A visit to Stellenbosch is one experience you shouldn’t miss. Award-winning wines, delicious food, paired with spectacular surroundings, you are sure to have a fantastic time.
On a journey of senses in one of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed wine producing regions, we’ve curated the top 10 best wine farms for lunch spots in Stellenbosch. From modern to rustic, original to classic, these places have been carefully selected by the Explore Sideways team to make your lunch into the winelands an unforgettable culinary experience.
Here are 10 of the best wine farm lunch spots in Stellenbosch:
Jonkershoek Valley is one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape Winelands; it’s also where you’ll find Stark-Condé Wine Farm. The Postcard Cafe is a laid-back restaurant with delightful food and fabulous wines, perfect for a relaxed family lunch. They are open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday.
Overture restaurant is located on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains. This scenic winelands restaurant frequently places top ten in the Eat Out Awards and has also been given three stars in the Rossouw’s Restaurant Guide for five consecutive years. They draw inspiration from sentimental memories involving food as well as… their mother’s’ recipes. Overture has certainly become a fine dining foodie destination known for elegant food, excellent service and delicious wines. Lunch is served seven days a week.
The restaurant at Jordan features a peaceful terrace with remarkable views overlooking the vineyards and lake. It is evident from the kitchen of chef George Jardine, the vegetable and herb garden, wine barrel fish smoker as well as the wood-fired oven that they focus on flavours of seasonal and locally sourced produce. You can look forward to smoky, country flavours in simplistic combinations on a modern plate. Lunch is served daily.
Cavalli’s menu is all about celebrating real food that nourishes and excites. Putting a contemporary, inventive spin on classic dishes, they grow their own herbs and have several vegetable varieties grown from seeds and cuttings. Having scooped the recent prestigious Eat Out Style Award and being the first Green Star rated restaurant in South Africa, they treasure the beauty of natural heritage and simply believe in eating delicious, fresh, whole foods prepared in a way that honours the seasons. The restaurant serves lunch Wednesday through Sunday.
The restaurant offers its diners terroir focused modern cuisine, top quality wines and extraordinary views over Stellenbosch and False Bay. Chef Richard Carstens leads the kitchen team in making unique fine dining dishes. Each plate of food offers the diner a sense of the natural environment where the restaurant is situated and also the current season through the ingredients used. Owner GT Ferreira has a passion for art and would like to share this with like-minded people, and Tokara provides him with a facility where this can be experienced. The à la carte menu changes every season, while daily specials offer something new and exciting to returning guests. Tokara restaurant is open for lunch every day of the week, except Mondays.
Overlooking olive groves and vineyards planted on the Simonsberg, views from the veranda extend all the way into the Banhoek Valley. Indochine is a restaurant where an Asian inspired cuisine is served with the finest South African touches. Head chef Virgil Khan is committed to local and beautiful food, which necessitates the menus to change along with the seasons. Lunch is served every day of the week.
The Kleine Zalze Estate is breathtakingly beautiful, cooled by old oak trees, with astonishing views of the Helderberg Mountains. It is also home to Terroir Restaurant, which will impress even the impressionable. This award-winning restaurant offers simple, “less is more” dishes that evolve with the seasons. They are open for lunch every day except for Mondays.
Set on the De Meye wine farm in Stellenbosch, The Table hosts delightful meals using produce grown and gathered in their garden, along with other ingredients acquired locally like pastured raised meat, goat cheese, farm eggs, and organic olive oil. In summer tables are spread out on the lawn and in winter dining takes place inside a historic farm building. Make sure to book in advance since they are only open for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Settled at the foot of majestic granite mountains, Idiom has been founded by the Bottega family. Proud of their Italian heritage, they decided in 1990 to plant Italian grapes, which they call the “Da Capo” vineyards, meaning “from the Cape” in Italian. You’ll find an Italian influence in the cuisine too with dishes that infuse South African culinary traditions with Italian heritage. One of our favorite examples is a pizza with a chutney base, smoked ostrich carpaccio, mushrooms and prickly pear syrup. Furthermore, this modern architectural restaurant offers spectacular views of the ‘Helderberg basin’ mountains and the Cape Peninsula from Table Mountain to Cape Point. They are open for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday between 11 am to 5 pm.