Are you looking for a special child friendly restaurant in the Winelands for a lunchtime Celebration? Here are some of my favourite restaurants for celebrations from casual to fine dining.
Bodega Restaurant at Dornier Wine Estate
Bodega is a lovely restaurant to visit for lunch serving excellent quality food while still having a relaxed family environment. The lovely veranda is the perfect place to enjoy a celebration and take in the stunning scenery. There is a play area for the little ones, next to the veranda, which can be seen from the tables. Bodega serves a seasonal menu and their cuisine is all about fine food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere.They serve a Tapas menu in the afternoon which is hugely popular.
Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 880 0557 | www.dornier.co.za
Café Blanc de Noir at Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate
Café Blanc de Noir, hidden behind plum orchards and set on a wooden deck overlooking the vineyards, you will find this relaxed cafe serving tasty pizza’s with a casual ambiance. It is the perfect location to spend a lazy afternoon of pizza and wine. The menu is all about delicious thin-based, wood-fired pizzas and they have kid’s size pizza’s too. If you have a sweet tooth they have some delectable, freshly baked treats too. There is space in front of the restaurant for kids to play and a children’s jungle gym, a little distance away, suitable for competent climbers.The restaurant is popular with a great atmosphere. Bookings recommended. Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 10pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 200 2537 | www.brenaissance.co.za
Cucina di Giovanni at Eikendal Wine Estate
Cucina Di Giovanni is the perfect venue for a causal celebration with friends, family and kids in the Winelands. Set in the garden in front of the tasting room tables are spaciously scattered leaving plenty of space for kids to run around. The setting is ideal for large groups looking for a relaxed garden setting. They have a tasty selection of Italian dishes on the menu including pizza, pasta, risotto, seafood, meat, chicken and burgers. There is plenty to keep the little ones entertained including a wooden jungle gym with slide, monkey bars, fireman pole and swings as well as trees for climbing and open lawn space for the kids to play cricket, so bring a set along. Bookings recommended. Click here to read more.
Eikendal Estate, R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 855 5033 | www.eikendal.com
Floreal Brasserie at Marianne Wine Estate
The outstanding and charming Floreal Brasserie on the Marianne Wine Estate is the perfect setting for a fine dining celebration in a relaxed atmosphere and a child friendly venue. There is no compromise on standard this is the perfect combination of a fine dining experience in a child friendly setting, and affordable. This outstanding restaurant has a picturesque setting in the vineyards of Marianne Wine Estate. The outside deck overlooks a lily pond, and on the other side there are tables outside near the kid’s jungle gym.The frequently changing menu is based around a modern European style using the finest local, seasonal produce to serve the best quality food. The food is of an exceptional quality, this is a restaurant of distinction. Click here to read more.
Valley Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 300 1318 | www.floreal.co.za
Harvest at Laborie
Harvest at Laborie is the estates highly acclaimed restaurant serving contemporary South African cuisine. The restaurant is child friendly with a lovely, natural wood jungle gym and slide and beautiful lawns in front of the restaurant providing lots of space for play. Click here to read more about Laborie.
Taillefer Road, Paarl | Tel: 021 – 807 3390 | www.laboriewines.co.za
Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia
Jonkershuis Restaurant is located on the beautiful, historic Groot Constantia wine estate, nestled in the lush Constantia Valley. This relaxed eatery, surrounded by ancient oak trees, is a lovely family friendly restaurant to enjoy a celebration with kids. Their food reflects the Cape Malay heritage and culture and is of the highest quality. There is no jungle gym for the kids but the lawns in front of the restaurant provide plenty of space creating an environment where all kids come together and play, run, chase and have old school fun. Click here to read more.
Main Road, Constantia | Tel: 021 – 794 6255 | www.jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
La Grapperia at the Spice Route
La Grapperia at the Spice Route is a superb option for child friendly dining in the Winelands and a great option for casual celebrations with large groups. They serve up tasty traditional wood-fired, thin based pizza’s, and traditional Flammkuchen, a German/French style pizza (tarte flambe in French). Also on the menu are a selection of signature meat and cheese platters including a selection of Fairview cheeses from the farm next door, salads and chef specialty dishes. The restaurant has tables inside and outside under shady oak trees with breathtaking views of the Paarl Winelands. There is plenty of space for the little ones to play and explore around the tables and there is lawn space and a jungle gym located above the restaurant, suitable for competent climbers. The service is efficient and the staff friendly. The restaurant is popular, book in advance.
Suid-Agter Paarl Road | La Grapperia | Tel: 021 – 863 4367 | www.spiceroute.co.za
Situated in the stunning Franschhoek Valley this trendy, modern wine farm has a sleek and artfully designed social wine tasting area within the main dining room space. The family friendly restaurant serves a hearty Rotisserie lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. The spacious layout is ideal or a celebration. There is a play area located outside, in view of the restaurant tables with large floor to ceiling glass windows and plenty of lawn space for ball games. Click here to read more.
