Where to eat Contemporary food in Somerset West: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 11, 2019 Frederic Celentano

Find out what Contemporary restaurants to try in Somerset West. Somerset West (Afrikaans: Somerset-Wes) is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. Organisationally and administratively it is included in the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is situated in the Helderberg area (formerly called Hottentots Holland), about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Cape Town central city area, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Strand. The town is overlooked by the Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains. The vehicle registration code for Somerset West is CFM and the post code is 7130 for street addresses, and 7129 for post office boxes.
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10. 96 Winery Road Restaurant

Winery Road, off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Stellenbosch 7599 South Africa International, European, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds [email protected] +27 21 842 2020 http://www.kenforresterwines.com
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4 based on 951 reviews

96 Winery Road Restaurant

The iconic winelands restaurant,great views of the local Helderberg and a firm favourite amongst the Stellenbosch locals for the past 15 years and still wowing the faithful. A firm reputation for outstanding, friendly service, great food, wonderful steaks

Reviewed By AnneG432

We have always rated the steaks among the best we have had in our area however this time we were very underwhelmed and left feeling disappointed. We went on a Wikideal and one sometimes wonders whether this is the reason why the experience and quality may not be the same? The steaks were dry and only saved by the additional garlic/chilli butter that we ordered. The dessert platter to share needs a revamp. We have been getting the same selection - which is far too sweet - for too long. The only one that should remain is the creme brulee but maybe offer some freshness or sometime different to the standard brownie and overly sweet baked pudding ! The overall service and experience was very mediocre.

9. D'vine Restaurant @ Willowbrook Lodge

Morgenster Avenue off Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130 South Africa International, Contemporary Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 851 3760
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4 based on 51 reviews

D'vine Restaurant @ Willowbrook Lodge

Reviewed By courtneyj594

I went to D'vine about a month and a half ago. The location was quite secluded and the restaurant itself was quite quiet with not too many guests. Their loss. The restaurant is well decorated with great attentive waiters, the food was very well prepared and the atmosphere was great. The food took around 50 minutes but was well worth the wait. I would recommend this restaurant as a place to take someone on a date or possibly with a large group of people and I will be returning at some stage to have a second take on D'vine.

8. Seventeen07

1 Erinvale Avenue, Somerset West 7130 South Africa European, Contemporary, International, Grill, Healthy Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 847 1160 http://www.erinvale.co.za
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4 based on 39 reviews

Seventeen07

Our flagship Restaurant, Seventeen07, offers an intimate dining experience with a Table d'hôte Menu delicately prepared by our Executive Chef Reinette Hansmann and her dedicated team of chefs. Fresh seasonal produce from the fertile surrounding farmlands

Reviewed By Ann C

Lovely buffet with lots of choice. Able to sit outside on the verandah as the weather was beautiful. Nice music being played outside which helped with the lovely ambience. Good service from the waiters. All in all a lovely afternoon spent relaxing with friends whilst enjoying good food and wine. What more could you ask for!!!Thank you very much for your feedback, after your recent lunch at Erinvale.I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed our wonderful buffet offerings, as well as the music and atmosphere of our Terrace Restaurant. This is a very popular venue with all our guests.It was indeed a pleasure to have hosted you and your friends, and we all look forward very much to welcoming you back very soon to our beautiful hotel.Thank you again and best regardsUrs Kern

7. Overture at Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley T4 route, off Annandale road, R44, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa European, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 880 2721 http://www.dineatoverture.co.za
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4 based on 723 reviews

Overture at Hidden Valley

In November 2007 Overture Restaurant, situated on Hidden Valley Wines - a wine farm anchored into the side of the Stellenbosch hills - opened its doors for the very first time. Starting from humble beginnings, Overture soon became a destination for great

Reviewed By T2343FJdavidw

Monday lunchtime dining meant our family group had this spacious open plan restaurant virtually to ourselves. It might have lacked some atmosphere but that was more than made up for by the glorious views, delightful food, and attentive smiling service.They offer a daily changing seasonal set menu. Two or three choices of dish on the starters, mains and desserts.The team of young chefs beavering away in the open kitchen was a sight to behold.Quality local ingredients, responsibly sourced combined to make it an interesting, innovative and highly recommended dining experience.Our groups only slight criticism of anything would be on the quality of some (but not all) of the wine pairings.Will definitely return.

6. RocoMamas Somerset

33 Broad Way Shop 314 & 315, Somerset Mall, Somerset West 7130 South Africa Diner, American, Contemporary, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 851 0060 http://www.rocomamas.com/restaurant/somerset-west/somerset-west
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4 based on 54 reviews

RocoMamas Somerset

RocoMamas Somerset Mall is all about building the best Smash Burgers, serving mofo wings and getting messy with some serious ribs.

