The 32 Best Restaurants on Wine Farms in the Cape 2019

The 32 Best Restaurants on Wine Farms in the Cape 2019

Because a day in the country is the best elixir…

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilised pleasures,” says Michael Broadbent, the almost 92-year-old British wine critic and writer.

And we couldn’t agree more, particularly if you happen to be doing so on one of the Cape’s spectacular wine farms, with breathtaking views and a relaxed rural ambience completing the picture.

Our dilemma is this: with over 300 vineyards dotted around the peninsula – from Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch to Paarl, Constantia and even Durbanville – where does one even begin?

We’ve whittled down the list to our 32 favourite wine-farm restaurants, so that all you have to do is hop in your car, and follow the scent of nectar.

Have you enjoyed a meal at a wonderful wine-farm restaurant that you think we should know about? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Find a wine farm restaurant in the following areas

Franschhoek
Stellenbosch
Somerset West
Constantia
Paarl
Durbanville

Franschhoek

1. Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Chefs Warehouse Franschhoek: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Claire Gunn

When chef Liam Tomlin opened the third branch of this famed restaurant in Franschhoek in 2017 – at Maison Estate, no less – it became the gastronomic news of the season! Located in the space that was formerly home to The Kitchen, the eatery boasts sweeping garden views and a chic minimalist interior, with chef David Schneider at the helm (who worked alongside Liam at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia). As with Liam’s three other wildly popular restaurants, the emphasis is on superb “global tapas”, accompanied by the estate’s excellent wines. If you’ve not yet eaten here, book a table!
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.45pm; 6pm – 8.45pm
Contact 021 876 2116
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Where to find it Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek

2. Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant at Môreson Estate

Bread & Wine Restuarant: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Appropriately positioned at the entrance to Franschhoek – on Môreson farm – this popular eatery should feature on every visitor’s to-do list. Although not fine-dining in the strict sense, Bread & Wine’s feted country cuisine is caringly created and expertly executed by chef Neil Jewell, whose menu changes according to the seasons – and his whims. There are two price options: R365 for two courses; R405 for three, with a choice of six starters, six mains and four desserts. Though Neil is known for his charcuterie and pork skills, the butter-roasted kingklip with chicken-wing confit and pickled mushrooms is a sublime choice.
Add attentive service and beautiful surrounds, and it’s not surprising that the restaurant is always full – booking is essential.
Inside info Chef Neil Jewell is in the throws of opening up his newest establishment, Jewell, alongside renowned chef Liam Tomlin (Chefs Warehouse), set to open at The Spice Route in April. Subscribe to our newsletter for up-to-the-minute details.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 876 4004, breadandwine@moreson.co.za
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Where to find it Môreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek

3. Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude

Orangerie Restaurant: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Located on the lovely Le Lude MCC Estate, Orangerie’s chic, all-white interiors – with the odd splash of colour – echo chef Nicolene Barrow’s intriguing menu: purist European execution tinged with personal flair. Expect fresh ingredients – sourced seasonally from the surrounding forests, meadows, mountains and seas – judiciously combined to create memorable and exquisite-looking dishes. The French-inspired interiors – white-and-black tiling, atrium windows, with potted plants and floral arrangements providing pops of colour – create a soothing and decidedly civilised atmosphere.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 100 3464, info@lelude.co.za
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Where to find it Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek

4. The Werf at Boschendal

Werf at Boschendal: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Housed in Boschendal’s original cellar, The Werf epitomises a particular style of plaas chic – heritage-Dutch-meets-modern-Afrikaner – arguably invented by Karen Roos (whose nearby Babylonstoren is a must-visit when in Paarl). The result is a familiar, unintimidating and so current! Chef Christiaan Campbell’s passion and commitment to ensuring that ethical and sustainable methods are followed on every inch of this nine-hectare estate is reflected in his “innovative country dishes”, which explore age-old food fermentation methods, adding a healthy (and, ironically, modern) dimension to the restaurant’s already bountiful offerings.The warm service, stylish interiors and spectacular surrounds (with ancient oak trees, forests and untamed gardens) makes for a perfect Sunday luncheon.
Good to know Boschendal’s gourmet picnics are among our favourites.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact 021 870 4206, werf@boschendal.co.za
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Where to find it Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley

