Breakfast is included and fine dining is around the corner
While you will wake up to a breakfast with a glorious view, staying at De Zeven places you at the heart of the Cape’s gourmet cuisine mecca. Let us select a restaurant and arrange a lunch or dinner reservation to suit your taste or look at our curated restaurant suggestions below.
Between the Banhoek Valley (5-minute drive), Stellenbosch (15-minute drive) and Franschhoek (20-minute drive), our guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to fine French cuisine, local dishes, hyper-local ingredients, and, of course, great wine. Here are some of our favourites.
Situated at the very top of the Helshoogte Pass, between Stellenbosch and the Banhoek Valley, Tokara’s magnificent views pair perfectly with their award-winning wines and innovative contemporary cuisine. Prepare to be tempted by new twists on classic South African dishes and excited by experimental delights.
Cuisine: Contemporary fine dining.
Boschendal The Werf Restaurant
Situated in a beautifully renovated wine cellar among historic Cape Dutch architecture, Boschendal’s The Werf Restaurant offers delicious contemporary cuisine with a focus on farm-to-table dining using local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. Make sure you go early to enjoy a walk around the vegetable garden, or, in the summer months try Boschendal’s Night Market, every Friday evening from 18:00.
Cuisine: Contemporary, seasonal, farm-to-table.
Indochine at Delaire Graff
Prepare for a real treat for the senses in exceptional style at Indochine. Also set atop the Helshoogte Pass, Indochine offers something different in the best possible way – Indo-Asian cuisine inspired by live-fire cooking in Cambodia, Thailand, India and Japan. The result is exceptional fine dining underpinned by organic, seasonal, homemade ingredients. Indeed, Thai basil and Vietnamese coriander are cultivated on the estate just for the restaurant to help provide authentic flavours. Try their nine-course tasting menu for an amazing culinary journey east.
Cuisine: Innovative, Indo Asian-inspired fine dining.
Set in renovated labourers’ cottages first built over a century ago, De Volkskombuis underwent a renaissance in 2017 after being taken on by the Rupert family and has since become one of our favourite destinations in Stellenbosch. Expect wholesome food you know and love, made with the best ingredients, for a dining experience the whole family will enjoy. De Volkskombuis is also one of our top recommendations for anyone who’d like to get a taste for classic South African cuisine.
Cuisine: Contemporary takes on classic local dishes.
Chef Bertus Basson found a spectacular historic building in the famous Dorp Street of Stellenbosch, which is known as "Die Eikestad" - The Oak City. He wanted to pay homage to the historic significance of this town and the building - hence Eike was born. Eike is inspired by just being South African and celebrates the local food heritage. A fixed menu is served and dietary requirements will be accommodated.
Cuisine: Celebrating South African food.
The Fat Butcher
In a single word: steak. If you’re in the mood for an excellent steak, or a variety of local South African meat dishes, The Fat Butcher are specialists, and they’ve created a steak experience that’s second to none. Enjoy great steak, wine, and craft beer in a cosy, friendly atmosphere, every day of the week.
Cuisine: A wide variety of steaks and South African meat-based dishes.
In the centre of historic Stellenbosch, just off the famous Dorp Street, is a small culinary gem – Jardine. If you enjoy an intimate setting with delicious, flavourful food that will leave you with a warm glow all evening long, Jardine is a must. Inspired by the classics, celebrated chef George Jardine has added a whole new dimension of style and flavour to some of our favourite dishes, and we love it.
Cuisine: Contemporary fine dining with South African flavour and flair.
Through its focus on wild and foraged ingredients, Foliage offers a beautiful, intriguing fine dining experience that’s also a journey of discovery through woods and forests and wild things. The menu changes almost daily, depending on what’s been foraged that morning – the only constant is chef Chris Erasmus’ passion for bringing patrons back to nature.
Cuisine: Innovative, contemporary fine dining inspired by local, seasonal, foraged ingredients.
Chefs’ Warehouse at Maison
Sit back, relax and let chef David Schneider bring you a global tapas menu inspired by unusual and always-delicious flavour pairings. If you want choice removed from the equation and would just like to sit back and enjoy, we highly recommend Chefs’ Warehouse. Our only advice is the same as theirs: Expect the unexpected.
Cuisine: Exciting, contemporary fine dining.
Le Bon Vivant
In true French style, Le Bon Vivant combines exceptional French-inspired haute cuisine with exquisite plating for a treat for all the senses. Expect modern interpretations of classic dishes, as well as bold and daring flavour combinations that will challenge your preconceptions and delight your palate.
Cuisine: French cuisine-inspired fine dining.