost R112.90 per person. There is also a buffet brunch takes place Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 2pm and cost R132.90 per person, this includes a lunch option too - these dishes change regularly, but patrons can expect spaghetti bolognaise, pasta, cottage pie and much more.
Café Cafe Extrablatt Hours: Kitchen open until midnight | Weekdays: 8am – 1am | Public holidays: 9am - late
79 Main Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 434 3759
The President Hotel
Dine in style at this elegant four-star haunt, which presents a classic Sunday lunch. You’ll receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff who’ll help you settle in before introducing you to the delectable spread on the buffet tables. For starters, there’s hot soup and freshly baked rolls, along with a bevy of salads. These include a blue cheese and pear salad, a crab salad, a Waldorf salad and so much more. This is followed by the main course, which is a variety of roast chicken, sirloin, seafood ragout and all the trimmings: veggies, basmati rice, baby potatoes – delicious! After a comforting main, you can end off with a sweet treat like lemon tart, chocolate mousse or a classic bread and butter pudding. A word of caution: it’s easy to get over-enthusiastic with the portions when you’re helping yourself to the delicious-looking dishes. Start slow or you might not have room for dessert! This venue is perfect to nestle in no matter what the weather, and you can take in the breathtaking ocean views from your table. You’ll be sure to want to make lunching here on weekends a tradition with friends, partners and family.
Please do note that booking is essential should you want to enjoy a Sunday lunch feast. You can do this by sending an email through to [email protected] The cost is R199p/p; however, children under 10 eat for free!
The President Hotel buffet hours: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
4 Alexander Road | Bantry Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 8111
Thali Thali Game Lodge
What better way to end your weekend than by feasting to your heart’s content at this remarkable remote game lodge? Every Sunday Thali Thali offers up a spectacular lunch buffet for its guests, day visitors and regular diners. You can expect to be treated to freshly baked bread, a traditional roast, hearty vegetable lathered in cheese sauce or venison pie - depending on what the cooks decide to spoil you with that week. Diners who don’t feel like indulging in the full spread can opt to order off the restaurant’s a la carte menu, and prepare for portions as generous as the buffet table. If you feel like walking off your satisfying meal, you could follow up the buffet with a leisurely walk around the lodge or take in the sites during a game drive within the lodge.
Thali Thali releases the Sunday Buffet menu every Monday on its Facebook page. The price ranges between R140p/p to R160p/p (children can eat for half price) depending on the weekly menu.
Thali Thali Buffet Hours: 12pm – 3pm
R27 | Langebaan | West Coast | + 27 (0) 82 372 8637
The Rockwell Dinner Theatre
Those of you who enjoy a spot of dinner theatre are urged to head to The Rockwell Dinner Theatre in Green Point. The theatrical buffet melds traditional Cape Malay cuisine with a musical experience about Cape Town’s history and it makes for a grand place to celebrate a special occasion. Kaapse Stories in the Mother City is the weekly supper performance, which features colourful characters, sparkling harmonies and four-course meals. The main course of this belly-busting spread is a buffet that offers everything from biryani to local boerekos. Tickets cost R480/p, half-price for diners under 12 years old and free for guests under five years old. The ticket includes the above-mentioned four-course meal, a welcome drink (sparkling wine or fresh orange juice) and the show. Bookings can be made through Computicket.com, by calling the venue or by emailing [email protected].
