The Best Restaurants in Durbanville + The Northern Suburbs

The Best Restaurants in Durbanville + The Northern Suburbs The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal

From haute cuisine to authentic fare, these northern suburbs gems deserve a spot in the limelight.

Gone are the days when Capetonians would whizz past Durbanville en route to the Cape’s better-known wine regions. Famous for its cool-climate sauvignon blanc, the best views of Table Mountain, and wine farm mountain-biking trails that stretch for miles, this suburb on the northern outskirts of the city is not only a destination in its own right; it has a laidback charm, an on-point design aesthetic and surprises around every corner. We went on a tasting expedition, and stumbled upon some wonderful places to eat and drink.

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Dining in Durbanville

Durbanville Wine Valley
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Durbanville Wine Valley

Jéan at Klein Roosboom

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Jéan at Klein Roosboom

This boutique winery is one of the Cape’s true hidden gems, with a handful of chairs and tables right in the vineyards! Chef Loríanne Heyns (ex-Spier) takes an uncomplicated approach – “nothing fancy-schmancy, just cooked really well” – balancing seasonal flavours and putting a spin on SA food heritage. Famous for the breakfast bagels, you could also start the day with banana bread, French toast or a croque-madame croissant. Lunch might include pulled-pork bitterballen, hot-smoked B’Bos trout or beef shortrib tomatie bredie. And if you’re unfamiliar with the fruits of the valley, in-house sommelier Jamie-Leigh Rodgers is on hand to recommend the perfect pairing.
Good to know If you’re partial to a walk after lunch, there are three hiking trails leading to incredible views over Cape Town and Table Bay. Dogs love it, too, and are more than welcome.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 086 057 2572, bookings@kleinroosboom.co.za
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville, Cape Town
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Groot Phesantekraal

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Groot Phesantekraal

Old wooden beams, mangers, stone floors and built-in chicken roosts are some of the charming features we love about the restored 1767 mule stable that houses the restaurant at Groot Phesantekraal. Tables spill out onto a grassy terrace with views of the Boland mountains – a peaceful farm setting for the short seasonal menus of beautifully presented country fare. These change every three months: “It keeps us motivated,” he says, and are designed to complement the estate wines. Lamb dumplings, slow-braised pork belly, and Noble Late Harvest malva pudding are a few of the standout lunch dishes, while breakfasts such as a salmon benedict bowl or white wine-poached apple with toasted granola are just as tempting.
Good to know The new Tasting Room  operates on a first-come-first-served basis.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 4.30pm
Saturday + Sunday, 9am – 4.30pm
Contact 021 825 0060, restaurant@phesantekraal.co.za
Where to find it Klipheuwel Road (R302), Durbanville, Cape Town
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The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal

The restored stable at this historic, family-owned farm is the domain of local chef Martin de Kock, who worked with George Jardine at Jordan Restaurant before starting The Farm Eatery here in 2014. The constantly changing tapas sharing-menu is the best way to experience his classic French style overlaid with hints of Asian, Provençal and Spanish influences: six creative plates such as duck ravioli and grilled fig, pork belly with Szechuan aubergine, and tuna taco with pico de gallo, plus more enticing combinations that won’t leave you hungry. But do keep space for desserts that really are to die for. Not in the mood for tapas? Tuck into the simple bistro menu of Chalmar beef or Abalobi linefish with chips and béarnaise, and a choice of sides.
Good to know Kids have their own menu and there are tables on the lawn with lots of space to play.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (set menu, reservations only)
Contact 021 976 1810, restaurant@diemersdal.co.za
Where to find it Diemersdal Wine Farm, Koeberg Road, Durbanville
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De Grendel

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: De Grendel

With its awe-inspiring views of Table Mountain looking over a dam, vines and farmlands, De Grendel is an instant escape from the city despite being only 20 minutes from the CBD. Forget for a minute, if you can, the spectacular location… the estate’s award-winning wines and classic fine-dining from chef Ian Bergh (a passionate locavore who previously worked with Franck Dangereux at La Colombe) are already a winning recipe for celebratory date nights and lunches. Menu descriptions simply list the ingredients (including organic produce from De Grendel farm and garden) without any verbal flourishes, leaving it to the plate itself to wow you, with the beautifully executed flair and flavours that have put the restaurant on the must-dine list since 2012.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 558 7035, restaurant@degrendel.co.za
Where to find it Plattekloof Road (M14), Durbanville, Cape Town
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The Dairy Shed

