The Best Restaurants in Constantia 2018

The Best Restaurants in Constantia 2018

Home to some of the oldest vineyards and finest eateries in the country, Cape Town’s garden suburb has recently welcomed a crop of cool new places to eat.

A green belt stretching out beneath the Table Mountain National Park, with the Constantiaberg mountains looming above it, Cape Town’s lush garden suburb has long been famous for its beauty and history, with sprawling vineyards and wine estates dating back to the 17th century. It’s no surprise, then, that this bountiful valley has seen an upsurge in hot, new restaurants – which, along with its elite array of established favourites – have made the suburb an even more appealing destination than ever… These are the best restaurants in Constantia…

1. Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort

Constantia Restaurants Greenhouse

Reached by a long winding road set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is home to one of Cape Town’s timeless gems. As its name implies, Greenhouse is enclosed in a glass box that maximises its magnificent setting, with see-through panels overhead creating the illusion of being outside.
At the helm is brilliant executive chef Peter Tempelhoff (one of two Relais & Châteaux Grand Chefs in South Africa) and head chef Ashley Moss. Peter has been at Greenhouse for more than 10 years and, along with his devoted team, consistently elevates the benchmark of modern South African cuisine.
Good to know Also to be found at the Cellars-Hohenort is the elegant Conservatory Restaurant, a relaxed, country-style eatery with a 300-year old oak tree at its centre. The Conservatory offers unparalleled garden vistas, and a menu consisting of simple yet perfectly executed dishes (overseen by head chef Paul Nash and executive chef Peter Tempelhoff).
Contact 021 795 6226, greenhouseres@cellars-hohenhort.co.za
Location The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

2. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Constantia Restaurants Chefs Warehouse

When seven of the country’s top chefs – including Michelin-starred Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Luke Dale-Roberts, Eric Bulpitt, Brad Ball, Rudi Liebenberg, Franck Dangereux and Reuben Riffel – rate Chefs Warehouse among the best restaurants in Cape Town, you can be sure that it is! So when Irish-born chef Liam Tomlin2017’s Chef of the Year – opened a branch at Beau Constantia Wine Estate, foodies in the southern ‘burbs danced a collective jig! With chef Ivor Jones (Luke Dale-Roberts’s righthand man at The Test Kitchen) in charge of the kitchen, guests can expect the same cutting-edge cuisine and laid-back atmosphere that Liam Tomlin’s original eatery is so famous for.
Contact 021 794 8632, cw@beauconstantia.com
Location Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, 1043 Constantia Main Road, Cape Town

3. Foxcroft

Foxcroft Constantia

It’s one of the most talked-about restaurants in Cape Town – and deservedly so. The food at Glen Foxcroft Williams’ laidback fine-dining restaurant, which he co-owns with feted La Colombe chef Scot Kirton, is inspired and utterly sensational. Scot is known for his rigorous attention to detail, immaculate plating and boundary-pushing dishes, while Glen – who is behind the restaurant’s name and inspiration – is a patisserie whiz. Foxcroft is an inviting mix of modern design and warm furnishings that adds to the ambience of the whole experience.
Contact 021 202 3304
Location Foxcroft Restaurant, Shop 8, High Constantia, Corner of Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Roads, Constantia, Cape Town

4. La Colombe

High up on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountains, Silvermist Wine Estate is a veritable jewel in the Constantia Wine Valley’s crown. And it is here, on this farm, that you’ll find La Colombe, headed by multi-award-winning chef-proprietor Scot Kirton and head chef James Gaag. The stylish restaurant’s pared-down interior is the perfect canvas for Scot and his team to conjure creative French-Asian dishes using foraged-for ingredients that they magically finesse into immaculately plated dishes.
Contact 021 794 2390, reservations@lacolombe.co.za
Location Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town

5. Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Constantia Restaurants Buitenverwatching

