The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek 2017

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek 2017

Franschhoek boasts some of the finest wine estates and classiest restaurants in the land.

This exclusive winelands town, situated just 75 kilometres from Cape Town, is famed for its Huguenot heritage, exquisite Cape Dutch architecture, prestigious wine estates (many of which include luxury accommodation), and an ever-expanding foodscape that includes world-class restaurants and fabulous cafés.

It was quite something to round up our favourites, because the (fine-)dining scene in Franschhoek has exploded over the past few months, with some big-name restaurants and chefs swinging open their doors. One such place is La Petite Colombe at Le Quartier Français, where La Colombe chefs, Scot Kirton and James Gaag, handed over the mantle to bright young chef John Norris-Rogers. Another is the brand-new Reuben’s, which you’ll find in a spangly new spot just off on the main road. And then there’s La Paris Deli and Restaurant, set to open in October 2017 on La Paris Estate, as well as Big Dog Café. (Also, pop-up restaurant, Reuben’s At Racine, will no longer be operating from Chamonix Wine Farm. Racine will return to trading as a bistro-style eatery, as normal.)


Restaurants in Franschhoek: Foliage

Opened by forager and nose-to-tail enthusiast Chris Erasmus in 2014, Foliage has added a certain culinary clout to the town’s already feted gastronomic scene. The reputation Chris gained at Pierneef à la Motte (voted one of the Top 10 restaurants in the country in 2013) has followed him to Foliage, and is reflected in his eclectic menu.
The food Locally sourced and foraged ingredients are the focus of Chris’s flavourful, contemporary dishes. His attention to detail, and the timing of the procession of finely crafted dishes is extraordinary.
The vibe The tastefully decorated interior (neutrals with pops of bright red), a fireplace for cosy winter evenings, and seating on the stoep for overflow diners creates a welcoming vibe.
X factor The open kitchen dominates the inner area, breaking down the barrier between chefs and diners. Ask to sit there, as it’s a great evening’s entertainment watching Chris marshall his team of six cheflings. Service on the night we dined was impeccable: our every whim attended to effortlessly.
Open May – September 2017: Monday – Friday, 7pm – 9pm (dinner only)
Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch), 7pm – 9pm (dinner)
6 September 2017 – May 2018: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 7pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 2328,
Where to find it Foliage RestaurantReviewer Jackie Lange

2. Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant

Franschhoek Restaurants: Bread & Wine

Appropriately positioned at the entrance to Franschhoek – on Môreson farm – this popular eatery should feature on every visitor’s to-do list. Although not fine-dining in the strict sense, Bread & Wine’s feted country cuisine is caringly created and expertly executed by chef Neil Jewell. Add attentive service and beautiful surrounds, and it’s not surprising that the restaurant is always full – booking is essential.
The menu “Neil’s Nosh” changes according to the seasons and his whims. There are two pricing options: R360 for two courses, and R398 for three, with a choice of six starters, six mains and five desserts. Though Neil is known for his charcuterie and pork skills, we tried the butter-roasted kingklip with chicken-wing confit and pickled mushrooms – sublime.
X factor The delicious, citrusy Miss Molly bubbly that we had enjoyed with our meal. Arrive early, and do a wine-tasting at Môreson’s winery (next to the restaurant) before lunch.
Good to know Neil’s wife, Tina, gives bread-making courses, with wine and laughter thrown into the mix.
Open Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
(From 16 May – 31 August 2017, Bread & Wine will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)
Contact 021 876 4004,
Where to find it Moreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Jackie Lange

