Top 10 Franschhoek Restaurants

Franschhoek is a highly sought-after destination in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. And while this fair wine valley and historic town needs little to no introduction – it’s also safe to call it a bonafide foodie haven.

With some of the Cape, and South Africa’s, finest restaurants found here – prepare to try several top eateries on one day or weekend visit, as you eagerly explore this beautiful town and wine-producing valley:

#1 La Petite Colombe

Scot Kirton, James Gaag and chef John Norris-Rogers are the talented trio behind this incredible, still-new Franschhoek restaurant.

The sister restaurant to Constantia’s La Colombe, this exciting eatery is as aesthetically pleasing as it is from a food perspective.

If you are after an amazing fine dining experience in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, head to La Petite Colombe and be prepared to have your breath taken away…

Note: La Petite Colombe, a fine dining institution, is not suitable for children under ten – and advance booking is recommended.

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3395, reservations@lapetitecolombe.com

Website: www.lapetitecolombe.com

Address:  La Petite Colombe, Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Foliage

Chef Chris Erasmus has, in Foliage, provided guests with a consistently incredible restaurant.

This lovely, relaxed eatery offers a memorable dining experience, where good service, quality food, all-round attention to detail and thoughtful cooking are firmly at the fore.

Note: Foliage has plenty of excellent vegetarian and vegan options on its menu, including a vegetarian-friendly cheesecake… mmm! Also, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Contact: +27 (021) 876 2328, restaurant@foliage.co.za

Website: www.foliage.co.za

Address: Foliage, 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 The Werf Restaurant

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This impeccable, visually stunning farm-to-table restaurant provides guests with a soothing, yet entirely special experience.

Service is slick, chef Christiaan Campbell’s meals are wonderful and the Boschendal wines couldn’t be finer…

What more do you require from a restaurant? Well, how about an impressive, eclectic space inside and out – with a view out across the stunning food garden!

If you are looking for a quality, laid-back dining experience in Franschhoek, look no further than Boschendal’s The Werf Restaurant.

Note: Booking is essential – and the restaurant is not halaal-, kosher- or allergy-friendly.

Contact: +27 (021) 870 4207/09, werf@boschendal.co.za

Website: www.boschendal.com

Address: The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Bread & Wine Restaurant

Fronted up by charcuterie king and executive chef, Neil Jewell, this beautiful restaurant is one of the most wonderful places to eat in Franschhoek.

Not only is the setting on family farm, Moreson, positively enchanting, but it offers some truly delectable dishes for visitors to relish. What’s more, it’s family-friendly so no one has to stay at home.

But while the atmosphere is relaxed and farm-friendly, this is one of the most highly rated eateries in Franschhoek… and with good reason!

Note: Bread & Wine is available for hosting weddings and private functions. Also, the restaurant will be closed on 6th, 13th and 20th November 2018 respectively.

Contact: +27 (021) 876 4004, breadandwine@moreson.co.za

Website: www.breadandwine.co.za

Address: Bread & Wine Restaurant, Moreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5  Orangerie Restaurant

This airy, graceful eatery, found on the impressive Le Lude Estate, is one of the town’s best-kept secrets, in spite of its popularity among those in the know…

Here, chef Nicolene Barrow brings delicious, classical French cuisine (and her own personal touches and contemporary twist) to the table, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all.

Expect a fresh, seasonal menu, which helps to further cement an all-round glorious meal  in this beautiful restaurant.

Note: Prior booking is a must here. What’s more, Orangerie also offers a delectable high tea.

Contact: +27 (021) 100 3464, restaurant@lelude.co.za

Website: lelude.co.za

Address: Orangerie Restaurant, Le Lude Estate, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#6 Le Coin Français

Multiple award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst is the mastermind behind Le Coin Francais’s incredible food. With artfully presented dishes, which taste divine, he takes diners on a wholly memorable foodie experience.

