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Restaurants in Johannesburg

Top-notch international restaurants, including the authentic Indian Bukhara, crowd the classy suburb of Sandton, which is also home to the five-star Auberge Michel. Head to Melrose Arch and Newtown for the full-flavoured babotie (mince casserole), or sample it in spartan Soweto for a more authentic experience. Cyrildene is synonymous with Chinese cuisine and Carnivore restaurant with serious meat cravings. Most restaurants take a break between lunch and dinner. Standard tipping is 10%.

La Belle Terrasse and Loggia, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Westcliff Hotel
moyo, Johannesburg. Courtesy of moyo
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moyo

Food on five floors

moyo in Melrose Arch serves food from all over the African continent amidst African-inspired décor and design on five themed floors. Entertaining Gumboot dancers, Mbira players and storytellers accompany the long menu, which offers everything from Nigerian soups and Moroccan mezes to Swahili curries and seafood Mozambique-style.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-late

Address

Shop 5, The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg 2070

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 684 1477

Transport

Taxi

Website

moyo Website

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Gramadoelas

Historical African flavours

Located in Newtown, in the Market Theatre, Gramadoelas is a fine historical restaurant decorated with antiques, chandeliers, African art and theatre memorabilia. The food is traditional South African, from babotie (mince casserole) to Cape Malay curries and melktert (milk tart). North African dishes feature too, just ask the waiters to talk you through the menu.



Opening Hours

Mon 6pm-11.30pm; Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11.30pm

Address

Market Theatre, Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg 2001

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 838 6960

Transport

Taxi

Website

Gramadoelas Website

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Bukhara

Authentic Indian cuisine

At Bukhara in Sandton, North Indian chefs prepare authentic tandooris and curries along with traditional South African dishes from a glass-enclosed kitchen. Marble flooring and teak wooden tables decorate this upmarket restaurant, popular with sophisticated local diners since 1995. Choose a fine bottle from the award-winning wine list to go with your meal.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm (until 10pm Sun & Mon)

Address

Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 883 5555

Transport

Taxi

Website

Bukhara Website

La Belle Terrasse and Loggia, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Westcliff Hotel
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La Belle Terrasse and Loggia

Chic continental cuisine

Continental cuisine, whether it be breakfast, dinner or Sunday brunch, comes with silver service and an extensive wine list at La Belle Terrasse and Loggia in Westcliff. Spectacular city views add a touch of romance to the elegant décor, complementing classic dishes like foie gras, risotto and beef fillet.



Opening Hours

Daily 6.30am-10.30am & 7pm-11pm (Sunday brunch 11.30am-3pm)

Address

Westcliff Hotel, 67, Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 481 6000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Westcliff Hotel Website

Auberge Michel, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Auberge Michel
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Auberge Michel

Five-star French food

Born in France, where he developed his love of fine cuisine, former Soweto resident Michel Morand runs a classy restaurant in Sandton, popular with Johannesburg's major players. Auberge Michel is the country's first officially rated five-star eatery, serving superlative French dishes. The fillet mignon of springbok antelope, for example, is sheer pleasure on a plate.



Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-10pm; Sat & Mon 6.30pm-10pm

Address

112, Pretoria Avenue, Sandton, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 883 7013

Transport

Taxi

Website

Auberge Michel Website

Carnivore, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Carnivore
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Carnivore

Meat buffet galore

Carnivore is a 500-seater restaurant in Muldersdrift famous for its gut-busting meaty fare roasted on spears over coals in the central fire pit. Waiters hack off chunks of chicken, sausage, pork, lamb and some game meat on to your plate until you surrender. Make sure you are hungry when you arrive.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-12am

Address

69, Drift Boulevard, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg 1747

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 950 6067

Transport

Taxi or hire car

Website

Carnivore Website

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The Butcher Shop & Grill

South African steaks

The Butcher Shop & Grill in Sandton is where succulent boerewors (beef sausages) and tender, cut-to-order steaks meet with some of South Africa's best wines - think of Thelema, Le Riche and Boekenhoutskloof winemakers to name but a few. Book in advance for a table on the terrace overlooking Nelson Mandela Square.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-10.30pm

Address

Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg 2146

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 784 8676/7

Transport

Taxi or hire car

Cape Town Fish Market, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Cape Town Fish Market
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Cape Town Fish Market

