Thursday Restaurant Specials in Cape Town 2019

Why eat in when you can dine out?

Trying out all the fabulous restaurants in Cape Town can get a tad pricey. Which is why these Thursday specials are a very welcome week treat. These are our favourite Thursday specials in the Mother City.

Belly of the Beast Lunch Special: Three Courses for R280

Belly of the Beast Lunch Special: Three Courses for R280

The special R280 for three courses (when booking via the button below; enter discount code “InsideGuide” at checkout).
About the restaurant Since opening in August 2018, this wildly popular Harrington Street haunt hasn’t had an empty seat. Dining at Belly of the Beast is much more than a meal, it’s a gastronomic experience of the highest standard. Co-owners Neil Swart and Anouchka Horn pursued a shared dream of unhindered culinary creativity, where Neil Swart explains: “Cooking dishes on a small scale enhances the depth of flavour of each element.” Naturally, Neil only cooks with local seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced meat.

The industrial-modern space is cool yet cosy, elevated by a curated alternative playlist. An entirely exposed kitchen lines one side of the restaurant and a street-facing window lines the other. The restaurant used to be open for dinner only, but has recently launched a lunch service: a shorter three-course version of their dinner tasting. Spaces are already becoming sparse, so booking is advisable.

Good to know Get 20% off when you book via the button below; enter discount code “InsideGuide” at checkout.
When Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm
Special valid until 30 November 2019
Contact 021 461 0335, eat@bellyofthebeast.co.za
Location 110 Harrington Street, CBD, Cape Town

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Bootlegger Coffee Company: Half-Price Burgers

Bootlegger Coffee Company: Half-Price Burgers

The special All burgers are half-price (R89 – R119)
About the restaurant Bootlegger Coffee Company is the go-to haunt for locals seeking good coffee, an after-work drink, or a freshly squeezed juice. In addition to serving a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the popular establishment also serves a selection of wholesome burgers that are sure to hit the spot – no matter the occasion. And its daily burger special is sure to hit the spot – half-price burgers!
When Monday – Sunday, 4.30pm – close
Please note The burgers are half-price from 3pm – 4pm for the Salt River branch only.
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 433 2599, info@bootlegger.co.za
Location Available at the following Western Cape branches:
Bootlegger Sea Point
Bootlegger Green Point
Bootlegger Cape Quarter
Bootlegger Harrington Street
Bootlegger Century City
Bootlegger Salt River
Bootlegger Tokai
Bootlegger Kenilworth
Bootlegger Stellenbosch

Greenhouse Summer Lunch Special: Three Courses for R550

Greenhouse Summer Lunch Special: Three Courses for R550

The special R550 for the three course à la carte menu
R850 for the three course à la carte menu with wine-pairing

About the restaurant Reached by a long winding road set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, The Cellars-Hohenort hotel is home to one of Cape Town’s timeless gems. As its name implies, Greenhouse is enclosed in a glass box to maximise its magnificent garden setting, with glass panels overhead creating the illusion of being outside.
At the assured helm is head chef Farrel Hirsch, who took over the reins from Peter Tempelhoff in November 2018. Chef Farrel has already earned numerous accolades, including the prestigious American Express Platinum Fine Dining Restaurant Award. This special summer lunch menu showcases his talents with its African-inspired fusion dishes.

View the menu.

Please note Booking is essential.
When Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm
Special valid until 30 April 2020
Contact 021 795 6226, greenhouseres@cellars-hohenhort.co.za
Location The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town

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Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Happy Hour

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Happy Hour

The special Half-price on classic cocktails, standard lager and pilsner, local bubbly, house wines, pouring spirits and tequila.
About the restaurant Picture the scene: New York, 1960. The high society are gathered around a leather booth in a plushly kitted-out cocktail lounge, puffing cigars with snifters of cognac all round. Fast forward 50 odd years to Harringtons, a sophisticated bar and cocktail lounge in Cape Town’s moody East City, which evokes West Side Story-era Manhattan. Now one of Cape Town’s most popular watering holes, Harry’s (as it’s affectionately known) is running a fabulous Happy Hour special.
When Wednesday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm
Saturdays, 6pm – 7pm
Special valid until ongoing
Contact 021 461 2276, harringtons@thefirmct.co.za
Location 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Tapas Special

