Best and Most Exciting Restaurants in South Africa:

100 of the Best and Most Exciting Restaurants in South Africa:

In today’s modern fast paced world dinning out isn’t just about eating and leaving. There are many things involved in your experience. Today a restaurant must have a good ambiance, quality food, a good range of wines and drinks on their menu but is this enough. Today’s individual is exactly that, an individual with personal tastes and expectations, this person goes out to spend their hard earned money at a restaurant of their choice because it offers them the things that they want the most at that particular time. If I go out it is always about good service, fast but not rushed service, a good choice of different things, such as a nice choice of aperitifs, good tasting but not overdone food, a good wine and beer choice as well as a good choice of hard tack if I’m in the mood for that, a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere and most importantly “simplicity.” A restaurant that over does things by trying to be too extravagant, in their menu’s, their d?cor and service tends to be a restaurant that will rarely, if ever, see me.

The Wine magazine has a top 100 list that comes out every year and to be on this list is a highly coveted thing. The list for 2008 is as follows:

Eastern Cape

Smokey Swallows in East London with a trendy atmosphere and fine dinning food range including a touch of Indian and oriental foods.

Free State

De Oude Kraal in Bloemfontein, offering an incredible variety with Free State Farm style cooking with a touch of French Flair.

Seven on Kellner in Bloemfontein with a hip and happening atmosphere and Mediterranean African style foods.

Gauteng

Al Amin in Pretoria. Pakistani style food with flair of its own.

Amsale in Johannesburg.

Assagi in Johannesburg with its comfortable casual ambience and Italian style cooking.

Auberge Michel in Johannesburg is an elegant restaurant with French style cuisine and is the 1st restaurant to achieve a 5 star rating from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

Le Canard in Johannesburg is an incredible upmarket restaurant set in a Georgian House. Visited by dignitaries, royalty, and a host of the famous and the not so famous, Le canard is famous for its ambiance and Old French style cooking.

The Green Truffle in Johannesburg is a mix of classic elegance meets contemporary cool. If you enjoy truffles (the chocolate or mushroom varieties) or anything with truffle as an ingredient then this would definitely be the place to go. The type of food served is contemporary mixed with fusion.

De Hoek in Mogale City.

Linger Longer in Johannesburg is a fine dining restaurant with its own special brand of elegance. Food served is fine dining with a South African Flair.

La Madeleine in Pretoria is an upmarket restaurant with French Mediterranean flair

Mosaic in Crocodile River valley is a sublime setting with an amalgamation of modern European and slightly spiced oriental cooking it is definitely worth coming.

Osteria Tre Nonni in Johannesburg with it’s relaxed atmosphere and Italian style cuisine.

Pomodoro in Johannesburg. Italian style cooking with hints of Spanish and French.

Ritrovo Ristorante in Tswane is Authentic Italian fine dinning.

Roots in Muldersdrift has African and Asian Cooking combined with French roots.

Sai Thai in Johannesburg. Meaning connected to Thailand lives up to its name as this restaurant serves some of the most authentic Thai food to be found around.

The Saxon in Johannesburg is a beautiful fine dinning restaurant with contemporary modern cuisine.

Sel et Poivre in Johannesburg has French Cuisine at its heart with undertones of African flavour in classical surroundings.

Le Souffl? in Johannesburg

Villa Francesca in Pretoria is an Intimate restaurant with beautiful surrounds serving choice Italian dishes.

Yamato

In Johannesburg is an upmarket Japanese style restaurant serving seafood, sushi and health foods.

Zemara in Pretoria is a Family friendly restaurant serving halaal African cuisine.

Kwazulu Natal

9th Avenue Bistro in Durban, an upmarket feel with fine dining elegance.

Aubergine in Hillcrest, Durban has a wonderfully relaxed ambience serving French cuisine.

Cleopatra in Kamberg Valley is A haven for food lovers with a style that is eclectic, contemporary Country cuisine.

Granny Mouse in Lidgetton has an Elegant ambiance with South African and International cuisine.

Hartford House in Mooi River is an elegant fine dining experience.

Havana in Durban is a vibrant grill and wine bar in the glamorous Sun Coast casino complex.

Ile Maurice in Umhlanga with its Upmarket feel and French style cuisine.

Lynton Hall is an Upmarket restaurant with fine dinning at heart.

La Petite Normandie in Ramsgate has a classic elegant feel with French cuisine at its core.

Spice on Florida in Durban with a relaxed atmosphere and a fusion style of cooking.

Umami in Salt rock is a fusion of Eastern, Mediterranean and European cuisine.

Limpopo

L’Orange Bleue in Bela Bela is a French Belgium restaurant with 4 star rating.

Mpumalanga

Artists’ Caf? in Hendriksdal with a comfortable hip and happening ambiance and Italian style cooking.

Mrs Simpson’s in Dullstroom has a comfortable intimate environment with Local cuisine.

Northern Cape

Die Hantam huis in Calvinia serves traditional fair in comfortable surrounds.

Le Must in Upington with its typical Kalahari warmth and comfortable hospitality.

Northwest

Silver Orange bistro in Hartbeespoort. South African classics with a modern twist.

Villa Del Palazzo at Sun City with its classic regional Italian cuisine.

Western Cape

95 Keeroom in Cape town. Italian with a reasonably priced menu and contemporary cool ambiance.

The Atlantic in Cape town has fine dining with an upmarket feel.

Aubergine in Cape Town is Fine dining at its best with a relaxed atmosphere.

