25 Cozy Restaurants To Visit This Winter in Cape Town

Cape Town may be cooling down for winter, but these restaurants are turning up the heat. Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the finest dining experiences, where we’ve curated a selection of restaurants that promise to delight your palate and elevate your evenings.

From cozy bistros to upscale eateries, each venue on our list offers a unique ambiance, exceptional service, and a menu that showcases culinary excellence. Whether you’re planning a romantic date night, a celebration with friends, or simply exploring new gastronomic horizons, our list of top-notch restaurants is here to guide you to the perfect dining spot. Read on to discover a world of flavors, exquisite dishes, and unforgettable dining moments that await you.


1. Gusto Urban Italian Restaurant, Century City

Located at Century City, Gusto Urban Italian Restaurant is the hidden gem among locals. A sophisticated yet laid-back ambiance has been achieved, blending contemporary and urban influences with traditional Italian flavours. The menu features Napolitana-style pizzas from a wood-fired oven, offering stunning views of Ratanga Park and its canals.

Gusto is renowned for its live acoustic music on Fridays and Saturdays, creating an inviting atmosphere. Special deals include Aperitivo Hour, every weekday from 5-7PM. Order yourself a variety of Italian-inspired drinks and small plates for only R50 each!

Gusto restaurant

2. Coco Safar, Waterfront

Coco Safar, situated in the Waterfront, transports visitors to a Parisian café. The luxurious all-day café offers a retro-chic French setting, perfect for those who appreciate fine details. Known for its croissants, world-class coffee, and freshly baked breads and pâtisserie, Coco Safar now serves dinner.

In addition to its classic offerings, the dinner menu features sophisticated dishes made with the finest ingredients, ensuring a delightful culinary experience. The ambiance is enhanced by elegant decor, making it an ideal spot for both casual gatherings and special occasions.

Coco Safar, Waterfront

3. Cozco Cafe & Deli, Sea Point

Cozco Cafe & Deli in Sea Point offers a Mediterranean escape reminiscent of Greek streets. Family-owned, this spot provides a romantic date night setting or a cosy breakfast. The warm and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with friendly service, makes Cozco Cafe & Deli a beloved neighborhood gem.

 Cozco Cafe & Deli, Sea Point

4. Beluga, Waterfront

Beluga, now located in the Maker’s Landing section of the V&A Waterfront, offers vibrant views of the Cape Town Cruise Terminal harbour. The venue features a refined whisky bar, wine-tasting section, sushi conveyor belt, outdoor covered smokers’ section, and a private dining area. Winter Wine Saturdays with DJ Rene and free wine tastings are highlights. Beluga is renowned for its innovative fusion cuisine, combining Asian and international flavours in a creative menu. The stylish and contemporary decor, along with an extensive beverage list, ensures a memorable dining experience.

Beluga, Waterfront

5. The Greek Fisherman, Sea Point

The Greek Fisherman has moved to Sea Point Main Road, featuring a stunning courtyard and four fireplaces. Menu highlights include halloumi cheese, bruschetta, fish calamari combo, beef souvlaki, and Loukoumades. Its also completely Halaal-friendly making it great inclusivity and family gatherings.

the greek fisherman

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6. Sundoo, Sea Point & Newlands

Sundoo, inspired by the flavours of Kerala, India, offers a New York-style setting. The menu features briyanis, tandooris, and tapas designed for sharing. The restaurant’s interior is a blend of modern and traditional elements, creating a unique dining atmosphere. Sundoo’s chefs are dedicated to authenticity, using traditional spices and cooking techniques to bring the vibrant flavours of Kerala to life.

Sundoo, Sea Point & Newlands

7. Rockefeller Plaza, Foreshore

Rockefeller Plaza in the Foreshore district invites guests to enjoy a glamorous escape. The venue boasts a sushi bar, dessert bar, and cocktail bar. Winter specials include All You Can Eat Sushi on Sundays, a 2-for-1 Sunset Series Cocktails daily from 5pm to 7pm, and a BUY ONE GET 1 FREE (Cheapest) pizza deal Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm.

Rockefeller Plaza

8. Grand Pavilion & Harry’s Bar, Sea Point

Located in the same building, Grand Pavilion and Harry’s Bar offer distinct atmospheres. Grand Pavilion features gold and white decor, while Harry’s Bar has a laid-back jazz club vibe.