And in the restaurant itself, one can expect a chic, polished restaurant setting, with classy interiors to match the chef’s impressive plating.

If you are unsure what to choose from, why not try the Chef’s Taster? Or enjoy the two-course special – available from Thursday to Sunday – for just R355 per person. (Best of all, this treat includes a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival.)

Whatever you decide to order… prepare to be wowed by chef Darren’s fine cooking!

Note: Booking is essential. Also, children (ages 12 and up) are welcome to join for dinner and are also allowed to enjoy the tasting menus offered – and all ages are welcome for lunch.

Contact: +27 (074) 126 0022, reservations@lecoinfrancais.co.za

Website: lecoinfrancais.co.za

Address: Le Coin Français, 17 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant

Following in the talented footsteps of chef Michelle Theron, chef Eric Bulpitt is now the executive chef behind Pierneef à La Motte’s restaurant magic.

Chef Eric brings with him a formidable chef’s CV and plenty of inspired cooking, which incorporates fresh, sustainable ingredients in the making of his masterful dishes… These are set to impress every kind of eater!

While the restaurant space itself is a thing of pure beauty nd truly inventive interior design and decoration.

If you are looking for a sumptuous restaurant – with incredible indoor and outdoor, as well as deck seating – look no further than Pierneef à La Motte!

Note: La Motte requires photo identification (driver’s licence, passport or ID) for its security check-in – and restaurant bookings are recommended.

Contact: +27 (021) 876 8800, pierneef@la-motte.co.za

Website: www.la-motte.com

Address: Pierneef à La Motte, La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Reuben’s

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Chef Reuben Riffel – the man behind numerous top-class eateries over the years and a true South African celebrity chef in every sense – has done it again… But this time, he’s re-introduced some of his more signature dishes to the menu.

This restaurant and bar – which offers a wonderfully laid-back setting – is perfect for winelands dining, while its central location makes it impossible to miss when visiting fairest Franschhoek.

If you’re not already a Reuben Riffel fan, then after dining at the self-named Reuben’s… you certainly will be, as it’s sure to delight new and old food fans alike!

Contact: +27 (021) 876 3772, reservations@reubens.co.za

Website: reubens.co.za

Address: Reuben’s, 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Babel Restaurant

Found on the much loved Babylonstoren Wine Farm, Babel is one of the finest restaurants found between Paarl and Franschhoek.

This creatively decorated eatery, housed in a re-purposed, old cow shed, makes for a visually impressive setting to enjoy a deliciously fresh, seasonal meal.

Diners can choose to sit inside the quirky eatery itself or to dine outside in the courtyard, beneath the plane trees. Either way, expect a truly wonderful meal in the winelands at this unique restaurant!

Note: Booking is essential – and hotel guests enjoy priority when it comes to Babel’s bookings.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 3852, enquiries@babylonstoren.com.

Website: www.babylonstoren.com

Address: Babel Restaurant, Babylonstoren Wine Farm, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#1o Lust Bistro & Bakery

Set on the picturesque Vrede en Lust Estate, this beautiful, chic eatery is one of Franschhoek’s most delightful finds.

With a well-defined menu, filled with everything from gourmet sandwiches to wood-fired pizzas and traditional build-your-own breakfasts, Lust Bistro & Bakery offers something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

Here, patron chef Jean Pierre Smith has ensured a truly scrumptious food journey, which is complemented by the lovely estate setting and pretty interiors.

Contact: +27 (021) 874 1456

Website: www.lustbistro.com

Address: Lust Bistro & Bakery, Vrede en Lust Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road and the R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just ten of the stellar eateries one can find in Franschhoek… Which is first on your list?

Top 10 Restaurants in Constantia

Ah, Constantia… the land of beauty, lushness and gorgeous winelands – what could be more wonderful?

Well, what about world-class eateries to rival the best anywhere in Cape Town and beyond?