This historic farm (originally part of an estate founded by the Cape Colony’s first governor, Simon van der Stel) is one of the most beautiful in the valley, with a rambling garden populated by squirrels, owns and fowls, making it an especially great spot for children.
Fresh from a new-and-improved renovation (after a devastating storm gutted the roof in June 2017), the restaurant has a fresh, contemporary feel, while still retaining its warm and welcoming atmosphere, thanks to a cosy fireplace, and the fact that it’s housed in one of the estate’s original thatch cottages. The view of the sloping vineyards and Constantiberg mountains through floor-to-ceiling panels is breathtaking, and service is always professional and friendly.
We recommend head chef and co-proprietor Edgar Osoijnik’s five-course Fine Bites tasting menu (with or without wine). The Austrian-born chef, who has been at Buitenverwachting for 21 years, has devised five deliciously varied dishes that are seasonally driven, attractively presented and very tasty!
Good to know Also on the estate, Coffee BloC is a low-key spot that serves delicious coffee, breakfasts and light meals. Buitenverwachting also hosts wine tastings (and charcuterie platters) in its historic wine cellar, with an indoor lounge and outdoor terrace.
Contact 021 794 3522 , 021 794 5190/1, info@buitenverwachting.com
Location Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia

6. Constantia Glen

Constantia Restaurants Constantia Glen

Cars pack the parking area of this winery and restaurant – and for good reason. The view is stunning and the wines equally so. The interiors were refurbished by interior designer Graham Viney who transformed the stables into light, airy spaces sporting a chic wine bar.
Known for its cool-climate sauvignon blancs and Bordeaux-style reds, Constantia Glen offers wine tastings – with or without its delicious but limited charcuterie, cheese and salad menu.
The verandah, with its wicker chairs and tables, is the best spot to take in the sun-drenched vineyards and lawned terraces, as well as the spectacular mountain and valley views. The Glass Room also boasts glorious views and is probably a safer bet in winter.
Contact 021 795 5639, reservations@constantiaglen.com
Location Constantia Glen, Constantia Main Road, Constantia

7. Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist

Constantia Restaurants Silvermist

Situated on Silvermist Mountain Lodge Estate – a secluded wine farm that lies at the very summit of Constantia Nek, Green Vine Eatery offers unrivalled views of the sprawling vineyards and forests below.
The rustic restaurant boasts an array of seasonal dishes, utilising ingredients sourced from the estate’s own organic vegetable garden, as well as an impressive selection of Constantia Valley wines (including Silvermist’s own fine vintage).
Enjoy your meal in the cosy interior, warmed by fireplaces during winter; or outside on the terrace in summer, so you can enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Contact 021 794 7601, silvermisteatery@gmail.com
Location Silvermist Constantia Nek, Constantia Road

8. 95 at Parks

95 at Parks Constantia

This is just one of the pearls in Milanese chef Giorgio Nava’s long string of restaurants (which includes (Carne, 95 Keerom and 95 at Morgenster). It opened as Carne Constantia three years ago, but was given an overhaul towards the end of 2017 – with a new name to reflect its garden setting, lighter and brighter interiors, and a less meat-centric menu.
Meat-lovers can still expect the finest cuts, simply yet perfectly prepared, but there is also a wide selection of delicious salads, comforting pastas, fish and chicken dishes.
Contact 021 761 0247, parks@95keerom.com
Location 95 at Parks, 114 Constantia Main Road, Constantia

 

9. SpiritCafé 

Spirit Cafe: Constantia restaurants

You don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian or even health-conscious to enjoy the utterly delicious, made-from-scratch dishes at SpiritCafé in Constantia. With its chilled vibe and cosy setting, the café is perfect for early-morning coffee meetings, light lunches, and smoothie sessions.
Contact 021 795 0167, info@spiritcafe.co.za
Location Spirit Cafe, Shop 10A on the Square, Constantia Village Courtyard

