Thanks to its spectacular views, South Africa’s Mother City is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Therefore, it’s no wonder there are numerous romantic restaurants all across the city. Whether you are hoping to find a place for a first date or a restaurant ideal for your anniversary celebration, Cape Town won’t disappoint. We’ve handpicked top 10 romantic restaurants in Cape Town for any intimate occasion.
1 Kloof Street House
Situated in an old Victorian house, Kloof Street House boasts a lovely interior with soft lighting and a nice fireplace in the plush lounge. Couples can also have dinner outside in the fairy-lit courtyard under the stars. In case you are planning to have Sunday lunch at the Kloof Street House, there is a live jazz band playing soft tunes. On the menu, you will find French-inspired dishes and some of the favorites include osso buco, grass-fed beef burger with wild mushrooms, and chicken tagine with dates. Main dishes range from R110 to R185, while desserts will set you back from R70 and R145.
2 Harbour House
Located on the edge of Kalk Bay’s fishing pier, Harbour House is well-known for its beautifully presented and mouthwatering seafood and spectacular views of False Bay. For a romantic dinner, book a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows and enjoy the ocean views while indulging your appetite. The order of the day here at the Harbour House is usually fresh fish that was pulled from the ocean in the morning. Besides seafood dishes like smoke paprika calamari and Cape crayfish, they offer meaty dishes such as grilled beef fillet and Karoo lamb.
3 True Italic
One of the most romantic restaurants in Cape Town, True Italic is an authentic Italian restaurant located on Bree Street that offers delicious food. The interior of this osteria is rustic with bare brick walls and candlelit tables. Italian specialties like Sicilian sausage and spinach with ricotta gnocchi can be found on the ever-changing dinner menu.
Beluga is a trendy restaurant in Green Point that serves delicious sushi, as well as dishes like slow braised lamb shoulder, fresh calamari, and dim sum. This glass-enclosed restaurant has an attic dining space with only four tables, which means that you can have an intimate culinary experience with your significant other. Make sure to try their white chocolate martini and the French Kir Royale cocktail.
5 La Mouette
When it comes to romantic restaurants in Cape Town, La Mouette is definitely one of our top picks for a number of reasons. It is located in the beautiful Sea Point’s Tudor building and has a gorgeous courtyard with a fountain in the center. It really does not get any more romantic than this. Don’t worry if you are visiting in winter, as the interior is gorgeous with a couple of fireplaces and candle-lit tables inside. As for the menu, La Mouette is well-known for its French cuisine and offers either a tasting menu or a la carte menu. The service is impeccable and the restaurant has an extensive wine list.
Located in Hout Bay, Kitima restaurant focuses on Thai food and other Asian cuisines. Each private dining room is fitted with a fireplace, so it’s no wonder that this Asian joint is one of the most visited romantic restaurants in Cape Town. It was voted “Best Asian Restaurant” in 2013 by the popular Cape Town’s Eat Out food guide. Some of the signature dishes here at Kitima include Szechuan Ku Po Prawn, fragrant curry, China Town roast duck, and dim sum.
Opened in 1996, Aubergine is an elegant Cape Town restaurant that boasts an impressive art collection, delicious food, and an extensive wine list. If you are looking for a place to pop the question or just go on a date, Aubergine won’t disappoint in any way. The famed chef Harald Bresselschmidt is in charge of mixing local ingredients from South Africa with Western influences. He is also very passionate about wine pairing and there are even five-course matches available on the menu.
8 ThorFynns Restaurant
In case you are after a romantic restaurant that is located away from all the hustle and bustle of the center of Cape Town, you will be happy to hear that ThorFynns Restaurant is a 20-minute drive from the city. The rustic Malawian-inspired setting together with a sea-facing desk that offers spectacular sunset views creates an intimate atmosphere. When it comes to food, they serve delicious home-cooked dishes like South African potjies, sushi, and wood-baked pizza. ThorFynns Restaurant takes pride in using only locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients.
9 La Colombe
La Colombe is without a question on the top of the list of most romantic restaurants in Cape Town. Chef Scot Kirton was voted “Chef of the Year” by Eat Out in 2015 and his French-inspired dishes can be best described as mouthwatering. Make sure to try the signature dish of this place, the popular La Colombe Tuna. Surrounded by greenery and offering amazing views of the surrounding areas, La Colombe is an ideal place for a romantic dinner for two. Make sure to reserve a table beforehand, as this is one of the most visited restaurants in the area.
Located on Kloof Street, Asoka restaurant is a popular date night spot in Cape Town that features a cozy interior with plush couches, warm lighting, and candlelight tables. If you like having dinner and listening to live music performances, jazz nights are held every Tuesday. On the menu, expect to find delicious fusion sharing plates and dishes like butter chicken curry and chilli garlic prawns. They also have a massive cocktail list.
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