Franschhoek Wine Valley’s Culinary Prowess Shines Bright at 2023 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards

Woolworths Restaurant Awards

A jubilant celebration unfolded at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town on November 19th as South Africa’s culinary luminaries gathered for the prestigious 2023 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards. This year’s event marked an exceptional showcase of culinary excellence, with over 800 esteemed guests in attendance.

Distinguished for its revered culinary capital title, the Franschhoek valley proudly showcased its exceptional dining landscape with numerous local establishments securing accolades in the esteemed star-rating system. Chief judge Abigail Donnelly, praised the recognized restaurants for their unwavering commitment to excellence, innovative approaches and absolute dedication to the craft. Stars were awarded in the 1 star category for points earned between 70 and 79 out of 100, for 2 stars between 80 and 89 points were necessary and over 90 was needed to secure the ultimate 3 stars.

Franschhoek’s Star-Studded Restaurants:

1-Star Restaurants:

Franschhoek proudly boasts its culinary prowess with several 1-star awarded restaurants, including:

  • Chef’s Warehouse at Maison
  • Le coin Français
  • Orangerie at Le Lude
  • Protégé

2-Star Restaurants:

Epice was ranked among the highly esteemed 2-star awarded restaurants.

3-Star Restaurants:

Franschhoek’s culinary mastery reached unprecedented heights with ARKESTE by Richard Carstens and La Petite Colombe both proudly securing a coveted 3-star rating. These prestigious acknowledgments reflect the region’s unwavering pursuit of culinary excellence, innovation, and unparalleled dining experiences.

La Petite Colombe also secured a special award – the ‘Eat Out Patrón Mixology award with judges expressing “Their cocktails are phenomenal, and there is true innovation in their alternative, non-alcoholic drinks menu.”

Demonstrating complete dedication to delivering exceptional dining experiences, embracing unique spaces, exquisite service and an ardent passion for culinary artistry, the Franschhoek flag is flying high as The 2023 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards once again shone the spotlight on the Franschhoek Wine Valley’s undeniable contribution to South Africa’s culinary landscape, cementing its reputation as a premier dining destination.