If you’ve been looking for an ideal restaurant for your next lunch with colleagues and business partners or a classy environment to wine and dine on occasions, you’ve come to the right place as we bring to you the top best restaurants in South Africa. The restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges – convened by chef Margot Janse for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Also most of the restaurants are situated in Capetown South Africa.

Which Is The Best Restaurant In South Africa 2019?

‘The Test Kitchen’ in Cape Town that previously officially tops the list as the best restaurant in South Africa, a position it has bagged since 2012 has dropped to the 2nd position. Presently ‘The Restaurant at Waterkloof’, tops the list as number one after moving two places up from number three where it previously was in the top 10 list. The Western Cape is leading in this year’s top 10 list as nine of the listed restaurants are situated in the province.

Top 10 Best South African Restaurants 2019

We bring to your doorstep the culinary bucket list for the year ahead: South Africa’s top 10 restaurants in 2019. Whatever your taste and preferred aura, this list of restaurants are sure to cater to your next dinner/lunch plans.

10. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)


A delicate dish at Jardine.
Located at the top of the Constantia Valley, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia brags about having one of the best and glorious views in Cape Town since 2016. This restaurant was previously at the 4th position on the list. Chefs Ivor Jones and Liam Tomlin partnership nonstop continues to produce a memorable dining experience with clever, punchy tapas and glorious views. They like keeping things fresh and fun for their clients and that’s why they have a signature experience being tapas for 2. Their staffs are said to be well-trained and well-informed about cuisines. If you have a special occasion with friends who don’t mind sharing then this is the place to be or if you need suggestions for restaurants in Capetown South Africa, try this out.

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9. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)


Chef Ivor Jones’s inspired tapas at Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia.
Jardine’s menu is quite brief, but that is no bad thing when the menu contains highly seasonal food and unlike the restaurant at Jordan, this is not a super sleek, fancy restaurant but rather it’s a smallish space, with an intimate, comfortable feel. It wasn’t previously on the Top 10 list last year but finesse and attention to detail have secured George Jardine and his team a spot in the list of the top 10 as one of the best restaurants in South Africa. Their services are said to be very good, informed, friendly and efficient; therefore if you’re about celebrating a special occasion with someone who will appreciate top-notch seasonal fare- this is the right restaurant.

8. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)


The honey butter served with the bread course at Camphors at Vergelegen.

Camphors which is Swift and knowledgeable is really keeping the standard high and as a result they are evolving and growing every year. Camphors was at the 6th position in the Top 10 last year but have presently moved to 8th position. Regardless of their present position Chef Michael Cooke keeps flourishing in the kitchen as he makes use of farm-fresh ingredients and nice seasonal flavours. One of their eye-catching services is their wait staffs expertly and patiently explaining the dishes, this is wonderful for first timers. Expect to be greeted with a warm smile by the Camphors team as the svelte and sophisticated interior which is complete with a flickering fireplace begins to sink in.

7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)


Millionaire’s Nest Egg at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient.
Nothing at Mosaic is done in half measures as the food of Chantel Dartnall tells a story through delicate yet playful plating and a journey of beautiful flavours. Although they previously ranked 2nd position, it doesn’t deter them from providing services that are wonderfully professional, but delivered with so much heart that the unerring precision never feels emotionless. The dinning rooms are themed, which keeps things exciting and new even if it’s not your first time. If you’re searching for a deeply joyful and rewarding dining experience…. you just found the right place.

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6. Greenhouse at Cellars– Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town)


Oysters at Greenhouse.

Chef Peter Tempelho­ff (one of two Relais & Châteaux Grand Chefs in South Africa) keeps creating mouth watering plates of South African-inspired food with enviable ease as he has perfected the art of using plated masterpieces to tell stories about local produce and provenance. Greenhouse is said to make beautifully crafted food; simple but precise cooking. They give an orchestral style of serving and previously ranked 5th on the top ten best restaurants in South Africa. Greenhouse possess a slick and modern space with a split dining room. If you are in dire need of a romantic evening filled with exceptional food, wine, and affable service….look no further as this is it.

5. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)


A fish dish at La Petite Colombe.

La Colombe which has a space that is airy and muted makes its debut in the Top 10 under the guidance of Chef John Norris-Rogers; they make delightful meals that are cooked with delicacy and this has enabled them be a part of the list. Their dishes are so revolutionary because of the understated manner in which they are served. La Petite Colombe is said to offer some of the most polished service in the Cape .

4. Wolfgat (Paternoster)


A fresh, foraged dish at Wolfgat.

Wolfgat which is located in a 130 years old whitewashed fisherman’s cottage on a hill, overlooking the bay of Paternoster wasn’t a part of the top 10 South African best restaurants previously but earned a spot for their gutsy and bold menu. The service is exceptional as all dishes are presented by Chef Kobus himself, which provides a richer experience as you can ask him some questions about the cuisines. It is said that the best way to enjoy Wolfgat is by throwing away your preconceptions and be open minded to exploring new taste and texture sensations. You want to know why? It is because the best dishes will more than likely read like nothing you’ve ever heard.

3. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)


The signature tuna can at La Colombe.

La Colombe which previously ranked at 7th position has risen to the 3rd position under the helm of Chefs Scot Kirton and James Gaag, thanks to their trademark whimsical, beautiful, quirky, clever, sublime simple and elegant dishes crafted with impressive technique. La Colombe may be theatrical and beautifully whimsical, but service is serious.

2. The Test Kitchen(Woodstock, Cape Town)


Summer berries with elderflower ice cream at The Test Kitchen.
The Test Kitchen which was previously the best restaurant in South Africa has its finger bang on the pulse of what diners are looking for as the combination of dramatic dining plus harmonious service presented by Chef Luke Dale-Roberts and his team continues to thrill. The food, presentation and seamless, exciting service is said to provide a wonderful dining experience- the elaborate menu is around 10 courses, progressing from the light and subtle to the rich and robust. What is peculiar is how casual and easy the ultra-finessed service is delivered.

1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof(Somerset West)


Truffles and Jerusalem artichokes from Restaurant at Waterkloof.

Chef Gregory Czarnecki’s culinary skills and inspired plating have propelled him to the coveted number one spot from number three as he makes simple combinations of flavours that are perfectly cooked and exquisitely plated. Located in an organic wine farm Waterkloof degustation menu is one of a few mouthwatering menus that is capable of making your heart melt and bringing a warm smile to your face dish after dish plus the restaurant possess a simple interior with natural light, crisp white tablecloths and fynbos flower arrangements by Michelle Czarnecki. Their services are precise and polished without being aloof. Waterkloof is said to be best for a truly special occasion ranging from marriage proposals to anniversaries or official purposes.

That’s all folks.

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