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Avontuur Estate Restaurant

Cost
R165 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare, French, Light meals, Mediterranean, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
This is light tasty cuisine with no pretensions to haute anything. There is the occasional nod to European roots like the rich duck liver pâté with guava jelly and Melba toast, and the wild mushrooms which are pan fried with garlic and thyme with toast topped with melted Gruyère cheese and fragrant truffle oil. Another delicious starter is the baked green figs with Parma ham and gorgonzola—intensely rich. The knockout main is the roast duckling with Van Der Hum sauce and caramelised orange, while the superb beef fillet with cracked black pepper and brandy cream topped with grilled mushroom runs a very close second. Norwegian salmon with Teppanyaki sauce and avocado is a long-time favourite. The crème brûlée with an almond tuile is just about the creamiest thing in this neck of the woods, something a French bistro would be proud of.

Drinks
Only the wines of the estate—which are marked up. No BYO.

Service
Smiling and friendly—and knowledgeable to boot.

Ambience
If eating on a terrace overlooking the winelands all the way to Table Mountain with racing horses grazing gently in the fields before you appeals, then this is the place for you to be. Just elegant enough not to be precious. . Sitting inside when the weather is either too hot or too cold is quietly comfortable with an outside mural to remind you what you are missing.

Best for...
Country ambience with flavour.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    This is light tasty cuisine with no pretensions of haute anything. There’s the occasional nod to European roots, like the rich duck liver pâté with guava jelly and Melba toast, and the wild mushrooms pan-fried with garlic and thyme. It goes on toast and is topped with melted Gruyère cheese and fragrant truffle oil. Another delicious starter is the baked green figs with Parma ham and gorgonzola—intensely rich.

    The knockout main is the roast duckling with Van Der Hum sauce and caramelised orange, while the superb beef fillet with cracked black pepper and brandy cream topped with grilled mushroom runs a very close second. Norwegian salmon with Teppanyaki sauce and avocado is a long-time favourite.

    The crème brûlée with almond tuile is just about the creamiest thing in this neck of the woods, something a French bistro would be proud of.

    Drinks
    Only the wines of the estate are available, and are marked up. No BYO

    Service
    Smiling, friendly and knowledgeable to boot.

    Ambience
    If eating on a terrace overlooking the Winelands all the way to Table Mountain with horses grazing gently in the fields before you appeals, then this is the place for you. It’s just elegant enough not to be precious. Sitting inside when the weather is either too hot or too cold is quietly comfortable, with an outside mural to remind you what you’re missing.

    And…
    Take your camera — the place has spectacular views galore, enough to make any overseas visitor get here in a hurry.

    (August 2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Greg Landman

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    This is country fare at its best, with generously plated dishes that look great and taste even better. None of that precious so-called haute stuff — everything here is as fresh as can be, with high flavour impact and reasonable prices. Breakfasts are very popular with locals, with dishes like griddle cakes with Franschhoek salmon trout taking pride of place, and a Mediterranean option with spanakopita and basil pesto a quirky idea.

    Lunch sees great platters like the irresistible Var with smoked ham, springbok carpaccio and excellent duck liver paté accompanied by Avontuur’s fabulous homemade bread. Another platter, the Oratorio, has smoked salmon, snoek paté, grilled prawns and potato salad with a delicious dressing. Mains include great roast duck with Van Der Hum sauce and Kassler chops with grappa honey apples and whole grain mustard. The beef fillet is done well and comes with a creamy mushroom sauce.

    The knockout dessert is deep-fried ice cream with butterscotch sauce. Other options include white chocolate panna cotta with fresh fruit, toasted coconut and strawberry sauce, and a dark chocolate ganache slice with brandied maraschino cherries and hand-crafted vanilla bean ice cream.

    Drinks
    Only Avontuur wines are available, at a mark-up from tasting room prices. No BYO.

    Ambience
    Horses graze tranquilly in the meadows with their foals lying lazily on the verdant grasses and the mountains form a majestic backdrop while the view stretches all the way to the sea. What’s not to like? This is comfortable country ambience, with a terrace from which to take it all in.