5. Pierneef à La Motte

Pierneef a la Motte: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this esteemed Franschhoek restaurant on the enchanting La Motte Wine Estate offers a similarly creative streak, as chef Eric Bulpitt (former head chef of Faber at Avondale), presents a vibrant array of dishes, adding his unique touch to the famed kitchen, previously headed by chef Michelle Theron.
Enjoy a sophisticated à la carte lunch in the elegant fine-dining restaurant with its eye-catching Delft-style porcelain chandeliers and open kitchen. Outside, under ancient oaks and with bubbling water features setting a serene scene, the Garden Menu ensures a relaxed al-fresco lunch experience.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
September – May: Thursday – Saturday 7pm – 10.30pm (reservations only)
June – August: Friday & Saturday, 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 876 8800, pierneef@la-motte.co.za
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Where to find it La Motte, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

6. The Dining Room at Leeu Estates

Dining Room at Leeu Estates: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

On the slopes of the Dassenberg mountains lies a 68-hectare wine farm with an immaculately restored Manor House, whose conservatory-esque restaurant offers sublime views of the surrounding vineyards, gardens and fynbos beyond. The Dining Room’s light and bright interior is the perfect setting for hotel guests and members of the public alike to enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner, while sampling a selection of South African vintages from the estate’s cellar.
Good to know The restaurant hosts a daily afternoon tea featuring an assortment of sweet and savoury delights, paired with your choice of tea, coffee, or chilled bubbly. Divine!
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm ; 7pm – 9pm (low season); 7pm – 10pm (high season)
Contact 021 492 2222, restaurants@leeucollection.com
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Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

7. La Petite Ferme Restaurant

La Petite Ferme: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Claire Gunn

On a clear day, the views of valley from the restaurant of this boutique wine farm and hotel are among the best in Franschhoek. The seasonal menu offers an array of fresh, prettily plated starters, mouth-watering mains (the slow-roasted lamb is delicious), and decadent desserts.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 7pm – 9:30pm
Contact 021 876 3016, reception@lapetiteferme.co.za
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Where to find it La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Road, Franschhoek

8. Roca Restaurant at Dieu Donné Vineyards

ROCA Restaurant: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Situated at the very top of Uitkyk Street overlooking the Franschhoek Valley below, this double-level restaurant offers diners a Mediterranean-inspired à la carte menu featuring tasty starters, mains and desserts made with fresh local ingredients.
Diners can soak up the summer scene on the sun-kissed terrace, or cosy up in the enclosed top deck. With sweeping views as far as the eye can see and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder Roca is a popular wedding destination.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 3384 or 021 876 2345, info@rocarestaurant.co.za
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Where to find it Dieu Donné Wine Estate, 28 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek

Stellenbosch

1. Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Rust en Vreder: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

An all-round first-class experience awaits you at the warm and welcoming restaurant on the beautiful Rust and Vrede estate. With someone to greet you on arrival, stellar service throughout your meal, and exquisitely plated, vibrant and delicious contemporary-French fine-dining, 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 Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – late
Contact 021 881 3881, dining@rustenvrede.com
Where to find it Rust en Vrede Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

2. Jordan Restaurant

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 a beautiful garden setting, where alfresco breakfasts (or lazy lunches on the deck) are highly recommended.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (in season)
Contact 021 881 3612, restaurant@jordanwines.com
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Where to find it Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

