While Franschhoek may hold the title as South Africa’s culinary capital, as one of the largest Winelands towns in the country, Stellenbosch boasts more than its fair share of top-rated restaurants, renowned dining spots, and exceptional culinary gems. The fact that Stellenbosch is home to a vast range of world-renowned wine farms and wine estates, means you can enjoy an extraordinary selection of top-tier wines all while indulging in a sensational culinary feast.
Here are the 10 best Stellenbosch Restaurants, each of which promises an unforgettable dining experience.
#1 The Table at De Meye
The Table Restaurant on the beautiful De Meye Wine Farm is undoubtedly one of the best Stellenbosch restaurants. Long considered one of the Winelands’ hidden gems, The Table at De Meye is the epitome of countryside dining. Located in the most picturesque setting, this sensational Stellenbosch restaurant is surrounded by a charming garden, with long tables shaded by trees, evoking images of the French or Italian countryside, complete with languid lunches in idyllic surrounds – Offering diners a scenic and serene escape right in the heart of the Cape winelands.
Passionate owners Leigh Williamson and Brendan Thorncroft wants dining at The Table restaurant to be so much more than a simple dining experience. But rather an honest-to-goodness experience that’s both uplifting and memorable, where friends and family alike can share and enjoy simple, seasonal, and delicious cooking in its purest form. Leigh and Brendan’s love and passion for food carries through in everything they do. This includes everything from where their ingredients are sourced from, how it is prepared, how it is served and most importantly, how it is enjoyed.
While a rustic farm building serves as the dining room during the winter, diners can look forward to enjoying a three-course sharing style menu on stunning tree-shaded tables, strategically scattered around the yard to creates a pleasant yet intimate environment during Cape Town’s warm summer months.
When it comes to their cuisine, The Table at De Meye only uses locally sourced, fresh, and seasonal produce and ingredients to create their sensational dishes. They pride themselves on supporting local suppliers, small-scale farmers, and delis, as well as buying organic as far as possible. Their menu changes weekly (or sometimes more often), depending on the seasonal produce available. This means that their three-course sharing style menu is always a fresh and delicious surprise for guests and food lovers visiting the restaurant.
With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that some of the country’s top chefs have rated The Table at De Meye as their favourite Winelands restaurant. Not only is top Michelin-starred Jan Hendrik Van Der Westhuizen (Restaurant JAN in Nice, France) a longtime fan of this top Stellenbosch restaurant, but Chef Giles Edwards (La Tête) has stated that: “The Table at De Meye is casual, simple dining at its absolute best. It reminds me of the old adage: “What’s done in love is done well”.
- Location: The Table Restaurant, De Meye Wine Farm, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 072 696 0530 | [email protected]
- Opening times: Open for lunch Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5.30pm | Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays | Click here to book now.
- Website: www.thetablerestaurant.co.za
Spearheaded by Eat Out San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year 2019, Bertus Basson, Overture is a highly renowned and equally picturesque winelands’ restaurant that should be on every foodie’s bucket-list. Not only is Overture one of the top Stellenbosch restaurants, it has received local and global culinary praise and won countless prestigious accolades from the Eat Out guide and Rossouw’s Restaurant guide over the years.
Overture is situated at Hidden Valley Wines, on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain. Besides its magnificent Stellenbosch winelands location, notable culinary status, and exceptional selection of wines, Overture prides itself on celebrating and championing local, ethically-sourced, South African produce throughout its menu. Bertus Basson, along with Head Chef Drikus Brink, and the kitchen team aim to serve diners honest, simple, produce-driven cooking based on classical techniques. In Bertus’ words: “At Overture, you will not see any awards in the restaurant, as the cooking should speak for itself”.
- Location: Overture at Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, Off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 021 880 2721 | 021 006 1039 | [email protected]
- Opening times: Lunch: Served Wednesday – Sunday | Dinner: Served Thursday – Saturday
- Book: Click here to make a booking
#3 Hamm & Uys Eatery at Blaauwklippen
Located on the oldest wine estate in Stellenbosch, Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Hamm & Uys Eatery is farm-to-table elegance at its finest. Dynamic TV Chefs and creative catering duo Johnny Hamman and Marius Uys provide diners with the perfect pairing of South African heritage food with an international flair, which promises to set your tastebuds alight. From traditional Sunday roast lunches to sensational Cape classics with a modern spin, diners can expect to enjoy delicious casual country food in a beautiful and relaxed environment, topped off with the duo’s renowned creative flair and fun touches to keep things fresh and exciting.
