Welcome to the 2024 JHP Gourmet Guide™

This digital edition is a carefully curated collection of fine-dining restaurants that range from classic to cutting edge. Each subscribes to high standards of excellence, this level achieved due to the relentless dedication of a community of talented chefs and their teams. We believe that the restaurants and chefs featured in this dining-out compilation can hold their own on the culinary stage anywhere in the world. We thank them and applaud their devotion. 


Est. 2016 the annual JHP Gourmet Guide™ is SA’s original, respected restaurant rating. Our commitment is to:

  • promote SA as a culinary destination
  • encourage and reward excellence that equates to global standards
  • support and skill the industry.


  • One plate – excellent cuisine.
  • Two plates – exceptional dining that demands a detour.
  • Three plates – world-class destination dining worthy of a flight.


  • The 2023 JHP Gourmet Guide™ won ‘Best in the World’ in the digital category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The 2018 guide was awarded with ‘Best in the World’ and the 2019 guide recognized in the Culinary Travel/Tourism category.
  • The 2020 guide was awarded the ‘Restaurant Platform of the Year’ accolade in the Prestige Awards’ South African category by UK-based company, Corporate LiveWire. 
JHP Gourmet Guide Awards