3. The Table at De Meye

Table at De Meye: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

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 people you like, and the joy of delicious home-grown food and good stuff to drink. Hosts Luke and Jessica Grant 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.
Please note The Table at De Meye, as we know it, is closing end-April, as Jessica and Luke bid farewell to this passion project. We are not sure what the new owners have in mind, but if you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll keep you posted.
Opening times October – April: Thursday – Sunday, 12.30pm – 5.30pm
May – September: Friday – Sunday, 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Contact 072 696 0530, bookings@thetablerestaurant.co.za
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Where to find it De Meye Farm, Muldersvlei Road, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch

4. Indochine at Delaire Graff

Indochine: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Chilewich

Situated on the dramatic Helshoogte Pass, Delaire Graff’s Indochine is the full package when it comes to fine-dining in the winelands. The Asian-inspired restaurant is headed by Michelin-trained chef Virgil Khan, whose theatrical dishes offer an experience for the sewnses! Each dish presents layers of intricate flavours, beautifully balanced and prepared with precision, using fresh, quality ingredients.
The elegant interior is dressed in shades of copper and deep blue, with a magnificent art installation, representing a swirl of swallows creating a focal point. Sweeping views of the valley, all the way to Table Mountain in the distance, complete the picture.
Good to know Delaire Graff is also home to Delaire Graff Restaurant where chef Kieran White. serves bistro favourites with South African twists.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.15pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 885 8160, guest.relations@delaire.co.za
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Where to find it Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

5. Overture at Hidden Valley Wines

Overture: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Claire Gunn

Situated on the foothills of the imposing Helderberg Mountains on Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Overture is a foodie destination of note, 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 a combination of refined dishes and bold, fire-grilled plates.
Good to know In August 2018 Bertus opened Eike, an elegantly edgy fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Stellenbosch, which takes his tally of restaurants to five!
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm; Thursday – Saturday, 7pm – 12am
Contact 021 880 2721, info@dineatoverture.co.za
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Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch

6. The Kraal at Joostenberg Wine Estate

The Kraal: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

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 Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 079 641 1320, kraalrestaurant@joostenberg.co.za
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Where to find it Joostenberg Wine Estate, Hoopenberg Road, Muldersvlei

7. Gåte at Quoin Rock Wines

Gate: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

On the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg Mountains lies Quoin Rock Wine Estate, home to Gåte, the highly anticipated restaurant that opened its doors in November 2018. The contemporary yet intimate 40-seater restaurant was until recently headed by executive chef Rikku Ò’Donnchü and head chef Warwick King until mid-April 2019, when the duo announced their departure. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for news of the new executive chef.
If you’re into MG (molecular gastronomy), you’re going to love the 16-course tasting menu: a riot of foams, froths, espumas and the like.
Good to know There’s a vegetarian tasting menu, too, that’s as extravagant as the original.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 888 4750, info@gaterestaurant.co.za
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Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

8. The Vine Bistro at Glenelly Estate

The Vine Bistro: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Fronted by chef and owner Christophe Dehosse, and head chef Alex Rykaart
(whose small menu changes regularly), this hidden gem is situated within a state-of-the-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 or stone tables on the deck 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; Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 809 6444, bistro@glenelly.co.za
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Where to find it Glenelly Estate, Ida’s Valley, Lelie Street, Stellenbosch

9. Tokara Restaurant at Tokara Wine Estate

Tokara: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking a valley of vineyards below, Tokara Wine Farm is a breathtakingly beautiful spot 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 gets busy, especially on weekends.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 6.00pm – 8pm
Contact Tokara Restaurant: 021 885 2550, reservations@tokara.com
Tokara Deli: 021 808 5950, deli@tokara.com
Where to find it Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

