The 33 Best Restaurant Specials in Cape Town and The Winelands 2018

The 33 Best Restaurant Specials in Cape Town and The Winelands 2018 Shio

A few good reasons to brave the cold…

If, like us, you love a good deal, you’re going to be over the moon when you read about the specials we’ve rounded up for winter in the Mother City. Some are such good value, you could potentially eat out every day of the week…if you wanted to…

Oh, and we’ve included our favourite Winelands specials, too, because, let’s face it, nothing says “Special Treat” like a day in the Winelands. The thing is, dining on wine estates can get pricey, so when a special comes along at an internationally acclaimed wine estate, you’ve simply got to grab it with both hands! These are our picks:

IN TOWN

The Shortmarket Club

Shortmarket Club Winter Specials

The deal Exceptional food, exceptional value, exceptional setting, exceptional service – the acclaimed Luke Dale Roberts-owned Shortmarket Club is offering one of the best lunch specials on the Cape Town foodscape this winter. Head chef Wesley Randles has devised an exceptional three-course prix fixe lunch menu – for R280 – that includes a host of unfathomably exquisite dishes, including tuna belly dressed in Asian flavours with sambals; perfectly grilled red roman with a tangy lemon and tarragon velouté and smoked mussel aïoli; and rhubarb crumble, served with pine-nut ice cream, mascarpone catalan, rusk and shortbread crumble. Added to all that is  a beautiful bread board, and show-stopping amuse bouche. It’s arguably the best lunch (special) in town.
Cost R280 (three courses)
R380 (three-courses with wine)
When Monday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 2pm
Special valid until 30 September 2018
Contact 021 447 2874 info@theshortmarketclub.co.za
Where to find it 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Foodbarn

Foodbarn Winter Specials

The deal Expect delicious, French-tinged modern fare at Franck Dangereux’s stalwart restaurant for a fraction of what you’d pay at other top-drawer restaurants. Which is why whenever they roll out their winter special, we hotfoot it to Noordhoek! Enjoy classic tuna tartare and garlic snails or goat’s cheese fritters and beef sirloin as part of a two-, three- or four-course menu.
Cost R175 (two courses with a carafe of wine: pensioners only)
R235 (two courses)
R295 (three courses)
R365 (four courses)
When Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 7pm – 9.30pm
Special valid until 31 October 2018
Contact 021 789 1390, info@thefoodbarn.co.za
Location Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town

Upper Bloem

Upperbloem Winter Specials

The deal La Mouette’s little sister opened its doors in Green Point in May 2018, and already this 40-seater restaurant is a popular favourite. Stylishly decorated in earthy tones, the restaurant serves delicious Cape Malay-inspired dishes with an edgy fine-dining twist. Their winter opening special is a must for all foodies: six tapas plates for two people for R195 per person!
Cost R195 per person (six tapas plates for two)
When Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until 30 September 2018
Contact 021 433 1442, reservations@ubrestaurant.co.za
Location Shop 1 Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Foxcroft


Claire Gunn

The deal If you’ve not yet tried the inspired and utterly sensational neo-bistro dishes at Foxcroft in Constantia, there is no better time to do so. This refined yet laidback eatery that’s co-owned by Glen Foxcroft Williams’ and feted La Colombe chef-proprietor, Scot Kirton, is offering some irresistible winter specials: any two plates for R195 (or four for R295). Menu items include seared tuna tataki, honey-glazed fig (with goat’s milk labneh and beetroot lavash), free-range pork collar (with gochujang, white cabbage, sweet potato and kimchi) and a sensational selection of desserts.
Cost R195 (two plates)
R295 (four plates)
When Monday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm
Special valid from 3 April until 31 July 2018
Book online
Contact 021 202 3304
Where to find it Foxcroft, Shop 8, High Constantia, Corner of Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Greenhouse

