With only two weeks remaining until Valentine’s Day, now is the time to choose a romantic lunch or dinner venue for you and your other half, and book a table. From the Southern Suburbs to north of the “boerewors gordyn”, here are our favourite restaurants for wining and dining….
Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Estate carries a resounding reputation as one of Cape Town’s finer restaurants, where the food is always exceptional and the setting elegant and trendy. Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin transforms “hook to cook” seafood that comes straight from the ocean into the most extraordinarily delicious dishes, which pair beautifully with Steenberg estate’s wines.
Blanko Restaurant, Alphen Hotel
This contemporary Italian eatery is located in the pinnacle of luxury at the iconic Alphen Hotel in Constantia. Blanko boasts a vibrant “all day” atmosphere, where locals can eat and drink to their hearts’ content in a series of beautifully designed spaces within a heritage location.
Where: Alphen Boutique Hotel, Constantia, Cape Town
Contact: 021 795 6313 or 021 795 6300
Cheyne’s, Hout Bay
Located in the historic and picturesque valley of Hout Bay, Cheyne’s restaurant serves Pacific Rim cuisine – a combination of Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking techniques, local freshness, and a host of other cultural and culinary influences. All ingredients, as far as possible, are locally sourced, creating the most memorable dining experience this Valentine’s Day.
Where: Main Road, Scott Estate, Cape Town
Contact: 066 412 3289
Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
Last year, Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia was rated number 6 in the Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa (2018) at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Chefs Peter Tempelhoff and Farrel Hirsch serve exceptional cuisine that is inspired by the abundance and diversity of resources offered by our local landscape – ocean, garden, veld and farmlands.
Where: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town
Contact: 021 795 6226
La Colombe, Constantia
La Colombe is a Cape Town icon where one is treated to a truly epic food experience that lasts several hours and is unrelenting in its perfection. Locally, La Colombe consistently blows the competition out of the water, routinely appearing in Eat Out Awards’ Top 10 Restaurants list. The point is this: if you want to impress your Valentine, take him or her here!
Quentin at Oakhurst, Hout Bay
Located on one of the original Hout Bay farms, Quentin at Oakhurst restaurant and cellar follows in the footsteps of generations of family food farming and cooking traditions. Here, superlative food and hospitality reminiscent of a bygone era of refinement await couples looking for a real treat this Valentine’s Day.
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Owned and run by German chef Harald Bresselschmidt, Aubergine is a sophisticated, romantic restaurant located in a historical home in the Gardens area. The restaurant has been delighting diners since 1996, combining a rich history with contemporary style, innovative food, and classic service.
Carne at Kloof
The restaurant’s name and central theme may have guests anticipating a heavy menu that would make a caveman happy. In reality, the food here is authentically Italian, striking the perfect balance between comfort and elegance, and features a delicious, honest balance of meat-centric dishes. Pair the food with a gorgeous red wine and let the romance unfold!
Where: 153 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: 021 426 5566
FYN, City Centre
Every dish within Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s new restaurant is new, interesting, and delicious, leaving no corner of the palate wanting for seasoning or texture. With flawless service and a brilliant wine selection, it’s clear why FYN has so quickly endeared itself to the Cape Town food scene. If you want to spoil your loved one with a truly epic food experience, FYN has got to be your destination.
Kloof Street House
Set in a magnificent Victorian house at the foot of Cape Town’s vibrant Kloof Street, Kloof Street House is an experience as enigmatic as it is intimate. This grand old dame is more than just a restaurant; it is a collection of interesting rooms and spaces, each bursting with a character of its own and romantically bathed in candlelight.
Where: 30 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: 021 423 4413
RIVA, De Waterkant
RIVA is an Italian fish restaurant located in the trendy De Waterkant village that’s all about beautiful, fresh seafood, the menu of which changes weekly, served with the kind of passion and warmth that one could only expect from an authentic Italian eatery.
The Test Kitchen, Woodstock
The Test Kitchen is no stranger to the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, having landed # 1 position for several consecutive years. The Test Kitchen opened its doors in November 2010 and has celebrated Chef Luke Dale-Roberts cooking at his most creative in a distinctive contemporary space. Simply put, an evening here is a treat of epic proportions and is guaranteed to impress your date!
Location: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Contact: 021 447 2337
Tomo is a Japanese/Asian-fusion restaurant on the corner of Shortmarket and Loop Street. The menu draws inspiration from a wide variety of Asian cuisines and its mouth-watering dishes are served at small, intimate tables in an environment that nurtures sharing and socialising.
