Best European Restaurants in South Africa

La Colombe

$$$$ Silvermist Wine Estate Main Road, , Constantia Nek, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
La Colombe Restaurant is one of Cape Town's most well-loved and awarded restaurants. Serving Contemporary French and European cuisines.

The Test Kitchen

$$$$ The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, 7915, Woodstock, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
The Test Kitchen Origins is the culmination of the efforts put into re-imagine and acknowledge the dining experience that today’s restaurant guests is wanting. A paired down yet undoubtedly luxurious fine-dining experience, returning to the origins of delicious food. Reduced courses yet the whole Test Kitchen experience, less elaborate yet as luxurious as ever, shorter yet more impactful. The dishes will consist of seasonal produce, focusing on using small purveyors and suppliers who have enhanced The Test Kitchen experience since the beginning. Traditional English and French techniques will highlight each dish and allow patrons to savour the inherent qualities of each…

La Petite Colombe

$$$$ Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, , Franschhoek, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
Contemporary fine dining in Franschhoek, now situated at the beautiful Leeu Estates—the 6th Best Restaurant in South Africa serving scrumptious French and European cuisines.


$$$$ Shop 259, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, V&A Waterfront, 8001, Cape Town
Italian European Mediterranean Fine dining
Meloncino – Ristorante, Bar, Pizzeria Italiano. Experience authentic Italian cuisine in Cape Town. Meloncino Restaurant opened at the V&A Waterfront, bringing a genuine Italian flavour to our shores. The modern and stylish decor creates an electric European vibe where one can sip cocktails and snack on canapes, nuts, and olives.

Signature Restaurant

$$$$ Morningside Shopping Centre, Shop U13 Cnr Rivonia & Outspan Roads, , Sandton, Johannesburg
European Fine dining
Signature Restaurant is the most exciting, fashionable fine-dining restaurant in Gauteng. The restaurant in Morningside, Sandton, offers a unique mix of exclusivity, flexibility, comfort, sophistication, and design. Signature restaurants deliver an unparalleled mix of attention to detail, flawless service, sumptuous cuisine, and some of the best blues/jazz sound on a nightly basis. Signature Restaurant boasts an exquisite lunch and dinner menu, with a local and international wine list for even the most discerning palate. Time intended to be spent with family, friends, or colleagues celebrating life, birthdays, business deals, or enjoying a romantic night out.

Clico Restaurant

$$$$ 27 Sturdee Avenue Rosebank, 2196, Johannesburg
International European Fine dining
Clico Restaurant has become renowned for being an intimate establishment offering personalized service, and Clico Restaurant retains this theme. Space is a unique architectural design – a metal structure, triple volume ceilings, and natural light flooding through the glass stack doors. This refined food restaurant has, in a short space of time, become a refreshing and welcome addition to the Johannesburg dining scene.

Piccolo Mondo

$$$$ 135 West Street Nelson Mandela Square, 2196, Sandton, Johannesburg
International European Fine dining
True to its name, the Piccolo Mondo really is “a world in one”, combined with superb food, excellent wine, and a sophisticated ambiance. The Piccolo Mondo instantly turns your visit into a distinctive culinary experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served seven days a week in this magnificent restaurant, which overlooks Nelson Mandela Square.

DW 11-13

$$$$ Corner Bompass And Jan Smuts Avenue Dunkeld West, , Johannesburg
European Fine dining
DW eleven - 13 offers a unique experience through experimental cuisine and invites diners to explore the unknown and exciting twists on familiar dishes. It is a restaurant that prides itself on creating distinct flavours by embracing gastronomy's philosophy.

Caraffa Restaurant

$$$$ 46 Selati St &, Garsfontein Rd, Alphen Park, 0081, Pretoria
Italian European Casual Dining Pizzeria
Caraffa Restaurant is located right in the heart of Garsfontein Rd, Alphen Park, in Pretoria, the restaurant houses an authentic, rich atmosphere, crafted with care, love, and devotion serving delicious Italian and European cuisines.

