Our go-to Winelands Restaurants for Sunday Lunch

Words: Tam Selley

Ah, Sundays. The last day of the weekend, and for many restaurants, a day to rest after a week of hard labour and to close their doors to the general public. Fear not though – we have put together a list of Winelands restaurants for Sunday lunch that are both open and offer interesting or value-for-money specials. So herewith our pick of Winelands restaurants for a stunning Sunday lunch.

Our pick of Winelands restaurants for Sunday lunch

Long Sunday Lunch at The Werf At BoschendalWinelands restaurants for Sunday lunch - Boschendal

Chef Christiaan Campbell invites you to join him and his team at The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal and to kick back, relax and enjoy a sumptuous Long Sunday Lunch. The menu is farm-focused, changes weekly and features amazing produce right out of The Werf Food Garden.

Expect a family-style meal featuring Boschendal produce served according to a set menu. Enjoy fabulous Boschendal wine or a farm-infused cocktail from the crafted drinks menu with your meal. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to enjoy this, you’ll be in the most beautiful surroundings and you’ll want time to take it all in and relax on your Sunday afternoon.

Good to know: booking is recommended.

Location: Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drankenstein, Franschhoek
Hours: 12h00-17h00
Price: Varies
Contact: 021 870 4206


Lust Bistro & Bakery at Vrede en Lust Wine EstateWinelands restaurants for Sunday lunch - Lust

The picturesque setting at Lust is perfect for a Sunday luncheon. Nestled beneath the Simonsberg mountains, this estate, meaning “peace and delight”, offers just that.

The beautiful little bistro is housed within a farm-style cottage with warm wooden walls. Outside is a gorgeous, sunny green terrace that looks out towards the mountains for those warm summer days. On the first Sunday of every month, this gem hosts a lunch buffet with a variety of seasonally-changing dishes as well as desserts. Famously known for Chef Jean Pierre’s selection of slow-cooked roasts in the hearth oven and his artisanal sourdough, which takes three days to make (for the love of carbs), this is a lunch you don’t want to miss.

Good to know: Kids under 14 yrs eat for R99.

Location: Intersection R45 & Klapmuts Road, Simondium
Hours: 12h00-15h00
Price: R 195 pp
Contact: 021 874 3881


Seventeen07 Restaurant at Erinvale Hotel & Estatewinelands restaurants sunday lunch - seventeen07

Headed by chef Reinette Hansmann, and boasting an immaculate menu of fresh and seasonal produce foraged from the surrounding farmlands, this beautiful restaurant is located within the Erinvale Hotel,  and is a definite yes from us.

Situated in the Hottentots Holland mountains, Seventeen07 commemorates the date 1707, after the estate was liberated from Willem Adrian Van Der Stel, holding a lot of history which adds to the atmosphere. The buffet offers an enormous array of exciting salads, patés, breads and soup for starters, as well as a selection of roasted meats, potatoes and veg and fresh line fish for mains. If you aren’t already overwhelmed by the sizeable savoury selection, prepare to feast your eyeballs on the eleven or so desserts that are prepared as well – may the odds be ever in your flavour.

Good to know: They have an equally exciting brekkie buffet every morning.

Location: 1 Erinvale Avenue, Somerset West
Hours: 12h30-15h00
Price: R250 pp
Contact: 021 847 1160


Rotisserie Lunch and Harvest Table Leopards LeapWinelands restaurants for Sunday lunch - Leopards Leap

Sip on some crisp white wine in this beautiful, bright and airy establishment, while the kids run free in the gardens – bliss! Leopards Leap is one of our favourite Winelands restaurants for Sunday lunch; with their beautiful lawns and expansive mountain views, it’s an ideal spot to bring the whole family with.

The Rotisserie special lands generously on your plate, offering a selection of juicy meats prepared on their state-of-the-art Rotisol spit, including free-range chicken, lamb, beef and rolled pork belly. This is complemented by their equally liberal-sized Harvest Table which features an array of roasted seasonal vegetables and salads which are sourced on the estate, as well as fresh farm-baked breads and pastries. Desserts also feature in the form of individual mini delectable desserts and cakes.

Good to know: They have a variety of snazzy wine cocktails as well.

