Come and sit in one of the many excellent restaurants in South Africa!
With a very versatile kitchen with cooking influences from all over the world, it may be clear that the connoisseur can always find something to his taste here.
On this page you will find some of our recommendations per location (in alphabetical order). A menu and opening times are normally found on the websites of restaurants. It is also sometimes possible to reserve a table online.
If you have booked your trip with us, we will arrange your restaurant reservation for free. We are therefore happy to advise you on the choice of restaurants in the places not yet listed below.
It is common to tip 10% – 15% on the bill as the wait staff generally receives a small salary.
Chefs Warehouse at Maison –After restaurants in Cape Town and Constantia, the successful Chefs Warehouse concept also settled in Franschhoek. At this new restaurant at Wijnestate Maison you will enjoy refined tapas dishes and top wines.
Foliage – Haute cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. The chef himself goes into the forest every day for the freshest products and cooks (if you inform us in advance) for every diet. Be surprised at this special place!
La Petit Ferme – At the start of the Franschhoek Pass you will find this wine estate with restaurant. The restaurant has a fantastic view and particularly good cuisine.
The Restaurant at Newton and Johnson – In the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley of Hermanus you will find this restaurant on a wine estate. The restaurant has views over the vineyards, lakes, fruit orchards and even the ocean in the distance. The wines of the Newton Johnson Vinyard complete the food experience.
The Barefood Cook –
Belly of the Beast, City Centre –A unique and small-scale restaurant where only 20 guests can dine per evening (reservations can be made online). The two chefs provide a very personal atmosphere and, in addition to preparing the monthly changing menu, will also pour you a glass of wine. Only free range meat and local seasonal products are used here. There is no choice menu here, you sit down at the table at 19:00 and surrender to the arts of the chefs.
Foodbarn, Noordhoek – In the village of Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula, the Farm Village is a must for everyone. Shops, a playground, deli and a variety of restaurants including Foodbarn.
This restaurant serves authentic top dishes from worldly cuisines for a good price.
Fyn, City Centre – A beautiful modern and attractive restaurant with an open kitchen. According to the owner, the ‘wild and free’ of South Africa is combined here with the best of contemporary cuisine. The service has French quality and precision. Online reservation is possible.
La Colombe, Constantia –
La Tête, City Centre – Two brothers have started this restaurant and they provide surprising dishes using the ‘farm to fork’ principle. Their philosophy is ‘nose to tail’, in other words: as little as possible is thrown away, (almost) every part of an animal is used. You will see meat and fish dishes on the menu here and the lunch and dinner menu changes daily.
Mama Africa, City Bowl – A place to eat when you visit Cape Town and where locals and tourists meet. Enjoy this ‘culinary experience’ and be immersed in African music (often live), which creates a wonderful atmosphere. You enter here as a stranger but leave Mama Africa as a family member, satisfied and with a happy heart late in the evening.
The Roundhouse en Rumbullion, Camps Bay –
The Test Kitchen, Woodstock –
The range of top restaurants in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula has expanded enormously. Our travel consultants are happy to advise you!
East Head Café – The name says it all. This restaurant, open for breakfast, is located on the Eastern Head. A perfect place for a cup of coffee, hearty lunch or a drink. East Head Café serves something for everyone and is well priced.
Freshline Fisheries – No haute cuisine at this outdoor restaurant on the beach, but the freshest fish and seafood. Enjoy a WesKus braai or fish (hake or pike) and chips. Freshline Fisheries does not have an alcohol license, but also does not charge a ‘corkage fee’ when you bring a bottle of wine to the restaurant yourself.
Tip: This restaurant has a shuttle service that picks you up and brings you back to your accommodation (reservation required).
Zachary’s Bistro, Pezula Hotel –
Please note that on many Christian holidays and on January 1, many restaurants are closed.
Die Strandloper – An outdoor restaurant on the beach of Langebaan where the tastiest dishes are prepared on and around the open fire. A freshly prepared lunch or dinner with the sound of the waves relaxing. You must be a lover of fish and seafood to visit this restaurant. You can bring something to drink yourself or use the Beach Bar. Reservation required.
