Cavalli Restaurant

Cavalli Restaurant

Cavalli Estate in the Stellenbosch winelands is a versatile lifestyle destination deftly combining food, wine and art. ‘Cavalli’ may be the Italian word for ‘horses’, but this stylish winelands estate offers so much more than the world-class equestrian facilities that grace the long driveway leading into the 100-hectare estate.

Soon after opening Cavalli Estate was recognised as the first Green Star-rated restaurant and exhibition space in South Africa. It’s a space bathed in natural light, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening out to a spacious terrace. Beyond the tables the views spill out across the farm dam, vineyards and paddocks; a scene framed by views of the distant Helderberg Mountains.

More than 80 percent of the kitchen’s fresh produce is drawn from Cavalli Estate’s own vegetable gardens, which stretch across more than an acre of land. In the gardens an array of sun-ripened tomato varietals provide plenty of inspiration for summer plates, as do the bundles of fresh herbs and salad leaves. Mature fig and pomegranate trees deliver late-summer fruits, while heirloom carrots and beetroot are plentiful in winter and spring.

Along with seasonality, Chef Michael Deg is a passionate believer in sustainability: across the menu the beef is exclusively grass-fed, the pork happily free-ranging, the fish line-caught from healthy stocks.

From oysters to onions, fresh seasonal bounty finds an easy home on Deg’s compact menu: a choice of six plates for starters, mains and dessert. Thanks to the garden there’s no shortage of vegetarian options, while one dish in each section is entirely vegan.

Cavalli Restaurant is open from Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, as well as Sundays for lunch only. For bookings email the reservation team on

Address Cavalli Estate is situated at R44 Highway (Strand Road), Somerset West
Contact Number 021 855 3218
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