‘Kaapse Stories’ Buffet Hours: Tue, Thu, Sat: 7pm – 9:45pm
32 Prestwich Street | Greenpoint | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 418 2441
This upmarket eatery, located in the heart of Hout Bay, offers a simple but delicious daily spread for breakfast and lunch. La Cuccina prides itself on the fact that everything – and we mean everything – is lovingly prepared from scratch using the best seasonal ingredients. Breakfast boasts a continental harvest table for R15.5 per 100g, and you can also help yourself to muesli for R100 per kg. For lunch, choose between a cold or hot home-cooked meal for R195 per kg – items without a price tag, however, come with extra costs according to their weight. Vegetarians and gluten-intolerant guests will be able to find something delectable to indulge in at this eatery. And for those with a sweet tooth, there’s a sugary selection of tarts, cakes and mousses on offer.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: Breakfast:- 8am – 11:30am ; Lunch:- 12pm – 3pm
Shop 1 | Victoria Mall | Corner Victoria and Empire Street | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 21 790 8008
Schoongezicht Grill and Buffet Restaurant
Fancy a feast of traditional South African food with all the trimmings? Schoongezicht offers exactly that Tuesday through Saturday (open for lunch on Sunday) as part of its self-service dinner selection. Expect an array of hot pots, stews, curries, bobotie and the like; not to mention, there’s a sushi buffet every Tuesday and Friday and a Mexican spread at the Brackenfell branch every Thursday! Perfect for laid-back family gatherings, Schoongezicht has two branches, each of which boasts leafy surroundings and offer patrons a country kitchen-style atmosphere.
A buffet meal here will cost between R165p/p and R205p/p depending on the day and cuisine you are going for. Under 10s eat for half the price and it is R25p/p for children under 2.
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 6pm – 12am; Sun: 12pm – 4pm
Cnr Ronelle & Kruispad | Brackenfell | +27 (0) 21 982 5623
Jan van Riebeck Drive | Paarl |+ 27 (0) 21 872 9359
Melissa’s The Food Shop
For a fresh, healthy self-service breakfast or lunch offering, make your way to one of the many Melissa’s branches scattered across the city. For breakfast you can expect a selection of smoothies, granola, fruit salad and yoghurt and honey, and for lunch you can sample the spread of lovingly made quiches, salads and hot dishes (tip: the melt-in-your-mouth caramelised onion quiche with baby salad leaves is wheat and gluten-free). There’s also a small kiddies menu if you’d like to bring along the tots. Food from the harvest table is charged on a pay-per-weight system.
Buffet Hours: Breakfast: Mon – Sun: 7:30am – 12pm | Lunch: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm.
V&A Waterfront | Shop 6195 | Lower level | Victoria Wharf | +27 (0) 21 418 0255
51 Kildare Road | Newlands | +27 (0) 21 683 6949
Constantia Courtyard | Shop 1 & 2 | Constantia Village | Main Road | +27 (0) 21 794 4696
Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel
All you out there with a sweet tooth, make your way to the oh-so elegant Bosman’s Restaurant for an unbeatable high tea experience. To be served in buffet form, the indulgent affair does require a minimum booking of eight people, but that simply means you have a great excuse to gather friends and loved ones for a romantic afternoon in the Paarl Winelands. The scrumptious spread comes jam-packed with chocolate brownies, tartlets, profiteroles, cucumber sandwiches, Parma ham and Parmesan cheese. Guests can soak up the scenic views from the poolside or in the beautifully appointed restaurant decorated in chandeliers and white tablecloths. Booking is essential, and prices are on the upper end.
On the other hand, there is also an extensive and delectable continental breakfast buffet each day here, for R205/p. Expect local ingredients, vegetarian options as well as gluten and wheat free substitutes.
High Tea Hours: Mon – Sun: 3pm – 5pm
1 Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 (0) 21 863 5100
This hotel eatery boasts two superb breakfast buffets. One is a healthy continental breakfast buffet and a separate hot breakfast buffet. The cold continental spread includes all sorts of freshly baked goods, a home-made bircher muesli and nutty farmhouse muesli. Fruit is a large portion of the spread, stewed and syrupy or fresh. Should you choose the hot option, you can mix and match savoury choices like wonderfully browned button mushrooms, salmon, sausages, bacon and more. French toast, omelettes and even mieliepap and Jungle oats are other delicious options.
Buffet Hours: Mon – Sun: 6:30am – 11:30am
Townhouse Hotel | 60 Corporation Street | CBD | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 465 7050
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