Constantia Winelands &

Further Afield



La Colombe

The original and only, consistently ranked among the best in the world: Chef Scott Kirton’s original wine lands fine dining restaurant. A sophisticated menu combines classic French technique and local flavours and ingredients . . . One of the very best – a taste sensation.


Beyond at Buitenverwachting: recent outpost of Peter Tempelhoff’s (formerly of Greenhouse fame) gastronomic empire. A beautiful historic wine farm set in the valley below rolling hills; tastings and excellent modern fine dining restaurant, excellent white wines– bookings for the restaurant essential.


Bistro 1682 at Steenburg

Tasty, classic bistro fare with a definite South African twist, set in the winelands . . . what more could you ask. Consistently good quality food, a great brunch choice on the weekend.


Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Liam Tomlin’s tapas for 2, in the winelands, with reservations – comfortable chairs and views. Wow—what a win! He doesn’t cook there himself, but stops by often enough to make sure it’s in line – and is it ever! A new favourite . . .


Eagle’s Nest (Picnics and platters)

Lovely local spot around the mountain for a winelands picnic on the lawn and spectacular views – wines are not the best, but fine with picnic fare.



The newest, more casual outpost of La Colombe chef Scott Kirton’s expanding empire, the restaurant serves up daily 4-course, set-price combination menus offering a choice of tapas, mains and dessert. The space is modern and industrial, food is cutting edge and delicious but unfussy. Best Kirton yet!

La Parada

A great new addition to Constantia – especially the long-hungry Constantia Nek area: La Parada serves up casual and tasty Spanish-inspired bar food Tapas-style. Best place ever for an ice-cold beer after a long hike from Kirstenbosch on a hot day . . . Not a destination dining spot, but a reliable option when you’re in the area.



Cape Point Vineyard’s Restaurant (Noordhoek)

Stunning views, sumptuous unfussy food, some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa . . . what more could you ask? Also do picnics on the lawn and there’s a super Thursday market.

The Foodbarn (Noordhoek)

Among our top three in the region . . . kitchen headed by intriguingly named French chef-patron Franck Dangereux, food pops with flavour, beautiful silky sauces, fantastic wine pairings – and they sell fantastic pies in the Deli next door. Great option with kids as there is a playground in view.


Harbour House (Kalk Bay)

The original is still the absolute best, hands-down: sit by the window as the waves crash up to the windows in dramatic fashion. But don’t let it distract from the exquisite food – always fresh, fish and seafood straight from the sea – in contrast to other branches. Service can struggle when they are busy.


Hoghouse Brewery and Barbecue (Pinelands)

Beer and BBQ – BBQ and beer . . . this Pinelands microbrewery does both exceptionally well, in a modern, stylish brewpub at an unlikely industrial address. For when you just need that beer and BBQ experience.


Babel (Klapmuts)

Arguably the best – one of our top favourites: creative, farm-to-fork and absolutely fabulous cuisine, largely based around what’s in season in their impressive 3.5 hectare garden (worth a walk-around even if you are no gardening enthusiast). Good rosé to pair with the food on a summer’s day – and save space for incredible desserts.

Le Bon Vivant

Casual, warm neighbourhood favourite, headed by much-loved Chef Pierre Hendricks, this eatery serves up tasty South African food with some Dutch influence. Some great value daily specials and a wonderful wine list.


Chef's Warehouse at Maison

Liam Tomlin’s been busy this year, and this new Chef’s Warehouse under the massive trees at Maison is the perfect Cape winelands-adapted version of the Bree Street classic: tapas-for-two, with a relaxed ambience and refined country-style culinary approach. Settle down on a picnic table in the lush gardens and spend a glorious gourmet afternoon.


Haute Cabriere Restaurant

Housed in the winery cellar, the restaurant offers appealing 3-course menu options at good value; pair with their renowned bubblies, pinot noir and/or top-ranked dessert wines. Stunning views over the valley – go for sunset.


Hey Joe Brewery

Very casual gastro-brewpub with light airy spaces in the brewery and lush gardens outside . . . Dog lovers will love this place-look out for their special “Hondbier” complimentary offering for the furkids. Great alternative to wine, prime spot for sports events.