Bahiados Vaqueiros in Mossel bay is A fine dining Portuguese style restaurant with an upmarket feel.

Barnyard Brasserie in Cape Town. Its meals are described as classic French peasant with modern sensibility.

Bibi’s kitchen in Cape Town. Indian style fair with an upmarket feel.

Bon App?tit in Cape Town has French cuisine with an upmarket ambiance.

Bosman’s in Paarl is Apart of the Grand Roche Hotel, the only Relais Gourmand in Africa and has fine dining at its heart with a luxurious upmarket feel.

Bouillabaisse in Franschhoek is a trendy Asian style seafood restaurant set in the heart of Franschhoek.

Bread and Wine in Franschhoek has contemporary style dining with a relaxed atmosphere.

The Cape Colony in Cape Town is apart of the luxurious Mount nelson hotel and of course has fine dining with an upmarket ambiance.

The Cape Malay in Cape Town is a quiet relaxed restaurant with Cape Malayan Cooking at its core.

Cargills in Cape Town is intimate, romantic and sophisticated, with fine dining, and French contemporary cooking.

Castle Hotel in Cape Town has Portuguese style cooking with a comfortable and casual ambiance.

Catharina’s in Cape Town with Fine South African Dining and an upmarket ambiance.

Caveau in Cape Town is a continental Wine bar with a relaxed atmosphere.

The Cedar in Cape Town.

La Colombe in Cape Town offers modern and innovative French cuisine with touches of Asian elements.

Constantia Uitsig in Cape Town a Wine farm atmosphere with Italian cuisine at heart.

Daniela’s in Knysna is an intimate and elegant restaurant at leisure isle lodge.
Emily’s in Cape Town has an upmarket atmosphere with a South African Style Cuisine.

Firefly in Knysna is an intimate restaurant on the lagoon.

The Food Barn in Cape Town French cuisine mixed with South African flavours. Fine dinning to suit every pocket.

Fu.Shi in Plettenburg Bay is a fusion cuisine restaurant.

Ginja in Cape Town. Fine Fusion dining with an upmarket feel.

Grandeprovence in Franschhoek has French cuisine at heart with a special upmarket feel.

The Greenhouse in Cape Town has global international food types with an upmarket ambiance.

Haiku in Cape Town has a Contemporary cool Ambiance with Asian flair.

Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek has an elegant ambiance with continental fusion cooking.

Ile De Pain in Knysna has a comfy and casual ambiance with French Mediterranean cooking.

Jardine in Cape Town has a Contemporary cool atmosphere with Continental, South African cooking.

Jemima’s in Oudtshoorn.

Joostenberg Bistro in Stellenbosch with its casual comfort atmosphere and organic cooking.

Kitma in C ape town.

De Leeuwen Jagt in Paarl. Good South African cooking in a relaxed atmosphere.

Magica Roma in Cape Town is a warm traditional restaurant with Italian in every nook and cranny.

Manna Epicure in Cape Town, a Trendy ambiance with tapas and Bistro style cuisine.

Manolo in Cape Town is a Trendy restaurant with contemporary fusion style cuisine.

Marc’s in Paarl has Mediterranean style meals with a very relaxed atmosphere.

Megu in Paarl is a chic Japanese style restaurant.

Mon Plaisir in Stellenbosch with its Traditional French recipes and warm, relaxing atmosphere.

Mzoli’s Place in Cape Town lively and full of fun. You buy your meat at the butchery and they offer to braai it for you well worth the visit.

Noon gun in Cape Town is relaxed with traditional Malay meals.

Reuben’s in Franschhoek has contemporary cuisine with a Comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

Sand in Plettenburg Bay is a sophisticated fine dining, upmarket restaurant.

Serendipity in Wilderness. Fine dinning with definite South African flavours.

The Showroom in Cape Town. Contemporary cool ambiance with contemporary fusion cooking.

Sinn’s in Cape Town. Continental with a relaxed atmosphere.

Stonehill in Little Brak River is an intimate restaurant with French style dining.

The tasting room in Franschhoek.

The Tea Garden in Paternoster.

Terroir in Stellenbosch has French South African cuisine with a touch of elegance.

 Tokara in Stellenbosch.

Topsy and Co in Franschhoek.

Zachary’s in Knysna has a traditional atmosphere with contemporary cooking.

Top 10 everyday restaurants

Bibi’s in Cape Town

Carlton Caf? in Pretoria

The food barn in Cape Town

Ile De Pain in Knysna

Joostenberg Bistro in Stellenbosch

Le Souffl? in Johannesburg

Mzoli’s place in Cape Town

Sai Thai in Johannesburg

The tea garden in Paternoster

Zemara in Pretoria

Top 10 smart casual

Bon App?tit in Simons Town

Bread and Wine in Franschhoek

Jardine in Cape Town

La Madeleine in Pretoria

Megu in Paarl

Ritrovo in Pretoria

Spice on Florida in Durban

Terroir in Stellenbosch

Umami in Salt rock KZN

Yamato in Johannesburg

Top 10 deluxe

Auberge Michel in Johannesburg

Aubergine in Cape Town

Bosman’s at Grand Roche

Cleopatra Mountain Lodge in Kamberg

Hartford House in Mooi River

Linger Longer in Johannesburg

Roots in Krugersdorp

The Saxon in Johannesburg

Tasting Room at le Quartier in Franschhoek

Zachary’s in Knysna.

Go try them out and enjoy the good life.      

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