Avontuur Estate Restaurant

22 Reviews
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Bistro fare, French, Light meals, Mediterranean, South African, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0218554296 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 9am to 11am

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 3pm

Dinner: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 6pm to 10pm


Menu - Winter Menu at Avontuur Restaurant - Updated July 2019
WORD - Current Menu
WORD - Current Menu


R165 avg main meal
Bistro fare, French, Light meals, Mediterranean, South African, Vegetarian
R165 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Breakfast

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Greg Landman

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.

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

Smiling and friendly—and knowledgeable to boot.

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.


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22 Reviews
    Wonderful service excellent food
    Amazing experience once again! We have been coming to Avontuur since 2006 and never once disappointed. This time it was beef fillet for me - wonderful tender and juicy meat - and Norwegian salmon for my wife. Also a delightful dish. Their Thai sauce mussels are an absolute must as a starter. Desserts excellent as well. Relaxed and friendly setting. The waiters/waitresses know their stuff and get the job done without fuss. Definately top of our list.
    I have been supplying coffee to Avontuur since their opening day.  Mel and Zunia have taken their eatery on the R44 and grown it into a fine dining experience not to be missed!  Roast duck is tops, excellent service their name card, of course swilled down with great wine and not to forget to finish with a great cup of coffee.  Don't be square and miss this dining experience, monthly luncheon, party affair or just a quiet romantic swaray on the slopes of the Stellenbosch mountains. Jeremy Copping
    We both had the exquisite beef fillet. Both we're perfectly cooked as per our order. The mushroom and rosemary sauce is amazingly tasty but delicate enough to just compliment the fillet to perfection. The reserve Shiraz is one of the best our country has to offer. This restaurant competes strongly with those we've experienced in France and Italy. Well done team Avontuur, you make is proud to be South African!
    To say I am obsessed would be an understatement!!! I fell in love with Avontuur from the very first time in 2015 and I have never looked back. During my time in Cape Town I have been a loyal member of the estate with the Duck being my absolute favorite. Now fast forward to 2019 and it only made sense for me to host my 30th birthday luncheon estate! The trick however was to plan everything from Gauteng...long story short, Melanie and Zunia came through for me big time and I cannot thank them enough. At no point did any of my 25 guests complain about empty glasses or not getting their food on time. Thank you Avontuur team for making my day extra special. XoXo
    Look good feel better is an International organization helping Women with cancer. Our team in Somerset West held a Fundraiser breakfast in October 2019 for "Breast cancer awareness month" Avontuur did not only go the extra mile but nothing was too much! The breakfast's are the BEST in town, the staff are EXCELLENT and the venue is PERFECT! It was a great choice to hold our Fundraiser at Avontuur! Thank you Zena Giessen
    Look good feel better is an International organization helping Women with cancer. Our team in Somerset West held a Fundraiser breakfast in October 2019 for "Breast cancer awareness month" Avontuur did not only go the extra mile but nothing was too much! The breakfasts are the BEST in town, the staff are EXCELLENT and the venue is PERFECT! It was a great choice to hold our Fundraiser at Avontuur! Thank you Zena Giessen
    This is beyond amazing
    Of all the restaurants in our beautiful Helderberg region, Avontuur remains our favorite local venue. We have never been disappointed with a meal. Beautifully presented and absolutely deliciously “have to come back for that one again!” keeps us returning. The same staff have been there for as long as we have been going to Avontuur, which says a lot for the “family feel” That special feeling when we arrive, to be greeted with warm smiles and welcomes, feels like we’ve come home for a fabulous family meal again! The venue offers so much to make the whole experience memorable. The spectacular views over the vineyards and mountains, to a sea view in the distance, and of course, the tranquil setting of paddocks with world class racehorses peacefully grazing a few meters away, add to the uniqueness of the wonderful experience.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
    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
    Outstanding setting,service and food of extremely high quality. Thank you for making our graduation celebration!!
    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
    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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