The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

These eateries have impressed us with their excellent food, great service and lovely settings.

1. Restaurant Jardine

Jardine Restaurant Stellenbosch
George Jardine, the talent behind the acclaimed Jordan Restaurant, has opened an exciting new eatery that is sure to have food fans flocking to Andringa Street. (George earmarked his new spot opposite the Stellenbosch Hotel years ago, and has been waiting patiently for it to become available). The interior is warm and homely, having been converted from an old house, and guests can expect more of chef Jardine’s signature creative dishes, bursting with flavour and paired with some of the best wines in Stellenbosch.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm (à la carte lunch)
Wednesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm, Dinner (three- or six-course set dinner)
Cost R160 (two-course lunch); R420 (six-course dinner)
Contact 021 886 5020, info@restaurantjardine.co.za
Location Andringa Street

2. Waterkloof Wines

Waterkloof Wines
In a shining glass tower in the winelands, French wizard Gregory Czarnecki conjures up recipes inspired by his food-loving homeland, paired with wines from the estate’s own cellar. The glass walls allow guests unobstructed views of the surrounding vineyard, while the open-plan kitchen ensures that transparency extends to the chefs at work. There’s also a tasting lounge on the estate, warmed by a roaring fireplace during winter, where diners can sample some of the region’s finest wines.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm (lunch)
Monday – Saturday, 7pm – 9pm (dinner)
Cost R370 (two-course à la carte); R480 (three-course à la carte); R900 (set menu, excluding wine pairing); R1100 (including wine pairing)
NB The set menu is only available if ordered by the entire table
Contact 021 858 1491, chef@waterkloofwines.co.za
Location Sir Lowry’s Pass Road

3. Oude Werf Restaurant

Oude_Werf_Stellenbosch_Restaurants
Housed in the faultlessly luxurious hotel of the same name, this chic eatery serves modern comfort food that’s healthy and flavourful. Or as executive chef Jeremy Joubert describes it: “Cape flavours with a gourmet twist”. The décor is a delicious mix of heritage and contemporary styles: a cluster of vintage lampshades presides over the breakfast-buffet table, while an open-plan, metro-tiled kitchen and chic upholstered chairs add a modern edge. And we just adore the tree in the centre of the room that brings the outdoors in. In winter, the fireplace will keep you toasty; in summer, you’d do well to sit in the vine-shaded courtyard.
We recommend Everything on the concise yet varied dinner menu appealed but I eventually opted for the roasted brussels sprout salad (R65) with maple syrup- and rosemary-glazed hazelnuts, dried cranberries and shaved Grana Padano with extra-virgin olive oil – a perfectly calibrated symphony of crunch, sweetness and tang. The chargrilled Chalmar beef fillet (R165) with creamed garlic kale, potato fondant, roasted mushroom pesto, veal jus and black truffle oil was perfectly prepared. And the eggless chocolate mousse (R58) with salted caramel and Chantilly cream was the ideal way to end a stellar meal.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10.30am; 12pm – 10pm
Cost Around R120 (main course); R60 (appetisers)
Contact 021 887 4608, hotel@oudewerfhotel.co.za
Location 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch, 7600

4. Rust en Vrede

Rust En Vrede
An all-round first-class experience awaits you when you arrive at this warm and welcoming restaurant, with someone to greet you on arrival, top service throughout your meal, and exquisite French-inspired cuisine. It is all tied together perfectly with an amazing venue in the estate’s original cellar, built in 1785. It is no wonder it was one of EatOut’s Top 10 Restaurants for 2014 and on The Elite Traveller’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World list.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm to late
Cost Four-course menu (R620); Six-course menu (R750); Six-course menu with wine (R1200); Estate Experience Menu (R2000)
Contact 021 881 3757, info@rustenvrede.com
Location Annandale Road 

5. 96 Winery Road

96 Winery
Seasonal, fresh, organic and, wherever possible, local ingredients are used to create South African dishes sprinkled with international flavours. They range from crispy pork-belly strips and springbok ravioli to Riebeek lamb shank and baked whiskey cheesecake. The mouth-watering menu is complemented by Ken Forrester and Meinert wines.
We recommend The restaurant’s famous Gatriles Duck and Cherry Pie is a recipe going back at least 25 years. Roasted duck combined with a rich port and black cherry sauce, and topped with a home-made puff pastry; it’s a taste experience that won’t soon be forgotten.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm (lunch)
Monday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9.30pm (dinner)
Cost Around R140 (main course); R170 (grill); R70 (appetisers)
Contact 021 842 2020, wineryrd@mweb.co.za
Location 96 Winery Road

6. Terroir

Terroir Restaurant
You know a restaurant is right up there when it has won an EatOut Top 10 restaurant accolade for eight years! Head chef Michael Broughton has been impressing diners with delicious and “deceptively simple” dishes that evolve with the seasons. Situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Kleine Zalze, under the coolness of old oak trees and with views of the golf course, Terroir is one that’ll impress even the most jaded out-of-towners.
We recommend Chef Broughton’s “less is more” philosophy is evident in his beautifully plated dishes. Think ceviche of yellowfin tuna with avocado, aïoli and pickled kohlrabi (R95), or lamb shoulder with tomato fondue, confit onions and gratin potato (R195).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch)
Monday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm (dinner)
Cost Around R200 (main course); R100 (appetisers)
Contact 021 880 8167, restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za
Location Tegno Road