Kream Brooklyn

$$$$ 283 Dey St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181, Pretoria
International European Fine dining
Kream Restaurant is the location to take your partner, friends or business associates for lunch or dinner. The vibe is uniquely upmarket, with an interior designed to wow and make you feel welcome. With an extensive wine list and rare whiskey and cognac selection that compliments the continental menu perfectly, this venue is sure to impress. Kream can accommodate intimate dinners but also larger groups. Service is paramount at Kream, ensuring that your every need is handled.

Kream Mall Of Africa

$$$$ Magwa Cres, 1686, Waterval City, Johannesburg
International European Fine dining
Kream Restaurant is the location to take your partner, friends, or business associates for lunch or dinner. The vibe is uniquely upmarket, with an interior designed to wow and make you feel welcome. With an extensive wine list, rare whiskey, and cognac selection that compliments the continental menu perfectly, this venue is sure to impress. Kream can accommodate intimate dinners and more prominent groups, with three private dining rooms; one hosts 16 people and is laptop-ready for presentations, using a plasma screen.

Pachas Restaurant

$$$$ The Club Centre, 22 Dely Road, Cnr Elandslaagte Street & Dely Road, 0081, Hazelwood, Pretoria
International European Casual Dining
Pachas Restaurant offers upmarket Steakhouse fare and a wide variety of International and European cuisines. Pachas has many private venue options for that special occasion!

Forti Grill And Bar - Time Square

$$$$ Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, 0010, Menlyn, Pretoria
Italian International European Mediterranean Fine dining
Forti Grill And Bar - Time Square is a contemporary Fine dining Italian Emphasis restaurant serving the finest Organic Meat, Fresh Fish, and Shellfish and a dedicated Pasta kitchen. Featuring Private dining rooms, an Outdoor terrace, and our Humidor and Wine Cellar.

Roma Revolving Restaurant

$$$$ 32 John Ross House, Jonsson Ln, 4001, Durban
Italian European Casual Dining
This legendary exclusive revolving restaurant was officially opened in February 1973. Roma Revolving Restaurant also boasts the unique feature, as two others do, of a revolving window and floor area! The restaurant is situated on the 32nd Level of the John Ross House, overlooking the whole of Durban and surrounding areas with excellent sea and bay views.


$$$$ Unit 1, Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Rd, Illovo, 2196, Johannesburg
European Mediterranean Fine dining
Bellagio is a Mediterranean restaurant specializing in seafood. This restaurant deserves to be on everyone’s favourite list. Serving fantastic food, with exceptional service, understated elegance, and timeless decor and boasts an excellent wine list.

Aubergine Restaurant

$$$$ 39 Barnet St, Gardens, 8001, Cape Town
European Fine dining
Aubergine Restaurant is a sophisticated, romantic restaurant in Cape Town that combines a rich history with contemporary style, innovative food, and classic service – whether you’re joining us for lunch or dinner.

The Shortmarket Grill

$$$$ 88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, 8000, Cape Town
French European Asian Fine dining
Classic dishes with a South African twist. In an industrial 1920's "members-only club" inspired space where everyone is welcome

Saint Restaurant

$$$$ The Marc Corner Rivonia &, Maude St, Sandton, 2014, Johannesburg
International European Fine dining Pizzeria
The Saint Restaurant is guided by head chef David Higgs, and trained by the best in Milan, bringing their knowledge and skill to fire-top, perfectly International and European cuisines, hand-made pizza from scratch, using imported wood-fire ovens from Naples.

Ginger The Restaurant

$$$$ The Beach Hotel, Marine Dr, Summerstrand, 6000, Port Elizabeth
International European Casual Dining
Ginger the Restaurant is situated right on the beachfront of Port Elizabeth. The friendly city atmosphere enters the restaurant, where good food, excellent service, and a luxurious setting combine to create a memorable and gratifying dining experience!

Savages Fine Food

$$$$ 70 Park Dr, Port Elizabeth Central, 6001, Port Elizabeth
European Fine dining
Savages Fine Food is an upmarket coffee shop/restaurant in a beautiful old Victorian building circa 1895. The surroundings are elegant, the garden beautiful, and the breakfast and lunch menus varied. There is also a conference area and gift shop in the building known as Victorian Veranda. The conference venue is perfect for business presentations, special occasion dinners and small weddings. The conference venue is part of Savages, so the catering is high quality and customized for every event. Savages is a daytime restaurant but opens for private functions in both venues in the evenings.
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