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Top 40 Summer Restaurants

40 hot, hot, hot restaurants to visit this summer!

by: Cath Shone | 29 Nov 2011
Summer al fresco dining

People who are on holiday either braai or they go out to eat. Fact.

So if you are braaing at home then you must check out our AMAZING braai recipes page.

If you are planning to go out… well look no further – we’ve lined up the Top 40 Summer Restaurants in SA for you. Please bear in mind these are for holiday destinations.

Last year we did a Top 10 Summer Restaurants


Food24 gives you... The Top 40!

Cape Town

The Grand Beach Café (Granger Bay)
Chapman’s Peak Hotel (Hout Bay)
Wakame and Wafu (Green Point)
Polana (Kalk Bay)
The Mussel Bar (Camps Bay)
The Harbour House (V&A Waterfront)
Bistro 1682 (Tokai)
Live Bait (Kalk Bay)

The Winelands

Tokara (Stellenbosch)
Babel (Franschhoek)
Pierneef a la Motte (Franschhoek)
The Restaurant at Jordan (Stellenbosch)
The Stone Kitchen (Paarl)
Overture (Stellenbosch)


Bientangs Cave
The Quayside Cabin (Container Restaurant)


Bean Bag Bahia
The Oyster Box(Umhlanga)
Moyo uShaka
Craft Trattoria
The Crayfish Inn (Ballito)
Bel Punto (Umdloti)
Casa Nostra (Umdloti)
Cafe Verde (Umhlanga)
Ile Maurice
Aqua at Sibaya
Al Pescatore (Ballito)

PE and the Garden Route

Ile de Pain (Knysna)
34 Degrees South (Knysna)
Off the Hook (Plett)
The Island (PE)
Deli Street Café (PE)
The Oyster Catcher (PE)
Ginger (PE)
Quay 4 (Knysna)
The Oystercatcher (Knysna)
Die Walskipper  (Jeffrey's Bay)
Cornuti's (Knysna)

And if you are not trekking to the seaside - then here are some lekker Gauteng locals for you:

Apparently anything in Parkhurst...
Al Fresco (off Byers Naude)
Il Tartufo
Moo Moo (Brooklyn)

PS... We would LOVE you to mention in the comments your Favourite Summer Restaurants and share the love (if we don’t have them listed we will do so immediately!) especially if they are hidden gems in holiday towns. You can also email us on

Or tweet us @food24 and use the hashtag #topsummerrestaurants and if you are loving your meal - take a pic with your mobile phone and tweet us with the hashtag #tweetwhatyoueat

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