7. Cuvée

Cuvee
Simonsig Wine Estate’s Cuvée Restaurant is the epitome of hospitality and old-world elegance with a proudly contemporary-South African twist. The terrace has uninterrupted views of the majestic Simonsig Mountain, making it a lovely venue for a summertime lunch. Head chef Carolize Coetzee uses local and seasonal ingredients to create an ever-changing menu full of fresh, but comforting flavours.
We recommend The roasted chicken, rolled with kale and soft dried apricots on kale cream and shaved cauliflower (R95).
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
Sunday, 11.30am – 3pm
Cost Around R100 (main course); R140 (grill); R60 (salad); R60 (open sandwiches)
Contact 021 888 4932, cuvee@simonsig.co.za
Location Kromme Rhee Road

8. Delaire Graff Restaurant

Delaire Graff
Situated on top of a hill on the famed Helshoogte Road, Delaire Graff Restaurant is the full package when it comes to fine-dining, offering incredible views, immaculate interiors and excellent dishes, so the pricey menu items should come as no surprise. South African head chef Michael Deg draws inspiration from local, seasonal cuisine, incorporating ingredients picked daily from the estate’s own greenhouse and vegetable gardens, as well as those sourced from surrounding farms.
We recommend Delaire Graff’s steaks are made from high-quality Angus beef, and cooked in a wood fire oven. Angus beef, known as Aberdeen Angus in most parts of the world, comes from a breed of cattle that originated in Scotland centuries ago.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm (lunch)
Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm (dinner)
Cost Around R260 (main course); R150 (appetisers); R125 (salad)
Contact  021 885 8160, reservations@delaire.co.za
Location Helshoogte Road

9. Postcard Café

Postcard Cafe
Postcard Cafe is a laidback restaurant on Stark-Condé Wine Farm. It’s situated on one of the most naturally beautiful settings in Stellenbosch’s Jonkershoek Valley. With delicious food and great wines, it’s perfect for a relaxed family lunch.
We recommend Some favourites include crispy fried prawn and calamari salad (R126), teriyaki beef burger with rice (R129) and Moroccan lamb knuckle stew R142). Make sure you save room for dessert, as the handmade honey almond tart (R37) and vanilla panna cotta with fresh strawberries (R37) are worth the drive alone.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Cost Around R110 (light lunch); R60 (breakfast menu)
Contact 021 861 7703, postcardcafe@stark-conde.co.za
Location Oude Nektar Wine EstateJonkershoek Road

10. Oppie Dorp

Oppie Dorp
The small, but flavourful, menu includes grilled prawns, Cajun chicken salad as well as the traditional favourite of steak, eggs and chips. The simple decor is welcoming, and the excellent service will having you coming back again and again.
We recommend The perfectly grilled Falklands Islands calamari, topped with lemon butter and served with home made tartar sauce, chips or rice.
Opening times Monday – Friday, Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (lunch)
Monday – Saturday, Sunday, 6pm – 11pm (dinner)
Cost Around R160 (main course); R60 (appetisers)
Contact 021 883 3889, info@oppiedorp.co.za
Location 137 Dorp Road

11. Helena’s

Helenas
Tucked away in the historic Coopmanhuijs Hotel on Church Street, Helena’s is one of Stellenbosch’s most precious hidden gems. The menu is concise, which helps to keep things intimate and focused on South African flavours.
Read our full review of Helena’s Restaurant.
We recommend The South African inspiration is exemplified in the Rack of Lamb (R195), derived from certified Karoo meat and served with krummelpap (a porridge made from maize), poached pear, fine beans and Cumberland sauce.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12.30pm – 2.30pm (lunch)
Monday – Sunday, 7pm – 10pm (dinner)
Cost Around R100 (lunch menu); R165 (dinner menu); R60 (appetisers)
Contact 021 883 3132, reservations@helenasrestaurant.co.za
Location 33 Church Street

12. Jordan Restaurant

Jordan Restaurant
Image credit: Michael Olivier

One of Stellenbosch’s most picturesque wine estates is home to acclaimed chef George Jardine’s Jordan Restaurant. He creates mouthwatering dishes using the freshest local ingredients. With impeccable service and well-trained staff, the experience is not to be missed. If you love cheese, you’ll fall in love with the walk-in cheese room filled with local cheeses such as Fairview Blue Rock and Klein Rivier Gruyere. Booking is essential.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm (closed on Mondays, May – October)
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – late (closed on Saturdays, May – October)
Cost R325 (two-course lunch); R375 (three-course lunch); R420 (four-course dinner); R220 (wine pairing)
NB Menus change daily. Prices are based on sample menus
Contact 021 881 3612, restaurant@jordanwines.com
Location Stellenbosch Kloof Road

13. The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

Restaurant at Clos Malverne
Specialising in perfectly pairing delicious food with the estate’s award-winning wines, Clos Malverne’s restaurant offers value for money four-course food-and-wine experiences for R348 per person including the wine. The view from the wraparound balcony is priceless and just one of the draw cards of this Stellenbosch restaurant.
We recommend Although famed for their set food and wine pairings, the restaurant’s springbok loin wrapped in bacon (R210) is a popular choice for diners opting for the A la Carte menu. It comes with onion and herb gruyere cheese potato bake, cauliflower puree, red wine jus and baby marrow ribbons.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)
Cost Food and wine pairing menu: R348 per person
A la Carte menu: Around R200 (main course); R90 (appetisers)
Contact 021 865 2022, info@closmalverne.co.za
Location Devon Valley Road

We also rate these Stellenbosch Restaurants

Cavalli (Read our Cavalli review)
Dornier Bodega Restaurant
Mont Marie
The Big Easy
Makaron Restaurant (Read our Makaron Restaurant review)

Fine as the wine is in Stellenbosch, there’s loads to do in this charming university town besides great food.
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Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 14 April 2016

2 Responses to “The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants”

  1. Winelover

    Great article with some top notch places! Where was the first pic above the title with the sculpture taken?

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