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Top reader-reviewed restaurants of the week

Stuck in a rut? Here’s a roundup of your reviews of top-rated restaurants on our site over the past week to give you some fresh ideas. This year, your ratings will determine the winners of the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. Want to see your favourite spot at the awards? Reviewing closes 30 September 2015. Write a restaurant review now. Please note: you’ll have to be logged in or registered in order for your review to count towards the awards.

 

Johannesburg

Casalinga Ristorante (Muldersdrift)
For 25 years we have consistently received excellent service, delicious and well-presented food, and an astounding wine selection. And with Lloyd around, you can always be assured of personal attention and feeling right at home.
– Louis Kilian

Louis Kilian

Coobs (Parkhurst)
Just love going to Coobs – always incredible food and service! Basically, everything on the menu is phenomenal.
– Cherisse Justus

Cherisse Justus

Coobs

The interior at Coobs. Photo courtesy of the restaurant. 

Craft (Parkhurst)
Our table of seven consisted of six adults and five-year-young Zoe. Zoe, despite her age, is quite a discerning eater – much like her parents – and she was very satisfied with her kid’s breakfast. There were times when I had to stop myself from taking a sip of that delicious marshmallow milkshake she’d ordered! Milkshakes have no age limit.
– Nadia Singh

Nadia Singh

Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Dylan’s (Parkmore)
Lovely little hidden gem. Delicious food and value for money. There were only a few of us in the restaurant and they were a bit on the slow side, mostly with clearing the table and placing our order, but otherwise a very good experience all around!
– Martene Esteves

Martene Esteves

Fresh Earth Food Store (Emmerentia)
For all the health-food junkies who want fantastic organic vegetarian meals and fabulous fresh goodies to take home, this is it. Go hungry!
– Angee Whiting

Angee Whiting

Licorish Bistro (Bryanston)
I went to Licorish for the first time for lunch with three girl friends. We decided to each choose a different starter and share. Every single dish was beautifully presented and tasted superb and, with a glass of wine each, it cost R100 per person.
– Sharon ffoulkes

Sharon ffoulkes

The seating at the Licorish Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The seating at the Licorish Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Princi Pastizza (Bedfordview)
We eat here often and have never been disappointed. From a casual family meal to a special occasion, you can always expect good service and food.
– Louise Cremer

Louise Cremer

Verdicchio Restaurant and Wine Cellar (Montecasino, Fourways)
Verdicchio offers an amazing ambiance, fantastic food and superb service. The dim lighting makes for a romantic setting, which is perfect for dates and special occasions – my wife is on my case for us to return!
– Peter Stemmet

Peter Stemmet

Pretoria

Ed’s Diner (Parkview Shopping Centre)
Amazing burgers and cocktails. Great place to chill with family and friends.
– Nalani Madurai

nalani madurai

A milkshake at Ed’s Diner. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A milkshake at Ed’s Diner. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Harissa Bistro (Hazelwood)
The manager greeted us at the door as we walked in and we felt very welcome. The staff are very friendly and entertaining. I ordered the chickpea balls and my colleague ordered a burger. The food was amazing. I will go back time and again for the chickpea balls. Oh, and they offer freshly squeezed juices. Delicious!!
– Jeanine du Toit

Jeanine du Toit

Mpumalanga

The Restaurant at Sanbonani Resort Hotel (Hazyview)
This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever eaten at. The people are so welcoming and nice, and the food so mouth-watering. I love them.
– Phindile Mokomane

Phindile Mokomane

KwaZulu-Natal

Beira Alta (Ballito)
Made my first visit to Beira Alta recently on my birthday with my husband, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The prawns were really well prepared and delicious. Service was great. Good atmosphere. I would love to go back soon!
– Kasthurie Gounden

Kasthurie Gounden

Republik (Durban North)
My personal favourite is the nacho burger. Thanks, Tayne and Matty (and Bravo for staying open on an infamous corner).
– Nomfundo Matlala

Nomfundo Matlala

Free State

Full House Chinese Restaurant and Sushi Bar (Bloemfontein)
Awesome sushi!!!!
– Maja van Dyk

Maja van Dyk

Eastern Cape

Fushin Sushi Bar and Eastern Cuisine (Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth)
The best sushi bar in the Eastern Cape!
– Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan

Fushin Sushi Bar and Restaurant. Photos courtesy of Jan Ras.

Fushin Sushi Bar and Restaurant. Photos courtesy of Jan Ras.

Cape Town

Active Sushi Bree Street (City Bowl)
Amazing!! Had a great time. Awesome service.
– Nina Stanford

Nina Stanford

Birds Café (Bree Street, City Bowl)
The poached eggs, bacon and chickpea-and-bean breakfast was perfect: free-range eggs cooked to medium, which oozed just the right amount when sliced open; crisp bacon that was rich with flavour; and a lovely rich tomatoey chickpea-and-bean sauce. It was also nice and calm inside – not something that can be said of some of the other breakfast spots on Bree Street on a Saturday!
– Jessica Stein

Jessica Stein birds cafe

Food at Birds Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Food at Birds Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Culture Club Cheese (Bree Street, City Bowl)
Fabulous menu selection and service. Generous portions, well presented and absolutely delicious. The cheese selection is amazing – definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a special cheese.
– Heather Nel

Heather Nel

El Burro Taqueria (Tamboerskloof)
Love the ceviche and the esquites here. I’m less excited about the tacos somehow – I feel like they need more sauce, lime juice or cheese (although I’m told the chilli sauce on the tables is pretty great; will try it next time). The beef quesadillas where fab, though – a good option if you’re after that melted-cheese experience.
– Jessica Stein

Jessica Stein El Burro Taqueria

Tacos at El Burro Taqueria. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Tacos at El Burro Taqueria. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Four & Twenty (Chelsea Village, Wynberg)
Absolutely excellent Sunday treat with the whole family. Such a cute café setting and the baked goods were absolutely delicious. A must for sweet tooths in Cape Town!
– Emma Broadway

Emma Broadway

Breakfast at Four & Twenty. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Breakfast at Four & Twenty. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The General Store (Bree Street, City Bowl)
I’ve yet to try the tasty-looking array of lunch options, but the chocolate pistachio brownie deserves a review of its own. In my personal quest for the perfect brownie, it comes close to perfection. Superlatively gooey, with a slightly crisp flaky top. I’m not sure the pistachios are even necessary.
– Jessica Stein

Jessica Stein The General Store

Goloso Restaurant (Sea Point)
Goloso is my favourite place for pasta. The seafood risotto was tasty – a nice balance of cheese and lemony seafood – and the gnocchi balsamico was rich and sublime.
– Anna Gordon

Anna  Gordon

pasta dish prepared and served at Goloso Italian Restaurant and Deli

A pasta dish at Goloso Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Graze (Kenilworth)
From the second you walk in you are welcomed into a relaxed environment… The one thing that really stands out is that you are able to watch the chefs prepare your food fresh and with care.
– Tracey Obery

Tracey Obery

Jerry’s Burger Bar (Gardens)
I went to Jerry’s for my fourth time this past weekend and the food is still top notch! Juicy burger and awesome fries. I also tried sriracha for the first time at Jerry’s and I must say it’s fast becoming one of my favourite hot sauces. The only down side is that the service is a little slow and it took them a little longer than expected to take our order, but I can easily overlook that for the amazing food they serve.
– Anonymous

Anonymous

Burger and fries at Jerry's Burger Bar in Observatory. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Burger and fries at Jerry’s Burger Bar in Observatory. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Lime Tree Café (Bergvliet)
Excellent service and simply amazing food! The food is truly delicious, with amazing combinations that totally tantalise (and they are not shy with their portions!) Highly recommended!
– Lisa de Boer

Lisa de Boer

The interior at Lime Tree Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Lime Tree Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)
I am a cook by profession, so when I say that Massimo’s serves the best damn carbonara I have ever eaten, it should mean something. My wife and I dined at Massimo’s twice during our two-week vacation in Cape Town, and each time received excellent service and food that makes me regret not living in Hout Bay.
– Chris Bilbee

chris bilbee

Massimo's pizza

Massimo’s pizza. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pirates Steakhouse Pub & Grill (Plumstead)
They are famous for their steaks, ribs and burgers, but my favourite is the calamari. It is the best I have ever tasted anywhere. Be sure to book, as they are very popular.
– Cathy Kruger

Cathy Kruger

Pirates Steakhouse Pub & Grill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pirates Steakhouse Pub & Grill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Riverway Café (Hout Bay)
Gorgeous, generous meals washed down with great coffee and topped up with fantastic cakes, scones and other deliciousness. And Banting-friendly for those of you not felled by the gorgeous smells of fresh baking.
– Sam Wilson-Spath

