The 20 Best Restaurants in Cape Town in 2024

Winona Griggs

The Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town in 2024

Hey there, folks! Okay, let me spill the beans on Cape Town’s food scene. It’s a culinary playground that keeps growing! It seems like new restaurants pop up quicker than I can say “tequila shots,” and it’s hard to resist the “hot-right-now” hype. But, let me tell you, there’s more to Cape Town’s gastronomy than just what’s trendy.

We’ve got a world of options at our fingertips, especially with the stunning Winelands nearby. The Winelands take an already epic food experience and elevate it to dizzying heights with their magnificent landscapes. You’ve got to see it to believe it!

Now, let me ask you this: do you enjoy the fancy-schmancy, fine-dining scene? Or are you more into down-to-earth, farm-to-table goodness? How about the hip and happening small-plate eateries? Cape Town has it all, my friend, and making this list was tough. But I managed to narrow it down to our tried-and-tested favorites. These places guarantee an outstanding experience, day or night.

So, without further ado, here are the top 20 restaurants that are rocking Cape Town’s food scene in 2024:

Now it’s your turn! Do you have any personal favorites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

JAN Franschhoek

Come and join us at JAN Franschhoek, where culinary magic happens. This legendary spot is led by SA-born chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, who has earned himself a Michelin star at his restaurant JAN in Nice, France. But right now, he’s back home to treat us to a remarkable gastronomic experience. JAN’s gorgeous pop-up is set in a historical cottage surrounded by lavender fields at La Motte wine estate.

Oh, let me describe the scene: imagine feasting at an 18-seater table, lit only by candlelight. It’s like entering a time machine that has taken you to a Van Dyck still life painting. But wait! Resist the temptation to touch the cheese and preserves cornucopia. That’s just eye candy, my friend. There’s a whole eight-course tasting menu and wine pairing experience waiting for you!

Here are a few dishes to tickle your taste buds on this magical journey: a nostalgic “slap-pap-tjip” that’ll take you straight to the corner café, a sweet treat of cinnamon and dainty doilies, and a cup of “moerkoffie” brewed right in the fireplace. And that’s just the beginning! Trust me; it’s a foodie’s dream come true. The pop-up is open until April 30, 2024.

Here’s some info you’ll need to plan your visit:

  • Good to know: The experience starts 30 minutes before your lunch or dinner at La Motte’s Manor House, before you head over to the Veepos cottage.
  • Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday, 6.30pm for 7pm; Sunday, 12pm for 12.30pm
  • Cost: R2 850
  • Contact: 021 876 911, jan.franschhoek@la-motte.co.za
  • Where to find it: La Motte Wine Estate, Franschhoek

Discover Pier, a Culinary Adventure

Step into Pier and prepare for an unforgettable dining experience. As part of Scot Kirton’s renowned La Colombe restaurant family, you can expect nothing less than excellence. Located by the seaside, this restaurant offers a truly breathtaking setting.

Chef John Norris-Rogers is a master at creating incredible flavors using the finest ingredients. From the moment you begin your culinary journey with the tantalizing “snacks,” to the exquisite petit fours that accompany your bill, each dish will leave you craving for more. Prepare to be amazed by the curried hake butter served with the bread course, the tableside-poached oysters that are pure perfection, and the scallops with bacon dashi that will transport your taste buds to new heights.

At Pier, the culinary team skillfully combines theatrics, molecular gastronomy, and traditional French techniques to create a dining experience like no other. Every bite is a moment of pure magic, surpassing even the awe-inspiring floor-to-ceiling vistas that surround you.

Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 1.30pm; 6pm – 7.30pm (last seating)

Contact: 021 879 6328, reservations@pier.restaurant

Where to find us: Pierhead Building, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Experience the Magic of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Step into the enchanting world of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia, where you’ll find a stunning glass cube perched above the picturesque valley. This iconic restaurant is renowned for its exceptional four-course menu, featuring tapas that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. With a relaxed and effortless elegance, Chef Ivor Jones, along with renowned restaurateur Liam Tomlin, has created an array of imaginative dishes that celebrate the bounty of the farm’s gardens and showcase an inspired blend of global flavors. The captivating blend of fine cuisine, an open kitchen, and stylish interiors makes for an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you spellbound.

