The Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town

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Covid-friendly and perfect for summer, these outdoor restaurants make socially distanced eating a breeze.

Sweltering summer days call for fresh air (and so does the pesky pandemic) – which means outside is the right side! If you’re looking for a socially distanced dining experience – be it in an innercity courtyard or on a vineyard-dotted hillside in the Winelands, these restaurants in and around Cape Town have the space and the setting (not forgetting the food) for a deliciously festive alfresco meal with family and friends.

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Please note Current lockdown regulations might affect regular opening times. Please call ahead to ensure the restaurants are open before you set out.

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Durbanville + Surrounds
City + Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs + Deep South


Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Chefs Warehouse at Maison

The Liam Tomlin-owned Chefs Warehouse at Maison is one of the leading spots for relaxed fine dining in the Winelands. With two outdoor seating areas, on the patio and the lawns, guests have all the space in the world to enjoy chef Dave Schneider’s top-notch nosh.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 8pm
Contact 021 876 2116,,
Where to find it Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
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Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Arkeste

Situated on Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek, chef Richard Carstens’ restaurant is a culmination of his more-than-30-years experience in some of the top kitchens in the land (most famously an eight-year stint at Tokara). Take a seat on the treehouse-esque deck and indulge in Richard’s ever-changing and utterly delicious fine-dining experience.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 876 8415,
Where to find it Chamonix Restaurant, 40 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
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Boschendal: The Werf

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Boschendal: The Werf

This Winelands eatery is housed in the original cellar of the Manor House and also boasts an outdoor courtyard setting under the oaks – deliciously cool in summer. The Werf’s charm is that it effortlessly embraces so many dining moods –  it’s as much a breakfast spot with a view as it is a family lunch destination or a let’s-escape-to-the-Winelands-by-ourselves occasion.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11am; 12pm – 5pm
Booking is essential
Contact 021 870 4206,
Where to find it The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek
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Haute Cabrière

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Haute Cabrière

The terrace seating at Haute Cabrière offers unbridled views of the Franschhoek Valley. Take a selfie at the large frame, before settling down for some tasty tapas or a French-inspired dish from the à la carte menu.
Opening times Thursday – Monday, 12pm – 3pm (Sunday + Saturday brunch from 9am – 11am)
Contact 021 876 8500,
Where to find it Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek
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Orangerie at Le Lude

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Orangerie at Le Lude

Orangerie’s chic, all-white interiors – with the odd splash of colour – echo chef Nicolene Barrow’s intriguing menu: purist European technique tinged with personal flair. The French-inspired courtyard has a soothing and decidedly civilised atmosphere, perfect for a fresh, seasonal lunch in the country.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am – 7.30pm
Contact 021 100 3464,
Where to find it Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek
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The Restaurant at Grande Provence

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Restaurant at Grande Provence

Sit under the ancient oaks in the modern sculpture garden of this esteemed estate and drink in the views of the vineyards, rugged mountains and the Berg River trickling past you. After lunch take an amble around the grounds, popping into the art gallery and shop for some inspiring browsing.
Opening times Restaurant: Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 8.30pm (last seating)
Sunday, 11.30am – 4.30pm
Deli service: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 876 8600,
Where to find it Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Main Road, Franschhoek
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The Table at De Meye

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Table at De Meye

Like a scene straight out of A Year in Provence, The Table Restaurant on the beautiful De Meye wine farm is owned and passionately run by Leigh Williamson and Brendan Thorncroft who have created an honest-to-goodness experience under the trees. It’s the stuff of Winelands fantasies: long, sybaritic lunches in the country with people you love and the joys of delicious home-grown food and good stuff to drink – the kind of place you’ll return to time and again.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5.30pm
Contact 072 696 0530,
Where to find it De Meye Wine Farm, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
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The Kraal