Seafood and tradition

Historical photographs from various museums decorate the Cape Town Fish Market restaurant in Sandton, evoking the flavour of the mother city in its heyday. The extensive menu offers a variety of South African and Japanese dishes, including seafood, sushi and fish curries, while the fresh fish display allows for custom-made platters.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

Address

Shop BC 21, Banking Court Level, Sandton City, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 884 8529

Transport

Taxi

Website

Cape Town Fish Market Website

Osteria Tre Nonni, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Osteria Tre Nonni
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Osteria Tre Nonni

Regional flavours from Italy

The unpretentious Osteria Tre Nonni in Craighall Park specialises in regional Italian dishes. The restaurant has starched white tablecloths and taverna-style straw-bottomed chairs, but with around 20 varieties of pasta and risotto, imported San Daniele ham (not any old Parma ham) and perfectly cooked ossobuco (braised veal shank), food takes the front seat here.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm; Sun lunch only

Address

9, Grafton Avenue Centre, Grafton Road, Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 327 0095

Transport

Taxi or hire car

Website

Osteria Tre Nonni Website

10

Yamato

More than sushi

Tucked away in Johannesburg's trendy Illovo suburb, award-winning Yamato tempts diners with set and a-la-carte menus, going beyond sushi and sashimi. Here you'll find crab, salmon and tuna on offer. Adding elegance to the simplicity of Oriental culture, even the décor is a refreshing alternative to regular Japanese restaurants.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-10pm; Sat 6.30pm-10pm; Sun 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9pm

Address

196, Oxford Road, Corner Chaplin, Illovo, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 268 0511/12

Transport

Taxi

Website

Yamato Website

Wandies Place, Johannesburg. © Jim Simandl
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Wandies Place

Indigenous African fare

Going strong for more than 15 years, Wandies Place is a former township pub and one of the first restaurants in Soweto to welcome tourists, amongst them Richard Branson, Jesse Jackson and the All Blacks. The traditional township fare, eaten informally at long tables, includes chicken and mutton stews with dumplings or pap (stiff maize porridge).



Opening Hours

Daily 8am-10am & 12pm-10pm

Address

618, Makhalamele Street, Dube, Johannesburg 1801

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 982 2796

Transport

Taxi or hire car

Website

Wandies Place Website

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Fournos Bakery

Hot from the oven

Bakers work all night at Fournos Bakery in Dunkeld to prepare a huge variety of bread, cakes, quiches and pastries. A popular choice for business and family lunches, this legendary bakery offers huge breakfasts and light meals, and there is also a full deli counter selling imported meat, cheese and ready-made gourmet meals.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 7am-6pm; Sat 7am-4pm; Sun 7am-2pm

Address

Dunkeld Shopping Centre, Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road, Johannesburg 2024

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 325 2111

Transport

Taxi

Website

Fournos Bakery Website

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Assaggi

Classic Italian

Importing passion and knowledge for Italian cuisine from the foodie town of Ravenna, owner Luciana Righi has turned Assaggi into an extremely popular restaurant. Originally a small deli, today the unfussy, 130-seat establishment in Illovo turns out dishes sublime enough to tempt even the most diet-conscious celebrities. Its inimitable bruschetta is the queen of starters.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12.30pm-2pm & 6.30pm-9pm

Address

30, Post Office Centre, Rudd Road, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 268 1370

Transport

Taxi

14

Cranks

Asian junk house

With its solid reputation for good food since it opened in the 1980s and eye-catching dragons and scorpions from Hong Kong as decorations, Cranks in Rosebank is the pick of the Thai-Vietnamese food scene. The menu at this reconstructed plastic junk house is as interesting as its décor. Try the mussels in tamarind sauce.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 12pm-10.30pm

Address

Shop 52 Rosebank Mall, Craddock Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2121

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 880 3442

Transport

Taxi or hire car

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Fisherman's Plate

Chinatown favourite

Standing out among the restaurant-crowded Cyrildene district, Johannesburg's Chinatown, Fisherman's Plate is a gastronomic delight. The unhurried service and modest decor don't stop seafood lovers flocking to this restaurant, run with real enthusiasm by a husband and wife team for more than a decade. Fisherman's Plate operates on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there early.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9pm

Address

The Courtyard, Derrick Avenue, Cyrildene, Johannesburg 2198

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 622 0480

Transport

Taxi

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