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Revealed: The Best Everyday Eateries in the Western Cape

Wondering where to go for burgers, lazy country-style lunches and excellent seafood? Look no further! The Western Cape’s top casual restaurants for 2018 have been announced at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries, which took place in Cape Town on 18 October. (The winners in other provinces were announced at a separate ceremony in Gauteng. Check out the winners in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal here.)

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 winners

The 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries winners and highly commended restaurants in the Western Cape are:

Best Asian-Inspired Eatery

Winner: SHIO, De Waterkant (winner of this award for the second consecutive year)
“Any true foodie knows that eating out is not just about food but about the experience as a whole, and from the entrance of Shio Restaurant to your table, you will undoubtedly be wowed. Shio Restaurant offers modern Japanese cuisine in a very stylish setting, with seating inside and out, and a smooth interior to boot. A number of choices on the menu make Shio Restaurant a delightful experience, as you can visit so many times and still find something new to try…” – Lorinda Voges, Eat Out reader

The interior at Shio. Photo supplied.

Highly commended: Active Sushi, De Waterkant
“This wonderful restaurant always provides amazing quality food at good prices. The service and vibe is always on point. I go eat here at least once a month and have been doing so since they opened in Strand St many years ago!” – Duncan Willis, Eat Out reader

A plate of sushi at Active Sushi on Hudson Street. Photo supplied.

Eat Out Durbanville Hills Best Bistro

Winner: Avontuur Estate Restaurant, Somerset West
“My husband and I return to this restaurant again and again whenever we travel to the area. We had the opportunity to dine here twice during our recent stay in Somerset West. We chose something different both times and Avontuur wowed us both times. We will continue to return to Avontuur Estate Restaurant because we can count on tremendous food, service and views!” – Julie Dettman, Eat Out reader

A chocolate dessert at Avontuur. Photo supplied.

Highly commended: Skotnes, Tokai
“An exquisite experience for all the senses, from the presentation (which is in itself a work of art) right through to the last cup of coffee after your sensational meal. The head chef has an exceptional taste for food and has managed to find various other chefs to help him deliver his vision and passion. Flawless service is guaranteed and your glass will always be full. Picture yourself sitting in a high ceiling room with large glass windows (or out on the deck) looking out to the garden inspired by the local botanicals with a breathtaking view of a mountain in the background, sipping a glass of chardonnay. Your waitron fills your glass right before you taste buds enter a new experience. ‘BraaiBroodjies’ like you have never had before, the BEST pork belly you could ever ask for, finished off with exceptional desserts!” – Abigail Henzen, Eat Out reader

A dessert at Skotnes Restaurant

A dessert at Skotnes Restaurant. Photo by Romy Wilson.

Best Burger Eatery

Highly commended: Jerry’s Burger Bar, Blouberg
“With Table Mountain and a glorious ocean view set as your surrounding, this family orientated restaurant in Blouberg is a must-visit. Jerry’s Burger Bar is tops when it comes to burgers. A wide variety to choose from and incredible sauces that complement every burger. It did serve a wide range of dishes and you could order something ‘Western’ like steak and chips if you felt like it. But the speciality of the restaurant was of course burgers. I’m not an expert on burgers so I don’t know all the technical terms and how to describe them but I know what good burgers taste like. And Jerry’s are exactly that…” – Ikeraam Daniels, Eat Out reader

A burger at Jerry’s Burger Bar in Blouberg. Photo supplied

Best Coffee Shop

Winner: Pajamas & Jam Eatery, Strand
“The setting is beautifully done. The food looks exquisite and tastes delicious. The service is friendly and helpful. Everything you could ask for in a restaurant.” – Sean Michael Lubbe, Eat Out reader

Pretty cakes at Pajamas and Jam. Photo supplied.

