While the weather is still warm, take the opportunity to grab a wonderful bite to eat al fresco style at these wonderful restaurants.
The Foundry, Parktown, Johannesburg
Located in the picturesque suburb of Parktown North, this wonderful restaurant serves up a variety of tapas and uniquely South African dishes. We recommend the beef ribs for meat lovers who want to try something different, or the divine filled mushroom risotto for vegetarians.
Where: 7, Parktown Quarter, Corner of 3rd & 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
When: Monday to Saturday 11 am – 11 pm; Sundays 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: R450 for two people
Contact details: 010 500 9906
Mo-Zam-Bik, Linksfield, Johannesburg
This brilliant family-friendly restaurant has an open garden, with an excellent view of the city – perfect for al fresco dining. The tasty Portuguese food and beers are served by quirky and friendly staff. We recommend the steak and prawn special – a true surf and turf classic.
Where: Corner of Club and Linksfield Road, Linksfield, Johannesburg
When: Mondays 12 pm – 9 pm; Tuesdays 12 pm – 9:30 pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays 12 pm – 10 pm; Fridays and Saturdays 12 pm – 11 pm; Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm
Cost: R450 for two people
Contact details: 011 264 1131
Chalk & Cork, Gardens, Cape Town
A quaint restaurant tucked away from the buzz of the inner city, Chalk & Cork offers a wonderful menu and brilliant outdoor seating. Don’t miss your chance to try the Saldanha Bay muscles cooked in beer and coconut milk, or the delicious sweet potato gnocchi.
Where: 51 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
When: Monday to Saturday 11 am – 10 pm; Sundays 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: R280 for two people
Contact details: 021 422 5822
La Mouette, Sea Point, Cape Town
La Mouette is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a romantic meal under the stars. The food is absolutely sublime, and the relaxed outside sitting area enhances the experience of eating at one of the Mother City’s finest restaurants. We recommend the tasting menu, as a worthwhile way to try the best fresh produce and wine that the Western Cape has to offer.
Where: 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
When: Monday to Thursday 6 pm – 10:30 pm; Fridays 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Saturday to Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Cost: R600 for two people
Contact details: 021 433 0856
9th Avenue Bistro, Morningside, Durban
Combining affordable gourmet food, with a lovely outdoor seating area, the 9th Avenue Bistro is one of the best al fresco dining restaurants in Durban. From yummy starters like the roast butternut ravioli to amazing mains such as the crispy roasted free-range duck, and an extensive wine list; you’re sure to have a great time enjoying a meal under the stars.
Where: 2 Avonmore, Center, 9th Avenue, Morningside, Durban
When: Mondays and Saturdays 6 pm – 9:30 pm; Tuesday to Friday 12 pm – 3:30 pm, 6 pm – 9:30 pm; closed on Sundays
Cost: R300 for two people
Contact details: 031 312 9134