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Travellers' Choice Best of the Best


US$36 - US$48
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning! Lovely host! Delicious food! Highly recommended. If you pass Swellendam you should really stop here - you can also book a room with them

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 26 October 2021 via mobile

We were a party of 4. One can choose 2,3 or 4 courses. We chose 2 & 3, but could not resist ordering desserts to share. It was without doubt the best Italian food we have tasted. Service, ambiance, food presentation and attentiveness to diners...was excellent. We had Pea and Tarragon Flan, Free Range Chicken Liver Parfait, Carnaroli Risotto Rice with Argentinean Prawn, Tortello stuffed pasta, Pork Belly, Line Fish, Tiramisù and Shortbread glazed lemon tart. All dishes were amazing. Well done Salvatore, Nina, Chris and staff for a memorable eveningMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 30 September 2021 via mobile

Top notch fine dining restaurant run by a passionate Italian chef, his wife and her father. An intimate experience with lots of attention to detail. And great wine selection from local wineries. A bucket list restaurant to attend.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2021

Dear Stephan Many thanks for taking the time to write such a very complimentary review. Knowing that guests enjoyed their dining experience really means a lot to all of us at La Sosta. Thanks once again and we hope to see you again in the...More

Reviewed 18 September 2021 via mobile

We were in Swellendam for the weekend for a “gourmet weekend” organized by Schoone Oordt guest house. Our first stop was at charming family run Italian spot called La Sosta for a food and wine pairing evening with Kleinhoekkloof wines. The entire evening from the...service to the food was faultless. You could taste the love, care, thought that went into each dish. The food was delicious and packed with flavour. The wine was thoughtfully paired with each dish was incredible as well with the 2018 Pinot Noir being my favorite. All the dishes were delicious but my absolute favorite was the tiramisu. The whole setup of the owner, his daughter and her Italian husband (the chef) reminded me of Swellendam’s version of the movie 100 foot journey. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2021

Dear Lorian Our entire team works really hard to try to ensure that diners have a very enjoyable and memorable time at La Sosta, so it very rewarding when we receive a very complimentary review, such as yours. Nothing pleases us more than having guests...More

Reviewed 25 August 2021 via mobile

The food was outstanding , presentation fantastic The personal service and attention by the owners & chef delightful Simply the best fine dining experience we have had in years The price is reasonable and the restaurant unpretentious with a great ambienceMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2021

Dear Ryan The La Sosta Team is very happy that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Complimentary reviews like yours help to motivate us to continue to strive to deliver excellent food, wine and service to guests who make the effort to travel to...More

Reviewed 3 August 2021

We booked a table at La Sosta when it got a top African restaurant rating by Tripadvisor and then organised a trip around it. Given the times we are living in with lockdown restrictions, it is telling that the restaurant was fully booked, even though...it is 200km from Cape Town. Salvatore's food has won him many rewards in the past and it was a privilege to have sampled his wonderful culinary talents first-hand. Nina and Chris provided a warm and professional service and the wine list teemed with regional gems. Get out of town for a weekend and really spoil yourself with a dinner at La Sosta!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2021

Theo Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It really means a lot to all of us at La Sosta, particularly during the very challenging times that we are in. We hope to see you again soon Kind regards Chris,...More

Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

The welcome, the staff, the cleanliness and the elegant and minimalistic cozy ambiance made us feel immediately at home. The rooms were superb and with all’ amenities and we slept like royalty! Then we went for dinner and from the beginning we did not know...what to choose from the menu: the selection was seasonal and looked good, with a good palette of taste. Then the food arrived. It certainly exceeded all our expectations! The combination of Ingredients and textures was simply sublime. It is the best food I have eaten in Africa. Every single course was so delightful and well combined. And at the end, we did not feel heavy but so well nourished and happy! We look forward to having dinner there agsin soonest and enjoy the art of sublime food!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2021

Dear Nathalie It was lovely seeing you all again. We try to ensure that guests thoroughly enjoy their time with us. So when a guest takes the time to write a lovely review like yours, it really motivates all of us to continue to deliver...More

Reviewed 24 June 2021

Excellent evening in the wonderful environment. Sometimes one can try hard I never succeed but in this case they tried hard and what a result!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 15 June 2021

I was disappointed with my experience at La Sosta. I felt that I did not get value for money at all, and I really don't mind paying high prices if the food is worth it. Very expensive for 2 courses with tiny portions. The porcini...mushrooms did not have the strong flavour of porcini.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2021

Dear 247LiveLife We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your dining experience at La Sosta. We are particularly surprised that you feel our portion sizes are too small for the prices paid. To the best of my recollection the only complaint we...More

Reviewed 6 June 2021 via mobile

Superb sophisticated Mediterranean/ Southern Italian food beautifully presented. The restaurant is elegantly decorated, the husband and wife proprietors warm and welcoming. It is a treat.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Good afternoon, we use to work with "a la carte menu" that changes every 2/3 weeks. a sample of our menu is visible on our website. For the next season we are thinking to use 2 tasting menu, one will be vegetarian, made of... More
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La Sosta Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5