The Skotnes Restaurant is 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.

Just six months after opening in April 2018, The Skotnes Restaurant was voted one of Eat Out’s Best Everyday Eateries in the Western Cape for 2018.

Overlooking the foundation’s serene wetland and innovative 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.

“We have always strived to create food that responds to its environment, and works closely with our small-batch farmers and suppliers. Whether its fresh fish from nearby Kalk Bay, or freshly foraged herbs and aromatics from our coastal shores. The Skotnes is unique in its ability to offer South African classics with a fresh modern twist.”

We expect a high volume of bookings during the festive season, so please ensure that you book ahead, using the links and email address below.


Christmas Holiday Programme at The Skotnes

Join The Skotnes Restaurant this festive season for a typically South African Christmas, served up in a world of art.

Please contact bookings@theskotnes.com to reserve a spot, and we’ll get back to you with a confirmation email.


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 Italion 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 can be 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. Please complete provisional booking form below or alternatively email bookings@theskotnes.com to reserve a spot, and we’ll get back to you with a confirmation email.


The Skotnes Restaurant
Open six days a week
Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays)
Pastries & coffee: 8 am – 12 pm
Lunch: 12 pm – 3 pm
Platters & drinks: 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Brunch: 8 am – 3 pm
Platters & drinks: 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Brunch & Lunch: 8 am – 7 pm
Dinner: Closed
Open six days a week
Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays)
3 pm – 11 pm
Saturday 12 pm – late
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm