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What it costs to eat at SA’s top restaurants

Wondering how to spend that well-earned paycheque? Whether you’ve been saving up your pennies for an occasion at SA’s number one spot or you’re simply curious to see what it costs to eat at the country’s best restaurants, we’ve got the ultimate budget-busting list for your reading pleasure. Here’s what it costs to eat at the 30 top restaurants in South Africa.

Top 10

1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)

Four-course Tasting Menu: R850 (R1 050 with wine pairing)
Seven-course Degustation Menu: R1 600 (R1 900 with wine pairing)

A delicious dish from The Restaurant at Waterkloof. Photo supplied.

2. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)

Light Room Menu: R2 050 (R2 450 with tea pairing, R2 800 with gourmand wine pairing, R3 200 with iconic wine pairing)
Light Room Pescatarian Menu: R2 050 (R2 450 with tea pairing, R2 800 with gourmand wine pairing, R3 050 with iconic wine pairing)
Light Room Vegetarian Menu: R1 650 (R2 050 with tea pairing, R2 400 with gourmand wine pairing, R2 800 with iconic wine pairing)

A nicoise salad from The Test Kitchen. Photo Supplied.

3. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)

Gourmand menu: R1 495 (R2 425 with wine pairing)
Reduced menu: R1 095 (R1 845 with wine pairing)
Vegetarian gourmand menu: R1 170 (R2 100 with wine pairing)
Reduced vegetarian menu: R870 (R1 620 with wine pairing)

A contemporary dish from La Colombe. Photo by Andrea van der Spuy.

4. Wolfgat (Paternoster, West Coast)

Seven-course lunch and dinner tasting menu: R850 (optional additional wine pairing at R550)

One of chef Kobus van der Merwe’s creations at Wolfgat. Photo supplied.

5. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)

Gourmand menu: R1 495 (R2 425 with wine pairing)
Reduced menu: R1 095 (R1 845 with wine pairing)
Vegetarian gourmand menu: R1 170 (R2 100 with wine pairing)
Reduced vegetarian menu: R870 (R1 620 with wine pairing)

A dish from La Petite Colombe. Photo by Andrea van der Spuy.

6. Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town)

Dinner Journey Menu: R1300 per person (R2000 with wine pairing)
Lunch menu: R900 (R1300 with wine pairing)

A dish from Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort. Photo supplied.

7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)

Grand Degustation menu: R1 625 (Additional R545 for Enthusiast’s Wine Pairing, R595 for Connoisseur’s Wine Pairing)
Market Degustation menu: R1095 (Additional R405 for Enthusiast’s Wine Pairing, R485 for Connoisseur’s Wine Pairing)

A colourful dish by Chef Chantel Dartnall. Photo supplied.

8. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)

Six-course Reduced Tour menu: R595 (R865 with wine pairing)
Full (Eleven-course) Tour menu: R895 (R1 245 with wine pairing)
Please note pricing structure is subject to change.

The exterior at Camphors at Vergelegen. Photo supplied.

9. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

A la carte lunch: R200 average main meal
Two-course dinner: R380
Three-course dinner: R420

A seafood dish at Jardine Restaurant. Photo by Samantha Clifton.

10. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)

Tapas for two: R900 (R450 per person)
This includes eight dishes served over three courses to share between two people. The price excludes starters, wine and dessert.

A simple seafood dish from Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia. Photo by Claire Gunn.

The finalists: Numbers 11 to 20

11. Fermier Restaurant (Die Wilgers, Pretoria)

Nine-course set menu: R650 (R1 000 with wine pairing)

Food from Fermier Restaurant. Photo supplied.

12. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

Two-course lunch menu: R350
Three-course lunch and dinner menu: R425 (Plus R240 with wine pairing)
Five-course lunch and dinner menu: R625 (Plus R370 with wine pairing)
These are seasonal menus, meaning prices are subject to change.

A freshly prepared dish from Jordan Restaurant. Photo supplied.

13. Foliage (Franschhoek)

Six-course chef’s menu: R625 (R1 075 with wine pairing)

A bistro-style dish from Foliage. Photo Supplied.

