Seven great fireplace restaurants in Cape Town and Joburg MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Discover Seven Amazing Fireplace Restaurants in Cape Town and Joburg

In the charming cities of Cape Town and Joburg, I stumbled upon some extraordinary restaurants with cozy fireplaces that instantly captivated me. Let me share with you these hidden gems, perfect for those seeking a fireside dining experience.

Seven great fireplace restaurants in Cape Town and Joburg MzansiBride

Catharina’s at Steenberg is a restaurant renowned for its cozy fireplace. If you’re in Cape Town and craving a warm and inviting dining experience, these restaurants with fireplaces will surely delight you.

First up, we have Catharina’s at Steenberg. This place is famous for not just one, but two wood-burning fireplaces. Picture yourself sitting in the lounge area next to a crackling fire, or enjoying your meal with the comforting warmth of the restaurant’s fireplace. Keep in mind that the table plan changes daily, so it’s best to inquire about securing a seat near the fire when making a reservation. And if you visit during winter, you’re in for a treat with their three-course Winter Feast menu priced at R300 per person. This menu includes a delicious roast lunch. To get in touch with Catharina’s, visit their website at

Next on our list is The River Café at Constantia Uitsig. Although it’s our second recommendation, it’s definitely not second-best. The River Café also offers a cozy fireplace for you to enjoy while indulging in their delightful dishes. Imagine dining in a warm and charming setting, savoring your meal near the crackling hearth. It’s the perfect way to escape the chill of Cape Town’s winter days. For a memorable dining experience, make sure to visit The River Café at Constantia Uitsig.

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These restaurants are just a taste of what Cape Town has to offer when it comes to dining by a cozy fireplace. So, if you’re searching for a place where delicious food and a warm ambiance unite, look no further. Visit Catharina’s at Steenberg or The River Café at Constantia Uitsig to elevate your dining experience to new heights. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Finally, the River Café has reopened with a fresh new look and a new name, Open Door. You’ll find two cozy fireplaces in the restaurant – one in the dining room off the bar, and another in the dining room that opens onto the deck. One dish that I absolutely love from the new menu is the braised lamb neck with Jerusalem artichoke, fermented garlic, and roasted baby carrots, all for just R165. If you’re interested, you can visit their website at

When you’re taking a leisurely walk along the Constantia green belt, make sure to stop by The Alphen Hotel. They have a lovely spot called La Belle Bistro for tea, where you can enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire while indulging in their highly recommended carrot cake. And if you’re looking for lunch options, check out 5 Rooms, where you’ll find a fireplace adorned with what looks like Delft tiles. For more information, you can visit

If you’re in Joburg and searching for restaurants with fireplaces, you’re in luck!

I’ve got some great suggestions for you when it comes to cozy restaurants in Johannesburg with fireplaces. These recommendations are from Hilary Biller, the editor of Sunday Times Food Weekly.

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4. Casalinga

If you’re looking for a classic Italian restaurant with a warm and inviting atmosphere, then Casalinga is a must-visit. This Joburg institution has a main dining room with a lovely log fire that adds to the cozy ambiance. For more information, you can visit their website at

5. The Terrace at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel

The Terrace at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, located in Morningside Manor, is another great option for a fireside dinner. The restaurant offers a warm and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for enjoying a delicious meal by the fireplace. To find out more, you can visit their website at

6. Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift

If you’re a fan of buffet-style dining, then Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift is the place to go. This restaurant is known for its top-notch buffet Sunday lunches with all the trimmings. While the main dining area doesn’t have a fireplace, the bar area does, which makes it the perfect spot for a cozy drink after your meal. To learn more, you can visit their website at

7. Possums on Burnside (formerly known as Burnside Café)

Welcome to Possums on Burnside, a brand new restaurant that has just opened its doors. Come and enjoy a delicious meal on our enclosed deck, which features not one, but two Jetmasters. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind while indulging in some mouthwatering food.

Looking for a cozy spot to dine? Look no further than Possums on Burnside. Our restaurant boasts a warm and inviting atmosphere, with the added bonus of a crackling fireplace. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or a fun night out with friends, we’ve got you covered.

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At Possums on Burnside, we understand the importance of creating a memorable dining experience. That’s why we’ve carefully crafted a menu that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. From juicy steaks to fresh seafood, our dishes are made with love and attention to detail. And if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to accommodate you.

But it’s not just the food that sets us apart. Our friendly and attentive staff are here to make sure you have the best dining experience possible. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll feel like part of the family. We’ll take care of everything, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal.

So why wait? Come and experience all that Possums on Burnside has to offer. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a delicious meal, we’ve got something for everyone. Visit our website at to make a reservation or learn more about our menu. We can’t wait to serve you!

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of our July issue for some great travel ideas. From canoeing the Orange River to relaxing on the beaches of the Seychelles, we’ve got all the information you need to plan your next adventure. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring!

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