The Best Restaurants in Somerset West

The Best Restaurants in Somerset West

The lesser-known wine valley has much to offer.

Nestled in the shadow of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg mountain ranges, Somerset West has long played second fiddle to its larger and more glamorous siblings, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

But the region has a story all of its own. Several illustrious wine estates can be found here, along with some easy-to-miss gems – a well-earned reward for those willing to take the road (or wine route) less travelled. These are our favourite restaurants in Somerset West.

1. Camphors at Vergelegen

Restaurants Somerset West Camphors

Situated on Vergelegen Wine Estate, amid lush gardens and the 300-year-old Camphor trees for which it is named, this tranquil Winelands restaurant combines spectacular views with first-class service, making for an extremely pleasurable dining experience. Chef Michael Cooke is on hand to guide passionate foodies through the nuances of his meticulously planned wine-and-menu pairings, and the knowledgeable sommelier is only too happy to assist diners to pick the perfect accompaniment to their meal from the restaurant’s excellent wine list.
Good to know If you’re looking for a relaxed, child-friendly restaurant, Vergelegen is also home to Stables – a bistro-style eatery that opens onto a patio and large playground and offers views of the majestic Hottentots Holland mountain range.
Contact 021 847 2131,
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Location Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

2. Idiom Tasting Centre

Restaurants Somerset West Idiom Tasting Centre

Lying in the shadow of majestic granite mountains and cooled by winds from the Atlantic Ocean, the Da Capo Vineyards at Idiom Wine Estate benefit from a unique combination of climatic conditions, resulting in a delicious and magical range of wines. Having produced 10 exceptional vintages, the Bottega family took the next step, and opened a restaurant on their estate – a glass-walled space that combines old-world Roman architecture and contemporary design, with an outdoor terrace that boasts spectacular views.
The food is delicious, and features a delightful mix of Italian and South African cuisine
prepared by chef Calum Anderson. The spring à la carte menu opens with picture-perfect cured-trout tartare; fennel risotto; and Parma ham tagliatelle. Mains include pan-fried sea bass; sous-vide chicken breast; and melt-in-your-mouth beef fillet, while desserts of tiramisu (with a twist); prosecco and candied ginger semifreddo; and a dark-chocolate dome provide the perfect ending.
Diners can enjoy their meal as a two-course, three-course, or degustation menu, with the option to wine-pair, of course. And, if you’re more of a hands-on kind of eater, try the drool-worthy selection of pizzas inspired by various regions of Italy and the Cape.
Contact 021 858 1088,
Location Da Capo Vineyards, Knorhoek Estate, Knorhoek Road, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West

3. Avontuur Estate Restaurant

Restaurants Somerset West Avontuur

Avontuur Estate is renowned for its thoroughbred horses, a curious bunch who are only too eager to oblige when called upon. Of course, it’s the award-winning wines and TripAdvisor-acclaimed restaurant that put Avontuur Estate Restaurant on our radar. There’s no question that owner-chefs Zunia Boucher-Myers and Melanie Paltoglou pour their heart and soul into every aspect of the dining experience, as this is evident in the warm welcome, attentive service, and delicious country cuisine. Perched under a vine-laden pergola with bashful views of False Bay, Avontuur’s restaurant is the perfect spot to unwind during a champagne breakfast, weekend lunch or special-occasion dinner.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 10:30pm
Sunday – Monday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 855 4296,
Location Avontuur Estate, R44, Somerset West

4. One at Cavalli

Restaurants Somerset West One

Located in the Helderberg’s magnificent Cape Floral Kingdom, Cavalli has become known among food fundis and scenery-seekers as the place to go for top-drawer wining and dining, (with noteworthy sustainability efforts another feather in the estate’s cap).
The restaurant is headed by chef Michael Deg (former head chef at Delaire Graff), whose dishes express his passion for fresh seasonal ingredients and bold, creative flavours. The intimate à la carte menu features six starters, mains and desserts, so if you’d prefer to hand over the decision-making to someone else, opt for the eight-course tasting menu and be dazzled by an exciting showcase of Michael’s culinary skills.
Good to know Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Friday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact 021 855 3281,
Location Cavalli Estate, Strand Road, R44, Somerset West

5. Pajamas & Jam Eatery

Restaurants Somerset West Pajamas Jam

Though it’s tucked away in an industrial area, this veritable treasure trove is a far cry from its neighbours. Inside, old trinkets, interesting antiques, vinyls, and so much more, sourced from its in-house antique store, create a wonder-filled atmosphere. The baked treats themselves are worth the trip! And you should also try the Open Croissant: open egg-dipped croissant topped with bacon, cinnamon cream cheese, syrup and berry compote.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Contact 021 854 6408,
Location 32 Van Zyl Street, Gants Plaza, Somerset West

