La Petite Colombe

La Petite Colombe: When Natural & Culinary Beauty Fuse

There are few gastronomic hot-spots quite like the Franschhoek Valley, and even fewer culinary experiences quite like La Petite Colombe at the Leeu Estates.


  • Every moment spent at La Petite Colombe is infused with warmth, hospitality, and unparalleled gastronomic showmanship.
  • When dining at La Petite Colombe expect a culinary theatrical experience as each dish is individually presented.
  • What truly sets La Petite Colombe apart is its commitment to delivering an unforgettable dining experience.
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During a recent trip to Cape Town, The Sandton Times took the opportunity to eat at the famed La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek. Having enjoyed much of the other La Colombe fine dining experiences, from the original La Colombe in Constantia, to PIER and The Waterside at the V&A Waterfront, it was time to visit this gem in the heart of one of the country’s most beautiful towns.


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Surrounded by vineyards and breath-taking landscapes, La Petite Colombe in the heart of Franschhoek, emerges as the sister restaurant to the renowned La Colombe Restaurant in Constantia. Image: The Sandton Times

While its predecessor has long been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the country, La Petite Colombe brings its own unique charm and culinary prowess to the table. Apart from being situated in the most gorgeous surroundings, neighbouring the iconic Everard Read Franschhoek gallery, Le Petite Colombe delivers equally as much beauty on the plate.


Nestled within the picturesque Leeu Estates, La Petite Colombe embodies the essence of ‘location with a sense of place’. With panoramic views overlooking the Franschhoek Valley and the Franschhoek Pass, diners are treated to a visual feast that complements the culinary delights on offer, perfectly poised to showcase the beauty of its surroundings.


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A magical welcome at Le Petite Colombe with tantalizing bite-size dishes featuring Leeu Estate olives, swordfish infused with lime and chipotle, and a delectable oyster paired with carne asada and grapefruit. Image: The Sandton Times

Stepping inside, we’re greeted by an interior that seamlessly blends with the natural landscape and some welcoming canapes that set the tone for what lies ahead. Inspired by the raw materials of the earth, the design ethos of La Petite Colombe reflects the idea of transforming nature’s bounty into exquisite craftsmanship. Every detail, from the bespoke dove feather fabric to the subtle dove sculptures, pays homage to the restaurant’s heritage while creating an ambiance of understated elegance, with a touch of theatre for good measure.


Accommodating dietary requirements with ease, here are just some of the dishes from our Chefs Experience and Chefs Vegetarian Experience menu:

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In true Le Petite Colombe style, expect homemade bread to come with an inventive selection of spreads. Image: The Sandton Times
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A symphony of flavours – Yellowfin Tuna, enhanced with fragrant dhanya. Image: The Sandton Times
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In La Petite Colombe style, expect innovative and interactive ways to experience food. Image: The Sandton Times
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Immerse yourself in coastal flavours with the La Petite Colombe Linefish ‘Viskop’ Chowder. Image: The Sandton Times
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Savouring the exquisite flavoirs of Karoo Wagyu, expertly prepared at Le Petite Colombe, and beautifully plated. Image: The Sandton Times
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Fresh, vibrant flavours unite: guava, blood orange, and hibiscus create a symphony of taste to complete an afternoon at Le Petite Colombe. Image: The Sandton Times
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Something to take home – a world of sweet delights with an enchanting sweets trolley to pick and choose your own treats. Image: The Sandton Times

The culinary experience at La Petite Colombe is nothing short of extraordinary. Led by a team of talented chefs, the menu showcases a harmonious fusion of flavours, textures, and techniques, all wrapped up in a hint of performance. Drawing inspiration from local ingredients and global culinary trends, each dish is a work of art that delights the senses and tantalizes the taste buds.


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Discover the epitome of culinary refinement at Le Petite Colombe, where each plate tells a story of taste and artistry. Image: The Sandton Times

The accolades speak for themselves, with La Petite Colombe having received prestigious awards and recognitions from industry experts. In 2023, the restaurant was awarded 3 stars by Eat Out, alongside the coveted Patrón Mixology Award. La Liste Top Restaurants 2024 and the JHP Gourmet Guide also bestowed their highest honours upon La Petite Colombe, cementing its status as a culinary destination of choice.


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Step into a realm of gastronomic excellence at Le Petite Colombe, where every dish is crafted with passion and precision. Image: The Sandton Times

As the afternoon sun sets in over the Franschhoek Valley, casting a golden glow over the vineyards and mountains, La Petite Colombe reminds us how this South African jewel is a culinary journey like no other. With its exquisite cuisine, breath-taking surroundings, and unwavering dedication to excellent execution, this dining space in the heart of Franschhoek promises to captivate all who come to dine.


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