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Where to eat out in Cape Town this Christmas

These spots are pulling out all the stops and dreaming up delicious dishes to make your Christmas the best day of the year.

#add Restaurant and Pool Bar at Radisson Blu Le Vendome (Sea Point)

Christmas buffet lunch: Expect starters of bread rolls with flavoured butters, fish ceviche, Caesar salad and sliced cold meats. Mains include honey-glazed turkey, Dijon-basted sirloin, and black cherry-glazed gammon with sides of green beans, ratatouille and potato bake. Cheesecake, Christmas cake, mince pies, malva pudding and chocolate puddings constitute the desserts. The cost is R650 per person.

A buffet at #add Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel (Camps Bay)

Christmas Eve dinner: This five-course dinner for the price of R1450 per person includes a welcome drink, canapés and gratuity. Menu highlights include citrus-cured salmon, Chalmar beef fillet, and a Valrhona chocolate dessert.
Christmas buffet lunch: Enjoy your special day with a buffet at Azure Restaurant with a massive variety of foods. Expect a bread selection, South African cold meats, salmon trout, smoked snoek, a carvery, dessert bar, and cold and warm buffet sections. The cost is R1250 per person and includes a welcome drink and gratuity.

The view at Azure Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Barristers (Newlands)

Christmas lunch: Tuck into a festive feast at this pub and grill with a set menu for R380 per person. The offering will include pork terrine and chicken liver pâté to start, followed by Barristers Christmas steak or chicken cordon bleu. Desserts include a brandy Christmas pudding or ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Belthazar (V&A Waterfront)

Christmas day lunch: Celebrate with a rib-sticking Christmas lunch at this Waterfront grill. The three-course menu will cost R1150 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Expect dishes like oysters or shrimp cocktail, traditional roasted turkey and rare roast sirloin or fresh seafood platters. Dessert comprises Christmas pudding or pavlova. The meal will end off with tea or coffee and freshly baked mince pies.

Some of the usual offerings at the Conservatory. Photo supplied.

The Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia)

Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch: Celebrate in style in the picturesque setting of The Cellars-Hohenort. Both dinner and lunch will cost R950 per person and will include a welcome drink and Christmas crackers. The cost includes four plated courses, plus mains served family-style with trimmings, and petit fours. The menu will feature the likes of tuna tataki, slow-cooked Karoo lamb, and an African chocolate yule log for dessert.

Café Paradiso (Gardens)

Book your spot and enjoy the Christmas lunch set menu at Café Paradiso. At R750 per person, you will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles. Expect starters of beef carpaccio, mustard and parmesan dressing, capers, radish, ciabatta croutons and rockets. Mains include grilled sole, baby potato crush, fine beans, lemon, brown butter and capers. To round it all off, the dessert menu boasts items of Christmas strawberry and vanilla trifle, lemon meringue, Banoffee pie fridge tart, baked cheese cake and paradise tiramisu. Booking is essential. The menu also caters to children at a cost of R55.

Foxcroft (Constantia)

This stylish spot will be hosting a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch. Each event will cost R1200 per person.

Ginja (V&A Waterfront)

Tuck into a rustic buffet feast for the whole family at R625 per person. Seats are limited and booking is essential.

One of La Colombe’s desserts. Photo supplied.

La Colombe (Constantia)

Treat the family to a fine-dining Christmas feast at La Colombe. The eight-course Christmas menu is available for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch for R2000 per person.

La Mer Restaurant & Grill at Radisson Blu Le Vendome (Sea Point)

Christmas lunch: Tuck into a delicious six-course Christmas lunch for R750 per person. Dishes to look forward to include an asparagus salad with eggs, leeks, saffron aioli, caper berries and pea tendrils paired with frozen rooibos gin cubes topped with tonic; foie gras with caramelised onion marmalade, a balsamic reduction and Melba toast paired with Waterford Chardonnay; and a peppered fillet with radsh puree, potato parmesan fondant and a garden vegetable, paired with Delaire Shiraz. The apple crumble cannot be missed, paired with a cinnamon crème cocktail.