Good to know: If you want to make the most of the stunning views, be sure to request a table on the Terrace when the sun is shining. Call the restaurant on the morning of your reservation to secure a Terrace table and enjoy a truly breathtaking backdrop for your meal.

Hot tip: If you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons, don’t miss Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay. This sister restaurant offers glorious ocean views and a set menu that pays homage to the wonders of the sea.

Opening times:

– Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm

– Sunday: 12pm – 2.30pm

Contact:

– Phone: 021 794 8632

– Email: cw@beauconstantia.com

Where to find it:

Off Constantia Main Road (M41), Constantia Nek, Cape Town

Welcome to FYN

I’m always excited to be on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and here at my restaurant, FYN, I strive to create an epicurean experience like no other. We’re located on the fifth floor of a building in the heart of the city, and our space has a sleek and modern feel to it. We pride ourselves on offering a unique fusion of African and Japanese cuisine, combining the best flavors, aesthetics, and techniques from these two incredible culinary worlds. Our menu, inspired by the traditional Japanese style of dining called kaiseki, is a journey through a wide range of flavors and textures. From delicious springbok and abalone to tender Cape wagyu and crispy tempura dune spinach, each dish is carefully crafted to create a symphony of taste that will leave you wanting more. We also offer pescatarian and plant-based menus for both lunch and dinner seatings.
What you should know If you’re in the mood for ramen, we have a casual ramen bar downstairs at street level. You don’t need reservations, so just drop by whenever you’re in the area.
When we’re open We’re open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 2pm for lunch, and from 6pm to 8.30pm for dinner (last seating).
How to reach us If you have any questions or want to make a reservation, you can reach us at 021 286 2733 or info@fynrestaurant.com. We’re located at Church Square, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town.

Salsify: A Culinary Adventure with a Contemporary Twist

Hey there! Welcome to Salsify, where I’m taking you on a journey to discover a whole new side of South African cuisine. As a chef, I’m all about pushing the boundaries and pushing your taste buds to new limits. Inspired by the beauty of nature and the ocean, and guided by the changing seasons, I’ve curated a 10-course fine-dining menu that will both surprise and delight you.

Get ready to experience a burst of nostalgia as you taste the delightful flavors of our local cuisine. From the tangy amasi to the tender Karoo lamb, every dish is infused with the essence of South Africa. But wait, there’s more! I’ve added unexpected and brilliant culinary twists that will leave you amazed and wanting more.

But it’s not just about the food. At Salsify, we take the entire dining experience to the next level. Our service is second to none, ensuring your every need is met with a smile. And the cherry on top? We offer two top-tier wine-pairing options, carefully selected to complement each and every course.

When it comes to atmosphere, Salsify has got it covered. Situated on a hillside overlooking the Atlantic in Camps Bay, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views while you indulge in our culinary creations. Step inside and you’ll find a space that perfectly balances the old and the new. A historical monument on the outside, but on the inside, a contemporary paradise awaits. Graffiti art, captivating installations, and a showstopping bronze statue add an edgy-chic vibe to the dining experience.

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12.30pm – 3pm

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Contact: Give us a call at 021 010 6444 or email us at reservations@salsify.co.za. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or make a reservation for you.

Where to find us: You’ll find us at The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, off Kloof Road, Camps Bay. We can’t wait to welcome you to Salsify!

Welcome to Ouzeri!

This restaurant is a true celebration of my Cypriot heritage, combining the warmth and flavors of the Aegean islands. As you step into Ouzeri, be prepared to embark on an exciting culinary journey. Our passion for Greek cuisine shines through in every dish we create, bringing the unique flavors of different Greek islands and regions to your plate.

