The 15 Best Restaurants on Wine Farms in Stellenbosch

The 15 Best Restaurants on Wine Farms in Stellenbosch

There's always a vineyard to be explored...

The Cape is blessed with some of the most spectacular wine farms in the country, indeed the world, with spellbinding views, scrumptious farm meals and superb wines aplenty. With so many brilliant options – the Cape has over 300 wine farms – it’s hard to know where to begin. One of our favourite regions is Stellenbosch…

Not only does the City of Oaks boast award-winning estates, it’s also home to a slew of outstanding restaurants, boutiques, museums, galleries, and places to stay, not to mention loads of fun outdoor activities. We’ve rounded up our favourite wine farms in Stellenbosch so that you can go wining, dining and exploring to your heart’s content.

What are your favourite restaurants on wine farms in Stellenbosch? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

1. Rust en Vrede Restaurant at Rust en Vrede Wine Estate

Rust en Vrede: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

An all-round first-class experience awaits you at the warm and welcoming restaurant on the gorgeous Rust and Vrede estate. With someone to greet you on arrival, stellar service throughout your meal, and exquisitely plated, vibrant and delicious French-inspired cuisine, it’s no wonder that two of SA’s finest chefs – Gregory Czarnecki and Bertus Basson – rate it among the best restaurants in the land.
Housed in the estate’s historic 1785 cellar (also a national monument), the restaurant is built around a front-and-centre kitchen, which enhances the creative four- and six-course menus. The comprehensive winelist carries wide local and international selections, leaving little to be desired.
Good to know Rust en Vrede’s Tasting Room lunch experience, comprising a two-item set menu of salmon and steak, is a no-fuss version of its celebrated fine-dining dinner. Tables are set under ancient oaks from 12pm to 3pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
Opening times Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – late
Contact 021 881 3881,
Location Rust en Vrede Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

2. Jordan Restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate

Jordan: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

You’ll find George Jardine’s acclaimed restaurant on one of Stellenbosch’s most picturesque wine estates. Here, George and head chef Kyle Burn’s meticulous dishes are served by professional, enthusiastic staff. If you love cheese, you’ll fall in love with the walk-in cheese room filled with local cheeses such as Fairview Blue Rock and Klein Rivier Gruyère.
Good to know Jordan Estate is also home to The Bakery, a relaxed eatery, with beautiful garden setting, where alfresco breakfasts (or lazy lunches on the deck) are highly recommended.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 881 3612,
Book through DinePlan
Location Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

3. The Table Restaurant at De Meye Wine Farm

Table de Meye: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Like a scene straight out of A Year in Provence, The Table Restaurant on the beautiful De Meye wine farm in Stellenbosch, epitomises a winelands fantasy come true… long, sybaritic lunches in the country, surrounded by the people you like, and the joy of delicious home-grown food and good stuff to drink. Hosts Leigh Williamson and Brendan Thorncroft have created an honest-to-goodness experience that’s memorable and uplifting, and has regulars returning time and again.
In summer, ask for a private table under the trees; in winter take a seat in the historic white-washed farm building for a cosy meal overlooking the vineyards beyond.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5.30pm
Contact 072 696 0530,
Book through DinePlan
Location The Table Restaurant, De Meye Farm, Muldersvlei Road, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch

4. Overture at Hidden Valley Wines

Overture: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Situated on the foothills of the imposing Helderberg Mountain on Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Overture has grown into a foodie destination of note, well-loved for its modern South African cuisine, beautiful views and impressive setting.
Drawing inspiration from their mother’s recipes and early food memories, chef Bertus Basson and his hard-working team delight diners with refined dishes as well as bold fire-grilled plates.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday, 7pm – 12am
Contact 021 880 2721,
Book through DinePlan
Location Overture, Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch

5. Delaire Graff Restaurant at Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Situated on the dramatic Helshoogte Pass, Delaire Graff Restaurant is the full package when it comes to dining in the winelands, offering incredible views, immaculate interiors and excellent fare (so the steep prices should come as no surprise). Chef Kieran White’s exquisite menu offers classic bistro favourites with South African twists, and incorporates ingredients picked daily from the estate’s own greenhouse and vegetable garden.
Good to know The Delaire Graff Estate is also home to Indochine, an Asian-inspired fine-dining restaurant headed by chef Virgil Kahn, whose theatrical dishes burst with vibrant flavours.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2pm; Wednesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 885 8160,
Location Delaire Graff Restaurant, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

