Foodie Adventures in the Banhoek Valley and Surrounds


Between the Banhoek Valley (5-minute drive), Stellenbosch (15-minute drive) and Franschhoek (20-minute drive), guests at De Zeven Guest Lodge are spoiled for choice when it comes to everything from a casual night out to fine dining, local cuisine using hyperlocal ingredients and, of course, great wine. Enquire at Reception for a curated list of suggestions.


CUISINE: Contemporary fine dining

DISTANCE: 2km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Situated at the very top of the Helshoogte Pass, between Stellenbosch and the Banhoek Valley, Tokara’s magnificent views pair perfectly with their award-winning wines and innovative contemporary cuisine. Prepare to be tempted by new twists on classic South African dishes and excited by experimental delights.

Boschendal The Werf Restaurant

CUISINE: Contemporary, seasonal, farm-to-table

DISTANCE: 6km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Situated in a beautifully renovated wine cellar among historic Cape Dutch architecture, Boschendal’s The Werf Restaurant offers delicious contemporary cuisine with a focus on farm-to-table dining using local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. Make sure you go early to enjoy a walk around the vegetable garden, or, in the summer months try Boschendal’s Night Market, every Friday evening from 18:00.

Delaire Graff Restaurant

CUISINE: Innovative, Indo Asian-inspired fine dining

DISTANCE: 3km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Delaire Graff Restaurant beckons you to savor creatively crafted bistro favourites infused with a South African flair, all elegantly presented year-round in the picturesque Cape Winelands. Indulge in these delectable dishes alongside unparalleled wines within a stunning backdrop. Discover our diverse seasonal offerings, including plant-based menus and various dining choices

De Volkskombuis

CUISINE: Contemporary takes on classic local dishes

DISTANCE: 11.6km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Set in renovated labourers’ cottages first built over a century ago, De Volkskombuis underwent a renaissance in 2017 after being taken on by the Rupert family and has since become one of our favourite destinations in Stellenbosch. Expect wholesome food you know and love, made with the best ingredients, for a dining experience the whole family will enjoy. De Volkskombuis is also one of our top recommendations for anyone who’d like to get a taste for classic South African cuisine.

Die Eike

CUISINE: Celebrating South African food

DISTANCE: 11,4 km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Chef Bertus Basson found a spectacular historic building in the famous Dorp Street of Stellenbosch, which is known as “Die Eikestad” – The Oak City. He wanted to pay homage to the historic significance of this town and the building – hence Eike was born. Eike is inspired by just being South African and celebrates the local food heritage. A fixed menu is served and dietary requirements will be accommodated.

The Fat Butcher

CUISINE: A wide variety of steaks and South African meat-based dishes

DISTANCE: 9,3 km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

In a single word: steak. If you’re in the mood for an excellent grill, or a variety of local South African meat dishes, The Fat Butcher are specialists, and they’ve created a steak experience that’s second to none. Enjoy great meats, wine, and craft beer in a cosy, friendly atmosphere, every day of the week.

Banhoek Chilli Oil Company

CUISINE: Global cuisines with a focus on incorporating chili oils

DISTANCE: 4 kilometers from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Banhoek Chilli Oil Company is a culinary gem nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Banhoek Valley. Known for its exquisite fusion of flavours and artisanal chili oils, this dining destination offers a unique gastronomic experience. With a menu crafted to tantalize taste buds, it’s a must-visit for spice enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike. Come to our restaurant and enjoy your favorite sporting events on our big screen TVs!

Chefs’ Warehouse at Maison

CUISINE: Exciting, contemporary fine dining

DISTANCE: 18,4 km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Sit back, relax and let chef David Schneider bring you a global tapas menu inspired by unusual and always-delicious flavour pairings. If you want choice removed from the equation and would just like to sit back and enjoy, we highly recommend Chefs’ Warehouse. Our only advice is the same as theirs: Expect the unexpected.

De Warenmarkt

CUISINE: Local South African cuisine

DISTANCE: 4.5 kilometers from De Zeven Guest Lodge

De Warenmarkt in Stellenbosch is a culinary haven for those seeking a taste of South African excellence. Located in a historic market building, it offers a vibrant and diverse menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients. With its cozy ambiance and a wide array of food options, it’s a food lover’s paradise.

Spek & Bone

CUISINE: Small plates eatery and wine bar

DISTANCE: 10,2 km from De Zeven Guest Lodge

Spek & Bone is located at a historic site next to the original Stellenbosch market, behind Oom Samie se winkel. This small plates eatery and wine bar is a real hidden gem, tucked away just off Dorp Street. The name is inspired by Bertus’ and his wife, Mareli’s, pets. “The restaurant is named after our pig and our puppy, Spek and Bone, who are (surprisingly) best friends and truly inseparable”, explains Bertus. The pets were named after the classic food combination of pork and beans. The authentic simplicity of the restaurant can be summed up in the Afrikaans saying ‘Om vir spek en boontjies te werk’ meaning to work for ordinary food, not for money.