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8 restaurants in Pretoria with great views

All the good chefs will tell you that you eat with your eyes first. Although they’re mostly referring to making food look good, we all know that a side order of beautiful backdrops makes any dining experience a little bit more enjoyable, so we scoured the capital city for the best views.

Altitude Supper Club and Champagne Garden (Menlyn Maine)

For a ritzy rooftop experience, head on over to Altitude. The only thing better looking than the well-heeled clientele is the magnificent view, and a regular line-up of SA’s most soulful DJs means your ears are also in for a treat. The Afro-Asian menu boasts flavoursome creations like slow-cooked lamb curry, bobotie spring rolls and shredded duck. There’s also a full sushi menu. Order a glass of bubbly from their impressive champagne and MCC collection, sit back and enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds.

 

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The Blue Crane (Nieuw Muckleneuk)

This serene spot in the heart of Pretoria’s diplomatic hub offers a relaxing atmosphere, an unpretentious menu and the chance to see South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, from the expansive wooden decks. Tucked away in the Melk street cul-de-sac with plentiful parking, the restaurant overlooks the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary. Try the Sunday breakfast or lunch buffet and treat the whole family to a meal with a view.

 

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De Kloof (Waterkloof)

Located on the Waterkloof Golf Estate, De Kloof offers mouth-watering fine-dining options and beautiful views to boot. Order a craft beer or glass of vino from the first-class wine list and feast your eyes on a fine sunset over Pretoria’s leafiest suburbs. With unusual items like geelbek, blesbok and eland on the menu, there’s something for every palate.

 

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 Forti’s Bar and Grill (Menlyn)

For breathtaking views and some of the city’s finest dining, book a table at Forti’s, one of the flagship establishments at the Time Square complex. The beautiful backdrop is complemented by a sophisticated interior and Chef Fortunato Mazzone – of Ritrovo fame – goes out of his way to ensure that every detail of the dining experience is exceptional. Gourmet Italian fare makes up the core of the menu and there’s an extensive selection of innovative vegetarian options, like the shiitake mushroom, pea and mint risotto. Fans of the grill will enjoy sinking their teeth into prime cuts of grass-fed beef.

 

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La Terrasse Rooftop Café and Deli (Menlo Park)

This secret little daytime rooftop eatery offers that one thing we all crave from time to time: escapism. It’s easy to shake off the mundanities of the daily grind when you’re sipping on mint tea or a hibiscus cooler while overlooking the Moroccan-themed courtyard. Meal options include exotic treats like the lamb tagine, mussels in an apple-and-saffron cream or the orange, date and walnut salad.

 

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Moonshot Café (Waterkloof Glen)

This quirky café is located on the fourth floor of Menlyn Corporate Park. There’s a bit of access admin to get through, but don’t be put off: the panoramic views alone make up for the bit of extra schlepp. And if that’s not enough, visit for the yummy coffee or reasonably priced meals (the quesadillas are scrumptious, as are the wraps). Although this is mostly a daytime spot, Moonshot is often open until later on a Friday evening. Keep an eye on their Insta account for special live music evenings with rocking bands, or awesome events featuring bottomless beer and bubbly. 

 

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Priva Gastrolounge (Waterkloof Heights)

One of Pretoria’s top sundowner spots, Priva is just the place for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. The pork belly and grilled sole are just two of the favourites on the à la carte menu, which is complemented by an impressive selection of cigars, cognac, fine wines and single malts. The experience is completed with a set of live jazz from Wednesdays to Saturdays. 

Skyline Rooftop Restaurant and Bar (Arcadia)

Tasty food, delicious drinks and gorgeous views of the Union Buildings? Don’t mind if we do! Located on the fifth floor of the new Protea Hotel at Loftus Park, this breezy rooftop eatery boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a delicious pizza and tapas menu (try the slow-cooked pork belly tacos) and extensive drinks selection. It’s ideal for a chilled bite to eat, after-work drinks or a snazzy date. There are live DJs on Friday and Saturday evenings, adding uplifting beats to this buzzing new spot.

The view from Skyline

The view from Skyline. Photo supplied.

Did we miss your favourite restaurant with a breathtaking view in Pretoria? Let us know in the comments section below.

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