At Ouzeri, we believe that food is an experience, and we want to take you on a flavor-filled odyssey. Our menu is crafted with care, showcasing the individual tastes of each Greek island. From snacks to meze and mains, each dish is thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. You can savor a prawn savoro cured in hibiscus vinegar, indulge in the irresistible eliopita bread with confit garlic, or try the tantalizing coal-seared tuna from Serifos with a refreshing fennel-and-cucumber sauce. And don’t miss the delectable anari dumplings with burnt tomato butter.

As you enjoy your meal, you can pair it with our selection of wines, including options straight from the barrel. We also curate an eclectic music playlist that adds to the vibrant ambiance of the restaurant.

Ouzeri, true to its name, is the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy drinks and shared food. The inviting atmosphere and the delectable dishes make it an unforgettable dining experience.

Opening times:

Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 2.30pm

Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm – 9.30pm

Contact:

061 533 9071

seeyou@ouzeri.co.za

Where to find it:

58 Wale Street, CBD, Cape Town

Welcome to Rust en Vrede

There’s something truly magical about dining at Rust en Vrede. Picture this: you’re sitting on the terrace, sipping champagne and indulging in the most delicious bite-sized canapés. As you look around, you can’t help but marvel at the majestic old oak trees, the charming historic Cape Dutch buildings, and the lush green lawns that lead to vineyards and a picturesque mountain kloof. It feels like you’ve been transported to a tranquil country retreat, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

What makes Rust en Vrede even more awe-inspiring is the incredible dining experience crafted by Chef Fabio Daniel. With a culinary heritage that blends Brazilian and Italian flavors, Chef Daniel creates a superb six-course tasting menu that showcases the best of South African ingredients and his own unique twist. Each dish is a harmonious symphony of flavors, surprising and delighting your taste buds.

Tucked away in the original 1785 cellar, dining at Rust en Vrede is a true delight from beginning to end. Every detail is thoughtfully taken care of, from the impeccable wine pairings curated by sommelier Gregory Mutambe (their international wine list is truly impressive) to the seamless and polished service that instantly makes you feel at home.

Here’s what you should know:

  • The restaurant is open exclusively in the evenings, offering a memorable six-course tasting menu that will leave you in awe. You can also opt for the “surprise” Experience Menu – an adventure for your taste buds.
  • During the day, you can enjoy a simple set-menu Winemaker’s Lunch in the tasting room or on the terrace. It’s the perfect way to soak up the beautiful surroundings while savoring delicious food.

Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 11pm

Contact: Feel free to reach out to the Rust en Vrede team at 021 881 3757 or dining@rustenvrede.com

Location: You can find Rust en Vrede Estate at Annandale Road, Stellenbosch – a true gem in the heart of South Africa.

La Petite Colombe

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You have to check out La Petite Colombe if you’re ever in Franschhoek. It’s one of the top-notch dining experiences in the Cape, located on the beautiful Leeu Estates farm. La Petite Colombe, the sibling restaurant of the renowned La Colombe in Constantia, offers a relaxed yet refined atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re in a five-star restaurant. The talented chef Peter Duncan creates an array of amazing dishes, including oysters, crayfish, and an enticing sweets trolley. The presentation is simply dazzling, the service is professional, and the wine selection is on point. Dining here is truly a special occasion.

Good to know: Both the full Chef’s Experience and Reduced Menu options include vegetarian dishes.

Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact: 021 202 3395, reservations@lapetitecolombe.com
Where to find it: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road (off the R45), Franschhoek

Welcome to The Pot Luck Club!

I’m thrilled to tell you about this amazing restaurant that was opened by the talented chef Luke Dale Roberts in 2011. It’s called The Pot Luck Club, and it’s a truly unique place inspired by the fun and casual 1950s “potluck” dinners. Chef Jason Kosmas is currently leading the culinary team, and let me tell you, they know how to create magic with their small-plate sharing concept.