From the exceptionally talented team who brought you La Mouette in Sea Point comes the fine dining Upper Bloem eatery, located on Green Point’s popular restaurant strip. Together with La Mouette’s Henry Vigar, Executive chef André Hill serves up a gorgeous selection of nine sharing plates that pay homage to his childhood in the Bo Kaap and to the uniquely South African cuisine that originates from this culturally rich area.
Azure at Twelve Apostles
Savour seafood and the finest indigenous and international cuisine at Azure Restaurant, dramatically located above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gorgeous backdrop against which to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Where: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 021 437 9029
Bobo’s Brasserie, Mouille Point
Bobo’s Brasserie is a whimsical take on the traditional continental eatery, with commanding seafront views, a colourfully contemporary setting, and a menu featuring a modern interpretation of French bistro classics.
Where: 29 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town,
Contact: 021 439 9027
La Mouette, Sea Point
Chefs Henry Vigar and Andre Hill offer ever changing, seasonally inspired menus paired with a meticulously selected array of wines. La Mouette restaurant is housed in a in a beautiful, original feature Tudor home that was once home to the mayor of Cape Town’s family.
Where: 78 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Contact: 021 433 0856
The Tintswalo Atlantic dining room provides a picturesque, cosy setting to enjoy beautifully presented and delicious cuisine. The lodge dining room leads out onto an expansive wooden deck and enjoys sublime ocean views and fresh sea air. It’s a devastatingly romantic venue to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Where: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 201 0025
Cassia Eatery, Nitida Wine Estate
Get wined and dined at the beautiful Cassia Eatery, which overlooks lush vineyards and a reed-lined pond. Choose from a diverse menu prepared by Chef Barend Gouws and his team and enjoy Nitida’s award-winning wines, while relaxing on the atmospheric deck.
Where: Nitida Wine Farm Tygerberg Valley Road, M13, Durbanville
Contact: 021 976 0640
Groot Phesantekraal Wines and Restaurant, Durbanville
The farm at Groot Phesantekraal has an astonishing 320-year history with some heavyweight South African characters, such as Simon van der Stel and Olof Bergh, having played a key role in its narrative. The recently refurbished restaurant dates back to 1767 and is a popular place for breakfast and lunch, offering a seasonally inspired menu of rustic, country-style dishes.
Where: Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Way (R302), Durbanville
Contact: 021 825 0060, email@example.com
Homespun by Matt, Table View
Homespun is the result of Chef Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe. Whether he’s been flying high in the skyscrapers of Frankfurt or personally road-testing the delicacies of South East Asia, he’s drawn inspiration from all his experiences and has brought them back home to this beautifully styled, intimate bistro.
Where: 1 Porterfield Road, Table View, Cape Town
Contact: 021 556 2824
Jerry’s Burger Bar, Blouberg
For a more casual and vibrant atmosphere this Valentine’s Day, head to Jerry’s Burger Bar in Blouberg. With spectacular views of Table Mountain across the bar, a fabulous cocktail menu, and possibly the best burgers in Cape Town, you can expect a fun evening of delicious food, without the pressure (and expense) of fine dining.
Where: 1st Floor Portico Building, Athens Road, Blouberg
Contact: 021 556 0852
Towers Restaurant, Century City
Located at the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers in Century City, guests can experience exceptional dining at Towers Restaurant, which offers an internationally inspired menu, an elegant atmosphere, and superior service. Enjoy delectable cuisine cooked to perfection with the finest of ingredients!
Where: Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, Century Boulevard, Century City
Contact: 021 525 3888
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Forever gone should be the days of gifting cheap boxes of chocolates or miniature teddy bears in coffee cups that read: “You’re the one” or “Be my Valentine”. If he or she is special to you, then how about showing them what it really means to feel special with a culinary experience they’ll never forget? There are few better ways to celebrate Valentines Day than by whisking your sweetheart off to a restaurant in our spectacular winelands, where the food is a gastronomic experience, the wine is award winning, and the views so beautiful they’ll bring tears to your eyes.
Here is our list of the most beautiful and romantic Cape Winelands restaurants to treat your loved one to this Valentine’s Day. Just make sure you book early to avoid missing out – they’re popular for a reason!
Buitenverwachting Restaurant, Constantia
The Restaurant at Buitenverwachting is situated in one of the estate’s original thatch buildings and forms part of the historic complex of the wine estate. Combine this historic charm with delicious, refined but rustic-traditional dishes and the estate’s gorgeous cool-climate wines and you’ve got guaranteed romance!
