When it comes to restaurants, ‘snor city’ boasts some of the best establishments in South Africa. Whatever your preferences or however sophisticated your palate, the restaurants in Pretoria will not disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a trendy, contemporary spot, or a classic, traditional bistronomy, a great burger joint or a fine dining experience, you’ll find it in Pretoria.
For excellent food, service and ambiance, these are 20 of the best restaurants in Pretoria you need to check out:
Situated in the trendy new Hazelwood hangout spot, Salt provides a typical modern European taste experience and ambience. Choose from a great selection of decadent dishes on their plates menu, or assemble your own delicious taste board of fresh breads, artisanal cheeses and cured meats from their chalkboard menu.
If you are looking for great Mexican food and a comfy, contemporary vibe, then El Pistolero in the east of Pretoria is the place to visit. You can look forward to authentic flavours and textures and fresh Mexican favourites, like tacos with slow cooked pork belly, coriander salsa and adobo, or Zamalek battered hake with jalapenos and tamarind paste. For dessert, El Pistolero’s famous churros is a must!
The brainchild of two brothers, Woodstock Urban Pizzeria in Constantia Park, is unlike any other pizzeria. The vision of the Kotze brothers was to create a contemporary urban pizzeria where locals can come and enjoy fresh Italian inspired food that cater to all palates, great company and live bluesy music. Please note that they are not open on Mondays. To make a booking, phone 083 266 9433.
New on the block, Chefs 566 in Garsfontein is a hip restaurant/bakery where Brett Ladds, former private chef to Nelson Mandela, is the friendly man in charge. With a sunny, wide veranda and floor-to-ceiling glass shop fronts, Chefs 566 has an inviting ambience, with friendly staff serving delicious meals and freshly baked bread. Try their German rösti with mushrooms, cheese, and smoked Norwegian salmon for starters, the pan seared duck with sweet potato from the dinner menu, and the mouthwatering deconstructed toffee apple terrine with puff pastry and dark chocolate to round off your meal.
Situated next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary in Pretoria, the Blue Crane is idyllic. With a beautiful deck area, special boma for enjoying a bonfire on a cold evening, a brand new coffee deli and upstairs bar, it is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner in a natural setting. The Blue Crane also has a custom jungle gym for the little ones and a great kiddies menu. It is also ideal for private and corporate functions.
The Laughing Chefs restaurant, owned by mother and daughter team Maggie and Esrida, is a ‘garden paradise’ situated in Rietondale. With a tapas bar, casual dining room, dinner theatre, art gallery and events venue hosting anything from weddings, to art classes and pamper parties, the Laughing Chefs is a must-visit in Pretoria. Apart from their fantastic menu, you are also welcome to order a picnic basket full of delicious treats, like the caramelised onion quiche with herbed crème fraicheto and marshmallow caramel popcorn along with a bottle of sparkling wine, to enjoy at the lush spot of your choice.
Winner of the World Luxury Restaurant Awards in 2016, the Black Bamboo is where you can experience world class dining in the heart of Pretoria. As part of the elegant Menlyn Boutique Hotel, the Black Bamboo has mastered the art of creating a perfect synergy between food, art and wine, with head chef Pellie Grobler at the steer. Famous for springbok wellington and prosciutto wrapped fillet, and upside down lemon meringue, Grobler and his very competent team will take you on a taste adventure you won’t easily forget.
Situated in Waterkloof Ridge in the fine Karl Jooste House, Brasserie de Paris will offer you a memorable culinary experience and elegant French fine dining at its very best along with a contemporary and intimate ambience. Look forward to making your selection from a carefully composed menu and wine collection, with favourites being the Chateaubriand, Steak Tartar and Crème Brûlée.
Experience the best of fresh local produce with a fusion of French, Italian and Mediterranean flavours. The menu is carefully crafted by renowned chef, Shane Sauvage, to cater to any palate, with original combinations and new recipes. If your palate is a bit adventurous, go for the Crocodile in a Mexican-style, tomato, tequila and chilli pastry and complement your meal with one of their wines selected from a Diners Club Excellence Award winning list.
Fermier is unlike any other restaurant you’ve ever visited. The concept behind one of the top restaurants in Pretoria, is to create an eco system between livestock, fish and vegetables, and promote responsible farming and a restaurant where absolutely nothing goes to waste. Diners will be able to see where the produce going on their plates is grown, and experience the versatility that these products can offer in a fresh and innovative way.
