Wine & Dine
What follows does not represent all the eateries in the area but rather the ones that we recommend or prefer. Some restaurants do not open at night and some close out of season.
It is advisable to book in advance.
For lunches, we would advise that you eat at the wine estate restaurants, most of which have great views and atmosphere.
Franschhoek Restaurant Guide By Brian Moor
Restaurant at La Petite Ferme Wine Estate
Generally good food (though we have had one or two not so good experiences) with probably the best view of the Franschhoek valley. Wine tasting by prior arrangement. Also a great place to sit in the garden and enjoy a glass or two.
Restaurant at Haute Cabrière Wine Estate
Also has a great view of the valley. Get there in time to enjoy the sunset. There is an outside eating area and the main restaurant is in a cave like structure which is rather unusual. We have always had good food there.
Le Lude Wine Estate – Orangerie Restaurant (Lunch only – in season dinner on Fridays and Saturdays)
Highly recommended. Elegant restaurant with inside and outside seating. The chef had a stint at Le Gavroche in London. We have had a number of good meals there. The estate only bottles bubbly. It also offers a canapé and wine pairing option and High Tea.
Lovely garden setting for a casual lunch. Great for kids too. The restaurant forms part of the wine tasting area.
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine Wine Estate
Highly recommended for alfresco breakfasts and lunches. Lovely garden setting with mountain views. The restaurant is also open for dinner. You can taste La Petite Dauphine wines at the same venue.
A very pretty estate. We have had good and not so good eating experiences there. They offer picnics which we have not tried but feedback from others is very positive.
Just off the main road in the town centre. Owner Reuben Riffel is one of South Africa’s most well know chefs. The fairly limited menu offers good food in a fresh modern environment. Check whether they are having one or two dinner settings.
Tuk Tuk Micro Brewery
A fun microbrewery on the main road which serves good casual food.
Marigold Indian Restaurant
It serves good upmarket North Indian food. On the main road towards the Huguenot monument. It is the only Indian restaurant in Franschhoek.
Number 13 Eat Out 2018 Top 20 Restaurants in South Africa
On the main road. An acclaimed “foodie” restaurant which has received very good reviews. From a personal point of view we have found the food to range from excellent to “trying to be too clever”.
Café des Arts
Opposite Woolworths, off the main street tucked away next to the library. This used to be one of our regular haunts but lately the food has been inconsistent. There is a kid’s play area in a lovely outside setting.
La Petite Colombe
Number five in the 2018 Eat Out Top Twenty South African Restaurants
Fine dining eatery which opened in August 2017 It won the Best New Restaurant in South Africa award in 2017. We have had two outstanding lunches there. It is a sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed La Colombe restaurant in Cape Town.
Opened in November 2018 as a more casual sister restaurant to La Petite Colombe which is next door. Small portions/tappas meals in a super setting serving great food in the La Petite Colombe tradition.
Le Coin Francais
Number 14 Eat Out 2018 Top 20 Restaurants in South Africa
Chef Darren Badenhorst of Grande Provence fame opened his own fine dining restaurant on the main street next to Woolworths. Consistently superb food – highly recommended.
Le Petit Manoir
Fine dining in the main street. It opened its doors in August 2018. Chef Kevin worked at the Michelin Star restaurant “Jan” in Nice, France. A la carte for lunch and dinner and also open for an elegant breakfast.
A casual eatery off the main street next to the Wine Tram booking office. Good quality fresh food. We have experienced bad service on occasion.
In the same complex as Sacred Ground. Well priced Italian eatery and pizzeria with an extensive menu.
Roca Café Speakeasy
A great new addition to Franschhoek. Very “cool” cocktail lounge with good, small portion casual food. Open for lunch and dinner. It also has a super shady outside seating area. It is in “The Yard” which is an alleyway off the main street in the village centre. On certain evenings there is live music.
Le Bon Vivant
Up market restaurant in a side road off the main street. Pleasant garden setting with good food.
