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96 Winery Road in Somerset West

96 Winery Road

Somerset West Country restaurant in Somerset West

Set deep in the stunning countryside of Helderberg is 96 Winery Road. The main menu is updated four times a year, while the seasonal menu changes much more frequently, nearly every day. A very impressive wine list, comprising around 250 wines leave diners truly spoilt for choice.

Al Dente Restaurant and Deli in Somerset West

Al Dente Restaurant and Deli

Somerset West Italian restaurant in Somerset West

Located along Dirkie Uys Street, Al Dente is your traditional trattoria. A delightful venue offering the usual Italian delights tossed with the welcoming aroma of homemade sauces and crusty pizzas. Fresh pasta takes centre stage accompanied by a small wine list and imported Italian blends too. Popular dishes such as steaming Napolitano pasta speaks volumes yet remains simple with distinctive flavours and heaps of fresh ingredients. The deli offers homemade pasta, cured meats and imported Italian ingredients.

Alex Garden Restaurant in Strand

Alex Garden Restaurant

Strand Fine Dining restaurant in Strand

Alex Garden Restaurant is situated close to the beach and offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of this popular seaside town. The historical building, indigenous garden and the exquisite decor combine to create an extra special dining experience. The menu is small but does not disappoint with starters like seared kudu carpaccio drizzled with mustard dressing and served with parmesan shavings and tomato concassé, and a twice baked goats cheese soufflé with a homemade tomato chutney. The tempura prawns with chilli mayonnaise and ginger and butternut soup with croutons are also not to be missed. Try your palate at some game with the pan-fried blesbok rolled in mixed peppercorns with a juniper berry sauce. The panfried sole in a foamy butter sauce with lemon and parsley is a real melt-in-your-mouth option. A more traditional option is the vegetarian lasagne, rich in flavour and extremely decadent. Good food, a great setting and reasonable prices can be found here.

Antonio's Pizza Place in Gordons Bay

Antonio's Pizza Place

Gordons Bay South African restaurant in Gordons Bay

Not only does Antonio's make the best pizzas and pastas, they also serve a wide variety of seafood and meaty dishes. Situated right on the water's edge in a private marina, the atmosphere is cosy and laid-back. Enjoy the warm welcome, kick back and tuck into some comfort food while you take in the spectacular views across the Harbour.

Avontuur Estate Restaurant in Somerset West

Avontuur Estate Restaurant

Somerset West Contemporary restaurant in Somerset West

Set on the western slopes of the beautiful Helderberg mountain is the Avontuur Estate restaurant. The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by a mix of old and new decor as well as a airy terrace complete with pagodas covered in grapevines. For a truly decadent but relaxing environment and a very memorable dining experience, the Avontuur Estate restaurant is the place to be.

Bar-bay-dos in Gordons Bay

Bar-bay-dos

Gordons Bay Tapas restaurant in Gordons Bay

This happening spot in Gordons Bay is definitely the place to be whether you're young or just young at heart. Bar-bay-dos offers a simple menu that consists mainly of tapas-style foods, and the main attraction here is the sublime cocktails that are mixed to perfection. Bar-bay-dos has live music acts two to three times a week and the variety ranges from rock to 80's to latin tunes. The menu is small and dishes include grilled Portuguese sardines either rolled in coarse salt and grilled the traditional way or butterflied and grilled, served with spicy Portuguese chilli salsa and rice. Be sure to try the Jalapeno chilli poppers stuffed with feta and cream cheese, an ideal dish to share. Beef schnitzel, succulent espatada and butter-filled prawns are also on offer. A variety of seafood can also be enjoyed and make a point of trying the Mississippi mud pie for dessert - it really is as indulgent as it sounds.

Bella Venecia in Strand

Bella Venecia

Strand Italian restaurant in Strand

Conceived July 1982, Bella Venecia seduced the palate with their famous handcrafted pizzas, created and inspired from their diverse stay in Italy. With their warm, homely atmosphere and mismatched décor, Bella Venecia boasts the best wood-fired pizzas in the whole of Helderbey. The dough freshly made every morning, the toppings layered and spread generously. Alongside pizzas, the menu boasts various pasta dishes with emphasis on good food and a relaxing attitude that spills over onto the ambience inviting patrons to sit back, relax and enjoy the vibe.

Bens on the Beach in Strand

Bens on the Beach

Strand Steakhouse restaurant in Strand

Seduced by the gentle lapping shores of False Bay, Ben’s on the Beach offers a fabulous setting and great venue coupled with quality and service. Aged meat on the bone treated the time-honoured way with fresh line fish purchased daily from local fishermen dominates this eatery’s reputation. With a varied selection of dishes on offer including generous portions of great steak, fish and fillets, Ben’s on the Beach surprises the senses with unexpected pleasures, quality and service. Winners of the regional Diners Club award; Ben’s on the Beach is just the place to enjoy a nice piece of fish.

