Top 10 restaurants in South Africa

The best south african restaurants have just been honored at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, on november 10th, at the Cape Town Waterfront

The awards celebrate South Africa’s talent and culinary distinction, culminating in 2013’s Top 10 Restaurants and the S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year.

For the second year in a row, South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year is The Test Kitchen in Cape Town.

The Test Kitchen - Woodstock - Cape Town - Restaurant of the year (2013)

The Test Kitchen – Woodstock – Cape Town – Restaurant of the year (2013)

Also revealed at the ceremony were the four anonymous South African-based judges, who worked alongside Eat Out editor and chief judge Abigail Donnelly to determine the winners. The judges for the Top 10 were chef and lecturer Garth Stroebel; owner of Chefs Warehouse and Cooking School Liam Tomlin; and consultant and owner of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants Andy Fenner. Celebrity chef and TV host Jenny Morris judged the “Best of” portion of the awards.

The Test Kitchen - Chef: Luke Dale-Roberts

The Test Kitchen – Chef: Luke Dale-Roberts

The Top 10 restaurants for 2013

1. The Test Kitchen – Woodstock – Cape Town
2. Five Hundred – Johannesburg (The Saxon Boutique Hotel)
3. Rust en Vrede – Stellenbosch – Western Cape
4. The Greenhouse – Constantia Valley – Cape Town
5. Hartford House –  Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal
6. Jordan Restaurant – Stellenbosch – Western Cape
7. Overture – Stellenbosch – Western Cape (Hidden Valley Wine Estate)
8. Camphors at Vergelegen – Somerset West – Cape Town (Vergelegen wines)
9. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français –  Franschhoek – Western Cape
10. Pierneef à La Motte – Franschhoek – Western Cape

 Boutique Hotel - Johannesburg - David Higgs, Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year

Boutique Hotel – Johannesburg – David Higgs, Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year

All the winners :

Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen

Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year: David Higgs, Five Hundred

Service Excellence: Rust en Vrede

Rising Star: Vanessa Marx, Dear Me

Wine Service: Joakim Hansi Blackadder, Rust en Vrede

Rust en Vrede - Stellenbosh - Service excellence and Wine service prizes

Rust en Vrede – Stellenbosh – Service excellence and Wine service prizes

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Paarl Media: Michael Olivier

Eat Out TASTE Bursary: Amanda Manyatshe

Boschendal Style Award: The Pot Luck Club

Best Asian Restaurant: Kitima

Best Bistro: The Leopard

Best Country-Style Restaurant: Towerbosch

Best Italian Restaurant: Burrata

Jacobsdal Best Steakhouse: Carne SA


Dear me  – Cape Town – Vanessa Marx, Rising star

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