10 restaurants with fireplaces in Cape Town

Posted by Kerry Peers on 16 August 2012 Tags:,

With the icy weather outside, it’s tempting to want to stay curled up under a blanket at home. We’ve found the perfect antidote to the cold – a hot meal in front of a roaring fireplace.

Winter restaurants with fireplaces in Cape Town


1. Moyo, Kirstenbosch

Look out onto the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens while enjoying the cosy and intimate glow of the large fireplace. You can expect quality dining, personal service and warmth under the tree-like wooden columns in these world-renowned surroundings. Tel 021-762-9585


2. Harbour House, Kalk Bay

Situated on the breakwater in the quaint working harbor in Kalk Bay, you can watch the waves crash on the rocks below through the floor to ceiling windows while staying cosy and warm in front of the central log fire. The interior of the restaurant is reminiscent of an up market beach cottage, with white being the dominating colour, from the floors to the furniture and the exposed rafters. Tel 021-788-4133


3. Constantia Nek Restaurant, Constantia

This restaurant, situated at the top of Constantia Nek pass, boasts the title of oldest restaurant in Cape Town and offers brilliant views over the Constantia Valley and False Bay. Settle in for a hearty meal at this comfortable, rustic establishment. Tel 021-794-5132


4. Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia

This restaurant is filled with a rich cultural history, making you feel as though you are eating in an early 19th century farmhouse. The vast menu features a healthy blend of traditional Malay classics and other contemporary favourites. There is a double sided fireplace in the main dining area, while the function room adjacent to the main restaurant has a fireplace at each end. Tel 021- 794-6255


5. Societi Bistro, Gardens

This renovated old Georgian-style house with its exposed brick walls, fireplace and welcoming atmosphere, has been described as ‘a home away from home’. The menu offers a range of accessible food and is adapted seasonally. The Chef’s Table in the House Kitchen allows up to 12 guests to collaborate with the chefs and create their own dishes using seasonal ingredients. Tel 021-424-2100


6. Starlings, Kenilworth

Starlings Cafe is an old Victorian house that has been charmingly transformed into an inviting cafe. All food is natural and home-made, with a constantly changing menu. A magnificent fire warms the interior in the winter. Enticing baked treats are proudly displayed in bell jars on a central table. Tel 021-671-6875


7. Anatoli, Greenpoint

This authentic Turkish restaurant is housed in a Victorian warehouse dating back to 1904. An intimate atmosphere is created by the warm hued draping that lines the walls. The 22 mezes that are on offer are brought to the table on oversized trays, accompanied by freshly baked flat breads. A great variety of main dishes are also available, as well as the traditional Turkish sweets that cover the dessert tray. Tel 021-419-2501


8. Peddlars on the Bend, Constantia

The relaxed yet elegant interior of Peddlars is the perfect place to keep warm this winter. The menu features modern takes on traditional favourites, with simple yet bold flavours. For a more informal evening, enjoy a drink in the restaurant’s friendly bar. Tel 021-794-7747


9. The Red Herring, Noordhoek

Take in the rustic charm and roaring winter fires of the restaurant while enjoying a homemade thin based pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. Upstairs from the restaurant is the less formal Skebanga’s pub, complete with its own fireplace and amazing sea views. Tel 021-789-1783


10. 96 on Winery, Stellenbosch

Make sure to sit near one of the two large fireplaces when visiting this rustic country restaurant in winter. 96 on Winery boasts an extensive, award winning wine list while fresh ingredients and rich sauces form the base of the menu, famous for its aged beef steaks. Tel 021-842-2020