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Hartbeespoort Dam Restaurants

The Pick of Hartbeespoort Dam Restaurants

What could possibly be more appealing than getting out of the city, back to glorious nature and a huge expanse of water, and then having a delicious meal at one of Hartbeespoort Dam’s restaurants? The setting is perfect and so too is the climate, day or night, winter or summer.

On weekends, especially Sundays, numerous Gauteng residents break away to our area to spend a day or the entire weekend soaking up the unique atmosphere of Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounding area, stopping for snacks, lunch or dinner at various eateries, coffee shops and restaurants.

Somehow, food just seems to taste better here, so perhaps the unsullied fresh air has an effect on appetites and we believe that the excellent fare at our La Rouge restaurant is enough to whet the appetite of even the most discerning palate.

The popularity of our extensive Sunday Country Lunch buffet certainly seems to support this – adults feast for R150 per person and children dine at half price, transforming a Sunday excursion into an affordable delight for the entire family. Menus are changed weekly, ensuring that something new awaits our diners who look forward to experiencing the enjoyment of different dishes on highly anticipated return visits.

La Rouge Restaurant

Our quaint La Rouge restaurant is loaded with ambience and character, serving a full English breakfast to start the day in the best possible, scrumptious way. Throughout the day, a light meal/snack menu is perfect to take the edge off hunger pains, while guests look forward to a gourmet, fine dining experience in the evenings.

Guests are invited to relax and bid the day’s sun goodbye, sipping a cocktail or sundowner at the Fire Fly before moving to La Rouge for a gourmet’s delight, lovingly prepared by our master chef. European cuisine is subtly infused with hints of African flavours and influence, the ideal marriage of both culinary arts and cultures.

This restaurant, estate, luxury hotel, wedding and conference venue is owned by a highly regarded catering company with more than 30 years’ experience in the catering and hospitality industry. The company also owns two popular function venues near the famous Voortrekker Monument on the outskirts of Pretoria in addition to this Hartbeespoort destination of choice, overlooking the Dam and the magnificent Magalies Mountains.


Fondly known as “Harties” amongst South Africans, the Hartbeespoort Dam was originally built to irrigate farmland; it still serves as a source for irrigation and now also for domestic and industrial purposes. Construction began in 1916, but numerous delays lay ahead.

Legal problems were encountered, flooding created havoc, the First World War and the Rebellion of Burghers further delayed construction work. Eventually, in 1923 the work was completed, and the road through the mountain tunnel and over the dam wall was built and opened to traffic, still serving as a picturesque crossing to this day, a notable feature of the area.

The tunnel through the base of a mountain is narrow, only allowing one-way traffic at a time. Because of this, vehicles travelling in one direction have to wait until the way is clear of those travelling in the opposite direction before crossing the dam wall and entering the tunnel, and vice versa.

For many years, this vehicle crossing was a major exciting adventure for children and a rather scary, risky undertaking for their parents. However, eventually a traffic light system was installed for safety reasons, and today this operates to ensure that everyone needing to cross gets a fair, safe turn to do so; it may just include a little waiting for one’s turn to go.

So Much to See and Do

Our beloved Harties and immediate surrounding area offers too much worthwhile to see, do and experience, thus you should actually come and spend more than a day here. We offer luxury accommodation in 60 en suite rooms with wonderful views and amenities, not least of which is our pick of Hartbeespoort Dam restaurants.