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Tapas Special

The special half-price on selected tapas
About the restaurant Ornate, plush, decidedly glam, this hot after-work drinks spot – once a grungy live-music dive (The Assembly) – is brought to you by the team behind Aces ’n’ Spades, The Village Idiot, and SurfaRosa. Draped velvet curtains line the interior walls and velvet-covered booths. Scattered in between the windows and throughout the venue are framed botanical sketches, old black-and-white pictures of Cape Town, and Baroque-style paintings. The cocktails, as one would expect from a cocktail lounge, are excellent, and some of the best we’ve had in the city recently. Now this popular watering hole is running a wonderful tapas special.
When Thursday – Saturday, 4pm – 7pm
Wednesdays, 4pm – 10pm
Special valid until ongoing
Contact 021 461 2276, harringtons@thefirmct.co.za
Location 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Thursday Tacos + Tequila + Tunes

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Thursday Tacos + Tequila + Tunes

The special R100 includes two tacos, a tequila Patron cocktail of your choice, and live tunes
About the restaurant If JFK were to take Jackie out for pre-theatre drinks, this swanky cocktail lounge in Cape Town’s East City is where they’d go! Draped velvet curtains and velvet-covered booths give the venue an ornate, plush, and decidedly glam feel. The striking L-shaped bar that wraps around half the venue, bares exposed brick behind rows of spirits. Now this popular watering hole is running a tacos-and-tequila-cocktail special, accompanied by live beats.
When Thursdays, 4pm – late
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 461 2276, harringtons@thefirmct.co.za
Location 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town

Kloof Street House: Two-Course Summer Lunch Special for R170

Kloof Street House: Two-Course Summer Lunch Special for R170

The special R170 for two courses
R195 for three courses
About the restaurant 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. Hidden behind thick shrubs, you might miss it but, once inside, you’ll be happy you didn’t. The twinkling fairy lights and velvet cushions lining the garden area, as well as the warmly lit, romantic setting of the cosy-chic interior, makes this one of Kloof Street’s sexiest haunts for a special occasion, date night, or a no-excuses-needed meal with family and friends.
This summer, this popular haunt is giving you another reason to visit: a two- or three-course lunch for R170 and R195 respectively. Options include heavenly butternut, spinach and feta parcels, arancini balls, pan-fried Patagonian calamari, among others, for starters. Mains include potato gnocchi, grilled Chalmar steak, beer-battered kingklip, or a chicken salad. And a summery choice of lemon meringue or passion fruit panna cotta for a sweet finish.

View the menu.
Please note Meals are per person and cannot be shared.
Good to know There’s an à la carte menu on Sundays, during which the live jazz is sure to hit all the right notes (1pm – 3pm).
When Lunch Special: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Special valid until 30 April 2020
Contact 021 423 4413, info@kloofstreethouse.co.za
Where to find it 30 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Sotano: Two-For-One Daily Stella Artois Special

Sotano: Two-For-One Daily Stella Artois Special

The special R50 for two Stella Artois draughts every day during Happy Hour (4pm – 6pm)
About the restaurants Sotano on Bree is home to the Pintxos Bar that opened in March 2019. A cornerstone of northern Spanish culture, pintxos (pronounced “peen-chos”) are flavourful bar snacks, traditionally pierced by a toothpick, and enjoyed with alcohol following a hard day’s work. At Sotano, a range of cocktails, craft beers and South African wines are the perfect accompaniments to these pintxos, but we’re currently loving the Stella Artois Happy Hour deal: two draughts for R50. If you happen to find yourself on the Atlantic Seaboard, Sotano Mouille Point is offering the same beer-tastic deal. Cheers!
When Monday – Sunday, 4pm – 6pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact
Sotano Mouille Point: 021 433 1757, info@sotano.co.za
Sotano on Bree: 021 422 0567, breestreet@sotano.co.za
Locations
Sotano Mouille Point: 121 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Sotano on Bree: 199 Bree Street, Cape Town

Sotano Mouille Point
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Sotano on Bree
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The Brasserie: Lunch Club

