In the heart of Stellenbosch in Ryneveld Street, Dora’s Restaurant awaits you.

The Secret

“The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives!” But at Dora’s, it is more than that! The atmosphere welcomes you to take a seat, smell the food, and meet the creative, talented Nelius Kruger and Werner Brand.

Bring me a Dora’tjie!

The owner, Nelius Kruger, originally from Namibia, started his career in public relations. He is also an interior designer and qualified sports massage therapist.

But for him, always at the back of his mind; the childhood memories of spices and flavours and good food were not forgotten. While sitting on a bench at de Stomme Jonge (whom he owned at that time) two years ago, he looked at the restaurant across the road and a dream started; to own it, and to give it the name -Doras-.

“Bring me a Dora’tjie!” In the early days, this was a common saying among some people in Cape Town, whenever they wanted some wine!

It sounded like a good name as well, for a woman, making good food. Indeed it was! Today in Dora’s kitchen you will find Nelius, experimenting with recipes, doing what he loves!

Werner, the manager, has more than twenty years of experience in the industry in S.A ( ownership at Finkel en Koljander, Poplars, Bloemendal, and Volkskombuis). He also gained a lot of experience in London, at a boutique hotel.

Today you will find him at the entrance of this quaint restaurant, to welcome you with a great smile. He truly understands the industry.

Bobotie, Oxtail & Waterblommetjie-stew

Here at Dora’s, they both understand that food is the ingredient that binds us together. For the people of Stellenbosch it is something like: ‘home…..away from home’….. (bobotie, oxtail, waterblommetjie-stew).

For our tourists, it is to experience this traditional food for the first time, to listen to the stories about our culture, our food, our people…..

The burning fire at Dora’s Restaurant in the winter, a dash of kindness from the owners, a spoonful of laughs from the guests, is enough to fill your cup and to stay, and to come back again.