The 20 Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch

The 20 Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch Rust en Vrede

Wining and dining in the city of oaks.

Renowned for its vineyard-dotted hillsides, ancient architecture, quirky galleries and boutiques, and some of the best local cuisine in the land, the city of oaks is as much a cosmopolitan hotspot as it is a cultural and culinary centre.

And the fact that it’s so accessible – less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town – makes it even more appealing. While we could easily spend a week in the region’s best cellars, sipping velvety cabernets and creamy chardonnays, it would be remiss not to take advantage of Stellenbosch’s feted gastronomic scene.

From homely farm kitchens to fine-dining tours de force – and even a sushi bar – here are our picks of where to eat in Stellenbosch.

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The Table at De Meye

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: The Table at De Meye

Like a scene straight out of A Year in Provence, The Table Restaurant on the beautiful De Meye wine farm is owned and passionately run by Leigh Williamson and Brendan Thorncroft who have created an honest-to-goodness experience that’s uplifting and memorable.
It’s the stuff of Winelands fantasies: long, sybaritic lunches in the country with people you love and the joys of delicious home-grown food and good stuff to drink; the kind of place you’ll return to time and again.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5.30pm
Contact 072 696 0530, bookings@thetablerestaurant.co.za
Where to find it De Meye Wine Farm, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
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Hamm & Uys Eatery at Blaauwklippen

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Hamm & Uys Eatery at Blaauwklippen

Catering duo Johnny Hamman and Marius Uys’ “South African heritage food with an international flair” sets taste buds alight. From traditional Sunday roast lunches to Cape classics with a modern spin, diners can expect casual country food in relaxed surroundings with the duo’s wonderfully creative fun touches.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 066 495 0270, hammanduys@spoon.kitchen
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Estate, Strand Road, R44 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
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Rust en Vrede

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Rust en Vrede

An all-round first-class experience awaits at this warm and welcoming restaurant on the perfectly manicured Rust en Vrede estate. With sommelier James Mukosi on hand to guide you through the impressive wine selection, stellar service from the minute you walk through the door, and prettily plated, French-inspired cuisine overseen by chef Fabio Daniel, it’s no wonder two of SA’s finest chefs – Bertus Basson and Luke Dale-Roberts – rate it among the best restaurants in the land.
Housed in the estate’s original 1785 cellar, the restaurant has garnered several prestigious awards, including a spot in San Pellegrino’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World and Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Opening times Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – late
Contact 021 881 3757, dining@rustenvrede.com
Where to find it Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

Overture

Overture: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Situated on the foothills of the imposing Helderberg Mountain on Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Overture has grown into a foodie destination, appreciated for its modern South African cuisine, beautiful views and impressive setting. Drawing inspiration from their mothers’ recipes and early food memories, chef Bertus Basson and his team delight diners with refined dishes and produce-driven cooking.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday, 7pm – 12am
Contact 021 880 2721, info@dineatoverture.co.za
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch
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Indochine at Delaire Graff

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Indochine at Delaire Graff

Unrivalled views, superb service and world-class cuisine made using fresh ingredients plucked daily from the estate’s garden, Indochine at Delaire Graff represents everything people love about the Cape Winelands, all rolled into one. Executive chef Virgil Kahn prepares exquisite Asian-fusion dishes (with strong South African flavours) that are beautifully presented and bursting with flavour. Virgil’s travels to Asia – during which he dined at Wanakarn, a beach resort north of Phuket, and Saint Pierre, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Singapore – inform his much-lauded menu and cooking.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 885 8160, info@delaire.co.za
Where to find it Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
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The Vine Bistro

Vine Bistro at Glenelly: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Housed within a state-of-art building at Glenelly Estate, this Christophe Dehosse-owned gem is headed by chef Alex Rykaart, whose concise French-inspired menu changes regularly. The warm, yet elegant decor – a mix of 19th-century chairs and classic Parisian café tables – sets the tone for a leisurely lunch. If the sun is out, sit under the pergola at one of the long tables on the deck and enjoy beautiful views of the vineyards and surrounding hills. On chilly days, gather in the elegant wine-tasting area above the restaurant.
Good to know May de Lencquesaing, owner of Glenelly Estate, is quite the glass collector; she has one of the largest privately owned collections in the world. Glenelly Estate’s glass museum provides a fascinating glimpse into 2 000 years worth of glassmaking.
Insider info The Vine Bistro has a small selection of rare Pichon wines on the menu.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Friday & Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 809 6444, bistro@glenelly.co.za
Where to find it Glenelly Estate, Lelie Street, Ida’s Valley, Stellenbosch
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Eike by Bertus Basson