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Kraal

Situated in a stone-walled courtyard, once the farm’s original animal kraal, this restaurant’s rustic outdoor seating area is the perfect spot to enjoy delicious farm-fresh food with friends or family. The three-course set menu (available for weekend lunches only) changes regularly, but diners can expect a seasonally driven menu made using locally sourced, organic produce – some of which comes from the farm itself. If you’re looking for a fuss-free, festive lunch – among wild olive groves and fruit trees – with delicious estate vino, you’ve come to the right Kraal.
Opening times Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 079 641 1320,
Where to find it Joostenberg Wine Estate, Hoopenberg Road, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
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The Kleine Zalze Restaurant

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Kleine Zalze Restaurant

Overseen by chefs Lucas Carstens and Nic van Wyk (who opened Terroir restaurant with chef Michael Broughton in 2004), The Kleine Zalze Restaurant offers a menu of timeless classics served under the trees. Expect plats du jour of steak béarnaise, fresh line fish and moules marinières, as well as a tapas menu that goes swimmingly with the estate’s gorgeous wines.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 880 8167,
Where to find it Strand Road, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch
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Longtable Restaurant at Haskell Vineyards

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Longtable Restaurant at Haskell Vineyards

A stone’s throw from the vineyards, the setting at Longtable is one of the most impressive in Stellenbosch, offering uninterrupted vineyard and mountain views and a decidedly laidback atmosphere. Chef Ryan Zaayman (previously 96 Winery Road) fuses various cuisines and flavours in his small-plates menu, which, combined with the views and excellent service, make this unassuming gem a must-visit.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 9.30am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday, 12.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 881 3895,
Where to find it Haskell Vineyards, Annandale Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch
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Gåte at Quoin Rock

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Gåte at Quoin Rock

This much-talked-about restaurant at Quoin Rock Wine Estate offers magnificent views from its perch on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains. Head chef Jack Coetzee took over the reins of this contemporary and sophisticated 50-seater eatery in October 2020, with a shift in focus to a more local and sustainable approach.
Opening hours Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Wednesday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact  021 888 4750,
Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
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Longridge Restaurant

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Longridge Restaurant

High upon the slopes of the Helderberg, on the wine estate of the same name, is somewhat of a hidden gem. Charming country-style seating sets the scene for chef Maritz Jacobs’ range of locally flecked dishes, made using produce sourced from the estate’s own organic garden, and beef reared on their own farm.
Good to know Vegetarian and vegan options are available, too.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 855 4082,
Where to find it Helderbergpad (off the R44), Helderberg Rural, Stellenbosch
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Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

This fabulous spot is famous for its hearty meat dishes and the best pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) this side of Lisbon! The casual outdoor areas take full advantage of Spier’s spacious setting, which kids will adore, as they roam free in the magical gardens.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 9pm (until 10 January 2021)
Contact 021 809 1137,
Where to find it Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
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Delaire Graff Restaurant

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Delaire Graff Restaurant

Shaded by ancient oaks, the spacious deck at Delaire Graff Restaurant boasts sweeping views of vineyards and olive groves. Sculptures by famed South African artist Dylan Lewis create drama against a background of greenery, and the beautifully presented dishes are equally impressive.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm
Contact 021 885 8160,
Where to find it Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
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The Deck at Hidden Valley

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Deck at Hidden Valley

A casual alternative to Bertus Basson’s Overture, The Deck at Hidden Valley has one of the finest settings in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The open-air counter seating surrounds a tranquil pond, with Alpine-esque views up the valley to the mountain – a breathtaking outlook to be sure. The limited three-item menu (burger, pizza and ice cream) is of little consequence – you’re here for the views (and Bertus’s famous burgers).
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Contact 021 880 2721,
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