6. Al Dente Restaurant and Deli

Restaurants Somerset West Al Dente

If you had to look up “hidden gem” in the dictionary, there’d be a picture of Al Dente next to it! This real-deal Italian restaurant and deli in a quiet street in Somerset West is owned by Marnella Prabbia, who enlisted chef-manager Enrico Bortotti to prepare utterly delicious authentic Italian favourites. Which he does. With aplomb.
The food The spaghetti cozze e vongole (clams and mussels) is one of the tastiest you’ll eat outside of Naples. Simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. With just the right amount of fresh garlic. The lamb chops pan-fried in butter, rosemary and white wine are lip-smacking and prepared to perfection. And you must try the homemade gelato for dessert.
Service and ambience Sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the sights and sounds of suburban Somerset West. And, before you leave, pop in at the deli for some take-home goodies: homemade pasta (made fresh every day), including readymade ravioli, cannelloni, lasagne, pasta sauces, soups, cold meats, cheese, pickles, and so on.
Contact 021 852 9071,
Location 16 Dirkie Uys Street, Somerset West

7. Vredenhof

Restaurants Somerset West Vredenhof

This small holding outside Somerset West is not a far cry from Old MacDonald’s fabled farm… Though, one telling difference could be that ol’ MacD probably wasn’t this health- and eco-conscious in his farming practices… In fact, Vredenhof Organic Estate is one of a few places in South Africa where you can buy and eat freshly harvested organic produce… all while enjoying that quintessential, blissful farm experience!
Don’t let the dark interiors and old-fashioned decor deter from the wonderfully cheery farm experience. The food is delicious, and there is an impressive array of stuff to keep the little ones entertained for hours.
Good to know Vredenhof also hosts and caters for children’s parties. They prepare delicious, healthy meals, cakes and drinks for children and parents to enjoy.
Contact 021 855 0363,
Location Vredenhof Organic Estate

8. Schoon

Restaurants Somerset West Schoon

When owners Fritz and Chanelle Schoon announced that they were closing their beloved Schoon De Companje in Stellenbosch after seven fruitful years of business, discerning caffeine addicts, patisserie worshippers and bread-oholics were disappointed (to put it mildly). But the letdown was short-lived because not long afterwards, the couple opened a teeny weeny shop in neighbouring Somerset West.
Located on bustling Bright Street (Somerset West’s answer to Bree Street), the petite shop offers loads of parking (at the front and side of the building, and just behind it, accessed by a driveway to the right), and is perfect for a delicious sit-down meal, on-the-run coffee, or to stock up on croissants and baked treats.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Saturday, 8am – 3pm; Sunday, 8am – 1:30pm
Contact 079 523 5078,
Location 3 Bright Street, Somerset West

9. Webersburg Bistro

Restaurants Somerset West Webersburg Bistro

Webersburg’s peaceful and unpretentious bistro is situated in an enviable location, overlooking the Webersburg dam with breathtaking views of the Helderberg Valley. The cuisine is inspired by classic French countryside fare, utilising seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are complemented by the estate’s boutique wines. During summer, the outside deck is an inviting setting for a leisurely meal, while in winter, the fireplace makes eating indoors more attractive
Contact  021 881 3636,
Location Somerset West 7129, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

10. The Millhouse Kitchen on Lourensford

Restaurants Somerset West Millhouse Kitchen

Located on the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate, this contemporary gardenside eatery offers a cool industrial-rustic ambience, with indoor and outdoor seating. There’s an unmistakable country feel to this charming restaurant, enhanced by the delightful garden space right in front of the outside deck, where your little ones can make new friends while enjoying the jungle gym and pirate ship.
Contact 021 847 0030,
Location Lourensford Wine Estate

11. Cucina di Giovanni

Restaurants Somerset West Cucina di Giovanni

Known for its tasty Mediterranean-inspired dishes, the original branch of this popular eatery is the one at Waterstone Village. If you’re looking for a wholesome family vibe and a delicious array of antipasti, pizza and pasta, as well as fresh seafood, poultry and meat mains, you’d do well to come here.
Good to know Owing to the success of this long-standing Somerset West branch, the owners have since opened two sister restaurants: Cucina di Giovanni at Eikendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, and Cucina di Giovanni at Laborie Estate in Paarl, where the beautiful farm setting and picturesque views cap off a casual, family-friendly Winelands experience.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 850 0616,
Location Shop 27, Waterstone Village, Corner R44 and Main Road, Somerset West

