Just when you thought you had recovered from the ravages of the festive season, Valentine’s Day pops along to reminds you that your job of making your loved ones feel special is a 365 day-a-year commitment. But with so many fabulously delicious food experiences being offered by fine restaurants all over the Cape, a romantic night for two spent wining and dining isn’t such a bad thing is it? Just be sure to book your table today – this very minute if possible – because dining out on Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly an original idea. 

Quoin Rock Wine Estate

Boasting picturesque views, exquisite cuisine and award-winning wines, the estate promises a magical Valentine’s Day on 14 February, 2020, with the choice of a Quoin Rock Valentine’s picnic, or a romantic daytime or evening experience at Gåte Restaurant.

Quoin Rock Valentine’s Day Picnic 

Affirm your love outdoors from 12h00 to 17h00 in the magnificent setting of the Knorhoek Valley. At R500 per person, Quoin Rock’s daytime picnic basket bistronomy includes ambrosial items such as sustainable foie gras, panna cotta, cheese and charcuterie, with additional unexpected gastronomic surprises.

Unlimited still and sparkling water is included. Each couple also receives a gift hamper consisting of a bottle of Namysto Rosé and beautifully handcrafted chocolates to take home.

Valentine’s Daytime Experience with Francesca Biancoli

Gåte Restaurant is known for its unrivalled cuisine, which marries ingenious aesthetics with ground-breaking culinary offerings – which is just perfect for making a lasting lifetime memory with that significant other. Valentine’s Daytime Experience at Gåte Restaurant is from 12h00 to 15h00.

A delectable Quoin Rock lunch can be enjoyed at R1575 per person. This includes the service charge, a Valentine’s cocktail upon arrival and a 6-course lunch experience with wine or tea pairing.

Each couple will receive a bottle of Namysto Rosé and beautifully handcrafted chocolates to take home. Jazz vocalist Francesca Biancoli will perform.

Valentine’s Dinner Experience at Gåte Restaurant  

Come nightfall, love is in the air at Gåte from 19h00 to 22h00. Nestled amidst the undulating hills of the Simonsberg Mountains, Quoin Rock offers one of the most striking Cape vistas – a pool of greenery enhanced by vineyards illuminated by gorgeous golden sunsets, making this the most romantic of settings. 

Quoin Rock’s sophisticated styling makes for an intimate Valentine’s dinner priced at R1970 per person, which includes a service charge.

Lovebirds can enjoy a Valentines cocktail upon arrival, a 7-course dining experience with the choice of either a wine or tea pairing. Each couple will receive a bottle of Quoin Rock MCC and beautifully handcrafted chocolates to take home.

Reservations for Quoin Rock’s Valentine’s Day picnic, lunch or dinner can be made at http://quoinrock.co.za/news-and-events/  Reservations will be confirmed once full payment is made.

Contact: +27 21 888 4750
Where: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
Web: www.quoinrock.co.za


The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Valentine’s Day is always a celebratory affair at The Cellars-Hohenort – and The Conservatory restaurant is the perfect setting for romance! This year, enjoy a seductive three-course dinner with a welcome drink on arrival from 18h30, priced at R750 per person, in this elegant setting. The meal kicks of with a trio of West Coast oysters, followed by saffron mushroom ravioli with Pancetta-wrapped green asparagus and white truffle aspuma. The main course is The Conservatory’s very special fynbos herb-crusted springbok loin and for dessert, a chocolate mousse that’s served with sweet fondant, ganache and crumble.

Contact: 021 794 2137, coordinator@cellars-hohenort.co.za
Where: The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Web: www.thecellars-hohenorthotel.com

Valentine’s Day dinner at The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort

Valentine’s Day Night Market at Boschendal Wine Estate

Treat your special someone to a romantic picnic basket (R500 per couple) at Boschendal’s Valentine’s Night Market. Each basket is packed with a mouth-watering selection of homemade treats, as well as a bottle of Boschendal Brut Rosé, which can be enjoyed in a spot of your choosing with sweet music by local artist, Nina Stamper. You also stand a chance to win a one-night stay in Boschendal’s Werf Farm Suites for two when you pre-book a Valentine’s picnic basket (redeemable from May to September 2020).

Contact: 021 870 4273/4 or reservations@boschendal.co.za
Where: Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
Web: www.boschendal.com

Valentines Night Market Boschendal

Val de Vie Estate’s Restaurants

Surrounded by three awe-inspiring mountain ranges, Val de Vie Estate falls within the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, where historic farms and the natural splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom beckon visitors from across the globe. Here, there are three popular restaurants, all of which are offering something special for couples this Valentine’s Day:

The Valley Restaurant

The deal: R730 for a three-course set menu (starting at 18:00) with Val de Vie MCC on arrival.

The Polo Club Restaurant

The deal: R795 for a six-course set menu (starting at 18:00) with Val de Vie MCC and roses on arrival.

Reuben’s and Co. Café

The deal: R500 for a three-course set menu (starting at 18:30) with Val de Vie MCC on arrival.

Contact: 021 863 6100, restaurant@valdevie.co.za
Where: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Van Riebeek Drive, Paarl
Web: www.valdevie.co.za

Reuben’s at Val de Vie

One&Only Cape Town

Six-course dinner at Nobu Restaurant

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Nobu Restaurant from 20:00 to 23:00 with a six-course Omakase (‘from the heart’) dinner lovingly created by the Chef for your romantic dining pleasure. The menu consists of classic Nobu dishes – anything from Chilean sea bass, asparagus, beef, shiitake, chicken kushiyaki, scallop and foie gras and more – and will cost R2,200 per person. Plus, every guest will receive a couple’s framed photograph to take home as a memento.

Four-course dinner at Ochre Restaurant

The One&Only Cape Town’s brand-new restaurant, Ochre, will also be spoiling loved ones this Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner (20:00 to 23:00) of internationally inspired South African favourites. Each course will come a special wine pairing and will cost R1,100 per person. Guests will each receive a framed couple photograph to take home and get to enjoy after-dinner drinks and live entertainment on the Vista deck.

Contact: 021 431 5888
Where: One&Only Cape Town, Dock road, V&A Waterfront
Web: www.oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town/

Ochre Restaurant

Valentine’s Day Concert at Franschhoek Cellar

For a slightly more relaxed approach to Valentine’s Day, how about whisking your Lady Love or Prince Charming off for a romantic concert at Franschhoek Cellar, featuring international saxophonist Andrew Young. Start off with an early dinner and wine at The Garden Restaurant before the show starts at 19:30. Tickets cost R200 per person.

Contact: 021 876 2086, fhcellardoor@dgb.co.za
Where: Franschhoek Cellar, R45, Franschhoek
Web: www.franschhoekcellar.co.za


Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is, once again, pulling out all the stops to make its guests feel more pampered than the royal pooches….

Valentine’s High Tea

Pastry Chef Gina Marziani has put together a delectable selection of cakes and pastries that’ll steal your heart. Valentine treats include forest berry and almond madeleines, double chocolate brownies, vanilla and strawberry macarons, cranberry rose crème choux, and citrus caramel verrines. High Tea is served at 10:00, 12:30, and 15:00 daily and costs R325 per person or R375 (vegan)

Valentine’s Dinner at Azure

The combination of occasion and cuisine, this evening has all the elements to make it a night to remember. Romance is on the menu with Chef Christo’s five-course tasting menu in the Azure Restaurant, with spectacular Atlantic Ocean vistas. His offering is a tribute to fresh, local produce and love! Dinner starts at 18:00 and costs R1,375 per person.

