Root44
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We’re a venue with a difference. It is beautifully designed to give you an outdoor and indoor experience. Come rain or sunshine we are always open. Root44 is surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees, we offer funky live entertainment, an awesome selection of food and wine, the perfect place for leisurely browsing.
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  • Executive Chef/Advisory
    Green Point, South Africa26 contributions
    Root44 absolutely stunning!
    We’ve visited Root44 Market simply the BEST market around! The variety and offering of the food stalls is fantastic. Upstairs, new Restaurant, The Coffee Shop, and the wine tasting is a must visit, there is simply so much to enjoy. For the young ones the kiddies play area, so much to do for the whole family! Not to mention the art gallery is a must see! The views, open area and outdoor seating on the first floor is mesmerising, like a fairy tale come true! Thank you Root44 for creating such an amazing and unbelievable venue!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 December 2022
  • Anne G
    Somerset West, South Africa273 contributions
    A NEW DISCOVERY AND A REAL GEM
    My husband and I decided to pop into the Root 44 market and see what all the buzz was about. We could not believe all the wonderful food stalls selling everything you can imagine which can be eaten outside at tables while gazing at spectacular Helderberg mountains and the kids can happily play on the lawns or in the statue fountain nearby. What we were really impressed with was the newly opened upstairs extensive art gallery and restaurant area with seating inside or on the balcony. There is also an Oyster Bar and numerous wine bars as well as a wine shop selling a large variety of wines at excellent prices. The atmosphere is fabulous and we were greeted by very friendly waiters. There is an indoor fireplace so once Winter comes this will be a great place to go for a meal. We had already eaten but had a look at the menu which covers all tastes. We were told that they are open every day until 9pm during the season so we are definitely going back.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 30 December 2022
  • Elené C
    Stellenbosch, South Africa189 contributions
    Root 44 Restaurant: Hits and Misses
    We love Root44 and was so glad when they finally opened their upstairs restaurant. There is just a few things to note: 1. It is three different restaurants in one space that looks exactly the same. 2. Which means that even though you can see people doing a wind tasting at the next table, you might not be able to order that. 3. On one occasion we went and at the wine tasting section, you cannot order platters, although they are on the menu - no explanation given. 4. On another occasion we were on the food side where we couldn’t order a sushi platter - no explanation given even though it is on the menu. But you can order the individual elements of the platter and they will serve it to you on the same dish - go figure 5. We ordered a Chardonnay tasting (includes amazing Stellenbosch wines). The waiter came back and asked if we wouldn’t rather prefer one tasting glass of Chardonnay, one of Sauvignon Blanc, one of Chenin… you get the picture. The staff has zero wine training, serving these great wines from the region. 6. We also ordered a rare reds tasting where we were told that they have never served it before so they do not actually know anything about the wines so they just put it in front of us. Great concept, great wines, great sushi but majorly lacking in the staff department. The staff needs training ASAP and the menu needs refining. And lastly, Management, maybe share with your staff the reasons for not offering certain items?
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2023
  • Steven Vienings
    Pretoria, South Africa276 contributions
    Well worth a visit, plenty of times
    An awesome food market (permanent). Set up with so much variety of foods on offer, amazing wine slushy's and ample seating. Very nice restaurant upstairs. Veiw was amazing, one can admire the beauty. Great for kids and families
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Gary D
    Hampton, Australia35 contributions
    Vast eating and wine drinking venue in Stellenbosch
    Excellent venue - vast but with so many breakout areas that it somehow felt intimate for our group. The staff were very attentive and professional. The food and drinks were very good - a special mention goes to their wine based cocktails (which have become necessary whilst they wait for their liquor license).
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2023
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Johan
Somerset West, South Africa12 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Very good vibe, always nice to visit. There's something tasty to eat and drink for everybody. Perfect for a family outing over a weekend
Written 18 June 2023
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Gary D
Hampton, Australia35 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Excellent venue - vast but with so many breakout areas that it somehow felt intimate for our group. The staff were very attentive and professional. The food and drinks were very good - a special mention goes to their wine based cocktails (which have become necessary whilst they wait for their liquor license).
Written 25 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Joshua B
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
This is not a market anymore. Just food stall after food stall with some very expensive art works in between. It used the be filled will all sorts, from plants to leather shoes and belts and even old vinyl records, great beers and good food at decent prices.
It is now a commercial restaurant where you will pay R45 for a cup of coffee.
Not a market at all.
Go once and see it but be prepared for the expense and the lack of charm it once used to have.
Written 5 April 2023
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Steven Vienings
Pretoria, South Africa276 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
An awesome food market (permanent). Set up with so much variety of foods on offer, amazing wine slushy's and ample seating. Very nice restaurant upstairs. Veiw was amazing, one can admire the beauty. Great for kids and families
Written 2 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elené C
Stellenbosch, South Africa189 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
We love Root44 and was so glad when they finally opened their upstairs restaurant. There is just a few things to note:

