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16 Restaurants you NEED TO TRY in Stellenbosch

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

Stellenbosch is home to some of South Africa's best restaurants! We've seen your questions, and have broken down our list into a few parts. We'll cover everything from fine dining, to the best Italian, Mexican, Cape Malay and casual dining.


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Where to eat in Stellenbosch? (Restaurants Near Me)

Just down the road from Cape Town, you will find Stellenbosch, South Africa's second-oldest town. When thinking of Stellenbosch it's best to think of it in 2 parts.


The first is the greater Stellenbosch which is the entire area situated between Jonkershoek and Simonsberg nature reserves, bordering Cape Town to the South. This area includes some of South Africa's most famous wine estates and farms, strawberry farms, nature reserves and of course the beautiful little university town of Stellenbosch, which is located right in the heart of greater Stellenbosch.


This brings us to part 2, Stellenbosch Central. As you look down the beautiful oak-shaded streets of the town, you will be surrounded by old Cape Dutch architecture and sense a buzz of creativity and culture. The town is filled with cafes. restaurants, galleries, boutique stores and of course wine. This brings us to the best restaurants in Stellenbosch.


Star ratings are as per google or Tripadvisor at the time of the article being written.


Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch


1. Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Contemporary fine dining at its finest. Based in the Rust en Vrede Wine Estate's former wine cellar, now a national monument. Rust en Vrede will give you an extraordinary experience. Incredible food paired with world-class wine and the service to match.


Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Classic Contemporary

  • Food and wine pairing

  • Stylish dining

  • Restaurant on a wine estate

  • Classic Stellenbosch

Location: Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 881 3881


2. Indochine

This restaurant is all about the meeting of East and West revealing South Africa's beautiful Cape Malay cuisine. Balancing authenticity and innovation, Head Chef Virgil Kahn draws on old Cape Malay family recipes and his frequent trips to Asia to offer fresh, delicate food as light as it is satisfying, served with an imaginative touch of theatre.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Cape Malay (Asian) Fine Dining

  • An artistic and inspired menu

  • Special Occasions

Location: R310, Helshoogte Pass Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 885 8160


3. Helena's Restaurant

Situated in the heart of Stellenbosch, Helena's is everything you would come to expect from a restaurant in a little town that is responsible for the best wines in the world (and more). You can expect classic style, great food and service with an amazing wine selection.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Special occasions

  • Stylish dining

  • Cosy environment

  • Classic stellenbosch

Location: 3 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 883 8207


Stellenbosch restaurants with a view (Restaurants on Wine Farms)

1. Tokara Restaurant

If you are looking for one of the best views in Stellenbosch with fine wine and food to match. Tokara has to be one of your best bets.

Rating: 4.5*

Best for:

  • Breath-taking views

  • Fine dining

  • Special Occasions

Location: (R 310) Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch Restuarants 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 885 2550


2. The Vine Bistro

The hidden gem of Stellenbosch. Located on the Glenelly wine estate nestled between the mountains and vineyards. You'll find this beautiful restaurant specialising in French and European cuisine.

Rating: 4.8*

Best for:

  • Beautiful views

  • Food and wine pairing

  • Special Occasions

Location: 6 Lelie Street Ida's Valley, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 809 6444


3. Overture (Hidden Valley Wines)

An exceptional fine dining experience with a spectacular view of Stellenbosch. The great overall impression with attention to detail.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Beautiful views

  • Contemporary fine dining

  • Food and wine pairing

  • Special Occasions

Location: Hidden Valley T4 route, off Annandale road, R44, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 880 2721


4. The Jordan Restaurant with Marthinus Ferreira

One of the first signature chef restaurants in the Cape Winelands, Jordan Restaurant brought Chef George Jardine’s brand of contemporary fare from city to country in 2009.

Situated at the beautiful Jordan wine estate in Stellenbosch, expect sweeping views of the wine valley. This is one of the best restaurants in Stellenbosch.

