Wondering where to eat out tonight? Here’s our update on South Africa’s restaurant guides, plus where to go for restaurant and food news, features, recipes and more.
All this food has got to be washed down with something – and South African wines have been earning rave reviews internationally for 300 years. Here’s the SA wine story, plus online guides, wine routes, and where to buy on the web.
Eat Out is an annual listing guide featuring independent critics’ reviews of over 800 restaurants countrywide.
Eat Out neither charges restaurants to be listed, nor expects them to pick up the tab for its meals, making it “the most objective and definitive restaurant guide in SA.”
The Eat Out website is comprehensive interactive restaurant guide that allows visitors to find the perfect place to eat out in their area, post their own restaurant reviews or read what other diners have to say.
Truffle Pig’s online restaurant guide features a selection of South Africa’s top-performing restaurants. The restaurant’s ratings, awards and visitors comments are included, along with downloadable menus and chef profiles.
Also check out Truffle Pig’s wine, whisky and gourmet travel guides, culinary dictionary, info on food and wine pairings, dishes unique to South Africa, and more.
WINEmag.co.za publishes restaurant reviews featured in Wine Magazine – and lets you to search for them by category or area. A good guide if you’re looking only for the best restaurants.
More restaurants, recipes & food news
Use the handy restaurant search function to locate an eatery you already know or search for somewhere new and exotic. There’s also a map search, wine news, chef profiles, features & more.
Four ways to search – including a map search – for restaurants, pubs, diners and grills in SA. Strongest on the main centres.
User-friendly online restaurant and nightspot guide for Gauteng province.
Eating out in Jo’burg
Dining out page of the City of Johannesburg website, with a restaurant guide searchable by cuisine or by suburb, as well as review of “historic”, “elegant” and “unique” restaurants in the city.
Other restaurant search engines:
Includes a collection of over 10 000 recipes. The site is completely searchable and allows you to store recipes in your own online ‘recipe book’.
Web-based magazine carrying articles about food in South Africa and abroad, including book reviews and recipes.
Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs
Site of the international society devoted to fine dining. Lists events of the various baillages, or chapters – there are four in South Africa. These gatherings are usually black-tie dinners at top restaurants, but are occasionally more informal events.
South African Chefs Association
Mainly for professional chefs and restaurateurs. Offers links to chefs’ associations worldwide, a job site with posts in South Africa and overseas, a list of industry events and food festivals, and pages by a range of chefs, most with recipes.
Traditional South African Recipes
Traditional South African and African recipes are offered on this site, which comes complete with a photo of the eponymous Pete, who looks like a Limpopo Province game farmer. There’s also a newsletter.
Homesick South Africans
Another site for expatriates. Among its offerings are recipes for biltong, including drawings and measurements for making your own biltong box. If that’s too arduous, there’s information on where to find the stuff overseas.