Dining outdoors in South Africa
South Africa's gorgeous weather allows for great outdoor dining options. Here are some popular eateries:
De Hoek Country Hotel, Magaliesberg
Five-star French continental cuisine served in surroundings reminiscent of an English country home. A 5-course menu is designed daily, dependent on the fresh produce available. Chef Michael Holenstein is a master chef with Chaine des Rottisseurs.
La Cucina di Ciro, Johannesburg
This restaurant is located in a renovated suburban home and spills over from its various rooms into a sizeable garden. The Mediterranean/Italian menu, which changes often, is the masterpiece of Ciro Molinaro, who can be seen at work in the open-plan kitchen.
Toadbury Hall, Elandsdrift
At this country estate, a 20-minute drive from Fourways, you can lunch under the trees or picnic on the banks of the Crocodile River. In your picnic basket you’ll find patés, rare roast beef fillet, chicken kebabs and quiches. Sunday champagne brunches take place monthly, with live music to entertain.
Market restaurant, Durban
One of Durban's finest outdoor dining areas, this restaurant is situated in a courtyard in Berea, surrounded by leopard trees, with the focus on a central fountain. Dining is simple, but classy, using the finest local ingredients. There is a superb wine list on offer.
Dunes, Hout Bay
Family friendly, this eatery is built beach house-style, with terraces and balconies to soak up the impressive views of the Hout Bay beach and harbour, and the awesome Chapman’s Peak. The menu is wide and unpretentious. Seafood is an appropriate choice in this environment, with oysters, mussels, sardines and calamari being some of the options.
Sofia's at Morgenster, Somerset West
This wine estate eatery is set on the edge of a meadow on a vine-covered stoep overlooking olive groves and vineyards. Produce grown on the farm is used in the preparation of the dishes, which include international cuisines and South African specialties.
Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus
Hard to beat for location with tables set close to the water’s edge below a cave in Walker Bay, this award-winning restaurant grills fish on an open fire. Bouillabaisse, snoek and seafood platters are what the restaurant is famed for. There are non-fish choices too, like potjies and curries. You may even spot a whale as your tuck in, with the waves lapping near your feet.
Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point
This restaurant has had a major refurbishment and boasts some of the best views in the country. Situated in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a great menu on offer as well as a glam sushi bar.
The vibe is good and the pizza is worth leaving home for.
La Spiaggia, Umhlanga
La Spiaggia is situated on the promenade on Umhlanga’s main beach and is a great place for a cold cider and pizza. Sit out in the sunshine on a good day and watch the world go by; or during winter snuggle inside and watch the waves. It’s not fancy by any measure – in fact, you can go there in a bikini and no one will blink an eye – and the chairs are plastic, but the vibe is good and the pizza is worth leaving home for.
Tokara Restaurant, outside Stellenbosch
Situated on top of the Helshoogte Pass, outside Stellenbosch, Tokara Restaurant is part of the Tokara wine and olive farm. The outside deck offers delectable dining (thanks to superstar chef Richard Carstens) and ridiculously gorgeous views of the mountains.
Category: Food & Wine