12. 96 Winery Road

Restaurants Somerset West 96 Winery Road

For more than two decades, this popular restaurant has been serving satisfying South African favourites with flecks of international flavour.
Head chef Adrian Buchanan, who has been with the restaurant for five years, recently introduced a plates menu from which guests can pick two, three or four plates for a lunch or dinner. The plates are classically inspired, featuring smaller versions of mains dishes, such as lamb loin, pepper fillet, confit duck and spinach and ricotta tortellini. We especially enjoyed the panko-crumbed Brie, served with wild rocket and spicy bacon jam, and the crème brûlée for dessert. With Ken Forrester one of the owners, it’s not surprising that the wine menu is extensive!
Contact 021 842 2020,
Location 96 Winery Road Restaurant, Winery Road, Zandberg Farm, Stellenbosch

13. Chelsea Café & Bean

Restaurants Somerset West Chelsea

A friendly neighbourhood café on Somerset West’s buzzy Bright Street, the café is tucked away in a courtyard along with a collection of boutiques, decor stores and even a spa. It’s tranquil setting – and garden-to-kitchen promise – makes it an appealing breakfast and lunch spot. Enquire about its Banting and gluten-free selection.
Contact 021 852 6757,
Location Chelsea Village, 6 Bright Street, Somerset West
Please note On 1 April 2018, Chelsea Cafe & Bean will be moving to a new address at Gallery 91, 91 Andries Pretorius Street, Audas Estate, Somerset West

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Time of publication: 28 February 2018

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  3. Nan

    Dinner at Henry’s may well be good but breakfast left a lot to be desired.

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  6. Louie Farr

    You should definitely add to this list: seafood at Chelsea Village – 3 Stellendal Road – truly amazing and delicious cuisine.

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    I would like to know what to do with a 12 year boy for his birthday. Anything you will recommended around Paarl and Cape Town.

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  11. Joy

    We ordered a bottle of wine with our meal – also a glass or jug of (tap) water. We were told they do not provide water. If we wanted water we had to buy it. They charged us R40 for a 1 ltr bottle of water. I am told this is illegal.

  12. Juliana

    There is no better restaurant in the entire Somerset West than Giovannis at Waterstone um yet to have a unsatisfied meal! Great staff sways sooooo helpful & accommodating!!!! Best Ever!!!You will NEVER have a bad m al there!!!!!

  13. Laura

    It missing Capelands Restaurant…

  14. Johannes van Dyk

    The top 5 restaurants on the list is definetely worth a mention. There is an amazing gem in Gordon’s Bay worthy of the list. Zest Mediteranean has a very exciting menu freshly prepared with the perfect setting. Please go visit and report back.

  15. Adam harvey

    I always question the motives behind these ratings, either they pay to be on them or the person judging hasnt lives!
    Firstly I must agree on the first 4 but after that it goes a bit wonky.
    cavali location is amazing but food is disappointing.
    96 winery road is also very lovely and steaks second to non in my humble opinion
    Giovanni is a chain and the food is nice but nothing special, just what you would expect from a successful chain.
    Pajamers and jam isn’t a restaurant, it’s more of a breakfast and lunch menu but it is very nice
    And the rest are also nice but I would call them all restaurants and where’s Henry’s on the list , where’s Stefanies, where’s the Brazzerie?
    Maybe this article was done in a hurry? But I think it’s a mistake and imbarrasing to the Helderberg to rate in such a sloppy way.
    There’s a lot of better restaurants that deserve a mention,

    • The Inside Guide

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Adam. We can assure you that none of these establishments paid to be on this list – it was compiled by our editorial team. The point of these lists is to offer readers a wide range of experiences – from high-end wine farm restaurants to casual cafés (and an organic farm whose decor is not great, but whose food and service is excellent for what it is). We could have just listed ultra-high-end wine farms and fine-dining establishments, but that was not the point of this post.

  16. Ian

    We’ve been to many of these – Steffanie’s Place is near the top of the list based on our many visits! Superb menu, excellent staff, and an unbeatable view!

  17. Marinda

    Went to a few will like to try the others

  18. Christelle Wieffering

    The food at Vredenhof is really good.
    There is much that can be done to improve the decor/ambience. Definitely does not look like on the picture above. I suppose the photo was taken during an event?

    • The Inside Guide

      Agreed Christelle. The food is superb, and the owners lovely, but the dark interiors could do with some improvement.

  19. Erika Reynolds

    You have never heard of Henry’s in the middle of SW? Please go the food is really exceptional.

  20. Theresa Gosling

    Give The Lake House and Timeless café (if the weather is great), a go. Great places. Nom nom is amazing and I’m so glad Vredenhof made it on to the list . George Vredenhof know his stuff. Excellent chef.