The Black Swan – Some of the nicest accommodations in Oudsthoorn are outside the village. When you stay here, you may not want to go into the village with your rental car in the evening. The Black Swan has found a solution for this: a free transfer service for their guests. You will be picked up at your accommodation and safely deposited here after your dinner (reservation required).
Jemina’s – The owners of this restaurant will make you feel at home immediately. As befits a good restaurant in South Africa, there is a variety of delicious meat dishes on the menu. If you cannot choose between the different types, you can order a trio or duo. There are also delicacies from the sea on the menu and a number of traditional South African dishes.
Babel at Babylonstoren – Located on one of the oldest farms in the area, Babylonstoren is a fascinating place to eat. Surrounded by a huge fruit and vegetable garden from which the fresh products for the dishes are picked. Babel is the restaurant on this Cape Holland estate where you can go daily for breakfast and dinner and on Wednesday through Sunday also for lunch. Also nice is a picnic lunch at The Greenhouse in the garden or go for dinner at The Bakery where you can expect Italian dishes.
Wolfgat – Awarded ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the World Restaurant Awards in Paris in February 2019. The restaurant is housed in a 130-year-old fisherman’s cottage with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. A maximum of 20 guests per night are allowed here and reservation on time is therefore absolutely necessary. The menu consists of local and seasonal products from the ocean and the land. You get a 7-course dinner and therefore get everything, but always fresh and special!
Nguni Restaurant –
The Fat Fish – On the menu a wide variety of fish dishes, delicious sushi, oysters, calamari and more delicacies from the sea. But also meat dishes from the grill, salads, tapas, children’s menu and tasty desserts are on the menu. A hip and trendy restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
The Lookout Deck & Equinox – At Lookout Beach in Plettenberg you will find these two dining options. Lookout Deck is a cozy restaurant with friendly staff and a good price-quality ratio, very popular with the locals. Equinox is also located on the beach (under The Lookout Deck), a wonderful location for a delicious dinner.
Zinzi – A wonderful restaurant to visit when traveling along the Garden Route. Located in a green area you will find Zinzi. The food here is described as ‘an ode to the art of cooking’. Simple but incredibly tasteful dishes presented in a beautiful way. Located 10 kilometers west of Plettenberg Bay.
Milhouse Kitchen – You will find this restaurant on the famous Laurensford Estate. The chef’s goal is to give his guests a ‘neighborhood feeling’ while they eat delicious food, drink good wine and enjoy each other’s company in the beautiful surroundings.
Very suitable for a visit with children, because in addition to the special children’s menu there is a lawn with play equipment. If you reserve a table under the canopy, the children can play while you enjoy the delicious dishes!
Waterkloof –his modern hilltop restaurant with views over both the wine countries and False Bay is a must for special occasions. The view adds an extra dimension to the fantastic menu.
Even if you only do a wine tasting at Waterkloof you can enjoy the priceless view.
Java Bistro, Winery and Fat Butcher – Great restaurant with affordable menu in the center of the village. Java Bistro is ideal as a lunch spot and in addition to wine tastings, Wijnhuis also offers an excellent Italian menu. At Fat Butcher you can of course go for a good steak.
Jordan – A lunch at a winery is a must for many people during a visit to Stellenbosch and Jordan has an excellent kitchen and a beautiful view over the vineyards. Combine your lunch with a wine tasting of the Jordan wines.
If you fancy a quick bite or a casual lunch with children, you can go to The Bakery.
Tokara – Located in an exceptionally beautiful place: on top of the Helshoogte Pass just outside of Stellenbosch among the vineyards. The finest dishes are served here, where you can see influences of South African farm style cuisine and fresh local produce. The sommelier is happy to advise you about the wine list. Reservations can be made via e-mail.
Serendipity Restaurant – Fantastic cuisine, friendly and professional service, wonderful wines and a peaceful location on the Touws River Lagoon. The chef and hara team prepare a 5-course gourmet menu with local specialties such as game meat (springbok, kudu), poultry (guinea fowl, quail) and fish (pike, cob).
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