The Royal Portfolio's Favourite Restaurants in the Cape Winelands
Exceptional experiences are at the heart of everything that we do at The Royal Portfolio. Whether our guests dine with us at one of our hotels 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.
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.
Remarkable wines and contemporary fine dining have put Waterkloof firmly in this year’s Top 10. The view towards Sir Lowry’s Pass is breath taking. It’s worth the visit simply for the architecture, but while you’re there be sure to taste the Circumstance Cape Coral Mouverdre – one of the best roses in the country.
Tel: +27 (0)21 858 1292
Waterkloof, Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West 7130
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
After only a year of operation, Camphors was awarded eighth place in South Africa’s Top Ten. And it’s easy to see why. Make time to amble through the vast and immaculate estate among the oak and camphor trees before settling down to a leisurely lunch in the contemporary dining room within the original thatched, Cape Dutch farm house. Vergelegen have long produced some of South Africa’s best known wines – best known for their mighty Cabernet Sauvignon led blends.
Tel: +27 (0)21 847 2131
Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130
Terrior offers classic pairings and intense depth of flavour characterise the chalkboard menu of deceptively simple dishes. The restaurant is located on Kleine Zalze, a family owned wine farm that has risen to prominence both in South Africa and internationally thanks in particular to its award-winning Chenin Blanc and Shiraz.
Tel: +27 (0)21 880 8167
Strand Road, Stellenbosch
The name of the restaurant was inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. Diverse, worldly flavours combined with the beautiful restaurant surroundings makes this a popular place for La Motte’s “family lunch” menu. Fine dining affairs prepared by Chef Michelle Theron are exceptional and the wine tasting and cellar tour is a must.
Tel: +27 (0)21 876 8800
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley
Yet another top restaurant in the quaint town of Franschhoek which is not lightly giving up its mantle as the culinary capital of South Africa. Chef Chris Erasmus delights guests with his foraged fancies, delivering a seasonal menu rich in free-range meat and game.
Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2328
11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690
This new addition to the valley showcases cutting edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, and a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best wines of the region.
Tel: +27 (0)74 126 0022
7 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
Chef Bertus Basson presides over this stalwart of the South African Top 10. The setting is sublime on a summer’s afternoon out on the patio among the misters with views of the Cape Peninsula in the far distance. The Hidden Valley and Lands End wines are certainly worth a taste.
Tel: +27 (0)21 880 2721
Overture at Hidden Valley Wines, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch
This relaxed but refined space offers a theatrical dining experience of contemporary cuisine which fuses local ingredients with French flair in an upmarket vineyard restaurant.
Tel: +27 (0)21 202 3395
Le Quartier Français Hotel, Berg StreetFranschhoek
Cavalli celebrates all things equestrian in a stylish and exquisitely modern setting among the horse paddocks. By placing an innovative spin on classic dishes, Cavalli’s “everyday gourmet” menu is brief but immensely satisfying and the perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. Make sure you taste the Warlord 2009 and pay a quick visit the the basement art gallery.
Tel: +27 (0)21 855 3218
Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm, Strand Rd (R44) Somerset West
La Residence is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner subject to availability and by prior reservation.
Reservations can be made by contacting +27 (0) 21 876 4100 or email@example.com
Diemersdal is a relaxed, farm style affair where you will dine in an old barn or out on the lush lawns overlooking the vineyards. Prices are reasonable and there’s a wide selection of wines produced by the farm – be sure to try the Grüner Veltliner. De Grendel is perhaps the closest wine farm to Cape Town City Centre and offers picture perfect views of Table Mountain, delicious cuisine in an elegant dining room and great value for money. Check out the Table at De Meye for a relaxed and ethically sourced pasture to plate meal. Babel at Babylonstoren is certainly worth a visit if just to explore the beautiful farm – book yourself onto the garden tour before your lunch. If you find yourself in the Elgin region, make a reservation at The Pool Room at Oak Valley and sample some of their remarkable wines. The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal is great for a family day out or a cheeky picnic, while Tokara is a consistently great option for a more fine dining experience with some of South Africa’s top wines. The original Rust en Vrede cellar, a National Monument built in 1785, has been converted into the dining room that is relaxed but vibrant. Great wines, a picture perfect setting and sensational food make Jordan hard to beat.
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