Where to find your Christmas feast in Cape Town

Spending Christmas away from home can be daunting. You want to be sure you’ve found a good place, within your budget, to sit down with your friends or family and tuck into a delicious feast. Luckily we’ve done the legwork for you, so take your pick from the sumptuous options below, make your booking, and relax. We’ve got you. Here are our top choices for festive feasting in Cape Town, 2017.

Note: Prices were accurate at the time of writing, but please check with the restaurant as they may be subject to change. Bookings are going fast, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

Taj Hotel, City Bowl

The Taj is decking the halls with some seriously drool-worthy dinners. Both Mint and Bombay Brasseire are open for Christmas Eve, with set menus for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Mint will delight with a five-course dinner filled with fusion flavours—pressed confit duck, seabass gravlax, turkey Ballantine, and a light berry dessert. Brasserie is offering six courses of Eastern-inspired dishes, including turkey raan filo ‘puchka’, tandoor, and gulab jamun cheesecake. If you’re after something sophisticated and different, the Taj is the place to be.

Cost: Mint is R450, and Bombay Brasserie is R895
When:
24 December
Where: Taj Hotel, 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre
Website: 
tajcapetown.co.za
Menu: 
kreatifkouki.com

Galileo Open Air Cinema, Kirstenbosch

This isn’t technically a meal option, but it’s great for those looking for a fun and affordable way to spend Christmas. The Galileo Open Air Cinema will be screening the classic, The Santa Claus, at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Tickets get you a backrest, picnic blanket, something sweet to eat, and festive decor. You can pack your own picnic, or buy food at the venue. There are halaal and vegetarian options, and you’ll find a huge selection including popcorn, craft beers and ciders, nachos and burritos, pizza, burgers, and boerewors rolls. Rumour has it that Santa and his helpers will be paying The Galileo a friendly visit. This is a great option for families with kids, and what better way to spend a Cape Town Christmas than lounging on the grass with a picnic and ice cold drinks.

Cost: R150
When:
25 December, starting 5pm (the film starts at 8.30pm)
Website: 
thegalileo.co.za
Menu: 
Whatever you pack in your picnic basket! Food, snacks and drinks will be available at the venue too.

Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay

The Azure Restaurant and Atlantic Terrace Marquee at Twelve Apostles are doing both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. On Christmas Eve, guests will be welcomed with a glass of Sangria before settling in for an indulgent five-course set menu. There is a choice of Chalmar beef fillet or citrus-roasted duck for mains.

On Christmas Day, they’re serving up a buffet-style Christmas feast. There will be crackers and Christmas hats to wear while you tuck into the spread. There’s roast turkey with cranberry sauce and mushroom stuffing, apple, honey and thyme glazed pork rack with crispy crackling, and roasted vegetables. Father Christmas will also be making an appearance, and on both days there will be live entertainment, so expect things to get festive!

Cost: Christmas Eve is R1450; Christmas Day is R1250
When:
24 December at 7pm; 25 December from 12.30pm
Website: 
12apostleshotel.com
Menu: 
Chrismas Eve; Christmas Day 

Twelve Apostles Hotel Views

Radisson Blu Le Vendome, Seapoint

The #add Restaurant and Pool Bar and La Mer are both open for Christmas lunch. At #add, there’s an expansive buffet lunch with honey-glazed turkey, Dijon-basted sirloin, and black cherry-glazed gammon, along with vegetables and salad. Be sure to leave room for dessert—there is cheesecake, Christmas cake, mince pies, malva pudding, and chocolate pudding.

La Mer Restaurant and Grill has put together a sophisticated six-course menu, with highlights like foie gras with caramelised onion marmalade, peppered fillet with radish puree and a potato parmesan fondant, and apple crumble. Each course is paired with a cocktail or glass of wine.

Cost: #add is R650; La Mer is R750
When:
25 December
Website:
 radissonblu.com
Menu:
#addLa Mer

Belthazar, V&A Waterfront

Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar offering a festive family Christmas overlooking the harbour, with views of Table Mountain. They’re open for Christmas lunch and are serving a three-course set menu. there are choices of traditional roasts, seafood dishes, and mouthwatering desserts. Guests will be greeted with a welcoming glass of bubbly and a Christmas cracker to get into the festive spirit.

