Thanks to its spectacular views of the ocean and Table Mountain, South Africa’s Mother City is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Therefore, it’s no wonder there are dozens of romantic restaurants in the city. Whether you are hoping to find a perfect place for a first date or a restaurant ideal for an anniversary celebration, Cape Town has it all. We’ve created a list of top 10 romantic restaurants in Cape Town for any intimate occasion.
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 chili garlic prawns. They also have a massive cocktail list.
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.
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.
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 Tudor building in the heart of Sea Point 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 they have an extensive wine list.
5. Harbour House
Nestled 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 us 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.
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.