A selection of my favourite Sunday Roast spots in Cape Town.  They are all absolutely delicious and excellent value for money. Many of the restaurants are pet-friendly too!

I am a big fan of the English tradition of Sunday Roast! As a child growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe, Sunday was the day we did a farm tour with my dad to see what was happening with the crops and livestock, followed by a roast (complete with rice AND roast potatoes) and an afternoon nap. I still like to keep up with that tradition when I can – well at least the roast and nap part!

Here are my favourite Sunday roast finds in Cape Town so far. I will add to the list as I go (or eat) along!

Dixies Restaurant & Pub, Glencairn

What you get: Soup starter, plated roast with roast potatoes, rice and vegetables and a dessert.
Cost: R115 per person
Pet-friendly: Yes

Dixies is a Cape Town stalwart where you can find good food and good company, all served with a fantastic view any day of the week. Their Sunday roast is the winner when it comes to the amount of food you get and how much you pay. In fact, their prices have only gone up by about R10 in the past two years!

There’s always soup as a starter, followed by either roast pork or lamb (you can request half and half) served with a portion of rice, roast potatoes and two vegetables – often creamed spinach and butternut. Dessert is usually a chocolate mousse with cream, served in a wine glass. All the delicious food that we know and love for a bargain!

They have two sittings, one at 12h00 and the other at 14h00 and you need to book. I prefer the late sitting as you can sit back and relax after all that food!

Tel: 021 786 2105, visit their Facebook page

The Brasserie, Tokai

What you get: Plated roast with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetable sides with gravy
Cost: R152 per person
Pet-friendly: Yes

I have had many of the most delicious and generous platefuls of food at this popular family-friendly restaurant. Other than Dixies, The Brasserie is my go-to for a roast lunch as I know that I am going to enjoy a hearty meal at a very reasonable price. I also like the fact that you can take your own wine, with corkage at R40.

The Sunday roast offering varies but you can be assured of a good plateful of food. Pictured above is one of my many roasts – this one being roast pork, roast chicken, roasted potatoes, butternut, cauliflower cheese, gravy and a giant Yorkshire pudding… Yum!

It is best to book your spot as they are very popular.

Tel: 087 700 3273, visit their Facebook page

Wild Fig Restaurant, Observatory

What you get: Plated roast sirloin, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, roasted vegetables and rice.
Cost: R140 per person
Pet-friendly: Yes

The Wild Fig has always been a winner for me – but to be honest I have spent more time in their pub than the actual restaurant! I popped in there at the end of 2021 for their roast (my photo may be a bit outdated) and the food was a delicious as it was beautiful. The restaurant itself is very charming and, as mentioned earlier, I am a firm fan of their cosy pub!

Sunday Roast is from 12h00 with last orders at 15h00. It is advisable to book as it sells out quick!

Tel: 021 448 0507, visit their Facebook page

Lime Tree Café, Bergvliet

What you get: Menu changes weekly, but expect two roasts, Yorkshire pudding and sides with gravy.
Cost: R140 / R150 per person
Pet-friendly: Yes

One weekend a friend and I decided last minute (on Sunday), that a Sunday roast was a fine idea and managed to book ourselves in at the Lime Tree Cafe. They had been advertising their roasts for some time and I can tell you that it did not disappoint.

We tucked into roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast pork leg (we had half and half) served with a creamy potato bake, sweet & sour beetroot, roast vegetables and gravy. It really was a huge plateful of food that caused a bit of a food coma! A nap was had shortly afterwards…

Booking is advisable, even if last minute! They also do takeaway roast lunch if you’d like to dine at home or want to gift a friend.

Tel: 021 712 1497, visit their Facebook page

The Cellars Hohenort, Constantia

What you get: Plated roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal garden vegetables, followed by Malva Pudding with vanilla crème anglaise and ice cream.
Cost: R225 per person
Pet-friendly: Yes

If you want to up your Sunday roast game, but not kill your budget, then do visit the charming Cellars Hohenort. It’s part of the Liz McGrath collection, so you know it’s going to be stylish! And to be honest, for an establishment of this calibre, their Sunday roast offering very affordable. The wines may set you back a bit though!

As you would imagine, everything is beautifully presented while the waitrons are charming and efficient. It’s the first time I have ever been asked how I would like my roast beef – medium rare, why thank you! Not mentioned in the set menu is a bowl of homemade bread and breadsticks that you can munch on while you wait for your roast to arrive. So much food!

After lunch, if you can remove yourself from your chair, take a walk through their beautiful gardens – the Camphor trees are the oldest in Cape Town.  

Tel: 021 794 2137, visit their Facebook page

Ricks Café Americain,  Kloof Street, Gardens

What you get: Slow-roasted leg of lamb, roast potatoes and roast vegetables with a rosemary gravy.
Cost: R155 per person
Pet-friendly: No

I have been frequenting Rick’s for years and absolutely love their new spot in Kloof Street (near the Checkers). Three floors, all beautifully designed with Moroccan furnishings and décor, along with a few quirky surprises. You can either have a table on the first floor by the fireplace, or outside on the deck with a fantastic view of Table Mountain. They do Sunday roast Moroccan-style here – you will be presented with a large hunk of roast lamb (no delicate slices here) on a bed of roasted potatoes and vegetables all smothered in a rich rosemary gravy. It’s different, but delicious!

Note: If you fancy a long and lazy Sunday afternoon, book your table for later in the day. Their Happy Hour starts at 15h00…

Tel: 021 822 1100, visit their Facebook page

A bit further afield

I know this is about Cape Town roasts, but these guys are too good to be left out. I may have to do a separate Hermanus Sunday roast post once I have done a bit more investigation – and eating!

Moltenos, Onrus

What you get: A plated roast with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, rice, vegetables and gravy.
Cost: R130 per person
Pet-friendly: Yes

When I mentioned my penchant for a good Sunday roast while in Hermanus, everyone was very quick to suggest Moltenos. And it’s easy to see why when you go there. It’s a charming and relaxed restaurant that offers good food (not just roasts) and any restaurant that’s popular with the locals is always a good bet.

Note: They open at 18h00 on other days of the week. Best to phone and book your spot for Sunday the Friday or Saturday night before.

Tel: 028 316 2658, visit their Facebook page

Inside info
OK Foods in The Gateway Centre along the main road into Hermanus does a fantastic Sunday roast deal for R80. Trust me on this one – I am a huge fan! It may not have all the frills and isn’t Instagram perfect, but it’s really good and the portions are epic. You will be able to tuck into that roast for days. One portion can honestly feed two to three people! Expect a stack of roast beef and pork, rice, potatoes and huge spoonfuls of vegetables with gravy.  But don’t get there too late (around noon is generally good) as those in the know get in there quick!

Published July 2022 | Own cost