Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by thecapetownblog
Sundays in Cape Town are a leisurely affair, often involving a hike or trip to the beach, but Sundays are also about eating. Many Capetonians love to fire up the braai on Sundays, but speaking as a Brit, nothing beats going out for Sunday lunch.
So if you’re looking for good food for a decent price this Sunday, buckle up because I’ve compiled a list of the very best Sunday lunch specials in Cape Town.
With delicious meat, seasonal veg, and plenty of malva pudding, these Sunday lunch specials will ensure that you end your weekend on a high note, whether you want a carvery or a journey through the finest seasonal Cape cuisine.
1) The Conservatory at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
If you’re looking for a refined Sunday lunch experience, then you’ll fall in love with The Conservatory restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. It’s located in the leafy and affluent suburb of Constantia, and the restaurant itself is very tasteful and elegant.
However, I think the price of Sunday lunch here is really reasonable!
For R325, you can enjoy The Conservatory’s set menu, which includes baked cheese souffle to start, a traditional beef roast dinner with seasonal veg, and then malva pudding for dessert. Honestly, that’s pretty much my dream Sunday lunch.
They’ve also got a great wine list to accompany your food. The Conservatory is the perfect place for a celebratory meal or just an upscale Sunday roast. It’s best to book a table in advance, especially during the summer.
Booking required? Yes
Address: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Lunch time: 12 pm – 2:30 pm
2) Boesmanland Plaaskombuis
Langebaan is home to one of the best beaches in Cape Town, and also one of the best Sunday lunch specials! At Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, you can experience an African-style Sunday dinner, replete with hearty dishes like barbecued snoek, roast chicken, beef ribs, and lamb potjie.
Langebaan is a 1.5-hour drive from Cape Town city centre, but it’s a popular day or weekend beach trip destination for locals. Boesmanland Plaaskombuis is open all day so you can come for lunch, or spend the day relaxing at the beach and then catch the sunset here before heading home.
Booking required? No
Address: Langebaan, 7357, West Coast
Lunch time: 12 pm – 2 pm
3) Azure at 12 Apostles
I feel like I mention the 12 Apostles Hotel in so many of my blog posts, but it really is a fantastic hotel. I’ve never actually stayed overnight, but I often come here for a sundowner at the Leopard Bar after a day at the beach. They also offer an awesome gin tasting experience and have a very swanky spa.
But I digress. As well as all of these other amenities, the 12 Apostles is home to the Azure Restaurant, which was actually voted South Africa’s Best Hotel Restaurant at the 2020 World Culinary Awards. It’s a seafood-focused restaurant serving gourmet Cape cuisine, and it’s the perfect place to come for a Sunday lunch.
You can choose to enjoy their 5-course “Journey through the Cape” degustation menu for R1025 per person, which also includes wine pairings. You can book it online.
They also have an a-la-carte menu that’s perfect for Sunday dinner, as it features rack of lamb, pork ribs, and venison loins. You’re looking at around R350 for a main course here.
With beautiful views and a stylish setting, this is the perfect place for a bougie Sunday lunch in Camps Bay.
Booking required? Yes, for the degustation menu
Lunch time: 12:30 pm – 3 pm
4) Foresters Arms
The Foresters Arms – aka Forries – is a Cape Town institution. It was actually one of the first taverns in the city to open to the public! It’s also in the Guiness Book of Records and holds the record for most beer sold in the southern hemisphere.
Located in Newlands, it used to be a popular overnight stop for people travelling between Cape Town and Simon’s Town. It’s got that old-school pub feel which I absolutely LOVE (I mean, you can take the girl out of England…) and an excellent Sunday roast.
Sunday lunch is served carvery-style, so there’s lots of meat and a variety of veg. The Sunday carvery has been going here for over a century, so you know they must be doing something right. You can enjoy a standard portion for R195 or a large portion for R225.
Booking required? It’s best to book online
Address: 52 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Lunch time: 12 pm onwards
Hout Bay is so beautiful, and the gorgeous Suikerbossie Restaurant & Estate offers epic views and a delicious Sunday lunch special. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s so good and you just can’t beat the setting.
For R459 per person, you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat Sunday lunch extravaganza. It’s a 3-course buffet and main choices include beef fillet, pork belly, roast chicken, and German smoked gammon.
Meanwhile, the dessert selection includes berry panna cotta and local favourites like malva pudding and chocolate mousse with a peppermint tart short. Honestly, I find peppermint tart a bit strange, but I’ll never say no to some malva pudding!
Booking required? Yes, booking is essential
Address: 1 Victoria Drive, Hout Bay
Lunch time: 12 pm – 4 pm
6) Rick’s Cafe Americain
Last but not least, Rick’s Cafe American serves a great Sunday lunch special and it’s conveniently located smack dab in the middle of Kloof Street.
It’s a Casablanca-themed bistro with awesome cocktails and a nice rooftop, so you could easily spend the whole afternoon here. They have daily lunch specials which are always worth checking out, and on Sundays they serve a full roast for R165 per person, so you really can’t go wrong. It’s super popular, so make sure that you book in advance.
Booking required? Yes, you should book online
Address: 103 Kloof Street, Gardens
Lunch time: 12 pm – 3 pm
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