Winner’s List: Eat Out Awards 2017

SA’s top restaurants and culinary stars honoured at 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards


It was exhilarating when the country’s top restaurants and the shining stars of South Africa’s restaurant industry were honoured at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant awards on Sunday, 19 November at GrandWest in Cape Town.

This year more restaurants were recognised for their star quality, with a countdown from 20 before the much-anticipated Top 10 restaurants were revealed.

The Test Kitchen was once again confirmed as the country’s top restaurant when it was awarded the Restaurant of the Year title for the sixth consecutive year.

The 2017 Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year is Liam Tomlin. The Eat Out Service Excellence Award went to Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient. Moses Magwaza, sommelier at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, was named the Eat Out Wine Service Award winner. The elegance of Fermier in Pretoria was recognised with the Eat Out Style Award, while La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek was the recipient of the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. Morné Wessels of La Petite Colombe received the Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service.

The winning restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of judges, led by Eat Out editor and head judge Abigail Donnelly, who dined around the country anonymously. Aside from Abigail Donnelly, the identities of the judges have not been revealed.

All the winners celebrated at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards are:

Eat Out S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Liam Tomlin

Eat Out Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen

Top 10 Restaurants:

  1. The Test Kitchen
  2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
  3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof
  4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
  5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
  6. Camphors at Vergelegen
  7. La Colombe
  8. The Shortmarket Club
  9. Overture
  10. The Pot Luck Club

Restaurants ranked from 11–20

  1. Jardine Restaurant
  2. Foliage
  3. Wolfgat
  4. Jordan Restaurant
  5. Fermier Restaurant
  6. Thali
  7. DW Eleven-13
  8. Hartford House
  9. Luke Dale-Roberts X The Saxon
  10. La Tête


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