Best restaurants in Gauteng

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pretoria

    Fermier

    Some of South Africa's best contemporary cooking is being served in a large mud-walled and tin-roofed shed in the east of Pretoria. Chef Adriaan Maree conjures up a fabulous nine-course, three-hour-long culinary journey with an underpinning ethos of minimum food waste, sustainability and a celebration of fine local produce. The series of small, creative dishes is magnificent.

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    Calexico Vinyl Lounge and Restaurant

    A California-inspired Tex-Mex restaurant with a hint of craft beer and vinyl mixed in. The mix is delightful. The simple menu (nachos, ribs, sandwiches), the album covers, the neon signs, the Lucha Libre mural, and the sprawling outdoor seating area combine to make the best vibe in the 44 Stanley complex.

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    Yeoville Dinner Club

    Jo'burg's most memorable meal out is in this artily decorated cramped room with a balcony overlooking Rockey St, heart of the much-bad-mouthed, inner-city area of Yeoville. Sanza Sandile is your host and chef, and what an impression he makes both with his wonderful stories about the city and delicious mainly pan-African vegetarian dishes (there is fish). Dining is family-style: all around one big table with up to 20 other guests. You certainly won't go hungry, and it's like being at the best house party. Sanza also runs food-themed walking tours of the area (R800 including dinner).

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    Breezeblock

    The designers have a done a grand job transforming this old Chinese restaurant into a pastel-shaded haven of mid-century cool amid the gritty 'burb of Brixton. Many come here for its delicious breakfast dishes, which include tempting options such as huevos rancheros and baked pancakes, but find themselves lingering over coffee, seduced by the appealing atmosphere. There's also a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as a sheltered courtyard with potted succulents and cacti .

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    Urbanologi

    Even if Mad Giant's very quaffable beers are not your thing, do not pass over on the microbrewery's fabulous restaurant. Serving an inventive range of delicious Asian-inspired tapas dishes, you really can't go wrong with taste sensations such as the yakitori chicken with spicy chimichurri sauce or teriyaki poached heirloom baby carrots with kumquat marmalade.

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    Marble

    Currently one of Jo'burg's hottest restaurants, this is braai (barbecue) given a luxe makeover. Chef David Higgs and his cloth-capped team in the open kitchen allow the quality of meat and fish (and occasional vegetable – take a bow, cauliflower) to shine as it hits the flames. Portions are generous and service effusive. The decor, with huge dramatic photos of black Africans by Krisjan Rossouw, vies with views across the city's affluent suburbs. There's also a fabulous bar with outdoor seating – perfect for pre- or post-dinner cocktails.

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    Grounded At Echo

    It's easy to love this design-savvy cafe run by the nonprofit Echo Youth Development. It's a great spot for breakfast, with a variety of granolas alongside some tempting egg dishes. The coffee and tea are top class and you can buy the beans and leaves (and the adorable mini-gingerbread men served gratis with each cup) to take away. A wall of the cafe acts as a gallery for local artists and next door it also runs a co-working space (per hour/day R15/100, 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

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    Patisserie de Paris

    Patisserie de Paris owner Paul Zwick spent 30 years in the television business before moving to France to train as a chef. He eventually returned to South Africa and opened the Patisserie, which produces delectable French breads and pastries, and imports top-of-the-line cheese from France. It's also a French-style cafe, open for breakfast and lunch.

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    Blue Crane

    As part of the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Blue Crane is famous to ornithologists worldwide (and anyone else who enjoys a cold Castle lager at sunset), with a menu that begins with breakfast and moves on to steaks, salads, burgers and sandwiches. There are various dining rooms, including an atmospheric boma and a splendid deck overlooking a pond.

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    La Boqueria

    Taking inspiration from global street food, La Boqueria serves up gourmet snacks and meals in a dramatic double-storey space with walls covered with plants and giant murals. Try tapas with one of the craft gin cocktails, or for something more filling feast on Mexican cola chicken skewers or Hawaiian poke bowls – everything is done well and portions are generous.

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    Lucky Bean

    Low lighting, slick tunes, a decked-out cocktail bar and waiters who happily skip down a flight of stairs to serve – Lucky Bean is one of most atmospheric places to dine in Melville. The food is spot on, too – light any-time meals, a few vegetarian options, gamey stews, creative starters and scrumptious steaks (teriyaki ostrich fillet, anyone?).

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    Coalition Pizza

    The whitewashed walls and simple decor of this little hole-in-the-wall eatery belie the excellence of the food on offer. Specialising in Neapolitan pizzas, the menu is concise with only a handful of options, but the crispy pies are freshly made in a wood-fired oven with traditional ingredients and will leave you saying 'mama mia!'

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    Cheese Gourmet

    The Cheese Gourmet sells a dizzying selection of South African cheeses, olives, breads and spreads. The staff members are incredibly knowledgable, offering solid advice and generous tastes of each cheese. The shop also has an adjoining cafe with a fantastic cheese-themed menu.

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    Bergbron Plaaskombuis

    Bergbron Plaaskombuis serves authentic Afrikaans cooking at rock-bottom prices in a setting right out of the South African Karoo. Modeled after a traditional padstal, or roadside stall, the Plaaskombuis' centerpiece is an ancient iron stove still used for baking bread. For an adventurous Afrikaans breakfast try the skilpadjies – balls of minced liver with a side of fried eggs. Bergbron Plaaskombuis is located on the grounds of a lovely plant nursery.

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    Kolonaki

    Opened in 2018 on a street crammed with popular high-end restaurants, Kolonaki became an immediate 'must-book-well-in-advance' kind of place. This modern Greek restaurant serves colourful and delicious dips and mezze on equally colorful dinnerware that screams to be Instagrammed. It's nearly impossible to not order a crisp glass of white wine while sitting on the outdoor terrace, surrounded by tropical palms.

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    Il Contadino

    Chef James Diack owns several restaurants in Jo'burg, serving food primarily from his family's farm in the nearby town of Magaliesburg. Il Contadino is his Italian offering (with some Spanish and French thrown in), specialising in pasta and pizza, and the menu is almost entirely local and sustainable. Il Contadino's atmosphere is glamorous, yet casual. Bookings are essential for dinner.

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    NGC

    In a city filled with high-end tapas bistros, NGC is among the best. Situated on an unlikely corner in the quiet suburb of Blairgowrie, NGC (which stands for Neighbour Goods Cafe) offers the perfect mix of casualness and class. Don't miss the fried mac-and-cheese or the rum-and-muscovado chocolate fondant, quite possibly the most delicious dessert in Johannesburg.

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    Chez Fong

    Pan-Asian chef Su-Yen Thornhill cooks up delightful ten-course dinners – complete with hilarious, Oscar-worthy running commentary – most Wednesday evenings at her home kitchen in Houghton. Su-Yen also hosts other ad-hoc cooking and dining events – follow Chez Fong on Facebook for announcements. These dinners sell out quickly so book well in advance.

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    Saigon Suzy

    Saigon Suzy can be summed up in three letters: F, U and N. The food, inspired by pan-Asian street cuisine, is delicious, and the restaurant's interior is decorated with Japanese parasols, neon signs, and wall murals painted right onto the exposed brick. Saigon Suzy also offer karaoke, divided into strict hour-long slots and often booked well in advance.

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    City Perk Café

    Good luck with securing a seat at this deservedly popular cafe, which makes splendid breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps, grills and salads, as well as serving decent coffee at affordable prices. Lunch for under R80? Count us in! There's outdoor seating on warm days (almost always), and on Fridays there is often live music and a mini flea market outside.