Cavalli Estate

R220 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
Bistro fare
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

*Chef Michael Deg is now the executive chef at the restaurant.

Contrasting textures, flavours and colours are a hallmark of the ‘Everyday Gourmet’ menu, with a concise offering of upmarket bistro-chic cuisine. Embracing seasonality and local produce – much of the fresh greens come from the estate’s kitchen gardens – it’s a globetrotting menu with plenty of Asian influence. Standout dishes include the sticky glazed short ribs with miso onions, and the salad of char-grilled broccoli with spicy nam prik dressing. Local and European flavours are here too, though, with the likes of dukkah-crusted springbok shank and the succulent linefish with shaved fennel salad. Plating is elegant and the portions are generous for this standard of cooking.

In a region where winery restaurants guard their offering jealously, this impressive list is a breath of fresh air. Well-trained wine stewards can walk you through the list offering most major cultivars, drawn from across the Cape. There's an excellent by-the-glass offering and a good range of foreign wines too, if you’re feeling flush. Also look out for their fynbos-inspired cocktails.

Slick and efficient service from smartly-dressed waiters.

A sleek modern space that's all blond wood, burnished copper and high ceilings, with wonderful Winelands views from nearly every corner. No place for shorts and slops, the chic interior draws an equally dressed-up crowd. The terrace tables are a hit in summer.

Arrive early to fit in a wander through the basement art gallery before your meal.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • A chic setting accompanied by excellent service, very tasty and well prepared food and a wine list to impress. The views, art gallery and tasting room add another level of opulence to the overall experience. So far, my favourite place in Stellenbosch!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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