This incredible country casual Stellenbosch restaurant, with modern touches and classic Winelands elegance, is all about combining “the good, honest food you grew up with” with their global culinary experiences, travels, and inspiration – And you’ll undoubtedly be savouring every single bite, trust us!
- Location: Blaauwklippen Estate, Strand Road, R44 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 066 495 0270 | [email protected]
- Opening times: Open for lunch from Wednesday – Sunday (kitchen opens 11:30 and closes 16:00) | Open for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays (kitchen opens 11:30 and closes 20:30)
- Book: Click here to make a booking
#4 Eike by Bertus Basson
Eike is another one of legendary Chef Bertus Basson’s culinary gems. Nestled in an old historic building in the famous Dorp Street of Stellenbosch, also known as “Die Eikestad” – The Oak City – Eike celebrates traditional South African cooking to its fullest by drawing inspiration from nostalgic food memories. While this top Stellenbosch restaurant is renowned for its creative and unexpected take on local flavours, Eike prides itself on highlighting and celebrating South Africa’s vibrant diversity of cultures, influences, and food heritage throughout its menu.
All of Eike’s dishes and culinary creations are made with fresh, locally-sourced, and seasonal ingredients and produce. Their menu is always a paean to the seasons and reflects Bertus Basson’s and chef Kyle du Plooy’s passion for South African flavours. Diners can expect to enjoy a 2 or 3 course menu for lunch and a 3 or 5 course menu for dinner when dining at Eike.
- Location: 50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 021 007 4231 | [email protected]ant.com
- Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – late | Dinner served from 6pm
- Book: Click here to make a booking | Contact the Restaurant Directly for Parties Larger than 6
#5 96 Winery Road Restaurant
96 Winery Road is a sensational country-style restaurant located in the heart of the Helderberg countryside in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands. At 96 Winery Road diners can expect a real and authentic culinary experience. Nothing fancy or extravagant, just simple and unpretentious cooking, big, bold, and wholesome flavors, and truly delicious food. All of 96 Winery Road’s dishes are made with only the freshest local ingredients, and cooked with the utmost care, passion, love, and generosity. The menu at 96 Winery Road typically consists of a selection of fresh seasonal meals inspired by South African-influenced international cuisine.
- Location: 96 Winery Road Restaurant, Winery Road, Zandberg Farm, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 842 2020 | 078 924 1713 (WhatsApp) |[email protected] |
- Opening times: Deli: Daily from 9am |Breakfast: Served until 11am (last orders in at 10:30am) | Lunch: Daily from 12h00 to 15h00 | Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 18h00 to 21h00
- Website: www.96wineryroad.co.za
#6 Indochine Restaurant at Delaire Graff
Indochine Restaurant located at the magnificent Delaire Graff Wine Estate is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands. Offering a culinary experience unlike any other, Indochine Restaurant invites diners to embark on a thrilling epicurean adventure with Indochine Head Chef Virgil Kahn. Balancing authenticity and innovation, Head Chef Virgil Kahn draws on old Cape Malay family recipes and his frequent trips to Asia to offer fresh, delicate food as light as it is satisfying, served with an imaginative touch of theatre. Kahn’s philosophy is centred on an all-sensory dining experience, combining exquisitely balanced flavours with imaginative presentation. All the ingredients from which Virgil conjures his unique Afro-Asian cuisine are grown especially for Indochine Restaurant on the Estate and picked daily from the biodynamic greenhouse.
Indochine’s world-class cuisine is perfectly paired with unrivalled views, superb service, and a beautiful Cape Winelands’ location, providing diners with an unforgettable, exciting, and authentic culinary experience.
- Location: Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 021 885 8160 | [email protected]
- Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12:30pm – 2pm (last seating) | Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm – 8pm (7pm last seating for Signature Travel Menu) | Indochine Restaurant closes at 10pm
- Click here to find out more
#7 The Kraal Restaurant at Joostenberg Wine Estate
If you’re looking for an authentic culinary experience in the stunning Cape Winelands, dining at The Kraal at Joostenberg Wine Estate should be right at the top of your list. Situated in a stone-walled courtyard, which was once the farm’s original cattle kraal, The Kraal’s rustic outdoor seating area is the perfect spot to enjoy deliciously wholesome, farm-fresh food with friends and family. Slow farm lunches are served at wooden tables, set outside in between fruit trees and wild olives, next to the farm werf garden.
