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Oude Werf Restaurant

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30 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa (Formerly Liefde Bistro)
+27 21 887 4608
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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440 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 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. The meal was great -- good quality, traditional meals -- and the service was as... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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112 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 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.

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Cape Town
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 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
South Lake Tahoe, California
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112 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 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
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed May 18, 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 were asked if we could order mains as the kitchen was closing in 20 mins.... More 

Thank shirleyjf
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 16, 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
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 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
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 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
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2013

It is worth eating here for the interesting old building, nice ambiance of the indoor and outdoor dining areas, and some great Cape dishes. That said, the overall experience fell short of 'Very Good' due to variable results from the kitchen. The main course 'trio of classic South African dishes' was superb, and nicely presented. The sole, on the other... More 

Thank Peter H
Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Excelent service, really cozy surounding, really intresting choices on the menu. The biggest issue was that it was really hard to choose. Everything sounded good. Even if we only had one dish each they were friendly all through the meal.

Thank Swamp78

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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