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16 February, 2021

The Top 10 Restaurants in the Cape Winelands

La Residence

Exceptional experiences are at the heart of everything that we do at The Royal Portfolio. Whether our guests dine with us at La Residence or whether they choose to spend their precious holiday time dining out, we want to ensure that our guests experience the very best of South Africa. As such, we have put together this list of our favourite dining experiences in the magnificent wine country that surrounds Cape Town. For an extended list of our favourites, click here.

From fine dining to harvest tables, there is something for every style and palate. The sublime setting of most of these restaurants really makes the dining experience, but if you’re looking for something a little closer to Cape Town, take a look at our Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town.

La Petite Colombe

This relaxed but refined space offers a theatrical dining experience of contemporary cuisine that fuses local ingredients with French flair in an upmarket vineyard restaurant.

Tel: +27 (0)21 202 3395
Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek

Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Liam Tomlin’s award-winning tapas concept heads to the Winelands with this new restaurant on the beautiful Maison Estate. The emphasis will be on serving superb “global tapas”, as Liam calls them, accompanied by the estate’s excellent wines.  The interior is beautiful, with blonde wood, grey walls and lovely contemporary furniture.

Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2116
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley

Orangerie at Le Lude

Chef Nicolene Barrow is one of the latest members of the international gastronomic society La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and presents classical French cuisine with a contemporary twist. A seasonal menu offers the finest, freshest ingredients to create her dishes that look as good as they taste.

Tel: +27 21 876 2961
Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek, 7690


Protégé is a casual fine dining eatery under the guidance of La Colombe’s Scot Kirton. Diners can choose between a selection of small plates designed for sharing, or opt for the chef’s menu, a selection of seven of the chef’s favourite dishes for the table.

Tel: +27 (0)21 224 0801
18 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek


Epice (derived from the French word Épice meaning spice) is an intimate fine dining restaurant opened by the team behind La Petite Colombe and Protégé. The menu features flavour-packed dishes inspired by the team’s culinary expedition to India and offers a Reduced Spice Journey of 7 courses or the Full Spice Journey of 11 courses. Both are available as vegetarian options.

Tel: +27 (0)21 492 4044
Le Quartier Français, Cnr Huguenot & Berg St, Franschhoek

Le Coin Francais

Le coin Français embodies the essence of the Franschhoek Valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. Diners can expect “art on a plate” as cutting-edge methods meet time-tested French elegance in cuisine. There is also a carefully curated wine list showcasing the best local wines of the region.

Tel: +27 (0)74 126 0022
7 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

Delaire Graaf Restaurant

Savour impeccably plated, contemporary, bistro-chic dishes in the elegant fire-warmed restaurant or on the oak-shaded terrace with sweeping views of vineyards and olive groves from Simonsberg Peak across the Banghoek Valley. Discover their seasonal flavours, inclusive of plant-based menus and dining options.

Tel: +27 21 885 8160
Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch, 7602


Ōku (Oak in Japanese) is an exciting new venture by acclaimed chefs Darren Badenshorst and Ryan Shell. Being Franschhoek’s first South East Asian eatery, Ōku promises an authentic Asian dining experience set in a sophisticated yet calming atmosphere and created using the highest quality ingredients and exceptional techniques.

Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2494
Heritage Square 9 Huguenot Road,  Franschhoek

La Petite Ferme

The restaurant at La Petite Ferme offers a menu of homely country style cuisine where each fish stems from the origins of La Petite Ferme – country cuisine with a contemporary touch. Enjoy their dishes with wine from their estate in the panoramic glass veranda which offers magnificent views of the Franschhoek Valley.

Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3016
Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690

Babel Restaurant at Babylonstoren

Housed in an old cow shed, historic architecture meets contemporary glass walls that make for a simple yet edgy environment in which to experience tasty and often unconventional combinations. Babylonstoren is certainly worth a visit if just to explore their beautiful farm.

Tel: +27 (0)21 863 3852
Simondium Rd, Simondium, 7670 (Klapmuts)



La Residence is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, picnics and dinner subject to availability and by prior reservation. Reservations can be made by contacting +27 (0) 21 876 4100 or Check out The Table at De Meye for a relaxed and ethically sourced pasture to plate meal. The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal is great for a family day out or a cheeky picnic. The original Rust en Vrede cellar, a National Monument built in 1785, has been converted into a dining room that is relaxed but vibrant.  Great wines, a picture perfect setting and sensational food make Jordan hard to beat.

Top banner image by Epice.

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