Where to celebrate 2017 New Year’s Eve in the Winelands

Start 2018 off right with fantastic meals, entertainment and tons of bubbly at these restaurants in and around the Cape Winelands.

Cavalli Estate. Photo supplied.

Cavalli Estate  (Somerset West)

Ring in the new year with the six-course dinner at Cavalli, plus an amuse-bouche and petit-fours of mini gingerbread men, cherry chocolates and fruit jellies. R1200 per person includes a glass of Moët Chandon and live entertainment. Book at 021 855 3218.

Dutch East Restaurant (Franschhoek)

Tuck into a six-course dinner at Dutch East Restaurant with live music and guest favours. The dinner costs R950 and includes a glass of bubbly with the countdown to midnight. Book at 021 876 3547.

Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant (Franschhoek)

New Year’s Eve at Haute Cabrière will see the usual Sunday feast on offer, so you can kick off 2018 on a high note. R370 per person gets you a delicious three-course menu. Book by contacting the restaurant at 021 876 8500 or

The Sunday Feast at Haute Cabrière. Photo supplied.

Makaron Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

For R2000 per person, attend the New Year’s Eve Carnival at Makaron Restaurant and enjoy dinner with a wine pairing and entertainment from 7.30pm. Book via 021 880 1580 or


Pork belly at Makaron. Photo supplied.


The Pavilion at The Marine (Hermanus)

Celebrate the beginning of 2018 with a roaring four-course New Year’s Eve dinner at The Marine. Starting at 8pm, the dinner will include a welcome drink and canapés as well as glass of bubbly at midnight. For R950 per person, the menu features fynbos gin-cured salmon gravadlax, a risotto with wild mushrooms and garden peas, a trio of lamb, creamed potatoes and much more. The vegetarian menu, for R795 per person, features labneh cheese with an apple-and-fennel slaw, a garden pea risotto and a mushroom-and-spinach Wellington with a carrot purée and vegetable jus.

Seafood at The Plettenberg (Plettenberg Bay)

Don’t miss the festivities at The Plettenberg, with bottomless bubbly flowing throughout the night. Dinner will begin at 7pm with canapés and welcome drinks before five courses of food featuring dishes like roast prawns, seared kingklip and a camembert cheesecake with pineapple ice cream. There is also a menu for children, which will also include a welcome drink, as well as rice-paper wraps, slow-braised beef stew tacos, hot chocolate and brownies. The cost is R1600 per adult and R400 for children. Book on 044 533 2030 or

Seafood at The Plettenberg. Photo supplied.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Indulge in a luxury buffet on New Year’s Eve for R2250 per person, including a complimentary glass of Grande Provence brut served with West Coast oysters on arrival. A string trio will provide gentle music at the start of the evening, followed by a night full of entertainment including African face painting, a magician and a DJ. Book at 021 876 8600 or

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