3. The Kitchen at Maison

Franschhoek Restaurants: Kitchen at Maison

Everything at this farm bistro is the height of style: from chef Arno Janse van Rensburg’s perfectly pared-down dishes to the Scandi-chic interiors and beautifully merchandised deli.
The food Arno’s mantra is simple: the best ingredients, prepared with passion. And while all his produce is sourced from Maison (wherever possible) and nearby farms, there’s nothing parochial about his palate-popping plates. This is fine dining at its artfully stripped-down best. Echoing Arno’s transparent approach to food preparation, the pass opens onto the restaurant, so diners can watch him as he adds the final flourishes to every dish that comes out of his kitchen.
The menu has been designed to allow diners to experience as many flavours and textures as possible. As such, portions are small, and there are various à la carte options: R395 (three courses); R495 (four courses); R595 (five courses); and R645 (six courses).
We recommend The six-course menu – to maximise the flavour-and-texture extravaganza.
The vibe Simple, stylish and sophisticated, rather like the furniture and homeware brand that’s also owned by Maison’s proprietor Chris Weylandt. From the Scandi-inspired wood panelling, “tentacle” lights, and the waiter’s artisanal-looking leather aprons, everything is tastefully buttoned up.
We love that the restaurant opens onto rolling lawns and vineyards, where couches and umbrellas beckon for after-lunch lounging.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (lunch)
(From December 2017 onwards)
Monday – Wednesday, 12pm – 3pm (lunch)
Friday – Saturday, 7pm – 11pm (dinner)
Contact 021 876 2116,
Where to find it The Kitchen at MaisonReviewer Nikki Benatar

4. La Petite Colombe

Franschhoek Restaurants: La Petite Colombe

We had the extraordinary pleasure of eating at La Petite Colombe within a week of its launch and, after just seven days of service, this relaxed and refined newcomer feels as well-oiled and established as its feted Constantia sibling.
The menu Heading the kitchen is John Norris-Rogers, a bright-faced young chef who spent four-and-a-half years honing his skills under La Colombe’s Scot Kirton and James Gaag. His self-assured demeanour belies his 26 years, as he dazzles diners with a theatrical array of nine superb and creative dishes (if you opt for the Full Menu; or five courses if you choose the Reduced Menu).
After arriving at our table to present his inspired Springbok Tataki course, John is quick to play down his fast-tracked trajectory when we ask about his brand-new baby: “I think it’s easier to step into an existing concept, than to start something from scratch.” Which is fair enough… but as similar as the two restaurants seem in terms of the slick and sophisticated overall experience, it definitely feels as though John has put his unique stamp on the menu here.
The vibe Everything about this 54-seater restaurant (housed at La Quartier Français where The Tasting Room used to be) oozes timeless elegance – from the background music (Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James) to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors (by UK-based Beverley Boswell) – no wonder it’s fully booked for dinner until October.
Inside info The restaurant is offering an unbeatable winter lunch special – four courses for R395 – until end-October 2017.
Good to know The Full Menu (nine courses) costs R995; with wine R1 600.
The Reduced Menu (five courses) costs R695; with wine R1 100.
Read our full review.
Open 1 August – 31 October 2017:
Tuesday: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 13pm; 6.30pm – 8.30pm          
Contact 021 202 3395,
Where to find it Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

5. Pierneef à La Motte

Best Franchhoek Restaurants: Pierneef a La Motte

Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this esteemed restaurant offers a similarly creative streak, as chef Michelle Theron paints her own culinary pictures using technically assured techniques tinged with her own personal style. Her dishes are inspired by centuries-old cooking techniques, borne out of local and international influences.
We love the sense of whimsy, so often absent in fine-dining establishments, such as the Delft-style porcelain dangling from the rafters, and the bold chair backs that tell their own stories…Outside, ancient oaks and bubbling water features create a serene setting, with the overall atmosphere being sophisticated yet quirky.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday (September – May; reservations only) for seasonal dinners, 7pm – 10.30pm
Friday & Saturday (June – August), 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 876 8800,
Where to find it La Motte, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

6. The Werf

Franschhoek Restaurants: The Werf

Nowadays, words like “farm to table” and “artisanal” are so commonly used, they’re almost parodies. At The Werf, however, chef Christiaan Campbell remains so passionately committed to ensuring that ethical and sustainable methods are followed on every inch of this nine-hectare estate, it’s almost a religion.
His honest, earthy, no-frills food philosophy – “Passion and flavour are our starting points; everything else follows” – are reflected in his “innovative country dishes”, which are as creative as they are comforting.
We love that Christiaan is exploring age-old food fermentation methods, adding a healthy (and, ironically, modern) dimension to the restaurant’s already bountiful offerings.
The vibe Housed in Boschendal’s original cellar, The Werf epitomises a particular style of plaas chic – heritage-Dutch-meets-modern-Afrikaner – arguably invented by Karen Roos, whose nearby Babylonstoren is a must-visit when in Paarl. The result is a familiar, unintimidating and oh-so current space.
X factor The overarching sense of warmth, generosity and abundance that envelops the entire estate. We were greeted by Johnny Pharo, whose toothless grin and “Thank you for visiting us today” as we stepped out of the car were very comforting (after a 45-minute ride with a restless toddler).
Good to know Boschendal’s gourmet picnics are among our favourites.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch; guests to be seated by 2pm)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 9pm (dinner; guests to be seated by 8.30pm)
Contact 021 870 4206,
Where to find it Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