What’s so special about The Pot Luck Club? Well, let me paint a picture for you. Picture a breathtaking location on the top floor of the Old Biscuit Mill, combined with a menu that takes you on a flavor journey around the world. From the vibrant spices of Southeast Asia to the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean, and even a taste of Mexico and South Africa, you’ll experience an explosion of taste in every dish. And sometimes, they even combine multiple cuisines on a single plate! It’s a true culinary adventure.

But that’s not all. The Pot Luck Club is part of the Luke Dale Roberts stable, which means you can expect nothing but excellence. In addition to The Pot Luck Club, there’s also Salon, a fine-dining experience that takes you on a multi-course journey created by Luke himself. And let’s not forget about The Test Kitchen Fledglings, a training initiative that helps nurture new talents in the culinary world.

If you’re wondering about the restaurant’s opening times, they are open Monday to Saturday for both lunch and dinner, with Sunday brunch available as well. You can contact them at 021 447 0804 or email them at hello@thepotluckclub.co.za. And don’t worry about finding the place! The Pot Luck Club is located at The Silo, inside The Old Biscuit Mill, on 373–375 Albert Road in Woodstock.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us at The Pot Luck Club for an unforgettable dining experience that will take your taste buds on a journey around the world. We can’t wait to blow you away with our incredible flavors and creative dishes!

Grub & Vine

Hey there! Let me tell you about this awesome place called Grub & Vine. When you hear the name, you might think it’s just a simple spot, but oh boy, you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re up for a chill lunch or a cozy dinner, this bistro on Bree Street has got you covered.

Let’s talk about the food. The chef, Matt Manning, is all about keeping it real and delicious. He cooks up some seriously tasty dishes that will blow your mind. And don’t even get me started on the presentation! Each plate looks like a work of art, and it tastes even better than it looks. You can choose from a refined five-course tasting menu or a shorter menu du jour.

But it’s not just about the food at Grub & Vine. The atmosphere is top-notch too. You can dine in the elegant main dining room, where you can catch a glimpse of all the action happening in the kitchen. Or, if you prefer a more relaxed vibe, you can head to the Green Room. It’s decorated with a garden-inspired theme and has a cute little courtyard with a couple of tables where you can enjoy your meal outdoors.

Oh, and here’s something you’ll love. Grub & Vine serves a fantastic brunch on Saturdays. Picture this: sharing plates, unlimited bubbly, mimosas, and bloody Marys. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend.

Guess what? There’s even more to look forward to! Grub & Vine Norval will be opening soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

I bet you’re wondering when you can visit. You can swing by Grub & Vine from Monday to Friday, between 12pm and 2:30pm for lunch, and from 6pm to 9:30pm for dinner (last seating). On Saturdays, they’re open from 11:30am to 2pm for brunch, and from 6pm to 9:30pm for dinner (last seating).

If you want to get in touch with them, you can give them a call at 087 153 5244 or shoot them an email at hello@grubandvine.co.za.

Grub & Vine is conveniently located at 103 Bree Street in Cape Town. So, what are you waiting for? Go and treat yourself to a fantastic meal!

Welcome to The Table at De Meye!

Imagine this: spending a leisurely afternoon in the countryside, surrounded by loved ones, savoring delicious food and great company. At The Table, Leigh Williamson and Brendan Thorncroft offer an authentic experience on the hidden gem that is De Meye wine farm. Situated in a charming garden, adorned with vintage crockery, our tables are set for an unforgettable three-course meal. Our menu is carefully crafted using seasonal produce and features delectable, slow-cooked comfort dishes. And that’s not all – we also serve freshly baked bread, homemade butter, and decadent desserts. If the weather is cool, our white-washed farmhouse with large windows and cozy wood-burning stoves provide the perfect ambiance. Once you’ve visited, it’s a place you’ll keep coming back to. Opening Hours: We are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. Please note that we are closed on Wednesdays during the winter season. Contact Us: Reach us at 072 696 0530 or email us at bookings@thetablerestaurant.co.za. Location: Find us at De Meye Wine Farm, Muldersvlei Road, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch.

