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Restaurants in the Helderberg

Informal to fine-dining


Walking into Henri’s is like coming home. The carefully chosen and beautifully crafted décor is elegant and comfortable achieving their goal of casual elegance right here in the heart of Somerset West. Comfort comes in the form of spacious leather booths, a 6m bar, unique lighting and sensual artwork which is complemented with a menu that boasts classic favourites made from the best ingredients available.

Tel: +27 (0)21 852 6442

96 Winery Road

From the start, in May 1996 the goal at 96 Winery Road has been to delight each guest with a superb dining experience in the warm, relaxing venue set in the heart of the glorious HELDERBERG countryside. Only fresh, often organic, and where possible local ingredients are used to prepare dishes. They are inspired by SOUTH AFRICAN favourites and flavours from around the world. The fresh seasonal and inspirational menu changes almost every day, the main menu four times a year.

Tel: +27 (0)21 842 2020

The Big Easy

Stellenbosch is almost synonymous with good wine and it's no surprise that this famous university town is where Ernie Els has chosen to open his brand new restaurant, The Big Easy, named after the man himself.

As you'd expect, The Big Easy places the utmost importance on serving great food and fantastic wine. There is a distinctly French influence and the emphasis is on using the finest, freshest ingredients to produce world-class food in this historic setting. The personally selected wines complement the menu. The Big Easy Restaurant opened on 1 December 2008.

Tel: +27 (0)21 887 3462

Bodega at Dornier

Farm cuisine - inspired by fresh ingredients and fine wines In the ragged folds of the Stellenbosch Mountain - between fynbos-clad hills and manicured vines – lies a new culinary destination beckoning both food and wine aficionados and gastronauts. Housed in the pastoral allure of a historic barn, the Dornier Bodega pursues the perfect marriage between modern food preparation and classic elegance that has come to be expected from Dornier Wines. Guests are invited to elevate their senses in a relaxed environment, and indulge in a Dornier dominated wine list that accentuates the locally-sourced fresh ingredients of the Bodega’s daily changing menu.

  • Open for lunch daily 12H00-17H00
  • Open for dinner Thursday to Saturday from 18H00-21H30
  • Closed January 1st and Christmas Day
  • Closed from 25 May – 15 June 2009 (Open for Wine Tasting & Sales)

Tel: +27 (0)21 880 0557

Vergelegen picnic

Treat yourself to a picnic in the Camphor forest. Picnic baskets are available from the tennis pavilion at the Rose Garden. Begin with a delectable hors-d'oevre of butternut and leek quiche, Franschhoek salmon trout and grilled asparagus, served with zesty lemon mayonnaise and a traditional French-style baguette.

The main course, a chacuterie of Moroccan-spiced beef fillet, Coronation chicken salad with a mild curry sauce and peaches, and thinly-sliced Gypsy ham is served at your table on a hand-crafted pottery platter, with Dijon mustard on the side, and accompanied by a Niçoise-style potato salad, Waldorf salad bound in mayonnaise, and cucumber, gherkin, caper & fennel salad. This is followed by petite cheeses, biscuits and seasonal fruit.

For the perfect ending to your meal, indulge in caramelised Grabouw Granny Smith apple sponge and aromatic filter coffee.

Open from November to April from 12h00 to 14h00.

Lady Philips/picnic
Tel: +27 (0)21 847 1346 / 2125

Lady Philips Restaurant at Vergelegen

To the sunny north of the Vergelegen homestead, sheltered by Liquid Amber trees and overlooking the croquet lawn, is the Lady Phillips Restaurant, where refreshments and lunches are served.

Teas and Coffees are served from 10h00 to 11h45 & 14h30 to 16h00.
Lunches from 12h00 to 14h30.

Tel: +27 (0)21 847 1346

Overture Restaurant at Hidden Valley

Overture opened its doors in November 2007. This restaurant is the brain child of Bertus Basson and Craig Cormack, both talented chef extraordinaire based in Somerset West. Hidden Valley is more than just a wine producer and nature custodian; it is about the synthesis of good living; fine wine, great environment and superb cuisine. Much like the wines, the food is not flashy nor overly decorated, it is honest pure and delicious.

Trading hours:
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday
Dinner: Thursday and Friday

Tel: +27 (0)21 880 2721

Rust en Vrede

The original cellar, a National Monument, has been converted and the kitchen is placed "front and centre", thus creating an ambiance that is relaxed but vibey. There is a proprietor/winemaker table in a private area between the cellars which can accommodate a maximum of 8 people. Pride is taken in the fact that time was taken with well known potter, David Walters, to create the crockery, handcrafted Riedel stemware was selected and Laguiole knives purchased, to give you an experience you won’t soon forget.

Tel: +27 (0)21 881 3881



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