7. Marigold Authentic Indian

Franschhoek Restaurants: Marigold Authentic Indian

This new addition to Franschhoek’s main street is another Singh-owned establishment (see Tuk Tuk below). Situated in Heritage Square – which also houses DV Chocolate Café and The Boutique Gallery – it’s added a touch of spice to the village. With Durban-born Vanie Padayachee (formerly at Le Quartier Français) at the helm, guests can expect rich, layered dishes tinged with authentic Indian flavours (informed by her recent travels to India).
The menu Marigold’s menu channels exotic, spicy North Indian food, as it effortlessly incorporates fragrant curries, delicious biryanis, Thali (a set menu of various dishes), charcoal tandoor-cooked meat and, of course, naan breads into its small-plates menu. There are even vegetarian options.
We love the chic, pared-back interiors and, in particular, the expansive street-facing windows, which add a touch of elegance to the restaurant’s natural palette and exquisite wood-panelled floors.
Open Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 876 8970,
Where to find it Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

8. Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

Franschhoek Restaurants: Reuben's Restaurant and Bar

It’s here! The striking new Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar in Franschhoek! Combining 12 years memories and moments, the exquisite glass-fronted eatery is chef Reuben Riffel’s new home.
The food Featuring some of his signature dishes (tuna takaki, pork belly and peppered Springbok steak), the menu also includes interesting tasters (a poké bowl and smoked-pork croquettes), exciting sharing plates, and hearty mains (butter chicken curry, prawn and squid pasta, Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac risotto, to name a few), and some dreamy desserts, too.
The vibe Ritzy marble floors, floor-to-ceiling atrium-style glass windows, with prime views of the bustling Main Road, and refined decor, which echoes the sophisticated dining offering.
X factor Aside from the fact that it’s another great prospect from one of South Africa’s most well-known chefs, we love that the bar is a main event in itself, serving an extensive selection of bubbly, wine, spirits, beers and ciders, liqueurs and aperitifs.
Open Monday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 3772,
Where to find it 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan


Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Grande Provence

This is an essential culinary sojourn for any foodie worth their weight in gribiche. That said, you don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy all that’s on offer at this heritage wine estate. We were in Franschhoek on one of those magnificent 27-degree winter’s days, so we sat under the ancient oaks in the modern sculpture garden and drank in the views of the vineyards and the rugged mountains beyond, with the Berg River trickling past us.
The food Executive chef Darren Badenhorst creates inspired seasonal dishes (using foraged ingredients when available) that look as exquisite as they taste, thanks to his eye for colour and his commitment to bold flavours. The bread course alone is a thing to behold. Every single thing on the Winter Menu (R450 for three courses) appealed, so our waiter recommended the most popular dishes, which exceeded expectations.
Don’t leave without trying the hot fondant for dessert!
The vibe Chic, modern, laidback, stylish – this is contemporary winelands dining at its best. Take a post-prandial amble around the grounds, popping into the art gallery and shop for some inspiring browsing.
X factor The seamless coming-together of tradition and innovation. Here, the state-of-the-art cellar and contemporary restaurant are perfectly at home on this 1694 heritage estate.
Open Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 7pm – 9pm
Please note From 1 June 2017, the restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings; normal operation will resume on 1 October 2017.
Contact 021 876 8600,
Where to find it Grande Provence
Reviewer Nikki Benatar


Best Franschhoek restaurants: cafe Bonbon

An imposing entrance, with flags flying and a friendly security guard, greets visitors to La Petite Dauphine, a working wine farm that’s home to a five-star hotel and restaurant. In summer, tables are perfectly laid on the shaded terrace overlooking the pond, while in cooler weather, the indoor dining room, filled with interesting objets d’art and flowers beckons. It’s the perfect spot for a celebration – on the hot autumn day we visited, a long Provençal-style table had been set up under a tree for a group of 20 revellers.
The food Husband-and-wife chefs Scott and Melanie Shepherd concoct tantalising dishes combining interesting flavours and textures using the freshest ingredients.
The service Waiters welcome guests warmly, are knowledgeable and happy to discuss the menu.
X factor The excellent coffee and slice of the deliciously decadent chocolate cake merits a tea-time visit of its own.
Open Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Contact 021 876 3936,
Where to find it Café BonBon Country RestaurantReviewer Jackie Lange