Because, along with its esteemed winelands, incredible history and spectacular scenery, that is precisely what makes Constantia so popular these days.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten not-so-secret gems Constantia has on offer:

#1 La Colombe Restaurant

Situated on the beautiful Silvermist Estate, La Colombe Constantia is a world-class restaurant, which continues to wow its visitors, year in, year out. So it’s no surprise to learn that it rakes in local and international awards aplenty.

Vastly talented proprietor Scot Kirton believes in clean flavours and classical elegance, meaning that, with the restaurant’s French-meets-Asian cuisine, you can expect a most marvellous marriage of food flavours and styles… And with capable executive chef, James Gaag at the helm, great things are a given too!

The food is pure, flavourful art mixed with creative beauty – and it tastes as amazing as it looks to the eyes. This ensures both a visual and literal feast for guests.

Plus, the restaurant’s setting and fine dining interiors are second to none… Tempted, anyone?

Note: You can also enjoy either of La Colombe’s sister restaurants: La Petite Colombe (found in Franschhoek) – or Foxcroft, which happily also lies in Constantia!

Contact: +27 (021) 794 2390

Website: www.lacolombe.co.za

Address: La Colombe Restaurant, Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

With Chefs Warehouse & Canteen and Chefs Warehouse at Maison, you would think that there would be no more (stomach) space for another superb Chefs offering… but thankfully, you’d be gravely mistaken!

In fact, this might just be one of the most imposing in terms of setting and natural location, for rolling vineyards, mountains and all-glass views add a special sense of occasion to this gorgeous restaurant.

What about the food? Well, in true Chefs style, it is sublime (be prepared to book ahead!)… And of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the masterful chef, Liam Tomlin, who plays a big, guiding role in each of these excellent, well-loved eateries.

Note: We also seriously love Thali, found in Gardens, Cape Town.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632

Website: www.beauconstantia.com/eat

Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Foxcroft Restaurant

Sister restaurant to La Colombe Constantia and La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft is yet another incredible offering – though this time it’s Scot Kirton and chef proprietor/amazing pastry chef, Glen ‘Foxcroft’ Williams firmly in the culinary driving seat.

Foxcroft, an elegant, reservation-driven restaurant, prioritises deliciousness over everything else… and you can definitely taste that!

Working with the best local and international suppliers, at Foxcroft, they have things finely tuned – and everything is mouthwatering and beautifully plated or set up.

Add to that good service and a warm, inviting restaurant setting – and you’re in for a real treat!

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3304

Website: www.foxcroft.co.za

Address: Foxcroft, High Constantia Centre, Shop 8/9, Corner of Constantia Main Road and Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#4 Greenhouse

At Greenhouse – situated at the esteemed Cellars-Hohenort Hotel – legendary executive chef, Peter Tempelhoff and oh-so-talented head chef, Ashley Moss, bring food magic to life, as they front up a disciplined, skillful culinary team.

Greenhouse invites you to be part of a South African dining experience unlike any other – in essence, it is joyful, exploratory and fun!

This is the place where great food, timelessness and Cape class come together perfectly – isn’t it time you (re)visited?

Contact: +27 (021) 795 6226

Website: www.greenhouserestaurant.co.za

Address: Greenhouse, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Jonkershuis Restaurant

Found on the most historic Groot Constantia Estate, Jonkershuis Restaurant is unquestionably a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike.

Here, guests can enjoy a warm, soothing indoor or outdoor experience, a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere – and, above all, delectable, traditional Cape Malay cuisine.

Jonkershuis offers a variety of venues – perfect for special celebrations, get-togethers or lunch out in the Constantia Winelands.

Whatever the occasion, prepare to fall head-over-heels in love with this unique restaurant… because there’s just something truly special about this quintessential Cape-style eatery.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 6255, info@jonkershuisconstantia.co.za

Website: jonkershuisconstantia.co.za

Address: Jonkershuis Restaurant, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#6 Bistro Sixteen82

Located on the delightful Steenberg – and named after the year in which the estate was founded – one finds the marvellous Bistro Sixteen82.