    Service
    Everyone is delightfully charming and the expert staff are consistently knowledgeable.

    And…
    Bookings are absolutely essential on the weekends.

    (October 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • What a beautiful place to be, one of the pure examples why Cape Town is one of the best cities in the world to visit, especially if you are a foodie. Great food, generous platters to share and the specials make it affordable even for the locals. Our parents will be celebrating their 59th anniversary there soon and they are exited because they can actually afford to do so with the two course treat that is on at the moment. Effort is done in every aspect, from the moment you drive in and you see the well kept farm, the welcome, the food and the vibe. Don't miss this treat when you are in Cape Town.
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  • Avontuur has long been our families go too restaurant for important milestones in our journey of life, and we have never been disappointed. Recently we unintentionally created every restaurateur's nightmare, by arriving unannounced, late in service on a busy Sunday lunch. Before we could offer our apologies, a table was being prepared and we were as always, made to feel so welcomed by the front of house team. The food, ambiance, and interaction with all of the amazing team, created a very special birthday celebration for us all. To Zunia, Melanie and the team, your restaurant has far exceeded our expectations on every visit, and we wish to congratulate and thank you for the magic you create.
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  • I took a large group of 20 to the restaurant and because it was autumn, we had the choice of eating alfresco or indoors. I was glad we chose outside because the views were amazing. The staff were helpful and attentive. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We asked to see Zuniga the chef to thank her and she graciously came over to meet with us. I’m definitely looking forward to eating there again one day soon! A five-star experience for a 3-star price. Everyone in the group was very happy with their food choices.
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  • Overall the restaurant has far exceeded expectations on every visit. The food is great and the portions more than generous. The friendly staff makes you feel at home, and the setting is beautiful. The ABC (Avontuur Business Club) meeting I attended this morning was very inspiring and is a great place to network and to meet interesting people from the area. I can definitely recommend Avontuur Estate Restaurant and will go back there very soon.
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  • We visited Avontuur restaurant in February while visiting SA from Norway. We are old timers here, having lived locally 4 years ago, it was our favourite spot. We were so happy to see that the food is still excellent and the service still impeccable yet informal and warm. This place is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy freshly prepared great food including fabulous desserts, lovely views of table mountain, wonderful service and lovely wine. Perfect.
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  • It was a magical experience. The food looked as good as it tasted. Absolute artworks. The service was friendly and very efficient. Had sundowners outside with a beautiful view of Tablemoun before we went in to our table. All in all a wonderful experience. Definitely will go and eat out again at Avontuur.
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  • December -We had our Year End function at Avontuur, about 20 people. The Food was great (and great value) and was enjoyed by All. Setting was a relaxed atmosphere. The levels of customer service was great and i found the whole team to be very hospitable, just wanting the guests to experience a good time. I would certainly recommend it as a venue for a relaxed wine farm lunch! Dinis
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  • On Friday 4th January I was treated to a lunch on the terrace by visiting friends, and two days later I am still basking in the happy memory of it all. The weather was perfect and the view magnificent, reminding me of what a beautiful country we live in. We were attended by a delightful gem of a waitron, Avril, who is both knowledgeable and professional. I read somewhere that Avontuur food is not about haute anything, but they do take simple ingredients and elevate these to the sublime. I had a potentially ordinary starter: butternut and coriander soup, but with honey and dukkah it became extraordinary and delicious. My main was hake with a crumbed topping and a coconut cream sauce, served on a small medley of vegetables. I would have loved more of the sauce, but only because it was yummy and not because the serving was incomplete. All was cooked with finesse, yielding subtle but beautiful, clean flavours, and interesting, contrasting textures. I followed this up with the French chocolate tart and pistachio ice cream, a small but rich helping of pure pleasure, guaranteed to leave you with a smile and a feeling of deep well-being. My friends variously had fried brie parcels for starters, prawns, nasi goreng, and kingklip for mains, and deep-fried vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce for dessert. Everybody looked like the cat who had found the cream, and the friend who had the nasi goreng said it was better than any she had had in Malaysia. I can't wait to come back to try it for myself. XXX