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Eike by Bertus Basson
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As a homage to Eikestad (the city of oaks), Bertus Basson opened Eike in an historic building on Stellenbosch’s Dorp Street. The intimate space is beautifully styled with sumptuous emerald-green velvet chairs, an up-to-the-minute geometric-tiled wall and a kitchen that overlooks the 30-seater dining area. The menu is a paean to the seasons and reflects Bertus and chef Kyle du Plooy’s passion for South African flavours and their boundless imaginations.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – late
Contact 021 007 4231, info@eikerestaurant.com
Where to find it 50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
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Kleine Zalze Restaurant

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Kleine Zalze Restaurant

In the space previously home to Terroir comes this revamped offering where chefs Lucas Carstens and Nic van Wyk (who opened Terroir with chef Michael Broughton in 2004) have created a menu of timeless classics. Expect plats du jour of fillet béarnaise, fresh line fish and moules marinières, as well as a tapas menu that lends itself to wine tastings.
Opening times Wednesday – Thursday, 11am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am – 10pm
Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Contact 021 880 8167, restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za
Where to find it Strand Road, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch
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The Kraal at Joostenberg Wine Estate

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Eike by Bertus Basson

Situated in a stone-walled courtyard, once the farm’s original cattle kraal, this restaurant’s rustic outdoor seating area is the perfect spot to enjoy deliciously wholesome, farm-fresh food with friends or family. And on cold days, you can sit inside the thick-walled Cape Dutch-style wine-tasting room – a converted waenhuis (wagon house) – where a cosy fireplace and old vinyl records set the scene.
The three-course set menu (available for weekend lunches only) changes regularly, but diners can expect a seasonally driven menu made using locally sourced, organic produce – some of which comes from the farm itself! If you’re looking for a fuss-free, festive lunch – among wild olive groves and fruit trees – with delicious estate vino, you’ve come to the right Kraal.
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 079 641 1320, kraalrestaurant@joostenberg.co.za
Where to find it Joostenberg Wine Estate, Hoopenberg Road, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
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Gåte at Quoin Rock

This much talked-about restaurant at Quoin Rock Wine Estate offers magnificent views from its perch on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains. Inside, a contemporary and sophisticated 50-seater space awaits. Head chef Jack Coetzee took over the reins in October 2020, with a shift in focus to a more local and sustainable approach.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 888 4750, gate@quoinrock.co.za
Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
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Longtable Restaurant at Haskell Vineyards

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Longtable Restaurant at Haskell Vineyards

A stone’s throw from the vineyards, the setting at Longtable is one of the most impressive in Stellenbosch. Here, chef Cornelle Minie (former head chef of Babel restaurant) boldly fuses various cuisines and flavours in her small plates, which, combined with a welcoming atmosphere and excellent service make this unassuming gem a must-visit.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 9.30am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 021 881 3895, info@haskellvineyards.co.za
Where to find it Haskell Vineyards, Annandale Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch
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Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Formerly Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery, this fabulous spot is famous for its hearty meat dishes and the best pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) this side of Lisbon! Chef PJ Vadas, who cut his teeth at The Roundhouse and Camphors at Vergelegen, uses the best-quality beef, pork and chicken, all ethically sourced from Farmer Angus.
There are finger-licking options available for kids, who will be in their element roaming free in the magical garden while you enjoy your meal.
Good to know Chef Vadas is opening a new spot, Vadas Pastéis de Nata, dedicated to these scrumptious tartlets. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 4pm
Friday, 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Sunday, 9am – 12pm
Contact 021 809 1137, info@vadas.co.za
Where to find it Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
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Tokara Restaurant

Tokara: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Perched on a cliff overlooking a valley of vineyards that stretches all the way to False Bay, Tokara Wine Farm is easy to miss on the heartbreakingly beautiful Helshoogte Pass is easy to miss, but you’ll be glad you didn’t. Presided over by executive chef Carolize Coetzee (formerly Dornier Bodega, Cuvée and Delaire Graff), the kitchen delivers dishes that are elegant in their simplicity, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Good to know Tokara Wine Estate is also home to the family-friendly Tokara Delicatessen – a great spot for a laidback, view-drenched Winelands breakfast.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm (from 1 December 2020)
Contact 021 885 2550, reservations@tokara.com
Where to find it Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
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Jordan Restaurant

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Jordan Restaurant

You’ll find George Jardine’s acclaimed restaurant on the wine estate of the same name. Good food, served by professional, enthusiastic staff and delicious wine is all you really need. And, if you love cheese, you’ll fall in love with the walk-in cheese room filled with Cremalat, Gorgonzola and Karoo Blue, among others.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 881 3612, restaurant@jordanwines.com
Where to find it Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch
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De Warenmarkt

