Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
About Paulina's Restaurant
Lunch might be over when the distant orange-pink mountains change their hue. But that doesn't mean you have to leave.
Take a seat overlooking the Rickety Bridge vineyards. Sip a glassful of crisp estate wine and enjoy a delicious lunch while drinking in the splendour of the magnificent surroundings. Every creation from our team of talented chefs is given extra zest by the striking beauty of the setting and stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains.
Rickety Bridge is an enchanting Franschhoek wine estate that earns its place in the Cape's cuisine capital. Franschhoek is home to some of the best restaurants in South Africa.
The Restaurant in the Vines has made way for Paulina’s, named in honour of the original owner of the property in 1797, Paulina de Villiers.
In keeping with current culinary trends, the restaurant features a variety of half and full portions of its exciting bistro style menu, allowing diners the opportunity to sample and share dishes.
The half portions are larger than a conventional tapas serving, so ideal for sharing, or having as a starter. Some of the dishes are served as main portions only.
Paulina’s is open for lunch seven days a week.
The restaurant spills out from a cozy thatched area onto decks with views over the vineyards and mountains. Umbrellas and a Bedouin tent provide cover and shade.
Sadly the service was extremely slow, we had to wait ages even just to order and starters arrived at about 2h30. Oxtail was a very small portion and some had grisel on. We eventually had our dessert at 3h45 and all the shortbread biscuits were finished so we only had crème brulee. Pity about the above because the setting, welcome drink, chocolates for the Mom's were all lovely touches.
Booked for Mother's Day as we had a wonderful experience doing the wine tasting and thought it would a treat for Mother's Day, as the setting is beautiful. We arrived at 12:00, only received our starters at 13:30, after numerous complaints. Main course was served a hour later. Desert arrived within 10 minutes of receiving our mains, which we had not yet finished. Oxtail was very tough and only 1 piece was received in 2 of the helpings. The Beef fillet was exceptional!!. Desert was great. We had to ask for cutlery for both main and deserts. We were offered only 1 drink as we never saw our waiter. Empty cool drink cans were not removed our table. All in all not a very pleasant experience for a special occasion!
Good Morning Kim I thank you for taking the time to complete the information and posting it so that i can see what was happening from all angles on the Day, I am terribly sorry for the meal that was not up to scratch on the day, the service i have resolved already and changes have been made so that we can better ourselves when doing services like Mothers day, we hope to see you back soon to see some of the changes that have taken place David Vinton
Excellent service as always. Food is so good you will want to come back. It's a must visit when coming to Franschhoek.
Wonderful venue with stunning views, awesome food with great service. What more could you ask for? Will definitely be back.
Such a fabulous place and a very warm welcome especially from Fennel-
Great atmosphere and service
Excellent place and in such a beautiful setting
Lovely staff, excellent wine & beautiful views....
Had the paired tasting menu. Lots of flavour from the food and the wines were perfect. Lovely setting. Excellent service.
Delicious food in a friendly & relaxing environment. Very pleasant indeed.
Very friendly waitresses and very kind to our young children, dankie!
Beautiful venue and delicious food. I had a four course tasting menu with matching wines, I rated some aspects down for the following reasons: 1. All three main tasting courses are served together, only my first course was warm, the rest were stone cold, which spoiled the experience a lot. 2. No explanation was given of what's goes with what, or which wines go with which courses. 3. The wines that accompanied the food were basically wine tasting portions, a bit small for a food accompaniment. These are things that are easy to fix and I look forward to visiting your restaurant again for a better experience soon.
The food was superb, there was a lovely cosy fire and the food was excellent.
The food was magnificent - wonderful taste combinations and good portion size. The Churro dessert just amazing ! What stood our most however was the amazing and friendly service ...not intrusive, not overly formal ...wonderfully welcoming, friendly and efficient ! Most appreciated and we will be back.
The only thing missing (from the kids point LOL) is that they wanted soda floats (soda with a scoop of ice cream). I did not check if there were milkshakes - that might be an alternative, but from the adult side no issues. Absolutely loved the day and food 10/10!
Beautiful position and scenery. Good food and very friendly staff.
We did a wine tasting and had lunch and all the staff were very friendly. It was also nice when some staff recognised from a previous trip to your wine farm a few months ago.
One of the best Caesar Salad's I have ever had. We should have stayed longer.
Beautiful setting with lovely courteous staff and delicious food. We had 3 half portions between the two of us which was ample.
Compliments to the chef as the food was delicious!
Reasonable choice,well cooked and presented.We loved the churro a and ice cream dessert
Had a wonderful time! Mushroom lasagne was absolutely divine. Highly recommend
Thanks for a lovely lunch! On arrival we were concerned that it was going to be a slow service day because there were three tour buses as well, but everything ran smoothly and the food was yummy.