The Best Winter Restaurant Specials in Cape Town + The Winelands

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!

Our list below is arranged alphabetically for ease of use.

Do you know of any super specials that are not on our list? Let us know in the comments below.

Asoka: Hungry Mondays

Asoka: Hungry Mondays

The special R195 for a three-course dinner
About the restaurant Kloof Street is a favourite among locals (and tourists) for after-work drinks, dinner and cool live music. One of the street’s popular haunts is Asoka, which has established itself as the place to go for laid-back alfresco dining, tasty cocktails and great jazz. On Mondays, Asoka opens its doors to peckish diners for a delicious three-course dinner (excluding drinks and gratuity) for just R195!
View the latest menu (some dishes will change over time).
When Mondays, 6pm – close
Special valid until ongoing
Contact 021 422 0909, info@asoka.za.com
Location 68 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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

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

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Wednesday Tapas + Tastings

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge: Wednesday Tapas + Tastings

The special R170 include a glass of wine on arrival, complimentary wine-tasting, a main meal, and a petit fours platter for dessert
R50 (wine tasting only)
About the restaurant It’s hard to believe that this ornate, plush, decidedly sophisticated after-work drinks spot was once a grungy live-music dive (The Assembly). Velvet booths, botanical prints, crystal chandeliers and revived hardwood floors set the tone, with a striking L-shaped bar wrapping around half the venue, and boasting an exposed brick wall that houses rows of spirits.
The cocktails, as one would expect, are excellent, and some of the best in the city – especially when accompanied by tapas to share. And on Wednesdays, Harry’s (as it’s affectionately known) is running a tapas-and-tasting special, which includes a glass of wine on arrival, complimentary wine-tasting, a main meal and a platter of petit fours for dessert.
When Wednesdays, 4pm – 10pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 461 2276, harringtons@thefirmct.co.za
Location 61 Harrington Street, 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 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: Half-Price Ribs + Drinks

The Village Idiot: Half-Price Ribs + Drinks

The special R70 for a main portion of ribs
R42 for a side portion of ribs
About the restaurant From the duo behind Aces ’n’ Spades, this neighbourhood pub-style eatery just up the road attracts crowds by day and at night, for all occasions. The large space is divided into a bar area, lounge, dining area and pool(table) room. The spot absolutely hums in the evenings, especially on weekends, when the dancefloor and outside balcony heave with Cape Town’s most avid revellers, while the relaxed vibe during the day is just the thing to take the edge off a hard day’s work. Swing by on a Saturday for half-price ribs to accompany possibly the longest happy hour in Cape Town. All drinks are half-price!
Good to know DJ inviZAble brings his Space Zafari to Village Idiot on selected Saturdays: amazing beats to keep you grooving all night long.
When Saturdays, 2pm – 6pm
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

The Village Idiot: Mates + Dates

The Village Idiot: Mates + Dates

The special R300 for two mains and a bottle of wine or beer
About the restaurant We never need a reason to visit this heaving hotspot on Loop Street, but if we did, the Tuesday special is it. For just R300, you can enjoy two mains and a bottle of wine or a litre of beer. So, bring your gran, bestie or hot new date, and tuck into a hearty meal before enjoying a game of pool afterwards.
When Tuesdays, 3pm – 11pm
Special valid until Ongoing
Contact 021 418 1548, info@thevillageidiot.co.za
Location 32 Loop Street, Cape Town

The Village Idiot: Pimp Your Gin

The Village Idiot: Pimp Your Gin

The specials R40 for a gin cocktail
R75 for 1 litre beer
R115 for bottomless wings and chips
About the restaurant & bar The Village Idiot continues to pull crowds for its tasty pub grub, easy-drinking cocktails and funtastic specials. It’s just as suited to an after-work beer as it is to a boisterous night on the town, and even a sexy cocktail after dark.
Fancy yourself a master mixologist? You’ll love the Pimp Your Gin sessions, featuring Whitley Neill Gin, Schweppes Tonic Water and a station of fresh botanicals, fruits and spices. Accompanied by bottomless wings and chips, it’s a midweek treat that’s hard to resist.
When Wednesdays, 3pm – 11pm
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: 21 May 2019

5 Responses to “The Best Winter Restaurant Specials in Cape Town + The Winelands”

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    Barbara Ballack

    Local restaurant in Somerset West – have great weekly specials and their steaks and burgers are superb!!!

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      Wendy Thompson

      Which restaurant in Somerset West do you refer to.

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    Margaret Ellis

    I would like to suggest including Franschhoek for Winter Specials – with over 50 restaurants in and around Franschhoek there must be some with Winter Specials – it would be great info if you could provide it! Thanks so much!

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    Margaret Ellis

    It would be fantastic if your researchers could find the Winter Specials in and around Franschhoek – with over 50 restaurants in the area there must be at least one offering a Winter Special! Thanks! In the past La Colombe has – not sure about this year.

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