Pet Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town
Not all restaurants are averse to your four-legged best friend joining you at the dinner table. Many have water bowls on hand, some keep biscuits for a welcome treat and a few offer a pet menu. If you are looking for a pet-friendly restaurant in Cape Town to take your canine companion, I (and my dog) recommend you visit one of these eateries.
1. 12 Apostles Hotel, Camps Bay
I haven’t personally eaten a
meal at The Café Grill or the Leopard Bar, but I was lucky enough to enjoy a Sunday buffet lunch in the hotel’s Azure Restaurant last year. So I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed as everything at the 12 Apostles is top-notch. Dogs under knee height are welcome to stay with you in specially selected rooms (with a courtyard) and they are allowed into The Café Grill and the Leopard Bar (not Azure Restaurant). So why not take your hound along to High Tea, where they can feast on something from their own special pet menu. Think “Meaty Muncher” (chunks of steak in gravy) for R65, “Woof Waffles” (grilled waffle with chopped up boerewors and gravy) for R45, along with branded dog foods.
Contact: Tel 021 437 9029, www.12apostleshotel.com
2. Blonde & Beard, Muizenberg
A funky little joint by the sea on Surfer’s Corner that serves a great breakfast (their classic breakfast is a bargain R35) and delicious Origin coffee, along with tapas, burgers and gourmet sandwiches. The restaurant itself is modern and bright with simple furniture and fun décor. Tablecloths are brown sheets of paper and there are flowers on each table. You can sit at tables inside or outside, or get really comfortable on their comfy couches upstairs. If you are also not a coffee person, I can really recommend their chai latte (best I have had so far). They also have a coffee & cake special on Sundays for R35. Dogs on leashes are most welcome at this seaside spot.
Contact: Tel 021 788 1569, facebook.com/BlondeAndBeard
3. Café Paradiso, Kloof Street
One of Madame Zingara’s charming collection of restaurants, Café Paradiso has seating indoors, on balconies, in a large garden and a courtyard. I can heartily recommend the open sandwich with Moroccan pulled pork, minted tzatziki & grilled nectarines (R65). It’s great for families: children can make cupcakes and gingerbread men in the bakery (classes until 20:00), while those with dogs can enjoy the garden or courtyard areas. Note that the garden area closes when there are high winds and the courtyard is small with limited seating. So best to call ahead and book if you really want to take your canine companion with you.
Contact: Tel 021 423 8653, www.cafeparadiso.co.za
4. Caffé Verdi, Chelsea Village, Wynberg
Caffé Verdi, just across the road from Maynardville Park, is something of an institution in Chelsea Village where locals and those in the know meet for drinks and a meal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. They do breakfasts and light meals, including salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and pastas. Their wood-fired pizzas are definitely delicious and I can personally recommend The Pigsty (bacon, feta, avo and rocket) for R82. They also have pub quiz night on a Tuesday (R30 per person). Dogs are welcome in the sunny courtyard area.
Contact: Tel 021 762 0849, www.caffe-verdi.co.za
5. Company’s Gardens Restaurant (Harlem & Hope)
The latest offering from Madame Zingara doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of seating under the trees or indoors, and a wide menu for all tastes and budgets. The weaver’s nest chairs are an absolute delight and so original – just as you would expect from the Madame! After lunch (or breakfast) you can clamber into a weaver’s nest chair and have a siesta while the kids play on the jungle gym or on the collection of wooden animals. Or take on the family at a game of outdoor chess if you are feeling more energetic. Dogs are most welcome to join you at a table outside.
Contact: Tel 021 423 2919, www.haarlemandhope.com
6. Dunes Beach Restaurant and Bar, Hout Bay
Dunes is an institution in Hout Bay and has long been popular with those who have children and pets. Although it can get windy at times, it’s in a truly beautiful spot right by the sea and there are often live bands over weekends, creating a festive atmosphere. They have a breakfast buffet (from R65) on Sundays and a discounted winter menu which is always great value for money.
