Where to celebrate 2017 New Year’s Eve in Cape Town

From glitzy themed dinners to bubbly-fuelled parties, kick off the New Year in style at one of these Cape Town restaurants.

Azure Restaurant at Twelve Apostles Hotel (Camps Bay)

Celebrate in style with a black tie Rio-Carnival-themed dinner and party. Kick off the evening with a glass of bubbly and an amuse-bouche, before indulging in a six-course dinner for R3250 per person (including gratuity). There will be plenty of entertainment throughout, including a live band, and a toast to the new year with a traditional countdown, and French champagne. To book, call 021 437 9029.

Outside setting at Azure at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. Photo supplied.

Balducci (V&A Waterfront)

Prepare for a hearty celebration at this Italian favourite. The menu is priced at R1799 per person and will offer dishes such as melanzane, oysters, beef fillet, a shellfish platter and a selection of desserts.

Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar (V&A Waterfront)

Aside from the impressive wine selection at this Waterfront spot, party goers can expect an extravagant dinner to ring in the new year. The special grills and seafood menu will feature starters such as grilled calamari or carpaccio, mains of grain-fed fillet or a shellfish platter, and desserts such as crème brûlée or mixed berries. The set menu costs R2299 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Blanko (Constantia)

Enjoy a four-course meal at Blanko with dishes like gnocchi with a tomato sauce and torn mozzarella, an inside-out pizza, sea bass panzanella and zabaglione. The cost per person is R1150 and booking is essential.

The bar at Blanko. Photo supplied.

City Grill Steakhouse (V&A Waterfront)

Enjoy a four-course menu for R1795 per person at this Waterfront restaurant. Expect festive dishes such as prawn skewers with wasabi mayo, carpaccio of springbok, spicy mushroom steak Creole, and Cape brandy pudding.

Foxcroft (Constantia)

Chefs Scot Kirton and Glen Williams’s stylish eatery, which was one of the nominees for the 2017 Top 10, will be hosting New Year’s Eve dinner at R1400 per person. To secure your booking, call 021 202 3304.

A dish from Foxcroft. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs (V&A Waterfront)

This meaty New Year’s menu includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a three-course meal for R1799 per person. Highlights include venison carpaccio, grain-fed fillet with thick-cut fries, and a New York cheesecake slab for dessert.

The Glass Lounge at The Cape Milner (Tamboerskloof)

Enjoy beautiful views of Table Mountain as you ring in 2018. The set five-course menu will cost R475 per person, including a bottle of Môreson Miss Molly per couple. Alternatively, splash out for the Moët & Chandon experience at R850 per person, which includes a bottle of Moët per couple. If you’d like to continue the party, tickets to the Fire & Ice street party are also available at R550 each.

Grand Africa Café & Beach (Granger Bay)

Celebrate at the annual New Year’s Eve Pacha Ibiza party. The tickets (R3000 per person) include a three-course dinner, a half bottle of French Champagne, and access to the Pacha New Year’s Eve party.

The setting at The Grand Africa Café & Beach. Photo supplied.

The Greek Fisherman (V&A Waterfront)

Before the firework festivities begin, tuck into a four-course menu for R1695 per person. Enjoy dishes such as meze to share, sautéed prawns, roast lamb with lemon and black pepper, and a selection dessert meze.

Kitima (Hout Bay)

Celebrate 2018 with a feast at this favourite Hout Bay spot. For R1050 per person, expect a spread including dim sum, crispy duck, steamed salmon and more. The feast will also include a complimentary bottle of MCC. To book, call 021 790 8004.

La Colombe (Constantia)

Enjoy a lavish night out at this Top 10 restaurant for R2 000 a person. This includes an eight-course menu. Limited availability. To book, contact 021 794 2390.

A course at La Colombe. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Meloncino (V&A Waterfront)

Before the Waterfront celebrations begin, tuck into a four-course menu for R1795 per person. Enjoy dishes such as focaccia Bianco with rosemary; risotto with fresh asparagus and baby marrow; fresh kingklip with tomatoes and basil; and panna cotta with limoncello for dessert.