10. La Parada Constantia Nek

Constantia Restaurants La Parada

Just over a year ago, the iconic Constantia Nek Restaurant (the oldest restaurant in Cape Town) was reborn as  La Parada, offering a delicious array of Spanish-style tapas and enviable views of the surrounding vineyards, sea and mountains. The renovation was carefully handled, ensuring that the upgrades did not detract from the beauty and timelessness of this grand old dame. The interiors are cosy and reminiscent of a tapas bar on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, and every Sunday night the outside section heaves with revellers coming to enjoy DJ René’s percussion-flecked playlist.
Good to know You’ll find Harbour House Restaurant next door, for some of the best seafood and sushi in the city.
Contact 021 795 0620, constantianek@laparada.co.za
Location 1 Hout Bay Rd, Hout Bay

11. Eagles’ Nest

Eagles Nest Constantia

Cradled in a secluded valley, just 200 metres down the old Constantia Main Road, lies the 38-hectare Eagles’ Nest estate. This child-friendly winery has sprawling lawns so that younger members of the family can run free, while you get on with the more serious business of wine tasting.
Good to know Though the estate no longer offers picnics, it does have an excellent selection of platters, including Deli Cuts, Artisan Cheese Boards and a Biltong Platter, all of which can all be enjoyed on the lawn (picnic-style, if you so choose).
Contact 021 794 4095, info@eaglesnestwines.com
Location Eagles Nest Wines, Constantia Main Road, Constantia

12. Chardonnay Deli

Chardonnay Deli Constantia

You’ll find this the delightful gem in a renovated old farm-style house near Groot Constantia. Owner Charmaine Anne Lilje’s passion for wholesome food and warm hospitality makes meals here utterly pleasurable. Add magical foresty views, friendly staff and a laidback vibe – and it’s the stuff that breakfasty dreams are made of.
Contact 021 795 0606, info@chardonnaydeli.co.za
Location Chardonnay Deli, 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia

13. Bootlegger Café & Grill

Constantia Restaurants Bootleggers

Though it’s part of the  Bootlegger group of restaurants, this bistro-style restaurant in the High Constantia Shopping Centre is a far cry from its coffee-drenched siblings – in terms of its food offerings, decor and overall experience. Well-known chef Eric Bulpitt (ex-Newton Johnson, and currently Faber) designed the menu, infusing his flavourful flair into the dishes.
You must try the heavenly burrata – simple and utterly sensational; the moreish Neapolitan-style pizzas, whose dough is fermented for 48 hours; and the Chalmar steak, which is perfectly prepared and simply presented.
Contact 087 238 2695, constantia@bootlegger.co.za
Location Shop 6, High Constantia Shopping Centre, Corner Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road

14. Bistro Sixteen82

Constantia Restaurants Bistro Sixteen82

Bistro Sixteen82’s location is hard to beat. Surrounded by the verdant vineyards and mesmerising mountains, the elegant eatery’s terraced dining area overlooks the estate’s indigenous garden with its dazzling water features and intriguing metal sculptures. Chef Kerry Kilpin’s seasonal menu offers a mix of Asian- and Spanish-inspired dishes that are fresh and flavourful.
Good to know Steenberg Farm is also home to Catharina’s Restaurant, named for the farm’s founder Catharina Ras (South Africa’s first female landowner).
Contact 021 713 2211, reservations@bistro1682.co.za
Location Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town

15. Nest Deli at Constantia Uitsig

Constantia Restaurants Nest Deli

In converted labourers’ cottages on Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Nest Deli serves delicious, farm-fresh dishes in a setting that feels as warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen. In addition to offering breakfast, light lunches and patisserie (some of which are baked on site), the laidback eatery also stocks a wide selection of deli favourites, including cheese, charcuterie, baked goods, olive oil, jam, and more. Owners Joy and Keith Henderson are always on hand to make sure their customers are happy.
We’re most excited about the coffee bar, open from 7.30am during the week (8.30am on weekends), which serves single-origin Rosetta coffee!
Contact 021 204 3133, info@nestdeli.co.za
Location Constantia Uitsig Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia

16. Jonkershuis Restaurant

Constantia Restaurants Jonkershuis

Situated on the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa, Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia is ripe with breathtaking views of the valley, vineyards and False Bay in the distance.
Entering the estate, it’s hard not to be drawn towards this charming eatery, which offers outdoor seating in front of the Groot Constantia Manor House beneath the vast, aged oaks. Inside, old-Cape grandeur permeates, with a flicker of fireside intimacy during winter.
Contact 021 794 6255, info@jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
Location Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

