Best Premium Casual Restaurants in South Africa

The Piano Bar

$$$$ 47 Napier St, De Waterkant, 8001, Cape Town
International Premium Casual
The Piano Bar is a modern Mediterranean restaurant offering a unique culinary experience that blends traditional flavours with contemporary techniques and innovative ingredients. Our menu features a range of special dishes composed by Samson Muleya. Every dish that leaves the kitchen is a masterpiece, carefully crafted and artfully presented with attention to every detail. Step into our New York-inspired restaurant, where you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere inviting you to indulge. The carefully curated décor combines modern and vintage elements, creating a chic and welcoming atmosphere. With daily live music, it is the perfect spot for an unforgettable night out. Come to join us for an evening of great food, handcrafted cocktails, and live music.

Oblivion Bar & Kitchen

$$$$ 22 Chichester Rd, 7708, Cape Town
International Premium Casual
Welcome to Oblivion Bar & Kitchen, a funky, friendly, European-style bar and casual eatery in Cape Town. With a stunning rooftop deck, comfortable couches, fireplaces and board games, you can relax and chat with a friend over a glass of wine from our extensive wine list.

The Rooftop Restaurant

$$ 2nd Floor, 99 Oxford Rd, 2132, Johannesburg
Indian Asian Middle Eastern Premium Casual
The ROOFTOP is a breath of fresh air. Overlooking the Johannesburg skyline, the Rooftop offers an exceptional experience for the discerning patron. A fusion of fine dining and traditional foods, made from only the freshest local and organic ingredients, ensures a unique experience in our beautiful restaurant. Pop in upstairs for a gourmet breakfast or relaxing lunch in our rooftop garden or enjoy a decadent high tea indulging in gorgeous desserts, freshly baked bread, pastries, macaroons, cakes and delicious homemade ice-creams.

Jojo Rooftop Lounge

$$ Floor 6, 289 Fox St, Maboneng, 2094, Johannesburg
International Casual Dining Premium Casual
Proudly held at the Maboneng precinct, Jojo Rooftop Lounge has grown into one of the biggest Chill and vibes in Maboneng rooftop restaurants, bars and lounges & remains corresponding with innovative thinking within the food & social market space. Our menus are distributed weekly, and we work hard to ensure a wide variety of delicious and exciting meals every week. Unique events are held every weekend. We invite famous DJs and musicians to entertain our guests.

Flames

$$$ 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.

The Troyeville

$$$ 1403 Albertina Sisulu Rd, Troyeville, 2139, Johannesburg
European Premium Casual
The Troyeville Restaurant is the heart of our establishment. One of the oldest restaurants on the eastern edge of the Joburg CBD, known for serving simple and authentic Portuguese cuisine paired with impeccable and friendly service. The Troyeville restaurant has spectacular views of the Joburg City skyline. The interior has been tastefully designed to include a glass cellar stocking a wide selection of wines to suit any palate. Plenty of indoor seating, covered outdoor seating for alfresco dining on warm summer days, and gas heating for the fresher winter months. Our menu has been carefully planned and significantly expanded to accommodate everyone’s tastes. Apart from the traditional Portuguese cuisine, we have extended our menu to include pizza, pasta, sushi, burgers and a special kiddie’s menu for our little people to enjoy.

The Ivy Garden

$$$ 3rd Floor, 2 Arbroath Rd, 2007, Johannesburg
International Asian Premium Casual
THE IVY is South Africa’s newest social space/dinner bar in Bedfordview that celebrates high-life leisure under the African Sun to the hazy twilight that follows—backdropped by the picturesque Joburg skyline & a view over the world's largest urban forest. The Ivy is an intimate & relaxing environment perfect for sundowners, corporate functions & networking while enjoying our Afro-Asian menu.

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.

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.

Summit Grill And Sky Bar Menlyn

$$$ Shop D(G)001, Building 5, Summitplace, 221 Garsfontein Rd, 0181, Pretoria
American International European Premium Casual
Summit is a three-story hub in the heart of Pretoria with unbeatable views, food, drinks and entertainment. We are a supper club for those who seek an unforgettable experience! We host exclusive events and cater for private functions. Summit is where you go for the food, drink, enjoy the view and wait for the vibe! Summit Grill and Skybar is the vision of Stelio Tsihlas, who set out to create an upscale cocktail lounge reminiscent of a fine dining restaurant's ambience, feel and beauty. The brand is designed to be the ideal spot for any occasion with a seven-day-a-week breakfast, lunch and dinner trade. The fusion-inspired menu is complemented by expertly crafted cocktails, an acclaimed wine list and genuine, warm hospitality. The summit of Pretoria, where the highest of experiences are created! The first two floors serve signature cocktails and delicious meals, offering a uniquely luxurious experience. Rooftop is a one of the kind nightclub experience where you see top artists in the country performing, order your favourite drinks, eat the best pizza, and dance the night away under the stars!

PRIVA

$$$ 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.

The 11th Floor

$$$ 11th Floor, Nicol Corner, 28 Bradford Rd, 2007, Johannesburg
Italian Fine dining Premium Casual Pizzeria
Welcome to The 11th Floor, where every dish is a tribute to the vibrant flavours of Italian cuisine. Enjoy the stunning panorama of Johannesburg's skyline while being treated to our exceptional service. Our menu features a diverse selection of mouth-watering dishes that cater to every palate. We have something for you, whether you are in the mood for something hearty and comforting or light and refreshing. Indulge in our classic pasta made with fresh, distinguished sauces, or savour the deliciously seasoned meats and seafood that showcase the essence of Italian cooking. Our chefs use only the finest ingredients to craft each dish carefully, ensuring every bite is a taste of culinary perfection. Our drinks menu is a celebration of international flavours and expert craftsmanship. Whether you're looking for a refreshing drink to quench your thirst or a perfectly paired beverage to enhance your dining experience, our drinks menu has something for everyone. Our wine bar boasts an extensive cellar, including a selection of red, white, and unique wine blends, including imported Italian wines that pair perfectly with our gourmet meals.

Utopia Cape

$$$$ 15th Floor, 40 Chiappini St, 8001, Cape Town
International Premium Casual
Welcome to Utopia Cape Town, our 15th-floor home of Dining Elevated, with a great day and night views of our beautiful Cape Town. Choose a seat with a City, Harbour, or Lion’s Head view. We offer Bistro-style Mediterranean-influenced dishes designed by our chefs, made with superb fresh ingredients and served in generous portions. We offer some menus to meet the tastes and budgets of our diners. Our Utopia À la Carte Menu has a large selection of superb shellfish and fish dishes and flavoursome meat cuts available daily.
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