6. The Vine Bistro at Glenelly

Vine Bistro Glenelly Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Fronted by chef Alex Rykaart (whose small menu changes regularly), this hidden gem is situated within a state-of-art building at Glenelly Estate and could compete with the biggest rivals in the area. It offers a French-inspired dining experience, no doubt reflected in the warm, yet elegant decor, which includes a mix of 19th-century chairs and classic Parisian tables.
On chilly days, it’s rather nice to cosy up to the fireplace, or gather in the elegant wine-tasting area above the restaurant; but if the sun is out, sit at one of the long wooden tables on the outside deck or under the pergola, and enjoy beautiful views of the vineyards and surrounding hills while enjoying your meal.
Good to know May de Lencquesaing, owner of Glenelly Estate, is quite the glass collector; she has one of the largest privately owned glass collections in the world. Glenelly Estate’s glass museum provides a fascinating glimpse into 2 000 years worth of glassmaking
Inside info Wine aficionados will love the small selection of rare pichon wines on the menu.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Friday & Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 809 6444,
Book through DinePlan
Location Glenelly Estate, Ida’s Valley, Lelie Street

7. Longtable Restaurant at Haskell Vineyards

Longtable Restaurant at Haskell Vineyards: Stellenbosch Wine Farm Restaurants

Perched above the vineyards, this unassuming gem in Stellenbosch deserves a visit, not least for its exquisite views, welcoming atmosphere and the interesting array cuisines on the menu. We loved the bold fusion of flavours in individual dishes – for example, Asian-style ceviche; Mexican slow-roasted pork belly taco; and Turkish-pressed lamb shoulder. The goat’s-cheese-and-lemon ravioli was a winner.
Good to know Sustainability and seasonality are priorities. As such, locally grown and organic fruit and vegetables, sustainably sourced seafood and a strict no-plastic and minimum-waste policy are part and parcel of the overall experience.
Inside info Wine aficionados will love the small selection of rare pichon wines on the menu.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 9.30am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm – 9pm (November – March)
Contact 021 881 3895,
Location Haskell Vineyards, Annandale Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch
Book through DinePlan

8. Postcard Café at Stark-Conde Wines

Postcard Cafe Stellenbosch Wine Farms

This laidback restaurant is aptly named, as it can be found at one of the most naturally beautiful settings in the Jonkershoek Valley. With a selection of casual lunch options and delicious baked goods, the venue is ideal for a lazy family lunch or sumptuous winelands breakfast. All of this can be enjoyed in view of vast lawns and a tranquil dam.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 861 7703,
Location Stark-Conde Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Valley

9. Tokara Restaurant at Tokara Wine Estate

Tokara: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking a valley of vineyards below, Tokara Wine Farm is one of the most breathtaking spots to spend the day (or just the morning!). It appears so suddenly while winding down the beautiful Helshoogte Pass into Stellenbosch that it’s easy to miss – but, trust us, you’ll be glad you didn’t.
The acclaimed restaurant offers mesmerising views of vineyards and rolling hills stretching all the way to False Bay. Presided over by executive chef Carolize Coetzee (whose previous experience includes stints at Dornier Bodega, Cuvée and Delaire Graff), guests can expect dishes that are elegant in their simplicity, composed of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Good to know Tokara Wine Estate is also home to the family-friendly Tokara Delicatessen – one of the best spots for a laidback, view-drenched winelands breakfast. Booking in advance is recommended as the deli can get quite busy, especially on weekends.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm (from 1 December 2020)m
Contact Tokara Restaurant: 021 885 2550,
Tokara Deli: 021 808 5950,
Location Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road