Winner of seven consecutive Diamond Awards in the Diners Club International Wine List of the Year Awards, Granita at the prestigious Kievits Kroon Hotel, is a unique fine dining experience for even the more sophisticated palate. Enjoy a gourmet dinner from a six course tasting menu, or a five course Sunday lunch, carefully prepared from the freshest in-season ingredients. If you want to have an intimate dinner gathering, book the Granita Wine cellar that can accommodate up to twelve guests.
If you want to experience some of the best in local craft beers and complement your beer with a mouthwatering monster burger you won’t soon forget, Capital Craft in either Menlo Park or Centurion should definitely be on your list of ‘things to do in Pretoria’. At Capital Craft you’ll be taken on a taste adventure and learn about the brewing process, the many beer types in SA, and the different flavours and rich aromas of these beers.
Family-owned and managed, Geet is one of the top Indian restaurants in Pretoria where you can look forward to your tastebuds being treated to the wonderful flavours of India. At Geet you can experience one-of-a-kind dishes that still incorporate classic Indian technique along with the freshest seasonal ingredients. If you have a special event coming up, you can also book a VIP private dinner here.
Priva is a luxurious and contemporary fine dining restaurant where you will not only get to enjoy incredible cuisine, but have your meal complemented by a relaxed vibe and live music. There is even a cigar lounge where you can do whiskey tasting and try different cigars. A favourite at Priva is the “Gastronomique” tasting menu, with delicious savoury and sweet bites, like dressed oysters, beef fillet and vanilla cheese cake, paired with a fine wine.
For some of the best Italian in town, head on over to Fumo. Not a stranger to celebrities and diplomats, Fumo is one of the culinary hotspots in Pretoria with executive chef Claudio Uccello at the steer. Trip Advisor has also named Fumo one of the top restaurants in Pretoria. The food is authentic Italian, made from quality South African ingredients as well as unique products imported from Italy.
Situated on a golf estate, De Kloof is another great fine dining restaurant in Pretoria that you should definitely put on your list of places to visit. Look forward to unique combinations and fun dishes, creatively named “Pig in Japan” or “Alive & Kicking”, served in an elegant way. For your main course, try the delicious free-range beef fillet with braised beef cheek dolma, smoked feta and roasted pepper ravioli, olive, red onion and anchovy and rösti truffles, grilled bone marrow and a red wine jus.
When renowned, award-winning Belgium-born chef-patron Daniel Leusch arrived in SA back in 1976, he was to first to present the concept of ‘bistro’ into the country. Since then he has remained true to the bistronomic techniques to give diners an authentic Belgian and French country culinary experience at La Madeleine. Without a written menu, guests can look forward to receiving personal attention from chef Leusch at their table, explaining the wonderful, ever-changing special dishes of the day. Some delicious favourites have been the Cognac infused crab bisque and the almond cake with white chocolate mousse with sorbet…
If you’re looking to indulge in the flavours of Morocco, visit La Terrasse in Menlo Park. This unique rooftop café and deli, brings you delightful traditional and fusion Moroccan cuisine, beautifully presented on a plate. If you have a special event coming up, you can also book a group breakfast, high tea or lunch with a unique menu of an array of Moroccan delicacies, like the Mukaballat Starter Platter or sweet towers of pastries and biscuits served with aromatic Arabic coffee.
At A’la Turka at the Yadah Castle in Irene you will be exported to an exotic foreign land, where you will not only feast on incredibly flavourful food and wine, but your senses will be taken on a journey they won’t easily forget. Talented belly dancers, antique furnishings, Persian carpets, beautiful lighting and cushions scattered all around for you to relax on in either the Gypsy Harem or Ottoman and Beirut Tent, create a romantic and relaxing ambience. A’la Turka even offers a dance studio with lessons in Belly dancing, Hip Hop and Latin dancing.
Be transported back in time to when the pace of life was slower, simpler and everything was more authentic. Old Town Italy at the new Menlyn Maine center upholds those old town values, where family, friends, quality food and good times are what mattered most. Feast on the freshest produce, meats, breads, cheeses and sweet baked goods. A favourite is definitely the tasting boards, where you can select from an assortment of delicious bites to sample along with fresh bread. On Saturdays you can also take your clan for some donut-cone ice creams at Old Town Italy.
There you have it. Some of the best Pretoria restaurants you should definitely try and visit in 2017. Do you have a restaurant or business you want to advertise? Advertise your business on Junk Mail by placing your FREE ad today!
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