A memorable dining experience created by Chef Archie Maclean
A feast of flavour and contemporary design

Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg pays homage to the woman who started it all, the fascinating and feisty Catharina Ras, who founded Steenberg in the 17th century.

Taking a leaf from Catharina’s adventurous book, this restaurant serves up contemporary food, making guests feel welcomed as they revel in the abundance of fresh produce, cooked simply and presented beautifully.

Catharina’s embraces the past but keeps evolving with the current to maintain a fresh and innovative attitude. The menu centres on simplicity, and lets the finest quality ingredients do all the talking. The décor of Catharina’s Restaurant hints at Catharina’s thrilling life as design elements weave themselves into a visual narrative – a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach.

A multitude of origami swans swing from the ceiling. These figures serve a symbolic purpose – as Steenberg Vineyards’ original name was “Swaaneweide” – The Feeding Place of Swans. In 1682, a homesick Catharina Ras had mistaken the spur-winged geese of the Steenberg region for swans. A single black swan hangs from the ceiling, and acknowledges both the past and future of Steenberg.The black swan symbolises Catharina Ras, who truly stood out, in her time and in ours, as the first female land owner in Africa and a true eccentric with a ground-breaking attitude towards life.

Elements of this thrilling life story are thoughtfully included in the many subtle elements of Catharina’s interior design, and guests often discover a new visual delight on each visit. Comprising of over 100 carefully selected South African wines and a small but relevant international offering, the award-winning wine list at Catharina's restaurant offers choice to the connoisseur and casual sipper alike. Catharina’s has been awarded the American Express Platinum Award for Fine Dining 2005-2015, and the Diner’s Club Winelist Award – Diamond Awards 2009-2011.

News & Events at Catharina’s Restaurant

January 23, 2018

Play Cupid at Catharina’s Restaurant

Join Chef Archie Maclean at Catharina’s Restaurant for a wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner. Enjoy oysters and bubbly on arrival followed by a 3 course dinner with coffee and petit fours to finish.  The meal is charged at R 550 per person excluding gratuity.  The menu for the evening: 3 x oysters and bubbly on arrival Franschhoek smoked salmon, spiced avocado purée, baby leaf salad, prawn and trout roe dressing Grilled beef fillet, truffle potato purée, ragout of mushroom, green bean […]
November 3, 2017

Steenberg Water Saving Initiatives

At Steenberg, we recognise the need to conserve water. Because of this, we have implemented and invested in many water saving initiatives and projects, namely: Installation of 6 water meters on the estate which log our water usage every 15 minutes. This enables us to stop leaks timeously and focus on our usage needs. Harvesting of rainwater from the cellar roof. Converting old cement wine tanks to a water reservoir with a 5 stage filtration to make sure drinking water […]
November 1, 2017

Steenberg Christmas Carols – Sold Out

Join us for the annual Steenberg Christmas Carols concert on the lawns in front of Catharina’s Restaurant on Friday 15th December 2017. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on arrival. Delicious food for sale from Catharina’s Restaurant as well as some exciting new food vendors. (Own food is allowed) Wine available at Cellar Door Prices (No BYO) Please bring your own picnic blankets and chairs. Adult Tickets: R185 Children under 12 years: R110 Children under 2 years: Free Gates Open: […]

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