Where: Buitenverwachting Wine Estate, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia
Contact: 021 794 3522
Cavalli Estate, Somerset West
Cavalli, with its waterside setting, sweeping mountain vistas, and top-notch food, is an absolute masterpiece and an incredibly romantic venue to spend Valentine’s Day. Before you eat, though, take your sweetheart for a wine tasting in their absolutely beautiful, artistic tasting room downstairs from the restaurant.
Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek
Maison Estate has to be one of the most glorious settings on Earth and is a venue where guests can drink in spectacular views of the vineyards and mountains while drinking, in equal measure, the estate’s beautiful wines. The interior is cosy, rustic, and oh-so romantic, and the food (by Chef David Schneider) an ode to gastronomy.
De Grendel Wine Estate & Restaurant, Durbanville
Delicious food, award-winning wine, and an outlook over Cape Town and Table Mountain that will break your heart…De Grendel – a wine estate belonging to the Durbanville wine route – has all the ingredients for a romantic lunch or dinner, perhaps preceded by a wine-tasting!
Where: De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama
Contact: 021 558 6280
Durbanville Hills Restaurant, Durbanville
The first thing you notice as you enter Durbanville Hill’s spectacular winery is the view. With floor to ceiling glass, the restaurant is illuminated with natural light and, to the southwest, affords guests spectacular views over Cape Town and, to the northeast, rolling hills carpeted by vineyards. The food is honest and delicious, and their reserve wine range is sure to impress!
Where: Durbanville Hills Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms
Contact: 021 558 1300, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Wild ingredients loom large, with everything from wild geese to wild mushrooms and wild herbs ending up on the plate in some shape or form. With this changing harvest, the menu is tweaked almost daily according to what lands up in the kitchen.” Need we say more? Foliage is an absolute treat for that special plus one.
Where: 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 2328
Indochine at Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch
Located within the spectacularly beautiful Delaire Graff Estate near the top of Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, Indochine serves Asian-fusion cuisine with a South African twist. Grandiose yet elegant, this fine dining theatre has been expertly curated with fine taste and a pervasive appreciation for bold art. To dine at Indochine is to delight all the senses.
La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek
This award-winning sister restaurant to La Colombe has just made its debut in the Top 10 under the leadership of Chef John Norris-Rogers. Couple the exquisite and innovative food experience with the restaurant’s location in the devastatingly romantic town of Franschhoek, and you may as well start writing your vows!
Where: Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 202 3395
La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
Snuggled into the fynbos carpeted slopes of the Olifants Pass, La Petite Ferme delivers the ultimate trifecta to visitors to the sublimely beautiful Franschhoek valley: luxury guest suites, a beautiful restaurant, and an intimate, small scale wine farm that produces several award-winning wines.
Where: Pass Road, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 3016
Photo by Claire Gunn
Pierneef at La Motte, Franschhoek
Celebrating South Africa’s culinary heritage, lunch (and they only serve lunch) at Pierneef à La Motte treats guests to a sophisticated à la carte menu within the restaurant’s elegant ambience, embraced by beautiful, tranquil gardens. La Motte also bears a lofty reputation for beautiful wine so he or she will be impressed on all fronts!
Protégé is an exciting new casual fine dining eatery operating under the guidance of previous Eat Out Chef of the Year, La Colombe’s Scot Kirton. The vibe here is casual and comfortable, without compromising on food flavour and presentation. So, you can impress your date without the pressure of fine dining.
Where: 18 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 224 0801
The Werf at Boschendal
The Werf Restaurant is Boschendal Wine Estate’s flagship eatery and is located in the Manor House’s original wine cellar. With a charming farmhouse atmosphere that is rustic, yet sophisticated, The Werf makes for a wonderful experience of a meal, especially since every ingredient was likely harvested from their farm’s soils that very morning!
Where: The Werf, Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley
Contact: 021 870 4206, email@example.com
The Jordan Restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
One of the first signature chef restaurants in the Cape Winelands, the Jordan Restaurant brings top chef George Jardine’s brand of contemporary fare from city to country. The restaurant features a tranquil terrace with stunning views overlooking the vineyards and lake next to the Jordan cellar and tasting room.
Where: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 881 3612, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manor Kitchen at Lanzerac Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Known equally through the years for award-winning wines and acclaimed restaurants, this historic estate of Lanzerac has established itself as one of Stellenbosch’s top gourmet destinations, making it the perfect spoil this Valentine’s Day, especially if you book a newly refurbished suite to stay in after dinner and a wine-tasting!
Terroir at Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Located on the family owned wine farm Kleine Zalze, the restaurant Terroir is one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Cape Winelands. It’s won countless awards under the stewardship of head chef Michael Broughton and has views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains. Also, the food and wine are outstanding – a real treat for that someone special!