10. Terroir at Kleine Zalze

Terroir: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Situated on the slopes of the Kleine Zalze estate in the Stellenbosch Winelands, this venue is so much more than its four walls. Dining at Terroir is an absorbing experience, during which time simultaneously stands still and slips by. This could be attributed to the rustling of the oak trees, or the view of the verdant golf course, or the food, the hospitality or the wine. But we think it’s the combination of all.
Guests can choose to dine on the outdoor terrace or head indoors. The relaxed décor makes you feel right at home, with warm service complementing this feeling. When your waitron has worked in the same restaurant for close on a decade, you know you’re onto a good thing.
No matter the season, you can count on head chef Michael Broughton and his team for exquisite presentation, flavour combinations and textures that surprise and delight.
Good to know Should you wish to linger even longer, the estate is home to a four-star lodge with sweeping vineyard and mountain views.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 880 8167, restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za
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Where to find it Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Die Boord, Strand Road, R44

Somerset West

1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof Wines

Restaurant at Waterkloof: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

In a shining glass tower, dangling over the winelands, French wizard Gregory Czarnecki conjures up recipes inspired by his food-loving homeland. Diners can enjoy the four-course or the seven-course degustation menu, paired with wines from the estate’s cellar. The glass walls give way to unobstructed views of the vineyards, while the open-plan kitchen ensures that transparency extends to the chefs at work.
The estate is also home to a tasting lounge, where diners can sample some of the region’s finest – especially lovely in winter when the fireplace is aglow. There’s also a sun-kissed deck outside that boasts breathtaking views of False Bay.
Before you leave swing past Healey’s Deli, where you’ll find Healey’s award-winning slow-matured cheddar, which can be enjoyed with ciabatta or sourdough bread, jam, and cured meats, and washed down with a range of wines or craft beer. There’s also a jungle gym to keep the little ones entertained.
Please note The degustation menu is only available if ordered by the entire table, and no changes are permitted.
Opening times Summer: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Monday – Saturday, 7pm – 9pm
Winter: Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Monday – Saturday, 7pm – 9pm
Contact 021 858 1491, chef@waterkloofwines.co.za
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Where to find it Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West

2. Camphors at Vergelegen

Camphors: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Situated on Vergelegen Wine Estate, amid lush gardens and 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-food pairings – as is a knowledgeable sommelier who assists diners in selecting the perfect accompaniment to their meal.
Good to know If you’re looking for a relaxed, child-friendly restaurant, try the Stables – a bistro-style eatery, also on Vergelegen, that opens onto a patio and large playground with wonderful views of the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains. Booking is essential.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
October – May: Friday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 847 2131, camphors@vergelegen.co.za
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Where to find it Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

3. Idiom Wine at Da Capo Vineyards

Idiom: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

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, featuring a delightful mix of Italian and South African cuisine
prepared by chef Calum Anderson. 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.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 858 1088, reservations@idiom.co.za
Where to find it Da Capo Vineyards, Knorhoek Estate, Knorhoek Road, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West

4. Cavalli

Cavalli: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Located in the Helderberg’s magnificent Cape Floral Kingdom, Cavalli has become known among foodies 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 seven-course tasting menu, featuring amuse bouche and petit fours, 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 – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 855 3281, info@cavalliestate.com
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Where to find it Cavalli Estate, Strand Road, R44, Somerset West

Constantia

1. Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Chefs Warehouse Constantia: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Claire Gunn

Part of chef Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse group of restaurants, this view-drenched restaurant on Beau Constantia Wine Estate is helmed by chef Ivor Jones (former head chef at The Test Kitchen), and is consistently ranked by South Africa’s top chefs as the best restaurant in Cape Town. Guests can expect the same cutting-edge cuisine and laidback atmosphere that Liam’s other eateries are known for. The spectacular setting, chic interiors and panoramic vistas take the dining experience to the next level.
Good to know Liam Tomlin also co-owns Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street, Chefs Warehouse at Maison, and Thali.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 794 8632, cw@beauconstantia.com
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Where to find it Beau Constantia, 1043 Constantia Main Road, Cape Town

2. La Colombe at Silvermist Wine Estate

La Colombe: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Andrea van der Spuy

