The Skotnes Restaurant open



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.

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.

All menus are subject to change.

For bookings of 8 or more, contact: +27 87 654 5902 /  bookings@theskotnes.com



Summer Picnics in The Sculpture Garden

All summer-long, pre-packed picnic hampers will be available from 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 hampers 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.

We only take 5 picnic bookings a day, so expect an intimate, curated offering with lots of privacy, overlooking the museum and sculpture garden. No crowds, no deli fridges, everything is prepared in advance!

If you’re looking to “pop the question” – be sure to email bookings@theskotnes.com to enquire about their proposal packages, which includes a night’s stay in The Apartment at Norval Foundation, and a champagne breakfast the next day.

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

Picnic baskets start from R295 per person, and 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.

No outside picnics are permitted to be brought in.


The Skotnes Restaurant

Wednesday – Sunday

07:00 – 18:00

(closed Monday and Tuesday) 


Breakfast: 08:00 – 11:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 16:00