The Most Romantic Restaurants in Cape Town for Valentine’s Day and Beyond
It’s always good to show the ones you love that you care, and what better way to do that to treat them to a lovely meal out? Whether you buy into the Valentine’s hype or not, here are our picks of the most romantic restaurants in Cape Town.
Feel the Love at the Most Romantic Restaurants in Cape Town
Chefs Warehouse Constantia
Chefs Warehouse in Constantia is located on the gorgeous Beau Constantia estate and boasts one of the best locations in the area. High atop the hill with panoramic views over the valley and a super slick contemporary environment makes this a seriously sought-after spot. Oh, and did we mention the amazing food by chef Ivor Jones and his team. Incredible small plates of explosive flavour that will have you and your partner simultaneously sighing with delight.
Romantic highlight: the view, the food, the wine, everything!
Location: Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia Nek
Hours: Lunch | 12h00 until 14h00 & Dinner | 17h00 until 20h00, Tuesday to Saturday and lunch only on Sundays.
Good to know: it is not easy to get a booking, so make sure you plan well in advance.
Contact: 021 794 8632
Hear us out. While this might be in the heart of the touristy Waterfront, but once you muscle past them and get to Den Anker, you’ll see why it’s worth coming here on date night. During the day, you have an unbeatable view of the harbour and Table Mountain and at night, there’s the reflection of the twinkling lights on the water. The food is always good – our particular favourites are the mussels and the seafood stew.
Romantic highlight: get elbow deep over shared mussels with your SO and enjoy the view.
Location: Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11h00 – 22h00
Good to know: when making a reservation, ask to be near the window on the mountain-side for the best views in the restaurant.
Contact: 021 419 0249
Duchess of Wisbeach
Candle-lit tables, checkered floors and a Parisian vibe means that love is always in the air at the Duchess. The food seems to embrace a carpe diem way of life, so every dish is made with love and very rich ingredients. There are also a couple of tables outside, so you can enjoy the fresh sea air as well as your date’s company.
Romantic highlight: the Parisian vibe.
Location: 3 Wisbeach Road, Sea Point
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 18h30 – 23h00
Good to know: after dinner, there’s a very cool dance party that takes place every night. Don’t miss out.
Contact: 021 434 1525
Kloof Street House
The low-key cool of Kloof Street House means that it has the potential to be a weekly date night spot but is also stylish enough for a special celebration. The interior is cosy and inviting and the fairy-lit courtyard means you can while away the evening under the stars. The menu is made up of consistently good French-inspired dishes – ever the crowd pleaser. Its location means you can stroll up Kloof Street for after dinner ice cream (our recommendation is at Unframed) or drinks too.
Romantic highlight: eclectic interior with cosy seating and a beautifully lit outdoor area.
Location: 30 Kloof St, Gardens
Hours: Monday: 17h00 – 02h00. Tuesday – Sunday: 12h00 – 02h00
Good to know: if you want a particular table, make sure you ask for it when booking – the staff will happily oblige.
Contact: 021 423 4413
La Mouette is almost a no-brainer when it comes to romantic restaurants in Cape Town. Housed in the most gorgeous Tudor building in the heart of Sea Point, it’s filled with all sorts of cosy nooks and crannies. In winter, you can cuddle next to one of the fireplaces and in summer you can sit out and enjoy the ocean breeze in the courtyard. They offer either a la carte or a tasting menu, which are as good as each other – depending on what you’re in the mood for.
Romantic highlight: cosy interior, low lighting and beautiful French-inspired menu.
Location: 78 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 18h30 – 22h30. Sunday: 12h00 – 15h00; 18h30 – 22h30
Good to know: we have two words: cheese croquettes. Seriously, you’re not going to want to share these, so do the romantic thing and order double.
Contact: 021 433 0856
Consistently rated as one of the top restaurants locally and internationally, La Colombe should be top of your list if you’re planning a special meal. Although if you don’t plan ahead, you may wait a while for a booking. The setting, high up on Silvermist Estate in Constantia, puts it almost up in amongst the treetops and the view and seclusion are wonderfully romantic. Chef-proprietor, Scot Kirton together with head chef, James Gaag will take you on an unsurpassed culinary journey.
Romantic highlight: the secluded venue and really amazing culinary experience.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun lunch: 12-1.45pm, dinner: 7-8.30pm
Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Good to know: you need to book well in advance.
Contact: 021 795 0125
La Petite Colombe
There’s nothing more romantic than securing a dinner reservation that no one else can get and if there’s a hard-to-crack restaurant, it’s La Petite Colombe. The classically-inspired yet modern-executed food is some of the best in the country, plus you have the idyllic Franschhoek backdrop to set the scene (yes, we know a smidge out of Cape Town…). The food by chef John Norris Rogers will surprise and delight at every turn, perfect for a celebratory occasion. (Pic by Claire Gunn)
Romantic highlight: Just being in the town of Franschhoek is romantic, plus the food is so amazing you’ll be oohing and aahing collectively with your loved one.