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek | Tel: 021 – 876 8002 | www.leopardsleap.co.za
Millhouse Kitchen at Lourensord Wine Estate
The Millhouse Kitchen is located on the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate nestled at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountains. This charming, child-friendly restaurant is very welcoming and accommodating to families, and is ideal for small children with plenty of space to roam and play. This eatery would be ideal for a champagne breakfast or lunch celebration.The restaurant’s modern interior has a fresh appeal and there is seating inside and outside on both sides. Ensure when booking to request a table near the kids play area. The menu is inspired by French and Italian rustic dishes. The large garden has three natural wood jungle gyms and plenty of space for them to run wild and burn off all that energy. There are high chairs if required and they provide colouring in pages and crayons if you little ones prefers to sit with you. This is a great restaurant to relax with kids while enjoying your celebration and the kids are having fun. Ensure when booking to request a table near the kids play area.
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 0030 | www.lourensford.co.za
The exquisite, Mont Marie is an absolute gem, it is rare to find such a stylish child friendly restaurant. There is a relaxed atmosphere to this superb modern fine dining restaurant serving delicious, well presented gourmet food. Mont Marie is a perfect choice to celebrate your special occasion. Set in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch surrounded by vineyards and mountains it overlooks a dam and has an amazing enclosed kid’s play area. From the moment you arrive you will feel the magnificence of this outstanding venue.
The play area is beautifully set up with wooden swings, slides, jungle gym and sandpit with sand toys. This is not your usual play area with great attention to detail and even a custom built secure wooden swing for babies. You can feel the extra care and thought that has been put in in the design of the play area to blend in with the surrounding area and it’s nice to know they care about families and our little people. There are dining tables inside the play area, if you wish to keep a close eye on your little ones and they have adorable wooden kid’s tables.
Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 880 0777 | www.montmarie.co.za
If you are looking for a casual setting in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands for pizza, wine and good times with friends Mulderbosch is the perfect choice. This wine estate is ideal for casual celebrations with large groups and kids. The layout of the outdoor seating area is setup in a booth style format making it ideal creating a relaxed, social atmosphere and great with kids who are usually up and down to the jungle gym and running around. The menu is simple serving a selection of delicious gourmet wood-fired pizzas, a burger and cheese and charcuterie platters. Delicious gluten free pizza’s are available. There is a large wooden jungle gym for kids and lots of space to run around and grassed hills to roll down. There are two areas for kids, or adults, to play a game of Boules – the French game where you roll heavy metal balls as close as possible to a target (similar to lawn bowls except you are on dirt and not lawn).
M12 Stellenbosch Arterial, Polkadraai Road | Tel: 021 – 881 8149 | www.mulderbosch.com
Stables at Vergelgen Wine Estate
Stables @ Vergelegen Wine Estate is a lovely, relaxed bistro for special occasions with family, friends and kids. The restaurant has contemporary décor with floor to ceiling glass windows to enjoy the stunning view from all tables. The menu consists of salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and small selection of delicious gourmet pizzas. They have an amazing play area for the little ones positioned a little distance away from the restaurant, but can be seen from the restaurant but not close enough to watch young ones. There is lawn space in front of the outside tables for the little ones to play while you are eating. The kids play area is one of the best I’ve seen. They have definitely taken pride in constructing this for our little ones and it has all been specially handcrafted. It really is lovely with beautiful mountains in the background the play area almost feels tranquil, if that is possible with kids.
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 2156 | www.vergelegen.co.za
The charming, child friendly Tokara Delicatessen is located on the beautiful Tokara Wine Estate with scenic views of the Simonsberg Mountains, olive groves and vineyards make this a beautiful setting for a casual celebration with family or friends. The Deli has a spacious feel to it with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls with views of the surrounding valley and vineyards. Tables are located inside and outside on the deck all with a view. The menu has a selection of delicious thin based, wood-fired gourmet pizza’s, cheese and charcuterie platters, salads, burger, beef, fish and vegetarian choices and a great kid’s menu. The Deli is suitable for for kids of all ages. For the younger little ones they have baskets of toys for them to play with and for older kids they have a wooden jungle gym, sandpit and space for them to play on the lawn in front of the restaurant, in view of the tables. There is also a giant birds nest for the good climbers mounted in a tree.
Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 808 5950 | www.tokara.co.za
Under Oaks Wines, located in Paarl, is a beautiful, child friendly estate for casual celebrations, delicious pizza and wine. The farm setting has picturesque views for you to savour as you spend a relaxed afternoon at this lovely location. The Pizzeria has tables located under shady oak trees with an open lawn space in front of the restaurant. The scenic views complement the tranquil setting adding to the relaxed ambience of this perfect, child friendly restaurant. The pizza’s are delicious and gluten free is available. There is a jungle gym, swings and farm animals to keep the little ones entertained watching the cows and horses roam around and plenty of space for the little ones to run and play and just be kids. When booking request a table on the lawn if you would like to be close to the kids.
Main Road, Paarl | Tel: 021 – 869 8962 | www.underoaks.co.za