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, email@example.com
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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!