May 15, 2012
Cape Town restaurants with fireplaces
Winter in Cape Town is the perfect opportunity to combine three favourite winter pastimes: sampling great cuisine, enjoying good company and sitting in front of a roaring fire.
Tempting as it may be to stay indoors snuggled up under the warm covers, there are so many delicious restaurants with warm fireplaces to visit this season.
From beautiful sea views and delicious seafood at Polana in Kalk Bay, to the mouth-watering French delights at La Mouette in Sea Point and the tantalising treats at Catherina’s in Constantia, you and your loved ones can enjoy award-winning gourmet dining while keeping warm and having a good time.
Beat those wintery chills by visiting any of these fantastic restaurants in the Mother City, which boast tasty meals and even more impressive fireplaces:
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Harbour House V&A Waterfront
Warm yourself in front of the huge, toasty fireplace at the V&A Waterfront’s stylish Harbour House. Then, feast to your heart’s content on their superb winter menu.
Location: Quay 4,V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0) 418 4744
Coffee produced in the classic Italian-style, home-made burgers and a warm fire place for those chilly winter morings. Located in the heart of the city's entertainment hub, Long Street.
Location: 138 Long Street
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 1124
The Opal Lounge
With an exquisitely decorated interior and cocktail lounge bar, the Opal Lounge is an ideal venue for any occasion.
Location: 30 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 4747
This welcoming establishment, set up in a renovated Georgian-style house, takes pride in using seasonal produce for its gourmet menu.
Location: 50 Orange Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 2100
Rick’s Café Americain
Rick’s Café Americain boasts a cocktail bar, cosy loft lounge and incredible mountain views.
Location: 2 Park Road, Gardens
Contact: + 27 (0)21 424 1100
Rafiki’s Restaurant & Bar
For a chilled vibe, delicious meals, comedians and live bands, try Rafiki’s.
Location: 13 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof
Contact: +27 (0)21 426 4731
La Mouette restaurant
What can possibly be more romantic than French cuisine served in front of a romantic fire at La Mouette?
Location: 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 433 0856
For those in search of a cosy meal with a view, Polana is famous for its stunning sea views and delicious steak dishes.
Location: Harbour House, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 788 7162
96 Winery Road
This inviting countryside venue is best known for its excellent service and inspired seasonal menu.
Location: 96 Winery Road Restaurant, Winery Road, Zandberg Farm, Somerset West
Contact: +27 (0)21 842 2020
The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Spectacular views of the Winelands and absolutely mouth-watering food make a visit to the Waterkloof restaurant a must.
Location: Waterkloof, Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West
Contact: +27 (0)21 858 1491
Catharina’s, at the Steenberg Estate, specialises in South African cuisine with spectacular views of False Bay.
Location: 10802 Steenberg Estate, Tokai Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0)21 713 2222
Constantia Nek Restaurant
The Mother City’s oldest restaurant keeps you warm this winter with its tasty delights and a hearty hearth.
Location: 1 Hout Bay Road , Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 794 5132
Unwind with a glass of wine and scrumptious French cuisine in front of a blazing fire at the quaint brasserie, Pastis, in Constantia.
Location: Shop 12, High Constantia Centre, Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 794 8334
For a relaxed meal with friends, Café Roux is the perfect choice for visitors looking to unwind in a cosy environment.
Location: Noordhoek Village
Contact: +27 (0)21 789 2538
The Roundhouse offers guests contemporary French cuisine, rare wines and brilliant service.
Location: The Glen, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 4347
Chapman's Peak Restaurant
Established 25 years ago, the Chapman's Peak Restaurant is especially popular for its calamari and magnificent wine cellar.
Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 790 1036
Poplars Restaurant offers guests a variety-rich menu in a sophisticated setting.
Location: M13, Durbanville
Contact: +27 (0)21 975 5736
Sexy yet stylish, Blake’s Bar is the perfect hot spot for patrons with taste. Guaranteed to raise your temperature with its roaring fireplace, Blake’s also has a yummy menu.
Location: Blake’s Bar, 189 Buitengracht Street
Contact: + 27 (0)21 422 4747
Greens in Plattekloof
The Northern Suburbs outlet of the popular Greens franchise not only serves the tasty meals we’ve some to associated with their excellent restaurants, but knows just how to keep us warm with their delightful bonfire.
Location: Greens, Shop 8, Plattekloof Village Centre, Cnr Plattekloof and Olienhout Drive, Plattekloof
Contact: +27 (0)21 558 0855
Worthy of the hour-long drive to Riebeek Valley, Cafe Felix offers warmth all round with its toasty hearth and delicious meals.
Location: Cafe Felix, 7 Kerkstraat, Riebeek Kasteel
Contact: +27 (0)22 448 1170
Nothing beats feeling warm and fuzzy thanks to the superb meals and not one but two gigantic fireplaces at Constantia Uitsig’s River Cafe.
Location: River Cafe,Constantia Uitsig, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Contact: + 27 (0)21 794 3010
Mambo’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Celebrate the chilly season and good food in front of the gorgeous fireplace at the restored cottage that houses Mambo’s in Plumstead.
Location: Mambo’s, 3 Gray Road, Plumstead
Contact: +27 (0)21 797 6341
The Silver Tree Restaurant
Beauty, luxury and warmth await you at the renowned Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Indulge in the tranquility of your surroundings, while dining on fantastic food in front of their impressive hearth.
Location: The Silver Tree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Contact: +27 (0)21 762 9585
Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub
Cozy up to the fireside with great company and fantastic music at the recently refurbished Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub in bohemian Observatory this winter.
Location: Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub, 135 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Contact: +27 (0)21 460 0458
El Burro in Green Point
For a spicy meal, tequilas and a hot fire, visit the Mexican restaurant, El Burro in Green Point.
Location: El Burro, 81 Main Road, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 433 2364
Massimo’s Pizza Club
This delicious Italian style restaurant, with its pizza oven and roaring fire place, offers double the warmth and triple the gourmet pleasure, makes it worth the long drive out to Hout Bay.
Location: Massimo’s Pizza Club, Scarecrows, Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 790 5648
You’ll be in seventh heaven thanks to the fabulous food, service and fireplace at Cafe Paradiso in Upper Kloof Street.
Location: Café Paradiso, 110 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)861 623 263
Ocean Basket On Kloof
Pop in for lunch or supper at this warm restaurant in trendy Kloof Street.
Location: 75 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0322
Jonkershuis restaurant at Groot Constantia
Deep in the Constantia Winelands, you will find food, wine and a fire to warm body and soul at Jonkershuis.
Location: Jonkershuis restaurant, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 794 6255
A roaring fire, breathtaking views and irresistible food.
Location: Simon’s Restaurant, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 794 1143