Our Top 10 Places to Eat over Christmas

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.

  • Parc Ferme

    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 4846

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  • The Chefs Table

    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 0200

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  • Tobago's Restaurant

    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 3414

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  • Forti Grill & Bar

    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 6180

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  • Grande Provence

    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 8600

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  • 9th Ave Bistro

    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 9134

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  • Clico Restaurant

    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 3300

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  • Belthazar

    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 / 6

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  • Big Easy Durban

    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)

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  • Piccolo Mondo

    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 7463

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