If you haven’t made plans yet for Valentine’s Day weekend, there’s still plenty of time to book a spot at a decadent restaurant. Many of the top restaurants across the country are offering up specials that are designed to impress you and your sweetheart. Whether you want to dine on seafood while overlooking the ocean, or prefer drinking cocktails in a downtown high-rise, you’ll find just about every type of scenario your heart could desire. While there are too many restaurants running specials to list, here are some of the best places for a Valentine’s Day dinner around South Africa.
Parc Fermé: This lovely Mauritian/European restaurant is hosting an evening for two which includes a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner. Some of the items on the menu include grilled medallion of blue wildebeest, queen prawns, and roasted kabeljou. The ambiance alone is worth going for, but the delicious food will make it a special occasion to remember.
Date and time: February 13, in the evening
Price: R525 per person
Booking: Call +27 11 245 4846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Just Darling: This farm-to-table restaurant is hosting its 3rd annual Valentine’s night picnic where guests will pick raspberries under the stars. After gathering the berries, guests will enjoy a free bottle of wine, an artisan cheeseboard, and a paper lantern to let loose into the sky while they listen to live entertainment.
Date and time: February 13, 6 p.m.
Price: R380 per person
Booking: Email email@example.com
Moyo: Meat eaters will want to head to the African-themed Moyo to enjoy a lovely three course menu, welcome cocktail and live music for Valentine’s Day weekend. Some of the items to choose from include beef koftas, skewered prawns, flame-grilled chermoula fish, Maputo chicken and a surprise dessert buffet.
Date and time: February 13 in the evening
Price: R700 per couple
Booking: Call +27 11 684 1477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Town and Winelands
Savour Restaurant, African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel: This modern-eclectic eatery is one of the best in Cape Town for good reason, and it plans to show off the best it has to offer on Valentine’s Day weekend. Guests will get a glass of bubbly and a six-course meal featuring gourmet starters, mains and desserts. The hotel is also offering a Valentine’s Day getaway which includes a one-night stay, a breakfast for two and a bottle of Boschendal Brut Rose bubbly.
Date and time: February 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Price: R495 per person
Booking: Call +27 21 469 8000 or email email@example.com
La Mer Restaurant: Located in Sea Point inside the lovely Radisson Blu Hotel, this seafood restaurant is the perfect place to dine with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day weekend. The dinner package includes cocktails, mains and a lovely dessert overlooking the waterfront.
Date and time: February 13 and 14 in the evening
Price: R600 per couple
Booking: Call +27 21 826 5100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal: This lovely vineyard in Franschhoek is hosting a farm-style evening of romance at its Werf Restaurant. The evening will include a three-course menu including starter, main course, and dessert. You can also head up early to explore the farm and do some wine tasting.
Date and time: February 13 from 7-10 p.m.
Price: R395 per person
Booking: Call +27 21 870 4206 or email email@example.com
Cargo Hold: This aquarium-themed restaurant is located at uShaka Marine World, which gives you and your loved one the opportunity to visit the park for the day and view marine life before having a lovely evening meal. The restaurant is offering a three-course menu throughout Valentine’s weekend, which includes a welcome drink along with your choice of cupid’s prawns, quail and chicken roulade, various desserts, and much more.
Date and time: Feb 12, 13 and 14, either at 5:30 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.
Booking: Call +27 31 328 8065
Grill Room At The Oyster Box Hotel: The Grill Room at the top-notch boutique Oyster Box is going all out for Valentine’s weekend, hosting dinner and dance events for three straight days (including a six-course plated menu and dancing to a live band). If you’re looking for pure decadence in Durban, consider the Oyster Box first.
Date and time: February 12, 13, 14 in the evening
Price: R950 per person
Booking: Call +27 31 514 5018
Stretta Cafe: This lovely Italian restaurant in Hillcrest is offering an elegant three-course meal which includes a welcoming champagne cocktail, choice of starters such as beef carpaccio and grilled calamari, entrees such as kingklip and pollo piccata, and Italian kisses and more for dessert.
Date and time: February 13 in the evening. February 14 for lunch and dinner.
Price: R275 per person
Booking: +27 31 765 8862
Note: Most venues require you to book in advance. Be sure to confirm details and prices of establishments before going as they may have changed.
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