La Petite Colombe

In a brand new custom-built home atop the glorious Leeu Estate just outside of town, this Franschhoek edition of chef Scot Kirton’s La Colombe empire possibly exceeds its namesake in quality and ambience. Headed by Kirton protege John Norris-Rogers, the food is creative and ethereal, while the contemporary design and light airy space puts Constantia in the shade.


If you love La Colombe and all things Scott Kirton, you’ll LOVE Protégé – the latest addition to the La Colombe family, located in Le Quartier Francais in the heart of Franschhoek. Same theme and quality, less formal and based on small sharing plates. This place Is a treat!



One of South Africa’s best-known, iconic chefs who made his name in Franschhoek where he started. This eponymous restaurant is his flagship, definitely worth a try for some refined South African modern cuisine.



Jewell’s at Spice Route

This new farm-to-table restaurant is the marriage-made-in-heaven between Liam Tomlin of Chef’s Warehouse fame and Neil & Tina Jewell of Môreson. As you’d expect, only the best-quality ingredients are used in the dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland, and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd. The winelist comprises a Spice Route selection, including a new range of natural wines, produced in clay vats from Georgia, Europe (one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions).

Blacksmith’s Kitchen

This casual Italian eatery on a working fruit farm is a gem – family-owned and operated, great food with vineyard views and lovely house red blends to wash it down. When you’re in search of a non-touristic Paarl meal option!



If you love La Colombe and all things Scott Kirton, you’ll LOVE Protégé – the latest addition to the La Colombe family, located in Le Quartier Francais in the heart of Franschhoek. Same theme and quality, less formal and based on small sharing plates. This place Is a treat!



The Fat Butcher

We rate this the very best steakhouse in South Africa: if you love meat, this is a must-try (although they also offer a wide range of both seafood and vegetarian options!). Traditional steakhouse atmosphere in central Stellenbosch—bookings essential (and hard-to-come by).

Gåte at Quoin Rock

This exceptional fine dining restaurant spectacularly positioned in a little-known winery is less than a year old and already setting the Cape gourmet scene on fire. Scandinavian in style, filled with light and minimalist style, the exquisite and highly creative food here does the talking. An experience more than just a meal—not cheap, but worth every penny. Don’t miss it!


Post & Pepper

Gorgeous little small-plates eatery in central Stellenbosch with the Uber talented and very creative Chef Jess at the helm . . . Great food and wine list.


Restaurant at Cavalli Estate

If you’re looking for a stunning ultra-modern setting with great views, stylish ambience, attentive professional service and excellent food, this is it . . . hard to beat the terrace on a sunny day or warm evening in the winelands. A working wine farm and stud with a beautiful art gallery in the cellar.


Rust en Vrede

Rust en Vrede’s fine dining restaurant (evenings only) consistently ranks in the top 10 for South Africa, but we love the winemaker’s lunch under the trees at the tasting room in summer, or indoors by the fireplace in winter. Big bold red wines are the star here (our favourite!), so they only serve one dish to show it off: Steak Frites. Possibly the best you’ve ever eaten. Ever. (But in case significant other doesn’t eat meat, there’s now a salmon-frites option since they acquired a white wine vineyard.)


Tokara - The Deli

Famous for its fine dining restaurant in the main building, we prefer the Tokara Deli experience. Tucked away at the rear of the winery complex, the Deli offers a casual dining experience in gorgeous contemporary surroundings with stunning views. The charcuterie and cheese platters are ideal for wine tasting, but a personal favourite is the buttermilk fried chicken – yummm.




Another renowned South African meat emporium, this Hermanus stalwart is every carnivore’s delight. Excellent meat selection, but they do cater for non-meat lovers as well.

Creation Winery

Our top favourite winery dining experience in Hemel en Aarde – tapas with wine pairing is always fantastic, a multi-course flavour sensation of note. Gorgeous views and friendly service top it all off – highly recommend.


Harbour Rock

Good, reliable option for lunch after a Cliff-path walk to get there or casual dinner with views; seafood-oriented menu, though there are some meat alternatives as well. This is Hermanus’ gastropub at the harbour with a view.


Lizette's Kitchen

This talented chef brought her international experience home to Hermanus when she opened Lizette’s Kitchen – menu offers an intriguing blend of Asian, Middle Eastern and local flavours. A good bet just outside of town for dinner – just watch out for private functions that can distract the service.


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