Top 10 South African restaurants

One of the defining features of South Africa is its cuisine. From perfectly cooked meats to fresh grilled vegetables, South Africa’s best known dishes are steeped in cultural and historical roots.

Today restaurants all over the country are innovating South Africa’s cuisine, and we’ve grouped together a list of the 10 best restaurants in the country.

Bon Appétit!

The Test Kitchen

Located in Cape Town, the Test Kitchen is both creative and innovative with its menu. Dishes of exquisitely cooked meats and fish accompanied by unusual sides are served on either a five or eight course menu.

Besides the excellent wine menu that compliments each and every dish, you can expect a warm and fresh atmosphere when dining at the Test Kitchen.

La Colombe

It’s not difficult to understand why La Colombe has been featured as one of the top restaurants in the world. Asian meets French cuisine, as La Colombe’s menu bursts with rich flavours and textures.

Using the freshest ingredients possible and accompanying all dishes with a superb wine selection, you are guaranteed to have a top-notch dining experience at this Cape Town delight.

Roma Revolving Restaurant

Famous for being the only revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere, the Roma boasts stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Durban.

You can expect a classically Italian menu, stocked with fresh game and seafood, and a highly delectable dessert trolley too.


Aubergine’s fantastic food is matched only by its equally fantastic ambiance. Classic and modern cuisine blends beautifully at this restaurant, which serves a menu of perfectly cooked meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Its airy and spacious setting, charming staff and pretty views make Aubergine a true delight to dine in.

The Roundhouse

It has been the Roundhouse’s mission to make every diner feel uniquely important. As soon as you enter the restaurant, one of the highly capable and warm staff will greet you and seat you down.

All you have to do is sit back and relax as the contemporary French cuisine is freshly prepared, and brought to life by a delicious wine menu.

Le Quartier Francais

Nestled in the Cape Winelands, Le Quartier Francais celebrates African cuisine. A nine course African menu, filled with all sorts of delectable surprises, bursts with a safari of exotic flavours and textures.

Many of the ingredients used in the various dishes have been sourced from the restaurant’s gardens, creating an extra dimension of freshness.

The Greenhouse

Experience South Africa using your palate as the Greenhouse restaurant serves a delectable four course tasting menu, showcasing and innovating the country’s national dishes.

A member of the highly accomplished and knowledgeable staff will be able to advise you on what delicious wine to pair with your food, enhancing your already wonderful dining experience.


Roots is consistently voted as one of the top restaurants in South Africa, and it’s no feat to see why. Situated in a private game park in Johannesburg, the restaurant serves a six course dinner inspired by Asian, French and African cuisine.

The carefully selected wine menu ensures that all your dishes are perfectly paired, and the calm atmosphere will set you at ease right away.


Keerom is considered to be one of Cape Town’s best restaurants. It’s earned that claim, with its Italian-inspired menu of fresh meats, fish and vegetables.

You can expect an efficient and friendly service at the restaurant, as well as delicious food and a contemporary and airy setting.


Situated in the luxurious Babylonstoren farm, the Babel restaurant offers a healthy menu of freshly-prepared meats and vegetables. Many of the ingredients are sourced from the farm’s gardens, or bought locally.

Babel promotes healthy living without compromising on flavour, making it a contemporary and rather unique restaurant indeed.

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