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Fancy a setting as good as the food? 6 of the best winelands restaurants with a view

Our clients often ask us about the best places to eat on their stay in the Winelands. And we’ve certainly got that taped – see our complimentary Restaurant guide below. But more often than not, what they really want us to recommend is restaurants with a stunning view! Why stare at the walls when you could look out over fields of vineyards and the towering mountains of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek? Indeed the setting of the best Winelands restaurants is almost, but not quite, as important as the food, But with these restaurants in the Cape Winelands, you can have both!

The Winelands are home to some of South Africa‘s top restaurants, and for good reason. The choices are plentiful, and the variety is diverse and simply… delicious. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best restaurants with spectacular views.

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Indochine Restaurant at Delaire Graff – Stellenbosch

The Asian-inspired cuisine at Indochine is an evocative, fine-dining food theatre, where delicate flavours come alive, and each dish is synonymous with vitality, wellness, and healthy living. Discover Asian tapas turned into an art form, or experience a tea ceremony, and find signature dishes like pork belly and duck.

Enjoy every moment of exquisitely balanced Asian-influenced flavours in their intimate setting. Inside, a vibrant blue and copper colour palette creates a calming backdrop. Dine under the stunning Swallows in Flight art installation, sculpted by Lionel Smit and Andre Stead, where over 1000 swallows become part of the incredible views that stretch across Table Mountain.

Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 2pm / Dinner:  Monday – Saturday 7 – 9pm

Contact details: 021 885 8160

Address: Delaire Graaff Hotel, Helshoogte Pass, near Stellenbosch

Reservation recommendation: Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

The Werf at Boschendal – Franschhoek

The Werf won the Sustainability award at Eat Out Awards in 2021 and has continued to keep up to shape. Certainly their passion is for sourcing as much as possible from their own farm or from nearby farms which adhere to their strict ecological standards.

The small menu changes daily depending on their harvest and their chef’s creativity. The restaurant is situated on one of the most romantic Cape Dutch wine estates in the country. It is an eclectic mix of Cape Heritage and modern conservatory. Large glass windows look out over Boschendal’s revitalized gardens, which are both beautiful and functional.

Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 3:00pm / Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Contact details: 0218704209 | werf@boschendal.co.za

Address: R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680

Reservation recommendation: Yes – especially in the summer months

Delaire Graff Restaurant at Delaire Graff Wine Estate – Stellenbosch

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Delaire Graff is undoubtedly one of the Winelands most luxurious experiences. In light of that we advice that you simply… indulge! The exquisite views over the Banhoek Valley and lush gardens are reason enough to visit. Take it one step further and dine at Delaire’s stylish restaurant where you’ll be served classic bistro chic-style food. Usually splashed with South African flavours. Chef Michael Degg’s menu is a creative expression of the season, artistically presented and balanced with flavour.

The second restaurant at Delaire Graff – Indochine – has one even more accolades. Indochine offers dishes with an Asian inspiration; each plate is vibrant with homegrown produce, and the meticulousness in creating a fresh yet complex marriage of flavours is impressive. The space is small and intimate, the service is meticulous and guests dining on the terrace will still experience the same fantastic views.

Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 2.30pm / Dinner:  Monday to Sunday 6.30 – 8.30pm

Contact details: 021 885 8160

Address: R310 Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Reservation recommendation: Yes. You can both restaurants weeks in advance. We recommended that you book well ahead of time, especially in summer!

Terroir Restaurant at Kleine Zalze Wine Farm – Stellenbosch

This restaurant chalks up its menu every day on a black board. And the daily dishes are all about what ‘sfresh and what the chefs are inspired to create. Refined bistro fare with a French or Mediterranean slant is the order of the day.  The setting overlooking the De Zalze golf course and Stellenbosch Mountains creates a lovely and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the terrace in summer and the log-burning fireplace in winter.

Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 2:30pm / Dinner:  Monday – Saturday 6:30 – 9pm

Contact details: 021 880 8167

Address: Kleine Zalze Estate, R44, Stellenbosch

Reservation recommendation: Yes. Please book in advance as it is very popular.

Restaurant at Tokara Wine Estate – Stellenbosch

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The deck of the Tokara restaurant alone is worth any drive. It overlooks the curve of the vineyards over the rise to your right and the sprawl of lush farmlands towards Cape Town in the distance. It is simply spectacular! Here Chef Richard Carstens uses bold flavours to combine local and Asian-inspired ingredients together with precise technique. The results are delectable!

Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 3pm / Dinner:  Monday to Sunday 6.30 – 10pm. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays during the Winter months

Contact details: 021 885 2550

Address: R310 Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Reservation recommendation: Book ahead! As it gets booked up several days in advance. So please book in advance (especially in the summer months).

TIP

If you aren’t up for a fine-dining meal then try the Tokara Delicatessen. As the setting is equally as enchanting. Here the food is light and delicious, with a relaxed and child-friendly atmosphere. Talk about restaurants with a view! The deli is open for breakfast and lunch, from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday through to Sunday.

Orangerie at Le Lude – Francshhoek

This is one that could equally be placed in our top locations category, being based at the historic Vergelegen Wine Estate.

Michael Cooke continues to place farm-fresh ingredients with exciting seasonal flavours. The focus is on the best contemporary South African cuisine.

The restaurant setting is sophisticated. And it comes into its own in the winter or autumnal months. Whilst the terrace is perfect for a summer lunch. Note that this is mainly a lunchtime restaurant!

Opening times: Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12noon – 2pm /  Dinner: Friday and Saturday only 7 – 9pm

Contact details: 021 847 2131

Address: Suid Agter Paarl Road, Paarl

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Tasha Eygelaar

Africa Travel Specialist

Hi I’m Tasha, I’m here to help you plan your ideal holiday experience

 

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