First opened in 2009, this eatery has gone from strength to strength, as it serves up delicious tapas and bistro-style offerings.

In fact, aside from the love its visitors have for it, Bistro Sixteen82 has won much local and international expert praise – and has even been listed among 20 of the World’s Best Winery Restaurants by Canada’s Wine Access magazine.

At Bistro Sixteen82, good wine meets with great food, prepared by innovative executive chef, Kerry Kilpin, who loves to create food that bursts with seasonal freshness and flavour.

Contact: +27 (021) 713 2211, reservations@bistro1682.co.za

Website: www.steenbergfarm.com

Address: Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg Farm, Steenberg Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Found on the beautiful Buitenverwachting Estate, this restaurant forms a uniquely historic part of this quality Constantia wine farm.

After a devastating storm hit in June 2017, the restaurant had to undergo some renovations – but now, it is back better than ever before!

Its interiors reflect the estate’s clean, simple lines and classic elements. What’s more, the mountain-facing terrace allows guests to soak up the picture-perfect views, even as they enjoy good food and wine.

The surrounding flora, meanwhile, inspires head chef and partner, Edgar Osoijnik, to create incredible rustic-meets-refined food.

The end result? A beautiful establishment, where great wine, food and mountain views exist in blissful harmony.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 3522

Website: www.buitenverwachting.com

Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm and Restaurant, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 The Bistro @ Klein Constantia

The Bistro at Klein Constantia is a delightful mix of food and wine. It is all about farm-to-table goodness, head-to-toe braveness and country fare… All in all, it ensures a veritable feast of unique dishes, enhanced by Klein Constantia’s choicest wines.

This chic, airy space is where Cordon Bleau chef, Graham Davies, brings his love of European food influences and South Africa’s rich culinary history together beautifully – making it a winner every time.

Note: From June to September, The Bistro will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5188, info@kleinconstantia.com

Website: www.kleinconstantia.com

Address: The Bistro at Klein Constantia Estate, Klein Constantia Road, Nova Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Harbour House Constantia Nek

The Harbour House Group might have several restaurants dotted about the Cape Peninsula, but after its famous Kalk Bay branch, Constantia Nek is arguably one of the most impressive as far as settings go.

Overlooking the beautiful Constantia Winelands and uniquely situated atop Constantia Nek, this graceful, predominantly seafood eatery provides guests with a memorable restaurant setting – and quality, fresh food to boot.

Note: The venue is also perfect for small, intimate weddings, corporate functions or even international tour groups.

Contact: +27 (021) 795 0688, constantianek@harbourhouse.co.za

Website: www.constantianek.co.za

Address: Habour House Constantia Nek, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#10 Chardonnay Deli

While not strictly a restaurant (it’s in fact an upmarket farm stall, bakery and deli in one), it would be remiss of us to not include Chardonnay Deli on a best Constantia restaurants list.

This is down to the fact that it is one of the most popular pit-stops in the Constantia Wine Valley… And when you cross over into its cosy, inviting threshold – bursting with all kinds of mouthwatering goods and thoughtful products – you’ll understand why.

Owned by the successful Charmaine Lilje (who is behind Chardonnay Chefs, a top catering company), Chardonnay Deli is big on organic, healthy foods and homemade products alike. This makes it even more appealing, especially to health-conscious eaters and mindful shoppers.

Stock up on your essentials, browse the vast selection of excellent cakes or even just lose yourself in the glorious food labyrinth that is Chardonnay Deli… Either way, you’ll leave inspired, revitalised and wowed.

Contact: +27 (021) 795 0606

Website: www.chardonnaydeli.co.za

Address: Chardonnay Deli, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the incredible eateries nestled in the gorgeous Constantia Winelands region – and we think each one is memorable and special in its own right.