Best African Restaurants in South Africa


$$$$ 50 Dorp Street, 7600, Stellenbosch
African Casual Dining
An intimate space in an oak-beamed building with just 30 seats, Eike is a giant of Cape Town's gourmet scene. Bertus Basson, at the helm of six other African restaurants, delves deep into his childhood memories in experimental set menus that celebrate local ingredients and culture.

Lingela Restaurant

$$$$ Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, North Beach, 4001, Durban
African International Casual Dining
Open seven days a week for dinner, The Lingela is one of the top traditional buffet restaurants in the country that offers a variety of dishes to suit every palate. From live-action cooking of the most delectable meat cuts, seafood, and stir-fry to a palatable range of roasts from the carvery, Durban curries, and casseroles, the choice is exceptional, and the quality is superb.

Helena's Restaurant @ Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel And Spa

$$$$ 33 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, 7600, Stellenbosch
African International Fine dining
Helena's Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs aims to serve heritage food with finesse, often with subtle twists in detail, thereby turning the familiar into the spectacular. The menu is designed to reflect the bounty of the Boland, with a specific emphasis on freshness and food provenance.

Roca Restaurant At Dieu Donne Vineyards

$$$$ Franschhoek, 7690, Franschhoek
African French International European Fine dining
R oca Restaurant At Dieu Donne Vineyards is a hidden gem located at the Roca on Dieu Donne translated as Rock on God-Given Land. This becomes apparent on first observing the iconic views of the Franschhoek Valley from the upper deck of the double-volume Roca Restaurant, Serving scrumptious African, French, European and International cuisines.

GOLD Restaurant

$$$$ 15 Bennett St, Green Point, 8005, Cape Town
African Tunisian Casual Dining
GOLD Restaurant in Cape Town offers an authentic African experience. So much more than just an African restaurant, a night at GOLD is an immersive experience that will take you on a 14-dish taste safari paired with traditional Mali puppets and entertainment.

Basic Bistro

$$ 31 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, 7600, Stellenbosch
African Premium Casual Bistrot
Basic Bistro, nestled in the historic heart of Stellenbosch, South Africa, is far from ordinary despite its name. This charming eatery offers a cosy retreat from the bustling town centre, providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere where locals and visitors can enjoy hearty, comforting meals. Known for its laid-back vibe and rustic charm, Basic Bistro is a favourite among those seeking a genuine taste of Stellenbosch's culinary delights. The interior of Basic Bistro exudes a quaint, homely feel with its wooden furnishings, soft lighting, and eclectic decor that includes vintage items and local art. The small, intimate setting creates a social environment that encourages diners to relax and linger over their meals. An outdoor seating area offers a pleasant al fresco dining experience, perfect for enjoying the mild Stellenbosch weather and watching the world go by. Basic Bistro's menu celebrates local flavours and ingredients, focusing on simple, well-prepared dishes that are satisfying and comforting. The cuisine combines contemporary and traditional, from gourmet burgers and fresh salads to indulgent pasta and locally inspired specialities. The restaurant takes pride in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and nuts, ensuring that each dish is delicious and also supports local producers.

Knorhoek Restaurant

$$ Knorhoek Road, R44, 7605, Stellenbosch
African International Mediterranean Casual Dining Premium Casual
Knorhoek Restaurant & Wine Farm, located in the scenic valley of Stellenbosch, South Africa, is a captivating destination that combines the rich heritage of winemaking with a superb culinary tradition. Set against the stunning backdrop of lush vineyards and the rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains, this family-owned estate offers a tranquil escape into the world of fine wines and exquisite dining. The architecture of Knorhoek captures the rustic charm of Cape Dutch tradition. Its historic buildings are beautifully preserved and integrated into a landscape that exudes timeless elegance. The restaurant itself is housed in a renovated barn, where the original wood beams and stone walls have been lovingly restored, creating an atmosphere that is both authentic and inviting. Dining at Knorhoek reflects the bounty of the region. The menu is crafted to highlight seasonal ingredients and showcase the flavours of the local terroir. Specializing in contemporary South African cuisine, the kitchen produces dishes that are both sophisticated and satisfying, often paired with Knorhoek’s own award-winning wines. Signature dishes may include succulent Karoo lamb, freshly caught line fish, and a variety of vegetarian options, all prepared with a commitment to quality and creativity.

Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar At The Gorgeous George Hotel

$$$$ 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, 8000, Cape Town
African Elegant & Chic
At Gigi Rooftop, come for breakfast and stay for dinner. A place where overstaying your welcome is always encouraged, join Gigi on the 6th floor for sky-high fun. Let your hair down and indulge in late afternoon drinks, sun-filled poolside sessions or partake in one of our signature events. GiGi Rooftop is a living room for the neighbourhood and you’re invited. This is where Cape Town comes to play.

SKYE Rooftop Bar And Restaurant

$$$$ 13 London Rd, 8005, Cape Town
African International Elegant & Chic
Discover Cape Town's hidden gem – a captivating fusion of gastronomic delight, sophisticated rooftop ambience, and the allure of a shimmering poolside oasis. Nestled atop the cityscape, this exquisite rooftop bar and restaurant beckons with its unrivalled panoramic vistas, offering a mesmerizing 360-degree panorama of Cape Town's iconic landmarks and natural splendour. Indulge in culinary mastery as you savour delectable dishes meticulously crafted with the finest ingredients, complemented by an extensive selection of premium beverages. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner under the stars or sipping artisan cocktails by the pool, every moment is elegant and charming.

Mountain Club Rooftop Bistro

$$$$ 12 Kloof Nek Rd, 8000, Cape Town
African International Premium Casual
The Cloud 9 Mountain Club Restaurant, voted the No. 1 rooftop bar by Cape Town Magazine, is a hidden gem in the heart of Cape Town offering a breath-taking 360-degree view of the city, including the iconic Table Mountain and popular Lion’s Head. Serving up great cocktails and a variety of mouth-watering sour dough pizza and snack menu items, this rooftop restaurant's casual setting and open-air ambience are a favourite for most. This venue is ideal for cocktail functions, corporate events, social gatherings, and simply relaxing at the end of a long working day. It also boasts a plunge pool on the lower deck, perfect for a hot, summer afternoon, and a wide selection of drinks from the bar. This combination allows for the ideal setting each day.


$$$$ The Promenade, Victoria Rd Shop 120, Second Floor, 8005, Cape Town
African International Premium Casual Cocktail Bar
Experience the laidback sophistication of a Camps Bay rooftop cocktail bar – one of Cape Town’s best locations for a sundowner – overlooking the Camps Bay strip with views of the sun setting over the Atlantic. Indulge in impeccably crafted cocktails, an extensive wine and whisky selection, along with a continental menu of sushi, seafood platters and crudités, with live DJs at sunset. Our sunset sessions bring ambience and vibe to the fore with the rhythm of summer, alongside an unmatched backdrop to while away the hours as you drink in the view.

The Sanctuary Restaurant

$$$$ 45 Kloof Street Situated Inside Kloof Street Hotel, Gardens, 8001, Cape Town
African Elegant & Chic
Situated in the heart of Kloof Street, Cape Town's most loved destination for wining and dining and boasting magnificent vistas of Cape Town's iconic mountains. The rooftop pool deck provides an inviting space to enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, a local craft beer, an outstanding South African wine or a refreshing cocktail before dinner. Trendy alfresco or indoor dining: natural in décor, vibrant in personality. Whether it be lounging indoors with a coffee, tucking into a dry-aged steak, pasta or burger, indulging in a delectable dessert or enjoying a refreshing cocktail on the rooftop pool deck; we welcome you to discover one of Cape Town’s culinary favourites.

Double Dutch Rooftop Bar & Eatery

$$ 16 Desmond Rd, Kramerville, 2090, Johannesburg
African International Casual Dining
Double Dutch Kramerville is more than just a restaurant; it's a culinary experience that harmonises two distinct food cultures. Its innovative menu, inviting ambience, and excellent service make it a must-visit for both locals and tourists in Johannesburg. Double Dutch offers an environment that caters to all, whether you're looking for a unique dining experience, a relaxed night out, or a vibrant place to meet with friends. At Double Dutch, traditional Dutch cuisine meets South African flavours to create a unique culinary experience. The restaurant's menu is rooted in classic Dutch dishes reimagined and infused with locally sourced South African ingredients. Double Dutch boasts a hip and contemporary atmosphere, reflective of its Kramerville location. The restaurant's interior combines urban industrial and classic Dutch design elements with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and a blend of rustic and modern furniture. The space is adorned with art pieces that pay homage to Dutch and South African culture, contributing to its vibrant yet cosy ambience.
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