Revealed: The nominees for the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

On Sunday 20 November, we’ll announce the brand new Top 10 restaurants in South Africa. Here, in alphabetical order, are the 20 nominees.

See what the judges had to say about each of the nominees below:

The Top 10 restaurants in South Africa as well as the winners of the coveted Eat Out S.Pellegrino Acqua Panna Chef of the Year, Eat Out Nespresso Service Excellence Award and the Eat Out Wine Service Award will be selected from the 20 nominees and announced at the awards ceremony in Cape Town on Sunday, 20 November.

The identities of the anonymous judges who have dined around the country with chief judge Abigail Donnelly to select this year’s nominees – and ultimately, the winners – were revealed in a video on the Eat Out website at the end of September. They are Carianne Wilkinson of the Silwood School of Cookery and chef David Higgs.

Says Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor and chief judge: “The outstanding restaurants celebrated this year show a clever combination of consistency, evolution and playfulness. Rock ’n roll dishes have been created by these stars of the food world. The line-up, which includes regulars, reappearances and new names, proves that it’s not about trends, but rather about pure dedication.”

Other champions that will be announced at these annual food Oscars include the Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star and the recipient of the Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award. A separate judging process has also determined the winners of the Eat Out Boschendal Style Award and two new accolades, the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year and the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award. Visit our Awards tab for more details on the judging criteria for each award.

Limited tickets are available for the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant awards at R1495 per person. Bookings can be made online, here. For enquiries, contact or call 021 417 1257.

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Win a meal at one of the nominee restaurants

Win a chauffeur-driven weekend in a Mercedes-Benz, two nights’ luxury accommodation, and a meal at one of the top 20 nominated restaurants for the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Only open to readers in South Africa. Domestic flights will be included if necessary. Enter here.


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