Grand Pavilion is known for its elegant brunches and sophisticated evening meals, offering a menu that showcases contemporary cuisine with a touch of luxury. Harry’s Bar, on the other hand, provides a more relaxed setting with live jazz performances, a curated selection of cocktails, and a menu of bar snacks and light meals.

Both venues cater to different moods, making them versatile choices for any occasion.

Grand Pavilion
Grand Pavilion
Harry's Bar
Harry’s Bar

9. Paparazzi Bar & Lounge at Pepper Club Hotel, CBD

Paparazzi Bar & Lounge, situated at the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town CBD, offers a stylish homely feel.

Paparazzi Bar & Lounge also offers an extensive cocktail menu featuring classics and innovative creations. Enjoy the elegant ambiance with live jazz on Wednesdays and Fridays. The lounge’s stylish decor is perfect for an upscale evening out.

Paparazzi Bar & Lounge at Pepper Club Hotel, CBD

10. Bokeh, Sea Point

Bokeh in Sea Point, lively and known for its energetic atmosphere and stylish setting. It features a vibrant selection of drinks and a menu of delicious bites to enjoy while singing your favourite songs. With a wide array of song choices, Bokeh Bar provides an unforgettable karaoke experience for all guests. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just looking to have fun with friends, this is the place to be. Free karaoke is available from Monday to Sunday, with specials like the happy hour cocktail specials brought to you by FOMO. The venue does charge R200 pp which goes toward your food and drinks bill.

The eclectic menu includes small plates, craft beers, and an extensive wine list. Bokeh is a popular spot for weekend brunches and evening gatherings.

Bokeh, Sea Point

11. Urban Umami Restaurant, Century City

Urban Umami Restaurant, formally known as Square Cafe & Wine Bar, located in Century City, offers a brasserie-style menu with an extensive wine list. The restaurant’s unique architecture shelters guests from the wind, allowing for outdoor seating even in winter.

In addition to the happy hour specials, Urban Umami offers a seasonal menu highlighting local ingredients. The wine bar frequently hosts wine pairing dinners and tasting events. The cafe’s Sunday brunch is particularly popular, offering a wide selection of pastries, fresh fruit, and hearty mains.

Urban Umami Restaurant

12. Duchess of Wisbeach, Sea Point

The Duchess of Wisbeach in Sea Point offers a nostalgic, discreet, and slightly glamorous atmosphere.

Duchess of Wisbeach is famed for its quirky decor and intimate setting. The restaurant often hosts themed evenings and live music events, enhancing the dining experience. The winter menu includes comforting classics such as slow-cooked lamb shank and rich chocolate fondant.

Duchess of Wisbeach

13. Mozambik, V&A Waterfront/Century City

Mozambik, with locations at the V&A Waterfront and Century City, provides a cosy atmosphere with harbour views and fire heaters. Mozambik’s winter menu includes hearty dishes such as Prawns Nacional and Chicken Trinchado. The vibrant decor and warm hospitality transport diners to the tropics. Kids eat free on Wednesdays, making it a family-friendly dining option.

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14. Arnolds Restaurant, Kloof Street

Arnolds Restaurant on Kloof Street has been a favourite since 1998. Known for its chefs and signature dishes, the restaurant’s cosy indoor seating ensures a warm dining experience.

Arnolds also offers a range of game meat dishes, making it a unique dining experience. The relaxed atmosphere and attentive service make it a favourite for both locals and tourists. Don’t miss their daily 4 HOUR happy-hour from 2pm to 6pm, featuring discounted drinks and appetizers.

Arnolds Restaurant

15. Nederburg, Manor House, Paarl

Nederburg Wine Farm in Paarl offers a rich history and award-winning wines. Visitors can enjoy guided cellar tours and fine dining at The Manor Restaurant.

The Red Table at Nederburg often hosts special events, including wine tasting evenings and live music sessions. The picturesque setting is perfect for leisurely lunches and romantic dinners. The estate also offers guided tours of the historic manor house and cellars.

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16. The Station on Bree, Bree Street

The Station on Bree brings a taste of the London Underground to Cape Town’s CBD. The cosy venue offers winter specials like 5 Tapas plates for the price of 3 on Tuesdays, 2-for-1 cocktails from Tuesday to Friday, 4pm-6pm, and Double Up Burger Wednesdays for R150. The Station on Bree also features themed nights such as quiz nights and live DJ sessions. The extensive cocktail menu is inspired by London’s famous Underground stations. The venue’s cosy nooks and eclectic decor make it a perfect spot for a night out with friends.

