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Oude Werf Restaurant

30 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
+27 21 887 4608
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
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30 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

We had dinner here whilst staying at the hotel. We're usually reluctant to eat at hotel restaurants but they gave us a free drink voucher, so we thought we'd use it!! The meals were actually very good. We had a steak and the South African...More

Thank norfolkjill
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We went there for a special occasion and the service was unacceptable. When the waitress brought the coffee the tray slipped and coffee and drinks splashed on us, the table and the floor. There was hardly an apology and we were just moved to another...More

1  Thank Kitty553
Reviewed 8 July 2013

I first went to this restaurant more than 30 (!) years ago, and went back with my mother and sister to retrace our steps in the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch. The restaurant is part of the classy Oude Werf hotel in the town center....More

Thank ChrBrd
Reviewed 2 July 2013

The 1802 Restaurant is part of one of the oldest Hotels in Stellenbosch. Old Hotel does not mean bad at all. It means that they have perfected the art of food and have complimented that with impeccable service. Utterly enjoyable.

1  Thank Staywme
Reviewed 19 June 2013

We were a party of 4 and the meal lived up to our expectations. The portions were a good size and the staff were accommodating. The restaurant is let down however by the slowish kitchen service

Thank CapeTownAl
Reviewed 17 June 2013

The restaurant was not as busy as expected for such a fine dining, but our service was excellent and very personal. (Our waitress recognized us from a previous visit two years ago). The food was excellent and we can only recommend this restaurant highly.

Thank Staywme
Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

No one to meet us at the door. Only 5 tables occupied in the whole resturant. There was no fire on a cold night. It was lit with some persuasion. The starters took an hour to arrive. After 5 mins of eating the starters we...More

Thank shirleyjf
Reviewed 16 May 2013

It's in the Oude Werf Hotel. We stayed at the hotel and had breakfast and dinner there. I can recommend the breakfast. They have a huge selection. Different kinds of bread, juices and the normal choices of sausage, eggs.

Thank J B
Reviewed 16 April 2013

1802 has a beautiful garden setting which seems hidden away, service was very good, and the ostrich neck in red wine was devine! Nice wine list.

Thank Wyn_Varkie
Reviewed 16 March 2013

set in a court yard within the hotel itself the food selection had a good mix of Cape cusine which I enjoyed very much, I can remember what I had but I cannot spell it!!!

Thank toddman572001
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa (Formerly Liefde Bistro)
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Stellenbosch
  • Phone Number: +27 21 887 4608
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Exceptional food and drink at Oude Werf has been a Stellenbosch institution for more than 200 years. The dishes of the first inn’s Tant Betjie Wium delighted her guests in the 1800’s and today, this tradition lives on in a new restaurant, designed by top SA architects Revel Fox, which opened in 2014.

Built over the foundations of the hotel’s famous 17th Century churchyard site (still visible today) the restaurant is centred on a charming in-situ kitchen. There are touches of period detail recalling the hotel’s heritage and even a huge tree is incorporated into the spacious interior.

Outdoors, a vine-covered courtyard dining area with water features is a reminder of the ‘lei-water’ canals that once existed here. Just off the courtyard, a period-style lounge, with bar and barista station opens onto the hotel’s central gardens and pool deck - another quiet spot for a glass of wine, cocktail or coffee.

The restaurant’s signature dining style is Cape Traditional food with a contemporary gourmet ‘twist’ and features varied menus with classic dishes showcasing the flavours and ingredients of the area, complemented by an extensive selection of wines from this celebrated region.

From easy breakfasts, light seasonal lunches, to hearty dinners or baked delights, Oude Werf Restaurant offers a delicious sample of Cape cuisine in a relaxing, convivial setting that’s essentially Stellenbosch.
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