My 2019 must-try Cape Town Winter Restaurant Specials list

by Karisa

It’s here people… winter restaurant specials time! (also known as the ONLY reason to get your butt off your couch & brave the cold)

I did a winter specials list last year and that post did quite well, so figured I would do another one again this year. My list doesn’t cover each & every special in town, I’ve stuck to restaurants that I personally love. So any recently opened spots I haven’t yet made it to won’t be on this list. Same with restaurants I’ve never visited, or ones I don’t like.

I’ve decided to stick to the alphabetical order (by restaurant name) I went with last year – just keeps things simple.

I also recommend that you make reservations for all of these by contacting the restaurant directly or making use of their online booking systems (where available) to avoid disappointment.

So here goes – my 2019 restaurant winter specials list is as follows:


Bilboa is doing a 2 course winter set menu for R200 or a 3 course winter set menu for R240 along with a couple of other signature dishes.  Have a look at the menu over here.


Bistro 1682 is a bunch of specials, including: Vintner’s Breakfast special @ R195 pp, a 2 course @ R230 /3 course @ R265 or 4 course @ R295 lunch special & a tapas special @ R325 pp.  All valid until 30 Sep 2019. Have a look over here for all the details and T&Cs. (just be aware – they’re doing their annual winter closure from 22 Jul – 7 Aug)


Blanko is offering a selection of dishes at special winter prices along with a 2 course set menu for R190 or a 3 course set menu for R240.  Have a look at the menu over here. (available until 30 August 2019)


BOCCA is doing a “One of Us” special – for any 4 dishes ordered, 1 is on them. (just a heads up – they will be closing from 7 to 30 July)


The Cheyne’s annual winter “Yum Cha” menu is back.  For only R180 you get to tuck into 3 delicious dishes. Available until 31 July 2019


Den Anker is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year & as part of the festivities they’re doing five winter specials for R125 each. Think sea bass on bulgar wheat, a mussel bowl with frites, or sirloin with café de Paris butter and frites. Each meal also comes paired with Belgian beer on tap.


Foxcroft is running a Winter lunch special – R325 for 4 courses, available Mon – Sat until 31 August. Have a look at the menu over here.


Grub & Vine is doing both a winter lunch & winter dinner special (both available until end September 2019). For lunch (Tue to Fri): 1 course for R90 or canapes & 2 courses for R150. For dinner (Tue to Sat): 2 courses for R295, 3 courses for R425, or 4 courses R545.


Janse & Co is offering five courses for R450 pp – lunch or dinner. (Normal price is R585). The special will be available until 31 August 2019, but they are closing for their annual break from 17 June to 15 July 2019.


Kloof Street house is doing a winter lunch special – Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2 courses for R170 or 3 courses for R195.


Kyoto is doing a winter set menu – 3 courses plus a glass of wine for R230 pp. (Available until 31 August 2019)


La Boheme is doing a winter dinner special – R195 for 2 courses or R225 for 3 courses. I recently recommended this to a friend as a date night idea & he came back with a double thumbs up. Have always loved this restaurant because of the cosy atmosphere & good food.


La Colombe in Constantia is doing a 4 course winter lunch special, available weekdays until end August 2019 for R495 pp (or R945 with a wine pairing).  Have a look at the menu over here

** UPDATE: They’ve now extended this lunch special to 7 days a week, Mon to Sun until 31 Aug 2019.


La Mouette is doing a 5 course winter special menu for only R295 pp (or R545 with wines).   This menu can be enjoyed for either lunch or dinner, Monday to Sunday. Have a look at the menu over here.


Nelson’s Eye has an entire winter menu with a selection of starters, pastas & grills, sides & salads. Obviously being one of Cape Town’s most cult-status steak houses, I would highly recommend a steak. You can check out their winter menu over here.


NV-80 is offering 2 courses at R230 or 3 courses at R290. Have a look at their special winter menu over here.


Shio Modern Japanese is doing a Winter Izakaya special at R195 for 3 bowls until the end of July 2019.


The Bistro is doing a two-course lunch for R320 or three courses for R425, both of which include wines paired with each dish – available from Tuesdays to Fridays.


The Foodbarn in Noordhoek is doing a special winter menu with the following options: 2 course lunch or dinner for R295 with wine / R265 without wine, and a three-course lunch or dinner is R345 with wine / R305 without wine. Available Mon – Sun, except public holidays. Have a look at the menu over here.


The Skotnes at the Norval Foundation in Tokai is doing 2 courses for R195 or 3 courses for R235. You can have a look at their winter menu over here.


The Stack is doing 2 courses at R235 or 3 courses at R275 – available for lunch & dinner, Monday to Sunday


Upper Bloem is doing a 9 tapas for R375pp dinner special. For those looking for a lunch deal, they’re also continuing their Express Lunch special which is available Mon – Fri at R125pp for 6 tapas.


Zenzero is offering 2 courses at R220 or 3 courses at R260. Have a look at their special winter menu over here. Available Monday to Sunday until end August 2019.

Know of any other great winter specials worth a mention? Then add them in the comments section below. Too shy? Then email me at and I’ll add them to the list.

I’ll also be updating this list with any other cool specials I stumble upon or new spots I try out.

Happy eating everyone!


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