Cognito Restaurant, Stellenbosch

updated on 28 September 2018


Cognito Restaurant opened its doors in September 2004. As one of the foremost restaurants in the well-known Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, Cognito has proven to be a culinary landmark well worth visiting.

Company description
Specialising in African-fusion cuisine, Cognito always has something different to offer, something unique. Traditional South African and African dishes are served, but the focus is on interesting flavours, combinations and presentations. The owners of Cognito Restaurant, Diani Smit and Anien le Roux, thrive on creating innovative dishes inspired by exotic spices and fresh seasonal ingredients. They draw inspiration from traditional cuisine, interesting wines and their travels to North and East Africa.

After graduating from the University of the Free State, Diani worked in the marketing trade for four years. Anien is a qualified chef and received her diploma from The Institute of Culinary Arts at Spier. They trained a team of very enthusiastic chefs and waiters to contribute to the experience that makes their restaurant so special.

It is a destination with a contemporary, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and guests are encouraged to take some time to savour everything Cognito has to offer. Whether you are sipping an exquisite glass of Sauvignon Blanc on our terrace under the vines in summer or snuggling up in front of the cosy fireplace with our hearty comfort food in winter, your visit to Cognito will be memorable.


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