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: The Dairy Shed
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Hidden deep in Durbanville’s bucolic backcountry, Contermanskloof Farm is well-known to mountain bikers – after pounding its rugged trails, they gather at The Dairy Shed, a rustic alfresco café serving coffee, smoothies, rooibos cappuccino, chai tea, omelettes, croissants and their famous homemade carrot cake. The coffees, made using Deluxe beans, are lovingly prepared by long-term barista Yusuf Swabu. Nearby, within the walled courtyard, is an artisanal microbrewery, Starke Brews. Sink into a pouf or grab a table to imbibe the dappled sunshine, popping inside to order beer-on-tap and tasting flights (including speciality brews such as a Japanese-inspired rice lager) along with delectable pizzas prepared in the open-air kitchen. There’s also a small wine and MCC selection.
Good to know The historic 1706 Dairy Shed itself is now also a winter beer garden on rainy days when the outdoor section can’t be used. There is also an enclosed children’s play area between the coffee shop and the beer garden.
Opening times Diary Shed: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday + Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Starke Brews: Friday, 12pm – 7pm; Saturday, 11am – 6pm; Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Contact 021 972 1884 (Dairy Shed)
082 588 6933 (Starke Brews)
Where to find it Contermanskloof Road (off the M13), Durbanville, Cape Town

D’Aria Winery

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: D'Aria Winery

Whatever your dining mood, the Copper Collection restaurants at D’Aria have it covered. The light, airy glasshouse of The Terrace is the place for lazy light-filled lunches: with a sushi-making station and dedicated pizza oven, plus seafood, steak, burgers and salads. It’s ideal for everyday meet-ups with a Mediterranean feel and lots of open-air tables. If a perfectly grilled succulent steak with tasty and creative sides and starters is your deal, head to Patina Steak & Wine. Leather booths, smooth walnut tables and touches of copper create a refined, moody setting in the Old Stone House, with a few tables on the verandah. Or settle in for the evening next door at the plush Botany Lounge, sipping sophisticated cocktails and snacking on the nicely balanced small plates.
Opening times Monday – Thursday,12pm – 11pm
Friday + Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 5.30pm
Contact 021 205 0572, info@coppercollection.co.za
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville, Cape Town

The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills

Stunning sunset views from the double-volume, glass-walled Tangram restaurant take in Table Mountain and the sweep of the bay. It’s a dramatic contemporary setting for a menu that chef Tamzyn Ehlers describes as “unpretentious yet sophisticated”. Elegant dishes paired with Durbanville Hills’ Collectors Reserve wines draw on local ingredients with global influences: bobotie spring rolls with salsa and homemade spekboom chutney; mushroom-and-spinach ravioli with roasted baby tomatoes, olive and feta vinaigrette; vindaloo chicken curry with tacos, coriander yoghurt, cucumber salad and pickled mustard seeds; and beetroot Wellington with exotic mushrooms, spinach dressing and dukkha, to name a few. Desserts are a standout too – Tamzyn worked at Jason Bakery before coming to Durbanville.
Opening times Monday  – Sunday, 8.30am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 558 1300, info@durbanvillehills.co.za
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville, Cape Town
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Durbanville Central

Shakespeare’s Boutique Restaurant

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Shakespeares Boutique Restaurant

Step into an old-world fantasy of Bard-inspired decor – velvet banquettes, leather-bound tomes, glittering chandeliers and heavy velvet drapes – and allow the sense of drama at Shakespeare’s to frame the dining experience that follows. Owners Adri and Johan Engelbrecht, with chef Floris Smith (ex-Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve), celebrate South African heritage ingredients with a touch of humour, flair and the odd Shakespearean quote. Re-imagined bobotie, festive guinea fowl, pork belly – it’s fine dining for those who prefer à la carte to tasting menus, with artistic but substantial mains that won’t leave you hungry. Don’t leave without sampling the handiwork of the in-house chocolatier, who also makes diabetic-friendly chocolates and ice cream.
Good to know Shakespeare’s also does breakfast and high tea menus (book 24 hours ahead for tea). On Friday nights, a pianist plays the baby grand.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11.15am – 11pm
Sunday, 11.15am – 3pm
Contact 021 569 0244 (phone or WhatsApp), info@shakespeares.co.za
Where to find it Heritage Square, corner of Vrede & Gladstone Streets, Durbanville, Cape Town
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Annapurna

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Annapurna

Tucked away at the back of the Heritage Square centre, this cosy family-run eatery, named after the Hindu goddess of the harvest, looks relatively ordinary from the outside, but the food, the food! Passionate owner Ricky Poovan has run Annapura since 2002, and continues to serve up rich, delicious traditional North Indian cuisine – chicken, lamb, seafood and fish curries (in “mild”, “medium” or “hot”), as well as a satisfying range of vegetarian, vegan and low-carb options – to a steady stream of appreciative locals. There are more than a dozen kinds of bread to mop up the sauces, the butter chicken is to die for, and the pathia (lamb, chicken, prawns or fish in a sweet-sour-hot brown onion sauce) is worth the drive.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 021 976 2046
Where to find it Heritage Square, corner of Vrede & Gladstone Streets, Durbanville, Cape Town
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Evert Opstal Restaurant