The deal With chefs Peter Tempelhoff and Ashley Moss at the helm, Greenhouse Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is a bucket list item for foodies. And with two winter specials, you have two great reasons to dine out at this esteemed restaurant. Enjoy a three-course lunch of ostrich tartare, truffled quail’s egg, sea asparagus, and more, or the reduced tasting menu for dinner, which includes a snack board, fresh bread, ostrich tartare, chokka noodles, braai bokkie, camembert cheesecake and chocolate tapas.
Cost Three-course lunch: R395 (or R645 with wine)
Reduced tasting dinner: R750 (or R1 025 with wine)
When Three-course lunch: Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 2pm
Reduced tasting dinner: Tuesday – Thursday, 6pm – 8.45pm
Specials are by reservation only
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 795 6226, greenhouseres@cellars-hohenort.co.za
Where to find it The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

Kyoto Garden Sushi

Kyoto Winter Special
Claire Gunn

The deal Arguably the best Japanese restaurant in the Cape, Kyoto Garden Sushi is offering a winter special that is so appealing, you could eat here every night! Enjoy a three-course meal that includes miso soup, duck and noodles, vegetable tempura, and black-sesame ice cream, plus a glass of vino!
Cost R220 (three courses and a glass of wine)
When Monday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 11pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 422 2001
Location 11 Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town

Asoka

Asoka Winter Specials

The deal A popular haunt for after-work drinks, dinner and cool vibes on the ever-popular Kloof Street is this buzzy bar and eatery, where alfresco dining, tasty cocktails and great jazz are the order of the day. Tuck into a delicious three-course dinner (excluding drinks and gratuity) every Monday night.
Cost R195
When Monday, 5pm – 12am
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 422 0909, info@asokabar.co.za
Location 68 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

Jonkershuis

The deal This popular restaurant situated on South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate, Groot Constantia, is offering a two- and three-course winter special where the menu changes monthly according to the fresh, seasonal produce.
Cost R195 (two courses)
R235 (three courses)
When Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 5pm
Friday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Special valid 31 August 2018
Contact 021 794 6255, info@jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
Location Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

La Mouette

La Mouette Winter Special

The deal La Mouette’s latest offering is the perfect winter warmer: a delicious five-course tasting menu for R295 (or R595 for the wine-paired option). Sit back in the cosy yet refined restaurant while enjoying truffle-and-cheese croquettes, garden pea soup, and a comforting portion of cured pork belly, with Jerusalem artichokes, currants, broccoli purée and crackling, with the warm glow of the nearby fireplace keeping things toasty.
Cost R295 (five courses)
R595 (five courses with wine)
When Tuesday – Sunday, 6pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until 30 September 2018
Contact 021 433 0856, reservations@lamouette.co.za
Location La Mouette Restaurant, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

The Brasserie

Brasserie Winter Specials

The deal Whether you sit outside in the quiet courtyard, or choose to eat in the characterful Parisian-styled restaurant, you’re assured of a great lunchtime deal, a tasty family dinner or a good-value pizza or pasta special.
Cost Lunch special: R98 (includes one dish and drink)
Family special: the cost of a main adult meal
Pizza special: buy one get one free
Pasta special: buy one get one free
When Family special: Daily, 4pm – 6pm
The lunch club: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm
Pizza special: Monday, 4pm – 10pm
Pasta special: Tuesday, 4pm – 10pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 712 1363, info@brasseriect.co.za
Location Shop 1 Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town

Manga

Manga Winter Special

The deal This restaurant on the Mouille Point mile seamlessly blends Asian pop culture with delicious street food and a variety of sushi dishes, which is why their two-for-one sushi on Tuesdays has us coming back for more.
Cost Two-for-one sushi
When Tuesday, 10.30am – 10pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 202 2720, info@manga-capetown.co.za
Location Corner Rothesay and Beach Roads, Sea Point, Cape Town

Primal Eatery

Primal Eatery Winter Special

The deal This wood-fired concept eatery is heating things up with a two-course menu for couples that includes a bottle of vino, two sides, two 400g sirloins on the bone, and a deep-fried Oreo sundae to share!
Cost R450 per couple (includes two sides, two mains, a bottle of wine and a dessert to share)
When Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – close
Special starts 16 May 2018
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 422 3232, info@primaleatery.co.za
Location Primal Eatery, 50 New Church Street, Cape Town

Shio

Shio Winter Specials

The deal Fans of this cool eatery have come to expect lip-smacking modern Japanese cuisine in the heart of De Waterkant Village. Enjoy two bowls off of the Izakaya tasting menu for a mere R95!
Cost R95 for two bowls
When Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 064 661 7474, info@shio.co.za
Location The Grey Boutique Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Villa 47