Nobu at One&Only (V&A Waterfront)

Spoil yourself with a celebratory dinner at this Japanese fine-dining restaurant. The New Year’s offering is an omakase menu with canapés, an oyster bar and a sushi selection. The cost is R3960 per person and includes a signature cocktail, a bottle of Moët and Chandon per couple, sake, a gift and the use of a photo booth.

ON19 Restaurant (Foreshore)

Enjoy sweeping views and a magnificent dinner for R1450 per person. Guests can look forward to eel with cinnamon-spiced tomato jus, hoisin-glazed kingklip, ravioli of crayfish Thermidor, and a white-chocolate and mascarpone bavarois. Book your spot by calling 021 412 9999.

ON19 Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Paranga (Camps Bay)

Enjoy a four-course meal at Paranga this New Year’s Eve for R1650 per person. After an amuse-bouche of wild oysters, you can tuck in to dishes like langoustine and crab, dry-aged prime rib and petit-fours. Booking is essential.

Pepenero (Mouille Point)

Enjoy a three-course meal at Pepenero this New Year’s Eve for R900 per person. Begin with oysters and then enjoy beef tartare, beef fillet and white chocolate panna cotta. Booking is essential.

Quentin at Oakhurst (Hout Bay)

After a welcoming glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, a five-course dinner will be served. Highlights include a roast rack of lamb, roast loin of kingklip, a Cape seafood trio and frozen nougat of rose, pistachio, date, apricot and fig. The gala evening costs R2100 per adult and R1050 for children between the ages of eight and 12. No children under the age of eight are allowed. To book your table, email

Reuben’s at One&Only (V&A Waterfront)

Enjoy the seven-course set menu on New Year’s Eve at Reuben’s with a welcome glass of bubbly for R2750 per person. On New Year’s Day, indulge in the brunch from 11am to 3.30pm. For R750 per person you can enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly, live music with Maxine Ceaser, and a huge buffet selection of Reuben’s fines foods.

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Savoy Cabbage (Cape City Bowl)

Don’t miss the gala dinner at Savoy Cabbage on 31 December. Sip on a Champagne cocktail on arrival as you enjoy canapés before moving on to a seven-course meal filled with delights. The cost is R1400 per person and includes the cost of service.

Tobago’s (V&A Waterfront)

Get dressed up for the New Years Eve, Ice Forest themed event at Tobago’s. Spend the evening in a Winter wonderland, surrounded by ice sculptures and breath taking views from the harbour view room. The cost per adult is R2275 and includes, the five-course dinner, a welcome drink, live entertainment and a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. If Ice is not your thing, you could opt to spend your NYE at the Mad Hatter Tea Party at Tobago’s. The cost per person is R1495 and includes a three-course dinner, welcome drink, live entertainment and a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. They will also be offering buffet meals prepared on the grill as well as live entertainment on New Year’s Day. The festivities begins at 3pm. Adults pay R425, children between the ages of 5 and 12 pay half price and children under the age of 5, eat for free.

Towers Restaurant (Century City)

Toast to the new year with a five-course dinner at Towers Restaurant. At R700 per person, expect dishes such as crayfish bisque, four hour smoked Norwegian salmon, lamb shoulder and pineapple parfait. A complimentary welcome drink is included. New Year’s Day brings about a huge bash at the Marriott Hotel at R450 per person. The party begins at 9pm and the dress code is casual with a splash of red. Booking is essential.

Thirty7 (City Bowl)

Start off your New Year’s Eve with seafood tapas before moving on to a dim sum bar, finger bites, a buffet and a dessert bar. The cost is R895 per adult and R445 for children between the ages of six and 11.

Umi (Camps Bay)

Tuck into a four-course meal at Umi for R1350 per person. Begin with an amuse-bouche of burnt cauliflower foam with spiced tempura florets, before moving onto a feast of cured salmon, beef tataki, duck breast and coconut panna cotta. Booking is essential.

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Zenzero (Camps Bay)

Enjoy a three-course meal at Zenzero this New Year’s Eve, plus an amuse-bouche of oysters with caviar and prosecco. At R1350 per person, you can tuck into dishes like arugula gnocchi, grilled prawns and chocolate torte. Booking is essential.

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