Cost: R1,150 
When: 
25 December 12-4pm
Website: 
belthazar.co.za
Menu: 
belthazar.co.za

Balducci, V&A Waterfront

Balducci is one of the Waterfront’s oldest restaurants, and they’re the place to be for a traditional but elegant Christmas lunch. There will be seafood, turkey, and traditional Christmas pudding! Platters of mains will be brought to the tables to share, giving a real family-feel to the dining experience. 
Cost Adults:  (includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival)

Cost: R999
When:
25 December 12-4pm
Website: 
balduccis.co.za
Menu: 
balduccis.co.za

La Colombe, Constantia

La Colombe was awarded the honour of 7th best restaurant in the world in 2017. They’re opening their doors for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with an eight-course menu that is guaranteed to delight the senses. This is fine-dining and is best for those without kids. The menu is not available to the public at this stage, but we have faith that they’ll pull out all the stops to impress even the most discerning palates.

Cost: R2000
When:
24-25 December
Website: 
lacolombe.co.za
Menu: 
You’ll have to wait and see!

Barristers, Newlands

Barristers is a great option for those looking for a casual and affordable feast. There is a set menu to enjoy, with a choice of Barristers Christmas steak or chicken cordon bleu for mains, and all the trimmings to make it a festive experience.

Cost: R380 per person
When: 
25 December, from 11am 
Website: 
barristersgrill.co.za
Menu: 
barristersgrill.co.za

Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront

Shimmy is back by popular demand for its annual Christmas feast! Guests can enjoy the lavish feast while enjoying unbeatable ocean views, against the backdrop of Table Mountain. There are also two pools and a designated kid’s play area, which make it the perfect venue for a real Souther-Hemisphere Christmas celebration.

Cost: Kids 0-3 eat free; kids 4-11 pay R275; adults pay R950
When: 
25 December from 11am 
Website: 
shimmybeachclub.com
Menu: 
shimmybeachclub.com

Mount Nelson

Christmas Eve kicks off at the Nellie with a stylish five-course dinner. The Christmas Day offering is immense: choose between a set lunch menu, a buffet-style feast, and a sophisticated three-course dinner. These meals are a classy affair, so dress smartly.

Cost: Christmas Eve is R1,825; Christmas Day buffet is R1,325 foir adults or R610 for kids; the Chirstmas Day set menu is R1,825; and the Christmas Day dinner is R990
When:
24-25 December, from 12:30pm
Website: 
belmond.com
Menu: 
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Belmond Mount Nelson Cape Town

Erinvale, Somerset West

Erinvale in Somerset West is serving up a Christmas Eve dinner with a set menu in their Zeventeen07 Restaurant, as well as a Christmas lunch buffet in the Camphor Ballroom. Expect traditional Christmas fare with a modern, elegant twist.

Cost: Set menu for only R585 per person in our Seventeen07 Restaurant Christmas Lunch Buffet Monday 25 December 2017 R680 per person in our Camphor Ballroom
When: 24 December at 7:30pm; 25 December at 12:30pm
Website: 
erinvale.co.za
Menu: 
erinvale.co.za

Jonkershuis, Constantia

Groot Constantia’s Jonkershuis Restaurant is a great option for families, with its expansive lawns and duck ponds. They’re doing Christmas lunch with highlights such as Franschhoek salmon trout, smoked pork belly, and roast chicken.

Cost: Adults are R840; kids under 12 are R392 (these prices include a service charge)
When: 25 Decemeber, 12-5pm
Website: 
jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
Menu: 
jonkershuisconstantia.co.za

Foxcroft, Constantia

Foxcroft is a relative newcomer on Cape Town’s foodie scene. They do incredible tapas-style fine-dining, in an elegant but casual setting. They’re serving a six-course set menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu remains a mystery but is sure to be special and delicious.

Cost: R1,200
When:
24 December evening; 25 December lunchtime
Website: 
foxcroft.co.za
Menu: 
It’ll be a surprise!

La Mouette, Seapoint

La Mouette is another of Cape Town’s favourites, located in the bustling area of Seapoint. For Christmas lunch, guests can expect a six-course menu followed by delicate Christmas petits fours. The menu is not available to the public yet but should be up soon.

Cost: R850 (R1,450 with wine-pairing)
When:
25 December, 12-3pm
Website: 
lamouette-restaurant.co.za
Menu: 
Check their website for updates

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