1. It is three different restaurants in one space that looks exactly the same.
2. Which means that even though you can see people doing a wind tasting at the next table, you might not be able to order that.
3. On one occasion we went and at the wine tasting section, you cannot order platters, although they are on the menu - no explanation given.
4. On another occasion we were on the food side where we couldn’t order a sushi platter - no explanation given even though it is on the menu. But you can order the individual elements of the platter and they will serve it to you on the same dish - go figure
5. We ordered a Chardonnay tasting (includes amazing Stellenbosch wines). The waiter came back and asked if we wouldn’t rather prefer one tasting glass of Chardonnay, one of Sauvignon Blanc, one of Chenin… you get the picture. The staff has zero wine training, serving these great wines from the region.
6. We also ordered a rare reds tasting where we were told that they have never served it before so they do not actually know anything about the wines so they just put it in front of us.

Great concept, great wines, great sushi but majorly lacking in the staff department. The staff needs training ASAP and the menu needs refining. And lastly, Management, maybe share with your staff the reasons for not offering certain items?
Written 14 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

yuinda
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
No beer available. The restuarants upstairs are gorgeous but you cannot sit upstairs with market food. Disapointing. The view is amazing
Written 3 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anne G
Somerset West, South Africa273 contributions
Dec 2022
My husband and I decided to pop into the Root 44 market and see what all the buzz was about. We could not believe all the wonderful food stalls selling everything you can imagine which can be eaten outside at tables while gazing at spectacular Helderberg mountains and the kids can happily play on the lawns or in the statue fountain nearby.
What we were really impressed with was the newly opened upstairs extensive art gallery and restaurant area with seating inside or on the balcony. There is also an Oyster Bar and numerous wine bars as well as a wine shop selling a large variety of wines at excellent prices. The atmosphere is fabulous and we were greeted by very friendly waiters.
There is an indoor fireplace so once Winter comes this will be a great place to go for a meal.
We had already eaten but had a look at the menu which covers all tastes. We were told that they are open every day until 9pm during the season so we are definitely going back.
Written 30 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gavin
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Family
Stunning place great food and wine what an awesome place for freinds and family I will definitely be visiting again soon
Written 26 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Executive Chef/Advisory
Green Point, South Africa26 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
We’ve visited Root44 Market simply the BEST market around! The variety and offering of the food stalls is fantastic.
Upstairs, new Restaurant, The Coffee Shop, and the wine tasting is a must visit, there is simply so much to enjoy.
For the young ones the kiddies play area, so much to do for the whole family!
Not to mention the art gallery is a must see!
The views, open area and outdoor seating on the first floor is mesmerising, like a fairy tale come true!
Thank you Root44 for creating such an amazing and unbelievable venue!
Written 26 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nel911
205 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
What a buzzing experience!
Something for everyone.
Great vibes.
Great views.
Great food.
Great treats.
Lovely to sit inside, walking or outside on the grass.
Written 26 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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