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Beautiful views

  • Contemporary fine dining

  • Food and wine pairing

  • Special Occasions

Location: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Contact: 021 881 3441


5. Delaire Graff Restaurant, Stellenbosch

Situated on top of Helshoogte Pass Stellenbosch, you will be treated to breathtaking views. Combine this with one of South Africa's best art collections, and contemporary style, and you'll be treated to a luxury dining experience.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Classic Contemporary

  • Luxury stylish dining

  • Art Enthusiasts

Location: R310, Helshoogte Pass Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 8858160


Affordable restaurants on wine farms in Stellenbosch

1. Clos Malverne Wine Estate Restaurant

If you are looking for a beautiful location, world-class food set in a relaxed environment the Clos Malverne is the place for you.

(Best restaurant in Stellenbosch Trip Advisor)

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Special occasions

  • Lunch with a view

  • Fine dining in a relaxed environment

  • Affordable

Location: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 865 2022


2. Cosecha Restaurant

If you are looking for great Mexican food (Near me) on a beautiful wine estate, you're in the right place. Cosecha is set on a Noble Hill wine estate. You'll be treated to authentic Mexican food, as well as a good time. Technically Paarl, but good enough and close enough to be a part of our Stellenbosch guide.

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Mexican food

  • Lunch with a view

  • Affordable

  • Unique

  • Lunch with friends and margaritas!

Location: Klapmuts-Simondium Rd. Noble Hill Wine Estate, Paarl 7646 South Africa

Contact: 021 874 3844


3. Kunjani Wines and Restaurant

"A small wine estate with a big heart. Kunjani wines pull you in at the door for an all-around great wine, food and accommodation experience."

With great attention to detail and service. You will love your experience with Kunjani wines.

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Wine bar contemporary

  • Service

  • Affordable (Great value)

  • Unique

  • Good food

Location: 20/90 Blumberg Drive, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 087 630 0409


4. Postcard Café at Stark-Condé Wines

A hidden gem of Stellenbosch. If you are looking for a Cafe style restaurant with a beautiful view of Jonkershoek, this is the place for you. We love this casual cafe with great food and unbeatable views.

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Cafe

  • Beautiful views

  • Affordable (Great value)

  • Unique

  • Good food

Location: Stark-Conde Wines Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 861 7703


Restaurants in Stellenbosch (Restaurants Stellenbosch Central)


1. Fat Butcher

If you want a great steak grilled to perfection with an extensive wine list, the Fat Butcher is the place for you. The simple things are done right.


Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Steaks

  • Steak and wine pairing

  • Cosy environment

  • Classic Stellenbosch

Location:1 Van Riebeeck St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 883 3857


2. Stellenbosch Kitchen

Simple yet delicious food paired with an extensive list of wines. You'll enjoy generous portions and good service. A great place for all occasions.

Rating: 4.5*

Best for:

  • Risotto

  • Good food

  • Cosy environment

  • Classic Stellenbosch

  • Value for money

Location: Corner Dorp Street and Andringa Street, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 883 2893


Italian restaurants Stellenbosch

1. Pane E Vino Food & Wine Bar

When you walk into an Italian restaurant you want to be transported to Italy. The Pane E Vino Food & Wine Bar does not disappoint. You really sense the owner/chef in this charming restaurant. Genuine Italian flavours with the style and class to match.

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Authentic Italian food and ambience

  • Great wine bar

  • Italian hospitality

Location: 7B Lower Street Bosman’s Crossing, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

Contact: 021 883 8312


2. Giovanni's at Eikendal Winery (Cucina di giovanni at eikendal)

Giovanni's is a great place to go with the family for relaxed authentic Italian food. The great outdoor space amongst the vineyards really makes this a good family space. High-quality Italian food, with fine wine to match.

Rating: 4.6*

Best for:

  • Authentic Italian paired with wine

  • Great pizza and pasta

  • Family

  • Value for money

Location: Eikendal Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 855 5033


3. Gino's

Gino's is a classic hangout in Stellenbosch. Authentic Italian cuisine is matched with a bar-style environment that is very popular with students and locals. If you are looking for a good pizza and beer while enjoying the vibe of a springbok rugby match. This is the place to go

Rating: 4.5* Google / 4.0* Trip Advisor

Best for:

  • Beers and authentic Italian

  • Bar and outdoor environment

  • Family and friends

  • Student Vibe

Location: De Kelder, 63 Dorp St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 887 9786


Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section!!!

Check out our Best Restaurants in Franschhoek 2022 article: here!


Disclaimer:

Star ratings are via google at the time of the article being written.

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