Restaurant

RUST EN VREDE

THE RESTAURANT

Since opening in 2007, the Rust en Vrede Restaurant has shaped the way we think about wine and food. Our aim is to show guests how a dining experience can be heightened by the combination of outstanding wine with excellent food. 

Our restaurant is housed in the Estate’s original cellar, a historic monument which has been transformed into a sophisticated yet relaxing fine-dining setting. We’ve done our best to preserve the unique charm of the building so that guests are transported back to simpler times, where good wine and food are central to the experience. 

Chef Fabio Daniel serves contemporary French cuisine, adding his own unique flair taking inspiration from his Brazilian and Italian heritage. Having worked under both previous head chefs, David Higgs and John Shuttleworth, he continues our tradition of sourcing only the freshest and best ingredients from sustainable producers. 

Our international wine list is overseen by sommelier James Mukosi, who works closely with Chef Fabio to find the best wine pairings for each dish. Combining a balanced menu with wines to enhance each dish, rounded off with stellar service, we aim to offer you a singular experience.

THE RESTAURANT

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Rust en Vrede fine dining restaurant will be temporarily closed for annual maintenance over the months of June, July and August 2021. This has given us an exciting opportunity to offer something new! Chef Fabio and his team will be serving a more casual dinner offering in the Tasting Room. 


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The Restaurant will re-open for fine dining dinners, Tuesday to Saturday from the 1st of September 2021. For reservations, please use the contact form opposite, or email dining@rustenvrede.com

Our Menu

Experience Menu

Our Rust en Vrede Experience Menu is a completely tailored dining experience. A unique gastronomic journey created especially for you. This experience cannot be re-created because of the limited quantities of exceptional produce used for the food, and the scarcity of the wines selected. The format is that of a surprise menu, so we would like to thank you for your trust and hope to repay it by creating an unforgettable evening for you. Reservations for the Experience Menu require 24 – hours’ notice.

THE RESTAURANT

Meet the chef

Fabio Daniel came by his culinary career by rather an unusual route. After an injury ended his career as a professional basketball player, he went to travel the world, where he started working in kitchens as a necessity to fund the travel bug. Working in various establishments in the UK, New Zealand and Brazil, he unearthed a passion for food and flavours. It was also while on his travels that he met his South African wife, who eventually brought him to South Africa to settle. This is when he decided on the kitchen as a career and managed to get himself the most junior position in David Higgs’ kitchen at Rust en Vrede. 

Working first under David and later under John Shuttleworth, Fabio honed his skills and took over as Head Chef in August 2017. With his Brazilian background and Italian heritage, he adds some flair to the contemporary French cuisine offered at Rust en Vrede. He draws inspiration from his extensive travels, the fantastic fresh produce available in the Western Cape, and from his team in the kitchen, made up of Philip Nel,  Zenaid De Nobrega and sommelier James Mukosi.

THE RESTAURANT

Dinner Hours

(reservations essential)
Thursday to Saturday
18h00 – 23h00

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Opening Hours:
Tasting Room & Winemaker’s Lunch
(no Reservations, first come first served)

Monday to Saturday
09h00 – 17h00

Sunday
10h00 – 16h00

Restaurant
(reservations essential)
Thursday to Saturday
18h00 – 23h00
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