Best Elegant & Chic Restaurants in South Africa

Zeitz MOCAA Food

$$$$ S Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Waterfront, 8001, Cape Town
International Elegant & Chic
Enjoy a selection of hot and cold beverages and our signature Gantry cruffin. We are located on the ground floor of the museum. Our beautiful lounge and events space on level 6 boasts cocktails, fine wine and delectable food. You will be treated to the best view of Table Mountain in the city and a mesmerising 270-degree view of Cape Town.

Tobago's Restaurant, Bar And Terrace

$$$$ Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Beach Rd, Granger Bay Blvd, 8005, Cape Town
International Elegant & Chic
With the blue Atlantic at your table’s edge, Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace is the best location in Cape Town to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We offer a stylish, relaxed atmosphere with contemporary décor and spectacular ocean views. Enjoy a wide variety of fresh seafood, hearty meats, and local flavours. We also serve all-time favourites, such as pizza, burgers, and vegetarian and vegan options. After your meal, don't leave without trying one of our mouthwatering desserts.

The Granary Cafe

$$$$ Victoria & Alfred Waterfron, 8001, Cape Town
International Elegant & Chic
Royal Tea is served in The Granary Café on the sixth floor of The Silo Hotel. Enjoy a selection of petit gateaux and exquisite teatime sweet and savoury treats showcasing our pastry chef’s skills. Dining in The Granary Café with spectacular sunset views across the harbour through sparkling, geometric windows offers a uniquely immersive and romantic experience. Share memorable moments over a selection of contemporary and classic dishes, accompanied by something special from our extensive wine and cocktail lists.

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.


$$$ 67 Jan Smuts Ave, Westcliff, 2132, Johannesburg
European Premium Casual Elegant & Chic
Sip sundowners on the terrace while our chefs prepare elevated reinterpretations of regional favourites – think dry-spice–rubbed sea bass or the best-grilled burger you’ve ever tasted – that use fresh, of-the-moment ingredients. Elevate your most crucial celebration or special event on one of the various private spaces at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg—Hallmark your event, gala or celebration with a custom menu. Our chefs are known for creative and satisfying avant-garde cuisine with sweeping views of the gardens or the city’s lush green canopy below.

San Deck, Bar & Restaurant

$$$ Sandton Sun Hotel Corner Fifth Street And, Alice Ln, Sandhurst, 2196, Johannesburg
International European Premium Casual Elegant & Chic
San Deck needs no introduction; a rooftop all-day bar destination unique in the city and synonymous with firepits, statement cocktails and a sophisticated clientele that is a cut above. San’s menu reflects quintessentially South African flavours in dishes crafted with creative flair to showcase the authenticity of locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Time-honoured South African flavours are brought to life with a fresh take on sliders, snacks and meals designed for all-day Sandton dining, snacking, and sharing. Just as in its food, San Deck’s bar menu showcases the best South Africa has to offer, with a vast selection of premium quality local beers, ciders, gin, rum, brandy, whiskey, vodka, agave, witblits and mampoer. Or savour a bespoke San cocktail as the South African sunsets. A place for friends to gather in unique outdoor spaces to share social dining experiences and sophisticated artisanal beverages, San offers a Sandton retreat for relaxation or energising, easing in or winding down.


$$$ 75 Maude St, Sandown, 2031, Johannesburg
European Fine dining Elegant & Chic
Big Welcome to Alto234, the highest urban bar in Africa. Found on the rooftop of The Leonardo in Sandton, the space boasts 360-degree views over one of the most-wooded cities in the world. Serving only the world’s finest in drinks and bar tapas, this is truly one of the most aspirational and exclusive places for epicureans in South Africa. Sip on one of our signature cocktails as you soak in panoramic sunset views stretching as far west as the Magaliesberg. Toast to the occasion with a glass of bubbles and nibble on a bespoke range of luxury tapas snacks off our bar menu. The Alto234 experience is reasonably described in three words: High. On. Life.

The Roof

$$ Infinity Business Park, 4 Peter Weinning Road, Fourways, 2191, Johannesburg
International European Middle Eastern Premium Casual Elegant & Chic
The Roof Bryanston is the perfect weekend venue for a delicious meal and drinks with friends. The Roof Fourways is open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and closed to the public on weekends, but it is available to book for a private function on the weekend! Our newest venue is located in the heart of Bryanston. We boast one of the best views of Sandton City and the surrounding city landscape and skyline. The Roof Bryanston is the perfect location for warm summer sunsets & delicious cocktails. The Roof Bryanston is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday. The Roof Bryanston is the ideal spot for sundowners! With a large variety of delicious tapas, from falafels to sliders, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