Best Franschhoek Restaurants: Le Bon Vivant

Just off the main road, in a converted house, this restaurant dishes up outstanding food by classically trained Dutch chef-patron Pierre Hendricks. The cosy interior bursts with charm, thanks to whimsical touches (such as light fittings made of colanders and graters) and a cosy fireplace. A glass wall allows diners a glimpse into the working kitchen where Pierre and his team perform their culinary magic.
The food You’ll be impressed, as we were, with the unusual combinations on the à la carte menu. The chef’s modern take on traditional surf-and-turf is the pork and scallops (pork belly, with seared scallop, apple, baby onion and butternut) – delicious!
Don’t leave without trying a decadent dessert – such as crème brûlée or caramel soufflé. Adventurous diners should try the five-course chef’s surprise menu (R495 or R625 with wine).
Open Monday – Sunday (closed on Wednesday), 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 2717,
Where to find it Le Bon VivantReviewer Jackie Lange


Franschhoek Restaurants: Leopards Leap Family Vineyards

This friendly and inviting family-oriented destination offers fresh food and affordable, easy-drinking wines. The modern glass building was designed by the talented team at Makeka Design Lab, with contemporary interiors by Christiaan Barnard. As you would expect from any Rupert family-related project, the winery has exceptional tasting facilities set around an imposing tasting bar where you can sit and sample the wide range of available wines, with friendly and efficient staff on hand to discuss your preferences and guide you through a tasting.
The food The rotisserie-based lunch includes a variety of meats prepared by chef Pieter de Jager and his team, complemented by a selection of perfectly prepared side dishes, fresh salads and vegetables sourced from the organic vegetable and herb farm garden. The meat is charged at a set price, and the sides priced according to weight. Desserts such as cake lollies, mini cheese cakes and baby meringues will delight small fries.
Before you leave Make a turn at the well-stocked gift shop, which specialises in kitchen accessories, crockery and interesting recipe books. And, of course, stock up on a few bottles (or crates) of vino. We recommend the Culinaria Brut Méthode Cap Classique – a zesty sparkling wine with subtle pink undertones (R140).
X factor On summer weekends (or those delicious sunny winter’s days), grab a corner on the sun-drenched verandah and watch the sun set over the vineyards, while your toddlers play safely in the nearby playground.
Insider info Serious foodies should consider taking one of the culinary classes in the state-of-the-art kitchen.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 3pm
Contact 021 876 8002,
Where to find it Leopard’s Leap Family VineyardsReviewer Jackie Lange


Restaurants in Franschhoek: Cafe Franschhoek

If you’re visiting Franschhoek on an event weekend, we recommend this popular street café conveniently situated opposite the Town Hall.
The food If you’re after a quick breakfast, light lunch, comfort dinner, or a glass of wine and a snack, you’ll find it at this casual eatery. Tables are placed close together, which is rather lovely as you’ll hear smatterings of foreign languages.
We love sitting a pavement table, watching the passing parade. There’s a large dining area inside the restaurant and an outdoor seating area upstairs, where you can relax over a glass of bubbly and take in the beautiful Drakenstein mountains.
Open Monday – Saturday, 7am – 9pm (summer)
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm (winter)
Sunday & public holidays, 7am – 6pm
Contact 021 876 4542,
Where to find it Café FranschhoekReviewer Jackie Lange

14. HAUTE CABRIÈRE Restaurant & Terrace

After consulting at this esteemed Franschhoek stalwart, chefs Westley Müller and Nic van Wyk (previously of Towerbosch Restaurant at Knorhoek and Terroir at Kleine Zalze) took over the Haute Cabrière kitchen in November 2016. They say “good things come in threes”, which certainly rings true here, as the gourmet duo have been working closely with cellarmaster Takuan Von Arnim to create exciting new dishes that complement the estate’s renowned wines. The team has done an excellent job with their first collaborative menu and are well on their way to putting Cabrière back on the map as the go-to destination for a contemporary culinary experience.
The menu is a refreshing a departure from the classic French fare that Cabrière was known for. As the restaurant makes the switch from retro to modern, expect a host of well-balanced, well-executed dishes, such as the pork belly with puy lentils and choucroute sauce.
The vibe The cellar-turned-restaurant is dark and broody inside – perfect for a winter (or romantic) meal. If the weather permits, the terrace beckons with its sweeping views of the valley. The personable and attentive staff made us feel right at home.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm
Sunday (lunch), 12pm – 2pm, reservations only
Contact 021 876 3688;
Where to find it Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

15. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

Legend has it that The Singh (real name Analjit Singh) visited Franschhoek one day during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and ended up buying half the village (well, three hotels and their adjoining wine farms, five restaurants, a spa, a gym, a micro-brewery, a wine studio and a gallery… when we last checked). The Taqueria, housed in the above-mentioned brewery, serves Mexican-inspired ceviche, nachos and tacos, which go down beautifully with a craft beer or two.
The food The menu offers a variety of small plates (to be shared preferably) that include fresh and tasty tacos and nachos, as well as four desserts. It’s perfect for a spontaneous pop-in, or a light bar meal.
The vibe It shares space with a state-of-the-art brewery, so the look is industrio-cool: vaulted ceilings, exposed-brick and sandblasted walls, and copper and stainless-steel service pipes overhead, with Mondrian-esque pops of colour here and there. Sit inside and watch the distillers at work, or grab an outside table for the best view of the high street.
Open Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10.30pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 492 2207,
Where to find it 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

16. Dutch East

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Dutch East
Claire Gunn

Another gem on Franschhoek’s main road, Dutch East’s menu is inspired by local cuisine with a hint of Eastern flavours, resulting in familiar yet unique creations. Although it goes as bistro, we think “haute bistro” is a more accurate description – expect some (very) pretty and creatively presented plates. Head chef and owner Pasch du Plooy – who previously worked at Bouillabaisse, Reuben’s and L`Ermitage – has done a good job crafting an exciting menu.
The food For starters we had the beef tartare; and the three-cheese tartlet with pear sorbet. Mains left us satisfied: roasted pork with pomme purée; and mussels in white wine. All highly recommended.
We love The upmarket yet laidback ambience – no white tablecloths here – making this cosy eatery a good call for almost any occasion.
X factor In winter months a central fireplace keeps the cold at bay, while on balmy summer nights, the front terrace overlooking the main road is where the best people-watching in Franschhoek happens. Service on the evening was excellent and the servers were knowledgeable in their recommendations.
Open Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (lunch); 6.30pm – 9pm (dinner)
Sunday (lunch and dinner), 11.30am – 6.30pm
Contact 021 876 3547,
Where to find it 42 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

17. village grill & butcher

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Village Grill & Butcher

There’s something familiar about this popular steakhouse, conveniently located at the entrance to Franschhoek Village, that’ll make you feel as if you’ve been here before, even if it’s your first time. It could be the friendly service, or the crackling fire… In any event, the elegant décor belies the fact that outside is an enclosed, well-kitted-out kiddies’ playground.
The food Though its name suggests you’re at a meatery, a quick skim over the varied menu reveals it’s anything but. A while ago, consulting chef Laura Truter tweaked some of the popular classics, giving them a posh edge. For example, the calamari starter – deep-fried squid with paprika seasoning, toasted sesame seeds and lemon aioli – is an elegant version of regular calamari rings.
The vibe Familiar, friendly, casual and comfortable.
X factor The steak! Sourced from Ryan Boon, a butchery in Paarl that specialises in pasture-reared and sustainably sourced meat, my 300g rib-eye steak with Madagascan green-pepper-and-brandy sauce was rich, flavourful and juicy. For sides, I chose hand-cut potato wedges (crispy and utterly moreish) and garden vegetables (cooked al dente, the way I like them). Delicious.
Open Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 876 2344,
Where to find it Main Road, FranschhoekReviewer Nikki Benatar

18. Ryan’s Kitchen

Franschhoek Restaurants: Ryan's Kitchen

Ryan’s Kitchen is housed in a charming heritage building, with large windows overlooking Franschhoek’s Main Road. Inside, husband-and-wife co-owners Ryan and Lana Smith have created and elegant, yet unfussy, atmosphere.
The food You’ll find an array of bold local dishes here – testament to chef Ryan’s proudly South African roots, as well as his international experience (including a stint at St Petersburg’s Royal Astoria).
We love that the menu changes biweekly (that’s twice a month), meaning there’s always something fresh, new and exciting to sample.
Open Monday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 2.30pm; 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 876 4598,
Where to find it 1, Place Vendome, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

