30 Cosy Restaurants With Fireplaces In Cape Town

30 Cosy Restaurants With Fireplaces In Cape Town

Get warm and toasty at one of these snug eateries.

Fireplaces have long symbolised safety, warmth and hospitality – whether it be the fire pits our ancient ancestors gathered around to cook food and tell tales; the roaring fires of mediaeval great halls; or the heat-generating hearths in homes around the world. (They’re also rather nifty for staring into dramatically, before making a sensational announcement… )

With Cape Town in the grips of a blustery winter, the lure of cosy fireplaces is even more appealing. So we compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in Cape Town, where the fireplaces not only provide warmth, they also create a homely atmosphere.

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Fireplace restaurants in the City Bowl
Fireplace restaurants on the Atlantic Seaboard
Fireplace restaurants in the Southern Suburbs
Fireplace restaurants in the South Peninsula + Hout Bay
Fireplace restaurants in the Northern Suburbs

Asoka

Set under the eaves of a revamped Victorian-era house, Asoka is a vibrant bar and restaurant built around a 150-year-old, fairy-lit olive tree. One of Kloof Street’s popular haunts, it’s established itself as the place to go for tasty cocktails, and regular live jazz every Tuesday night. Its eclectic décor also provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of decadent food, especially with chef Dean Seddon now at the helm in the kitchen.
Cosy cred A crackling central fireplace, soft fairy lights, glowing candles and warm lanterns create a warm and welcoming vibe.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 2am; Sunday, 6pm – 12am
Contact 021 422 0909, info@asoka.za.com
Where to find it 68 Kloof Street, Gardens

Aubergine

Fireplace Restaurants: Aubergine

This Cape Town institution is the creation of legendary chef Harald Bresselschmidt, whose admirers include some of the Mother City’s top chefs. German-born Harald’s compelling dishes are rich in flavour, fusing Eastern and Western influences, while the restaurant itself is surprisingly unpretentious for such an upscale establishment.
Cosy cred A comfortably sophisticated atmosphere and a large central fireplace.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 465 0000
Where to find it 39 Barnet Street, Gardens
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Elgr

Fireplace Restaurants: Elgr

Sweden-born South African chef Jesper Nilsson and his team have created a modern restaurant experience that leans into laidback 21st-century tastes. The ever-changing and globally inspired shared-plates menu celebrates seasonality and simplicity, while the personable and polished service, moody minimalist interiors and a buzzing courtyard cocktail bar rounds off this charismatic culinary experience.
Cosy cred A double-sided fireplace near the open kitchen keeps things toasty, with a comfortable couch on one side and tables on the other.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 5pm – 11pm
Contact 021 422 0384, reservations@elgr.co.za
Where to find it 75 Kloof Street, Gardens
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Kloof Street House

Fireplace Restaurants: Kloof Street House

Housed in a 20th-century Victorian house, this cool courtyard restaurant, set back from busy Kloof Street, is like stepping into the pages of The Great Gatsby. The twinkling fairy lights and velvet cushions that line the garden seating area, and the warmly lit, romantic interior, make this one of Kloof Street’s cosiest haunts for a special occasion, date night, brunch, or a no-excuses-needed meal with family and friends.
Cosy cred Not one, not two, but three fireplaces!
Opening times Monday, 12pm – 2am; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 2am
Contact 021 423 4413, info@kloofstreethouse.co.za
Where to find it 39 Kloof Street, Gardens

Rick’s Cafe Americain

Fireplace Restaurants: Ricks Cafe Americain

This popular spot on the corner of Kloof and Weltevreden streets is housed in a 135-year-old Victorian villa, and is filled with furnishings that hark back to a bygone era. There’s even a live jazz band to heat things up.
Cosy cred Rick’s has two fireplaces and ample cosy sofas on the first floor, and the covered roof terrace cocktail bar is sheltered against wind and weather with frameless glass to enjoy the views whatever the weather.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 2am
Contact 021 424 1100, info@rickscafe.co.za
Where to find it 103 Kloof Street, Gardens
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Upper Union

Fireplace Restaurants: Upper Union

A stylish and sumptuous eatery and cocktail lounge, Upper Union is the More Family Collection’s first foray into the restaurant scene.The newly renovated heritage building comes with fireplaces, stained glass, emerald-green walls, and Silwood-trained chef Amori Burger’s global-inspired menu of large and small plates to share. Punchy flavours and potluck conviviality are perfect for warming up winter.
Cosy cred Victorian fireplaces and a contemporary woodburning stove keep things cosy.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 891 0360, reservations@upperunion.co.za
Where to find it Cape Cadogan Hotel, 3 Upper Union Street, Gardens
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Vadivelu

