Top 10 Restaurants in the Cape Winelands
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 showcasing everything from vegan and vegetarian options to free-range meat and game.
Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2328
11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690
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
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 pay a quick visit to the basement art gallery.
Tel: +27 (0)21 855 3218
Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm, Strand Rd (R44) Somerset West
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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.
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