Eat Out isn’t only SA’s best guide to SA’s best food in name, we’re also top in the game. We have two huge awards ceremonies – with lots of bells and whistles around them – twice a year. As their names below suggest, the one recognises restaurants and chefs, and the other acknowledges small producers.

The Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

Launched in 1998, the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards, held in November, celebrate the South African restaurant industry with accolades including the Top 10 Restaurants, Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and Service Excellence Awards. The winners of the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurants Awards will be announced at a glamorous Sunday lunch at GrandWest on Sunday 20 November 2016.

Tickets for the 2016 Awards are now sold out. If you’d like to be put on a waiting list for any cancellations, please email

The Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries

These awards recognise readers’ favourite restaurants. The winners are determined by highest average star ratings – awarded by the public on – over a year-long period.

The Eat Out Produce Awards

The Eat Out Produce Awards celebrate outstanding, independent South African producers for their integrity, passion and innovation. Winners are those who deliver a consistently high quality product that is SA grown or developed using primary produce from SA. Due care and consideration for both the environment and workforce are essential criteria. In addition to small producers, we also recognize stores and markets for their vital role in the process. The awards were established in 2007 and were previously known as the Eat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards.

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