• We give you 5 of the top romantic restaurants to dine at in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban this Valentine’s Day.


    That’s Amore:

    That’s Amore Ristobar, one of the restaurants in Johannesburg, was born from the nostalgia of the owner having had restaurants in Italy, Rome, and Napoli, who wanted to offer truly Italian dishes to the people of Johannesburg. The menu is constantly changing to incorporate fresh foods with that Italian flare. The perfect sharing food at this Johannesburg restaurant.

    Thomas Maxwell Bistro:

    One of the most established and popular bistros in Johannesburg, hosting delicious contemporary Mediterranean gastro fare amid vintage memorabilia and rustic brick walls. An absolute hidden gem if you haven’t heard of it before.


    Cornuti is a modern-world eatery that stays true to old-world traditions. Whether it’s a night out with family and friends, or an evening with someone special. With a menu featuring Italian classics and contemporary favourites, their exquisite dining room and wine bar, and wood-fired pizzas will make you instantly become a regular, and feel like you’re a part of the family.

    San Deck at the Sandton Sun:

    The San Deck is a celebrated outdoor venue boasting scintillating views of the surrounding Sandton skyline. With three large fire pits, lounge seating, live music and DJs, its popularity is undisputed. Magical African sunsets, trendy cocktails and great company make the San Deck one of the most memorable and romantic destinations in Joburg.

    Flames Restaurant at the WestCliff Four Seasons:

    Flames restaurant in Joburg has an urban-casual menu featuring fresh regional and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy the inspiring panoramic views of the modern cityscape and lush green terrain over a glistening glass of bubbles.

    Cape Town:

    La Mouette:

    La Mouette offers three dining rooms, one of which is aptly named the Winter Lounge. A Private Dining room, called the Mayor’s Room and an airy outdoor courtyard, complete with a fountain and 13 Koi, as well as five fireplaces inside, giving it the perfect atmosphere in both summer and winter.

    On The Rocks

    On the Rocks is the crown jewel of the Seascape Collection Group of restaurants in Bloubergstrand. Tourists find their way to On the Rocks to enjoy views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, with a sunset over Robben Island that is world renowned. Enjoy an evening at this exquisite and internationally acclaimed restaurant.

    The Pot Luck Club:

    The Pot Luck Club, situated on the top floor of the Silo in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock opened February 14th 2013. Since opening, The Pot Luck has filled two sittings each night throughout high- and low-season, running to a capacity of one hundred and twenty guests. It has been dubbed one of the “coolest” places to be in Cape Town, with a success based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment.

    True Italic-Osteria del Capo:

    True Italic-Osteria del Capo introduces the people of Cape Town to the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of authentic Italian food. An Osteria in Italy is a place serving wine and simple foods, menus tend to be short with an emphasis on regional specialties such as homemade pastas, grilled meat & fresh fish. Homely, rustic and relaxed, the atmosphere at True Italic is casual, yet warm and cosy.


    From their hand-built pizza-oven from Naples, to the fresh pasta served every night – everything Bocca does shows their love for making and shaing delicious food. Their small menu is diverse and encourages guests to order a number of dishes to share. Pop in for a quick lunch or relax and let their team take care of you for an evening you’ll remember.


    Roma Revolving Restaurant:

    This legendry exclusive revolving restaurant was officially opened in February 1973. They are the only genuine revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere and the 3rd of its kind in the world. The restaurant is situated on the 32nd level of John Ross House overlooking the whole of Durban and surrounding areas with excellent sea and bay views. Also enjoy the new Gino’s Sky Bar, located on the 33rd level.

    The Lighthouse Bar at The Oyster Box Hotel:

    Boasting breath-taking panoramic views along the Umhlanga beach and out to sea, there can be no better place for unwinding with a loved one. Whether you sit inside at the long bar, in one of the cosy conversation areas, or outside on the terrace, with 180 degree views of the coastline, this is undoubtedly one of the hottest rendezvous spot in KwaZulu-Natal for spectacular sunsets and sundowners.

    Market Café:

    A garden café situated in a quiet courtyard behind a classic 1930’s colonial building at the foot of Durban’s Berea. They serve simple quality cuisine, locally and/or organicly sourced. The fine-dining dinner food specials change regularly and provide the perfect catalyst for any occasion. The courtyard has a central fountain surrounded by a ring of Leopord trees, which provide all-year mottled shade and a peaceful atmosphere. The outdoor furniture and tables are modelled around 18th Century French garden furniture, adding to the overall allure.

    Gianni’s Ristorante:

    Enjoy this beachfront eatery with a balcony, which offers a range of cuisines from wood-oven pizza, pasta, South African and seafood dishes. Beautifully situation for a quiet, intimate night.

    Little Havana:

    Set above the buzzing Granada Square in Umhlanga, Little Havana offers a fresh and an airy indoor/outdoor dining experience. A hint of Cuba, a dash of plantations, and a touch of colonial, offset with cool green-grey cement walls and crisp linen allow for a contemporary space that is elegant and relaxed, perfect for intimate meals alone, or drinks shared over candlelight.

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