Sam Wilson-Spath

Signal Gun’s Ke-Monate Wine Bar & Bistro (Durbanville)
We’ve eaten here on numerous occasions and we have never been disappointed. The menu caters for most people, including Banting dieters. The wine list is excellently priced.
– Heather Nel

Heather Nel Signal Gun

The interior at

The interior at Signal Gun’s Ke-Monate Wine Bar & Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Spasie (Church Street, City Bowl)
Went to Spasie when the chef was Harald Bresselschmidt. What an amazing evening. Harald took us through the menu in detail and interacted with everyone, and the waiting staff are attentive but not intrusive.
– Tsepo Qhala

Tsepo Qhala

Tiger’s Milk (Muizenberg)
This place makes my favourite dish in the entire world. The roast leg of lamb, olives, feta and humus pizza is the best thing I have tasted in my life! And the best part is they offer it on a gluten-free base, which even more satisfies my fussy needs!
– Chanel Steyn

Chanel Steyn

The interior at Tiger's Milk. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Tiger’s Milk. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar (Longmarket Street, City Bowl)
A truly sensational foodie experience. Our group of six ordered the entire menu and shared among ourselves. The service was good, the waiters were around but not, which was great. Highly recommended.
– Jeff Gradwell

Jeff Gradwell

Winelands

96 Winery Road (Stellenbosch)
This restaurant has been our safe place for more than 18 years now, so what more to say than delicious comfort food, efficient service and a fabulous wine list? Why go to chain restaurants when you get such true food?
– Karine Dequeker

Karine Dequeker

People having lunch at Bistro 13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

People having lunch at Bistro 13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bistro 13 (Stellenbosch
We had the privilege to enjoy a lovely wine tasting and lunch at Bistro 13. We enjoyed the lovely and very informative wine tasting first and after that had the most delicious food at the restaurant. Literally, it was the best steak we have ever eaten.
– Surina Swanepoel

Surina Swanepoel

Joostenberg Bistro (Muldersvlei)
This truly is a restaurant for all occasions and all seasons. In summer it is open to the beautiful gardens and rolling lawns; in winter the huge log fire keeps it cosy and warm. Susan and Christoph are professional hosts, combining Christoph’s excellent and varied fare with Susan’s attentive, calm presence in the restaurant.
– Lynne Correia

Lynne Correia

Noop (Paarl)
I think I have tried just about everything on their menu and have never once been disappointed! The food is absolutely delicious and not overpriced at all, and the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming.
– Marian Duvenage

Marian Duvenage

A gourmet burger at Noop

A gourmet burger at Noop. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)
We discovered this wonderful restaurant a couple of years ago. And what a discovery! Stunning views, magnificent architecture, and sublime food and wine. The service is among the best we have experienced at any restaurant. We will have to find an excuse to go back soon.
– Esme Jefferys

Esme Jefferys

Inside The Restaurant at Waterkloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside The Restaurant at Waterkloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild (Simondium)
I predict this is going to be one of THE destinations in the Winelands! The Wines of the World Wine and Food Tasting was an absolute treat. I think the confit duck with cherry and juniper was my favourite… or maybe the crispy Karoo lamb. I do not know of another place with an imported French fromage selection like they have here – I’m still dreaming about the truffle cheese!
– Ilse Zietsman

Ilse Zietsman

Overberg

Fresh at Paul Cluver (Elgin)
My friend and I had the privilege of dining at Fresh for lunch this past Saturday. Two words: gastronomic feast! We were seated at the communal table, which is just a lovely idea. The wine (Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir) was superb, the atmosphere most cosy and comfortable, and the food delicious! Truly a fantastic experience all round. Please go. Don’t delay. But book in advance.
– Lana Minnaar

Lana Minnaar

The table setting at Fresh at Paul Cluver. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The table setting at Fresh at Paul Cluver. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Tides (Betty’s Bay)
Best restaurant in the area!!!!
– Maja van Dyk

Maja van Dyk Tides

Garden Route

The Fat Fish (Plettenberg Bay)
Lovely venue, excellent food and wine, and beautiful views of the ocean. Very relaxed and good service.
– Esme Jefferys

Esme Jefferys fat fish

Prawns at The Fat Fish. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A prawns dish at The Fat Fish. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Zinzi Restaurant (Hunter’s Estate, Plettenberg Bay)
The service is excellent, with friendly, efficient staff ensuring a wonderful food-and-wine experience. The prices are surprisingly reasonable now too. Visitors we take there are always blown away by the experience. Definitely a must-visit.
– Esme Jefferys

Esme Jefferys Zinzi

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