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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 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

    Food
    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

  • 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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  • I took my mom for lunch at Avontuur today as a special treat for mother's day and the wonderful staff at Avontuur restaurant made it very special. The ambiance is out of this world, the staff are friendly, helpful and professional and the food was truly out of this world. I can recommend Avontuur restaurant with utmost confidence to anyone who is looking for an amazing setting, wonderful people and decadent food. Thanks Zunia, Melanie & team!
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  • Very pleasant ambience with beautiful views. Excellent service with a smile. Food very good but menu could be changed more often. Altogether to be recommended!!!
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  • An excellent breakfast and environment. Loved the company, outstanding service and the cherry on top was the beautiful picture outside with the horses against beautiful mountains.
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  • Avontuur is a diners dream. The food is very well presented, appetizing and scrumptious. Excellent wines. The service is perfect with friendly and helpful staff. I've always felt very special dinning here. My favourites being freshly baked bread, Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve, the duck and deep fried ice cream. Truly a wow experience.
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  • Allen was great! He made suggestions on what we should try, was efficient and was very friendly
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  • We had a fantastic lunch at Avontuur, and great service from our waitress Thandi
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  • Lovely setting over looking the horse paddocks. Were quickly seated and drinks served before we had settled in. No two tables too close to each other. Menu was explained succinctly and hardly any wait before the food was delivered. Quality was superb. Generous helpings and value for money just can't be beaten. Will be back again.
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  • Great food, infact AMAZING !! Lovely and romantic environment nessled in between horses and vinyards. A must!
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  • This is surely the best venue for breakfast in the area. The perfect view Friendly and proffesional waiters Value for money Excellent food that is well presented My favorite stop once a week when I am in country
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  • My husband and I have been coming to Avontuur for more than 8 years. We can honestly say that we have never been disappointed. We highly recommend Avontuur to all our friends and family from near and far. The ones that come from overseas always make it their mission to come back to Avontuur. The service is absolutely great and the staff is always friendly and very polite. Let's say we all like one big family. Each and every time we drive onto the estate we get this happy feeling because we know that we are going to have a good meal with excellent ambiance. Our most favorite meal to have is the chicken livers and salmon roses for starters, the duck(oh so yummy) for mains and the affrogato for dessert. In fact everything is amazing!! My husband loves the Cabernet Franc and I love the Chardonnay Pinor Noir. We are so spoilt by Avontuur that is difficult to find other restaurants that can compare with service,quality,amience and food. Zunia and Melanie are always up for a chat. Oooooh we love AVONTUUR !!!!
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  • Of the many business networks I have been to, Avontuur's breakfast's have always outshined every other venue I have been to. And when the occasion allows, we have dinners there too and we're never disappointed.
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  • We had our wedding here in 2008 and were spoilt with a sunset over the bay with the vines and the horses surrounding us and the most incredible food! Mel & Zunia run a tight ship and I can still taste that steak and their crème brulé is legendary!! A gorgeous venue for family brekkie, a girly lunch ( the Rosé is fab ) and I'm waiting for my hubby to book us for dinner now that we are back in the Cape so I can have that Creme brulé again!! We love Avontuur x
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  • We have been going to Avontuur for over 10 years and I can honestly say that the experience is always extraordinarily satisfying! But last night was even more spectacular. It was our first time for an evening meal and I got to say it was superb: the setting, the food and the service were absolutely delightful, our guests were truly impressed and we definitely created some lovely memories. The desserts are an absolute must (pretty much all of them!) Not to mention the starter with mushroom which we all had, and all of the main courses were yummy! Thank you very much Zunia and the team, we had the best time ever xxx
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  • Had lunch with a friend at Avontuur Estate Restaurant last Saturday and couldn't recommend it more highly. The welcome and service were great, and a special thanks to Zunia for the complimentary glass of wine - an unexpected bonus (it helps to know the chef!). The starters and mains were amazing - great flavours, interesting combinations and hearty portions - and the desserts were divine; we shared a dark chocolate ganache slice with brandied maraschino cherries and hand-crafted vanilla bean ice cream and deep fried ice cream with butterscotch sauce. All in all, a great dining experience in a stunning setting.
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  • Great value for money Hot plates ,great presentation Excellent taste with each course You need to try this
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  • Had a wonderful dinner at Avontuur last night. Fabulous food, delicious bubbly & sublime desserts. Best place to celebrate a special occasion, making memories. Thank you Zunia & Mel, & Vicolene & Michael, you rock!
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  • We had our family Christmas celebration at Avontuur on Saturday and can highly recommend it. Being a stunning summer's day, we could sit on the patio with the beautiful views. The food, wine and service was all excellent, and we will certainly be back again. Thank you very much to Zunia, Mel and all the wonderful staff for a great experience.
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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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