Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

3 Reviews
Coffee, Contemporary fare, Light meals, Pizzas, Seafood, South African, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0218091137 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Every day Monday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Dinner: Friday & Saturday 6pm - 8pm



R85 avg main meal
Coffee, Contemporary fare, Light meals, Pizzas, Seafood, South African, Vegetarian
R85 avg main meal
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Critic's review

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  • Food

Richard Holmes


Once a leading light in the city’s fine-dining scene, chef-patron PJ Vadas has become the baron of barbecue, the sultan of sticky-fingered smokehouse.

And there’s plenty of it on the extensive menu here, so you’ll want a few snacks while you decide – don’t miss the zingy smoked chicken wings and corn-battered jalapeño poppers.

Meats, sold in 100g increments, range from Kansas City pulled pork to smoked brisket. The smoked pork belly with apple ketchup is particularly good. Order some sourdough or roosterbrood to mop up the juices.

Surprisingly, vegetarians are well taken care of with inventive side dishes such as fire-roasted broccoli in cider vinegar and smoked Stanford cheese, and tender beetroot sprinkled with feta, naartjies and dukka. If you simply can’t choose, the generous Chef’s Platter is an easy way out of indecision.

If you have room, the Smokehouse bakers are a dab hand at dessert. Their pasteis de nata are famous far and wide, but the chocolate torte and bourbon-infused pecan pie are equally delicious.


From organic fresh juices to house kombucha – you’re spoilt for choice. There’s an extensive selection of craft beers, local gins, imported tequila and local agave spirit. Wines are limited to those from the Spier cellar, along with Vadas’ own private label pinotage.


Warm, friendly and efficient, despite the multitude of plates on the menu.


It’s a restaurant of many faces, from the bakery and gelato bar to the deep-buttoned couches of the lounge. The best tables are on the terrace, shaded by oak trees with views over the Spier gardens. Reservations advised on weekends.

Best for…

Lazy lunches in the Winelands, with piles of protein.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

3 Reviews
    What a great experience, the food was amazing with so much flavor and very well prepared. But this restaurant has a different way of ordering and we wish our waiter explained it a little better. But we will be back
    Everything is cooked with fire. The meats are slow cooked and umptious. The vegetables are bright and vibrant and can just about steal the show! My favourite side was the wood fired asparagus with seaweed aioli and dressed with samphire and ice lettuce. Phenomenal dish and packed with luxurious umami flavours. Our table had the chefs choice which included the pork and brisket on flatbreads. Both were seasoned perfectly and received high praise from my carnivorous wife! The slight hitch was the novel ordering protocol, which required us to fill out our orders and send them to the waitrons. The dishes that were multiples came out in one platter which confused us all. But it was quickly explained following a few trips to enquire with the kitchen. Teething issues only. Lovely decor and staff were all very happy and pleasant. Didn’t get to enjoy the bakery section as we had happily overindulged in lunch. We will be back!

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