July’s most popular restaurants

Looking to change up your usual dining-out routine and try something new? Use our compilation of the most-viewed venues in July 2017 as your foodie check-list. This list shows what people are searching for on, compiled using statistics of the most-viewed restaurant listings in July 2017.


Rockets (Bryanston)

This four-storey restaurant complex and members’ club boasts a rooftop garden, champagne bar, cognac bar, a lounge and two dining rooms.

The interior of Rockets. Photo supplied.

The interior of Rockets. Photo supplied.

Momo Soko (Illovo)

This Asian hotspot follows the success of Momo Baohaus and brings a modern take on Asian street food to Illovo.

Sushi Burrito Co. (Melrose Arch)

SA’s version of the overseas sushi burrito trend has landed. You’ll also find bao buns, poke bowls and vibrant decor inspired by Japanese pop-art culture.

La Boqueria (Parktown North)

Expect globally inspired street food here from Spanish patatas bravas and cured meats to Japanese edamame or Peruvian-style ceviche with chilli and tiger’s milk.

Tapas at La Boqueria. Photo supplied.

Tapas at La Boqueria. Photo supplied.

Momo Baohaus (Greenside)

This hip, Asian-inspired eatery is a place for sharing. Enjoy tapas, buns, bowls and sushi rolls with a group to get the most out of the menu.

San Deck at Sandton Sun Hotel (Sandton)

Ideal for warm evenings or sundowners on crisp days, this spot is popular for after-work drinks with cocktail plates.

Craft (Parkhurst)

Wacky OTT milkshakes, good burgers, and comforting homely food is what you’ll get at this buzzing restaurant.

Brian Lara Rum Eatery (Linden)

This tropical-themed eatery is the place for boozy nights of cocktail pineapples paired with dishes of rum-basted ribs, salt-and-pepper squid, or sticky jerk chicken.

Brian Lara Rum Eatery. Photo supplied.

Brian Lara Rum Eatery. Photo supplied.

Bolton Road Collection (Rosebank)

This restaurant boasts a wide selection of dishes made for sharing. Try the slow-roasted beef short rib or grilled seabass.

1Fox – The Sheds (Ferreirasdorp)

At this market venue you’ll find indulgent desserts, gourmet pizzas and rib-sticking soulfood.


Something’s Cooking by J (Menlyn)

At J’Something’s restaurant you’ll be in for some delightful picanha steak, lemony prawns and perfectly cooked ramen.

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar (Menlyn)

Huge portions of crazy American-style food is what you’ll find here. Go for something smothered in bourbon and barbecue sauce, or head straight for the legendary trash can of nachos.

Mustang Sally’s Pub & Diner (Hatfield)

This rock ‘n’ roll diner flips burgers with names like James Dean or John F Kennedy. The crispy chips are great here, too.

A burger at Mustang Sally. Photo supplied.

A burger at Mustang Sally. Photo supplied.

Burger Bistro (Hazelwood)

This place gets a nod from reviewers for serving some of the tastiest burgers in town. Finish them off with one of the gourmet shakes.

Old Town Italy (Menlyn)

Italian-inspired market food is the name of the game here. Don’t miss out on the great selection of Italian gelato.

Afro-boer (Die Wilgers)

This pretty café serves up a quirky mix of Afrikaans classics and contemporary cool treats.


Pancakes at Afro-boer. Photo supplied.

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein)

Chef Chantel Dartnall continues to wow with her whimsical and stunning food at this Top 10 restaurant.

Eisbein & Co. (Menlo Park)

Expect hearty, meaty grub with options of peri-peri chicken livers, roasted pork shoulder, and great apple strudel.

Burger Bistro (Villeria)

The Villeria branch of this burger joint keeps locals happy with the wackiest burgers in town. Ask about the Mike Tyson burger, which comes complete with five burger patties.

The Mike Tyson at Burger Bistro. Photo supplied.

The Mike Tyson at Burger Bistro. Photo supplied.

Black Bamboo (Ashlea Gardens)

Chef Pellie Grobler offers well balanced and delicately flavoured food. The wine selection and service also continue to impress.

Durban and surrounds

Plan B Dessertery (Durban North)

Durban North’s newest member is a dedicated dessert bar that serves trendy bubble waffles filled with all kinds of confections, giant churros and dessert tacos.

1904 Bistro Américain (Kloof)

This American-themed eatery has an incredibly stylish interior and offers up generous comfort grub with classics like hot dogs, chowder, mac and cheese, and gourmet shakes.

The Coney Island hot dog at 1904. Photo by Nikita Buxton.

The Coney Island hot dog at 1904. Photo by Nikita Buxton.

The Village Table (Umhlanga Rocks)

Views are a definite drawcard. Enjoy sundowners on the terrace or sit in the beautiful interior and order easy-eating meals.

Old Town Italy (Umhlanga Ridge)

If you’re not here for a cronut fix, stop off at the charcuterie or cheese counter for some take-home treats. Alternatively, perch at the bar for a glass of vino and a bowl of pasta.

The Joint Jazz Café (OR Tambo Parade)

This lively spot offers sea views, jazzy tunes, and a menu filled with braai-style shisa nyama. The chicken wings are particularly delicious, especially when doused in the signature peri-peri sauce.

Beef brisket and chip bowl at The Joint Jazz Café. Photo supplied.

Beef brisket and chip bowl at The Joint Jazz Café. Photo supplied.

The Chefs Table (Umhlanga Rocks)

Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn brings fine dining to the Village with beautiful plates of food, swift service, and good wine.

