Restaurants in Johannesburg

Johannesburg's role as the economic hub of South Africa, if not the entire continent, has attracted businessmen and investors from all over the world and a wealth of restaurants to cater for them. Johannesburg restaurants offer a wide range of cuisine, with ethnic African fare and traditional Afrikaans dishes, as well as international options to satisfy every craving imaginable. Dining out is a fun and important part of Johannesburg's social culture and should delight tourists.

Eating out in Johannesburg offers not only variety in cuisine ethnicity but price and quality too, with a range of upmarket, casual, fast-food, and street vendor options. Upmarket Johannesburg restaurants, featuring both local and international menus, are located in areas like Rivonia, Sandton, Illovo, and Melrose Arch. More casual eateries, such as cafés and steakhouses, can be found in Parktown North and Benoni.

There are fast-food outlets throughout the city, as well as various local street vendors selling savoury pies, boerewors (sausage) rolls and flame-grilled mealie (maize) cobs. The more adventurous diners could venture out to Soweto to dine at one of its numerous shebeens (communal bars/canteens). This huge variety of Johannesburg restaurants makes eating out in the City of Gold quite a rewarding experience.

Many restaurants are closed on Mondays, and reservations are recommended for fine-dining venues. Credit cards are almost always accepted at restaurants, but American Express cards are sometimes declined. A service fee may be added for large tables, but a tip of minimum 10 percent is expected by waitrons for good service.

$$$$$ | African


This restaurant takes up five floors, decorated with a combination of modern African designs. Traditionally attired staff serve exotic cuisine, and live African music adds a funky vibe. The menu is varied with dishes from around the continent, such as fragrant North African stews, East African fish curries and huge Mozambique prawns. The unusual African desserts, like sweet potato and chocolate pudding, are not to be missed! Booking is essential, open daily for lunch and dinner.

Address: 5 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch
Telephone: 011 684 1477
Website: http://www.moyo.co.za

$$$$$ | Steakhouse


Reminiscent of its 1980s predecessor in Harare (Zimbabwe), Wombles Steakhouse has white linen and candlelit décor, giving it a relaxed and romantic, colonial-style atmosphere. This is further enhanced by the smiling, khaki-clad staff. The main menu boasts steaks to suit all appetites and tastes, served with fresh vegetables and a choice of potato dishes. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, with dinner also served on Saturdays. Reservations recommended.

Address: 17 3rd Avenue, Parktown North
Telephone: 011 880 2470
Website: http://www.wombles.co.za

$$$$$ | Seafood

Montego Bay

With excellent service and a comfortable setting, this trendy restaurant boasts a variety of delicious seafood, as well as some excellent international cuisine. Menu favourites include the signature Montego Bay platter with baby crayfish, langoustines (Norwegian lobsters), prawns and calamari, or perhaps something from the world-famous fresh oyster and sushi bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.

Address: Shop 31, Nelson Mandela Square, Rivonia Road, Sandton
Telephone: 011 883 6407
Website: http://www.montegobay.co.za

$$$$$ | International

Browns of Rivonia

Set in one of Johannesburg's most affluent suburbs, Browns of Rivonia offers a truly upmarket, fine dining experience. Outside seating is available on the veranda for those balmy summer evenings, and inside the restaurant there is a large, neat dining area. The food is of the highest quality, especially the roast duck with a Drambuie and orange glaze. The restaurant offers a separate menu for functions and for Sunday lunches. Closed on Saturday for lunch and reservations recommended.

Address: 21 Wessels Road, Rivonia
Telephone: (0)11 803 7533
Website: http://www.browns.co.za

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