South Africa’s Top Restaurants for 2019 Announced

20 Nov 2019
2 min read
The annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards took place in Cape Town on Sunday 17 November, and with it, the best restaurants in the country were revealed. 

South Africa may be known for its safaris, sprawling landscapes and prolific vineyards, but its food scene is equally as impressive as its aesthetic attributes. With the fine food culture growing by the day, it’s no surprise that every year new restaurants pop up on the country’s best of the best list. This year, as ever, the Western Cape dominated the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, with 9 of the country’s 10 best restaurants being found in this picturesque province.

Here are South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants according to the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards:

  1. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)
  2. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)
  3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)
  4. Wolfgat (Paternoster)
  5. FYN Restaurant (City Bowl, Cape Town)
  6. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)
  7. Eike (Stellenbosch)
  8. Salsify (Camps Bay, Cape Town)
  9. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
  10. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)

Alongside the Top 10 announcement, restaurants and individuals making waves in the industry were also awarded as follows:

  • Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Bertus Basson, Eike and Overture
  • Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year: Jewell’s Restaurant, Paarl
  • Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star: Katlego Mlambo, The Marabi Club
  • Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef: Ivor Jones, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
  • Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award: Camphors at Vergelegen
  • Eat Out Nespresso Innovation Award: The Test Kitchen, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Eat Out Service Excellence: The Test Kitchen
  • Eat Out Wine Service Award: Joseph Dhafana, La Colombe
  • Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service: Jennifer Hugé
  • Eat Out Bridget McCarney Game Changer Award: SA POC at the Table
  • Eat Out Irna van Zyl Food Media Icon: Dorah Sitole
  • Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award: Annette Kesler
  • Eat Out VISI Style Award: FYN Restaurant

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Images © in order of appearance: Claire Gunn, Andrea van der Spuy and Dylan Swart