Highly commended: Boston Coffee, Bellville
“Absolutely amazing. You can taste the love, care and passion in everything you order. This is not just another coffee place, where the barista just make another coffee. Nope, this is a special coffee made just for you. The staff is so kind and loving, you just want to go back every day. Best is, you can, because they are not even expensive. My favourite hang-out spot.” – Erica Siebrits, Eat Out reader

The interior at Boston Coffee. Photo supplied.

Best Country-Style Eatery

Winner: Ons Huisie, Blouberg
“The food is great, the atmosphere is perfect for relaxation and the staff are friendly” – Kuhlula Ndhima, Eat Out reader

Fish and chips from Ons Huisie. Photo supplied.

Highly commended: Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale
“Absolutely superb food served in the most beautiful hotel! The head chef is incredibly versatile and catered for my vegan needs without hesitation.” – Tessa Barlin, Eat Out reader

The country-style interior at Karoo Art Hotel. Photo supplied.

Best Indian-Inspired Eatery

Winner: The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy, Blouberg (winner of this category for the second consecutive year)
“The best Indian food on the West Coast! The Indian Chapter is a hidden gem in Tableview with a cosy inviting atmosphere and excellent service. Each dish is layered with complex, delicious flavours and owner Prim Reddy is normally on site chatting and giving menu suggestions. Definitely worth more than one visit!” –  Jules Morrison, Eat Out reader

A curry from The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy. Photo supplied.

Highly commended: Marigold Indian Restaurant, Franschhoek
“Good reason why it is recommended as one of the best in Franschhoek. Put it on your bucket list” – Adriaan P van der Colf, Eat Out reader

The interior at Marigold. Photo supplied.

Best Italian-Inspired Eatery

Winner: Giulio’s, City Bowl
“We are only in Cape Town once or twice a year and when we are in Town, we make sure to eat at Giulio’s. Hands down the best breakfast and the pasta and pizza is as authentic Italian as it gets. Do yourself a favour and give this gem a try… you will soon become a regular.” – René Solomon, Eat Out reader

Pappardelle pasta at Giulio’s. Photo supplied.

Highly commended: A Tavola, Claremont
“A Tavola is a hidden gem in the Southern Suburbs, and definitely on my list of top 5 Italian restaurants in Cape Town. It has an old-school restaurant style, with professional waiters and a refreshingly distinct feel that somehow makes you wish you’re 50 with 6 kids – like a scene out of The Godfather. Homemade pastas, good quality meat and fresh fish – go for a hearty plate. Expect an excellent wine selection to complement your antipasti, primi and secondi, and end the evening with a classic Don Pedro or Tiramisu. It’s a lovely setting for good conversations.” – Adriana Roos, Eat Out reader

Pasta dish at A Tavola in Claremont. Photo supplied.

Best Seafood Eatery

Winner: Kyoto Garden Sushi, Gardens
“By far the freshest fish in Cape Town. The scallops melt in your mouth. Good wine and good food! They will definitely see me again.” – Liezel Rossouw, Eat Out reader

A dish at Kyoto Garden Sushi. Photo supplied.

Eat Out Tramontina Best Steakhouse

Winner: Rare Grill, Kenilworth
I just love the Rare Grill! We have been quite a few times and have invited friends and family along – no-one has ever been disappointed. They always have different cuts on offer and they are always superb. The sides are something different and amazing (love the steamed cabbage, yup the cabbage is awesome). I nearly forgot the starters; must try their calamari with chilli. The service is always friendly and the waiters are knowledgeable. Love this place. Well done, keep it up!” – Mayola Gouveia, Eat Out reader

Bone marrow and toast at Rare Grill. Photo supplied.

Best reader review award

For the second time, this year we recognised a reader reviewer chosen from our user base across the whole country, with a goal to encourage more fair, balanced reviewing.

Winner: Jane Smith
Our editors praised her balanced reviews, which tactfully mentioned pitfalls while applauding successes. Fair, balanced writing helps users to make better dining decisions. Read Jane Smith’s reviews of Cosecha and Spek & Bone here.

Want to start contributing already to your favourite eatery winning next year? Remember to write a review on our website or by using our free app.

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.

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