SOUTH AFRICA’S PLATE RATING

“Time and passion are the best ingredients.”

It all begins with you, food-loving diners and chefs who nominate restaurants that you believe are worthy of a plate. After initial, anonymous reviews, should the experience be noteworthy and be considered a contender, a final review is arranged. It is complimentary, hosted and announced so that we may experience what the chef wishes to showcase. In this way, each restaurant and chef is given the equal opportunity of shining.

AUTHENTICITY

Our trusted reviewers, credible and proficient, professional and experienced, have worked hard to ensure that we meet global expectations. They remain anonymous. We do not have advertisements in this guide, thereby accentuating the fact that the plate rating is an impartial, neutral process. All restaurants are evaluated to a lengthy list of vital criteria that involve more than merely cuisine. The evaluation begins with a reservation and welcome, incorporating many interactions and touch points. Value, which is an individual perception, is not taken into consideration as with high-end dining, many patrons will pay a premium price for a stellar, personal, unforgettable experience and setting – priceless!

EXCELLENCE

This is not a competition, this is a programme that recognizes ongoing excellence. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We are celebrating and lauding a community of craftsmen and their dedication, passion and talent. With consistency being such an important aspect of a restaurant evaluation, and caution being one of the cornerstones of our brand, we do not award plates lightly. Plates are awarded to a restaurant, not a chef. Should there be any doubt, the restaurant is re-evaluated the following year. It is far better to wait for a chef to take their place on the stage than to award a plate prematurely and run the risk of them not being plated the following year. A restaurant is therefore initially awarded one or two plates, never immediately reaching three-plate status.

CONSISTENCY

Working with restaurants and chefs in the pursuit of excellence has been a privilege, and we are encouraged and gratified that the industry is hard at work. Every year we re-evaluate, therefore restaurants are not automatically awarded plate status. Seeing an increase from 25 plates in 2019 to this year’s 37, bears true testament to the talent and efforts of chefs and their teams. Congratulations one and all.

One plate – excellent cuisine

Two plates – exceptional dining that demands a detour

Three plates – world-class destination dining – worthy of a flight

Cape Town

GREENHOUSE

'classic South African dishes with a twist' The Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel is a renowned Relais & Châteaux property that nestles ...
Plated restaurants

INDOCHINE

'a culinary trip from Africa to Asia' There can be nowhere more beautiful to treat yourself to adventurous, unforgettable ...
Cape Town

LA COLOMBE

'an inspirational epicurean experience' La Colombe on Silvermist Wine Estate overlooks the valley from its mountain-hugging, forest backdrop. You ...
Jo'burg etc

RESTAURANT MOSAIC

'where sublime botanical cuisine, wine and art unite' Driving through the imposing gateway of the Orient Hotel into the ...
Cape Town

THE TEST KITCHEN

'out-of-this world, around-the-globe gastronomy' Diners venture from all corners of the globe for their much-awaited booking at The Test ...
Plated restaurants

CAMPHORS AT VERGELEGEN

'an authentic expression of place' Upon entering the estate there is much to catch your eye – more than ...
Jo'burg etc

DW ELEVEN-13

'celebrating uniquely South African cuisine' You’ll be warmly welcomed to the pride of Dunkeld West. Décor is modern and ...
Plated restaurants

FOLIAGE

'Franschhoek’s terroir and ethos on the plate' Chef Chris Erasmus has broken the confines of fine dining to start ...
Cape Town

FYN

'Japanese-influenced, Cape-celebrated cuisine' Speaker’s Corner may be renamed culinary corner and the only tablecloth in sight may be the ...
Jo'burg etc

GREI

'a modern, herbaceous journey like no other' The Saxon Hotel is an urban sanctuary that draws discerning guests and ...
Plated restaurants

LA PETITE COLOMBE

'a superlative flight of fancy' This member of the La Colombe family (meaning ‘dove’) is a treasure. As you ...
Cape Town

NOBU

'modern Japanese cuisine' The busy working harbour at the V&A Waterfront at the foot of Table Mountain is where ...
Cape Town

THE POT LUCK CLUB

'experimental and exceptional small plates' Being elevated six stories above ground level to dine at The Pot Luck Club ...
En route

WOLFGAT

'an audacious pairing of seascape and landscape' After being labelled as a top restaurant in the world the activity ...
Cape Town

AUBERGINE

'where the food flows behind the wine' Whilst the historic building, circa 1830, had new life breathed into it ...
One plate

CAVALLI

'from soil to soul' ‘Cavalli’ means horses in Italian. In South African culinary terms, it means excellence. Settle yourself ...
One plate

CHEFS WAREHOUSE AT MAISON

'an ever-escalating avalanche of farm-style flavours' This farm is an inviting home, sophisticated yet rustic. Orchards and vineyards draw ...
Jo'burg etc

COOBS

'farm-style fare with finesse' On the bustling restaurant strip of Parkhurst there is a stalwart that has remained steadfast. ...
One plate

EIKE

'celebrating nostalgia here and now' Dorp Street in the leafy university town of Stellenbosch draws locals for an edible ...
Jo'burg etc

FERMIER

'refined farm-to-plate dining' Located within an earthy nursery setting near Pretoria, complete with abundant hot houses and open-air gardens, ...
Cape Town

JANSE & CO

'uncomplicated, pure and provident' An eye-catching floral mural on the wall welcomes you as you enter from busy Kloof ...
One plate

JORDAN RESTAURANT

'simple sophistication in an enviable setting' Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is where chef George Jardine and his head ...
One plate

LE COIN FRANÇAIS

'paying proper tribute to heritage and ingredients' A short walk from the foot of the French Huguenot Monument takes ...
Jo'burg etc

MARBLE

'a home-grown international experience' Celebrity chef David Higgs is revered for his consistency; his reward is Marble being fully ...
Cape Town

MYOGA

'where nature’s elements harmonise' The drawcard of the Vineyard Hotel in the trendy suburb of Newlands is Myoga. Here ...
One plate

RUST EN VREDE

'elegantly playful with a sense of occasion' A sense of a special occasion awaits on this 320-year-old wine farm ...
Cape Town

SALSIFY

'secondary ingredients make the hero sing' Chef Ryan Cole, after four years of flexing his culinary muscles with prowess ...
One plate

TERROIR

'source to sauce, excellence all the way' Many locals and visitors are drawn to Kleine Zalze wine estate and ...
En route

THE CHEFS’ TABLE

'creative coastal fine dining' Locals are quick to laud The Chefs’ Table in Umhlanga for cementing Durban in the ...
Cape Town

THE SHORTMARKET CLUB

'classic French cuisine with contemporary execution' The Shortmarket Club is discreetly positioned just off bustling culinary Bree Street. From ...
One plate

THE WERF RESTAURANT

'origin showcased with authenticity' Boschendal (Bos-en-dal) means bush and valley, and The Werf, the kitchen. Here happy cows graze ...
Cape Town

UPPER BLOEM RESTAURANT

'small, seasonal, sensational plates of the Cape' This creative collaboration of La Mouette’s chef patron Henry Vigar and former ...
Jo'burg etc

VIEW

'eye-catching, exquisite continental cuisine' Hugging the hill overlooking Johannesburg Zoo, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff commands the best views ...