Fireplace Restaurants: Vadivelu

“Indian. With Attitude” is their slogan and it sums up the vibe at this bright and welcoming new Kloof Street restaurant. In the space that used to be Manna Epicure, Jason, Kevin and Tim (cousins and in-laws of a South African Indian family) reinvent the modern Indian idiom: sage and terracotta walls, jungle wallpaper featuring tigers and tropical birds, pistachio banquettes, and a mouthwatering menu of streetfood snacks and classic Southern Indian curries.
Cosy cred A fire burns in the Victorian fireplace to add to the warmth of the hospitality and sizzling decor. And there are space heaters on the verandah too.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 300 5777, info@vadilvelu.co.za
Where to find it 151 Kloof Street, Gardens
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Azure at The Twelve Apostles

When it comes to dreamy locations in the Mother City, very few properties can compete with The Twelve Apostles’ sea-scraping setup! Luxurious decor, a five-course winter tasting menu and sumptuous, sustainably sourced seafood à la carte from chef Christo Pretorius are all you need for an opulent winter spoil.
Cosy cred Two wonderfully designed fireplaces and unhindered ocean views.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am, 12.30pm – 3.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 437 9029, azure@12apostles.co.za
Where to find it Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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Bao Down

Fireplace Restaurants: Bao Down

Big things, they say, come in small packages – which is certainly the case for this Green Point gem. In a beautifully calm space, with soft-pink walls, vintage bird prints, antique mirrors, greenery and origami-esque lights, chef Graham Oldfield serves a concise Asian small-plate menu with bao buns as the hero (they even feature in dessert).
Cosy cred A roaring fire by the bar, cosy booths, and the sizzling vibe.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 5pm – 11pm
Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 5pm – 11pm
Contact 066 022 1165, restaurantbaodown@gmail.com
Where to find it 1st Floor, Exhibition Building, 79 Main Road, Green Point
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Salsify at The Roundhouse

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the hillside above Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s finest, owned by chef Ryan Cole. Salsify serves modern cooking, inspired by nature and driven by the seasons. Enhancing the overall experience is excellent service, two top-tier wine-pairing options, and edgy-chic interiors that complement Ryan’s seasonally driven, locally conscious fine-dining menu.
Cosy cred Choose to dine in the Seasonal Room, an ever-changing space with warming fireplaces.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 2pm;  6.30pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12.30pm – 2pm
Contact 021 010 6444, reservations@salsify.co.za
Where to find it The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay
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The Greek Fisherman

Fireplace Restaurants: The Greek Fisherman

You could almost be in the Greek village square among the Mamma Mia cast rather than in busy Sea Point, as you wander past the fountain in this peaceful enclosed courtyard. (It’s the old La Mouette space given new life when The Greek Fisherman relocated here after 28 years at the V&A.) The warm welcome and classic Greek fare, from mezze and homemade pita breads, to seafood, moussaka and slow-cooked lamb, keep up the illusion of island holidays in a relaxed family-friendly style.
Cosy cred Each of the several small dining rooms has its own Victorian fireplace.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 418 5411, info@greekfisherman.co.za
Where to find it 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
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A Touch of Madness

Fireplace Restaurants: A Touch Of Madness

Situated on the well-trodden Nuttall Road in Observatory, this wonderfully eclectic restaurant and bar is where locals have been going for over three decades to get their dose of tasty street food and wacky drinks, along with live jazz and open mic jam sessions.
Cosy cred Be sure to book when joining for dinner, as the fireside tables are a hot commodity (pun intended).
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 11pm
Friday + Saturday, 9am – 12am (kitchen closes 11.15pm)
Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Contact 021 447 4650, info@atouchofmadness.co.za
Where to find it 12 Nuttall Road, Observatory

Blockhouse Kitchen

Fireplace Restaurants: Blockhouse Kitchen

Located at Constantia Uitsig, Blockhouse Kitchen is a modern, airy and unpretentious space that comfortably seats over 200 guests, and conjures up delicious, easy-to-eat comfort food to suit all the family. Chic yet child-friendly, the restaurant is ideal for casual meals from sunrise to well after sunset.
Cosy cred Hearty, wholesome dishes and a crackling fireplace, of course!
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday + Monday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 794 3010, info@bhkitchen.co.za
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
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Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Fireplace Restaurants: Chefs Warehouse