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Welcome to La Colombe!

I’m excited to tell you all about our amazing restaurant, which is the centerpiece of Scot Kirton’s culinary empire. At La Colombe, we pride ourselves on serving up inventive and absolutely delicious dishes in a serene forest setting. The ambiance alone is worth the visit, but it’s the whimsical touches and incredible attention to detail that truly make our restaurant an unforgettable experience.

When you dine at La Colombe, you can expect more than just a meal – it’s an event. Our talented team of chefs and waiters will guide you through an 8 or 12-course tasting menu, each course presented with precision and flair. The dishes are impeccably styled and beautifully garnished, adding an extra touch of elegance to your dining experience.

One of the highlights of our menu is the charming ‘dove’s nest’ starter, a delightful creation that will pique your curiosity from the first bite. We also offer the tuna La Colombe, served in individual tins, which adds a playful twist to this delectable dish. And let’s not forget about the grand finale – a sweet bite that will leave you with a lasting impression.

When you decide to visit La Colombe, here are some useful details:

  • Opening times: We are open every day from 12pm to 1.30pm for lunch and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for dinner (last seating).
  • Contact: You can reach us at 021 794 2390 or make reservations by emailing reservations@lacolombe.co.za
  • Location: We are located at Silvermist Wine Estate, on La Colombe Road (off Constantia Main Road/M41) in Constantia.

So, if you’re looking for a dining experience that goes beyond the ordinary, La Colombe is the place to be. With a combination of exquisite flavors, stunning presentation, and a touch of whimsy, our restaurant will elevate your dining experience to new heights. Come join us and let us take you on a culinary journey you’ll never forget!

The Magic of Apps

Hey there! I’m here to tell you about the amazing world of apps. They’re like little bundles of wonder that can do all sorts of cool things. When I look at all the apps out there, I can’t help but feel a sense of awe and excitement.

Apps are these incredible tools that can help you stay connected, informed, and entertained. They have the power to make tasks easier, organize your life, and keep you entertained for hours on end. It’s pretty mind-blowing when you think about it.

Picture this: you’re sitting on your couch, feeling a bit bored. But wait! You remember that you have an app installed that lets you play games with people from all over the world. Suddenly, your boredom disappears as you dive into a virtual world of fun and competition.

Or maybe you’re in a new city, and you’re not sure where to go for a good meal. No worries! Just open up an app that recommends local restaurants based on reviews from other food lovers. You’ll be chowing down on some delicious dishes in no time.

Apps can even help you learn new things. Whether you want to brush up on your math skills or explore the wonders of the universe, there’s an app out there that can guide you on your learning journey. It’s like having a personal tutor right in your pocket.

Of course, with all these amazing apps, it’s important to use them responsibly. Too much screen time can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s always a good idea to take breaks and enjoy the real world around you. But when used in moderation, apps can truly enhance your life.

So, next time you’re feeling a bit bored, curious, or in need of some help, remember the magic of apps. They’re like little pockets of possibility just waiting for you to explore. Who knows what amazing things you’ll discover?

Welcome to Elgr, where the name itself is rooted in the Old Norse language, meaning “moose.” Our inspiration draws from the enchanting forests, showcasing a color palette of charcoal, black, wood, and sage green. But Elgr is more than just an aesthetic; it’s an experience that encompasses seasonal, earthy, authentic, and beautifully crafted cuisine.

Swedish-born Jesper Nilsson, a chef with a passion for culinary artistry, has designed a sharing-plates menu that aims to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Each dish is carefully crafted to bring people together and create a sense of ease.

