Wine & Dine
Franschhoek, South Africa's Culinary Capital, has a lot to offer the visiting foodie. With eight of South Africa's Top 100 restaurants, many visitors come for the world-class cuisine alone. To enjoy the finest of what this region has to offer, plan a tasting itinerary that blends the best restaurants in the country with independent, rare finds and wine farm meals.
The Corner House Residence's delectable a'la carte breakfast has put us on the local culinary map. Enjoy freshly squeezed juice, a range of pastries, handmade jams, various local seasonal fruits, and a customisable menu of hot foods. Regularly served on our sun-drenched balcony or in bed.
Given the abundance of eateries within walking distance, the Corner House Residence exclusively serves breakfast. However, from the fully stocked minibar to the coffee in your room, our house is your home.
Drinks are provided on our terrace every evening at sunset, a lovely celebration of the Franschhoek good life.
The Corner House Residence has relationships with all of the greatest local restaurants, and we can assist you in making your selections and reserving reservations. There's no need to be concerned about who will drive home because many of the greatest eateries are within walking distance.
Our Top Ten Picks
La Petite Colombe
La Petite Colombe - “little dove” - offers diners the highest level of excellence, from service to exquisite multi-course lunches and dinners sprinkled with touches of whimsy and drama for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. During the day, floor-to-ceiling glass gives you the feeling of being in the surrounding vineyards.
“A meal at La Petite Colombe restaurant is like doing the tango with a stranger. You enter the dance floor, uncertain of what to expect, and when the music stops at the end, you are left breathless and speechless. And when words are not enough, only hearty applause will do. I am clapping loudly right now..”
— Nidha Narrandes, Cape Town Etc.
Ōku Asian Eatery
Ōku Asian Eatery is a Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant situated on Franschhoek’s main road.
The restaurant interior is inspired by the minimalistic design popular in the traditional Asian culture, with delicate artwork and unique bonsai trees decorating the walls of the restaurant.
The team guided by Ryan Shell has created an ever-evolving menu that showcases traditional Asian-themed tones in a respectful manner whilst using high-quality local and seasonal produce. Our passionate front-of-house team is driven to deliver excellence in all aspects of service whilst displaying empathy for all of our guests by attending to their needs and desires.
Our wine list is focused on local wineries from in and around the valley, as well as a selection of cocktails and sakes, including our own house brand beer-styled sakes.
Housed in the old cow shed, Babel Restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy which means we like to serve seasonal food and that reflects our “pick, clean and serve” approach.
The latest Franschhoek venture from the team behind La Colombe, La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft and Protégé.
Epice - derived from the French word Épice meaning spice (and is pronounced eh-peace) - is an intimate fine dining restaurant located at Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek.
Serving an array of delectably curated dishes, the fine-dining restaurant is headed by chef Charné Sampson (previously sous chef at La Colombe), and features a flavour-packed menu inspired by the team’s culinary expedition to India, as well as memories of travels through Spain, Japan, Mexico, Denmark and the US.
Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Chef David Schneider joins Liam Tomlin in transporting Chefs Warehouse’s style of casual fine-dining to a refined country setting. Maison, on the edge of the historic Franschhoek Village, offers a contemporary set-menu lunch or dinner. It’s a riff on traditional tasting menus, and small-plate sharing experiences served in four courses.
Begin your country idyll sampling our award-winning wines and drink in the beauty of this mountain-ringed estate. Wine tastings may be a precursor to a meal with us, or order appetisers like oysters, charcuterie or cheese boards and treat the tasting as an outing in itself.
Wander through our Cooks’ Shop, a curated collection of cookbooks and chef’s essentials, or ponder on a single malt from our whisky-tasting menu.
The idea with Protégé is to keep it casual and comfortable, and Protégé hits all the spots with a refined, flavour-packed approach to casual fine-dining. Located at Le Quartier Français.
Zane Soutar heads the kitchen team and is working with local suppliers to keep the menu as fresh and as seasonal as possible.
"Protégé hits all the spots with a refined, flavour-packed approach to casual fine-dining, a concept that seems to be on the rise lately."
- Lynda Ingham-Brown, Eat Out
The Country Grand
Country Grand embraces a free-spirited countryside café culture, nestled high on the steep south-west facing slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, which tempers the sun, flaunting her majestic views of the famous landmarks of Franschhoek.
With iconic style and playful luxury, Country Grand captures the quintessential charm and colloquial effervescence of the vineyards while offering a quaint and relaxing escape,"a world away" in the Franschhoek mountain.
Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude
Tucked just around the corner from the cellar, you’ll find the Orangerie Restaurant, where the food is fantastic, the wine excellent and the service even better. Chef Nicolene provides an exciting and sumptuous a la carte menu to suit all tastes. The Orangerie is the perfect place to spoil yourself and entertain friends.
Indulge yourself with Le Lude’s Morning and Afternoon Tea, with a selection of freshly baked treats accompanied by a glass of the estate’s award-winning MCC. Served daily from 10:00 am to 3.30 pm onwards. Prior booking is essential.
Grande Provence Estate
Fine food and wine are amongst the defining passions that drive Grande Provence and this is evident once you taste the exquisite flavours of the cuisine and savour the award-winning wines.
While the 18th century Manor House and The Owner’s Cottage reflect their Huguenot heritage, The Restaurant and wine tasting area of Grande Provence project a chic industrial presence.
Chef Anvor Fortuin and his team created a sophisticated yet uncomplicated menu, bringing new inspiration and modernity to local South African heritage food, literally taking Grande Provence back to its roots.
Le Coin Français
Le coin Français is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Français” , which literally means Franschhoek, will embody the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. It will feature cutting-edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best local wines, a French sommeliers selection, and an ever-evolving collaboration of art.