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 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?
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.
Restaurant at Waterkloof – No 1 Restaurant in South Africa
This restaurant has a spectacular setting, a striking glass and concrete cube high up on the mountains, with glass walls overlooking sensational views of False Bay and the mountains. Inside it is natural light, white table clothes and simple fynbos flowers. Here Master Chef Gregory Czarnecki reigns supreme, consistently turning out contemporary French inspired food that looks great and tastes even better. His style is artful simplicity and he’s not afraid to put interesting, slightly risky ideas on the menu. But they work.
The menu is available as a tasting menu (R850 per person or R1050 with wine), or a dégustation with or without wine pairings (R1600 or R1900) 2019 prices
Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 2pm / Dinner: Monday – Saturday 7 – 9pm
Contact details: 021 858 1491
Address: Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road, Somerset West
Reservation recommendation: Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment!
Overture at Hidden Valley Estate – Stellenbosch
In November 2007 Overture Restaurant, situated on Hidden Valley Wine Estate, opened its doors for the very first time. Starting from humble beginnings, Overture has become a destination for great food, service and wines. The restaurant offers contemporary European cuisine serving either a 3 or 6- course menu while overlooking the Helderberg Mountains.
Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon – 2.30pm / Dinner: Thursday to Saturday 7pm – close
Contact details: 021 880 2721
Address: Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
Reservation recommendation: Yes – especially in the summer months
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Delaire Graff Restaurant at Delaire Graff Wine Estate – Stellenbosch
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. Both restaurants can be booked 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 bases daily dishes on what is fresh and what the chefs are inspired to create. Dishes are refined bistro fare with a French or Mediterranean slant. 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.
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Restaurant at Tokara Wine Estate – Stellenbosch
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 a Monday during the Winter months
Contact details: 021 885 2550
Address: R310 Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
Reservation recommendation: This restaurant is often booked up few days in advance. So please book in advance (especially in the summer months).
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.
Bertus Basson at The Spice Route – Paarl
The Spice Route is a carefully curated selection of artisans showcasing their produce and share their knowledge. The collaborative environment allows for endless discoveries and a truly delectable journey. We recommend the laid-back eatery of Bertus Basson. It offers daytime food from breakfast through lunch.
Opening times: There are different opening times, but all stores trade from Monday – Sunday. We recommend that you call the farm for further information
Contact details: 021 863 5200
Address: Suid Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Food: Various options
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