This perennially buzzed-about restaurant, suspended above the famous vine-clad valley, offers a set menu of fine-dining-calibre shared plates delivered with glorious views and casual finesse. Chef-patron Ivor Jones (who co-owns the eatery with celebrated restaurateur Liam Tomlin) has concocted an array of imaginative dishes, with an emphasis on freshly harvested produce from the farm’s gardens, and added an inspired injection of global flavours. Coupled with the open kitchen, chic interiors, spectacular setting and world-class wines, this is an unforgettable dining experience.
Cosy cred A wood-burning stove keeps things toasty, and the open kitchen spills warmth and energy.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2:30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 794 8632, info@chefswarehouse.co.za
Where to find it Beau Constantia, 1043 Constantia Main Road, Constantia
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Foxcroft

Fireplace Restaurants: Foxcroft

Part of the La Colombe group of restaurants, with chef-proprietor Glen Foxcroft Williams at the helm, Foxcroft is located in the charming High Constantia Centre. The food, served over multiple courses of smaller plates, is impeccable – without being overly complicated – not surprising given Glen’s La Colombe background!
Cosy cred Choose a table right next to the central fireplace to ensure your derrière remains toasty throughout your meal.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 202 3304
Where to find it Shop 8, High Constantia, Corner Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Roads, Constantia
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Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia

Fireplace Restaurants: Jonkershuis

Situated on the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Jonkershuis’ Cape Dutch architecture, magnificent valley views and walking trails snaking through the vineyards, make it an appealing escape from the city. The characterful eatery serves classic breakfasts and Cape Malay-inspired bistro fare in intimate interiors, under the oaks on the front lawn, and in a newly renovated bright and sunny courtyard.
Cosy cred Inside, old-Cape grandeur permeates, with a flicker of fireside intimacy, while the outdoor courtyard is warmed with large gas heaters.
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm
Friday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm (breakfast served until 11.30am)
Contact 021 794 6255, info@jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
Where to find it Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
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La Parada Constantia Nek

Fireplace Restaurants: La Parada

In 2016, the iconic Constantia Nek Restaurant (the oldest restaurant in Cape Town) was reborn as La Parada, and has been serving diners a delicious array of Spanish-style tapas and enviable views of the surrounding vineyards and mountains ever since. The renovation was carefully handled, ensuring that the upgrades did not detract from the beauty and timelessness of this grand old dame.
Cosy cred The interiors are reminiscent of a tapas bar on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, with a crackling fireplace adding to the ambience.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 11am – 12am
Friday – Sunday, 8am – 12am
Contact 021 795 0620, constantianek@laparada.co.za
Where to find it 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia Nek
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The Brasserie

Fireplace Restaurants: The Brasserie

A locals’ favourite for cosy, casual family meals, there’s a touch of Parisian brasserie nonchalance to this Tokai institution, where French classics, Italian pastas and pizzas, and comfort food burgers rub shoulders on the menu.
Cosy cred A wood-burning stove on one wall, the glowing pizza oven in the open kitchen and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 10pm
Saturday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday 8am – 4pm
Contact 087 700 3273 , info@brasseriect.co.za
Where to find it Shop 1, Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Tokai
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The Wild Fig Restaurant

This cosy restaurant is located in an 18th-century farmhouse on the outskirts of Observatory, with an extended outdoor seating area that’s popular in summer for its wine-farm feel. On the menu you’ll find fall-off-the-bone lamb shank and crispy roast duck, as well as lighter pub-style lunches (think bangers and mash, burgers and smoked-salmon fish cakes) as well as flavourful Mediterranean and Asian dishes, and options for vegetarians.
Cosy cred A toasty fireplace in the main dining area keeps those pesky winter chills at bay.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm (earlier on Sunday + Mondays)
Contact 021 448 0507, info@thewildfig.co.za
Where to find it 1 Liesbeek Avenue, Valkenberg Estate, Observatory
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Tryn at Steenberg

Fireplace Restaurants: Tryn At Steenberg

In the heart of the idyllic Constantia Winelands, complete with Cape Dutch architecture and old oak trees, Tryn at Steenberg offers the trifecta of dining out: elegant cuisine, majestic views and tasteful contemporary interiors. Kerry Kilpin’s deft hand with Asian and Middle Eastern flavours and her trademark sauces bring new zest to classically prepared dishes on the à la carte menu.
Cosy cred Warm gold banquettes and a roaring fire.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am; 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 713 7178, info@tryn.co.za
Where to find it Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley
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Chapman’s Peak Hotel

Fireplace Restaurants: Chapmans Peak Hotel

This established landmark on scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive has a covered outdoor patio that’s perfect for long, lazy Saturday and Sunday lunches with sweeping views of the bay, harbour and the Hout Bay Sentinel. The fried calamari is a favourite among locals and visitors, but there are loads of other fish, seafood and meat dishes to choose from.
Cosy cred In winter, a crackling fire indoors sets the scene.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 790 1036, reservations@chapmanspeakhotel.co.za
Where to find it Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
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Cheyne’s

