So, where are the best restaurants in South Africa?

After a two-year hiatus, the Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards took place last night in Cape Town. Here’s the scoop on all the winners and where you’ll want to be seen in 2023

By Tayla Sassen
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For the first time since 2019, the cream of South Africa’s culinary industry gathered at a glamorous event to celebrate 2022’s Eat Out stars and special award winners.

The prestigious ceremony was held at the Grand Arena at GrandWest and paid homage to an industry that has not only proven its resilience throughout lockdowns and quarantines, but continued to grow and innovate during this difficult time.

The Eat Out team visited 300 restaurants across the country and scored them in various categories such as best overall dining experience, food, drinks, service and ambience. As a result of their gradings, restaurants received one, two and three-star ratings. See the list here.

In addition, Special Awards were given to the following recipients:

Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant of The Year – The LivingRoom at Summerhill Guest Estate, Durban.

Eat Out Woolworths Financial Services Chef of The Year – John Norris-Rogers of PIER, Cape Town.

Eat Out WCellar Wine Service Award – Victor Okolo from Salsify at The Roundhouse, Cape Town.

Eat Out Naked Malt Rising Star Award – Mmabatho Molefe from Emazulwini Restaurant, Cape Town.

Eat Out Woolworths Financial Services Service Excellence Award – Forti Grill & Bar, Pretoria.

Eat Out Valpré Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award – Rudi Liebenberg.

Eat Out Woolworths Lockdown Innovation Award – Liam Tomlin.

Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award – FABER at Avondale, Paarl.

Eat Out VISI Style Award – Zioux, Johannesburg.

Eat Out Stella Artois Best Destination Restaurant Award – Nevermind, Cape St Francis.

Eat Out Woolworths Icon Award – La Madeleine, Pretoria.

Eat Out Retail Capital Best New Restaurant Award – Dusk, Stellenbosch.

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