19. Orangerie Restaurant

Franschhoek restaurants: Orangerie Restaurant

Located on the lovely Le Lude MCC Estate, Orangerie’s chic, all-white interiors – with the odd splash of colour – echo chef Nicolene Barrow’s intriguing menu: purist European execution (a spin-off of her experience in world-famous international kitchens) tinged with personal flair and modernity.
The menu Expect fine, fresh ingredients – sourced seasonally from the surrounding forests, meadows, mountains and seas – judiciously combined to create memorable and exquisite-looking dishes.
The vibe Orangerie’s French-inspired interiors – white-and-black tiling, atrium windows, with potted plants and floral arrangements providing pops of colour – create a soothing and civilised atmosphere.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 100 3464,
Where to find it Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

20. Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant

Frnachhoek Restaurants: Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant

Situated in the light, airy and modern Tasting Centre on the family-run estate of the same name, Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant is the perfect spot for a business meeting, special celebration or casual meal with friends. The glorious vineyard and mountain views create a relaxed atmosphere for diners to enjoy chef Carmen Muller’s culinary creations.
The menu The concise Chef’s Menu showcases Carmen’s skills beautifully, but if you’d prefer, opt for the champagne, wine and food tasting menus, where you get to savour some of the exquisite Rupert & Rothschild wines too.
The vibe The Afro-French interiors, with artworks from the Rupert Art Museum and French oak furniture – create a sense of understated elegance.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Please note From 19 June – 2 July 2017, the restaurant is closed for maintenance.
Contact 021 874 1648,
Where to find it Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, Klapmuts Road, Simondium, Franschhoek
Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

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Time of publication: 24 May 2017

17 Responses to “The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek 2017”

  1. Christo Barnard

    Just to let you know that Leopards Leap Wine Estates interior was not done by Makeka Design Lab but by Christiaan Barnard Interior & Design Stellenbosch.Please make sure about your facts before publishing.

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Christo

      Thanks for your comment. A post on the Leopard’s Leap website only mentioned the project architects. We’ve amended our review to include your information.

  2. Christo Barnard

    Many thanks!

  3. Trish Heywood

    Foliage now has a liquor licence so if you take your own wine you’ll now be charged corkage. But they have a very good wine list. 🙂

  4. Colin

    Based on this listing many of my favourite restaurants of 8 years ago have closed.
    Good to see the Tasting Room still going under Margot Janse.

  5. annette

    waiting to hear from you 😉

  6. Willem Marais

    Surely Roca restaurant should be on this list?

    • Tiyese Jeranji

      Certainly Roca restaurant should be on the list. Service is amazing and their food is top class, made with love

    • Laura Sealy

      Willem – I completely agree! Their food is next level!

  7. Craig

    Maison should not be on the list. It’s over rated and expensive with foam costing more than a Kruger rand. Poor tourists think that this is good food. It’s rubbish.

  8. Suri

    Nr’s 5 & 19 surely falls outside the geographical borders of Franschhoek. Why are they on the list? there’s no such address as Klapmuts Rd, Simondium , Franschhoek. Please correct. Simondium is not in Franschhoek!

  9. Alta

    Thank you for this info!
    Unfortunat you are missing two of the BEST, franschook based, restaurants… What happened to Roca here!! Best setting, excellent food and friendly, effective service!
    And also Ryan’s..??

  10. Martin

    Please help, we’ve never been to Roca and it’s my sons 18th next Friday. I googled and booked a table for the 11th. After I made the booking I looked at reviews and I could not find many good ones?? I don’t want to drive all the way from Ceres and then it’s nothing special. Can anyone who loves good food and who’s been there recently please let me know if it was worth it. Thanks

    • Sandy

      We adore Roca!! Come out from London once a year and it’s always top of our list. The food the setting & the service are all brilliant

  11. Greg

    We will be in Franschhoek for 3 nights any recommendations?

    • Tanja

      Hi Greg, I can highly recommend Holden Manz Wine Estate for accommodation, spa and their restaurant – it truly is amazing!

  12. Tanja

    The Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz Estate should be amongst the top of this list! The Franschhoek Kitchen has been making waves amongst critics and influencers, please be sure to take the Inside Guide team there!


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