At Elgr, we understand that different moods call for different settings. You can choose to sit in our streetside front room, bathed in natural light and adorned with comfortable leather banquettes. For a more intimate and moody ambiance, venture into the heart of the restaurant. And if you seek a breath of fresh air, our plant-filled courtyard awaits. Complete with a bar, cozy sofa, café tables, and a traditional pizza oven, it’s a delightful oasis.

Whether you’re in the mood for drinks and snacks or a flavorful chef’s choice menu paired with exceptional wines, Elgr has got you covered. Our aim is to provide a space where you can unwind, connect with others, and indulge in a culinary journey like no other.

Opening times

Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm

Contact

021 422 0384

reservations@elgr.co.za

Where to find it

75 Kloof Street, Gardens

Bertus Basson’s restaurant on Waterkloof Estate is a heavenly dining experience like no other. Located 300 meters up on the slopes of Schapenberg, overlooking False Bay and surrounded by majestic mountains, it truly is a remarkable setting. The restaurant, known as Chorus, offers an extraordinary glass-box dining space that seems to float above the vineyards next to the hilltop cellar.

At Chorus, Bertus Basson creates culinary masterpieces inspired by the finest local ingredients. He believes in simple, focused, and seasonal cooking that brings out the natural flavors of these ingredients. With a menu featuring four- and six-course options, Chorus delivers an unforgettable symphony of flavors that will leave you satisfied and delighted. And if you’re a fan of soufflés, you’re in for a special treat because Basson’s soufflés are famous and simply divine.

But that’s not all! Chorus also has a lounge where you can enjoy Waterkloof’s exceptional biodynamic wines along with delicious snacks from the kitchen. It’s the perfect place to unwind and indulge in the exquisite flavors of this remarkable estate.

If you’re wondering about when to visit and how to get in touch, here’s the information you need:

  • Opening times: Chorus is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with lunch service from 12pm to 2pm (last seating) and dinner service on Thursday to Saturday from 6.30pm to 8pm (last seating).
  • Contact: You can reach Chorus at 021 007 4230 or send an email to info@chorusrestaurant.com.
  • Location: The restaurant is located at Waterkloof Estate, Waterkloof Drive, off Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West. It’s a truly stunning location that adds to the overall experience.

So, whether you’re a food enthusiast or simply looking for an extraordinary dining experience, Chorus at Waterkloof Estate should be on the top of your list. Don’t miss the chance to savor the incredible flavors and indulge in the beauty of this exceptional place.

Welcome to Dusk

Step into the intriguing world of Dusk, a captivating restaurant in Stellenbosch where darkness reigns supreme. With subtle overhead lighting accentuating the tables and an open kitchen on display, this dining experience is unlike any other. Chefs Callan Austin and Darren Badenhorst have come together to create a culinary masterpiece that challenges traditional norms. At Dusk, we redefine fine dining by embracing sustainability and adopting a “whole-process” approach to cooking. Our 13-course tasting menu is a thought-provoking journey that will stimulate your senses. We are passionate about using seasonal, local, and indigenous ingredients, as well as exploring the art of foraging and fermentation. Be prepared for surprises when a palate cleanser is playfully named “Wash your mouth out with soap”.
Good to know Don’t forget to check out our new cocktail bar-restaurant, Nocturne, which can be found at the same location.
Opening times We are open from Tuesday to Sunday, with the last seating at 8pm.
Contact To make reservations, please call us at 021 023 4100 or send an email to reservations@duskrestaurant.co.za.
Where to find us You can locate us at 43 Plein Street, Stellenbosch. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Welcome to De Eetkamer

By Claire Gunn

Hey there! You’ve stumbled upon De Eetkamer, hidden away at the top of Dorp Street. This old heritage building used to be a stable, but now it’s a place where people come together for heartwarming gatherings around the dinner table. The name itself is pretty straightforward – it translates to “The Dining Room”.

