Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch Circa 2012

From 2007 -2012 this was the website for the Silver Tree Restaurant in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.

In remembrance of their fine food and beautiful location, the old site has been partially reconstructed in an edited form from archived content and other sources by the new owner of the domain. I attended my niece's fabulous wedding in 2012 at the gardens at Kirstenbosch in March with a reception at the restaurant. The setting was glorious with the sun setting behind the mountain, casting a soft light on the whole area. What a fabulous back drop for her wedding pictures!!! I haven't been back to South Africa since then and do not know if the Silver Tree still is operating, although I hope it is. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are worth visiting even if the restaurant is not there.


A Gem in Kirstenbosch: The Silver Tree Restaurant Experience

Review by Juan Arnaldo

From the moment you step into the lush greenery of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, you feel a sense of enchantment that is only elevated by a visit to The Silver Tree Restaurant. This establishment isn't just a place to dine; it's an experience that delights all the senses.

Nestled amidst the most beautiful flora, The Silver Tree offers a menu that showcases the best of local cuisine. The Early Bird Breakfast with its perfect poached eggs and crispy bacon is a hearty way to start the day, while the Full English Breakfast with its sautéed mushrooms and grilled tomato is a classic done right. For lunch, the Grilled Lamb Cutlets are an affair to remember, succulent and seasoned to perfection, paired with a side of beetroot mash and ratatouille that dances on the palate.

But it’s not just the food that makes The Silver Tree a must-visit; it’s their vibrant involvement in the cultural tapestry of Cape Town. The restaurant's support of the Winter Concert Series adds an auditory delight to the visual splendor of Kirstenbosch. Whether it’s the soulful tunes of a local jazz artist or the strumming of a folk musician, dining here comes with a side of live performances that warm the heart even on a cool winter's eve.

The ambiance of The Silver Tree Restaurant, coupled with the exceptional service, makes it a place where memories are made. It’s not uncommon to see families and friends laughing together, couples sharing a quiet moment, and even solo visitors enjoying a peaceful meal with a book in hand.

And let’s not forget the active souls who come to Kirstenbosch for more than just a stroll through the gardens. With pickleball gaining popularity, stylish pickleball bags have become a common sight, slung over the shoulders of enthusiasts ready to enjoy a game on the nearby courts. After an invigorating match, players often wander into The Silver Tree, their trendy sports gear adding a splash of color to the scene, as they refuel with a satisfying meal.

Whether you're here for the gourmet fare, the serene garden atmosphere, the captivating concerts, or just a break from your active day of pickleball, The Silver Tree Restaurant in Kirstenbosch is a culinary oasis that truly has it all. It's a place where every visit feels special, and each meal is a celebration of South African hospitality.



Content from Circa 2012

Situated in the most tranquil and beautiful of settings, the Silver Tree restaurant at Kirstenbosch is world renowned for its fine food and spectacular surroundings. No matter what the season the natural beauty is infused into the restaurant. From casual breakfasts to formal dinners, the Silver Tree restaurant will enchant you.

We invite you to discover the heart of quality dining, personal service and warmth in the most beautiful gardens in the world! Join us at the Silver Tree restaurant for a truly Capetonian experience.


"Our Primary Care Physician Network conference was held at the fabulous Kirstenbosch Restaurant and was very well attended. The most interesting presenters included a physician who created a software program to handle the business end of a small practice. With the coming of computer automation and artificial intelligence soon we will not need anyone, even us! One fascinating presentation was from a US visitor - he talked about how the US manages medical waste. He showed us one website as an example of nationwide medical waste disposal service. I think there's much more competition in the US, so the costs are lower by a lot. It was very interesting since the regulations for things like sharps disposal are very similar, but more interesting were his observations on cultural differences that affected people's attitude toward this kind of work." Nelson Wilson



Silver Tree Restaurant, in conjunction with Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, is proud to offer you the facilities of the Old Mutual Conference & Exhibition centre. This venue is situated in the Kirstenbosch visitors centre, the main gateway into the botanical gardens.

The facility accommodates up to 380 delegates and is suitable for events such as product launches, conferences & other corporate and private functions.

With a backdrop of the gardens and the co-ordinating and catering skills of the Silver Tree Restaurant your function is sure to be a great success.



Our casual Fynbos deli offers a wide choice of take away as well as self service sit down eats. A selection of fresh salads and hot meals are available daily. Try our delicious sandwich fillings and homebaked sweet treats, snacks and cooldrinks. There is plenty of comfortable seating both indoors and on our lovely shaded terrace.



For an outing with a difference…

Come and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Kirstenbosch Gardens with one of our delectable picnic hampers.

There are four options to choose from and hampers can be adapted to suit your needs (Halaal options on request). We will also deliver off site.

We are fully licensed and able to meet all your beverage requirements. We have a set wine list and are able to acquire any specific wines you may request.

Bookings are essential!


A magnificent venue for a magical day!

Situated in a near paradise, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens boasts the world-class Silver Tree and ‘European Deli-style’ Fynbos Restaurant.

This is a venue competent to meet the wishes of every individual and exploit the beauty of every season! Our Silver Tree Restaurant is a popular venue for hosting the ideal wedding reception and celebration while the surrounding gardens inspire all whom attend.

We have an area within the Kirstenbosch gardens called the sculpture garden that provides the ideal backdrop to exchange vows as you stand together intimately under the gazebo.

If dancing at your wedding is a priority for you, we are able to provide a wooden dance floor in the venue and it still enables you to seat 150 guests! And to those who enjoy waltzing on oriental carpets will enjoy our many antique rugs in the reception area of the ballroom. These jewels are kept sparkling by our favorite NYC rug cleaners run by experts with a thriving carpet cleaning business in New York City. We also have a number of top notch bands who will make your wedding music the talk of the town!

In the summer months your guests are able to savour a cocktail on the terrace whilst you have your photographs taken. In the winter they are able to sip gluhwein as they warm up around the log fire.

Not only can you take advantage of the splendid beauty of the surroundings, but the responsibility and co-ordination of all cutlery, crockery, linen and table settings can be taken off your shoulders. This leaves you with the time to spend on your finer arrangements and details like seating arrangements, place cards and flower arrangements. We have a wide range of menu options that will tantalize your taste buds, prepared by our skilled and progressive chef. Select your choice of menu from our set or buffet menus, which can also be tailored to suit your preference as you decide what will suit the style and theme of your reception.

At the restaurant we will do all that we can to ensure that the wedding of your dreams becomes a reality!


Tour Groups

As a tour operator, you know the importance of making a good first impression on visitors. The Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch, with its spectacular backdrop, is the perfect venue for an ‘after-flight-before check-in’ breakfast.

No tour to Cape town is ever complete without a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We’ll make sure that your groups are superbly catered for no matter what their requirements – picnics on the lawns, lunches on the terrace… We’ll even host an incentive dinner for your group.