Our Top 10 Places to Eat over Christmas
While preparing and hosting a Christmas feast for family and friends can be tremendously rewarding, the thought of all the effort required can be rather overwhelming.
Fortunately, many restaurants in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape offer everything from extravagant buffets to festive family-style banquets for a special Christmas dinner or lunch.
Here are our BEST restaurants open for business over Christmas. Remember, booking is essential.
1. Parc Fermé, Sandton, Johannesburg
Relish in a set menu for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch that includes an amuse-bouche, starter, entrée, main, and dessert. The dishes include roast beef fillet and stuffed turkey breast, seared tuna, cannelloni with spinach, and orange parfait.
(amuse-bouche - a small appetizer meant to tease the palate before the meal)
• Adults: R535 pp
• Children (under 12): R110 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 11 245 4846More Info
2. The Chefs Table, Umhlanga Rocks
Celebrate Christmas Day in style with a mouth-watering four-course menu complete with a glass of bubbly on arrival and an enviable wine and spirits list.
• Adults: R795 pp
• Children (under 12): R350 pp
• (Excluding drinks and gratuity)
Bookings: +27 (0) 31 001 0200More Info
3. Tobago's Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hotel, Cape Town
Spoil the family to a three-course Christmas Eve dinner or a Christmas day buffet lunch. The dinner dishes include amuse-bouche, starter, buffet main course, dessert, and live entertainment while the lunch menu includes a salad bar, a carvery, a buffet of mains, and desserts to suit every palate.
• Christmas Eve Dinner: R795 pp
• Christmas Day Lunch: R965 pp
• Children (under 5): Free
Bookings: +27 (0) 21 441 3414More Info
4. Forti Grill & Bar, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria
For a fine-dining experience, enjoy a buffet-style Christmas Day lunch or dinner that includes a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, Italian antipasti, starters, mains and desserts. The menu will include roast turkey, gammon and roast lamb shoulder, and Christmas pudding.
• Adults: R590 pp
• Children (under 12): R250 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 12 003 6180More Info
5. The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek
Delight in a four-course dinner or lunch from 24 - 26 December at one of the country's top restaurants. The menu includes Angus beef carpaccio, cured Franschhoek trout and slow-cooked pork belly, an ode to chocolate for dessert, as well as a gift and a glass of Grande Provence wine.
• Lunch: R1195 pp
• Dinner: R1650 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 21 876 8600More Info
6. 9th Avenue Bistro, Morningside, Durban
This sophisticated Durban bistro is offering diners a jolly five-course Christmas Eve dinner menu. The evening includes welcome glass of bubbly, an amuse-bouche, appetisers, mains, dessert and homemade eggnog.
• R495 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 31 312 9134More Info
7. Clico Restaurant, Rosebank, Johannesburg
This year, from 22 – 26 December, the Clico will be offering a Christmas lunch or dinner tasting menu. Tuck into a merry four-course menu that includes braised-duck risotto and duck breast and corn salsa.
• Lunch or Dinner: R550 pp
• Optional wine pairing with each course: R650 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 11 252 3300More Info
8. Belthazar, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Celebrate Christmas lunch with a three-course menu and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Dishes include oysters or shrimp cocktail, roast turkey, fresh seafood platters, and Christmas pudding or pavlova for dessert. To round off the perfect meal, guests will enjoy tea, coffee and freshly baked mince pies.
• R1150 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 21 421 3753 / 6More Info
9. Big Easy Winebar & Grill, Durban
Located inside the Hilton Hotel, visit the Big Easy for Christmas Eve dinner or a family lunch. The scrumptious three-course dinner comes complete with malva pudding for dessert, while the Christmas Day feast includes bread service, starter-platters, soup, mains, and dessert-platters.
• Christmas Eve Dinner: R425 pp
• Christmas Day Lunch: R700 pp
• Lunch food-and-wine pairing menu: R950 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 31 336 8166 (inside the Hilton Hotel)More Info
10. Piccolo Mondo, Sandown, Johannesburg
For Christmas Day lunch guests can expect a buffet including smoked salmon, New Zealand mussels, roast lamb, and a bounty of deserts or a set menu with choices like gammon, crispy Parma ham and pineapple salsa, lamb neck tortellini, and traditional Christmas pudding.
• Buffet: R645 pp
• Set menu: R615 pp
Bookings: +27 (0) 11 282 7463More Info