A round-up of Durban’s Valentine’s Day specials

Thanks for dropping by! This list is from 2017, for the 2018 list please CLICK HERE!


February the 14th is when some celebrate love, some celebrate friendship and some eschew it all and retreat to a dark corner where such a saccharine festivity and its ilk are banished. Well, if you live in Durban, I’ve compiled a list of where to go and what to do whether you want to be romantic or just enjoy yourself with friends or even your beloved hound, and hopefully lure the retreated ones out from beneath their covers. There’s a real treat of wonderfully diverse bunch of things to choose from (including a Pet’s Valentine celebration), so I’ve divided it into various categories. Click on the highlighted and underlined event or venue names for website or booking details. At the bottom of the post is a collection of images of the menus that were provided. Most of these places require booking in advance so take note.

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 If you want to splash out

If you are feeling glamorous and indulgent and want to spoil your partner, here’s where to go:


If you want to dine & stay

Instead of just having a meal, treat yourself and your partner to dinner and a stay.

  • Quarters Hotel: Dinner, bed and breakfast special for R1700 per couple.
  • Gateway hotel: Get a buffet dinner, bed and breakfast for R1450 per couple, or you can have just the buffet at R225 per person.
  • Chantecler Hotel: Dinner and dance, including bed and breakfast for R995 per couple or R145 per person for just dinner

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If you just want to dine:

Or just have a lovely evening out without having to worry about dishes.

If you want to dine for a good cause

Share a Valentine’s Day in honour of your pets and rescued animals. A double pleasure because you get food and entertainment for your hard-earned pennies, and you get to do good.


If you want to picnic

Grab a blanket, a basket and maybe an umbrella and go relax.

  • Tashiky Sushi is doing a sushi picnic basket delivered to your door, R500 for 40 pieces of sushi, two sushi salads, two big desserts and a bottle of bubbly. Orders for it close 12 Feb.
  • Makaranga has a basket for two filled with treats at R440
  • Old Mutual Music at the Lake is hosting Gangs of Ballet at the Durban Botanic Gardens, so grab a basket and head there, tickets R180
  • Spiga d’Oro is offering picnic packs for R600 a box, including condiments and cutlery

If you want something different

If none of the above appeals, here are a few alternative and fun choices.

  • Support the arts and watch a WWII romance, Just Yours, unfold on the stage at the Catalina theater, preceded by dinner at John Dory’s. R160 per person including dinner or R100 for just the show.
  • Talloula in Hillcrest is hosting a starlight movie and fun dinner. R225 per person will get you a movie, burger and ice cream.
  • Or set up a low-effort, high reward and impressive-looking romantic dinner at home (even if you can’t really cook) by ordering from My Chef. They have special Valentine’s meals like beef fillet medallions, cake pops, strawberry compote in meringue baskets, lamb shank, salmon fillet and passion creams. All at varying prices.
  • Or how about a couple’s cooking class at Gecko Culinary Adventures? Learn to cook a fancy starter, main and dessert for R800 per couple.
  • Enjoy a concert with your friends at the Litchi Orchard Market. Listen to Ard Matthews and a few others belt out some choons. R80 per person or R250 per car if you purchase tickets in advance. R100 per person or R300 per car if you purchase at the gate.
  • Grab a seat with your significant other on their kissing couch, have your pic taken and stand a chance to win R1000 and buy a special Valentine’s ticket for R180 for you and R10 for your partner Ushaka. They will also have salsa dancing and other fun events.
  • Have a good laugh watching the Kings and Queens of Comedy at a one day event at the ICC on the 14th. Ticket prices are R280 each.

3. Camilla Floros with Matt Needham

If you really want to go large

For the really extravagant experience

The menus

For those who had them up in an image format, I’ve provided the menus to peruse. Click to enlarge.

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Blog Comments

This is a FANTATSIC list! Well played.

Thanks Pascale! Much appreciated!

I can’t wait to show my husband and let him decide!!!! Thank you.

Good luck, there’s so many for him to choose from..!

Awesome list! Thanks for compiling. Just wanted to let you know that your link to The Olive Garden goes to the Olive Garden in the US, a chain of restaurants. The one in Assagay does not look like its affiliated, at least I couldn’t get it to come up when searching for locations.

Haha! Thanks so much for pointing that out! Fixed it now. 😀

Thank you Great list

Thank-you for taking the time to leave a comment, Yasmeen.

Great list with so many ideas to choose from! Just to let you know that the link for aTasca is also incorrect… Unless you want us to fly to Boston, Massachusetts! 😉

Oh dear, thanks so much Janice! I think it was well passed my bed time when I started linking to the websites. Updated now!

This helps alot, thanks! Sure to send this link to my boyfriend! 🙂

I hope you get spoiled!

Great job with this list! Will definitely share on social media. Hope you get many hits!

Thanks Louis! Hugely appreciate it 🙂

Wow thanks so much for the great list, makes life so much easier, Happy Valentines x

Thank you so much.
Excellent list and extremely helpful!

this is what i have been looking for …thanks a lot.. extremely helpful.

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