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 executive chef James Gaag. The stylish restaurant’s pared-down interior (inspired by the breathtaking natural surrounds) is the perfect canvas for James and his team to conjure creative French-Asian dishes using foraged ingredients that he and his team magically finesse into immaculately plated dishes.
Diners can choose between the Gourmand and Reduced menus, as well as vegetarian versions of each. Further to those permutations, all come with the option of wine-pairing.
Good to know La Colombe is owned by multi-award-winning chef-proprietor Scot Kirton, who also co-owns La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek, Foxcroft and Protégé.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 1.30pm; 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Contact 021 794 2390, reservations@lacolombe.co.za
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Where to find it Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town

3. Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Buitenverwachting: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants
Kathryn Rossiter

This historic farm is one of the most beautiful in the valley, with a rambling garden populated by squirrels, owls 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 Constantiaberg mountains through floor-to-ceiling panels is breathtaking, and service is always professional and friendly.
We recommend chef Edgar Osoijnik’s five-course Fine Bites tasting menu (with or without wine): five deliciously varied dishes that are seasonally driven, attractively presented and moreishly 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.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 794 3522, info@buitenverwachting.com
Where to find it Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia

4. Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Wine Estate

Bistro Sixteen82: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Bistro Sixteen82’s location is hard to beat. Surrounded by 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 bistro-style dining with Asian and French influences. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch with the family, or a romantic dinner with fine wine and a selection of sharing tapas. There’s even a selection for your little ones!
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).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11am; 12pm – 3pm; 5pm – 8pm
Contact 021 713 2211, reservations@bistro1682.co.za
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Where to find it Steenberg Wine Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town

Paarl

1. Babel at Babylonstoren

Babel: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Situated on the beautiful Babylonstoren farm, this eternally stylish restaurant is just one of the gazillion reasons to visit the estate. The simple menu changes seasonally to maximise what’s on offer in the farm’s 3.5-hectare garden. Expect fresh and beautifully orchestrated mains, colour-coded salads with heady mixes of freshly picked fruit and vegetables, and a creative array of desserts.
Then head to the modern tasting room, and sample some top-drawer wines, while enjoying floor-to-ceiling views of the magnificent surrounds.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 9.30am; 7pm – 10pm
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm
Contact 021 863 3852, enquiries@babylonstoren.com
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Where to find it Babylonstoren, Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Paarl

2. Faber at Avondale

Faber: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

This contemporary farm-to-fork restaurant approaches each ingredient with the utmost respect. Head chef Dale Stevens, together with Avondale’s proprietor, Jonathan Grieve, has devised a menu that not only tastes good, but also takes guests on a memorable and inspirational culinary journey.
Dale’s seasonal plates take their cue from the fresh produce grown in Avondale’s garden, which follows the same organic and biodynamic farming principles used in the vineyards of this family-owned wine farm.
Housed in an historic Cape-style building, the restaurant spills out onto a deep verandah edged with indigenous, flower-filled gardens. Tables overlook the vineyards, Paarl Rock, the silhouette of Table Mountain and the Simonsberg mountain.
Opening times Lunch: Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 202 1219, faber@avondalewine.co.za
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Where to find it Avondale Estate, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl

3. Cosecha restaurant at Noble Hill Wine Estate

Cosecha: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

Situated on the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg mountains, and surrounded by hectares of vineyards, Noble Hill is a secluded sanctuary ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of Paarl. Together with wonderful valley views and a top-notch selection of homegrown wines, the estate is home to the popular Latin-inspired Cosecha Restaurant.
The flavoursome Mexican dishes – most of them spicy – make for an exciting meal any time of day. Soak up the sun outside on the lawn or in the shade under the covered deck, and savour a delicious all-day breakfast or wholesome lunch (with a kick!)
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 874 3844, info@cosecharestaurant.com
Where to find it Noble Hill Wine Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Simondium, Paarl

