The Company's Garden is the oldest garden in South Africa, a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town. The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region's first European settlers and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
The Dutch East India Company established the garden in Cape Town for the purpose of providing fresh vegetables to the settlement as well as passing ships. Master gardener and free burgher Hendrik Boom prepared the first ground for sowing of seed on 29 April 1652. The settlers sowed different kinds of seeds and kept record thereof each day. Through trial and error they managed to compile a calendar which they used for the sowing and harvesting throughout the year. At first they grew salad herbs, peas, large beans, radish, beet, spinach, wheat, cabbage, asparagus and turnips among others. They caught fish, trapped wild animals and traded with the Khoisan for cattle and sheep with copper and tobacco. By 1653 the garden allowed the settlers to become self sustainable throughout the year. As the settlement grew, additional farming land was prepared at Rondebosch in 1656. By 1658 nearly every garden plant of Europe and India was already cultivated in the garden, though potatoes and maize were not yet introduced.
|Monday||7:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||7:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||7:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||7:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||7:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||7:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Ryan Evertse | Feb 25, 2018
I have such mixed emotions when it comes to this restaurant.. the only thing that i really love is the outside seating area between trees.. Everything else is well below par.. the waiters are slow, I even had to send glasses back, it was old with white flakes inside.. i noticed smoothies being served in beer glasses.. my order was incorrect a few times.. twice we had to get up to go get our bill. I think management might just be too relaxed with their staff.. the venue is perfect but the actual restuarant is not even close.. not sure why I keep on going back.. great coffee
Angie Tan | Jan 29, 2018
The setting of the restaurant is modern amidst greenery which made it a great place to chill and have a drink. We ordered the Malay platter and a Greek salad. The salad was average but the platter was quite good. Mostly deep fried food though. I would give it 5 out of 5 for ambience but the food is just average.
Kim Windvogel | Jan 17, 2018
Waited forever to get served. When I was finally seated, I asked to be moved to a more comfortable table and the waiter said they will ask the manager as it might be reserved, no one came back. Another table that was seated directly next to me complained about their table to the same waiter and was moved immediately to the table I requested without question. I don't have to mention that they were European tourists. I asked the waiter why they got to the move and she just shrugged. Won't go back.
Briony Robertson | Jan 19, 2018
I decided to email the restaurant directly about my experiences on the 12th, but they have not responded. Poor service. Rude waiters. Rude manager too. Below average food. But the thing that annoyed me the most was being refused tap water, because they "could not guarantee that it was safe to drink". We bought our bottled water, only to have it arrive with glasses filled to the brim with ice. Ice made with municipal water! An absolute rip off and we won't be going back.
Robby Balona | Feb 17, 2018
Not very well staffed... Had to find someone to help us as nobody came to take our order or ask us about drinks... It was ok seeing that the surrounding are what you go for. Food was ok and not great. Value for money.... hummm not sure.
Andris Chinyanga | Mar 24, 2018
A very nice place to hang out and feel the warm or chill breeze depending on the weather the food is prepared nicely and appetizing even before you take a bite its a nice quiet gateway right in the middle of town
Nick Stodel | Apr 15, 2018
Great setting and great food. Definitely only for a good weather day. Enjoy with a walk in the gardens and ideal for kids.
Schalk Burger | May 5, 2018
Epic setting and tasty food...but wow the service is very slow and poor compared to Cape Town's usual much higher standards
Jackie Gragnola | May 30, 2018
I thought the food was good but my drink was wrong. It’s okay since I was fine with a flat white instead 🤷🏼♀️ The eggs Benedict was good but a bit much on the hollondaise sauce. My friend got the French toast and it looked AMAZING so I’d probably get that next time :) it had bacon on it. The best! Overall would probably come back, but probably will try other places in town. It is nice that it’s situated in the little park with lots of interesting birds (and fairly aggressive squirrels).
Shereen Kazansky | May 20, 2018
You can't smoke outside there in the Garden Restaurant! The waiter couldn't give us a good reason, just that that is the rule. We chose to eat the fish and chips dish which is a traditional dish in Cape Town - too much batter, and it didn't taste like Cape Town. It was tasteless. So this was disappointing. Texies Take Aways makes a better job. The good point is that the waiter is engaging, but the food needs to come up to the waiters' standard. We went there another time and had the scones with jams, and were also disappointed at the bland taste and lack of butter texture of the scones. So the food is bit disappointing.
Darren Salkinder | May 13, 2018
Little gem hidden away in the company gardens. Great food. Lovely vibe. Great environment with all the beautiful gardens around you. Lots of foot traffic past the place. Not much other view besides the gardens. But the food is delicious.
Aneska Spies | Jun 9, 2018
Not only are the beverages amazing, there is a fast variety of pastries too. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the service there is top notch. A plus is that the restaurant is kids friendly.
Zaheer Abrahams | May 8, 2018
Iconic restaurant located in the heart of the Company’s Gardens with a wonderful ambience as well as outside seating between the trees too. Visited on a cold day and sat indoors at the high chairs overlooking the gardens (which were very comfortable) and ordered the Daltjie Burger and their Hot Chocolate which are both worth the try. (Daltjie burger is their vegetarian option)
Edward D | Jun 17, 2018
It was always a surprise that good food could be had for reasonable prices in a setting like the company gardens. But something had changed. The desserts at least have become excessively sugary and over-priced. During peak hours the staff can be less than welcoming.
Bernadette Lewin-Daries | Jul 15, 2018
Breakfast not worth the price. Dissapointing. Staff was very pleasant and attentive. Pet friendly
Oliver Copley | Aug 1, 2018
Always an awesome place to relax after a visit to the company's garden. Awesome service and a great coffee, wine and food selection.
Louis Bester | Aug 15, 2018
Food is a little over priced for the quality that you get. I have never been disappointed but have never really been blown away.
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