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We researched SA’s top 10 restaurants to find out exactly how much it costs to eat like royalty - and find some surprising value

We countdown South Africa’s top 10 restaurants, from the most expensive to the most affordable, and find out just how much a meal will set you back.

by: Katy Rose | 26 Jun 2018
 

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We recently researched South Africa's highest awarded restaurants, to find out how much a entry level dinner for two adults will cost you. We also took a look at the price of a cheapest bottle of wine, because what is a fine meal without a glass of wine to accompany it? Starting with the most expensive meal, we count down the top 10

1. The Test Kitchen, Woodstock (Eat Out No. 1)
Price per 2 guests: R4032
Cheapest bottle of wine: wine pairing available for R750 p/p.
Most expensive bottle of wine: pricing not available
As the number 1 restaurant in South Africa, and recently named the best restaurant in Africa, it is no surprise that Luke Dale-Roberts’ flagship restaurant comes in at the top spot. 

Hot smoked Trout and watercress soup. Perfection.

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2. Greenhouse, Constantia (Eat Out No. 5)
Price per 2 guests: R2640 for the Provenance Menu
Cheapest bottle of wine: R170
Most expensive bottle of wine: R1825
This 9-course menu is intricate and detailed, with a wide selection of South African flavours such as karoo truffle, madumbi, sour fig and Mpumalanga mango. 


3. La Colombe, Constantia (Eat Out No. 7)
Price per 2 guests: R2228 for the Reduced Set Menu
Cheapest bottle of wine: wine pairing available for R750 p/p. 
Most expensive bottle of wine: pricing not available
French fine dining, with a contemporary South African interpretation, La Colombe remains one of South Africa’s iconic establishments. 

4. Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient, Johannesburg (Eat Out No. 2)
Price per 2 guests: R2090 for the Market Degustation Menu
Cheapest bottle of wine: wine pairing available for R395 p/p.
Most expensive bottle of wine: pricing not available
Representing Johannesburg, in an otherwise Cape-dominated Top 10, Restaurant Mosaic is a romantic dining experience with local, Eastern and French flavours.


5. The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West (Eat Out No. 3)
Price per 2 guests: R1232 for the Reduced Set Menu
Cheapest bottle of wine: R190
Most expensive bottle of wine: R340
Award winning chef, Gregory Czarnecki is at the helm of The Restaurant, set atop the hillside in a breathtaking glasshouse construction.  

6. Overture, Stellenbosch (Eat Out No. 9)
Price per 2 guests: R1122 for the Set Menu
Cheapest bottle of wine: R195
Most expensive bottle of wine: R950
Multi-award winner Overture, and chef-owner Bertus Basson, is a regular on both the fine- and casual-dining scenes. Nostalgic South African recipes are refreshed with modern techniques. 

7. The Potluck Club, Woodstock (Eat Out No. 10)
Price per 2 guests: R1115
Cheapest bottle of wine: pricing not available
Most expensive bottle of wine: pricing not available
The younger sister to The Test Kitchen, The Potluck Club is a casual dining experience, with international flavours and textures that will delight and entertain. 

Tuna Bordelaise. New Drought Menu launching April 1st. #savewater

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8. Camphors, Somerset West (Eat Out No. 6)
Price per 2 guests: R1089 for the Reduced Set Menu
Cheapest bottle of wine: R130
Most expensive bottle of wine: R5590
Set among the established and celebrated gardens of Vergelegen Estate, Chef Mike Cooke brings a sense of sensitivity and consciousness to fine dining in the Winelands. 

9. Shortmarket Club, Cape Town (Eat Out No. 8)
Price per 2 guests:  R1087
Cheapest bottle of wine: R200
Most expensive bottle of wine: R4000
Luke Dale-Roberts’ third establishment creates a modern, industrial inner city atmosphere with neo-bistrot influences with authentic local ingredients. 

10. Chefs Warehouse, Constantia (Eat Out No. 4)
Price per 2 guests: R770
Cheapest bottle of wine: R180
Most expensive bottle of wine: R850
Head Chef Ivor Jones made his top 10 debut this year with Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia. Their sharing menu for two is layered, delicate and always delicious. Go for the view, stay for the food. By far the best value meal in the top 10. 


Notes:
All prices correct at time of publication. 
Dinner for two based on 2 starters, 2 main course, 1 dessert or cheapest set menu including gratuity as per restaurant policy, or 10% if not specified. All wine 750 ml. South African only, excluding dessert wine and champagne. 

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