If you’re looking for mouthwatering modern Asian cuisine, then look no further. At Cheyne’s you’re treated to a yum cha dining experience, where you get to choose six delectable dishes to share from the Pacific Rim-inspired menu, divided into Sea, Land, Earth and Happy Endings.
Cosy cred Tapas by the fire? Sounds like the perfect winter warmer to us.
Opening times Tuesday – Thursday, 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 066 412 3289, viviennemorrisby@gmail.com
Where to find it 35 Main Road, Hout Bay
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Harbour House Kalk Bay

Fireplace Restaurants: Harbour House

Boasting spectacular 360-degree views of the mountain, sea and Hangklip peak on the horizon, Harbour House Kalk Bay serves a wide selection of fresh seafood dishes, from oysters, calamari and mussels, to linefish in a variety of sauces and styles.
Cosy cred Enjoy your meal by the fire, as the waves crash against the giant glass windows.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 788 4133, kalkbay@harbourhouse.co.za
Where to find it Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay
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The Foodbarn Café and Tapas

Chef Franck Dangereux masterfully combines the flavours of his native France with culinary influences from across the globe, but it’s the laid-back country charm that sets The Foodbarn apart. The recent renovation has added another layer of warmth and casual fun chic, continuing Franck’s vision of a welcoming place where guests can enjoy exciting tastes and textures in a family-friendly atmosphere
Cosy cred Gorgeous warm colours in the new decor and a chunky central gas fireplace keep the warmth levels high. There’s a shelf of second-hand books to browse too.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 9.30pm
Sunday + Monday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 789 1390, info@thefoodbarn.co.za
Location The Foodbarn, Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek
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Chocolat Bistro

Fireplace Restaurants: Chocolat Bistro

The restaurant’s homely interior and lavish Provençal-style decor creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to enjoy a range of comforting breakfast options, pizzas, winter-warming lunches and dinners, and a whole raft of luscious cakes and desserts
Cosy cred The dining room fireplace provides respite from the cold, and there are space heaters in the outdoor courtyard too.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Monday, 7am – 5pm
Contact 021 975 2426, bookings@chocolatbistro.co.za
Where to find it 46 Oxford Street, Durbanville
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Die Damhuis

Fireplace Restaurants: Die Damhuis

The Melkbosstrand sea-facing restaurant opened its doors in 2009, but the home of this popular establishment has been around since 1785 (a fish barn and boathouse), and has since been declared a national monument. A family-friendly hit with locals, Damhuis has several different dining spaces indoors and out, taking you all the way through the day from breakfast to dinner.
Cosy cred A fireplace warms up the restaurant’s romantic Voorhuijs section, while the Fisherman’s Tent section has gas heaters to set the scene.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 9:30pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 553 0093, info@diedamhuis.co.za
Where to find it 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand
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On The Rocks

Fireplace Restaurants: On The Rocks

This shore-hugging eatery has become somewhat of a Blouberg landmark, having upheld its stellar reputation for scenic views and delicious food by the sea for over 56 years. Indulge in eggs benedict for breakfast, settle in for a leisurely lunch, or go for date-night classics such as slow-cooked lamb shank, pork belly or Cape Malay curry, and cheesecake or crème brulée for dessert.
Cosy cred Cosy up to the Venetian fireplace glass enclosed roaring fireplace, and allow the warmth to wash over you.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Contact 021 554 1988, ontherocks@seascapecollection.co.za
Where to find it 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand
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Patina Steak at D’Aria

Fireplace Restaurants: Patina Steak at D'Aria

If a perfectly grilled succulent steak with tasty and creative sides and starters is your deal, head to Patina Steak & Wine at D’Aria Winery. Leather booths, smooth walnut tables and touches of copper create a refined, moody setting in the estate’s Old Stone House, with a few tables on the verandah.
Cosy cred The log fire is kept stoked and warms the whole space.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 11pm
Friday + Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Contact 021 205 0572, info@coppercollection.co.za
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville
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The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills

Fireplace Restaurants: The Tangram

Stunning sunset views from the double-volume, glass-walled Tangram restaurant at Durbanville Hills take in Table Mountain and the sweep of the bay. It’s a dramatic contemporary setting for a menu that chef Tamzyn Ehlers describes as “unpretentious yet sophisticated”, featuring elegant dishes of local ingredients with global influences, paired with Durbanville Hills’ Collectors Reserve wines.
Cosy cred Soak up the warmth of the fireplace while enjoying fiery winter sunset views.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8.30am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Sunday – Monday, 8.30am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 558 1300, info@durbanvillehills.co.za
Where to find it Durbanville Hills, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms, Durbanville
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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 12 July 2023

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