Hazendal: Pivnushka Beer Garden

Pivnushka Garden

The laidback pivnushka (the Russian equivalent of a beer garden) offers glorious views of the Simonsberg Mountains and Bottelary Hills. The menu, brimming with Russian and South African beer-garden favourites, also features crowd-pleasing wood-fired pizzas. There are kid-friendly plates and a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, too.
Opening times Tuesday + Wednesday + Sunday, 11am – 5pm (last orders at 4pm)
Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 9pm (last orders at 8pm)
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm (Summer DJ Series)
Contact 021 205 5620,
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch (New entrance from Ronelle Street via Kruis Street)

The Vine Bistro

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Vine Bistro

The Vine Bistro’s picture-perfect terrace, with vineyard views unfolding right in front and the Simonsberg in the distance, epitomises dreamy lunches in the Winelands – perfect for spontaneous summer’s day outings and balmy evenings alike. Chef-patron Christophe Duhasse and head chef Michael Saville have compiled a seasonal menu that gives a French cuisine touch to this season’s freshest local ingredients.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 809 6444,
Where to find it The Vine Bistro, Glenelly Estate, Lelie Street, Idas Valley, Stellenbosch
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Lanzerac Deli

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Lanzerac Deli

With its giant oak trees and sweeping vineyards, Lanzerac Wine Estate is a majestic slice of Stellenbosch history, offering visitors everything from accommodation and conference facilities to tasty food. Lanzerac Deli serves scrumptious meals to be enjoyed on site, as well as a selection of take-home goodies (such as freshly baked loaves and pastries, cheese, preserves and more).
Opening times October – April: Monday – Sunday, 8am – 7pm
May – September: Sunday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Contact 021 888 5516,
Where to find it Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch
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The Tasting Room at Rust en Vrede

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Tasting Room at Rust en Vrede

Surrounded by manicured gardens dotted with sweet-scented rose bushes and towering oaks, an all-round first-class experience awaits at Rust en Vrede estate. After a casual tour of the underground cellar, combine your wine tasting with the Winemaker’s Lunch: a set menu of either steak or salmon accompanied with a glass of wine.
Opening times Wine tasting and sales: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Lunch: Daily, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 881 3881
Where to find it Annadale Road, Stellenbosch

Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas

This cheerful eatery in a treed courtyard just off Stellenbosch’s buzzy Church Street does delicious sushi and Japanese tapas. No wonder feted chef Gregory Czarnecki and Majeka House’s Lucas Carstens both rate it as a must-visit! Take a seat under the oaks and soak up the piazza atmosphere.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm; 4pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 887 5699,
Where to find it Corner Bird and Church Streets, Stellenbosch


Cosecha at Noble Hill

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Cosecha at Noble Hill

Authentic Latin flavours in the heart of Paarl? We were also sceptical at first, but believe us: the food is worth the trip. Surrounded by hectares of vineyards, Noble Hill is a secluded wine farm, with a relaxed restaurant that offers outdoor dining, valley views and a top-notch selection of homegrown wines. The flavoursome Mexican dishes – most of them spicy – make for an exciting meal any time of day.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 874 3844,
Where to find it Noble Hill Wine Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Simondium, Paarl
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Jewell’s Restaurant

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Jewell’s Restaurant
Claire Gunn
Location is everything (after the food, obviously) at this gem of a destination, an easy 45-minute drive from Cape Town. Perched on a hill at the bustling Spice Route destination, the view-soaked verandah provides cool, shady respite from the blistering heat and ample socially distanced seating. Owned by husband-and-wife team Neil and Tina Jewell, Jewell’s Restaurant serves lovingly prepared, fresh, local, seasonal food (their charcuterie board is iconic) with an exceptional wine list to match.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 5200,
Where to find it Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl
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Restaurant at Glen Carlou

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Restaurant at Glen Carlou

At the end of a vineyard-lined drive, you’ll find a charming thatched-roof building that’s home to a tasting room and restaurant. Roof-to-floor glass doors in the comfortable and contemporary restaurant lead onto a spacious shaded verandah with glimpses of the Drakenstein mountains and farmlands below. The array of straightforward South African plates created by chef Johan Stander are beautifully presented, and best enjoyed with a glass of the estate’s award-winning wine.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 875 5528,
Where to find it Glen Carlou, Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Paarl
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City + Atlantic Seaboard

