La Colombe- Cape Town
Let’s begin with the fanciest of fancy- La Colombe was ranked 7th in Trip Advisor’s 2017 Top 10 “Fine Dining Restaurants in the World”. Established on Historic Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, wine is embedded in its atmosphere. Chef Scot Kirton has crafted a menu based upon a fusion of Asian and French influences. Now located at the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, eating here is truly an aesthetic experience.
Marble Restaurant- Johannesburg
Follow Chef David Higgs through the flames on his journey to provide classic South African fare. Marble’s cornerstone is its open wood-fired grill, derived from South Africa’s history of eating as a community around an open fire. The main courses are almost entirely meat and seafood based. The inside of the restaurant was designed and maintained beautifully by four different artisans.
Gold Restaurant- Cape Town
Gold provides a true traditional South African dining experience- complete with performances and top-notch service. Grab a table at Golds for a 14-course tapa-style meal with a set menu including tradition dishes like: Tanzania Mchicha W’Nazi and Frikkadels. Checkout their video for a looks at what your night at Gold could be.
The Test Kitchen- Cape Town
The Test Kitchen won “Best Restaurant in Africa” at the World’s Best Restaurant Awards- can’t get much better than that. This Latin cuisine with a South African touch is the perfect place to feel on top of the world. You can choose to sit in the “Dark” or “Light” areas depending on your preference and enjoy the tastings of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts creations.
Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient- Pretoria
Chef Chantel Dartnall was just named South Africa’s Chef of the Year and her restaurant truly backs up her reputation. Located on the grounds of the beautiful Orient Hotel, Restaurant Mosaic is home to an award-winning wine cellar featuring rare wines from around the world. Look out for the bread trolley and five different types of butter. This elegant place doesn’t play games when it comes to their protein-based main dishes and desserts from scratch.
Bonus! Boston Est. 2015- Cape Town
Yes! This is a real place! ColibiBoston is obviously located in Boston and sometimes you just want a taste of home. Find refuge in burgers, fries, and a beer.