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Overview of Stellenbosch Restaurants.

Here is a summary of our favorite restaurants in the historical town of Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch Restaurant guide with contact numbers.

 The Big Easy:  +2721-8873462 ($$$ )I love this Grand Place. Easy on the eye, lovely on the palate, rather BIG on the credit card. Do not choose this restaurant as the ‘treat ‘you take your student children and their friends to for dinner when visiting them. (We have made that mistake only once!)You will be rather broke at the end of the meal!  However for a romantic candle-lit dinner for two – perfect choice! It is Ernie Els’s signature restaurant. Sadly very poorly supported the night we were there.

Manouche:  ($½)  Lebanese style restaurant. The street side seats are at a premium even in cooler weather as each chair is clad with a warm red blanket for those who feel the cold. Worth booking or waiting for these seats or the ones just inside in front of the chef. Love this Eastern atmosphere. Takes me right back to the restaurants in Naama Bay, Egypt. Good fire food cooked in a wood oven, huge portions, crazy loud chef, hubbly bubblies all round if it is your thing. A hit with the trendy set. Very reasonably priced for the size of the meal. (Try the rose cappuccino)

Cape to Cuba: 021-8873559 ($½)  Originally our favorite place in Kalk Bay. Delighted when it opened in Stellies but over the last three years have had three or four very disappointing meals. Sadly what the atmosphere promises did not get delivered in the food every time. Inconsistent, but hey, it is such a lovely venue we always take the risk. 50/50 chance of good meal all round. NB New owners just taken over so please give them the benefit of the doubt. Please go – even if it is for a cocktail and deep fried Cuban bread – one of the best things I have eaten!


Die Wynhuis. ($$) + 27 21 887 5844. First Floor Dorpsmeent Centre,Corner of Church & Andringa Streets,Stellenbosch. Being going for years. We always book a table at the window overlooking Dorp street. (request this when you book.) Last night I had home-made lamb and rosemary ravioli with burnt butter and herbs. V.Good, but a little small as a main meal. Steaks are great. Calamari was great. HUGE wine selection and separate menu for wine by the glass which is great as you get to taste wines you would never have the opportunity of trying.

Java Café:  Church Street, Stellenbosch ($) Good lunch time venue, always packed, reasonable prices especially for cash strapped students.

Café Crème: 40 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch ($ )First stop in Stellies. I LOVE everything about this café. The décor, the French atmosphere, the food is incredible and amazingly prepared in a 2 x 4 meter corner in the back of the café. Prices are great. Never had a bad anything here. Always have specials. I would recommend a wrap. Always great.

Café Dijon: 021-8867022 ($$) French bistro. Love the food. Good wine selection. Tells you a story when the restaurant has good house wine – last night it was Pepper Pot – Vgood. Rib eye fantastic. Duck really good. Must have the chocolate fondant for dessert if it is on special. Recommend booking.

Café Lafayette: 021- 8866777 ($)  An odd looking little restaurant that you may glance in and walk past. Book and go especially on a Thursday night if they are offering their fire food evenings. Their pasta’s are good, and lamb shank was great and very reasonably priced and a lovely cozy atmosphere at night. Teabag the street ‘bergie’ (lady who lives on the streets) stops by every evening and the charming owner kindly fills her tin mug with hot coffee. Don’t compare food to the fine dining restaurants, you are ordering home cooked simple food and paying for the atmosphere! Book the tables in front of the pizza oven when it is cold or out on the street in summer.(Click here to read this charming article by Paul Murray on Lafayette.)

The Long table +27218813746  Haskell’s Wine Estate. About 10 minutes drive out of Stellies toward Somerset Park. Book to go on a special lunch date on a beautiful day. The views are wonderful over the vineyards and the setting outside under beautiful trees is awe inspiring. Probably the best meal I have had in years was the de-boned oxtail that was on offer the day we went. Highly recommended.

Bodega – Dornier wine estate. Lovely casual restaurant for lunch or dinner, but please call as they are only open on three or four days of the week.

Dornier Wines
Blaauwklippen Road
Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 880 0557 

Waterford Wine Estate :  021-8800496 No food on offer but what a wonderful way to spend a few hours in a beautiful environment. You feel like a wealthy Italian movie star sitting at wrought iron tables on coir mats with on the verandah of a central court yard. I recommend paying for the chocolate and wine pairing wine tasting. Take your time and enjoy the décor, high ceilings and wonderful wine and chocolates.

Basic Bistro:  (next door to Java) Really quaint cozy atmosphere in winter. Hamburgers were great. My husbands chicken and vege curry was great, but the sirloin steak was fatty and not very tender and my rump steak stirfry was not good. Will try again on the next visit. Really nice people though!

Melissas Food Shop: Great! Best eggs benedict ever! The deli is filled with local food hero’s treats and the atmosphere and service is first class.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. All excellent choices.

    May 18, 2011
  2. wish I had this list when we were looking where to eat in Stellies :)

    May 19, 2011

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