Cosy dining: Eat Out star restaurants with a fireplace

As winter approaches, it may not be very appealing to leave the house due to the cold and rainy weather. However, we have compiled a list of Eat Out starred restaurants that are sure to offer a fantastic meal in a warm and cosy setting. 

These must-visit restaurants all feature a cosy fireplace, making them perfect for the winter season. 

Western Cape  

Chefs Warehouse at Maison 

 Awarded one star at the 2023 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards, Chefs Warehouse at Maison restaurant in Franschhoek has a farm-to-table approach. The menu is all about seasonality, comfort and freshness weaved together with sophistication to create a memorable dining experience. 


Located on  Waterkloof Wine Estate in Somerset West, this Eat Out one star restaurant focuses on seasonal cooking where the menu is informed by ingredients available during said season with a four and six course offering available. 

Creation Wines Tasting Room 

This Eat Out one-star restaurant is located in Hermanus and offers a seasonal menu with a wine pairing to match. The restaurant offers plant-based options, providing something for everyone. 

FABER at Avondale  

With a focus on a farm-to-fork approach, FABER at Avondale is located in the winelands town of Paarl.

The restaurant prides itself on its ethos, sourcing 95% of the ingredients used to create gastronomical dishes from the on-site farm. Sustainability is at the heart of this Eat Out one-star restaurant which offers an à la carte and a six-course menu. 

Le coin Français 

Le coin Français is an Eat Out one-star located in the small wine town of Franschhoek.

The menu embodies the heritage and cuisine of the French-inspired Franschhoek Valley and is prepared using innovative techniques and culinary flair. With two menus to choose from, each dish is curated to perfection. 

Protégé Restaurant 

 Located at Le Quartier Français, Protégé forms part of the renowned La Colombe group. The Eat Out one-star restaurant offers a casual fine dining experience with two menus on offer for both lunch and dinner.

The menu focuses on showcasing fresh seasonal produce merged with modern contemporary flair.


Situated on Longridge Wine Estate, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Rykaarts offers a wholesome family-style dining experience.

Awarded a one-star, Rykaarts offers a three-course family-style menu with wholesome food and exceptional service at the heart of its offering. 

The Table at De Meye 

Offering a three-course sharing-style menu, The Table at De Meye is an idyllic restaurant located in Stellenbosch. Awarded a one-star, the restaurant’s food philosophy and ethos are centred around locally sourced fresh ingredients.  


The suburban winelands area of Constantia is home to Beyond, an Eat Out two-star restaurant that focuses on offering contemporary country fare using seasonal and indigenous ingredients on its two, three and six-course menu. 


In the bustling heart of the Mother City and located on one of the city’s most popular roads, ëlgr is a modern casual restaurant offering a range of tapas-style sharing small plates and a range of larger dishes.

The Eat Out two-star restaurant offers a curated range of dishes showcasing a multicultural approach with the use of global flavours.  


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Located at Le Quartier Français, Epice, derived from the French word for spice, offers a a range of dishes inspired by India, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Denmark and the United States.

The two-star restaurant ensures that each curated dish is a spice-filled and flavour-packed journey for diners. 


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Offering contemporary casual fine dining, Foxcroft, situated in Constantia, is an exceptional Eat Out two-star restaurant that focuses on precision and excellence in all that it does.

Forming part of the La Colombe group, Foxcroft blends unique and simplistic flavours together to create a memorable dining experience. 


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Rust en Vrede 

This memorable Eat Out two-star restaurant is situated on one of the oldest wine estates in the Cape., Rust en Vrede is a tribute to exceptional food and wine. With a focus on precision and technique, the restaurant offers a six-course menu with the option of adding on a stellar wine pairing and the Experience menu.  

Spek & Bone  

At the core of the Eat Out two-star restaurant, Spek & Bone offers a modern fine dining experience located in Stellenbosch.

The menu features a range of dishes that take inspiration from local and global cuisine, sourcing produce and ingredients from local producers.  


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Arkeste by Richard Carstens   

Awarded three stars, Arkeste by Richard Carstens offers a relaxed fine dining experience on Chamonix Wine Estate, located on the outskirts of Franschhoek at the edge of the forest. 

With an ever-changing à la carte menu, Arkeste by Richard Cartens is a must-visit for diners seeking a remarkable dining experience, whether for a casual bite or a long, drawn-out dinner. 

Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia  

Central to this Eat Out three-star restaurant is its contemporary dining offering that features global flavours made from the finest local ingredients.

Located on the idyllic Beau Constantia wine farm with picturesque views of the rolling green vineyards, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia offers a four-course set menu. 

Salsify at The Roundhouse  

Awarded three stars, Salsify at The Roundhouse in Camps Bay is a fine dining restaurant that promises to wow with its use of local ingredients and unexpected flavour combinations.

Serving modern seasonal dishes, Salsify at The Roundhouse offers a reduced and Chefs menu. Diners can look forward to a memorable dining experience.  

Kwa-Zulu Natal 

The LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate  

Located in Pinetown, Durban, The Living Room is a fine dining restaurant that offers local cuisine with creative flair and elegance. ⁠ 

Awarded two stars, the fine dining restaurant prides itself on its strong focus on sustainability and conservation, using local and indigenous ingredients to create tantalising dishes. 

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve 

Restaurant Klein JAN  

Located in the remote area of the Kalahari and on South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu, Eat Out two-star Restaurant Klein JAN is a culinary marvel.

The fine dining restaurant offers a seven-course tasting menu with a wine pairing.  


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