The Brasserie: Lunch Club

The special R98 includes lunch and a beverage
About the special This Tokai neighbourhood favourite is known for its characterful Parisian-styled interiors, delicious Italian- and French-inspired dishes, and its fabulous family specials. One such deal that caught our attention is the Lunch Club special. For R98 diners can enjoy a beautiful main and a beverage of choice (house wine, Jack Black beer on tap, fresh juice or a single shot of coffee), every Monday to Saturday from 12pm until 4pm. To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking ahead.
When Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 4pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 712 1363
Location Shop 1, Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town

The Labia Theatre: Dinner + a Movie From R110 For Two

The Labia Theatre: Dinner + a Movie From R110 For Two Ruth Cooper

The special Dinner and a movie for two from R110 to R160
Two pasta dishes for R110 from Societi Bistro, plus movie tickets for two
Two pizzas from Diva Pizzeria for R110, plus movie tickets for two
Two burgers from Knead (Kloof Street) for R160, plus movie tickets for two

About The Labia They might not have the latest supersonic surround sound, but movies at The Labia are a wonderful experience – and particularly appealing if you feel like sneaking in a low-key flick without the crazy crowds and mayhem of mainstream cinemas. With four intimate screens, G&T slushies and a romantic fairy light-covered terrace, The Labia is the perfect spot to get your weekly dose of art movies, documentaries (and selected blockbusters).
Good to know Buy your vouchers at the restaurant of your choice, and then exchange them at the theatre box office for tickets using your till slip. Booking at participating restaurants is recommended, as it’s such a popular deal.
Please note Vouchers cannot be purchased at the theatre or via Webtickets.
When Monday & Tuesday: two pasta dishes at Societi Bistro and two movie tickets for R110
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 4pm onwards: two pizzas at Diva Café Ristorante and two movie tickets for R110
Thursday: two burgers from Knead (Kloof Street) and two movie tickets for R160
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 424 5927, labiatheatre@telkomsa.net
Location 68 Orange Street, Cape Town

The Village Idiot: Burgers + Beer Special

The Village Idiot: Burgers + Beer Special

The special R90 for a burger and beer or salad and wine
About the restaurant This neighbourhood pub-style eatery is one of those all-occasion places, with a lounge, dining area, bar and pool(table) room. After a hard day’s work, there are few things more appealing than a juicy burger and a chilled beer, which is the order of proceedings every Thursday from 3pm until late. Burgers and beers not your thing? Then, go for a salad and a glass of house wine for just R90.
When Thursdays, 3pm – 11pm
Special valid until ongoing
Contact 021 418 1548, info@thevillageidiot.co.za
Location 32 Loop Street, Cape Town

The Village Idiot: Lunch Special

The Village Idiot: Lunch Special

The special R65 for specific dishes during lunch
About the restaurant Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite with a colleague, celebrating a friend’s birthday, or treating a special someone to a weekday lunch in the city, the Village Idiot’s lunch specials have you covered. From the duo behind Aces ’n’ Spades, this neighbourhood pub-style eatery attracts crowds by day and at night, for all occasions. Its relaxed vibe during the day is just the thing to take the edge off a hard day’s work – especially with the current lunch special: R65 from Tuesday to Saturday!
The options include:

  • seasonal salad with toppings
  • local artisanal cheese board
  • biltong and local charcuterie board
  • beer-battered hake*
  • half Tata Ma Chance ribs*
  • Mrs Ball’s boerewors burger*
  • braaied veggie burger*
  • chicken burger*

*comes with coleslaw and a side of your choice (pap; chips; side salad or mielie)
When Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 418 1548, info@thevillageidiot.co.za
Location 32 Loop Street, Cape Town

Upper Bloem: Express Lunch Special

Upper Bloem: Express Lunch Special

The special R125 for six dishes to share
R35 for additional bread
About the restaurant From the team behind Sea Point’s famed La Mouette is Upper Bloem, a 40-seater fine-dining eatery on the Green Point strip. Inspired by his childhood growing up in the Bo Kaap (on Upper Bloem Street), head chef André Hill – in collaboration with La Mouette’s Henry Vigar – has devised an edgy yet refined menu that is packed with colorful flavours and textures. For only R125 per person (there are six dishes to share), it’s a steal.
View the express lunch menu.
When Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until ongoing
Contact 021 433 1442
Location Shop 1, Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point Cape Town
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Time of publication: 13 May 2019