10. The Kraal at Joostenberg

The Kraal: Stellenbosch Restaurants
Drizzle and Dip

This country-style restaurant at the beautiful Joostenberg Wine Estate oozes charm and history. Situated in a stone-walled courtyard, which was once the farm’s original cattle kraal (hence its name!), the serene, shaded restaurant comprises several wooden tables nestled among wild olive and fruit trees. The set three-course lunch menu changes weekly, and features deliciously wholesome, farm-fresh dishes from chef Lanri Marais, made from locally-sourced organic produce – some of it from the farm itself! It’s the perfect spot for lazy Sunday lunches under the trees. Booking is essential.
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 079 641 1320,
Book through DinePlan
Location Joostenberg Wine Estate, Hoopenberg Road, Muldersvlei

11. The Manor Kitchen at Lanzerac Wine Estate

Manor Kitchen Lanzerac Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Fresh from a year-long refurb (after a devastating fire destroyed the property in 2017), Lanzerac Hotel and its in-house restaurant reopened in July 2018, and is arguably one of the most beautiful hotels in the winelands, indeed the world.
The third oldest farm in Stellenbosch (founded just 13 years after the town itself, over 300 years ago), Lanzerac is home to the immaculate Manor Kitchen, one of four restaurants on the estate, and certainly the most dazzling, with its eye-catching chandeliers, oversized leaded windows and lofty proportions.
Each morning, the restaurant is a hive of activity when the bountiful breakfast buffet opens for service, after which beautifully crafted classical dishes are available to order for dinner or Sunday lunch.
Good to know For a more casual experience, the Lanzerac Deli serves all-day breakfasts, homemade breads, pastries, sandwiches, local cheeses and charcuterie platters. For a festive atmosphere, head to the Taphuis: a bar that is beautifully decorated in an array of vintage pieces including what is believed to be a confession booth that’s been restored and converted into a wine cupboard. Here you can enjoy gourmet pub grub beside a roaring fireplace in winter, or outdoors on the terrace in summer. There’s also the moody Craven Lounge, which offers gourmet small plates and boasts an extensive selection of the finest local and international spirits, a curated wine list, and an impressive cigar menu.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 10.30am, 6pm – 10pm; Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 887 1132,
Location 1 Lanzerac Road

12. Bodega Restaurant at Dornier Wine Estate

Bodega Dornier Stellenbosch Wine Farms

An 18th-century barn was restored and refurbished to house this laidback restaurant, where guests can enjoy contemporary cuisine while basking in the heritage-rich surroundings. A roaring log fire keeps things cosy during winter, and in sunnier months, guests can relax on the outdoor terrace with views of the vineyards and rugged Stellenbosch mountains.
A kids’ menu, and jungle gym outside, make this an ideal venue for Sunday outings with the family.
Good to know Dornier Wines is famous for its unique architecture, representing three different time periods: the 18th-century barn that houses the restaurant; the late 19th-century Dornier Homestead; and the modern, 21st-century Dornier Cellar. No wonder the estate was one of five recipients in the world selected of the National Award for Architecture by Great Wine Capitals Global Network in 2005.
Opening times Daily, 12.30pm – 6.30pm (private breakfasts and dinners are on offer for groups)
Contact 021 880 0557 / 083 300 6060,
Location Dornier Wines, Blaauwklippen Road

13. Longridge Restaurant at Longridge Wine Estate

Longridge: The Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms

High upon the Helderberg slopes lies Longridge Wine Estate, where a combination of Mediterranean-type climate conditions and cool ocean breezes makes the wine-growing conditions rather unique among Stellenbosch estates.
At Longridge Restaurant, executive chef Maritz Jacobs (whose previous experience includes stints at Reuben’s One&Only and Boschendal) oversees a range of locally flecked dishes, made using produce sourced from the estate’s own organic garden, and beef reared on their own farm. This, combined with panoramic views of Table Mountain and False Bay, makes for a dining experience that stands out even among the many gems of the Stellenbosch region.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm; Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 855 4082,
Location Helderberg Road, off the R44

14. Red Leaf Bistro at Beyerskloof

Red Leaf Bistro Beyerskloof Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Beyerskloof’s Red Leaf Bistro is where you should head for serene views across the Boland vineyards, lovely food, and superior wines in a relaxed family-friendly setting. This tidy bistro, where vast lawns are edged by lush vineyards, is still something of a hidden gem in the region, but we don’t expect it to remain that way for long!
Opening times Daily, 10am – 3.30pm; Public Holidays, 10am – 3pm
Contact 021 865 2685,
Location Beyerskloof Wine Estate, Koelenhof Road, R304