Kloof Street House

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Kloof Street House

Housed in a 20th-century Victorian house, this cool courtyard restaurant feels like a scene straight out of The Great Gatsby. Hidden behind thick shrubs, the fairy-light-strung courtyard with its rattan chairs is an outdoor haven in the innercity – and one of Kloof Street’s most romantic haunts.
Good to know Toss in a live-jazz set on Sunday afternoons, plus electro-jazz fusion on Saturdays, and you have the makings of an unforgettable summer in the city.
Opening times Monday, 12pm – 11pm
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 11pm
Contact 021 423 4413,
Where to find it Kloof Street House, 30 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Café Paradiso

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Café Paradiso

Flanked by hedges off upper Kloof Street, this popular Mediterranean-inspired eatery serves a variety of dishes that suit most tastes and occasions. Pull up a seat under the trees in the outdoor courtyard for wonderful views of Table Mountain. Whether you’re here for a substantial breakfast, laidback lunch or romantic dinner, you’re sure to get what you came for.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 10pm (including public holidays)
Contact 021 422 0403,
Where to find it 110 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
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The Bungalow

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Bungalow

A front-row seat to an Atlantic sunset awaits at The Bungalow, an upmarket Mediterranean-style restaurant occupying a spangly stretch on the Clifton coastline. Soak up the summery scene on the deck, before settling in for a bite, and enjoying the arresting outlook of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 021 438 2018,
Where to find it Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town
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Grand Africa Café & Beach

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Grand Africa Café & Beach

Whether you decide to sit on the palm-shaded deck, on the famous lip-shaped couch, or at one of the tables dotted on the sand, you’re sure to get more than a whiff of Grand Africa Café & Beach’s endless-summer vibes, thanks to its seaside setting. A lazy (virgin) sundowner is the best way to take full advantage of the beach… Or split a double-sized pizza between friends for an easy dinner.
Please note Booking in advance is required for an allocated seating time.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 1pm; 1pm – 3pm; 4pm – 6pm
Contact 021 425 0551,
Where to find it Grand Africa Café & Beach, Granger Bay Road (off Beach Road), Granger Bay, Cape Town
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 Baptiste Rooftop

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Baptiste Rooftop

Boasting what are arguably the best ocean and mountain views in the entire city, this sun-soaked rooftop bar – at the Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa in Camps Bay – is an absolute must (when the irksome southeaster is at bay). There are chairs and tables aplenty, where you can work your way through the utterly delicious menu while soaking up the panoramas.
Please note The pool is for hotel and spa guests only; the restaurant is open to the public.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 8pm (weather-permitting)
Contact 021 437 1287,
Where to find it 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace

Wonderfully laidback with world-class views, Tobago’s at Radisson Blu Waterfront is the perfect spot for a summer breakfast or light lunch. The spacious terrace, which gives the impression of being at sea, can accommodate large numbers in a socially distanced environment – and it’s conveniently close to the city!
Please note Booking ahead is recommended due to capacity regulations.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 6.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 441 3000,
Where to find it Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Beach Road, Granger Bay, Cape Town
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The Lawns at the Roundhouse

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Lawns at the Roundhouse

Hidden in the glens of Table Mountain, The Lawns at the Roundhouse boasts sweeping views of Camps Bay and the dazzling Atlantic Ocean. More casual than its neighbour Salsify, the food is easy to eat, and the umbrella-shaded picnic benches span three levels.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11pm (weather dependent)
Contact 021 438 4347,
Where to find it The Roundhouse, Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Southern Suburbs + Deep South

