With so many Restaurants in the Winelands, you don't always know where to go for lunch or dinner. So we made it a little easier for you and we listed our favourite places to eat in Central Stellenbosch.

1. Beyerskloof Wynbar

Beyerskloof Wynbar brings the legendary and award winnning name of Beyers Truter into the heart of Stellenbosch. Enjoy award winning wines of Beyerskloof at Cellar Price in the center of Stellenbosch. They also serve a variety of meze, cozy comfort foods, coffee, beer and other wines from neighbouring farms.

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Beyerskloof Wynbar

2. De Vrije Burger

The burgers by Bertus Basson offers quality food on the run. Highlights include the 200g free-range beef burger with a fluffy golden brown bun, juicy patty and lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and double cheese. (If you want more, add bacon, smoked chilli sauce or Melrose and biltong). Enjoy with sides of hand-cut potato chips, onion fritters and crispy onion rings, or have the traditional Afrikaans salad. And the best part? You get a free soft-serve ice cream with every burger bought.

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De Vrije Burger

3. De Warenmarkt

Inspired by the Cape’s history as a vital trading post, De Warenmarkt is housed in an 18th-century heritage building, where you’ll find a selection of speciality meats, the best wines from the region, cheeses, craft beer and coffee. There’s a Grab & Go Deli that serves gourmet sandwiches and salads; a tasteful wine lounge at the back.

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De Warenmarkt

4. Eike

Eike is known for serving local flavours with seriously unexpected twists. Canapes such as the wildebeest and macadamia wrapped in a paper-thin slice of celeriac set the quirky tone. The bread course includes an opsitkers, a beef fat candle that melts into a dipping puddle. Other highlights include the shaved kohlrabi topped with slivers of lamb biltong; an unusual bobotie of spiced meat tartare topped with raw sweet potato ‘ravioli’; the seared fillet of carpenter with waterblommetjie tempura and oysters; and the Plankievleis, which celebrates slicing braaied meat at the fireside. Finish off with the ‘What Happened in the Garden of Eden’ dessert, which includes a white chocolate apple that cracks to reveal an apple compote and Cremora mousse.

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5. Fat Butcher

The beef at The Fat Butcher is pasture-reared, grain-fed and perfectly prepared. Signature steaks include The Grosvenor - Fillet, foraged mushrooms, Dijon mustard, sherry, white truffle oil, Kataifi & black truffle. There’s also excellent lamb shank, pork ribs and to enjoy with sides like sweet potato mash, braaibroodjies, onion rings or side salad.

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Fat Butcher

6. Jardine Restaurant

The menu at Jardine may be small, but when you’re cooking highly seasonal food, that’s not a bad thing. Start with the springbok tartare with aïoli. Highlights from the mains include braised karoo lamb shoulder and potato gnocchi. Ending off with Chocolate and caramel torte.

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Jardine Restaurant

7. Meraki

This eatery on a picturesque oak-lined street offers a thoughtful collection of beautifully presented delicious fare. Popular breakfasts include banana bread French toast with homemade blueberry jam, strawberries and cinnamon whipped cream. The lunch menu includes interesting bowls, sandwiches, wraps and salads. They also have an abundance of pastries, tarts and mini cakes on display.

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8. Spek en Bone

Spek & Bone is located at a historic site next to the original Stellenbosch market and behind Oom Samie se winkel. This small plates and wine bar is a real hidden gem tucked away off Dorp Street. Guests can enjoy local seasonal ingredients in sharing plates, with Bertus’ signature South African flavours paired with specially selected South African wines under some of the oldest fruit producing vines in Stellenbosch; very fitting for a wine bar!

Bertus and wife Mareli’s pets inspired the restaurant’s name. Explains Bertus: “The restaurant is named after our pig and our puppy, Spek and Bone, who are surprisingly best friends and inseparable”.

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Spek en Bone

9. Stellenbosch Kitchen

Stellenbosch Kitchen serves scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Highlights from the starters include the Risotto with fresh exotic mushrooms, Grana Padano, truffle oil and Oven-grilled calamari, chorizo, red pepper, chick peas, smoked paprika, sherry vinegar. Mains you can expect Braised pork belly, coleslaw, red currants, smoked potato purée, baby carrots, green apple purée, charred sweetcorn and ending off with Dark chocolate and toffee fondant, white chocolate ice cream, passion fruit anglaise.

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Stellenbosch Kitchen

10. The Green Goose Eatery

The Green Goose Eatery dish up uncomplicated, hearty, soul food. The Green Goose Eatery serves a seasonally-evolving small plates menu, offering familiar favourites, fused with experiential and “get-in-my-mouth-now” flavours. You can look forward to Pork Belly apple, walnuts, mustard, crackling and Octopus black arancini, sundried tomato, basil aioli and end off with something sweet like Chocolate & Passion  Valhrona fondant, granadilla, olive oil & sea salt ice cream. There’s also a neat drinks menu, with cocktails, beer and a fine selection of wine and bubbly.

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The Green Goose Eatery

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