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Evert Opstal Restaurant

An old farmhouse and wine cellar dating back to the 1700s, Evert Restaurant holds onto its sense of heritage amid the suburbs of Durbanville (near the rose garden). Terracotta-tiled floors, high-beamed ceilings, a roaring fireplace and pretty vintage décor create a welcoming vibe inside; the outdoor terrace with views to the mountains is the only place to be on sunny days. If you’re interested, owner Willi Botha will regale you with stories about the property’s heritage. On the menu, expect hearty South African fare with a contemporary spin: eggs benny with pulled lamb, shakshuka, croissants and bagels feature for breakfast; boerenburgers and slow-cooked lamb shank head up the lunch menu, with mushroom ravioli as a vegetarian choice. Evert is also a favourite meeting spot for luscious cakes with coffee and loose-leaf teas.
Good to know A little deli sells artisanal breads and pantry items, fresh flowers and homeware.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 979 7186, info@evertopstal.co.za
Where to find it 13 Huguenot Avenue, Everglen, Durbanville, Cape Town

Chocolat Bistro

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Chocolat Bistro

You had us at “chocolat”… Lovers of cakes and vintage bric-a-brac meet under the chandeliers in the resoundingly OTT baroque interior of this house-turned-restaurant, where even the flower vases are repurposed silver teapots. (There is also seating on the fairy-lit back porch or in the gorgeous garden, with a children’s play area.) The extensive menu covers all the bases – breakfasts, light lunches, mezze plates, pizzas and classic, crowd-pleasing mains (garlic snails, phyllo-wrapped fig-stuffed brie, chicken schnitzel, lamb shank, oxtail and pork belly). But it’s the sweet stuff you’ll probably be lured in by: all-day desserts and a range of cakes, from red velvet and carrot to cheesecake and scones.
Good to know Poke your head into Petit Chocolat, the cubbyhole-sized shop, bakery and deli out back. The on-site Duchess Bar also does cocktails, and a high tea menu is available.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Monday 7am – 5pm
Contact 021 975 2426, bookings@chocolatbistro.co.za
Where to find it 46 Oxford Street, Durbanville, Cape Town
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Saltwater Grill

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Saltwater Grill

Who’d have thought the northern suburbs would have a good seafood restaurant? Saltwater Grill is proof that with passion, great ingredients and a dedicated team, the restaurant odds can fall in one’s favour. Sporting an elegant new look, thanks to a recent redecoration, it’s still what’s on the plate that shines. The well-priced menu offers fish in all its myriad forms – from sushi and poké bowls, oysters and mussels, to ramen, pasta, curry, tempura and classic grilled or fried options, not to mention decadent platters. The signature Spanish seafood stew is a standout, and your vegan dining companions will be happy, too. The winelist gives a lovely nod to local Durbanville estates.
Good to know There’s a bar on-site, and a cosy fireplace.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Sunday, 11.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 224 0063, swgrillsa@gmail.com
Where to find it 33 Oxford Street, Durbanville, Cape Town
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Hussar Grill Durbanville

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Hussar Grill Durbanville

Hussar Grill’s reputation for consistent excellence extends to its Durbanville branch, conveniently placed in the upmarket Village Square centre with safe underground parking. The traditional ambience of green-leather booths, walls filled with vintage photos and memorabilia, and shelves crammed with books and bottles, gives it an immediately familiar timeless feel. You can rely on carefully aged, grilled-to-perfection steaks, luscious gourmet burgers, spare ribs that fall off the bone, as well as a host of chicken, seafood, salad and vegetarian options, plus an award-winning winelist. The chocolate vodka martinis from the beautifully appointed bar come highly recommended, or finish off in style with an after-dinner cognac.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 087 809 3885, durbanville@hussargrill.com
Where to find it The Village Square, Oxford Street, Durbanville
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Yoco Eatery

Best Restaurants in Durbanville 2022: Yoco Eatery

Exploring the historic buildings and art at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, in the heart of Durbanville’s town centre, is always a delight. Discovering that the spacious café next to the gallery now offers a Korean fusion menu, as well as the usual breakfasts, light lunches and coffees, is surreal (but very nice. Taste your way through beef bibimbap (rice bowl), chicken kimchi burger, cheese buldak (fire chicken), mandu (Korean dumplings), bulgogi burger with Korean barbeque sauce, and more beside a cosy fire. They make their own kimchi (jars on sale when available) and gochujang (fermented chili) sauce. Or sip tea with scones or chocolate-chip cookies… the choice is yours.
Good to know The adjacent whisky library has around 600 whiskies from around the world and offers tasting experiences and live music sessions.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday, 8am – 4.30pm
Contact 066 558 1953  info@yocoeatery.co.za
Where to find it Rust en Vrede Art Gallery, 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville

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Time of publication: 22 June 2022