14. Le Coin Français (Franschhoek)

Five-course reduced tasting menu: R625 (R925 with wine pairing)
Six-course tasting menu: R725 (R1 125 with wine pairing)
Eight-course Chef’s Journey menu: R950 (R1 355 with wine pairing)

An elegant French-inspired dish from Le Coin Français. Photo supplied.

15. The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga, Durban)

Three-course set menu: R425
Seven-course tasting menu: R625 (R1 075 with wine pairing)
These are seasonal menus, meaning prices are subject to change.

A meal from The Chefs Table in Umhlanga. Photo Supplied.

16. Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek)

Tapas for two: R900 (R450 per person)
This includes eight dishes served over three courses to share between two people. The price excludes starters, wine and dessert.

A tapas dish from Chefs Warehouse at Maison. Photo by Claire Gunn.

17. La Tête (Cape City Bowl, Cape Town)

A la carte menu: R200 for average lunch and dinner main course
Please note that La Tête menus change daily.

A dish at Bree Street’s La Tête. Photo supplied.

18. Overture (Stellenbosch)

Four-course chefs menu: R635 (R875 with wine pairing)
Six-course tasting menu: R785 

A modern spread from Overture. Photo supplied.

19. The Shortmarket Club (City Bowl, Cape Town)

A la carte menu: R290 average main course

Chardonnay-steamed West Coast mussels with celeriac, ham hock veloute, poached oysters and fresh seaweed. Photo supplied.

20. The Pot Luck Club (City Bowl, Cape Town)

A la carte menu: R150 average main course
Set brunch menu: R450

A peri peri prawns dish from The Pot Luck Club. Photo by Andy Lund.

Other nominees

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen (City Bowl, Cape Town)

Tapas for two: R750
This includes eight dishes served over three courses to share between two people. The price excludes starters, wine and dessert.

Tapas from Chefs Warehouse and Canteen on Bree Street. Photo by Claire Gunn.

The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal (Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek)

Three-course menu: R450 (R685 with wine pairing)
Four-course menu: R550 (R845 with wine pairing)
Five-course menu: R650 (R1 005 with wine pairing)

An asparagus dish from The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal. Photo supplied.

DW Eleven-13 (Dunkeld West, Johannesburg)

Four-course menu: R650 (R800 with non-alcoholic pairing and R900 with wine pairing)
Tasting menu: R900 (R1 375 with wine pairing and R1 125 with non-alcoholic pairing)
Tasting menu includes all teas and coffee.

A ravioli dish from DW Eleven-13. Photo supplied.

Foxcroft (Constantia, Cape Town)

Four-course lunch menu: R495
Four-course dinner menu: R545
This includes Foxcroft bread, two portions of tapas, a main course and a dessert.
These are sample menus that are subject to change at any point.

Food from Foxcroft. Photo supplied.

Indochine at Delaire Graff Estate (Stellenbosch)

Nine-course signature selection: R955 (R1590)

A tuna tataki from Indochine. Photo supplied.

La Mouette (Sea Point, Cape Town)

Three-course menu: R450 (R795 with wine pairing)
Five-course tasting menu: R550 (R975 with wine pairing)

 

Contemporary cuisine from La Mouette. Photo supplied.

Marble (Rosebank, Johannesburg)

Three-course menu: R550 per person avarage meal cost (excluding beverages)

A burnt strawberry pistachio creme ash meringue kataifi from Marble. Photo supplied.

Nobu Cape Town at One & Only (V&A Waterfront, Cape Town)

A la carte menu: R350 average main meal

Sushi from Nobu Cape Town at The One & Only. Photo supplied.

Thali (Gardens, Cape Town)

Tapas for two: R750
This includes eight dishes served over three courses to share between two people. The price excludes starters, wine and dessert.
A la carte lunch: R75 to R120 for a tapas portion

The flavourful food spread from Thali. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Springfontein Eats (Stanford)

Three-course menu: R460
Four-course menu: R540
Five-course menu: R620
Six-course menu: R720

A dish by Chef Jurgen Schneider of Springfontein Eats in Stanford. Photo supplied.

Please note that while we take care to ensure the accuracy of this information, some details and prices may change without our knowledge.

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