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….

SOUTHERN SUBURBS

Bistro Sixteen82

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.

Where: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
Contact: 021 713 2211, reservations@bistro1682.co.za
Web: www.steenbergfarm.com

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
Web: www.blanko.co.za 

Kove Blanko
Image: Alphen website

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
Web: https://cheynes.business.site

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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
Web: www.greenhouserestaurant.co.za

GreenhouseLa 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!

Where: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek
Contact: 021 795 0125, www.lacolombe.co.za/book-online
Web: www.lacolombe.co.za

La Colombe

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.

Where: Dorman Way, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 021 790 4888 or bookings@oakhurstbarn.com
Web: www.oakhurstbarn.com

Quentin-at-Oakhurst

CAPE TOWN CBD

Aubergine, Gardens

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.

Where: 39 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: 021 465 4909, info@aubergine.co.za
Web: www.aubergine.co.za 

Aubergine-Gardens

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
Web: www.carne-sa.com 

Carne-on-Kloof

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.

Where: 5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament St, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: 021 286 2736, info@fynrestaurant.com
Web: www.fynrestaurant.com

Peter Tempelhoff FYN

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
Web: www.kloofstreethouse.co.za

Kloof Street House

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.

Where: 24/4 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Contact: rivacapetown@gmail.com, 021 418 0657
Web: www.facebook.com/rivacapetown/

Riva

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
Web: www.thetestkitchen.co.za

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Tomo

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.

Where: 86 Loop Street, Cape Town
Contact: tomocapetown@gmail.com, 021 422 0635
Web: www.facebook.com/TOMOCAPETOWN/

Tomo

Upper Bloem

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.

Where: Shop 1, Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Contact: reservations@ubrestaurant.co.za, 021 433 1442
Web: www.upperbloemrestaurant.co.za

Upper Bloem

ATLANTIC SEABOARD 

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
Web: www.12apostleshotel.com/food-and-drink/azure-restaurant 

Azure
Image: Twelve Apostles Website

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
Web: www.facebook.com/BobosBrasserie/

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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
Web: www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za 

La-Mouette-Dining-Room

Tintswalo Atlantic

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
Web: www.tintswalo.com/atlantic/

Tintswalo-Atlantic-Restaurant

NORTHERN SUBURBS

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
Web: www.nitida.co.za/cassia-restaurant/

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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, restaurant@phesantekraal.co.za
Web: www.grootphesantekraal.co.za

Groot Phesantekraal Restaurant

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
Web: www.homespunbymatt.co.za

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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
Web: www.jerrysburgerbar.co.za/blouberg/

Jerrys-Burger

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
Web: View Restaurant Webpage Here

crystal-towers-hotel

CAPE WINELANDS

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
Web: www.buitenverwachting.com/restaurant.html 

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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.

Where: R44 Highway (Strand Road), Somerset West
Contact: 021 855 3218, restaurant@cavalliestate.com
Web: www.cavallistud.com/restaurant/ 

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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.

Where: Maison Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 2116, cw.maison@gmail.com
Web: www.maisonestate.co.za/restaurant/

Kitchen-at-Maison

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
Web: www.degrendel.co.za 

De-Grendel-Restaurant

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, info@durbanvillehills.co.za
Web: www.durbanvillehills.co.za/restaurant-and-functions/ 

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Foliage, Franschhoek

“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
Web: www.foliage.co.za 

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.

Where: Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 885 8160, guest.relations@delaire.co.za
Web: www.delaire.co.za 

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
Web: www.lapetitecolombe.com

la petite colombeLa 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
Web: www.lapetiteferme.co.za

 La Petite Ferme

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!

Where: La Motte Estate, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 8800, pierneef@la-motte.co.za
Web: www.la-motte.com/pages/pierneef-a-la-motte

Pierneed a la Motte
Pierneef a La Motte

Protégé, Franschhoek

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
Web: www.protegerestaurant.co.za

Protege-restaurant

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, werf@boschendal.co.za
Web: https://www.boschendal.com/eat-and-drink/werf-restaurant

Protege-restaurant

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, restaurant@jordanwines.com
Web: www.jordanwines.com/dine-with-us/jordan-restaurant/

Jordan-Wines-Restaurant

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!

Where: 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 887 1132, restaurants@lanzerac.co.za
Web: www.lanzerac.co.za

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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!

Where: Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Die Boord, Strand Road (R44)
Contact: 021 880 8167, restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za
Web: www.kleinezalze.co.za

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