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Our top 10 places to celebrate a special occasion in Cape Town

We’re heading into that time of the year, where there’s a special occasion and reason to celebrate around every corner. We’ve put together our favourite places to help you celebrate a special occasion in Cape Town.

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 De Grendel

Offering a menu based on classic, locally sourced ingredients the restaurant at De Grendel serves creative flavour combinations that perfectly complement their range of De Grendel wines. The simple menu changes every day according to availability of ingredients, with a few unusual offerings including brandy and coke ice-cream, liquid popcorn and more.

De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town
021 558 6280 

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff’s dining experience is an expression of the seasons, where classic bistro favourites are served with the finest South African touches. The restaurant prides itself in a simple philosophy – the best food starts with the best ingredients. Enjoyed with views that overlook a sea of vineyards and olive groves planted on the Simonsberg, guests can enjoy classic bistro favourites with the finest South African touches.

Delaire Graff, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch
021 885 8160

Nobu

No stranger to international culinary influences, Nobu gives classical Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist with a Peruvian influence. Diners can indulge in fresh South African seafood and indigenous spices in mesmerising dishes such as Sake Roast Whitefish with Jalapeno or the Chocolate Bento Box; a dark chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream and a sesame seed tuile. Don’t miss a drink or two in the upper-level Nobu Lounge when you’re done with your meal, and indulge in a selection of Sakes including Japanese beer and Shochu based cocktails.

One & Only Hotel, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 431 5111

The Grand Africa Cafe & Beach

Grand Africa Café & Beach is an iconic Cape Town favourite recognized as an ideal destination for retro-chic dining and group functions – having become the place in the city to enjoy relaxed casual-cuisine dining and social delight. Views of the Atlantic Ocean, swaying palm trees and tables on our private beach make this a one-of-a-kind seafront venue in the V&A Waterfront. This is a multi-purpose venue, with scenic back drop of Table Mountain and conveniently situated in the city with a wide range of accommodation and visitor activities nearby, ideal for groups and special celebrations.

Haul Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 425 0551

Harbour House

Situated on Quay 4, this sophisticated restaurant offers international cuisine with Mediterranean elements in an elegant setting. Only the freshest seafood and ingredients and the best line fish will do. With its prime position overlooking the bustling Victoria Basin and the quay, Harbour House Restaurant has become a firm favourite for seafood-loving locals and tourists alike. The superb menu is a blend of time-honoured favourites and creative new dishes that remain true to the Harbour House ethos of fresh seafood with a gourmet spin.

V & A Waterfront, Quay Four, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 418 4744

The Foodbarn

At the Foodbarn Restaurant, food is civilised without being pretentious – focusing on the natural taste, smells and textures of ingredients, it is also arguably the best restaurant in the Cape’s South Peninsula.

Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek
021 789 1390

La Mouette

La Mouette offers seasonally inspired menus which change regularly, priding themselves in showcasing only the best of local producers and ingredients. La Mouette not only offers ever changing menus, but prides itself on the meticulous selection of complimentary wines carefully selected by their in-house wine list consultant.

78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
021 433 0856

Shortmarket Club

Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame has partnered in a joint venture with his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison to open The Shortmarket Club in a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street. Expect luxurious interiors, in a swanky members-only club feel – with the flavours and textures that have made Dale-Roberts a world-renowned chef.

88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
021 447 2874

Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia

The Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia team likes to keep things fresh and fun for both patrons and chefs, with a seasonal and produce-driven menu that changes regularly, with their signature experience being tapas to share for two. Situated at the top of the Constantia Valley, diners can enjoy sweeping views over Cape Town at Eat Out’s 4th Best Restaurant in South Africa.

021 794 8632
ERF1026 Constantia Main Rd, Glen Alpine, Cape Town

Homespun by Matt

Homespun is the result of Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe. Whether he’s been flying high in the skyscrapers of Frankfurt, giving some stylin’ serving by the lake of Zurich or personally road-testing the delicacies of South East Asia, he’s drawn inspiration from all his experiences and has brought them back home, to this intimate, local dining experience.

1 Porterfield Rd, Table View, Cape Town
021 556 2824