The Skotnes Restaurant

  • The Skotnes Restaurant Tokai, Western Cape
  • Bistro, Breakfast, Cape Malay, Cape Provencale, Cocktails, Coffee Shop, Continental, Country, Fusion, Health, Light Meals, Picnics, Seafood, South African, Vegetarian
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town

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The Culinary Arm of the Norval Foundation ...

Named after legendary South African artist and teacher Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant is naturally at home in the world of art.

Overlooking the foundation’s serene wetland and Sculpture Garden, the Skotnes seamlessly integrates nature and architecture. The menu pays homage to classical South African cuisine, while updating its flavours and distilling its ingredients to their simplest possible presentation.

All ingredients are sourced from local, small-batch suppliers, with the intention of supporting and uplifting local communities. At the helm of the Skotnes is Executive Chef Phil de Villiers.  The Skotnes Restaurant was recognised by Eat Out Readers as “Highly Commended” in the Best Everyday Eatery Awards 2018.

Summer Picnics in The Sculpture Garden:

All summer-long, pre-packed picnic baskets will be available from the Kiosk outside The Skotnes Restaurant.

As well as take-away coffee and a delectable range of Italian gelato, the Kiosk is the quick and easy way to grab a bite to eat while exploring The Sculpture Garden at Norval Foundation.

The Family-Friendly picnic baskets are ordered ahead of time, and the price includes admission to Norval Foundation’s museum and gallery spaces. Expect to find baskets brimming with fresh, local and seasonal produce – in keeping with the Skotnes’ philosophy of supporting local, small-batch food suppliers. Baskets also include a range of desserts made by our in-house pastry chef, Isca Stoltz.

There are also special picnic bags that are packed especially for children, so everyone gets their own picnic basket!

Picnic baskets start from R320 for two people, R95 per kiddies basket.

Pre-ordering is essential.

About the Norval Foundation:

The Norval Foundation is a centre for art and cultural expression, dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, the Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature.

Our Sculpture Garden, outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces and research library are situated in a unique setting that offers visitors a multisensory experience. This is complemented by the Skotnes Restaurant and Bar, a bespoke shop and a children’s playground.

We aim to create high-quality exhibitions and public programming to broaden our understanding of the visual arts. The Norval Foundation is honoured to be the custodian of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, the Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive. We believe that art has the power to enrich our lives and that artists contribute to our communities in a profound way.

The Norval family are the founders and initial funders of the Norval Foundation. Their aim is to make art widely accessible to local and international visitors by creating a self-sustaining centre for art. The proceeds from capital donations will be used to secure the foundation for future generations.

For more information visit our website HERE and view our calendar of events HERE

Who's Cooking?

Executive Chef Phil de Villiers Photo

Executive Chef Phil De Villiers


Cost Per Head : R125+

  • Cuisine : Bistro, Breakfast, Cape Malay, Cape Provencale, Cocktails, Coffee Shop, Continental, Country, Fusion, Health, Light Meals, Picnics, Seafood, South African, Vegetarian
  • Ambience : Business, Coffee Shop, Family, Relaxed, Romantic, Trendy, Upmarket
  • Entertainment : Internet or WiFi
  • Dress : Casual
  • Reservations
  • Functions
  • Outside Area
    Outside Area
  • Secure Parking
    Secure Parking
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
    Child Friendly
  • Kids Menu
    Kids Menu
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Corkage
  • Cocktails
  • Private Dining
    Private Dining
  • Weddings
  • Conferencing
  • Generator
  • Place of Interest
    Place of Interest
  • Accommodation

Credit Cards Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Debit Card
    Debit Card
  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • SnapScan