17. Open Door

Constantia Restaurants Open Door

Open Door is, as its name suggests, an open-plan contemporary space, whose three menus (breakfast, à la carte and Community Hour) reflect its modern interiors. It’s the third eatery from restaurateurs Neil Grant and Barry Engelbrecht, who also co-own Burrata and Bocca. Executive Chef Evan Coosner (whose previous experience includes head chef at Myoga Restaurant, as well as a stint at one of only three Michelin-starred restaurants in Germany ) has concocted a menu filled with fresh flavours and adventurous dishes, such as his personal favourite, the Southern-fried quail. The impeccably curated wine list comes courtesy of Neil, a former sommelier at Rust en Vrede.
Contact 021 794 3010, info@opendoorrestaurant.co.za
Location Open Door, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia

18. Little Stream Tea Garden

Constantia Restaurants Little Stream

The name evokes images of a tranquil English country setting, as does the tea garden itself – surrounded by lush greenery and sylvan expanses on three hectares of land between Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia Wine Estate. 
It makes for a wonderful party venue – whether it be a kitchen tea, toddler’s birthday, milestone anniversary, or even a team-building event (the conference venue seats 50 people).
Contact 021 794 9147, info@littlestream.co.za
Location Klein Constantia Road, Constantia

19. Blanko

Constantia Restaurants Blanko

Located in the historic Alphen Hotel, Blanko’s chic, gallery-style space – with Italian marble tables, a dramatically lit-up bar, and textured furnishings – reflects executive chef Amber-May Deetlefs’ culinary philosophy: “The best food not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated”.
The restaurant’s walls are adorned with the art of some of South Africa’s top artists, such as William Kentridge, Brett Murray and Michael Subotzky, courtesy of Goodman Gallery. So, all round, it’s a sensory feast.
Before you leave Try the Rose Bar at the Alphen Hotel, an outdoor garden lounge where you can enjoy cocktails and finger food overlooking the hotel’s lush lawns.
Contact 021 795 6300, manager@blanko.co.za
Location Blanko, Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia

Research by Matthew Flax, Nikki Benatar, Jackie Lange

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: 24 January 2018

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10 Responses to “The Best Restaurants in Constantia 2018”

  1. Pippa Gale

    Please tell me which of these restaurants is wheelchair accessible.
    Thank you.

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  2. Tess Austin

    Would like to hear some details about the restaurant that I believe has recently opened at Klein Constantia farm

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  3. Sorrel

    My personal favourite is Lime Tree Cafe in Childrens Way

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  4. siphokazi

    Will need to go through the list …beautiful places to visit.

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  5. Barbara

    As the summer reaches its ‘peak ‘ its great to have a guide to the offerings of the leafy suburbs !

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  6. Eileen Klotz

    I just have to give my sincerest congratulations to two exceptional people who have delivered the most amazing oasis in the vines at Uitsig who serve healthy hearty food and I can see this venue grow in leaps and bounds. Congrats Joy and Keith you have surpassed our expectatiOns. Keep up the good work and we will continue to pest you for a twble. Love tobyou both Andre and Eileen

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  7. Bernd

    Hello, thanks for this wonderful selection “The Best Restaurants in Constantia 2018”.
    However: in your disclaimer you mention the time of publication is 17 november 2014…
    Can you confirm that your selection has been updated ever since?
    Best wishes from France – and soon in SA! Cheers, Bernd

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hello Bernd! Thanks for your query. We can certainly confirm that our selection is up to the minute. For some reason, a software glitch did not update our disclaimer, but please rest assured that those are our very current picks.

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  8. Lisa

    Recently discovered a true gem. Lime Tree Cafe in Bergvliet. Teaming with people and serving a wonderful mix of cafe style food I chose the mussel dish. Oh wow. And I managed to do some Christmas shopping in the deli too!

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