The Gardener’s Cottage

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Gardener’s Cottage

Lee Barty’s 28-year-old restaurant at Montebello Design Centre offers a tranquil reprieve from the noise of the city. Ask any Newlands local: a meal here is a special treat. Sit outdoors under the historic camphor trees and enjoy their legendary chicken pie with tarragon and creamy herb sauce, or the equally delicious chicken curry. Don’t leave without browsing the designer craft shops and wonderful nursery – a must for green-finger enthusiasts.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm
Sunday, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Contact 021 689 3158,
Where to find it Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town
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Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Jonkershuis

Entering Groot Constantia Wine Estate, it’s hard not to be drawn towards this charming eatery, which offers outdoor seating beneath vast ancient oaks, with breathtaking views of sweeping vineyards and the False Bay coastline. This is child-friendly with a capital C: a duck pond, trees, hilled lawns and a dedicated breakfast menu.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 794 6255, or
Where to find it Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Tryn at Steenberg

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Tryn at Steenberg

Surrounded by vineyard and mountain vistas, Tryn at Steenberg brims with youthful energy, while paying homage to Steenberg’s 17th-century owner, Catharina Ras (who was known as Tryn to friends and family). The plush interior deserves a walk-around, but settle on the sun-kissed patio where you can enjoy some of chef Kerry Kilpin’s flavourful dishes.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Tuesday – Sunday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 713 2211,
Where to find it Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia
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The Blockhouse Kitchen at Constantia Uitsig

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Blockhouse Kitchen at Constantia Uitsig

This modern, airy space offers a chic yet child-friendly dining experience, with a spacious verandah that looks onto a wonderful enclosed playground. Delicious, easy-to-eat comfort food is the order of the day.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday & Monday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 794 3010,
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town
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Ideas Cartel: Casa Labia

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Ideas Cartel: Casa Labia
More than just a restaurant, Casa Labia is a landmark. Built in the 1920s by Count and Countess Natale Labia, the Gatsby-style interiors are adorned with Renaissance and Baroque works of art on the walls, silk drapes on the windows and crystal chandeliers, creating a distinctly Venetian flavour. Fresh, seasonal and delectable dishes doled out from the kitchen will have you planning your next visit after your first bite.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 180 3119,
Where to find it 192 Main Road, Muizenberg
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The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort

Reached by a long winding road against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is home to the relaxed, country-style Conservatory Restaurant, where chef Tronette Dippenaar has created a classic menu, served alongside unparalleled garden vistas.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 9.30pm
Contact 021 794 2137,
Where to find it The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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 La Belle Bistro & Bakery

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: La Belle Bistro & Bakery

Loved for its terrace seating under the oaks, La Belle Bistro & Bakery at The Alphen Hotel in Constantia offers a range of satisfying dishes and freshly baked goods in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting. Soak up the surroundings while you enjoy a scrumptious breakfast or a light lunch (and don’t forget to take a stroll around the immaculate gardens afterwards).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 11pm
Contact 021 795 6336,
Where to find it The Alphen Boutique Hotel & Spa, Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town
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Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Foxcroft
Claire Gunn
Part of the La Colombe group of restaurants, Foxcroft’s casual fine-dining experience is always a treat. Inside, a stylish contemporary interior awaits, but the outdoor seating in the High Constantia courtyard is where you want to be during summer months. The food, served over multiple courses of smaller plates, is impeccable – without being overly complicated – not surprising with Glen Foxcroft Williams and Scot Kirton as proprietors.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10.30am; 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 202 3304,
Where to find it Foxcroft Restaurant, Shop 8, High Constantia, Corner of Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Roads, Constantia, Cape Town
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Constantia Glen

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Constantia Glen
Stefanie Gruessing
You’re guaranteed some of the most magnificent panoramas in Cape Town at this relaxed Constantia wine estate. The menu is divided into five sections – Platters, Flammkuchen, Mains, Salads and Dessert – each of which covers a variety of tastes from meat-heavy to plant-based.
The spacious setting is unhurried and intimate, allowing for adequate social distancing, whether you choose to sit on the verandah or rolling lawns.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11am; 12am – 3pm; 5pm – 8pm
Contact 021 795 5639,
Where to find it Constantia Main Road
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Starlings Café