Villa47 Winter Specials

The deal Arguably one of the hottest restaurants on the Bree Street block is Villa 47, for its authentic Italian cuisine in a swanky three-tiered setting. At Locanda, the laid-back eatery downstairs, enjoy a hearty two- or three-course special all winter long.
Cost R205 (two courses)
R245 (three courses)
When Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 4pm
6pm – 10pm
Special valid until 30 September 2018
Contact 021 418 2740, reservations@villa47.co.za
Location 47 Bree Street, Cape Town

Den Anker

Den Anker Winter Specials

The deal This quayside stalwart at the V&A Waterfront, justifiably famous for its excellent food and exciting range of Belgian beers, has three specials that are designed for sharing: a generous portion of fish, a 2kg mussel pot or a 600g sirloin – all of which are served with chips and two drinks.
Cost R185 (fish and chips)
R235 (pot of mussels and chips)
R295 (sirloin and chips)
When Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 419 0249, denanker@mweb.co.za
Location Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Hail Pizza

Hail Pizza Special

The deal If you manage to resist the temptation of a Clarke’s burger, you’ll find a cool, upbeat pizza joint that serves exceptional cocktails. This Bree Street eatery at the back of Clarke’s is always buzzing with activity. Add a two-for-one pizza special, and it’s you’ve got a winner.
Cost Two-for-one pizza special: order two; pay for one
When Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 424 7648
Where to find it 133A Bree Street, Cape Town

Devil’s Peak Taproom

Devils Peak Special

The deal Head over to Devil’s Peak Salt River Taproom for a value-for-money Happy Hour special.
CostTaproom Tuesday: R65 (includes cheeseburger and 340ml Devil’s Peak lager)
Happy Hour: R25 (500ml Alpha Cider or Devil’s Peak Soul Range excluding The King’s Blockhouse) and R80 (2L Devil’s Peak lager)

When Taproom Tuesday: Tuesdays, 11am – 7pm (Epping Taproom)
11am – 2am (Salt River Taproom)
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4pm – 6pm
Special valid until end-December 2018
Contact 021 2011 401, info@devilspeakbrewing.co.za
Location 150 Cecil Road, Salt River,Cape Town

Lupa Osteria

Lupa Osteria Winter Specials

The deal Lupa Osteria is the latest family-friendly addition to The Silo District and is sure to impress visitors with its dough room where all the pizza bases and pastas are made fresh everyday. Speaking of pizzas, this winter you can get a whole pizza (excluding seafood) with a beer or glass of wine for just R95.
Cost R95 (pizza and Wolf lager or Fairview quartino wine)
When Sunday, 3pm – 10pm
Monday, 11am – 9pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 425 0010
Location Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

IN THE WINELANDS

Cavalli

Wine Farm Restaurants: Cavalli

The deal A delicious meal, spectacular views and stylish interiors – it doesn’t get better than this. Unless, of course, the said meal is on special. Which it is – at Cavalli – this winter. Enjoy a work lunch like no other, or a tasting menu (which includes a vegetarian option) in the stunning surrounds of Cavalli estate.
Cost Winter Work Lunch: R200 (includes a glass of wine)
Winter Tasting Menu Special: R400 (five-course) or R350 (vegetarian option)
When Winter Work Lunch: Wednesday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm
Winter Tasting Menu Special: Wednesday – Saturday,12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 9.30pm and Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until 31 July 2018
Contact 021 855 3218
Location Strand Road, Somerset West, Cape Town

La Petite Colombe

La Petite Colombe Winter Specials

The deal La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek continues to dazzle diners with exquisite (looking and tasting) dishes. Also known for its elegant interiors, superb service and buzzy location in the newly refurbished Le Quartier Français, the acclaimed restaurant is offering a four-course lunch (with a bread board and amuse bouche as complimentary extras) for R395! (The wine-paired options costs R750.)
Cost R395 (four courses)
R750 (wine-paired)
When Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm (excluding public holidays)
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 202 3395, reservations@lapetitecolombe.com
Location Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek

The Restaurant at Grande Provence

Grande Provence Winter Specials

The deal A must for any self-proclaimed foodie, the Restaurant at Grande Provence is never short of delicious dishes and vistas of the modern sculpture garden, surrounding vineyards and rugged mountains beyond. And while the menu changes daily, you can still look forward to a scrumptious lunch special paired with a glass of Angel Tears vino for a mere R200.
Cost R200 (lunch with a glass of wine)
When Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 876 8600, reservations@grandeprovence.co.za
Location Main Road, Franschhoek

Haute Cabriere

Haute Cabriere Special

The deal This winery on the hill boasts magnificent valley views, good food and superb wines. And with two winter specials on the cards, you’ll have yet another reason to visit. Bite into a juicy steak (served with chips and a garlic black-pepper sauce and a glass of vino) for a mere R185, or indulge in the six-course wine-paired tasting menu for R450.
Cost R185 (steak special)
R450 (six-course tasting menu with wine)
When Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Friday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 876 3688; restaurant@cabriere.co.za
Location Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town

Foliage

Foliage Winter Specials

The deal As if we needed another reason to visit Franschhoek… one of our favourite restaurants, Foliage, is inviting diners to enjoy a delectable two- or three-course dinner this winter.
Cost R325 (two courses)
R415 (three courses)
When Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 9pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 876 2328, restaurant@foliage.co.za
Location 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

Jordan

Jordan Restaurant Special

 

The deal This award-winning restaurant on one of Stellenbosch’s most picturesque wine estates offers meticulous dishes, excellent service and views to die for.  Adding to the experience are wonderful lunch and dinner specials.
Cost Lunch: R200 (one main course and glass of wine)
Dinner: R975 (five-course food-and-wine pairing for two)
When Lunch: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm
Dinner: Thursday & Friday, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Special valid until 31 July 2018
Contact 021 881 3612, restaurant@jordanwines.com
Location Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch

The Vine Bistro at Glenelly

Vine Bistro Winter Specials

The deal This hidden gem is situated within a state-of-art building at Glenelly Estate. It offers a French-inspired dining experience, no doubt reflected in the warm, yet elegant decor, which includes a mix of 19th-century chairs and classic Parisian tables. This winter, cosy up to the fireplace and enjoy a two- or three-course specials that include homemade pappardelle in a rabbit-and-mushroom casserole.
Cost R210 (two courses
R245 (three courses)
When Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Thursday – Friday, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Special valid until 30 September 2018
Contact 021 809 6444, bistro@glenelly.co.za
Location Glenelly Estate, Ida’s Valley, Lelie Street, Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Kitchen

The deal Famed for its pasture-to-plate approach, this family-style eatery serves delicious seasonally driven dishes. Their current winter lunch specials are excellent value: R130 for a burger and a craft beer or R145 for hake and chips plus a glass of vino.
Cost R130 (the monster burger and a Stellenbrau lager)
R145 (ale-battered hake, chips and a glass of vino)
When Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Special valid until 31 June 2018
Contact 021 883 2893
Location Corner Dorp and Andringa Streets, Stellenbosch

Helena’s Restaurant

Helenas Kitchen Winter Specials

The deal Hidden away in Church Street’s historic Coopmanhuijs Hotel, Helena’s Restaurant is one of Stellenbosch’s most precious gems. This winter, warm up with a three-course meal for lunch or dinner.
Cost R355 (three courses)
When Daily, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
6pm – 9.30pm
Special valid until 31 September 2018
Contact 021 883 3132, reservations@helenasrestaurant.co.za
Location 33 Church Street, Stellenbosch

Oude Werf

The deal Oude Werf’s long and lazy Sunday lunch buffets might just make this chic hotel-restaurant your go-to spot for modern comfort food that’s packed with flavour.
Cost R265 (full buffet)
R95 (cold buffet)
R200 (hot buffet)
Half-price for children (3 – 12 years)
When Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 887 4608, restaurant@oudewerf.co.za
Location 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch

Bodega Restaurant at Dornier

Bodega Winter Specials

The deal Surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful Stellenbosch Mountains, this restaurant housed in an historic barn is reason enough to escape to the Winelands for an afternoon out. Throw in a two- or three-course winter special, and you might just have your winter weekends covered.
Cost R235 (two courses)
R295 (three courses)
When Wednesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 4.30pm
Special valid until 30 September 2018
Contact 021 880 0557 bodega@dornier.co.za
Location Upper Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch

Faber

Faber Winter Specials

The deal Since its opening, Faber has always been the perfect excuse to visit the Paarl Winelands. And now, with the introduction of its three-course winter set menu – made from the finest, organic produce on Avondale estate – there’s an even better reason to head to picturesque Paarl…
Cost R298 (three courses)
R370 (three courses and two glasses of wine)
When Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 202 1219, faber@avondalewine.co.za
Location Avondale Estate, Lustigan Road, Paarl

Glen Carlou

Glen Carlou Winter Specials

The deal Tucked away in a charming thatched-roof building at the end of Glen Carlou’s vineyard-lined drive, you’ll find the tasting room and cosy restaurant, which is offering fantastic two- or three-course specials for groups of 12 to 25 people.
Cost R260 (main and dessert)
R270 (starter and main)
R350 (three courses)
When Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 4pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 875 5528, restaurant@glencarlou.co.za
Location Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Paarl

Eat@Simonsvlei

Simonsvlei Winter Special

The deal With charming mountain views and rolling lawns, this family-friendly eatery just outside of Paarl has a winter special to warm the cockles. Enjoy a hearty Cape Malay chicken curry with yellow rice, green beans and butternut, plus a glass of wine for R100. If the sun is out, dine alfresco while the little ones play in the in their very own play park, or sit inside by the fire…
Cost R100 (curry and wine)
When Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Special valid until 31 August 2018
Contact 021 863 3845, eatat@mweb.co.za
Location Simonsvlei Winery, R101, Paarl

Researched by Alicia Chamaillé, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin

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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: 19 June 2018

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16 Responses to “The 33 Best Restaurant Specials in Cape Town and The Winelands 2018”

  1. Mary Franklin

    Really brilliant tidy format. Can’t wait to try many of your suggestions during our month long visit to CapeTown

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  2. Nadene

    We had the lunch special at Upper Bloem today. The food was devine, but the price published here is misleading. The special is R195 p/p sharing for 6 plates, not R195 for 6 plates for two. Having clarified that, it is still worth the price, albeit double what is advertised here. Thanks.

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    • The Inside Guide

      Thanks for your comment, Nadene. Apologies if it was unclear. It is, in fact, R195 per person sharing six plates. Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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  3. Wendy J. Utermark

    BLOUBERG – SIMPLY THAI – excellent cuisine and great value. BYO

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  4. Dawid van Gend

    Could you please feature some restaurants in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs as well, please? Thank you very much.

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  5. Michael

    What is KZN…?

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  6. Oli

    Being an animal lover (living ones), I’m also looking for more vegan friendly options. Look forward to your vegan friendly list.

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  7. Carolyn Prades

    Quentins in Hout Bay is a great restaurant offering 3 course buffet delicious supper menu for R150 per head for 3 courses Monday- Thursday. Like eating in a private home with excellent service and wonderful chef/owner.

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  8. Lesley

    Spiro’s Hout Bay
    Monday 500g rump, chips, sauce R130
    Tuesday 500g T-bone, veg or chips, sauce R130
    Wednesday 1kg ribs, chips R130
    Thursday Whole spatchcock chicken R110
    Friday Beef or chicken burger, chips, 340ml Urban Brewery Judas Peak blonde ale R89

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  9. Michelle

    Would also love to see some restaurants catering to the vegan or vegetarian crowd (with something a little more adventurous than a repeat of the standard risotto)

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    • Alexandra

      Thanks, Michelle! I fully agree. More creative vegan options, please

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      • Caroline

        Here’s a challenge – create delicious plant-based foods NOT smothered in dairy and/or wheat!

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  10. Mathy

    Looking for vegan restaurants or vegetarian at least. ..or restaurants with those options.

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Mathy

      Watch this space – we will release our list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants soon.

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  11. Julia

    Reverie Social Table winter special R500 for our 5 course Social Table experience, including 6 local boutique wines!

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