The Best Weekend Lunch Specials in Cape Town

Paula Zapata

It’s the weekend, baby!

Weekends were made for long lunches in the Mother City. Here are our picks of the best restaurant specials to make the most of Saturday and Sunday.

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

La Mouette: Five-Course Spring Special

La Mouette: Five-Course Spring Special

The special R345 for five courses; R620 with wine-pairing
About the restaurant La Mouette (seagull in French), is situated on Sea Point’s Regent Road in a welcoming Tudor-style manor house, with a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere. The fresh and flavourful dishes concocted by chef Henry Vigar epitomise modern French cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flavours. The fact that fellow chefs George Jardine and Pete Goffe-Wood rate it among Cape Town’s best restaurants is just another, er, feather in the seagull’s cap.
The menu’s tasty, well-balanced offerings are a paean to spring: croquettes and sweetcorn soup to begin; followed by house-made ricotta gnocchi or heirloom potato carpaccio. Options for the fourth course are ratatouille; locally caught line fish or ostrich fan fillet; followed by a decadent chocolate-and-raspberry dessert. Sounds heavenly, and for just R345! The wine-pairing option, for R620, accentuates the courses perfectly.
View the menu.
Good to know From 7 October, La Mouette is open on Mondays.
When Lunch: Wednesday – Friday & Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 6 pm – 10:30 pm; Sundays, 6 pm – 11:30 pm
Special valid until 31 October 2019
Contact reservations@lamouette.co.za, 021 433 0856
Location 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Book through DinePlan

Maresol: Lunch and Dinner Set-Menu Special

Maresol: Lunch and Dinner Set-Menu Special Dining Out

The special R185 for two courses
R215 for three courses
About the restaurant This popular Mozambican-Portuguese restaurant at the V&A Waterfront promises fresh Mediterranean dishes with an East African spin. Set on the marina’s edge, the restaurant’s large windows allow the scenic setting, and an abundance of light, to stream into the The current lunch and dinner specials allow guests to choose two or three courses from the set menu, which includes red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup; calamari steak with chorizo; peri-peri chicken livers; feijoada (pork-and-bean stew with rice); Mercado platter (seafood); Portuguese steak (sirloin served with a fried egg); rice pudding and chocolate salami.
When Daily, 11.30am – 10pm
Special valid until 31 October 2019
Contact 021 425 3385, reservations@mar-e-sol.co.za
Location Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Maresol: Lunch and Dinner Special

Maresol: Lunch and Dinner Special

The special R99 for peri-peri chicken; chicken trincado; or calamari steak
About the restaurant If you’re looking for 360-degree panoramas of the harbour and Table Mountain while you enjoy a satisfying Portuguese meal in light, airy interiors, look no further than Maresol, whose finger-licking lunch or dinner specials – for under R100 – sound too good to pass up.
View the menu
When Daily, 11.30am – 10pm
Special valid until 31 October 2019
Contact 021 425 3385, reservations@mar-e-sol.co.za
Location Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

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 Foodbarn: Lunch + Dinner Specials

The Foodbarn: Lunch + Dinner Specials

The special R265 for two courses; R295 with a glass of wine
R305 for three courses; R345 with a glass of wine
R245 for pensioners’ special (not available on Sunday)
About the restaurant At this stylish yet laidback restaurant in the Noordhoek Village, consummate chef and bon vivant Franck Dangereux masterfully combines the flavours of his native France with culinary influences from across the globe.
Franck was arguably one of the forerunners of the fine-dining scene in Cape Town, but at The Foodbarn, he’s dispensed with the starched napkins and stuffy atmosphere, and created a family-friendly space where diners can enjoy his irresistible taste and texture combinations.
And this winter, he’s offering diners an unbeatable deal: two exceptional courses for R265; and three for R305. Dishes include duck-breast salad; classic steak tartare with French fries; grilled fish; and apple tarte tatin.
View the menu.
When Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 9.30pm
Special valid until 31 October 2019
Contact 021 789 1390
Location Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Cape Town
Book through Dineplan

The Hussar Grill: Lunch Special

The Hussar Grill: Lunch Special

The special R130 for two courses (starter and main; dessert is an optional extra); R95 for one course

About the restaurant For 55 years, The Hussar Grill has been a premier grill room, respected by meat-lovers all over the country for its easy-going, all-occasions atmosphere. With 20 restaurants across South Africa, the secret to its success is surely their consistently well-prepared delicious food, award-winning winelist and warm reception.

Menu favourites include carefully aged grilled-to-perfection steaks, and spare ribs that literally fall off the bone. And while their beef, venison and game cuts are legendary, there’s also a host of chicken, seafood and salad dishes to choose from. We’ve got our eye on the new pure-beef gourmet burger that comes with a choice of two toppings – bacon, biltong, feta, blue-cheese crumble, fried egg or avocado – as well as crispy chips. If you’re keen on the vegetarian options, try the gnocchi with wild mushroom and roasted butternut, topped with feta crumble.
View the menu.

Good to know

  • If you opt for two courses, starters are a choice between: tomato soup with cream; sautéed chicken livers; or tender fried calamari strips.
  • Sides and dessert are optional extras and are charged for separately.
  • There is no corkage fee.

Please note The Hussar Grill Camps Bay is only open in the evening and The Hussar Grill Rondebosch is closed for lunch on Saturdays.
When Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Special valid until 31 October 2019
Contact Please contact your nearest grill room for more info or book through DinePlan.
Location Visit The Hussar Grill website to find your nearest restaurant.

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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
Book through DinePlan

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Time of publication: 10 September 2019