Enjoy bubbly and the view at La Mer. Photo supplied.

La Mouette (Sea Point)

A six-course tasting menu at R850 per person will be available from 24 December until 26 December. Highlights include truffle egg with port reduction; seared tuna with black garlic mayonnaise; herb gnocchi with chestnuts and mushrooms; and a Cape Malay dessert with coconut, mango sorbet and curry raisin purée.

The Lookout Deck (Hout Bay)

Christmas day lunch: Enjoy a set menu with beautiful harbour views at this popular spot. The cost is R350 per person and R175 for children under the age of 12. The menu includes dishes like prawn and avo ritz, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and Christmas pudding sundae.

ON19 at The Westin (City Bowl)

Christmas Day lunch: Enjoy a buffet with various seafood starters, potted salads, finger bites, desserts, cheeses and breads. The main course comes as a set menu with choices between honey-glazed turkey roulade, confit duck, onion-and-sage stuffing, apple chermoula, cinnamon-butternut purée and gratin potato; rib-eye steak with King Oyster mushrooms and a blue cheese crumble, cherry vinegar gel and chocolate oil; or mint tagliatelle with pea, miso-roasted mushrooms, salted ricotta and lemon-and-sage beurre blanc. The cost per person is R750 and booking is essential.

The buffet at ON19. Photo supplied.

On the Rocks (Bloubergstrand)

Christmas Day lunch: Treat the family to a three-course set menu for R450 per person or half price for children under eight years of age. Tuck into delicious pimento roasted duck leg, house-smoked gammon, roasted baby sweet potatoes and butter-poached langoustines. Also included is an amuse bouche and tea or coffee.

Ons Huisie (Bloubergstrand)

Traditional Christmas lunch: Bite into freshly baked bread and pâté on arrival, then sit down for the three-course lunch plus tea or coffee for R450 per person. Children under the age of eight can enjoy the lunch at half-price. Booking is essential.

The President Hotel (Bantry Bay)

Christmas day lunch: Enjoy the spectacular buffet at the President Hotel, consisting of a variety of starters, sides, a carvery section and a sugar station. Mains to look forward to include turkey roulade with cranberry sauce, honey-roasted gammon with apple sauce and roast Karoo lamb. At the sugar station you’ll find trifles, ginger brownies, Christmas mince pies and a selection of cheeses and preserves. The cost is R550 per person, with children under the age of 12 paying R225 and children under the age of four eat for free.

A dessert at the President Hotel. Photo supplied.

Shimmy Beach Club (V&A Waterfront)

Christmas Day buffet: Enjoy the buffet feast at R950 per person. Children between the ages of four and 12 pay R275, and toddlers under the age of three eat for free. The buffet offers a wide variety of starters, mains and desserts. There will be a sushi selection, featuring fashion sandwiches, roses, and California rolls. Asian tapas dishes include dim sum, har gow and more. Mains include fire-roasted leg of Karoo lamb with thyme-infused jus, pistachio-encrusted turkey breast with sweet roasted prune and a pistachio centre. Look forward to desserts of Christmas pudding with brandy custard, pineapple fridge tart, Lindt chocolate mousse and berry cheesecake. Booking is essential.

Shimmy Beach Club. Photo supplied.

Thirty7 (City Bowl)

Christmas buffet lunch: Adults pay R695 per person while children between the ages of six and 11 years pay R345. Look forward to dishes like Madras lamb curry, oysters, prawn tails, sticky plum lamb ribs, roast beef and gammon. Desserts include apple baklava, Christmas pudding, cream horns, Eton mess and mince pies.

Tobago’s (V&A Waterfront)

Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch: Enjoy a variety of dishes and live entertainment this Christmas Eve at Tobago’s. Adults pay R795 per person which includes the live entertainment, three-course meal, a welcome drink and Christmas crackers. Christmas Day brings along a buffet lunch at R960 per adult. This includes live entertainment, the buffet, a welcome drink and Christmas crackers.