Location: Leopard’s Leap, R45, Main Road, Franschhoek
Hours: 11h30-15h00
Price: Varies depending on plate weight
Contact: 021 876 8002


Summer Menu at Bodega
Winelands Sunday lunch - Botega

The unparalleled views of the Stellenbosch mountains from Dornier sets this beautiful and farm- style restaurant in the creases of jagged mountains, giving an old-world feeling to the place. Do not be fooled by the historical feel of this setting, as the chef at Bodega Restaurant whips up some pretty contemporary food styles and techniques.

Their Sunday spesh includes a divine summer menu that sings with light, beautiful and colourful flavours. There is a mildly frustrating selection of equally amazing sounding offers in both the starter and main selections, however, we suggest that you try the White Fish Ceviche and Beet Cured Salmon from the starters, and from the mains the drool-worthy Red Miso Glazed Mauritian Sea Bass and tender Rib-Eye. One of our go-to Winelands restaurants for Sunday lunch.

Good to know: There is also a tapas tasting per two guests with a bottle of selected wine included. This involves quite the array of food and amply provides for two people sharing. Perfect if you feel like going for a late lunch or early dinner (starts at 16h00).

Location: Dornier Wines, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: 12h00-16h00
Price: Varies
Contact: 021 880 1499


Winemaker’s Lunch at Rust en VredeWinelands restaurants for Sunday lunch - Rust en Vrede

The lush green mountainous setting at the Tasting Room is incomparable. You get a fairytale feel when strolling up the pathway to the restaurant, surrounded by high trees, green lawns and shrubs dotted with colourful hydrangeas.

The Winemaker’s lunch special actually runs daily; it is not only limited to Sundays and is inclusive of a two-option menu. You can opt for either the Chalmar Sirloin Steak served with French Fries, a garden salad and a glass of Rust en Vrede Syrah, or the Norwegian Salmon served with Baby Potatoes, Asparagus and a glass of Donkiesbaai Steen.

Good to know: We suggest going when the weather is pleasant and warm to be able to sit outside on the beautiful terrace (offer runs till March 31st).

Location: Rust en Vrede Wine Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: 12h00-15h00
Price: R 260 pp
Contact: 021 881 3757


Tables at Nitida
Winelands restaurants for Sunday lunch - Tables Nitidia

For something a little closer to Cape Town, situated on the Durbanville wine route is Nitida Wine Farm. This is a beautiful, warm and welcoming family-oriented farm with two restaurants, Tables at Nitida and Cassia.

Tables at Nitida is the more relaxed offering and has a jam-packed menu set to excite and inspire. Designed with the motive to create and prepare food in a natural, healthy and delicious way, and to be enjoyed by people who admire food and care for the environment. The restaurant offers quite an extensive menu, with delightfully interesting options such as Aged Coffee Rubbed Sirloin with Chimichurri sauce, Spicy Lamb Flatbread served with Herbed Yoghurt and numerous mezze styled platters and starters to satisfy a snack attack.

Good to know: Bring your cozzies in summer as the dam is open for paddling and swimming, and keep an eye out for events that are hosted on the estate.

Location: Nitida Cellars, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville
Hours: 09h00-15h00
Price: Varies (not too expensive)
Contact: 021 975 9357


Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset WestWinelands restaurants Sunday lunch - Vergelegen

In all honesty one of the most breathtaking wine estates around. This exquisite landmark was founded in 1707 and has been under the ownership of numerous influential explorers and visionaries. Boasting 17 beautiful gardens, including two rose gardens, one of which holds over 1200 rose bushes of different varieties to smell and tour, and of course the famous ancient camphor trees planted in the early 1700s.

Vergelegen offers two beautiful restaurants from which to choose from – The Stables, which is their more relaxed bistro-style dining option, and Camphors, their signature fine-dining restaurant named after the iconic camphor trees. Both options offer amazing food, however, your choice will be dependent on how snazzy you want your food to be for the day.

Good to know: Vergelegen’s grounds are open to beautiful picnics and events such Easter egg hunts for the little ones.

Location: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West
Hours: Stables: 09h00-15h30 | Camphors: 12h00-14h30
Price: varies
Contact: Stables 021 847 2156 | Camphors 021 847 2131


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