The Kraal is all about celebrating fresh seasonal local produce. By supporting local farmers and producers and using seasonal herbs, vegetables, and fruit from their farm garden, they create a set lunch menu every week guided by what is delicious, seasonal, and growing in their area. The Kraal is fuss-free, farm-to-table dining at it’s very best, paired with exceptional estate vino and beautiful surrounding scenery.
- Location: The Kraal, Joostenberg Wine Estate, Hoopenburg Road, Muldersvlei
- Contact details: 079 641 1320 | [email protected]
- Opening times: The Kraal is open on Saturdays & Sundays only | Bookings can be made from 12pm | A set lunch is served with the menu changing every week | Booking is essential as they only book for the number of guests who have reserved a table
- Cost: R385 per adult | R180 per child 5-12 years old | No charge 4 years & under
- Click here to find out more
#8 The Vine Bistro
The Vine Bistro is regarded as another one of Stellenbosch’s culinary hidden gems. Situated on Glenelly Estate in Ida’s Valley, The Vine Bistro is known for its flavor-packed classic bistro food with a modern twist, paired with distinctive, award-winning wines from Glenelly Estate. Headed by chef patron Christophe Dehosse, together with head chef Alex Rykaart, this sought-after Stellenbosch restaurant offers a concise French-inspired menu that changes regularly. As all the dishes served are made with the best fresh, local ingredients available, diners can expect to enjoy a variety of fresh and flavorsome culinary creations.
Besides a sensational menu and exceptional wine selection, including a small selection of rare Pichon wines, The Vine Bistro boasts breathtaking views from their elegant dining room across the fynbos garden and vineyards up towards the Simonsberg foothills.
- Location: Glenelly Estate, Lelie Street, Ida’s Valley, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 021 809 6444 | [email protected]
- Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday Lunch from 12pm – 3pm | Thursday – Saturday Dinner from 6:30pm – 8pm | Bookings are highly recommended
- Book: Click here to make a booking
#9 Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Having received several prestigious awards over the years, including a spot in San Pellegrino’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World and Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World, an all-round first-class experience awaits you at this warm and welcoming restaurant located on the beautiful Rust en Vrede Estate. Besides its renowned global restaurant status, it was also rated as one of the best restaurants in the land by two of South Africa’s finest chefs, Bertus Basson and Luke Dale-Roberts.
Housed in the Estate’s original cellar (a historic monument) which has been transformed into a sophisticated yet relaxing fine-dining setting, the Restaurant at Rust en Vrede has done its best to preserve the unique charm of the building so that guests are transported back to simpler times, where good wine and food are central to the experience.
Using only the freshest and best locally-sourced ingredients from sustainable producers, Chef Fabio Daniel serves contemporary French cuisine, adding his own unique flair by taking inspiration from his Brazilian and Italian heritage. Paired with an exceptional international wine list, overseen by sommelier James Mukosi who works closely with Chef Fabio to find the best wine pairings for each dish, the Restaurant at Rust en Vrede prides itself on combining a balanced menu with wines to enhance each dish.
- Location: Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: 021 881 3757 | [email protected]
- Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm | Reservations essential
- Click here to find out more
#10 Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock
Perched on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock has established itself as one of the most sought-after restaurants in Stellenbosch. Providing diners with a culinary adventure refreshingly rooted in Southern Africa, Gåte at Quoin Rock aims to capture your imagination and engage your senses. Seating only 40 people, it offers an intimate and inspiring fine dining experience in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands.
This remarkable wine estate restaurant’s entire menu is sustainably and locally-sourced. All the dishes include at least one ingredient grown on the Quoin Rock Wine Estate, with the rest sourced locally to ensure maximum freshness and to support the local community. Each dish served at Gåte is presented as a work of art on a plate as it strives to echoe the beauty and intricacy of the natural surroundings.
Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock boasts a variation of menus, ranging from two-course daytime dining (Gåte Restaurant by Day) to the full Chef’s experience of a seven-course dinner (Gåte Restaurant by Night). Regardless of which menu you choose, it promises to be an unforgettable culinary experience. Each dish is also paired with an exceptional Quoin Rock Estate wine, including the Quoin Rock Shiraz, Quoin Rock Red blend, their Black Series MCC and their Rose Bellini Namysto Festive series MCC.