Smokin’ Joe’s (Berea)

This small burger joint offers friendly service with great burgers such as the Royale with cheese, and the gourmet Greatest of all Time burger with roasted rosa tomatoes, caramelised onions, and mature cheddar.

The Midlands Kitchen (Nottingham Road)

This new market-style venue boasts 15 restaurants offering everything from gourmet burgers and pizzas to Mexican grub and vegan dishes.

Mexican corn on the cob from El Tostada at The Midlands Kitchen. Photo supplied.

Mexican corn on the cob from El Tostada at The Midlands Kitchen. Photo supplied.

NIKOS CoalGrill Greek (Durban North)

Beautiful decor and happy-making Greek grub is keeping this Durban North spot buzzing all week long.

Jaipur Palace (Durban North)

While reviews are mixed, this is still a popular pick for those with an appetite for generous buffet-style food. This features everything from crab and prawn to lamb, chicken and lentils.

Cape Town

The Silo Rooftop Bar (V&A Waterfront)

Beautiful city views and a sunny terrace has made this an Instagram-worthy place for drinks.

Sunset views at The Silo Rooftop. Photo by Rupesh Kassen.

Sunset views at The Silo Rooftop. Photo by Rupesh Kassen.

The Village Idiot (City Bowl)

Whether it’s for after-work drinks or catching up with friends by the fire, you’ll be catered for with a good drinks selection and shareable boards.

The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel (V&A Waterfront)

Expect a compact, classic menu here with a well-curated wine list. The setting is impeccably decorated and best enjoyed at sunset.

Burger & Lobster (City Bowl)

It’s all in the name, but this eatery also make some decadent desserts and shakes, and exciting cocktails.

The burger at Burger & Lobster. Photo supplied.

The burger at Burger & Lobster. Photo supplied.

Thali (Gardens)

Tapas-style Indian food with serious style is what you’ll get at Liam Tomlin’s beautifully decorated Gardens spot.

The Test Kitchen (Woodstock)

SA’s number-one restaurant is constantly evolving. While grabbing a table might be tricky, bookings are now open every three months, so there’s a better chance to tick this off your foodie bucket list.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)

Views, views, views. And that’s all amplified by stunning plates by chef Ivor Jones and his team. Enjoy a tasting at Beau Constantia before or after your meal.

Chefs's Warehouse at Beau Contsantia's Wild honey and lavender crème served with honeycomb and smoked cassia-bark ice cream.  Photo supplied.

Chefs’s Warehouse at Beau Contsantia’s Wild honey and lavender crème served with honeycomb and smoked cassia-bark ice cream. Photo supplied.

The Crazy Horse (City Bowl)

The latest newbie to open on the Bree Street block is this English-style gastropub. Food impresses with hearty flavours. The gravy receives two thumbs up.

Souk (City Bowl)

Enjoy cocktails, tapas and live lounge music at this contemporary Long Street spot.

Downtown Ramen (Zonnebloem)

The cosy atmosphere, generous bowls of tasty ramen, and fluffy bao buns make this a popular pick for the trendy Cape Town crowd.

Ramen bowls at Downtown Ramen

Ramen bowls at Downtown Ramen. Photo supplied.


Bosjes Kombuis (Breede Valley)

This exquisite venue is worth the trip out of town. The food is on the simpler side but dishes of a beef burger with herbed mushroom cream, or a delicious deep-dish quiche will satisfy.

Overture (Stellenbosch)

Bertus Basson brings laid-back excellence to this winelands venue. The menu delivers moreish cuisine with a strong focus on local.

Spek & Bone (Stellenbosch)

Bertus’s more casual eatery is a popular gem for tapas-style food, a good wine list and a relaxed atmosphere. The Peppermint Crisp cones are pure indulgence.

dessert prepared and served at Spek & Bone

The Peppermint Crisp King Cones at Spek & Bone. Photo supplied.

Foliage (Franschhoek)

Chris Erasmus brings foraging to the forefront and attracts a wildly enthusiastic audience. Forest mushroom, wild herbs, nettles and pine rings are all brought to life on a plate.

The Deck at Hidden Valley (Stellenbosch)

Chef Bertus Basson’s latest project, The Deck at Hidden Valley, offers a very small menu but you’ll always find comfort in a seriously good burger and chips here. The dam-side seating is an added bonus.

Henri’s Restaurant & Pub (Somerset West)

Sit on the patio and enjoy wines by the glass – or bring your own at no corkage fee – and tuck into comfort food with a global influence.

Bertus Basson at Spice Route (Suider-Agter-Paarl)

A taste of modern South African food with gorgeous views is what you’ll find at this Spice Route location. Dishes like braised lamb bobotie, tomato-and-chicken curry, or lekker fish and chips might feature. End with Tannie Hetta’s apple pie.

Big Dog Café (Franschhoek)

The Terbodore coffee team has moved its roastery closer to the town of Franschhoek and opened up Big Dog Café. Here you’ll get great coffee and some light meals to keep you going.

Black bun big dog burger prepared and served at Big Dog Cafe

A black bun burger at Big Dog Café. Photo supplied.

Cavalli Estate (Somerset West)

This sleek and modern space is easy on the eyes and the terrace is a hit in summer. Food offers contrasts of textures, flavours and colours with an emphasis on upmarket bistro fare.

Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)

Celeb chef Reuben Riffel is back with new focus at this new Franschhoek location. The new menu feature old classics and exciting new twists that are meant to be shared.

This list shows what readers are searching for on, compiled using statistics of the most-viewed restaurant listings in July 2017.


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