20 November 2023

Eat Out names South Africa's best restaurants 2023!

South Africa's leading restaurant guide, Eat Out, has named the winners of the Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2023 at Cape Town’s GrandWest Grand Arena on Sunday 19 November 2023. Restaurants were assessed on several factors, including decor and ambience, service, the wine list and the quality of the ingredients. In addition to the Eat Out stars, there are 14 Special Awards that were handed out. These awards applaud individual restaurants, chefs and food personalities who are pushing the industry forward in a meaningful and innovative way.

Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2023: 1-star restaurants (70 - 79 points)

Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2023: 2-star restaurants (80 - 89 points)

Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2023: 3-star restaurants (90+ points)

Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2023: Special Awards

  • Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award
    • The LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate (Pinetown, eThekwini)
  • Eat Out Woolworths Financial Services Service Excellence Award
    • Meraki by Charlie Lakin (Hillcrest, eThekwini)
  • Eat Out Woolworths Wine Service Award
  • Eat Out Lexus Style Award
  • Eat Out Retail Capital Best New Restaurant Award
  • Eat Out Highland Park Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Germain Lehodey
  • Eat Out Cacao Barry Dessert Award
    • Motheba Makhetha, The Jordan Restaurant with Marthinus Ferreira (Stellenbosch)
  • Eat Out Patrón Mixology Award
  • Eat Out Lexus Best Destination Award
  • Eat Out Woolworths Trailblazer Award
    • Siba Mtongana, SIBA – The Restaurant (V&A Waterfront, Cape Town)


According to Eat Out, the restaurants rated for the Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2022 were selected based on several factors, including the quality of their offering – from the décor, ambience and service to the wine list, ingredients used and quality of the food. Based on their collective experience and expertise, the Eat Out team and the Awards chief judge then selected the 300 restaurants to be reviewed.
From the Top 300 list, over 80 restaurants were visited by the panel of six expert judges and rated on Eat Out’s new online rating tool that comprises a comprehensive scorecard. Restaurants are judged in a number of categories, including:

  • Menu composition: 15 points
  • Presentation: 10 points
  • Taste and technique: 30 points
  • Beverages: 20 points
  • Service: 20 points
  • Ambience: 5 points

Five to 10 factors are rated within these categories before the entire rating is rolled up into the total score out of 100.

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