Reviewed By Naomilabuschagne

I just want to say I have ordered your chicken nachos on Saturday and I was extremely disappointed it was dry and al my nachos was burnt black I took two bites and threw it away. I have been waiting so long for that nachos and ended up very unhappy.Oh no, this ain't cool Naomilabuschagne. Won’t you please pop us a mail with your deets & a copy of this review --> [email protected] so we can get in touch with you directly to discuss this further.Cheers, Casey

5. Restaurant Seven

Shop 7, The Avenues 1 Drama Street, Somerset West 7130 South Africa Contemporary Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 851 3146 http://www.restaurantseven.co.za
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4 based on 41 reviews

Restaurant Seven

George Jardine's contemporary, relaxed Somerset West Restaurant, headed up by Brendan Thorncroft.

Reviewed By Jennifer L

We had a delicious dinner at Seven last night, enjoying the 3-course winter special menu. I had a salad starter (simple, very good), and the sirloin (sitting on a delicious Bearnaise sauce, with kale on top and small onions) which was done perfectly and just delicious. My husband had the stuffed mussels starter (yum) followed by a very creative fish dish ("silvers") done in an Indian-Asian style with a wonderful sauce. We both had the (incredible) Grand Marnier souffle with hot orange glaze and ice cream for dessert....we should have shared one, but they were so good, we ate every bit. And the winter special is 3 courses, after all! Service was friendly and professional, and we brought a favorite bottle of wine and were happy to pay the corkage fee for it. The restaurant was sadly almost completely EMPTY on a Thursday evening, which makes me wonder if people haven't yet discovered this little gem in SSW...it's our 3rd visit in the last year, and we will go back. The winter special is very good value, and the cooking (and pretty plating) is top class. Everyone should go. We need to support this local place, and make sure they stick around. Thanks, Seven!

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4. The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Sir Lowrys Pass Road, Somerset West 7130 South Africa European, International, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 858 1491 http://www.waterkloofwines.co.za/restaurant-activities/the-restaurant/
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4 based on 923 reviews

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Fine dining in the heart of the winlelands with spectacular views over False bay . Lunch Monday to sunday 12 to 2 pm . Dinner monday to saturday 7 pm to 9 pm

Reviewed By brokgoud

We visited this fantastic scenic restaurant from the year it was opened and had this year again a fantastic evening there. We all have chosen the tasting menu , 8 courses and another four amuses. i will not elaborate about the different courses as they change it regularly. But the way it was served and the quality of all of them was perfect. When you are in the region do not forget to go here.

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3. The Avontuur Estate Restaurant

The Avontuur Estate, Somerset West 7130 South Africa European, International, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, [email protected] +27 21 855 4296 http://www.avontuurestate.co.za
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4 based on 530 reviews

The Avontuur Estate Restaurant

Put us on your G.P.S.... Avontuur Estate, nestled on the Helderberg mountain, with horses, vines and Table Mountain in the distance is a calm haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. A mere 45 minute drive from the airport with ample parking, Avontuu

Reviewed By shashy2014

We booked a table for lunch,due to the cool weather we sat inside and could'nt really enjoy the view.We all found the waiter, David, strange. No interaction on such a vast menu. When my husband ordered 2 starters as his main meal,he quite obnoxiously said " both at the same time? " We were one of 3 tables so he had all the time in the world to try and interact with us.Our meals were OK, I had kingklip with artichokes served on a saffron veloute.The tinned artichokes were placed on top of the kingklip with no infusion of flavour. Generally a bland meal. The vegetable roulade was described as, not fresh.The thai mussel starter was good and the lambs kidneys with gnocci was delicious.There was no management on the floor to communicate with,the ambiance quite dull.with so much competition in the area, I would not return.

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2. Cavalli Restaurant

Cavalli Wine Estate Strand Road R44, Somerset West 7129 South Africa European, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 855 3218 http://www.cavalliestate.com
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4 based on 739 reviews

Cavalli Restaurant

Cavalli’s approach to cuisine can be described as ‘modern​, ​nature inspired cuisine’, inspired by a focus on our heritage​ as it draws upon​ the landscapes, flora and fauna of Southern and Continental Africa. ​ The menu ​seeks to​ take diners on a ​gastr

Reviewed By bevhudson2016

We had a superb evening here! We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. Was really very good. My husband had the vegetarian option which looked amazing and he really enjoyed it! He isnt a vegetarian!! The staff were very friendly and attentive. Each course was beautifully presented! A must!

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1. Camphors at Vergelegen

Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130 South Africa European, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +27 21 847 2131 http://www.vergelegen.co.za
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4 based on 397 reviews

Camphors at Vergelegen

The Camphors at Vergelegen signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant camphor trees, planted in 1700, situated in front of the historic Homestead. The restaurant overlooks expansive lawns and beautiful trees complementing the overall dinin

Reviewed By NicC416

The setting is beautiful, if you have a young extended the youngsters can explore and play on the grounds, seems pet friendly. The service is professional and charming, the food was exquisite and the wine crisp and cooled.A stroll around the farm after lunch had many interesting surprises. Strongly recommended.We appreciate the review and your description of the added extra's one can experience when dining at the Camphors Restaurant. Unfortunately we are not pet friendly as we have a host of natural fauna that we need to nuture. Kind regardsSharon Hosking

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