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

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: […]
August 17, 2017

One Course Lunch at Catharina’s Restaurant

One Course Lunch at Catharina’s Restaurant If you are looking for a light, simple, but delicious lunch – look no further than Chef Archie Maclean’s new One Course Lunch Special which will be available from 1 September 2017. Have a look at the menu below: Pasta of the day – 120 Garden Salad – 90 Avocado, spring onion, roast baby onion, cucumber, blue rock cheese, toasted pumpkin seed, balsamic dressing, mixed baby leaves Chicken Caesar Salad – 120 Chicken, bacon, […]

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