Stellenbosch has truly become the Food and Wine Capital of SA with 3 of the top 10 restaurants in the country. Numerous eateries offer exquisite food combined with award winning Stellenbosch wines. This truly is foodie heaven!
Food and wine are perfect partners, so it’s no wonder there is such an abundance of restaurants in the Stellenbosch region. Stellenbosch is wine and food country, and this truly is a paradise for any gastronomy-lover. There is an eatery to suit every budget and you will have a choice of traditional cuisine, an array of seafood and other delights, to suit every taste. Here one can eat at leisure and enjoy the tranquil surrounds with a glass of wine in the Heart of the Winelands.
Whether you want to dine amongst the vineyards or take the family to a relaxed setting amongst beautiful Cape Dutch buildings, the choices are endless. What can be better than sharing good food & wine with loved ones?
Below find the list of our favourite restaurants and gourmet picnic spot:
As they say “It is not only in food or wine, but also the service is an important aspect”. Thus makes it even more of a challenge when all of this is happening on a historic and award winning Wine Estate.
By the time the doors opened they had selected the freshest ingredients and have personally selected the wines to compliment the menu.
The original cellar, a National Monument, has been converted into a kitchen. They also have a winemaker table in a private area which can accommodate a maximum of 8 people.Website
Menus at Jordan Restaurant change daily, but the format for lunch and dinner remain the same throughout the year. George sources only fresh, local produce, which means you get the best quality chef making your meal with the freshest ingredients. This dining experience will satisfy all senses from sight through to palate, ensuring a memorable occasion.Website
Overture Restaurant is situated on Hidden Valley Wine farm with views of Table Mountain, the Stellenbosch Valley and Robben Island. The focus is on local produce. Menus will be changed by Chefs Bertus Basson and Craig Cormack every season. All there dishes are paired with Hidden Valley’s exceptional wines. They live and die by the saying: “perfection is often strived for but never achieved.” They push the boundaries of their creativity and knowledge to create experiences for their patrons.Website
Terroir opened in October 2004, and over the years has become one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Cape winelands, placing Stellenbosch prominently on the culinary map.
The unpretentious ambience and dressed-down décor belie multi Award-winning chef Michael Broughton’s rigorously disciplined approach to food. Classic pairings and intense depth of flavour characterize the chalkboard menu of ‘deceptively simple’ dishes influenced by what’s in season and, where possible, the use of locally grown fresh produce.
Terroir’s ongoing success has brought with it a string of prestigious awards, including an Eat Out ‘Top 10 Restaurant’ in 2009, 2010 & 2011.Website
The restaurant, established in 2001, was renovated and came under new management in 2010. Multi-awarding winning chef Richard Carstens now leads the kitchen team.
The à la carte menu changes every season, while daily specials offer something new and exciting to returning guests. A new feature of the renovated restaurant includes a bar with a clear view of the hustle and bustle in the kitchen or the sun setting through a picture window.Website
Etienne Bonthuys is back – and in fine form at that. He continues to ask questions of his diners’ taste buds, most notably through his signature style of teaming meat with seafood. Quail is paired with raw salmon and strawberries, baby calamari is matched with shredded oxtail, and a lamb flank is dressed with mint and a lobster sauce. For the most part, the flavours work beautifully but they might be a bit whacky for some. Not a problem: more conservative guests can get their fix with traditional, stick-to-your-ribs stuff like beef fillet with bone marrow and red wine sauce. A starter of a light hake soufflé with shimeji mushrooms and red pepper sauce is top-drawer cooking.Website
On warm days, the weather calls you outside onto the balcony, a glass of our exceptional, terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc or Cape Coral Rosé in hand, with the crisp flavours subtly echoed by the fragrances of the cooling breeze. On cold days the fire in the huge fireplace and the stylish leather furniture combines to create an atmosphere of warmth and tranquil leisure, the perfect accompaniment to our mellowed Merlot and spicy Shiraz. And a glass of our Chenin Blanc, Viognier, or Chardonnay pairs perfectly with the laughter of good friends on lazy days. Next door, The Restaurant at Waterkloof provides unpretentious fine dining enjoyed with the passionate wines.Website
The Delaire Graff Estate’s dining experience is intended to be a holistic one, from the moment you enter the estate to the service philosophy embodied in the experience at your table. Executive Chef Christiaan’s purist approach to food completes the balance, and he and his calm team take great care in their preparation and presentation. Experienced sommeliers are also on hand to share his extended knowledge on pairings and to guide you through our wine list. At the Delaire Graff Estate we invite you to relax and soak up this magnificent setting – and do feel free to walk about and enjoy our exciting contemporary collection of South African art and sculptures.Website
Stellenbosch is synonymous with good wine and it’s no surprise that this famous university town is where Ernie Els has chosen to open his restaurant, The Big Easy, named after the man himself. Nestled among the quirky architecture on South Africa’s second oldest road, the oak tree-lined Dorp Street, once the ‘wagon road to the Cape’.
As you’d expect, The Big Easy places the utmost importance on serving great food and fantastic wine. There is a distinctly French influence and the emphasis is on using the finest, freshest ingredients to produce world-class food in this historic setting.Website
De Volkskombuis Restaurant in Stellenbosch, specialises in traditional Cape cuisine, in authentic Cape Dutch surroundings. Established in 1977, this restaurant became well known for their excellent cuisine with a comprehensive selection of fine wines from an award-winning winelist. The private dining room, Die Voorkamer is ideal for conferences and special functions. Your hosts, Dawid and Christelle Kriel, are the new generation of this family business. They manage the restaurant with meticulous attention to detail and real Cape hospitality. Relax and enjoy the abundant variety and tastes the Cape’s table has to offer.Website
With over forty eight years of history and experience, the multiple award winning Hussar Grills embody the very finest of Grillroom traditions. First established in 1964 in the leafy University suburb of Rondebosch and augmented by our subsequently opened branches
in the very trendy and cosmopolitan areas of Greenpoint and Camps Bay , The Hussar Grills remain true Capetonian classics. Firm favourites across many generations, our reputation for excellence stems from a real passion and commitment to serving only the very finest, carefully aged cuts of beef, game and venison available in the country in a refined yet warm ambience.
Warwick strives for simplicity which doesn’t mean that you should compromise on flavour. The Gourmet Picnic experience was designed to provide a balance between the freshest seasoned ingredients and a flavour profile that will satisfy the most sophisticated Gourmand. This Gourmet Picnic can also be combined with a “Big 5 wine safari” (only available during summer months), which is a tour through the Grape Varieties at Warwick Estate, while sipping on a glass of Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc at The Penthouse.Website
The Zorgvliet picnic area is a piece of heaven fallen from the sky where you can be lost in your dreams, inhale the fresh air of the Banhoek Valley and bask in the warm sunshine. Just bring a blanket and pick your spot under the shade of the Oak Trees and let the greenery of the Zorgvliet picnic area envelope you.
At the Zorgvliet picnic area, you and your family can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards. The vineyards all have a different shade of green according to the types of cultivar. They are a perfect backdrop to the historic white washed Cape Dutch architecture of Zorgvliet Wine Estate’s buildings.Website