Best restaurants in Free State

  • Restaurants in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

    Hoi Polloi Bistro & Boutique Caffe

    A split-level restaurant adorned from top to bottom in oddities, antiques and memorabilia – but with two distinct menus. The creaky but elegant upstairs is the bistro, serving dishes like warthog carpaccio, gemsbok sausage and karoo ostrich, either indoors or on sunny verandas.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ficksburg

    Cafe Chocolate

    Part restaurant, part chocolate factory and part theatre, this is Ficksburg's top eatery and de facto cultural centre. Popular items include homemade pastas, pizzas and Maluti trout, and there's a good selection of deli items and fresh, homegrown salads. In the chocolate shop, the owners whip up Belgian truffles with all-organic ingredients, and have created the brand McKinley Chocolates.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Clarens

    Clementines Restaurant

    The food at this souped-up country kitchen tastes just as good as it looks on the gourmet international menu, featuring everything from rainbow trout with almond butter to tender ostrich fillets. Professional service, intimate ambience, a lengthy wine list and veggie options are more perks. Make sure to check out the daily specials on the wall.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

    O’s Restaurant

    In this stylish, thoroughly satisfying restaurant down by the river, have some deep-fried calamari strips followed by peri peri steak, or fillet flambé prepared at your table. The pizza menu is also worth a browse, and there are some kids’ meals, too. Dine in the elegant interior, out on the deck or amid the foliage in the gorgeous garden.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bloemfontein

    Seven on Kellner

    Set in an old house with inside and outside dining options, Seven on Kellner offers an informal, intimate atmosphere. Poultry, meat and seafood dishes are delicately prepared with expert hands along a Middle Eastern and Indian-inspired theme. Excellent wine list.

  • Restaurants in Bloemfontein

    New York

    Locals love this upmarket steakhouse, with its decor invoking 1920s New York, for special occasions. The menu features seafood, chicken and burgers, but it's the saucy steaks that steal the show. There are a couple of vegetarian options alongside all the meat.

  • Restaurants in Clarens

    Highlander Restaurant & Scotch Bar

    A solid choice in town with longer hours than most other establishments, this high-spirited pub serves delicious wood-fired pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, but also less common and surprisingly delightful items, such as a seafood salad. There's indoor dining and an outdoor beer garden, and though it may seem a contradiction, they've also got a kids' menu and a scotch bar.

  • Restaurants in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

    Venterskroon Inn

    This former brothel turned pub is the perfect spot for a beer after exploring the Vredefort Dome, and on Sunday afternoons it hosts a famous, three-course lunch (reservations essential). Guests who overdo it can crash in one four rooms (R250) tastefully adorned in antiques and old-timey furnishings. Bonus amenities include miniature ponies and a swimming pool.

  • Restaurants in Bloemfontein

    Euro Caffe

    Inexplicably tucked into the Mimosa Mall, this delicious restaurant offers an enormous (and ambitious) menu and some of the friendliest service in Bloemfontein. Choose from healthy, fresh salads, piping-hot pizza and an array of meaty mains, including a fall-off-the-bone-tender lamb shank, slow cooked in a wood-fired oven and served in a bacon brandy sauce.

  • Restaurants in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

    Plum Tree

    Filled with old knick-knacks and antiques from the times of the Voortrekkers, this artsy coffee shop serves good, old-fashioned Afrikaner food. Expect things like skilpadjes (lamb's liver cocooned in netvet, a membrane that surrounds the kidneys), oxtail pie and delicious bobotie (spiced minced meat baked with an egg topping).

  • Restaurants in Harrismith

    Marné's Coffee Shop, Deli & Gifts

    Pots of brightly coloured flower line the path to this cozy lunch spot, which doubles as a country store. There's indoor seating as well as outdoor tables on a wrap-around porch; it's a lovely setting for tea and a summer salad or chicken wrap. Items for sale include stuffed animals, homemade biscuits, magnifying glasses and other knick-knacks.

  • Restaurants in Bloemfontein

    Bella Casa Trattoria

    This efficient Italian trattoria serves lots of pasta choices along with pizzas and salads. It’s a cheerful, family-friendly place with a cosy indoors and ample courtyard seating at tables covered with blue chequered cloths. The thin-crust Naples-style pizzas are recommended. Extensive wine list, with most varieties available by the glass.

  • Restaurants in Bloemfontein

    Longhorn Grill

    No relation to the US-based chain (that's LongHorn Steakhouse!), but this delicious other steakhouse is packed nearly every night, as the beef cuts are award-winning and the atmosphere is posh. The flavourful rump steak is a great choice – don't dare get it cooked beyond medium, or without the creamy roquefort sauce.

  • Restaurants in Bloemfontein

    Picnic

    A cool place with a great outlook over the water, perfect for a long, lazy chill-out. The food is excellent – especially the salads and sandwiches. Enjoy the fresh bread, quality ingredients and homemade touches such as tomato chutney (recommended on rye with ham and camembert).

  • Restaurants in Phuthaditjhaba

    Demelash Restaurant

    A rare Ethiopian outpost in small-town Free State serving delicious rice flour filled with chicken, beef or vegetables and doused in one of a few authentic, tangy sauces. The place is often filled with teachers and students from the nearby university.

  • Restaurants in Fouriesburg

    Di Plaasstoep

    An excellent local Afrikaner pub serving hearty meat dishes, craft beer and a standout buffet Boer breakfast, complete with mince, boiled eggs and oversized sausages. There's also a cosy beer garden where guests are kept warm by a central fire pit.

  • Restaurants in Bloemfontein

    Avanti

    With a covered terrace and heavy leather chairs, this stylish place serves more than just pizza and pasta (although it does those too, and does them well). The lamb loin chops are delicious, and there's a good range of wines to pair them with.

  • Restaurants in Kroonstad

    Plumbago Garden Centre and Coffee Shop

    Tucked into a historic home surrounded by a gardening complex, this cute little coffee shop serves classic pizza and pastas, along with healthy salads, burgers and specials like hot chicken livers. The coffee and milkshakes are phenomenal.

  • Restaurants in Phuthaditjhaba

    Chisa Nyama

    A fairly typical South African-style eatery, where you can buy cheap beef, pork and sausage at a butcher shop (Five Star) and have a braai on a communal grill just beside the shop. Everybody then eats at outdoor picnic tables.

  • Restaurants in Clarens

    Gosto

    This stylish place on the square serves Portuguese and Mozambican dishes like trinchado (braised beef), peri peri chicken, spicy prawns and egg tarts.