The 12 South African restaurants ranked on 1000 best in the world list

The thousand best restaurants in the world have been revealed, and South Africa's top-notch culinary royalty snagged 12 spots on the prestigious list. 

La Liste has been around for four years, created as a 'more scientific' rival to the British-based 50 Best ranking.

The number one spot was shared by four restaurants, with two surprise Japanese restaurants - Ryugin and Sugabalo - shooting up the rankings in one shot. The other two more predictable top restaurants are Guy Savoy in Paris and Le Bernardin in New York.

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The top South African restaurant was the famous Test Kitchen from Cape Town for its gastronomic experiments.

Half of the local restaurants hailed from the Mother City, alongside two from Stellenbosch, one from Johannesburg, one from Pretoria and Wolfgat from Paternoster - the small seaside establishment that made a big splash earlier this year when its chef won Restaurant of the Year at the World Restaurant Awards.

Only two other African restaurants made it onto the list - Kook in Angola for its ever-changing seafood menu and NOK by Alara in Nigeria's Lagos, an uber-modern nook inside a garden focused on African delights.

South Africa ranked 20th for most awarded countries, which was headed by Japan, closely followed by China, France and the US. 

La Liste ranks its restaurants by aggregating guidebooks trusted by chefs and millions of online reviews.

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Check out the 12 top South African restaurants ranked on La Liste.

The Test Kitchen

Where: Cape Town

Food: A creative gourmand experience that focuses on freeing the senses.

Mosaic at The Orient

Where: Pretoria

Food: Botanical cuisine that's seasonal and expressive.

La Colombe

Where: Cape Town

Food: French and local fusion fine dining.

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Greenhouse - The Cellars-Hohenort

Where: Cape Town

Food: African-inspired menu with sommelier-selected wine pairings.

Chef's Warehouse Beau Constantia

Where: Cape Town

Food: They present seasonal, fresh produce served tapas-style.


Where: Paternoster

Food: Humble fine dining with typical West Coast-style seafood delicacies. 

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Where: Somerset West

Food: Situated on Vergelegen, their home-grown food is paired with wines from the estate.

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Where: Cape Town

Food: Contemporary classics served up from an open-plan kitchen with set menus.

DW-Eleven 13

Where: Johannesburg

Food: Bento box-inspired lunch menu and experimental cuisine for dinner. 

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The Pot Luck Club

Where: Cape Town

Food: Sophisticated tapas alongside a lunch and brunch menu.


Where: Stellenbosch

Food: Care is taken to match beautifully crafted food with wine from Kleine Zalze.

Indochine at Delaire Graff Estate

Where: Stellenbosch

Food: Asian tapas, traditional tea ceremonies and speciality duck and pork belly.

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