In the main street. Casual eatery with an interesting and varied breakfast menu. I go there for kippers!
Elephant and Barrel
Pretty typical pub food. Located down an alleyway next to The French Connection in the main street.
Our regular! Very good bistro food. On the main street. Nice cosy atmosphere.
On the main street. A franchise pizzeria very popular with families.
The River Café (Used to be BICCCS)
On the main street in town opposite Colcacchio. This is a casual, well priced eatery serving good food, including breakfast. There is a pleasant outside eating area as well.
Based at the Protea Hotel in the main street. Hussars is a predominantly steak restaurant chain which serves good food. The interior has a “gentleman’s club” feel and you can also eat on the patio overlooking the main street or facing the pool.
Anni’s Gourmet Pancakes and Belgium Waffles
This is located at Le Petit Paris Guest house which is near the village centre. Yummy sweet and savoury offerings.
Mont Rochelle Wine Estate– Miko and The Country Kitchen Restaurants.
Mont Rochelle hotel and wine estate is owned by Richard Branson. Miko restaurant is located in the hotel and has a great view of the valley and the town. It is upmarket. We have had two very good meals there. However we have received mixed reviews from others.
The Country Kitchen at Mont Rochelle is located at the wine tasting building. It serves uncomplicated food which is useful to help soak up the effects of the wine tasting!
On the main street as you enter the village from the Cape Town side. It offers well priced, mainly informal food. You can also experience three separate wine tastings within the building. It has a supervised play area for children.
Old Road Wine Company
Right alongside Franschhoek Cellars as you drive into the village, this opened in December 2018 and is a great addition to the Franschhoek eating and drinking scene. It offers casual inside and outside eating and drinking areas, draught beer, wine tasting and beautiful views over the mountains. Open until 22h00.
Hey Joe Brewery
Certainly worth a visit. Opened in March 2019 and a great addition to Franschhoek’s eating and drinking options. Expansive inside and outside seating with craft beers and really good casual food. It is a short distance from the village on the left hand side of the main road heading towards Cape Town. Closes at 19h00.
Roca at Dieu Donne Wine Estate
The food is generally good and the views, particularly at sunset, are spectacular. Make sure you book a table close to the windows. There is also an alfresco eating and drinking area.
This has become our favourite place for sun downers which you can have on the lawn. No need to eat as well.
The Restaurant at Leeu Estates Hotel
This very upmarket hotel has won various prestigious awards. The elegant restaurant has a beautiful view of the valley.
If you want a spa treatment in a very beautiful setting, this is the place to go.
The Village Grill
On the main road as you approach the village. A pretty typical fairly upmarket South African steak restaurant with an outside eating area.
The Big Dog
Right next to the Village Grill. A super coffee/breakfast/brunch type place with a lovely outside eating area for good weather. Not licensed and they do not permit you to bring wine!
Leopards Leap Winery and Restaurant
Leopards Leap restaurant serves a fairly unexceptional buffet/carvery (pay by weight) for lunch. However, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Chef Pieter produces an excellent South African Plate – a three course lunch, representing typical South African dishes. On Fridays, there is a paired wine and food offering. Check with the restaurant as these arrangements do change with the change in seasons.
Grande Provence Wine Estate Restaurant
On the main road as you come into Franschhoek. This is an excellent fine dining restaurant in a beautiful garden setting. It is pricey and is aimed at well healed foreign tourists. We have not eaten there since Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst left and opened his new superb restaurant in town, Le Coin Francais.
Grande Provence estate is well worth a visit just to enjoy the gardens, sculptures and art gallery.
Paulina’s at Rickety Bridge Wine Estate
This was a regular for us when we first moved to Franschhoek. We have not been there recently. It provides a limited menu selection of well-priced good food with a view over the vineyards. Book a table with a view as the interior of the restaurant is a bit characterless. Half portions of most main courses can be ordered.
In general we do not rate Rickety Bridge wines very highly.
