The Best Restaurants in Constantia

The Best Restaurants in Constantia

A crop of cool places to eat in Cape Town’s garden suburb.

Brimming with hillside vineyards and wine estates dating back to the 17th century, the Constantia Valley has long been famous for its beauty and history, as well as its peaceful – almost rural – atmosphere; a welcome escape from city bustle. Between wine-tasting, art, hiking trails, hot new dining spots and relaxed family destinations, the suburb appeals to locals and visitors with so much to explore.

These are our picks of the best restaurants in Constantia… (We’ve included Norval and Steenberg as they form part of the Constantia Valley.)

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Constantia Restaurants: Chefs Warehouse Beau

This perennially buzzed-about restaurant, a glass cube suspended above the vine-clad valley, offers a four-course menu of fine-dining-calibre tapas delivered with casual finesse and glorious views. Chef Ivor Jones (who co-owns the eatery with celebrated restaurateur Liam Tomlin) has created an array of imaginative dishes, with an emphasis on the harvest from the farm’s gardens, and added an inspired injection of global flavours. Coupled with the open kitchen, chic interiors and world-class wines, this is an unforgettable dining experience.
Good to know Request a table on the Terrace when the sun is out (call the restaurant on the morning of your reservation to secure a Terrace table).
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 021 794 8632, cw@beauconstantia.com
Where to find it Off Constantia Main Road (M41), Constantia Nek, Cape Town
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Grub & Vine Norval

Constantia Restaurants: Grub And Vine Norval

Matt Manning’s Bree Street bistro has just gained an artful new sibling in the Constantia Valley. Grub & Vine Norval is an airy glass-walled restaurant at the Norval Foundation art museum. overlooking striking sculpture gardens, rolling mountains and a beautiful outdoor deck. Here he continues what Grub & Vine does so well: elegant, refined bistro fare partnered with a fantastic wine offering in a relaxed, view-drenched setting.
”I see Grub & Vine Norval as Bree Street’s sophisticated older sibling and, given the location and idyllic surroundings, I imagine lunchtime will be highly popular,” Matt says. The interiors have been transformed with rich colours and sumptuous textures, the open kitchen catching the eye whenever you’re not gazing out at the resplendent green views.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
Contact 021 216 0021, hello@grubandvine.co.za
Where to find it The Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg

Constantia Restaurants: Bistro Sixteen82

A long-time Cape Town favourite for small plates with Steenberg’s classic MCC or cocktails, Bistro Sixteen82 is a stylish contemporary space adjoining the wine cellars, with serene views of cooling water features, sculptures and indigenous garden. Here, chef Kerry Kilpin’s classical French training is overlaid with her love of Asian flavours, in lavish bistro lunches and elegant evening tapas. Kerry pioneered the Abalobi sustainable fishing app, and that ethos of celebrating the freshest seasonal and sustainable ingredients is evident throughout her creative and flavourful menus.
Good to know Vegetarian and vegan menus are also available.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm; 5pm – 10pm
Contact 021 205 3866, reservations@bistro1682.co.za
Where to find it Steenberg Wine Farm, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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La Colombe

Constantia Restaurants: La Colombe

The acclaimed flagship of Scot Kirton’s gastronomic empire serves up inventive, immaculately styled and utterly delicious plates amid a tranquil forest setting. Staff circulate in a choreographed fashion, with different chefs and waiters revealing each of the 8 or 12 courses of the tasting menu. Beyond the ambience of the space and intricacy of the menu, there’s a playful sense of whimsy under executive chef James Gaag’s guidance – which makes it an event rather than a meal. From the charming ‘dove’s nest’ starter and tuna La Colombe (served in individual tins) to the final sweet bite, the feast unfolds with a sense of theatre that’s truly unforgettable.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 1.30pm; 6.30pm – 8.30pm (last seating)
Contact 021 794 2390, reservations@lacolombe.co.za
Where to find it Silvermist Wine Estate, La Colombe Road (off Constantia Main Road/M41), Constantia, Cape Town
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beyond

Constantia Restaurants: Beyond

Taking pride of place on Buitenverwachting wine farm, beyond is a sophisticated (yet unpretentious) dining destination where everything – from the slow-food approach and use of seasonal produce to the service, views and wine – is out of the top drawer. Chef Peter Tempelhoff (chef-patron of innercity fine-dining restaurant FYN), and head chef Sebastian Stehr take the à la carte route here, celebrating the ingredients in the old-school traditions of classic French cuisine, so that each dish is superbly balanced but unfettered by frills and foams. Large floor-to-ceiling windows frame the vineyards, reminding diners of nature’s bounty, and living up to the name beyond, taken from the English meaning of Buitenverwachting – “beyond expectations”.
Opening times Wednesday (Tuesday in season) – Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 021 794 0306, info@beyondrestaurant.co.za
Where to find it Buitenverwachting, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Foxcroft

Constantia Restaurants: Foxcroft

Part of the La Colombe group of restaurants, with chef-proprietor Glen Foxcroft Williams at the helm, Foxcroft is located in the charming High Constantia Centre. The interiors are stylish but not flashy; Mid-Century Modern-style chairs, wood panelling, a central fireplace and an open pass (for an eye into the kitchen) create a welcoming ambience. The bar area is the perfect space for pre-dinner aperitifs; the verandah is lovely on a sunny day. Though the vibe at Foxcroft is more laidback than its siblings in the La Colombe family, the food has a fine-dining ethos and is served as a set menu of small plates. The ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, and are absolutely seasonal, resulting in boundary-pushing dishes that taste as good as they look.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 202 3304
Where to find it Shop 8, High Constantia, Corner Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Roads, Constantia, Cape Town
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Tryn at Steenberg