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: De Warenmarkt

Housed in a heritage building in the heart of Stellenbosch’s vibrant cultural district, this restaurant-slash-market is versatile and vibey, with an oyster-and-MCC bar in the centre adding a dash of panache.
Tables and chairs in the centre of the space are surrounded by some of the finest food purveyors, bakers, mongers and butchers in the region, with a grab-and-go coffee station near the entrance and a cosy wine lounge at the back (perfect for fireside rendez-vous on icy Stellies’ days).
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 883 2274, info@dewarenmarkt.com
Where to find it 20 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
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Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas

This cheerful eatery in a treed courtyard, just off Stellenbosch’s buzzy Church Street, does delicious Japanese sushi and tapas. No wonder feted chef Gregory Czarnecki and Majeka House’s Lucas Carstens both rate it as a must-visit! The intimate lantern-lit inside section seats 26 people, but you really want to sit in the outside section (yes, even in winter), under the oaks, rubbing shoulders with diners from the other eateries on the square.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm, 4pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 887 5699, info@genki.co.za
Where to find it Corner of Bird and Church Streets, Stellenbosch

The Deck at Hidden Valley

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: The Deck at Hidden Valley

On the same estate as Bertus Basson’s Overture, you’ll find this casual alternative, with one of the finest settings in the valley. Counter seating surrounds a tranquil pond, with Alpine-esque views up the valley to the mountain – a breathtaking outlook to be sure. The limited three-item menu (burger, pizza and ice cream) is of little consequence – you’re here for the views (and Bertus’s famous burgers).
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Contact 021 880 2721, info@dineatoverture.co.za
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

De Volkskombuis

De Volkskombuis: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Situated in a renovated heritage building dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, De Volkskombuis serves traditional boerekos – the kind of food that would’ve graced the tables of Dutch farmers back in the day: chicken pie with mash, Boland bobotie and rack of Karoo lamb. There’s also a selection of wood-fired pizzas, and desserts such as baked cheesecake with a brownie biscuit base. All of this can be enjoyed in a homely space warmed by fireplaces, or outdoors in the peaceful garden.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm; 6pm –10pm
Sunday, 11.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 741 0980, info@devolkskombuis.co.za
Where to find it Aan de Wagen Road, Stellenbosch

Jardine Food & Wine Bar

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Jardine Food & Wine Bar

Another George Jardine-owned eatery, this eponymous restaurant is housed in a characterful converted home. Here, guests are treated to a mouth-watering smorgasbord of chef Jardine’s signature flavourful dishes, paired with some of the best wines in the valley.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Contact 021 886 5020, info@restaurantjardine.co.za
Where to find it 1 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch
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Postcard Café at Stark-Condé Wines

Best Stellenbosch Restaurants: Postcard Café at Stark-Condé Wines

This laidback restaurant is aptly named, as it’s found in one of the most naturally beautiful settings in the Jonkershoek Valley at Stark-Condé Wines. Here, you’ll find a selection of simple yet well-prepared lunch dishes created by head chef Munitaka Kimura and his passionate team, such as butter chicken curry; beef fillet and home-style potato chips; Franschhoek smoked salmon and fresh dill on rye; pork-mince bobotie, as well as a selection of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Desserts include crème caramel; almond and Valrhona dark chocolate cake; and lemon tart.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 861 7703, postcardcafe@stark-conde.co.za
Where to find it Stark-Conde Wines, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch
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More time on your hands? Try these, too:

  • Ernie Els Slick and sophisticated, this brand-new incarnation of The Big Easy (which closed its Dorp Street doors more than two years ago) opened in September 2020 on the wine farm.
  • Flame & Ash This central spot makes well-priced and delicious burgers and pizzas.
  • De Vrije Burger Cavalli’s chef Michael Deg calls it “the best burger in Stellies, hands down”. We agree! Simple. Satisfying. Superb!
  • Helena’s Enjoy a South African-flavoured feast with contemporary twists at this converted 18th-century manor house (now a hotel).
  • 18 Coffee Café at Hellsend Dirt Compound Grab a coffee while you watch the kids on the pump track.
  • Restaurant at Kunjani Wines Beautiful views, contemporary interiors and easy-to-eat plates.
  • Spek & Bone Another one from Bertus Basson where small plates are the order of the day.
  • Ya-Ya Café A Parisian-style corner café that serves delicious breakfasts and sandwiches.
  • Middelvlei Boerebraai This farm offers an authentic South African outdoor braai – potbrood, boerewors and pampoenkoekies included.
  • Longridge Restaurant Fresh country eats at a cheerful and inviting farm.
  • The Fat Butcher Set in a characterful building, this popular spot does steak very well.

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Time of publication: 18 November 2020

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