Christmas Lunch in Cape Town 2017: Where to Eat

Christmas Lunch in Cape Town 2017: Where to Eat

Enjoy the feast – without the fuss!

Christmas has that uncanny knack of creeping up on you (despite constant reminders from all the big chains from October onwards). And, while preparing a festive feast for family and friends can be wonderfully rewarding, sometimes the thought of all that effort can feel overwhelming.

The good news is that many restaurants in Cape Town and the surrounding winelands are hosting Christmas lunch this year, so you can enjoy the feast without the fuss! From an ocean-facing smorgasbord to a luncheon in the vineyards, and even some innercity feasts, we’ve rounded up some decadent and delicious options.

Please note: Many of the menus have yet to be confirmed, but it is still worth booking your table now before the venues fill up, so that when the day finally arrives, you can fill your plate, fill your glass, sit back and enjoy the marvellous cheer of the season. (If you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll let you know as soon as the menus and costs have been finalised.)


Jonkerhuis: Christmas Lunches Cape Town
Carla Bank

Situated on Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa, this popular restaurant offers magical vineyard views, rolling lawns for children to roam free, and a duck pond to keep them entertained. Oh, and the food is delicious, too!
Christmas lunch offering Guests can expect the usual Jonkershuis fare: Franschhoek salmon trout for starters, a hearty smoked pork belly and roast chicken (with all the trimmings) for mains, and a scrummy salted almond truffle tart for dessert. Check out the full set menu (the kiddies and vegetarian set menu) and booking form here.
Cost Adults: R840 (includes 12% service charge)
Children under 12: R392 (includes 12% service charge)
When 12pm – 5pm
Contact 021 794 6255,
Where Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

Seelan Bistro

Seelan Bistro: Christmas Lunch Cape Town

This harbour-facing eatery is a firm Waterfront favourite, with its stylish decor, Mediterranean atmosphere, and tasty seafood dishes.
Christmas lunch offering The delectable lunch buffet kicks off with a celebratory glass of punch on arrival. After that, guests may choose three options each from the array of starter and main platters. Starters include items such as a mixed bean salad, prawn cocktail, and salmon and potato latkes, while mains include traditional lamb and turkey roasts, with all the stuffings and sides! From the dessert platter, guests will be able to help themselves to everything on offer – from banana pudding to trifle, and some chocolatey treats, too.
Cost Adults: R500
Children under 12: R200
When 11.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 421 4906,
Where Shop 8, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Cavalli: Christmas Lunch in Cape Town

With spectacular views of the Helderberg mountains, excellent food, and a sophisticated waterside setting, Cavalli is one of those quintessential special-occasion venues.
Christmas lunch offering  For Chef Michael Deg’s first Christmas as Cavalli’s executive chef, he has prepared a seven-course tasting menu that celebrates fresh local produce. Expect tantalising options such as a succulent fillet of beef, carrots from the estate’s garden prepared four ways, and leeks, and cabbage puff pastries for mains. Dessert at Cavalli is, as always, a delicious and decadent affair.
Cost R850 per person
When 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 855 3218,
Where Strand Road, Somerset West


Christmas Lunch: Balducci

One of the first restaurants to open at the Waterfront, Balducci has remained one of the V&A’s most loved restaurants – for its elegant yet inviting atmosphere, professional service, and quality food offering.
Christmas lunch offering Diners can expect a three-course set menu that includes a choice between oysters, shrimp cocktail and a caprese salad for starters; a seafood or turkey roast platter for mains (platters are served per table); and a traditional Christmas pudding, fruity pavlova or a decadent cheese board for dessert. Bon Appétit!
Cost Adults: R999 (includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival)
When 12pm – 4pm
Contact Hayley/Rene 021 421 4776,
Where Shop 6162 Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Brasserie: Cape Town Christmas Lunch

Whether you sit outside in the quiet courtyard, or choose to eat in the characterful Parisian-styled restaurant, you’re assured of a great vibe and a delicious European-influenced comfort meal at this popular southern suburbs eatery.
Christmas lunch offering The three-course set menu is perfect for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike with mouthwatering options available for all. There are two options for starters, and three for mains – view the menu and booking form here.
Cost Adults: R588 (includes 12% service charge)
Kids under 12: R280 (includes 12% service charge)
When 12pm – 5pm
Contact 021 712 1363,
Where Shop 1 Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town

