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The 10 most-booked restaurants on Dineplan in 2022

by | 5 January 2023

In 2022, Dineplan facilitated over 3.5 million restaurant reservations across South Africa. Having access to a wealth of data on the dining habits of restaurant-goers, we’re excited to reveal the top 10 most-booked restaurants on Dineplan for 2022. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next dinner out or simply want to see where other diners enjoy going, keep reading to find out which restaurants were the most popular.

So without further ado, let’s dive into the list of last year’s top 10 most-booked restaurants!

1. TANG Nelson Mandela Square

(Sandton, Johannesbrug)

TANG offers diners a luxurious and sensory dining experience inspired by the contemporary izakayas in Japan and the classic Cantonese eateries of Hong Kong. Capetonians will be glad to hear that TANG has arrived in the Mother City. Having opened its doors at the end of 2022, TANG V&A Waterfront is set to be one of the hottest spots to eat out this summer.

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2. Flames – Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

(Westcliff, Johannesbrug)

Embracing Jo’burg’s energy, Flames restaurant has an urban-casual menu featuring reinterpreted South African classics, prepared in the outdoor braai kitchen. This relaxed spot is perfect for leisurely sunset drinks and small bites on the expansive hillside terrace overlooking the city’s treetops.

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3. The Grillhouse Melrose Arch

(Melrose Arch, Johannesbrug)

In the heart of the vibrant Melrose Arch precinct, The Grillhouse Melrose Arch is the newest addition to The Grillhouse group and is already topping the booking charts! Reminiscent of a classic New York steakhouse, their diners rave about the top-notch service, quality cuts of meat and the way the steaks are cooked to perfection. They also have branches in Rosebank, which comes in at 7th and made it into the Top 50 of our 2022 Dineplan Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and Sandton.

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4. Kloof Street House

(Gardens, Cape Town)

At the foot of Cape Town’s vibrant Kloof Street, set in a Victorian house with a fairy-lit garden, lies the iconic Kloof Street House. Offering an intimate dining oasis, away from the bustle of the city, diners love this spot for its many quaint and romantic dining rooms, live jazz Sunday lunches and cocktail hour in the garden, under the trees. Pay them a visit and, we promise, they will make you feel right at home!

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5. Marble Restaurant

(Rosebank, Johannesburg)

Celebrating quintessential South African fare and culture, as well as our love of cooking with fire, Mable is centred around its grand wood-fired grill and serves up incredible dishes fresh off the coals. From top-quality cuts of meat to fish, poultry, vegetables and bread, guests rave (over and over again) about the excellent steaks, top-notch service and trendy ambience. Good news to those in Cape Town, Chef David Higgs is bringing the Marble experience – bar, drinks, fired-up food, luxury and stellar service – to Cape Town in November 2023!

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6. Saint Restaurant

(Sandton, Johannesburg)

The skilled chefs at Saint, another of Chef David Higgs’ restaurants, fire up incredibly tasty (if not entirely traditional) hand-made pizzas from scratch. The perfect crust is a must, so special, high-performance wood-fired pizza ovens were brought in from Naples – the birthplace of chewy, perfectly charred and blistered pizza crusts. When you look through their guest reviews, you’ll notice that there’s a pattern of “amazing, as usual”, “I always enjoy this place”, “Saint never disappoints”, “we highly recommend this restaurant”, and the likes. So, do yourself a favour, book your table and dig into one of those pizzas yourself!

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7. The Grillhouse Rosebank

(Rosebank, Johannesbrug)

As we mentioned above, The Grillhouse Rosebank nabbed a Top 50 spot in our 2022 Dineplan Reviewers’ Choice Awards. With hundreds of 5-star reviews, it’s clearly one of Johannesburg’s most-loved premium steakhouses. In operation for nearly 30 years, The Grillhouse offers the perfect quadfecta in dining – great food, a vast selection of fine wines and malts, world-class service and an upmarket, yet inviting atmosphere.

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8. The Fat Butcher

(Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch)

Right in the heart of leafy Stellies, The Fat Butcher is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Serving up the best quality, pasture-reared beef, we suggest you book your spot in the magical, fairy-lit courtyard and order yourself one of their signature steaks, which a lot of their guests call “the best steak” of their lives. Racking up over 17,000 bookings during the course of 2022 and getting a coveted Top 20 spot in our 2022 Dineplan Reviewers’ Choice Awards, The Fat Butcher is a must-visit spot in Stellenbosch.

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9. The Bungalow

(Clifton, Cape Town)

Location. Location. Location. It ‘s not hard to see why The Bungalow is one of Cape Town’s busiest and most iconic sea-facing restaurants. As one diner puts it, it’s a “beautiful place with beautiful food” and we couldn’t have said it better. Perfectly situated in the heart of Clifton, one of the city’s most sought-after locations, the tables have incredible, panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Once you’re done on the beach, step off the sand into The Bungalow for cocktails and Mediterranean-style cuisine – where it’s barefoot luxury at its best!

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10. Aurum Restaurant

(Sandton, Johannesburg)

Found inside one of Jozi’s most prestigious buildings, The Leonardo, Aurum is all about providing an unforgettable culinary experience. Their stellar menu represents a modern interpretation of European cuisine. Serving up nostalgic dishes that aim to engage diners on a deeper, emotional level, it’s a playground for fine-dining foodies. With guests writing comments like “the food was out of this world”, “10/10 service” and “looking forward in returning”, it’s not a surprise that Aurum is as popular and as busy as it is!

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