The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

16th May 2019 // By Alex Martin

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Waterkloof Estate in Somerset West is one of the most successful wine producers in the region, however, it is the on-site restaurant that draws the most visitors in.

Head chef Gregory Czarnecki delivers typical Haute cuisine in a modern space that offers beautiful views across the estate and beyond through floor-to-ceiling windows. The classic dishes make best use of fresh seasonal ingredients, which are available in a selection of tasting menus.

Wine pairings are optional but in reality, are an absolute must. The wine pairing is a chance to sample some of the vineyard’s best produce alongside some of the most exquisite fine dining cuisine on the continent.


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La Petite Colombe

La Petite Colombe originally opened as the little sister restaurant of the legendary La Colombe, but under the guidance of talented young chef John Norris-Rogers, it has in many people’s eyes risen to greater heights.

Norris-Rogers cut his teeth under the La Colombe’s chef-restaurateur Scot Kirton, but has become a culinary star in his own right with outstanding classic French food. The main show is the Gourmand Menu, an eight-course taster that presents South Africa’s bountiful produce in all its glory. A Reduced Menu and Vegetarian Menu are also available.

The wine menu is also an exclusively South African affair. All of the wines are South Africa including three from Franschhoek, where the restaurant is based.


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Mosaic at The Orient

Pretoria’s The Orient Hotel is considered to be one of South Africa’s most opulent properties. There are many reasons to stay at the hotel but many come to experience the in-house Restaurant Mosaic.

Head chef Chantel Dartnall is the genius behind the wonderfully diverse fare, which is always served in spectacular fashion. The Grande Degustation menu begins with beautifully-designed small plates such as ‘duck liver mi cuit, quince and hibiscus’.

The restaurant also boasts one of the most extensive wine cellars in South Africa, containing some of the most exclusive vintages to hail from the region. Once you’ve feasted on excellent food and wine, you can retreat to one of the hotel’s spacious suites.


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