The Best Christmas Day Lunches in Cape Town

These Christmas Day lunches in Cape Town have something savoury and sweet, and culinary excellence to offer the whole family to celebrate the festive season. Enjoy some great food offerings, live music serenading the backdrop of amazing scenic venues, and tuck into decadent festive-inspired menus to hearty buffets.

There’s a Christmas feast and loads of festive decor that fits the part to toast the holiday season in a fitting style. It’s that time of the year to make the most merry occasion even more special with these lunches and enjoy quality time with loved ones.

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles Hotel

Make it a merry dining experience

Whether you’ve got an intimate dinner for two or a family celebration in mind, Twelve Apostles Hotel’s Christmas Day lunch in Cape Town is a dining affair that suits every festive occasion.

Dine on a buffet spread with freshly baked bread selection, a salmon platter with premium salmon served in a multitude of ways, a roast buffet with sides, and much more. The dining experience is accompanied by a welcoming drink upon arrival, and further drinks can be ordered for your own account.

Cost: R1950pp for a buffet lunch, book via reservations1@12apostles.co.za

When: Arrive 7.30pm for 8pm
Where: Atlantic Terrace Marquee or Azure Restaurant, The Twelve Apostles, Victoria St, Cape Town

Website: 12apostleshotel.com | Email: reservations1@12apostles.co.za | Tel: 021 437 9029

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant at Nitida Wine Farm

Spend Christmas lunch at the award-winning wine farm

Spend Christmas Day lunch in Cape Town at Cassia Restaurant, tucked away in the beautiful vineyard setting of Nitida Wine Farm in the Durbanville Wine Route. Bring the family and friends over to enjoy a unique Christmas lunch that kicks off with a welcome drink which is a Christmas kringle cranberry mimosa – alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

The menu includes Amusa Bouche which features savoury ricotta panna cotta topped with caramelised red onion or opt for the tasty vegan plate. This has baked tofu topped with sun-dried tomato pesto and pan-fried shimenji mushroom. Mains feature five offerings to choose from, such as the grilled turkey breast stuffed with goat’s cheese, cranberry and bacon stuffing served with rosemary-infused potato fondants and baby carrots.

Accompanied by the dessert menu that offers four mouthwatering options such as the budin de pan with crème anglaise and toasted pecan nuts.

Cost: R895pp for a buffet lunch. Book via info@nitida.co.za

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm to 2pm
Where: Cassia Resaurant at Nitida Wine Farm, Tygerberg Valley Road, M13, Durbanville, Cape Town

Website: nitida.co.za | Email: info@nitida.co.za | Tel: 021 976 1467

3 Kitch3ns at Silver Forest

3 Kitch3ns at Silver Forest

A culinary journey awaits at this dining gem

3 KITCH3NS is pulling out all the stops for a day filled with delicious food, festive music, Christmas crackers, and lots more.

Eat your way through the menu featuring classics like roast beef, beef wellington, snoek pate and Amarula panna cotta. The festivities kick off with a complimentary glass of bubbles from noon, so book your table and arrive early.

The menu also boasts the prawn and salmon stack with layers of salmon, tomato, avocado and shrimp cocktail with a chive mayo. Guests can tuck into the mains that feature wholegrain-crusted sliced roast beef with rosemary and garlic roast potatoes, festive vegetables, and red wine jus. Savour on a host of dessert options such as Yuletide chocolate with a mousse, brownie, berry compote and chantilly cream.

Cost: R645pp per adult | R395pp per child 10 & under for a buffet lunch. Book via eat@silverforest.co.za

When: Monday 25 December, arrival between 12 pm to 2.30pm | Restaurant closes at 5.30pm
Where: Silver Forest, C/O Parel Vallei Road and Silverboomkloof Road, Somerset West

Website: silverforest.co.za | Email: eat@silverforest.co.za | Tel: 021 140 0040

Ginja Restaurant

Ginja Restaurant

Christmas celebrations on the pier side at V&A Waterfront

This year, Ginja is hosting a Christmas lunch and dinner buffet featuring a decadent harvest table laden with an array of salads, tempting mains, delectable sides, flavourful sauces, desserts and a selection of local cheeses. Enjoy the warm atmosphere while taking in the stunning views of the ocean and raise a toast to the magic of the season.

On the menu is a bread display with various cheeses, ciabatta and sourdough served with butter tapenade and hummus. There are various salad and cold cut options, including hot carvery that has whole roasted turkey with hazelnut and chicken liver stuffing among other hearty buffet options.