15. The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

Best Restaurants Stellenbosch Clos Malverne

Set amid vines and lush meadows, this inviting winelands restaurant fulfils the need for fuss-free yet elegant dining. Guests can order from an à la carte menu, or choose the popular four-course food-and-wine pairing, enjoyed with the breathtaking views from the restaurant’s wraparound balcony.
Clos Malverne is a small family-owned farm steeped in tradition. Wines are handmade, using time-honoured wine-making traditions such as basket-pressing, and open-top fermenters in the cellars.
Good to know If you’re looking for a unique wine-tasting experience, you should try Clos Malverne’s ice cream and wine pairing. Afterwards, you’ll wonder why no-one thought of it before.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Open on public holidays (except Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 865 2022,
Location Clos Malverne, Devon Valley Road

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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 May 2019

26 Responses to “The 15 Best Restaurants on Wine Farms in Stellenbosch”

  1. Simpiwe Nonkeyizana

    Looking for nice restaurants in Stellenbosch

  2. Willem van der Merwe

    Suggestion: Avant Garde Restaurant at Hazendal Wine Estate to be considered to be added to the above list. Run by Chef Michelle Theron, it’s an amazing lunch time venue!

  3. norman Englender

    Restaurants must cater for vegetarians beyond a single dish

  4. Rob

    Any suggestions as to which wine farms in the Stellenbosch region will be screening rugby world cup games?

  5. Sylvia

    Asara with their restaurant Sansibar is always a beautiful location with great food (they have pizza ? oven) and their wines are devine.
    You can also do a gin tasting which I loved.
    I have also tried their fine dining restaurant mise en place, but I think it’s only open for dinner and not every day. The ceviche I had was absolutely stunning.
    @Joseph I know they do often matric or b-day parties.

  6. Margaret Hesketh

    The newsletter sounds interesting. We are coming to SA in 2020(our 11th visit) so any information will be most useful.
    Cheers Margaret

  7. joseph

    good day I am looking for help. we would like to celebrate my sons 21st in march and is looking for a nice restaurant in stellenbosch. well he is looking for a nice restaurant in stellenbosch. nice view and great food with excellent service. we looking at R450-R550 per person. he like seasfood , i.e shushi, grilled fish. can anyone recommend a good place in stellenbosch , best regards

  8. Erica Bester

    Thank you!

  9. Darryl

    As a restauranteur, I was superbly impressed with the service at Delaire Graff

  10. Karen

    Good choices. Cavalli deserves a mention too!

  11. Fran Letcher

    We ate at The Table Restaurant about a year ago, it was fantastic, can’t wait to go back.

  12. Ronel smith

    Been looking for this info Really looking forward to trying out these restaurants.

  13. Tessa

    I would take Jordan off my list. Although the scenery is superb, unnecessarily long service time in an empty Bakery, a lack of items on the menu and blatant rudeness, together with apathy when an elderly lady fell and broke her hip, has resulted in my never wishing to return.

  14. Michele Wolpert

    Excellent recommendations……

  15. Adi Klier

    What’s about Guardian Peak Restaurant. Would recommend any time!

  16. Top Wine SA

    Ouch! The pic you have of Tokara Restaurant is not of the restaurant but of the Delicatessen, and isn’t the chef Richard Carstens, i.e. not Carolize Coetzee?

    • Nikki Benatar

      Hi Mike

      Ouch indeed! Chef Richard left the restaurant at the end of September and Carolize starts on 1 November.

  17. Peter

    Morgenster has a wonderful italien restaurant. understated and delivers above expectations. friendly service.

    • Manfred Clausen

      Morgenster one of my big favorites – best Italian kitchen all inclusive service etc wine and atmosphere.

      very good to see they are open up again !!!

  18. Gary Liebenberg

    We have been to most of your selection and each one is unique and fantastic in its own way.

    • The Inside Guide

      Good to hear Gary. Any you think we’ve missed?

      • Zinaschke

        You should visit a few restaurants on Franschhoek winefarms as well.. La Bourgogne Farm, GlenWood and Holden Manz also deserves a mention…

  19. Christine

    Opening times will be helpful