Where do locals go for the best steak, coffee, tapas and more in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal? The public’s favourite eateries, vetted by Eat Out’s critics, were revealed at a celebration in Pretoria on Tuesday, 16 October.
After a year-long voting period and adjudication process, the top eateries in each category were determined by public ratings received via the Eat Out app and website, in conjunction with scoring from professional Eat Out critics.
The 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries winners and highly commended restaurants in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are:
Winner: 9th Avenue Bistro, Morningside (highly commended in this category in 2017)
“9th is without question my favourite restaurant. Fantastic food and service, wonderful wines and an elegant atmosphere. Good to see Graham back in the kitchen and I can’t wait for my next tasting menu… later this evening! It’s great to see that restaurants are popping up and attempting to bring variety to an industry that is increasingly dominated by large chains, but 9th remains the benchmark for these new players in terms of consistency, quality, innovation and excellence. Super excited for this evening!” – John Hunter, Eat Out reader
Highly commended: Terbodore Coffee Roasters, KZN Midlands
“The best coffee shop I have been to in South Africa to date! Absolutely love the atmosphere and of course the delicious coffee, in whatever form. I will definitely make the drive up here many more times!” – Stephanie Böhmer, Eat Out reader
Winner: Farro, Illovo
“A lovely, quaint little spot that’s perfect for a date night or special dinner with the girls. Great tapas, excellent cocktails and the waiter was very good at recommending which wine to pair with the food. The best service I have had in a long time. Excellent experience.” – Suzanne Wild, Eat Out reader
Highly commended: The Green Peppercorn, Morningside
“My husband and I went to The Green Peppercorn 6 years ago on our 1st date. We returned 6 years later and the restaurant has totally transformed. The menu is incredible and the food exceeded our expectations. The staff are attentive, helpful and such a pleasure to deal with. Fabulous experience.” – Pranesha Padayachy, Eat Out reader
Winner: Afro-Boer, Die Wilgers (highly commended in this category in 2017)
“This is the place to be on a Saturday morning with the family. The coffee is great! The breakfast is scrumptious. I just love the beautiful gardens there; it lets you just forget for a moment that you actually live in the city. PS: Don’t forget their delectable milkshakes and rainbow cake!” – Liezl Veldman, Eat Out reader
Highly commended: La Coco C, Silver Lakes
“The food is on point! The tastiest healthy options you’ll come across! This is such a little gem, found in the East of Pretoria. The fresh ideas are so tantalizing! From green matcha lattes to salads, which are not just lettuce leaves. The smoothies are to die for, especially after a lovely cycle or run, etc. The vibe is chilled and the table settings are simplistic but great!” – Stacy Jeannes, Eat Out reader
Winner: Saint Restaurant, Sandton
“Smooth as silk! Is this Jozi or the Big Apple? Brilliant interior with kinetic visuals, knowledgable staff, Stefano Ferrara wood-burning ovens, everything shouts contemporary. Do visit the bathrooms, they’re incredible. Food? Cutting edge modern Italian fare, best ingredients, beautifully presented. And affordable! Indulge!” – Erwin Lingenfelder, Eat Out reader
Highly commended: Gemelli, Bryanston
“Beautiful and vibey restaurant with standout generously portioned food. Had a seriously tasty calamari starter and the sublimely cooked pork belly main. Very tasty all-round despite a very busy restaurant. If I had to nitpick it would be about the noise levels in the restaurant, very loud. But it adds to the trendy bistro vibe.” – Rasmus Jensen, Eat Out reader
Winner: Momo Soko, Illovo (highly commended in this category in 2017)
“This spectacular restaurant is a winner every single time. From the ambience, which is a cool vibe as it’s a busy spot in Illovo, to the mouth watering and absolutely to-die-for food. The BYO booze policy with no corkage fee is absolutely great as you cut down on cost and can bring along your favourites. Bear in mind the dishes are all very reasonably priced, which makes you just want to order more and more. The food is the real show-stopper, beyond my expectations and consistent each and every time. A good variety of seafood and vegetarian dishes makes this gem suitable for everyone. Make sure to book a table, as this magical spot is always busy with happy faces enjoying their bao, poké bowls or tasty tapas. Best done shared.” – Zaida Jager, Eat Out reader
Highly commended: The Great Eastern Food Bar, Melville
“Went for a quick celebration with colleagues and the service was impeccable. The food didn’t take long to arrive at all, and the service person’s recommendation was spot on. The food was incredibly fresh, and the aromas and taste was a sensory overload. In a REALLY good way! I will definitely go back hungrier because there are just too many items to try at once.” – Jeanine du Toit, Eat Out reader
Winner: Wood & Fire, New Muckleneuk
“My family ate supper and it was a wonderful experience. We started with halloumi, chicken wings and mushroom tapas. What a delight. Not only were all 3 dishes unbelievably tasty but beautifully presented. Main dishes were rib eye, salmon and calamari. What a treat. Delicious as well as stunning presentation. We’ll definitely be back. Can’t wait for another yummy gastronomical experience.” – Debi Rolfe, Eat Out reader
Highly commended: The Local Grill, Parktown North
“Easily the best place to get a great steak in South Africa! I am never disappointed when I eat here and have eaten many times. The best part of the experience is that when you order a steak, that is all that arrives on the plate with all the other items on the side (the way it should be). I usually ask the waiter what is good and go with that. You can see the passion behind the restaurant in the food that is served.” – Ryan Folster, Eat Out reader
Winner: Urbanologi (highly commended in this category in 2017)
“We had a truly amazing experience at Urbanologi. We were struggling to find something interesting and different for our office year-end function until we came across this remarkable eatery. It quickly became evident that we were not just booking a meal, but an experience. The decor is beautiful and the meal even better, paired perfectly with their fine craft beers and superb local wines. The service is outstanding. The waiting staff are clearly well trained, attentive and friendly. A big thank you to Roger, Myron, Jack and Lovemore for making our time with them an experience to remember. Highly recommended.” – Hannes Jooste, Eat Out reader
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The top names in each category for each province were determined by a two-step process. Star ratings given by the public on eatout.co.za and the Eat Out app from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018 were tallied. The restaurants that received a large volume of high scores from fans were visited by Eat Out’s professional critics, who gave their own ratings. Final results are based on a 50-50 composite score from the public and the critics.