Contact: Tel 021 790 1876, www.dunesrestaurant.co.za
7. La Belle Café & Bakery, Alphen Hotel, Constantia
This Parisian-style bakery in the heart of a historical hotel in leafy Constantia is a must if you love pastries, cakes and deserts – as well as macaroons! If you’re not a huge fan of sweet things, they also serve breakfasts and light meals. Everything is freshly baked on the premises and the herbs and veggies are picked from the hotel’s garden. The restaurant also features a deli section where you can buy local and homemade treats including charcuterie, cheeses, confectioneries, condiments and preserves. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at your table outside, with water bowls provided.
Contact: Tel 021 795 6336, www.alphen.co.za
8. Loco Lounge, Harfield Village, Claremont
A charming eatery on Harfield Village’s popular restaurant strip, owned by an entertaining and well-travelled couple, Loco Lounge is a place where you’ll find dishes that are 99.9 per cent preservative free and taste so good! Go there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or tuck into their reasonably-priced tapas selection with a cocktail (my personal favourite is the Vampire’s Delight). They also have a “burger and a beer” special for R50 on Mondays to Thursdays. Your canine friend is welcome to join you at a table outside and they also get a treat.
Contact: Tel 021 671 6054, www.locolounge.co.za
9. Ons Huise, Blouberg
I fell in love with this popular spot in Blouberg many years ago and when I popped in again recently, I was pleased to see that not much has changed. Ons Huise is still quaint (I love the old photos and fisherman-cottage-style décor inside), still serves great food at reasonable prices, and it really does have a spectacular view of the ocean. It’s also fairly protected from the wind, which is a huge bonus. I recommend you try their mussel pot (R55), but don’t let the fact that it’s a starter fool you. I can almost guarantee that after scooping up all the remaining delicious creamy sauce with slices of roosterkoek, you’ll be wanting a nap! Dogs are welcome and there’s even a special water fountain for them (perfect after a run on the beach).
Contact: Tel 021 554 1553, www.onshuise.co.za
10. Pastis Brasserie, Constantia
Another Constantia stalwart is Pastis Brasserie, where you can enjoy half-price breakfasts every day of the week during off-season (until 10:30 on weekends and noon during the week). It’s almost worth going there every day for their French toast with bacon for R25, or their gigantic market omelette for R30! Plus keep an eye out for their great winter specials, which often include two
meals for the price of one. There’s also a popular bar area that serves reasonably-priced cocktails and a variety of local craft beers. All dogs are most welcome to join you outside, while small dogs are allowed inside on your lap during winter.
Contact: Tel 021 794 8334, www.pastisbrasserie.co.za
11. Red Herring, Noordhoek
When I first went to The Red Herring many years ago, I loved the story about a legendary local Jack Russel who stole everyone’s hearts (so much so that the pub upstairs was named after him). Skebangas pub, along with The Red Herring, has undergone a facelift and I have to say I was fairly impressed at my last visit. The courtyard area features comfortable couches, the restaurant’s interior is cosy and warm, while the pub upstairs is more modern, but still boasts a fantastic view. Their pizzas are some of the best in town – try the Red Herring (smoked chicken, camembert, rocket and swirl of balsamic vinegar) for R89. They also have a very reasonably-priced tapas/canapes menu if you’re on a budget, or just looking for a snack to accompany your beer or cocktail. Dogs are still always welcome, with water bowls and much fussing-over provided.
Contact: Tel 021 789 1783, www.theredherring.co.za
12. Rhodes Memorial Restaurant & Tea Garden
I haven’t been to this restaurant for a while, but have always enjoyed the times that I’ve popped in. It has a fantastic view that can be enjoyed from the tables outside during summer and it’s warm and cosy by the fire inside during winter. Their breakfasts are good, but it’s their curries and soups that I really enjoy, making it one of my favourite winter spots. There are hiking trails near the restaurant where you can take your dog for a good walk to build up an appetite, or to walk off your meal. You should definitely take a stroll down the 47 stairs of Rhodes Memorial (one for each year of his life). It makes for a fine view of the Mother City whilst you digest a good meal. Dogs are welcome and they will love the biscuits from the giant doggie-biscuit jar.
Contact: Tel 021 687 0000, www.rhodesmemorial.co.za
Posted February 23, 2015 by Rachel Robinson & filed under Restaurants. Getaway Magazine