Media release

The date and venue have been set for the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. This much-anticipated annual celebration of the best of the South African restaurant industry will take place at the Grand Arena at Grand West in Cape Town on Sunday 20 November 2016. After the success of last year’s awards format, the event will once again be a gastronomic, multi-sensory Sunday lunch.


These awards recognise the top ten restaurants in South Africa as well as the Eat Out S.Pellegrino Acqua Panna Chef of the Year, and the winners of the Eat Out Boschendal Style Award, the Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star, the Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award, the Eat Out Nespresso Service Excellence Award, and the Eat Out Wine Service Award. There are also two new awards this year: the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year and the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award.


“Guests can expect an unforgettable experience at this year’s Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, which promise to be a feast for the senses. There will be a six-course menu designed by some of the country’s top chefs, in collaboration with Pete Goffe-Wood, paired with excellent wines, top-class entertainment and displays, and a venue filled with the stars of the restaurant industry,” says Aileen Lamb, general manager of Eat Out.  Media personality Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp will once again perform the duties of MC.


For the third consecutive year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will be the title sponsor of the event. “We are very proud to be sponsoring these awards that celebrate true excellence, and hope that they will continue to inspire our culinary industry,” says Selvin Govender, marketing director of Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa.


Limited tickets are now available for the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant awards at R1495 per person. Go to to book your seats.


Issued by MANGO-OMC on behalf of the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.


For more information contact:

Naomi Willemse

021 447 8048


About Eat Out

SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, Eat Out is one of South Africa’s most loved and respected food brands. What started as the country’s definitive restaurant guide eighteen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple media platforms.


The magazine includes the Eat Out 500, a power list of great restaurants across South Africa, as voted by a panel of food and restaurant industry experts. In addition to the restaurant reviews, the guide also includes content on influential local foodies, trends and South Africa’s favourite restaurant dishes.


One of the cornerstones of the brand, the annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards celebrate the best of the South African restaurant industry.


At the centre of the brand is the website,, which is updated daily and supported by a newsletter, mobile app and strong social media presence, including Twitter (@Eat_Out) and Facebook ( and Instagram (@EatOutGuide). In 2015 the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries were introduced, chosen by the public through reviews and ratings on


The 2017 Eat Out magazine, filled with professional reviews and curated content on South Africa’s top 500 restaurants, will go on sale in November after the awards.