Relaxed holiday eating and lungful’s of fresh air, along with some of the Cape’s top views of mountain and seascapes ensure these family-friendly restaurants deliver on great food and friendly atmosphere’s to be enjoyed together with the whole family.
Famous for: Authentic Italian cuisine all the way from the warm heart of Italy and brought to Hout Bay just for you!
First established in Sea Point in 1998 by Enrico and Gioacchino, the Posticino brand is a legendary Cape Town secret now over 18 years old but still infused with their unique blend of energy and personality in every fantastic dish.
The Hout Bay Posticino was opened in 2013, situated just before the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and follows the same winning formula as the original restaurant.
Run on a combination of love, family, friendship, great food and a passion for everything Italian, every customer is welcomed as if they were walking into a family gathering. Grab grandma, load up the kids and while away some upbeat hours of talking, eating and sharing… your stomach will thank you for it!
Where: 6 Main Road, Hout Bay
Reservations: +27 21 7911166
Famous for: uncomplicated food, close to source, made with love for eating out or at home.
In the La Cuccina kitchen, every meal is made from scratch using only the best of locally produced ingredients, close to source. Whether eating in their restaurant or ordering their ready meals online for home, you will love their selection of either traditional, vegetarian, vegan, low carb, diary-free, or gluten-free dishes that promote health right along with a La Cuccina sense of tradition and originality.
The kitchen at La Cuccina is particularly proud to be working with so many small, local, artisan food producers who are behind much of what they sell through their restaurant. From local bee keepers and meat curers to cheese makers and free-range chicken and egg farmers, guests are guaranteed to find locally produced ingredients that is created and prepared from genuine instincts and a love of good food.
Where: Victoria Mall, Hout Bay
Contact: +27 21 7908008
Famous for: Family, food and paying it forward…
Welcome to Massimo’s in Hout Bay, hosted by husband and wife team Massimo & Tracy. Whether looking for spuntino (meaning ‘snack’ in Italian), ideal with an aperitif or a glass of bubbly or daily specials, pizza, pasta and dessert dishes, this child-friendly restaurant reflects a fresh seasonal menu with a wide variety of taste sensations.
Home-made traditional recipes and light crispy pizza bases in stoneground unbleached flour with only the finest mozzarella cheese ensure you can’t go wrong when looking for a lively, embracing atmosphere along with heart-warming experiences.
Where: Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay
Reservations: +27 21 7905648
Chapmans Peak Hotel
Famous for: its spectacular views at the start of Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Established over 25 years ago, Chapmans Peak Hotel has become known as the grand old lady of outdoor seafood restaurants with a reputation for its famous calamari and seafood dishes. Its sunny terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy the day’s lingering sunsets, with spectacular views of the beach, Atlantic Ocean and the harbour in the background. For wintery day, indoor fireplaces allow guests to enjoy their just-as-spectacular menu or as a meeting place to drop in for a social drink. Locals and visitors come for its relaxed atmosphere and local and imported beers on tap or take a stroll into the wine cellar and choose your favourite bottle of vintage red wine or peruse the extensive wine list to accompany your meal.
The house speciality is its succulent Calamari or choose from a variety of seafood choices on the menu from West Coast lobster (crayfish), prawns or freshly-caught fish or grilled steaks and succulent salads.
Where: Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 7901036
Famous for: Close neighbour to Chapmans Peak Hotel and with the beach and waves close enough to lap your toes, Dunes Restaurant is situated on Hout Bay Beach, with stunning views of Chapman’s Peak and the surrounding mountains.
Stroll the beach followed by a scrumptious breakfast, delicious lunch or family meal, Dunes serves up sushi, catch of the day, traditional fish and chips or pizza, pasta and steak. Best of all, adjacent to the terrace is their popular children’s playground so while the children play, Mum and Dad can enjoy a well-earned break in its beautiful setting on the edge of the sea.
Where: 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay
Reservations: 021 7901876
Famous for: its warm welcome by owner Spiro and authentic Greek fare.
With a laid-back atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff, Spiros offers a warm, family style restaurant atmosphere with one of the best kid’s play areas in the valley, second only to its food offering. For those wanting a little more peace and quiet, there are separate dining areas for those without young one’s in tow. With a traditional Greek menu offering something for everyone, there are also shared platter options for meze or family style eating.
Eat al fresco, in any one of the dining rooms or in the sports bar but expect a jovial atmosphere and a guarantee of being served traditional food made with love and care.
Where: 30 Main Road, Hout Bay
Contact: T: 021 7913897
Not sure where or how to choose your family-occasion local eating experience? Speak to Grant & Silvia Viljoen at Waterland for a personal recommendation or even better yet – chat to either of their young sons Sebastian or Gabrielle as to which is their favorite restaurant to visit with mom and dad. Call Grant on T: +27 82 6021005.