For this season’s summer-style dining, head to one of these Cape Town restaurants for sunny garden lunches or breezy seaside dinners.
Boasting a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean from the terrace at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, Azure Restaurant is a perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch during the summer months. Guests can enjoy dishes like line fish ceviche, seafood platters, Chalmar beef rib eye, Cape Malay curry, and traditional créme brûlée for dessert.
Adjacent to Steenberg’s winery, this restaurant opens onto a beautiful indigenous garden and reflective water features. Try dishes like beef tataki, roasted pork belly, and chocolate torte. Also pop in for tapas or a decadent breakfast. The outdoor dining area of eight tables and two lounge areas is open on a first-come, first-serve basis and is subject to availability and weather. You can also enjoy a wine tasting at the adjoining tasting room and deck.
Situated at Glen Country Club in Clifton, this restaurant boasts a 180-degree view of the icy Atlantic. Whether you’d like to catch some sun at the pool deck or dine in the shaded area on the comfortable chairs with soft cushions, the view of the ocean can still be appreciated. Food ranges from sushi and seafood platters to burgers and steaks.
Sit in the shade underneath the oak trees or beneath the gazebos and umbrellas. Try the signature Sunday roast or opt for their five-course tasting menu. The restaurant also offers relaxed farm-style breakfasts.
This is an excellent location for kids. The outdoor dining area offers a few tables to choose from, with a view of the cafe’s fenced-in Rocklands Park. The kids are free to run about and explore the play area built just for them while mom and dad relax. The food is fairly simple, café-style fare with easy-eating breakfasts and lunches available.
This spot is ideal for outdoor feasting. The venue, which is equipped with a bistro, beerhall and Manor restaurant, also offers outdoor enjoyment with the shade of a 300-year old oak tree on the rolling lawns. Feast on exciting dishes from pizzas and snack boards to gourmet burgers and mains fresh off the smoker.
A busy local haunt with laid-back outdoor tables overlooking the white sands of Hout Bay beach, Dunes is a great place to spend the day. The vast menu includes steaks, ribs, burgers, salads and, of course, seafood. There’s also plenty of space for kids to run and play.
Book a sunny spot outside the restaurant next to the fountain and enjoy a lazy day in leafy Constantia, with a lovely buzz from the surrounding restaurants. Order the R435 menu where you get any two tapas, a main and a dessert. Look forward to dishes like crispy pork cheek with tamarind; Boerenkaas ravioli with pickled butternut; and banana cake with coffee and rum.
This restaurant boasts two designated outdoor areas – one with seating under cover and the other without. Both areas provide guests with heaters and blankets for chillier Cape evenings. The enchanted Secret Garden seats up to 60 guests and the beautiful fairy lights add to the whimsical feel. Go for the butter chicken curry or Chalmar beef with bone marrow butter. End with the dark chocolate fondant.
The cobblestone courtyard, with its fountain and surrounding garden beds, makes up for missing panoramic city or ocean views. Try chef Henry Vigar’s five-course tasting menu at R445 per person, which includes dishes like prawn doughnuts, truffle-and-cheese croquettes, tuna tartare, and kudu loin. Save space for the Ferrero Rocher chocolate dessert. Also book a spot at one of their al fresco tapas evenings on Sundays.
Sitting on the spectacular wooden deck suspended over the water, you can watch the harbour bustle with boats, frolicking seals and local fisherman weighing their catch of the day. Seafood and sushi is the order of the day, with a great variety of options. To make a day of it, take the MyCiti bus and stop off at the Hout Bay market for some post-lunch shopping.
Situated on Constantia Uitsig wine farm, this family-friendly restaurant offers ample outdoor seating for summer days. Enjoy a tasting and some lunch on the front terrace, or grab a table on the popular deck where the little ones can play on the outdoor jungle gym. Brunches are popular here, with delicious eggy dishes, while lunches might feature dishes like rib-eye steak with crispy potatoes or white onion risotto.
This popular space on the rooftop of the Silo Hotel offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Mother City. The lounge-style reclined seating is ideal for lazy days in the sun while the tempura bar, fresh oysters and flowing bubbles will keep guests happy until sundown. The rooftop location is for hotel guests, but is open to the public by prior reservation.
This suburban eatery has a popular outdoor seating area in the garden out back, with shade from the trees and a charming, relaxed atmosphere. Pot plants, teapots and greenery surround you as you enjoy your meal. The menu is unpretentious, featuring comfort food dishes like salmon Benedict for breakfast and open sandwiches, wraps and wholesome salads for lunch.
This casual spot atop the roof of the new Radisson RED Hotel is an ideal spot for all-day summer sippers by the pool. The deli counter features morning bites like croissants and flapjacks, while afternoons and evenings will see options like mac ’n cheese, burgers, pizzas, and meat-and-cheese boards. Wash it all down with craft beers from the bright red truck bar.
Pizza, beer and views of the Sea Point promenade is what you’ll get here. On sunny days, the busy terrace is prime position, but it’s the built-in lounge area that’s hot property. Gather a group and book your spot for a long, lazy lunch in the sun.
If there were a prize for best restaurant view, there’s a good chance this spot, on Lion’s Head’s lower slopes, would take it. Rumbullion consists of a couple of tiered lawns and picnic tables, which look out over Camps Bay and out towards the Twelve Apostles mountain range. This is a great spot for picnics, pizzas with sundowners, or relaxing breakfasts with a view.
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