Constantia Restaurants: Tryn Steenberg

Also located at Steenberg, Tryn offers the trifecta of dining out: elegant cuisine, majestic views and tasteful contemporary interiors. Chef Kerry Kilpin has conceived an à la carte menu rich in local and exotic flavours that channels the fiercely independent spirit of pioneer founder Catherina Ras (aka Tryn). Sophisticated but relaxed, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with thoughtful children’s menus. Decorated in shades of butternut, saffron and forest green, Tryn is hung with artworks from the Beck family collection, and opens onto the lawns of the central werf courtyard, so kids can explore and play lawn games, while adults relax on one of the shaded terraces.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am; 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 713 7178, info@tryn.co.za
Where to find it Steenberg Wine Farm, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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La Belle Bistro & Bakery

Constantia Restaurants: La Belle

Loved for its terrace seating under the oaks (and the cosy fireplace in winter), La Belle Bistro & Bakery at The Alphen Hotel in Constantia offers a range of satisfying dishes and freshly baked goods in the relaxed yet upscale setting of a rustic restored Cape farmhouse. Soak up the surroundings while you enjoy a scrumptious breakfast or a light lunch (the butter-basted garlic prawns come highly recommended). Cakes and coffee too.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11pm
Contact 021 795 6336, infoah@labellebistro.co.za
Where to find it The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town
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The Conservatory Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort

Constantia Restaurants: Cellars Hohenort Conservatory

This iconic Constantia hotel has always been a special place to take time out from city life, unwind and share memorable meals with family and friends. And, after a fresh, forest-inspired refurb, The Conservatory Restaurant and Terrace has re-opened with a new lunch and dinner menu, designed to be flexible, so you can relax over three indulgent courses, or pop by for a straightforward Chalmar beef burger, a simple steak or grilled linefish.
Good to know Another lovely way to treat yourself in this beautiful new space is with an impromptu cocktail and a light bite from the Terrace menu.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm
Terrace menu: 3pm – 5pm
Contact 021 794 2137
Where to find it Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Constantia Uitsig

Constantia Restaurants: Uitsig

In the heart of the Constantia valley, Constantia UItsig wine farm has all the mountain views, verdant vines and trees (plus a bike park) to make it a much-loved family destination. Its smorgasbord of eateries dotted in a row on the edge of the lawn means you’ll find something for every taste and occasion. The news of the season is the opening of the third Chardonnay Deli, where Charmaine Lilje serves simply delicious food and wine with rustic style and plenty of panache, for all-day farm feasts and summer picnics. Other options include La Grotto (for pizza and pasta); SushiBox (for its beautifully fresh, upmarket sushi), Four & Twenty (for breakfasts, cakes and hearty lunches), and Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream (for, you guessed it, delicious small-batch artisanal ice cream).
Good to know There’s a R10 entrance fee.
Opening times Daily (different times for each outlet)
Where to find it Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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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: 06 December 2023

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6 Responses to “The Best Restaurants in Constantia”

  1. Jane

    The new chef at the Klein Constantia Bistro is doing great things. Only open for lunch. But worth a visit.

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  2. Robyn

    It’s a good list, but definitely not the “BEST” places. We live here and eat out twice a week and all your writer has done is go for the expensive or snooty associated places. La Colombe? Yes, definitely should be on the list. Chefs Warehouse down the road too. But Grub&Vine with it’s rubber food, average service and crazy pricing? No! Uitsig has also taken a huge dip. Foxcroft also another bizarre one, slightly above average, but easily 40% more expensive than it should be.

    There are much better places for a night out with the family or to entertain guests from abroad than this list. Some of these would include the FANTASTIC Cattle Baron steakhouse at Constantia Village, probably the areas must underrated restaurant but always full. Very old school, but food and service are always great and the steak is genuinely the best I’ve had anywhere. Dont forget Brasserie next door to Foxcroft, service is good, food actually surprising if you want a basic dinner and pricing really fair. And another regular favourite (how La Bell beat this one, I dont know?) is Blanko at the Alphen Hotel. Fantastic setting, service and a superb menu and pricing is actually very good considering. If the writer had actually been to most of the restaurants and spent their own money, they would have seen that the list above plus ones like Cattle Baron and Blanko would have a far superior food / audience / experience mix than most of the others.

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    • inside guide

      Thanks for your feedback, Robyn.
      Firstly, just to clarify, it’s not one writer who compiled this list (or any of our lists, for that matter).
      We have a editorial team (plus a bunch of trusted contributors) who eat out often and also scour online review sites to support our research.
      We acknowledge that tastes may differ and also that some of the eateries at Uitsig mightn’t be what they used to be. That said, we’ve had consistently good meals at Ember & Oak and SushiBox. It’s so lovely to sit in the row of cottages, looking onto the rose garden and the mountains beyond.
      Your considered feedback is appreciated.

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  3. Malcolm Jacobs

    Uitsig used to be the best in the Cape but the new owners ruined it!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Maureen’s Du Toit

    Very interesting especially for overseas visitors…please included Somerset West,Stellenbosch. Franschoek and Durbanville area

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  5. Maureen’s Du Toit

    Very interesting especially for overseas visitors…please included Somerset,Stellenbosch. Franschoek and Durbanville area

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