Do you hear that? Could it be? Is Mariah Carey singing about getting smooched underneath the mistletoe and Boney M about a white Christmas? Is it really that time of year again? That’s right, gird your nerves because the festive season is barrelling toward us with the momentum of the rolling boulder in the Indiana Jones movie. But rather than subject yourself to the stress of hosting your annual Christmas luncheon, why not let someone else do all the work and washing up?
Here are some Cape Town restaurants throwing extravagant Christmas Day festive feasts for lunch!
12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Camps Bay
The deal: R1550 (Azure Restaurant) or R1350 (Atlantic Marquee) per person – includes a welcome drink on arrival.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on Christmas Day as each of The Twelve Apostles’ superb dining venues – the Azure Restaurant and Atlantic Terrace Marquee – hosts a gourmet Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Expect a mouth-watering three-course buffet menu and a welcome drink on arrival, all of which is complimented by breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean. Lunch at both restaurants starts at 13:00.
The Alphen Boutique Hotel, Constantia
The Deal: R600 per person for Christmas set menu at La Belle | R1050 per person for Christmas set menu at Blanko.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join the Alphen Boutique Hotel for a celebratory family-style Christmas set menu at La Belle priced at R600 per person and Blanko at R1050 per person. Entertainment is provided by the Trio Jazz Band from 12:30 to 15:30.
The Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia
The deal: R995 per person (half price for kids under 10) – includes a welcome drink and Christmas crackers. Vegetarian option available on request.
Bring the entire family for a festive Christmas Day lunch at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia. In this beautiful and charming location, guests will be served a steady stream of mouth watering dishes with family-style sides for the table, creating a home-away-from-home Christmas feeling. Lunch starts at 12:30.
Eat Restaurant at the Hout Bay Manor, Hout Bay
The Deal: Three-course Christmas feast for R475 per adult | R235 per child under 12
An old world with new flavours, the Hout Bay Manor’s whimsical venue is home to Eat Restaurant, which will be hosting a Christmas lunch feast. Leave the stress of the season behind with a welcome drink on arrival and indulge in festive treats such as bacon wrapped pork loin with cranberries, lamb shank, Drunken Christmas pudding, Hout Bay Manor’s Christmas Trifle, and more.
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek
The Deal: Festive six-course lunch menu for R1,850 per person | R950 for children under 10.
Let Grande Provence do the cooking this Christmas and treat family and friends to an exceptional fine dining experience. With an exciting array of dishes, the festive Christmas lunch menu will satisfy every culinary desire. From endive, cranberry granite, crispy turkey skins, and and blue cheese to polenta sweet corn pudding, scallops, bacon jam, and crispy Brussels sprouts. Enjoy the delectable turducken with parsnip acorn puree, fire roasted beetroot, and turkey jus; and, for the ultimate festive finish, pecan pie, curry and ginger gel, and butternut ice cream with pumpkin pie powder.
Le Pommier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
The Deal: Christmas buffet lunch for R550 per adult and R280 per child under 12.
It’s time to deck with halls with gourmet delights! Le Pommier Wine Estate has luxury accommodations, wine tastings, and a restaurant that is set to serve a decadent buffet lunch on 25th December at 12:00. Expect Le Pommier’s famous freshly baked bread, cold meats and cheeses, fresh salads, roasted leg of lamb with mint jelly, crispy pork belly, vegetables and sauces, trifle, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, and lots more!
Liberty’s Restaurant, DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Woodstock
Liberty’s Restaurant is a chic restaurant with a discretely glamorous atmosphere. Having spent 16 years honing his culinary talents across Europe and South Africa, executive chef Simon Kemp has whipped up a truly unforgettable festive Christmas lunch buffet to get you well into the holiday mood. The menu is all a la carte, so you can curate your very own Christmas feast!
Park Inn Newlands by Radisson, Newlands
The Deal: A generous buffet lunch for R550 per adult | R275 per child under 12 | free for children under 5.
In the tree-lined suburb of Newlands you’ll find the Park Inn by Radisson, hugged by Table Mountain and inviting you into style and luxury. This Christmas, they’re throwing a no-holds-barred, gourmet Christmas buffet lunch. Offering a delicious combination of traditional favourites and exciting new dishes, Executive chef Morne Botha’s menu is set to ensure guests enjoy a unique and memorable festive dining experience.
Contact: +27 (0) 21 822 6500
Web: View website here.
The President Hotel, Bantry Bay
The Deal: R720 per person for a three-course lunch buffet
The President Hotel will be hosting their sought-after Christmas Day lunch at the Islands Restaurant, where guests can join in the festive celebrations with an indulgent three-course lunch buffet. Positioned in the sanctuary that is Bantry Bay, the idyllic lunch setting is the perfect breakaway for guests to enjoy traditional favourites mixed with exciting new dishes, ensuring a memorable culinary experience! Lunch goes from 13:00 to 15:30.
Tryn Restaurant, Steenberg Farm
The Deal: R1,850 per person for a six-course lunch with wine pairings | R1,450 without wine
Spoil your loved ones this festive season at Tryn, Steenberg’s vibrant new signature restaurant, where Chef Kerry Kilpin is treating her guests with spectacular six-course Christmas menu, starting with a glass of Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Cap Classique on arrival. Think: ash-crusted chevin amuse bouche, grilled prawns, sustainable fish, grilled beef fillet, chocolate torte, and a selection of friandise (sweet treats), all paired with a selection of fine Steenberg wines.