The Station on Bree

17. Havana Nights, Plumstead

Havana Nights in Plumstead offers a vibrant atmosphere with live bands and DJs. Havana Nights’ menu is inspired by Cuban cuisine, with dishes such as Ropa Vieja and Cuban sandwiches. The vibrant decor and lively music create a festive atmosphere. The bar also offers an impressive selection of rums and Cuban cigars.

Havana Nights in Plumstead

18. La Parada, Constantia Nek

La Parada, located in the oldest restaurant in Cape Town, serves tapas, bar snacks, burgers, steaks, and more. The cosy spot, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, features a fireplace and weekly deals. La Parada often hosts live music and DJ sets, adding to the lively atmosphere. The tapas menu is perfect for sharing, featuring dishes such as patatas bravas and chorizo. The outdoor seating area, complete with heaters, is ideal for enjoying the stunning views even in winter.

La Parada, Constantia Nek

19. Harbour House, Kalk Bay/Waterfront

Harbour House in Kalk Bay and the Waterfront offers stunning ocean views and some of Cape Town’s best seafood and sushi. The warm and inviting atmosphere makes it perfect for a winter dining experience. Harbour House is known for its fresh seafood and elegant setting. The restaurant often hosts wine pairing dinners and special events. The Kalk Bay location offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the occasional sight of seals playing in the water.

Harbour House, Kalk Bay/Waterfront

20. Asoka, Kloof Street

Asoka on Kloof Street offers a combination of food and music, often featuring live electro-jazz by the fireplace. The dinner set menu special and jazz nights have no entrance fee, providing a vibrant atmosphere for a winter evening. Asoka’s menu includes a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, perfect for sharing. The signature cocktails are crafted with fresh ingredients and are a must-try. The venue’s unique decor, featuring a large tree in the centre, creates a magical dining experience.

Asoka, Kloof Street

21. Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Hotel in Hout Bay offers traditional and cosy dining with great views. The menu includes seafood, grilled steaks, and salads. Winter specials feature pork belly, fish curry, and steak prego rolls. The relaxed atmosphere and stunning views of Hout Bay make it a popular choice for both locals and visitors. The outdoor terrace is heated, allowing for comfortable dining even on chilly evenings.

Chapmans Peak Hotel

22. Die Damhuis, Melkbosstrand

Die Damhuis in Melkbosstrand, a national monument, provides a rich heritage, history, and a cosy atmosphere with fireplaces and outdoor gas heaters. The menu features seafood and traditional South African cuisine. The winter menu features hearty dishes such as oxtail stew and traditional South African bobotie.

Die Damhuis also offers a kid-friendly menu and play area, making it a great spot for families. The historic setting and beachfront location provide a unique dining experience.

Die Damhuis, Melkbosstrand

23. The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills

The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills Winery offers a family-friendly winter escape with sweeping views of Table Mountain. The award-winning restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Tangram Restaurant offers wine tasting experiences and vineyard tours. The seasonal menu highlights local produce and pairs beautifully with the estate’s wines. The cosy fireplace and panoramic views make it an ideal winter dining destination.

The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills

24. Café Paradiso, Kloof Street

Café Paradiso on Kloof Street offers Mediterranean-inspired food in an authentic home-style setting. The café is popular for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring dishes like tzatziki, dolmades, and babaganoush. Average main meal price range: R120- R250 pp.

Café Paradiso, Kloof Street

25. Chinchilla, Camps Bay

Chinchilla, located in Camps Bay, offers a laid-back atmosphere with sweeping views of the ocean. The menu features seafood, burgers, and sushi, making it an ideal spot for a winter meal by the fireplace.

Chinchilla’s menu includes a variety of sushi, seafood, and light bites. The rooftop bar is perfect for enjoying sundowners with spectacular ocean views. The relaxed vibe and stylish decor make it a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

chinchilla restaurant

Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner by the fireplace or a lively evening with friends, these restaurants offer a warm welcome and delicious winter specials to enjoy the season to its fullest. As you wrap up your exploration of these remarkable dining establishments, we hope you’ve found inspiration for your next culinary adventure. Each restaurant featured in this guide offers not only delicious food but also a distinctive atmosphere and a commitment to quality that sets them apart. Whether you’re craving traditional flavors or innovative cuisine, there’s something here for every taste and occasion. Don’t hesitate to make a reservation and treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience. Bon appétit!