Cost: R795pp per person | R425pp for kids under 12 for a buffet lunch. Book via hello@ginjarestaurant.co.za

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm
Where: Ginja Restaurant, On the Waterfront Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: newmarkhotels.com/ginja-restaurant | Email: hello@ginjarestaurant.co.za | Tel: 021 419 66 77

Grand Pavilion

Grand Pavilion

Celebrate a grand Christmas in style

Grand Pavilion in Sea Point is known for its elegant ambience and captivating oceanfront views. Celebrating Christmas lunch here is a special and unforgettable experience. You can indulge in a delectable holiday feast featuring a range of culinary delights while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant’s serene and picturesque location creates a perfect backdrop for your Christmas celebration.

Their three-course Christmas Day lunch in Cape Town offers gazpacho served with pickled cucumber, heirloom tomato, red onion, basil and garlic croutons. Guests can also start with prawn tian – eggplant, chopped tomatoes, avocado, basil mayo, sweet Thai chilli jam, and chives. For mains, you can choose between five options from whole baby kingklip, Karoo rack of lamb and a seafood selection to name a few of the delicious meals.

Cost: R950pp for a three-course lunch. Book via info@grandpavilion.co.za

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm
Where: 277 Beach Road, Sea Point, Sea Point, Cape Town

Website: grandpavilion.co.za | Email: info@grandpavilion.co.za | Tel: 021 206 6360

Moyo at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Moyo at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

A Christmas lunch surrounded by nature’s beauty

Celebrate Christmas Day in style with a festive buffet lunch at Moyo, located in the picturesque and serene surroundings of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

The price includes entrance to the botanical gardens, so you can make a day of it and explore the stunning gardens before or after your meal. The menu features a long list of hot and cold starters, a selection of tajines, a carvery, mains, desserts, cheeses, and course, Christmas cake and tea. With so many options to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Cost: R895pp for adults | R555pp for children aged 6 to 12 years old | R195pp for kids under 5 for a buffet lunch. Book via kirstenbosch@moyo.com

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm
Where: Moyo, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Cape Town

Website: moyo.co.za | Email: kirstenbosch@moyo.com | Tel: 021 762 9585

Sevruga

Sevruga

A festive feast by the scenic sea-side

This year, Sevruga is serving up a Christmas feast worthy of a celebration. Join them for their special three-course Christmas menu featuring a variety of ocean-fresh seafood dishes while sitting beside the water at the V&A Waterfront harbour. A kiddies’ menu will be available for the little ones. Book your table soon as space is limited.

Cost: R950pp for a three-course lunch. Book via kirstenbosch@moyo.com

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm
Where: Sevruga, Shop 4, Quay 5, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: sevruga.co.za | Email: info@sevruga.co.za | Tel: 021 421 5134

The Famous Butcher’s Grill

The Famous Butcher’s Grill

Setting the vibe with a variety of food and live music

The Cape Town Lodge’s Butcher Grill is rolling out the red carpet for an unforgettable Christmas. This includes not only a delectable meal but also live entertainment and a welcome drink to set the mood.

Start your festive feast with tantalizing starters like Avo Ritz, Spring Rolls, or Chicken Skewers. For the main course, choose from an array of delectable options, including Chicken Cosmopolitan, Oxtail with Guinness, Mushroom Risotto, or the famous Butcher Steak.

Complement your choice with sides like Potato Wedges, Side Salad, and Roasted Veggies. Conclude your Christmas feast with a sweet touch of South African tradition by savouring the Malva Pudding, or opt for the classic Creme Brulee.

The Butcher Grill is taking bookings for lunch to ensure you have a seat at this feast. Get into the holiday spirit with live music all day and enchanting festive décor that will transport you straight to a winter wonderland.

Cost: R450pp, book via info@capetownlodge.co.za

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm
Where: Cape Town Lodge, 101 Buitengracht St, Cape Town CBD

Website: capetownlodge.co.za | Email: info@capetownlodge.co.za | Tel: 021 422 0030

Homespun at The Andros

Homespun at The Andros

A five-course lunch with vibrant festive flavour

Christmas lunch is guaranteed to be a gastronomical five-course affair at Homespun in Claremont and Durbanville. For starters, foodies will enjoy experimental options such as the pork belly pancake, a miso salsa verde or the daikon green curry with ginger apple kimchi.

For mains, ​choose between the line fish with squid dukkah, yuzu and leek creamies, a lamb roast or the crispy gammon. If you enjoy the theatrics of plates billowing with nitrogen, try the beetroot for dessert – an adventurous sphere made up of dehydrated beetroot shavings with a white chocolate centre. Please note, no children under the age of 12 years are allowed. 

Cost: R1095pp per person including a welcome drink. Add R570pp for standard wine pairing, and R795pp for premium wine pairing. Book via reservations@homespunbymatt.co.za

When: Monday 25 December from 12pm
Where: Homespun at The Andros, 5 Phyllis Rd, Claremont, Cape Town

Website: homespunbymatt.co.za | Email: reservations@homespunbymatt.co.za | Tel: 022 300 0295

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