More than 20 000 instant bookings have been made via Dineplan’s mobile app alone at these 10 restaurants in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Winelands. From tapas and fine dining to buffet or steakhouse, SA diners clearly love a range of options for every occasion and craving.
1. Modena Italian (Parkhurst, Jhb)
Run and operated by Chef Vassilios Holiasmenos, who has a wild passion for food. The focus at Modena is to innovate menus to appeal to the changing seasons, and always surprise with a daily and weekly special of dishes the chef wants to experiment with. Dishes evolve to please guests all year round.
2. Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic (Hout Bay, Cpt)
Liam Tomlin and Chef Braam Beyers bring stunning fare at the ocean’s edge. The familiar Chefs Warehouse set menu format of contemporary tapas sharing in 4 courses draws inspiration from the endless Atlantic ocean views.
Ingredients are sourced from a selection of small, sustainable local suppliers with a focus on marine produce.
3. The Fat Butcher (Stellenbosch)
All the beef at this popular Stellies steakhouse is pasture reared and grainfed. The food is unique and the restaurant ambience is warm and inviting.
Signature Steaks include The Grosvenor (fillet, foraged mushrooms, Dijon mustard, shery, white truffle oil, kataifi & black truffle) and The Collins (fillet, Cointreau flambéed, crushed Madagascan peppercorns and cream).
4. Foxcroft (Constantia, Cpt)
Headed by Chef Proprietor Glen Foxcroft Williams, the aim is to cook with the same intensity and thoughtfulness as fine dining, but in a more casual and approachable format.
They work with local farmers and fine international suppliers to plate seasonality, quality and flavour.
5. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cpt)
The Pot Luck Club has been satisfying customers with global inspired small plates since 2012.
This eatery takes on modern industrial elegance, where natural materials add a touch of cosiness – a space people from all walks of life feel comfortable and inspired.
6. La Colombe at Silvermist (Constantia, Cpt)
Voted Best Restaurant in Africa by the World Culinary Awards and securing 3 Plates by Gourmet Guide, this is a highly popular fine dining gem. La Colombe specialises in contemporary cuisine fusing local ingredients with French flair in the upmarket vineyard restaurant at the Silvermist estate in Constantia.
7. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cpt)
Situated at the top of the Constantia Valley with breathtaking views, this restaurant keeps things fresh and fun for both patrons as well as their chefs, with a seasonal and produce-driven menu that changes regularly.
Their signature experience is the Tapas for Two Menu.
8. Billy G at Montecasino (Sandton, Jhb)
This upmarket, family buffet restaurant in Johannesburg offers an extensive selection of dishes. Enjoy a variety of starters, main courses, and desserts. From succulent cuts of meat to a variety of casseroles, curries, and vegetarian offerings, pasta dishes, salads, and desserts – there is something to suit every palate.
9. The Skotnes (Tokai, Cpt)
The Skotnes Restaurant is the culinary arm of the Norval Foundation. Named after legendary South African artist and teacher Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant is naturally at home in the world of art.
Overlooking the foundation’s serene wetland and Sculpture Garden, enjoy a menu that pays homage to classical South African cuisine, while updating its flavours and distilling its ingredients to their simplest possible presentation.
10. Kolonaki Greek Kouzina (Parkhurst, Jhb)
Kolonaki is a warm and welcoming Meze kitchen. Heavily inspired by Greek and Mediterranean influences, the restaurant celebrates a culinary experience that has a new and exciting approach to the rich and warm etiquette of the traditional Mediterranean styles of cuisine.