Location: Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 14h30. 18h30 – 22h30
Good to know: they’ve been fully booked pretty much since they opened, so plan ahead for this one.
Contact: 021 202 3395
Mulberry and Prince
Shared meals are quite romantic (provided your partner is the food-sharing kind) and Mulberry and Prince are doing this style of eating exceptionally well. The restaurant itself is extremely intimate, with hints of pinks and metallics everywhere and diamond artworks by local artist Kurt Pio. We love nestling up at the bar for a night of good wine and small plates.
Romantic highlight: the cosy, intimate venue is perfect for date night.
Location: 12 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 18h00 – 22h00. Sunday: 10h00 – 14h00
Good to know: they also offer stellar Sunday brunches, if daytime dates are more your thing.
Contact: 021 422 3301
Shio Modern Japanese Izakaya
Cheyne Morrisby’s Shio, located in De Waterkant is a no-brainer for this list. The very intimate restaurant seats only a few covers, so it makes for a cosy place to dine with your partner. The lighting is low, the food is sharing style and the wine list has some great bottles. There is really not much to fault about this spot, the food is impeccable, the service attentive and it’s really the kind of place you will want to linger to absorb the chilled vibe.
Romantic highlight: the fact that it’s a really intimate spot and the food is designed for sharing.
Location: The Grey Boutique Hotel, De Waterkant
Hours: Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 15h00 | Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 18h00 – 22hoo.
Good to know: they fill up quickly so make sure you book.
Contact: 064 661 7474
Camissa Brasserie at The Table Bay
The Table Bay’s address is one of the best in the city. Located at the end of the V&A Waterfront with uninterrupted views over the wharf, Table Mountain and the ocean. Their sensory dinner experience at Camissa Brasserie is ideal for a romantic night out with your beloved as it engages all the senses. Fresh local ingredients are used to create dishes that are paired with aromatic scents to give a dazzling overall sensory dining experience.
Romantic highlight: experience a truly special meal that will engage all the senses.
Location: The Table Bay, V&A Waterfront
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11h30-15h30 | 18h30-22h30
Good to know: you can book a room, stay the night and wake up to an amazing breakfast for the full experience.
Contact: 021 406 5988
What were we just saying about sharing plates being romantic? No one is doing tapas-style food better than Liam Tomlin and his Indian-inspired Thali is exceedingly romantic. Maybe it’s the heady aroma as you walk in or the small cosy seating arrangements, but it’s probably down to the very tactile and very delicious food that makes one of the most romantic restaurants in Cape Town.
Romantic highlight: incredibly delicious tapas-style sharing and an intimate interior.
Location: 3 Park Road, Gardens
Hours: Monday: 17h00 – 21h30. Lunch | Tuesday – Saturday: 12h00 – 14h30 & Dinner | 17h00 – 21h30
Good to know: they don’t take reservations, so if this is where you’re heading for date night, go early.
Contact: 021 286 2110
The Greenhouse at Cellars Hohenhort
Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and Head Chef Ashley Moss run the well-oiled culinary machine that is The Greenhouse. The menu celebrates the flavours of Africa and brings in theatre to create a truly memorable experience. The restaurant is located on the lush and beautiful grounds of the Cellars Hohenort Hotel and if you want to further add to your experience, book to stay the night.
Romantic highlight: enjoy a stunning culinary experience and then stay the night at the gorgeous Cellars Honhenort.
Location: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia
Hours: Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday: 18h00 to 21h30
Good to know: the menu is a truly celebratory African experience.
Contact: 021 795 6226
The Shortmarket Club
There’s just something about The Shortmarket Club that makes it the perfect place for a date, it just has that old-world, Gatsby-esque charm to it. From the intimate leather booths to the endlessly flowing bubbles and of course, chef Wesley Randles’ stellar food, a night here is guaranteed to be a perfect one.
Romantic highlight: old world charm with a sophisticated edge. Perfect for a real spoil.
Location: 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Hours: Lunch | Monday – Saturday: 12h30 – 14h00 & Dinner |19h00 – 22h00.
Good to know: go slightly earlier and either have a drink at the bar or at the neighbouring Outrage of Modesty.
Contact: 021 447 2874
Tintswalo Atlantic is easily the perfect place for a little romantic getaway. It’s close but not too close to the city and the uninterrupted sea views will make you feel like the pair of you are a million miles away. The menu at Tintswalo changes often, nearly every day in fact, which means you’re always in for a culinary surprise.
Romantic highlight: The view! You are right on the water’s edge in one of the most beautiful and secluded places around.
Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, 7806, South Africa
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 18h00 – 22h00
Good to know: even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, you can join for dinner, but you must book beforehand.
Contact: 011 300 8888
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