Restaurants

Top Choice African in Johannesburg

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 w…
Top Choice South African in Sabie

Wild Fig Tree

There’s a meat-driven menu and a warm atmosphere here, amid candles, wildlife photos and artworks. It's a great place to sample traditional South African dishes, especially game meat – from ostrich kebabs and crocod…
Top Choice South African in Johannesburg

Marble

Currently one of Jo'burg's hottest restaurants, this is braai (BBQ) 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 …
Top Choice South African in Blyde River Canyon

Potluck Boskombuis

Look out for the South African flag and follow the red-dirt track to this 'bush kitchen', a makeshift shelter beneath gnarly boulders and trees decorated with animal skulls, its terrace nudging the rocks in the Treu…
Top Choice South African in Wilderness

Serendipity

Readers and locals all recommend this elegant restaurant with a deck overlooking the lagoon. The South African–inspired menu changes monthly but always features original takes on old classics, such as cardamom milk …
Top Choice South African in McGregor

Karoux

Well known for its gourmet cuisine and attentive service, this is one of the Western Cape's best small-town restaurants. The menu changes regularly but always features dishes that somehow manage to be both upmarket …
Top Choice African in Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs

4Roomed eKasi Culture

As gourmet as it gets in Khayelitsha with the lovely Abigail Mbalo, a self-taught cook and former contestant on SA's MasterChef TV show, in charge. Expect African food with a twist: delicious wedges of pap (maize po…
Top Choice South African in Kimberley

Fusion Gardens

Specialising in traditional cuisine like oxtail, snoek (a type of mackerel), tripe and trotters and chicken's feet, Fusion offers a welcome break from Kimberley's usual menus. Based in a tree-filled garden in Galesh…
Top Choice Moroccan in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Andalousse

Hiding in plain sight along a sketchy stretch of Victoria Rd is this little gem of a place. Started in 2016 by a group of friends from Morocco, this is the real deal, serving flavourful tagines, couscous, filo-pastr…
Top Choice South 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 steak…