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Let me tell you a bit about what makes De Eetkamer so special. Chef Marco Cardoso is the mastermind behind the delicious and indulgent small-plate dishes that you’ll find here. He takes inspiration from all around the world to create flavors that will make your taste buds dance with joy. And the best part? There’s no need to be fancy or pretentious here – it’s all about enjoying good food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Some of the standout dishes you absolutely have to try are the Korean-style fried cauliflower (a must-have that’s always on the menu), the pan-fried gnocchi with French onion sauce, and the sushi-esque linefish tartare with jalapeño dressing, nori, and rice. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Now, let’s talk about the food offerings at De Eetkamer. The menu changes with the seasons, so you can always expect fresh and exciting options every time you visit. And let’s not forget about the impressive wine list. There’s a great selection of unique labels that are sure to elevate your dining experience.

Oh, and I can’t forget about dessert! The desserts at De Eetkamer are absolutely divine. Make sure you save some room to indulge in these sweet treats – you won’t regret it.

Guess what? De Eetkamer is open from Tuesday to Saturday, so you have plenty of opportunities to visit. They’re open for lunch from 12pm to 3pm, and then again for dinner from 5.30pm to 9pm. If you want to make a reservation or have any questions, you can reach them at 021 001 8308 or reservations@de-eetkamer.co.za.

So, where exactly can you find De Eetkamer? It’s located at 3 Drostdy Road in Stellenbosch. Trust me, it’s worth the trip.

Arkeste: An Unforgettable Dining Experience

Welcome to Arkeste, a remarkable restaurant located on the scenic Chamonix Wine Farm. Here, I invite you to embark on a culinary journey crafted by the renowned Chef Richard Carstens, who brings over 30 years of expertise from some of the finest kitchens in the country. At Arkeste, you will witness an extraordinary blend of Carstens’ past successes, his mastery of classical French techniques, and his innovative explorations of clean eating and pescetarianism.

Prepare to be captivated by Arkeste’s exquisitely executed dishes—an amalgamation of molecular gastronomy, Asian fusion, and Carstens’ latest culinary insights. Each plate is a masterpiece, bursting with flavors that will transport your taste buds to new heights.

Whether you choose to dine on the inviting deck or inside the restaurant’s elegant interior, you will be enveloped in a tranquil ambiance. Arkeste’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow you to bask in the stunning views of the surrounding forest, seamlessly merging the beauty of nature with the artistry on your plate.

Arkeste faced a setback when it was devastated by the Franschhoek floods in September 2023. However, Chef Richard Carstens, fueled by his unwavering determination and the unwavering support of the culinary community, swiftly restored the restaurant’s interiors to their former glory.

Now, let me share the practical details. Arkeste welcomes you from Monday to Sunday, with opening times from 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch and 6pm to 8.15pm for dinner. Make your reservation now at 021 876 8415 or reservations@arkeste.com. You can find Arkeste at Chamonix Farm, 40 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek—a place where unforgettable dining experiences are made.

Unraveling the Mystery of Gåte at Quoin Rock

Imagine standing amidst lush vineyards in the serene Knorhoek Valley, with a sight before you that is truly a feast for the senses. Welcome to Gåte (pronounced “gah-tay”), an exquisite dining experience unlike any other. Here, Chef Paul Prinsloo takes gastronomy to new heights with his unparalleled culinary artistry. His innovative and daring approach transforms ordinary ingredients into extraordinary masterpieces, leaving you in awe.

Prepare to embark on a gastronomic adventure where every dish is a riddle, waiting to be solved. In Chef Paul’s world, flavors entangle, textures entwine, and every bite unravels a new secret. Immerse yourself in the symphony of taste and let your palate dance to the tune of raspberry and mango, disguised as a tantalizing dessert called the “hot dog.” But that’s just the beginning.

As you indulge in the tasting menu, you’ll be treated to a symphony of flavors, meticulously crafted to perfection. From the moment the bread course arrives to the last bite of petits-fours, you’ll experience a culinary journey like no other. For those seeking a vegetarian alternative, fear not, as an equally intricate and delightful menu awaits.

