Top ChoiceInternational 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...

Top ChoiceTex-Mex in Johannesburg

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,...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Johannesburg

Yeoville Dinner Club

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,...

Top ChoiceSouth African in Johannesburg

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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Pretoria

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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Johannesburg

Breezeblock

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,...

Top ChoiceFusion in Johannesburg

Urbanologi

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...

Top ChoiceFrench in Johannesburg

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...

Top ChoiceSouth African in Pretoria

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...

South African in Johannesburg

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'...

Greek in Johannesburg

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...

Italian in Johannesburg

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...

Tapas in Johannesburg

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...

Bistro in Johannesburg

La Boqueria

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...

Asian in Johannesburg

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...

Asian in Johannesburg

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...

South African in Johannesburg

Lucky Bean

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 –...

Cafe in Johannesburg

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?...

Vegetarian in Johannesburg

Lexi's Healthy Eatery

In a city with limited meat-free dining choices, Lexi's is a vegetarian/vegan Nirvana. The menu, filled with salads, smoothies and tasty breakfast bowls, even includes a few ethically-sourced options for...

Pizza in Johannesburg

Coalition Pizza

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...