Trees Restaurant at Townhouse Hotel (City Bowl)

Christmas Day lunch: Enjoy the buffet for R485 per person, including an arrival drink. Expect dishes like turkey-and-bacon skewers, Coke-and-brandy glazed gammon, butternut fondant and smoked snoek and vegetable salad, amongst many others. Desserts include gingerbread mousse and Christmas pudding.
Christmas Day dinner: Or go for dinner at R278 per person, which includes a welcome drink. Mains include Coke-and-brandy glazed gammon, seared duck breast, and roasted lamb leg. They’re all served with table servings of hasselback potatoes, savoury rice and vegetables. Dessert is a choice between Christmas pudding with vanilla pod anglaise and candied orange and pistachio ice cream and a dark chocolate and peach trifle with macadamia nuts.

Park Inn by Radisson (Newlands)

Christmas buffet lunch: For R425 per person, enjoy the range of festive eats at this Newlands hotel. Expect a salad bar, salad condiments, stir fries, various vegetables, a butternut-and-cinnamon soup and some traditional desserts. Main courses include roast beef sirloin, gammon with honey and pineapple, and curried chicken breasts. Children under the age of 12 will receive the same fare for half the price.

Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town (V&A Waterfront)

Christmas day buffet lunch: From 12.30pm to 3pm, eat as much as you can from the festive offering for R1 450, which includes Christmas crackers and a welcome glass of bubbly. Start off at the build-your-own salad station before heading to the vast array of starters. Mains include dishes like free-range turkey, Thai coconut calamari curry, slow-roasted prime rib of Chalmar beef and roast leg of Karoo lamb. Finish off with desserts like rosemary and white chocolate cake, Christmas macaroons and frosted mince pies. Lunch will be accompanied by live music by Amy Tjasink.
Christmas Eve buffet dinner: From 6.30pm to 10pm, eat as much as you can from the festive offering for R1 450, which includes Christmas crackers and a welcome glass of bubbly. Start off at the build-your-own salad station before heading to the vast array of starters. Mains include dishes like free-range turkey, Sri Lankan red chicken curry, slow-roasted prime rib of Chalmar beef and Siu Yuk pork belly. Finish off with desserts like brandied chocolate-cherry cake, candy cane fudge, mini pecan pies and candied fruit cupcakes. Lunch will be accompanied by live music by swing singer Ricky Botsis.

A dish at Reuben’s. Photo supplied.

Stonebreakers Restaurant (V&A Waterfront)

Christmas day lunch: For R455 per person, enjoy delicious options items from the carvery like whole roast turkey with pork chipolatas, roast leg of lamb with mint sauce, Cape malay chicken korma with sambals, and oven-baked salmon with beurre blanc sauce. Desserts include Christmas pudding with brandy butter and custard, mince pies with clotted cream and a triple-chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Also included is a sushi bar and various salads and cheeses. Booking is essential.

The Square Restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel (Newlands)

Christmas Eve dinner: Celebrate with a buffet for R550 per person. Highlights include beef tartare, beef sirloin, butter-roasted turkey breast and Christmas pudding with plum ice-cream. Children pay half price or can order off the a la carte menu.

The Square Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu (V&A Waterfront)

Christmas Eve dinner: Spoil your family to a delicious three-course Christmas Eve dinner this year at just R795 per person. It includes a welcome drink, amuse bouche, plated starter, buffet main course, plated dessert, crackers and live entertainment.
Christmas day buffet lunch: At R965 per person, guests can tuck into the Christmas day buffet lunch at Tobago’s. This includes a welcome drink, crackers and live entertainment. There will be a salad bar, a huge selection of starters, soups, a carvery and a buffet of mains. Desserts include steamed citrus and pecan-nut Christmas pudding with brandy cream, dark chocolate brownies and caramelised pear and cardamom crème brûlée. Kids under five years eat for free. Booking is essential.

The terrace at Tobago’s. Photo supplied.

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