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 modern tapas-style soirées to luncheons 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 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. (Subscribe to our newsletter, and we’ll let you know as soon as all the details have been finalised.)
Since it opened in 2006, The Foodbarn has been serving delicious fine-dining French fusion cuisine in a laidback country setting with chef Franck Dangereux at the helm. Franck’s vision of a place where guests can enjoy exciting tastes and textures in a family-friendly atmosphere has made his Noordhoek restaurant a firm favourite among locals, a must-visit destination for visitors, and the perfect place to celebrate the festive season.
Christmas lunch Guests are treated to a choice of four starters; four fish dishes; four mains; and four desserts. Included in this four-course four-choice feast is an amuse bouche, palate cleanser and coffee or tea.
Cost R895 (adults)
R300 (three-course kids’ menu for children under 12)
Please note A nonrefundable deposit of the full amount is required to secure your reservation. This can be paid in person or via EFT. For overseas guests The Foodbarn is able to generate a PayPal invoice for your convenience.
When 12pm onwards
Other Christmas offerings The Foodbarn is also hosting a Christmas Eve dinner: R895 per person for the same four-course feast as Christmas day lunch (R300 for a three-course kiddies’ menu).
Contact 021 789 1390, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
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 and dinner You’re guaranteed a top-drawer feast at The Nellie this Noël! The Sherwood Room lunch includes a smoked-salmon blini, cold asparagus soup, turkey ballotine, christmas pudding and more, while the The Sherwood Room dinner is serving a decadent four-course feast that includes an amuse bouche; tuna ceviche, turkey ballotine or a salad starter; an option of fish, chicken, beef or a hearty pasta for mains, and either a fruity or traditional Christmas dessert. View the menus here.
Cost Lunch: R1 950
Dinner: R1 050
Please note Guests are asked to dress smartly for the occasion and no children under 11 are permitted.
When Lunch: 12.30pm onwards
Dinner: 7pm onwards
Other Christmas offerings The Mount Nelson is also hosting two Christmas Eve dinners (one for hotel guests only) and two additional Christmas day lunches that are for hotel guests exclusively.
Contact 021 483 1948, email@example.com
Where 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Looking out across the Waterfront harbour with spectacular views of Table Mountain, Karibu Restaurant gives diners plenty of natural theatre to accompany their African-inspired feasts – making all meals here a special occasion.
Christmas lunch Guests are treated to bubbly on arrival, followed by a three-course meal with prawn cocktail or springbok carpaccio for starters; a meat or seafood platter for mains; and a choice between four different desserts to end the feast on a sweet note. View the menu here.
When 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 421 7005, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Shop 156, The Wharf Center, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Asoka Restaurant & Bar
Housed in a charming Victorian townhouse, this cool Kloof Street bar and restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a buzzy Christmas celebration. Enjoy alfresco cocktails and delicious tapas-style plates under the old olive tree that’s lit with twinkly fairy lights.
Christmas dinner Along with their current à la carte menu, Asoka’s head chef Ryan Mollentze is preparing an extra-special seasonal five-item menu for the occasion. We’ll let you have those details as soon as they are released.
Cost Varies according to menu selected (R400 deposit per person required)
When 5pm – 2am
Contact 021 422 0909, email@example.com
Where 68 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Since it opened in 2016, Foxcroft continues to dazzle diners with its inspired and utterly sensational dishes. This refined gem in the charming High Constantia Centre is the sister restaurant of La Colombe (and La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek) and is co-owned by Glen Foxcroft Williams and feted La Colombe chef-proprietor Scot Kirton. A top-drawer feast is guaranteed if you book a table here.
Christmas lunch The six-course menu is still being confirmed.
Cost R1 200
R1 650 (with wine pairing)
Please note A R1 200 deposit is required to secure your booking.
When 12pm onwards
Contact 021 202 3304
Where Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre, Corner of Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Reached by a long winding road set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is one of Cape Town’s timeless gems. You can’t go wrong ringing in the festive season at this elegant hotel…
Christmas lunch Cellars-Hohenort is pulling out all the stops, with a superb five-course feast including a welcome drink, Christmas crackers, traditional main dishes, such as turkey consommé, Kroondal duck, roasted and slow-cooked lamb, with family-style sides of pumpkin, mash and roast potatoes, and a divine chocolate yule log. View the menu here.
Good to know Vegetarian options are available on request.
Cost R990 (adults)
R495 (children under 10)
When 12.30pm onwards
Other Christmas offerings Would you prefer to celebrate on Christmas Eve? You’re in luck! The same five-course menu is available on Christmas Eve from 6.30pm.
Contact 021 794 2137, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Are you in the mood to celebrate Christmas in style with a decadent winelands feast? La Paris Estate invites guests to enjoy a lavish buffet-style lunch accompanied by live music, festive accoutrements and, everybody’s favourite: Christmas crackers. Seating is spread out at various spots on the estate, ensuring guests have ample privacy and space. There’s even children’s lawn games to keep the little ones entertained throughout.
Christmas offering Guests can look forward to Christmas classics with modern twists. The meal begins with a bountiful cheese and charcuterie board, as well as kingklip and calamari followed by a salad and seafood bar. Next come several succulent roasts – with all the trimmings – followed by a decadent dessert bar! There’s even a kiddies’ buffet featuring burgers and chips, macaroni and cheese, and vegetable sosaties. View the menu here. Booking is essential.
Cost R850 (adults)
R250 (children 4 – 11 years)
When 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 867 0171, email@example.com
Where La Paris Estate, Wemmershoek Road/R301, between Franschhoek and Paarl.
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 his second Christmas as Cavalli’s executive chef, Michael Deg has prepared a seven-course set menu that celebrates fresh local produce. Expect tantalising options such as crispy prawn dumpling, herb-crumbed tuna, and seared springbok loin for mains. Dessert at Cavalli is, as always, a delicious and decadent affair. A special menu will be created on the day for children. View the set menu and vegetarian menu here.
R800 (vegetarian menu)
Please note a 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation.
When 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 855 3218, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Strand Road, Somerset West
La Petite Ferme
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 After a welcome drink on arrival, guests can expect a delicious, beautifully presented harvest-style Christmas lunch, with live music from Man with Music. At the end of the day, you’ll receive a small gift to end the experience on a special note. View the menu here.
When 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 876 3016, email@example.com
Where Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek
Compiled by Alicia Chamaillé