Chefs Warehouse at Maison Wine Estate
Number 16 Eat Out 2018 Top 20 Restaurants in South Africa
On the main road as you approach Franschhoek with a lovely outlook over the vineyards. The restaurant has moved away from fine dining to a “foodies” tappas menu which is excellent. We found the full tasting menu to be intimidating. Rather ask whether you can select certain dishes. I suggest that you go there for lunch to appreciate the surroundings.
Pierneef at La Motte Wine Estate
On the main road as you approach the village. A visit to La Motte estate should definitely be on your list. It has very beautiful gardens and sculptures as well as an art gallery which houses works by some of South Africa’s most well-known artists.
We have not eaten at Pierneef restaurant for some time so cannot comment.
Bread and Wine at Moreson Wine Estate
The entrance is opposite La Motte. Bread and Wine restaurant is one of our favourites. The outside dining area is particularly attractive and the food consistently good. At the time of writing, the restaurant offers a choice of either two or three courses at fixed prices.
The wine at Moreson is excellent so make sure you do a tasting. Their Mercator Chardonnay is delicious.
The Franschhoek Beer Company
Located near La Motte on the opposite side of the main road. Beer is brewed on site and you can enjoy casual food from a limited menu.
Terra Del Capo Antipasti Bar at Antonij Rupert Estate
We have had two very good lunches there recently. Tappas style dishes and also platters. Well priced good food right next to the wine production area.
Hand Made Chocolates
Huguenot Chocolates is situated next to the Franschhoek Tourist office in the main street. To my mind De Villiers Chocolates which is in Heritage Square next to Marigold Indian Restaurant, is the best. It is also serves very good coffee, cakes and ice cream.
Restaurants a short drive from Franschhoek
A few minutes’ drive from town along a dirt road. Eating under the trees on a good day is lovely with beautiful mountain views. Unfortunately the food at the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired! The estate produces very good chardonnays.
Boschendal Wine Estate
A visit to Boschendal should definitely be on your itinerary. The historic manor house and gardens are beautiful. The Werf restaurant is an up market eatery in a lovely setting. We had an excellent Boxing Day lunch there.
There is a casual restaurant under the oaks which is super. You can also pre order picnic hampers.
The restaurant at Vrede and Lust Wine Estate. A casual well priced family eatery with a renowned bakery. The view from the wine tasting area is beautiful.
Cosecha restaurant at Noble Hill Wine Estate
Also one of our favourites. Reasonably priced Mexican style food. Make sure you try the guacamole which is mixed at your table.
Restaurant at Glen Carlou Wine Estate
Another favourite of ours. Fairly upmarket with a panoramic view. Good wines too. Open for breakfast.
Delaire Graff Wine Estate
Delaire Graff estate which is on the Helshoogte (Hell’s Heights) pass near Stellenbosch is definitely worth a visit. Stunning views gardens and art works. It has two upmarket, pricey restaurants, The Delaire Graf Restaurant and Indochine.
Tokara Wine Estate
Very close to Delaire Graf. We had an excellent lunch at the a la carte restaurant. Up market with great views. The estate also has Deli Cat Essen which is a super place for breakfast or a casual lunch.
La Paris Bistro
On the way to Paarl, the restaurant is located opposite the prison from which Nelson Mandela was released. It is a casual eatery open for breakfast and lunch with a lovely outside eating area under trees.
Stellenbosch is a beautiful and historic town to visit. There are over 200 wine estates and many very good restaurants. Two stand out for us; Terrior and The Restaurant at Jordon Wine estate. The Restaurant at Jordon Wine Estate has a beautiful view across the Stellenbosch valley. In addition, Jordan wines are excellent.
Two of the 2018 Eat Out Top Ten Restaurants in South Africa are in Somerset West.
The Restaurant at Waterkloof was voted South Africa’s top restaurant for 2018. Camphors at Vergelegen Wine Estate came in at number eight. The estate and historic manor house are very beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The name of the restaurant was inspired by the magnificent Camphor trees in front of the manor house. The trees are over 300 years old and have been declared a national monument.
Happy eating and Drinking!