The newly renovated and re-imagined Magnolia Social Dining Lounge recently opened its doors at the Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa. Adding an incredible third restaurant to their prestigious property. Offering guests a revolutionised dining experience. This unique Mother City culinary gem undoubtedly deserves to be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Whether you’re an avid foodie or merely looking for something new and exciting to do in Cape Town, Magnolia Social Dining Lounge is bound to steal your food-loving heart. And have you falling head-over-heels in love with its trendy vibe, thrilling menu, bold art-deco décor and vibrant atmosphere. This is one Cape Town hidden gem you cannot afford to miss out on!
The Décor: Bold & captivating, yet chic & laid-back – the ultimate décor combination!
As soon as you step foot inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to a trendy up-market New York-style social dining lounge. Where A-listers and socialites strut their stuff. But once you take a look around, you’ll realise it’s so much more than that. And you can’t help but be captivated by the incredible attention to detail, unique colour choices and chic design elements. It’s bold, boisterous and beautiful yet chic, sophisticated and laid back all at the same time.
As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by soft ambient lighting and emerald green and burnt orange focal colour pallets. Beautifully complimented by a striking bar that forms a stunning statement focal point. As well as cool and comfy booth seating areas, trendy hexagonal brass fittings and bespoke custom-made pieces. Striking the perfect balance between modern and innovative. All while preserving the authenticity of the historic building and the beauty of the natural environment.
Interior Designer Clinton Savage had a vision to create a space that promises to offer diners a visual sensory delight. Beautifully combining it with architect Arnold Shewan and Landscaper Alan Dawson’s goal to create the perfect functional flowing social dining experience. Which embodies the very best of what design and the natural surroundings have to offer. The idea behind the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge was to truly revolutionise traditional dining into something new and exciting. By creating a comfortable and inviting space for diners to interact with others. Thereby inviting diners to enjoy a unique social dining experience unlike anything else you’ll find in Cape Town. Undoubtedly making it one of the Mother City’s best kept culinary secrets. And one you absolutely must experience for yourself!
The Food: Fresh & seasonal produce to create bold, innovative & exciting flavour combinations!
Food oh glorious food! If you consider yourself to be an avid foodie, dining at the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge deserves to be at the top of your Cape Town culinary bucket-list. And even if you’re not a die-hard food enthusiast, you’ll certainly be indulging in every bite. As well as savouring every sip and loving life all the way through to the end. Yes, it really is that spectacular!
The man of the moment is none other than Chef Stefan Bekker. If you’re not familiar with his culinary genius, there is no doubt that after this exceptional dining experience he will be at the top of your Cape Town food list. Chef Stefan Bekker believes that food should be an experience. And one that should be enjoyed and remembered long after you’ve finished your plate of food. For him it’s so much more than just a simple wholesome meal. It’s about the experience in its entirety. And enjoying and sharing it with the people you know and love. Thereby encompassing the true essence of social dining. And the pure joy derived from enjoying great food, surrounded by great people in a great atmosphere.
But what can you expect to enjoy at the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge? Stefan and his team have carefully conceptualised an innovative small plated menu. His daring interpretation of humble snacks, using only the best regional fare, means the cooking is always seasonal and fresh. Yet bold, exciting and innovative and filled with indulgent and surprising flavour combinations. Offering a wide range of dishes, including dressed oysters, camembert fondues, beef fillet and prawn risotto. To mention just a few. You can expect to be taken on an exciting taste adventure neither you nor your taste buds will soon forget.
Chef Stefan Bekker has made it his goal to create a varied menu that invites diners to enjoy the best combination of modern food with the cherished comfort of old-world flavours. Thereby offering something for everyone to savour and enjoy. For the full Magnolia Social Dining Lounge experience, there is no better way than to try this culinary gem for yourself. Trust us, you won’t regret a single second of it!
Plus, their exceptional wine, cocktail, gin and amber liquor selection is the perfect pairing to their range of indulgent menu offerings. However, if you’re merely looking to enjoy some relaxed drinks in a trendy setting, this is the perfect place to do that too! Whether it’s drinks with the girls, a romantic date for two or a laid-back day out with friends and family, the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge welcomes you with open arms.
The vibe & atmosphere: Warm & welcoming combined with an infectious vibrant energy & cool laid-back vibe
There’s a vibrant energy that fills the air as soon as you arrive at this trendy informal social dining lounge that’s pretty hard to explain. You have to feel it. And once you do, you’ll be completely captivated and compelled to enjoy every glorious second of your Magnolia Social Dining Lounge experience.
At its core, the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge is all about encouraging diners to open themselves up to new experiences. To step outside of their social and culinary comfort zones. And to fully immerse themselves in a unique culinary journey with fellow diners. Even if you’ve never met them before. Inspired by the Epicurus quote: “We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink”. The idea behind the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge was to completely revolutionise dining. By creating a comfortable and inviting space for diners to interact with others in a new and exciting way.
At the end of the day, it truly is about enjoying good food, good wine (or whatever your drink of choice), and a good vibe with good people. Let’s be honest, there’s no denying the universal language of food. The pure joy we derive from it. And the immense power it has to truly bring people together in the most authentic way. And that’s exactly what dining at the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge is all about! It’s so much more than a traditional dining experience, it’s about re-defining and reviving the social dining concept. And creating the perfect destination where diners and foodies from all walks of life are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy a casual dining experience any time of the day or night.
Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxed brunch, laid back lunch, a few afternoon or evening drinks or a sensational dinner experience, the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge and their friendly and vibrant staff welcomes you with open arms. The outside terrace area, equipped with sun loungers and a swimming pool, just adds an extra vibrant feel. Perfect for summer dining in Cape Town. Dare we say the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa and Magnolia Social Dining Lounge might just have it all!
Hidden culinary gem at the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Helderberg region just outside of Somerset West. The Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa offers the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle. It will truly feel like you’ve escaped to your own little piece of paradise. All without having to travel too far out of the city. Boasting Cape Dutch architecture, an exceptional range of hotel rooms, picturesque surroundings, beautifully designed garden landscapes and a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa has established itself as a top destination for tourists, travellers and locals alike.
Home to the famous Gary Player designed Erinvale Golf Course and tranquil walkways through the beautifully designed indigenous gardens. As well as an indulgent Spa and luxury accommodation, it has something for everyone to enjoy. Thereby making it the ultimate escape for a quick getaway, weekend in the Winelands, romantic retreat or eventful holiday experience.
In addition to all its lavish features, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa is situated right in the heart of one of the most highly acclaimed Western Cape Winelands regions. This means you have a variety of exceptional Wine Estates right at your doorstep. With Vergelegen, Lourensford and Morgenster being just a few. But besides being a sought-after destination for wine enthusiasts, Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa boasts a variety of extraordinary dining experiences. Including the newly launched Magnolia Social Dining Lounge and the upmarket Seventeen07. Which offers an indulgent fine dining experience.As well as the beautiful Oak Terrace. Perfectly suited for al fresco dining under the age-old oak trees, perfect for outdoor summer dining.
It’s safe to say that a visit to the culinary hidden gem that is the Magnolia Social Dining is an absolute must for anyone travelling to Cape Town. And a stay at the sought-after Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa will make your trip to Cape Town all the more special.
- Location: Magnolia Social Dining Lounge at the Erinvale Hotel & Spa | 1 Erinvale Avenue, Somerset West
- Operating hours: Open daily for small plate meals, sushi, tapas and full bar from 11:00 – 23:00
- Contact details: 021 847 1160 | [email protected]. Can make a reservation or walk in | Visit www.erinvale.co.za for more information and menus.
- Instagram: @erinvalehotel