Contact: 021 437 9029, restaurants@12apostles.co.za
Where: 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria road, Camps Bay
Web: www.12apostleshotel.com

Image: Twelve Apostles Website

Benguela Cove Wine Estate

Bring your loved one to the Moody Lagoon Restaurant this Valentine’s Day from 18:00 to 21:00 for a romantic five-course meal crafted by chef Annie Badenhorst. Dishes include turmeric risotto, beef fat braised baby carrots, pickled sultanas, smoked yogurt, and orange; and beef sirloin, colours of beetroot, radish, celery, pickled onion, potato, and pomegranate jus. Each course will be paired with perfectly selected coastal wines for a total cost of R550 per person.

Contact: 083 645 6198, info@benguelacove.co.za
Where: R43 Bot River Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus
Web: www.benguelacove.co.za


1920s Themed Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Alba

Join for dinner on the Alba Restaurant Boat on the 14th of February as they cruise back in time to the year 1920. Flaunt your flapper style or your best roaring twenties outfit and the best-dressed couple will take home tickets for a bubbly brunch cruise for two. The cruise departs at 19:00 (returning at 21:00) and costs R695 per person, including a three-course meal, wine pairing, and your two-hour cruise.

Contact: bookings@thealba.co.za, 065 975 8060
Where: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Web: www.thealba.co.za


Valentine’s Day Picnic at Jordan Wine Estate

Relax on the lawns at Jordan Wine Estate, under the stars and the Stellenbosch night sky, with breath taking views of the Stellenbosch mountains at sunset. Enjoy a lovingly packed picnic basket for two (R850 per basket) filled to the brim with delectable treats and love from The Bakery at Jordan. As the sun sets, a fire show courtesy of The Psychedelic Theatre will keep you entertained. And finally, each couple leaves with a Valentine’s gift from the team at Jordan.

Contact: 021 881 3004, thebakery@jordanwines.com
Where: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof road, Stellenbosch
Web: www.jordanwines.com


Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate

Indulge your love for the Grande life this Valentine’s Day at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in the heart of Franschhoek. On arrival, couples will be welcomed with oysters and bubbly to set the scene for the romance. Chef Marvin Robyn will be spoiling couples with a sensuous 4-course Valentine’s menu (R800 per person). Dinner guests can book for three different sittings at 18:30, 19:30 or 20:00. Alternatively, the Valentine’s picnic basket (R600 per person) will be available all day until 16:00, and is pure abundance packed to the brim with delicious artisanal foods. Pre-paid bookings are essential.

Contact: 021 876 8600, events@grandeprovence.co.za
Where: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Web: www.grandeprovence.co.za


Copa Restaurant at the Pepperclub Hotel

The chef at the Pepperclub Hotel’s Copa Restaurant has prepared the ultimate dinner experience for a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration. Enjoy a romantic four-course wine paired dinner, a shared dessert, and live music for just R650 per person. You’ll also get a glass of bubbly on arrival!

Contact: 021 812 8888, copa@pepperclub.co.za
Where: corner of Loop and Pepper streets, Cape Town
Web: www.pepperclub.co.za


Complimentary Bubbles at The 41

Book a table at The 41 for Valentine’s Day by 10th February and receive a complimentary glass of G.H Mumm Champagne. Enjoy your meal against Camps Bay’s spectacular beachfront backdrop and listen to the soulful sounds of Laz B as The 41 sets the scene for romance. This offer is available from 19:30 to 21:30.

Contact: 021 437 0558, info@the41.com
Where: 41 Victoria road, Camps Bay
Web: www.the41.co.za


Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

Bring your significant other to the Towers Restaurant on Valentine’s Day for chef Cameron’s sublime four-course dinner, which kicks off at 19:00. Expect delicious flavours, such as smoked duck, mushroom gyoza, beef fillet, Norwegian salmon, chocolate fondant, and more for only R695 per person.

Contact: 021 525 3888
Where: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City
Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cptcm-cape-town-marriott-hotel-crystal-towers/