4. Restaurant at Glen Carlou

Restaurant at Glen Carlou: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

At the end of Glen Carlou’s vineyard-lined drive, you’ll find a charming thatched-roof building that’s home to a tasting room and restaurant. The latter is a comfortable and contemporary space, with roof-to-floor glass doors leading onto a shaded verandah, allowing gorgeous glimpses of the Drakenstein mountains and farmlands below.
The array of seasonal dishes created by chef Johan Stander are elegantly presented, and best enjoyed with a glass of the estate’s award-winning wine.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 875 5528, restaurant@glencarlou.co.za
Where to find it Glen Carlou, Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Paarl

Durbanville

1. Diemersdal Farm Eatery

Diemersdal Farm Eatery: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

A mere 40-minute drive from Cape Town, you’ll find the luscious Diemersdal Estate, in the heart of Durbanville wine country. The restaurant has been brought to life by the Louw family (six generations deep), who have restored an old stable to provide a tranquil country ambience. Captained by French-trained chef Martin De Kock, the farm eatery serves a delightful array of dishes that incorporate flavours of Provence, Spain and even Asia.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (set menu, reservations only)
Contact 021 976 1810, restaurant@diemersdal.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Diemersdal Wine Farm, Koeberg Road, Durbanville

2. De Grendel Restaurant at De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant

De Grendel: The Best Wine Farm Restaurants

This scenic restaurant and wine estate on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills continues to be a favourite – living up to its reputation as the World Luxury Restaurant Award winner in 2017. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the estate’s glass-panelled farmhouse-style eatery, accompanied by one of De Grendel’s homegrown wines, available at cellar door prices.
The contemporary dishes, passionately created by head chef Ian Bergh and his team, include char siu pork belly, tuna tataki, Karoo lamb neck, and smoked springbok loin, with desserts such as citrus cheesecake, poppy-seed-and-lemon sponge and Valrhona Aero.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11.30pm – 2.30pm; 6.30 – 9.30pm
Sunday, 11.30pm – 2.30pm
Contact 021 558 7035, restaurant@degrendel.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Durbanville Wine Valley

Hemel-en-Aarde and the Overberg

If you’re in the Overberg area, we recommend:

    1. The Restaurant at Newton Johnson
    2. Tasting Room at Creation Wines
    3. The Pool Room at Oak Valley Estate
    4. Springfontein Eats
    5. La Vierge Restaurant & Wines
    6. The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills
    7. Forage Restaurant at Wildekrans Wine Estate

Research by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin, Matthew Flax, Jackie Lange, and Julia Freemantle

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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: 19 March 2019

15 Responses to “The 32 Best Restaurants on Wine Farms in the Cape 2019”

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    Kasandra

    Also try Avant Garde at Hazendal.

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    Annelise Eksteen

    No publishing

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    Allen

    Very interesting and informative. Will definitely try and visit some of these stunning places

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    Matty Bollier

    Not to mention the restaurant at Morgenster Somerset West? Do yourself a favour and have a meal there. The best if all!

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    Rietha de waal

    No publishing .
    Would also like the price catagories.

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    Marietjie Freislich

    Keep me updated please.

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    Mphoto

    Updates on wine farms and gems in Cape Town

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    Rosemarie van Lennep

    Magnificent Cape Wine farms.

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    Pieter

    Very useful guide, thanks, keep up the good work.

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    Marlise

    Keep me updated please

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    Cedric

    These are great restaurants that come at high prices. How about publishing great restaurants at prices South Africans can afford.

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    Barbara McClintock

    Beautiful settings. I would like to see more hidden gems

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    Craig Cormack

    ? Salt at Paul Cluver.

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    • Nikki Benatar

      Nikki Benatar

      We LOVE Salt at Paul Cluver, Craig, but you’ll notice that we didn’t include wine farms in the Breede Valley, Overberg, Wellington and Robertson areas.

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        Michael

        I hope to see sumaridge estate on one of these lists if you ever look into Hemel en Aarde area

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