The Café Grill, on the mountain side, has a more casual, family-orientated air and prides itself on its sushi.
The Leopard Bar, also on the sea side, is unsurprisingly popular for sundowners and also offers an afternoon high tea. It's worth noting that none of these options is exclusive to hotel residents, and competition is stiff at the Leopard Bar, especially as sunset looms. People-watchers may enjoy this unexpected perk: a near-constant parade of patrons puckering up for their phone cameras.
The bottom line
Yes, you're in Cape Town, and yet the 12 Apostles isn't really the sort of hotel where you want to throw down your hat and head out. Its exceptional location, combined with all its in-house allure, really makes it a destination in itself.