AURUM Restaurant

$$$ Level 7, The Leonardo, 75 Maude St, Sandown, 2196, Johannesburg
European Elegant & Chic
AURUM is a modern, independent high-end restaurant in Africa’s most prestigious building - The Leonardo. We purport to serve our interpretation of contemporary cuisine, matched by a local-focused and personally curated wine list. With the belief that every ingredient has a place and purpose and that remarkable cuisine comes from the purest ingredients, our team goes beyond creating ordinary dishes and telling a story from seed to plate and trusting nature to produce elements in the commitment to showcasing brilliant cuisine. Through this passion for sourcing the best products in curating the purest flavours, we acquire our daily basket of exotic herbs, aromatics, vegetables and unique hybrids from local farmers. Respecting each special ingredient, AURUM curates seasonal plates in an ode to sustainability.

Forti Grill And Bar

$$$ Time Square, 209 Aramist Ave, 0010, Pretoria
Italian International Mediterranean Fine dining Elegant & Chic
Nestled at the top of the Times Square Casino in Menlyn, Pretoria, Forti Grill and Bar is ideally situated to give you a view of Eastern Pretoria like no other. Forti's menu has been painstakingly crafted with his years of experience and his insatiable love of food - drawing inspiration from his Italian heritage and combining it with what can only be described as 'uniquely Forti' - a combination that's become famous in foodie circles in South Africa. Forti Grill and Bar has an extensive wine, spirit and gin selection, able to please even the most discerning connoisseur's desires, from the top South African wineries to exclusive international vineyards. For the guests that enjoy a quality cigar, there's a fully stocked humidor with cigars from some of the top brands worldwide. With its contemporary decor and striking artwork, the atmosphere matches the food, classically inspired yet undoubtedly modern. The options are endless, with two private dining areas: a celebration, a business meeting or a simple, intimate gathering. Italian, romantic, fine dining, one of the best in Pretoria and Gauteng - all of these describe Forti Grill and Bar, but to us, the most important one is family.


$$$ 103 Club Ave, Waterkloof Heights, 0065, Pretoria
International European Premium Casual Elegant & Chic
Priva is a stylish, high-end adult restaurant that is contemporary and luxurious, with fine wine and superior spirits, indoor and outdoor dining, and live music. Our food is a gastronomic delight from the first bite. We have a standard a la carte and several set menus; click below to view them. Priva stands for everything: style, elegance, casual sophistication, comfortable lounge atmosphere, excellent service, and superb dining. Arnoux, Marko and Angie are working in a beautiful partnership and creating a spectacular overall dining experience at Priva.

De Kloof Restaurant

$$$ Waterkloof Golf Estate Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Rd, Groenkloof 358-Jr, 0027, Pretoria
European Fine dining Elegant & Chic
We represent a movement against the usual culinary mediocrity and compromise. Our mission is to create memorable dining experiences that make you wonder why you missed out on good food for so long. De Kloof is uncompromisingly and unapologetically committed to quality food and innovative dishes. Dishes and prepared according to classic European techniques with local influences. All our chefs are qualified.

Pigalle Restaurant Bedfordview

$$$$ 36, Village View Shopping Centre, Kloof Rd &, Van Buuren Rd, 2007, Johannesburg
International Elegant & Chic
Established in 2004 by restaurant extraordinaire Naldo Goncalves, famous for its seafood, Pigalle Restaurant is situated in Sandton, in the Michelangelo Towers, a prominent structure in the Sandton skyline and one of South Africa's elite hotels. The restaurant is upmarket and exclusive, and the menu hits all the right notes comprising fresh seafood and classic dishes with Portuguese flair. The perfect choice for an intimate dinner, catch up with friends or a special occasion. Start with prawns dusted with tandoori spice, shallow-fried and served on warm julienne vegetables, with a pepino and coriander salsa, or try the salmon duo – cured Norwegian salmon on fresh avocado and sesame-encrusted seared salmon drizzled with teriyaki sauce. Pigalle Sandton is fully licensed, and you can indulge in classic cocktails or French Champagne. We also stock some of the finest local and international wines, some of which are available by the glass. We also stock some great after-dinner options, cognac, grappa and fine whiskey.

Silo Rooftop Bar

$$$$ V&A Waterfront, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, 8001, Cape Town
International Fine dining Elegant & Chic
The Silo Rooftop is the ideal spot for a sunset cocktail or a casual lunch. The Silo Rooftop offers guests a relaxed, al fresco experience with spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town from the tallest building on the V&A Waterfront. Guests can look forward to sharing platters, man’oushe (baked flatbread) topped with fresh ingredients, salads, and poké bowls. Enjoy a glass of bubbly, fine South African wines or a classic cocktail while you soak up the last of the day’s sunshine.
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