If you prefer a more concise experience, opt for the six-course menu, which promises to be just as delectable. And what better way to complement your meal than with a selection of exceptional wines from Quoin Rock and Knorhoek? These wines, carefully chosen to enhance the flavors of each dish, will elevate your dining experience to new heights.

When it comes to exploring the mysteries of Gåte, timing is of the essence. The restaurant welcomes guests from Wednesday to Sunday, between 12pm and 2pm, for lunch. On Fridays and Saturdays, the hours are extended, from 6pm until 10pm, allowing you to savor the flavors of the evening.

To embark on this extraordinary culinary journey, simply reach out to Gåte and make a reservation. You can contact them at 021 888 4750 or via email at gate@quoinrock.co.za. The restaurant is located at Quoin Rock Wine Estate, along Knorhoek Road (R44) in Stellenbosch.

Welcome to Rykaart’s at Longridge Wine Estate!

I’m thrilled to share the exciting news that Alex and Ella Rykaart, the wonderful duo behind this amazing establishment, have moved to a new home on Longridge Wine Estate. They’ve traded their bustling spot on Stellenbosch’s Dorp Street for a serene and picturesque location. Here, you’ll find charming long tables, set against a backdrop of stunning views that stretch all the way to Table Mountain. It’s truly a feast for the eyes.

When you step onto the wide terrace, you’ll notice the raised-bed vegetable gardens scattered throughout. They are not only a delightful sight but also provide the chefs with an abundance of fresh organic herbs and vegetables, ensuring that every dish is bursting with flavor.

The three-course set menu, served family-style, is perfect for those leisurely lunches that we all crave. The food is a tribute to simplicity, presenting contemporary flavors that are as satisfying as they are approachable. The atmosphere here is warm and welcoming, embracing you like an old friend.

What’s more, the delectable food pairs beautifully with the award-winning biodynamic wine selection available. It’s a harmonious combination that elevates your dining experience to new heights.

Opening times

Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 3pm

Friday + Saturday, 6 – 9pm

Contact

021 855 2005, rykaarts@longridge.co.za

Where to find it

Longridge Wine Estate, Helderberg Road, off the R44, Stellenbosch

Spek & Bone: A Wine Bar with a Twist

Welcome to Spek & Bone, where good food, great wine, and a lively ambiance come together to create a unique dining experience. Allow me to introduce you to this charming wine bar, nestled just off Dorp Street. The name itself is a nod to the beloved pets of the owners – Bertus’s pig, Spek, and Michael’s dog, Bone.

As you step into the courtyard, you’ll be greeted by the warm rays of the sun, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch. And when the sun sets, the courtyard transforms into a magical place with twinkling fairy lights illuminating the ancient vine that gracefully sprawls overhead.

Looking at the menu, you’ll find a tantalizing selection of tapas that are bursting with bold flavors. Chef Michael Fuller takes pride in creating dishes that are both exciting and approachable. Whether you’re craving Korean fried chicken or a comforting bowl of roast fish with cabbage and tonkatsu broth, each bite will leave you wanting more. Feeling adventurous? Give their potato gnocchi with mushrooms or smoked cauliflower with burnt butter and hazelnuts a try. And if you simply can’t decide, why not indulge in the full seven-plate chef’s menu, curated to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

But Spek & Bone isn’t just about the food. It’s also about creating a space where people can come together and celebrate. If you’re looking for an intimate setting, there’s a conservatory off the courtyard that can be reserved for private dining, accommodating up to eight guests.

Now, let’s talk logistics. The wine bar is open Monday through Saturday, with lunch service from 12pm to 2pm and dinner service from 5.30pm to 8pm. So whether you’re looking for a midday break or a delightful evening out, Spek & Bone is ready to welcome you.

If you have any questions or want to make a reservation, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact them at 082 569 8958 or send an email to info@spekenbone.com.

So, make your way to 84 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, and step into the world of Spek & Bone. Prepare yourself for an extraordinary dining experience that will leave you craving more.

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