Shimmy Beach Club

Shimmy Beach Club: Christmas Lunch

With its enviable sea-scraping location, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday when you arrive at Shimmy Beach Club. The kiddies’ play area, right next to the elegant restaurant, is staffed with dedicated au pairs, so parents can relax while their little ones are entertained.
Christmas lunch offering If you’re looking for an extravagant gourmet buffet – with a Christmas cracker for every person, and festive live music to set the scene – you’ve come to the right place! Expect a delicious selection of sushi and Asian tapas to start, traditional roasts such as lamb and turkey, as well as fish and other options for mains, with everything from crème brûlée and eggnog shots to a traditional Christmas pudding to end your feast on a sweet note.
Cost Adults: R950 (excludes drinks and service charge)
Children 4 – 11 years: R275
Children under 3 years: free
When From 11am
Contact 021 200 7778,
Where South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Belmond Mount Nelson: Christmas Feast Cape Town

The historic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (or The Nellie, as it’s affectionately known) is a discreet and distinguished venue in the heart of the city centre. It’s our go-to spot for afternoon tea, afterwork drinks, and Sunday lunch, with its lush, sprawling gardens inviting you to linger longer.
Christmas lunch offering You’re guaranteed a top-drawer feast at The Nellie this Noël! The Ballroom buffet lunch includes a variety of salads, bread, cold meats, seafood, roasts, sides and desserts, while the Planet Restaurant is serving a decadent five-course lunch that includes an amuse bouche (prawn sushi crunch), a pâté or salad starter, duck dim sum in between courses, an option of delectable roasts for mains, and either a fruity or traditional Christmas dessert. The Planet Restaurant is also hosting a three-course dinner.
Check out the mouthwatering menus here.
Good to know A formal sit-down lunch and/or dinner can be enjoyed in the Planet Restaurant (regrettably only children over the age of twelve are permitted), while The Ballroom is hosting a more relaxed buffet-style lunch. So bring your nearest and dearests and celebrate the day with live entertainment and a decadent lunch!
Cost Planet Restaurant lunch, adult: R1 825
Planet Restaurant dinner, adult: R990
Ballroom lunch buffet, adult: R1 325
Ballroom lunch buffet, children aged 4 – 11, R610
When Planet Restaurant lunch, 12.30pm – 3pm
Ballroom lunch buffet, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Planet Restaurant dinner, 7pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 483 1948,
Where 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town


Christmas Lunch: Belthazar

Another Waterfront stalwart, Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar is renowned for serving excellent steak as well as a range of familiar dishes made with a modern twist. Enjoy a festive family Christmas with vistas of the harbour, Cape Wheel and the Table Mountain.
Christmas lunch offering Belthazar’s three-course set menu includes choices between traditional roasts, seafood dishes, a trio of desserts – and, of course, a welcoming glass of bubbly and a Christmas cracker because, let’s face it, the festive season wouldn’t be as festive without them!
Cost Adults: R1 150 (includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival)
When 12pm – 4pm
Contact Hayley/Rene 021 421 4776,
Where Shop 153 Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme: Christmas Feast in Cape town

A mere hour’s drive from Cape Town, La Petite Ferme offers breathtaking valley views, an award-winning boutique cellar, and luxury accommodation. Its vista-drenched restaurant has “special occasion” written all over it.
Christmas lunch offering Expect a beautifully presented (and delicious) three-course meal, comprising traditional favourites with modern twists. See the full menu here.
Cost R900 per person
Contact 021 876 3016,
Where Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek

La Mouette

La Mouette: Christmas Lunches Cape Town

A favourite among foodies (and rated by chefs George Jardine and Pete Goffe-Wood among their favourite restaurants), La Mouette consistently serves delicious, modern and seasonally driven dishes from its buzzing location on Sea Point’s main drag.
Christmas lunch offering Although the Yuletide menu has not been finalised, guests can expect a delicious six-course meal, with vegetarian options available. Starters will likely include a selection of tapas to share, followed by a light truffle egg, and a healthy and hearty main. Dessert includes a Cape Malay-style dessert and, of course, Christmas petits fours!
Cost R850 per person (R1 450 with wine)
When 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 433 0856,
Where 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town


Suikerbossie: Christmas Lunches Cape Town

With its magnificent panoramic views of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak and the bay beyond, this tried-and-tested venue has been welcoming diners for over three decades. This year the kosher and Halaal-friendly restaurant will be welcoming patrons to a jolly and merry festive feast!
Christmas lunch offering This year’s Christmas lunch buffet includes a host of delicious treats such mezze platters, pâtés, roast lamb, roast turkey and eight salads, withe Christmas and brandy pudding, lemon meringue and Christmas mince pies to complete the hearty fare!
Cost Adults: R780
Children under 12: R265
When 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 790 1450,
Where 1 Victoria Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town

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Time of publication: 20 January 2017

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  1. Sue Makume

    Family of four, looking for a place to eat on Christmas Day