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  • Outstanding setting,service and food of extremely high quality. Thank you for making our graduation celebration!!
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  • I recently had the good fortune to spend a relaxed afternoon lunching at Avontuur. The whole experience was wonderful but the attention to our needs by waiters and especially the Chef, Zunia, made it so much more than just a meal. It will now be on my list of places to return to any chance i get
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  • I was so impressed with my experience at avontuur. I am vegan and eating out is always so hard. Most of the the restaurants and waiters don't even know what vegan is,but when I requested vegan options the chef herself Zunie came out and told me what she will make for me...i was blown away. I didn't just get a few things thrown together I got the most amazing meal aaand desert yay! The staff were helpful and accomadating. Loved it there!!
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  • We won a complementary voucher to enjoy a meal and a wine tasting although it was a freeby we were treated as guests of hounor. Debbie is most certainly the best waitress i have ever had the privilege to meet. Thank you Debbie we will be back for more. Thank you Avontuur for a lovely day
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  • My husband & I return to this restaurant again and again whenever we travel to the Stellenbosch area. We had the opportunity to dine here twice during our recent stay in Somerset West. We chose something different both times and Avontuur ‘wowed’ us both times. We will continue to return to Avontuur Estate Restaurant because we can count on tremendous food, service and views!
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  • This restaurant is AMAZING. The atmosphere and service is ALWAYS up to scratch and the food is IMPECCABLE. We were there last night and once again walked away being more than just satisfied. The DUCK dish is a must-have! Definitely a restaurant you can’t afford to miss out on. What more can you ask for? Cosy and warm atmosphere, beautiful view, great service and amazing food!
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  • We have hosted our Office Manager's (Snr Health Planner) from Sakhiwo Health Solution's retirement Party at Avontuur Restaurant!! IT WAS AMAZING AND A HUGE SUCCESS!!! I want to thank the Manager and lovely staff at Avontuur that made it so special! Our Waiters: Thandi and Allen - they were EXCELLENT!! Efficient, Friendly, Accommodating and SERVED US WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE!.. The food; I will give them 10 stars.. I lost my soul to the BROWNIES..!!! I felt at home at your venue! Thank you Zunia & Melanie. Kind Regards Yolandi-Rozina
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  • 19 October 2017, 1.00pm This is by far one of the BEST restaurants in the Cape. Zunia and Mel's food is consistent and one never has a disappointing meal. I went for lunch on the 19th October with two of my friends and we had the most superb meal, the menu offers a great variety and the portions are so good.My husband and I have been frequent visitors to this restaurant over many years and it is by far an outstanding restaurant. The service is superb and one is always made to feel welcome. We enjoy their wines which are so reasonably priced for their high quality. Well done Mel and Zunia you never let us down! Pippa Parrington, Somerset West.
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  • We decided to have a small family reunion and Avontuur Estate was the place of choice. Loved everything from the moment we arrived - we were greeted by a beautiful setting with horses in the paddocks and were seated by friendly and attentive staff. The menu has a great selection and so does the Daily Specials black board - do take a look at this! I was lucky enough to discover the hake and got to order the last portion! Hake with coconut sauce, crispy crust and coriander-tomato salsa. Finished lunch with a totally sinfully decadent Peanut butter and chocolate slice with salted lava Ice cream. Home cooked food with a gourmet twist. Almost forgot about the wine! Superb! Thumbs up to Avontuur Estate and Restaurant for ambience, food and wine, service, friendliness and OH, WHAT A VIEW!
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  • I went as part of the wine club for food and wine pairing last night at Avontuur and the experience was incredible. Zunia and her team were outstanding. Our food was superb, from the starter to desert. A lot of attention to detail on the plate for the palate. Thank you for fantastic, memorable evening. I will be back soon
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Reservations recommended
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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