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Starlings Café
Hidden behind a hedge on Belvedere Road in Claremont, Starlings Café is housed in a Victorian home, complete with high ceilings, wooden floors and a romantic garden. This warm and hospitable café is known for its excellent eggs benny, enjoyed among the trees, with mountain views and good coffee.
Opening times 079 473 3554,
Contact Monday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm
Where to find it 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont, Cape Town
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Durbanville and Surrounds

On the Rocks Restaurant

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: On the Rocks Restaurant

A perfectly positioned restaurant, On the Rocks in Bloubergstrand packs a double punch when it comes to views: Table Mountain and the ocean. If you’re looking for a dazzling perspective of our world-famous mountain, without the chaos of the city, the open-air deck provides just that (and maybe some sea spray, too). It doesn’t hurt that they serve some of the tastiest seafood around…Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 10pm
Contact 021 554 1988,
Where to find it On The Rocks, 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
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Chocolat Bistro

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Chocolat Bistro

This French-inspired eatery in the heart of Durbanville offers relaxed dining, with a decadent selection of breakfasts, pizzas and a variety of classic mains. Part romantic and part family-friendly, Chocolat caters for its variety of guests on the sun-soaked patio.
Opening hours Monday, 7am – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 975 2426,
Where to find it 46 Oxford Street, Durbanville, Cape Town
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Diemersdal Restaurant

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: Diemersdal Restaurant

In the heart of Durbanville wine country, you’ll find Diemersdal Estate, brought to life by the Louw family (six generations deep). On summer days, the outdoor seating area is the best place to lunch, with its warm, country atmosphere and panoramic vistas of hill-top farmlands. Captained by local chef Martin de Kock, the farm eatery serves a delightful array of dishes incorporating local, eastern and western flavours.
Opening hours Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 976 1810,
Where to find it Diemersdal Wine Farm, Koeberg Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
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The Terrace at D’Aria

Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town: The Terrace at D’Aria

The Terrace at D’Aria is exactly what the northern suburbs (and the Durbanville Wine Valley) has been waiting for: a cool, laidback, everyday eatery. A greenhouse-style building houses the buzzing open-plan kitchen with a pizza oven (used for à la carte dishes) and a sushi station. Surrounded by an established garden, this is the perfect spot for lazy lunches and early midweek dinners.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 12am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 5:30pm
Contact 021 205 0572,
Where to find it D’Aria Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville
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Time of publication: 04 January 2022

3 Responses to “The Best Outdoor Restaurants in Cape Town”

  1. Debbie Ford

    I think your choices of restuarants are a little biased as they are mostly on the expensive fine dining prices. We have a beautiful restaurant called Stephanie’s in Somerset West …divine patio .. what about Asura wine farm..its stunning! Also we just went to 12 Apostles… fantastic view and service on there spectacular patio. There is also Benguela cove in Hermanus.. beautiful outdoor setting. Some of what you have mentioned is pretty mediocre in my opinion.

    • Nikki Benatar

      Debbie, thanks for your message – we welcome feedback so long as it’s constructive!
      It’s impossible to include every outdoor restaurant in the Cape, and not everyone’s favourites will be reflected on our list, but we do take heed of readers’ comments.
      I know Steffanie’s Place well; my parents lived in Somerset West for decades, and we used to eat there a lot. Lovely place, but I recall it being in a similar price bracket to many of the restaurants listed here, such as Boschendal, Haute Cabrière, Longtable and so on.
      We always ensure our lists have wide appeal, but include the best spots in their category – as such we do not only include fine-dining establishments, as you suggest. As long as the food is (consistently) good, the setting appealing, and the service on the ball.
      Again, thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Deborah Millnwr

    My favorite inside/outside restaurant is Limoncello in Noordhoek. Kid friendly and sitting under the trees with delicious grub, heaven.