Blue Rock Eatery  in Somerset West

Blue Rock Eatery

Somerset West Contemporary restaurant in Somerset West

Share a delectable thin-based pizza with a wide variety of toppings, or treat yourself to a gourmet sandwich. For the more ravenous diner, the restaurant offers a mouthwatering vegetarian sour banana curry and many authentic Italian pasta dishes. Guests can sit indoors or outdoors, the latter offering beautiful views of the vineyards and the on-site lake. There is a kids play area and shallow water so you can enjoy a glass of wine and peace of mind on sauntering summer days.

Blue Waters Seafood and Sushi in Somerset West

Blue Waters Seafood and Sushi

Somerset West Seafood restaurant in Somerset West

This cheery, vibrant seafood restaurant is situated in the beautiful Somerset West. The interior is simple and understated and the ambience relaxed, casual, friendly and welcoming. The menu offers a large variety of dishes, mainly sushi and seafood. Try the baby Kingklip if available. The calamari and the mussels are also perfectly prepared and well worth the price. The sushi options are amazing, and it ranges from the traditional to the more 'out there' kind. Maki, nigiri, fashion sandwiches, salmon roses and even the customized dragon rolls are all up to standard - even above. The service is quick and personalized and you can watch your chef prepare most of your dishes while you wait. The restaurant is child friendly and wheelchair accessible. Blue Waters is open for lunch and dinner from 12 pm until 10 pm seven days a week and is fully licensed.

Buena Vista Social Cafe in Somerset West

Buena Vista Social Cafe

Somerset West Cuban restaurant in Somerset West

Set in a rustic old farmhouse and with superb views from every side is the Buena Vista Social Cafe, Somerset West. Diners may also choose to eat outside in a pretty hacienda-style area. The cuisine is primarily Cuban with tantalising tapas and a wine list that perfectly accompanies the dishes. For a wonderful Cuban dining experience in cosy and welcoming surroundings, Buena Vista Social Cafe excels!

Capelands Restaurant  in Somerset West

Capelands Restaurant

Somerset West Fine Dining restaurant in Somerset West

For true Mediterranean cooking in a relaxing and laid back setting on the outskirts of Somerset West, Capelands Restaurant provides. Making use of only the freshest ingredients, including herbs and vegetables from the Restaurant’s own gardens, patrons can be assured of the most flavoursome meals from the well-planned menu. With a delicious selection of vegetarian meals as well as a healthy selection of childrens’ meals, everyone has been carefully considered. A good selection of both local and international wines are on offer to perfectly accompany the dishes of choice. With spectacular views to enjoy as you sample the delicious offerings, Capelands Restaurant is the perfect spot for a relaxing dining experience.

Casa Valdez in Somerset West

Casa Valdez

Somerset West Portuguese restaurant in Somerset West

This tavern-style restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere that exudes the warmth and welcoming feel that a true Portuguese establishment should have. The menu is simple but delightful and offers dishes that will leave you satisfied - with sticky fingers no doubt. Dishes include almost all the peri peri favourites and the grilled meats are served after being cooked to perfection...and taste. Try the awesome, conversation-starting espetadas, cubed pieces of succulent meat that drenches the chips below in the wonderful flavours of the sauce and basting it was prepared in. Other dishes include the traditional chargrilled chicken and the melt-in-your-mouth prawns. The interior is filled with Portuguese memorabilia, rustic wooden benches and wooden tables, all surrounding the central fireplace that lends a cosy feel to the room. The wine list comprises good South African bottles, and even some imports from Portugal.

Chez Max in Somerset West

Chez Max

Somerset West Contemporary restaurant in Somerset West

Located in the Trading Post Complex on Myburgh Street in Somerset West you will find Chez Max. This restaurant offers continental food in a warm and traditional atmosphere. The food is unpretentious but amazingly well-prepared and tasty. Starters include dishes like a trio of prawns, homemade chicken liver and bacon pate, soup of the day and risotto. Be sure to give the slow-roasted belly of pork a try. This dish is served with crispy crackling, Hanepoot glazed apples and aromatic. Another mouthwatering main is the char-grilled beef fillet, moist and tender, with a blue cheese potato cake, caramelised baby onions and rosemary. A variety of veal and fish dishes are also available. A great wine list complements the menu and instead of choosing from a 'great wine list', you pick straight from the wine rack. Enjoy upmarket surrounds and upmarket food without the upmarket attitude that can be the bain of many a restaurant.

Cucina Di Giovanni in Somerset West

Cucina Di Giovanni

Somerset West Italian restaurant in Somerset West

This modern restaurant still boasts a hint of the traditional and serves great cuisine at reasonable prices. Cucina Di Giovanni is situated in the popular Waterstone Village in Somerset West. Delicious, mouthwatering pizzas and pastas await with a variety of sauces and toppings that cannot easily be matched. Toppings and fillings include prawns, mango and calamari, all cooked to perfection, or left uncooked when needed. For the more adventurous there is a scampi pasta on the menu that is well worth a try. The wines are well selected so feel free to ask for pairing advice. The ambience is cheerful and light and serves to complement the rustic, yet modern food flying out the kitchen. This place will leave your pocket and palate satisfied, so give it a try.