Johannesburg Restaurants

Jo'burgers love eating out, and there are hundreds of restaurants throughout the city to satisfy them. Some notable destinations for food include Melrose Arch, Parkhurst, Sandton, and Greenside. Smart-casual dress is a good bet. Many establishments are closed on Sunday night and Monday.

There's no way to do justice to the sheer scope and variety of Johannesburg's restaurants in a few examples. What follows is a (necessarily subjective) list of some of the best. Try asking locals what they recommend; eating out is the most popular form of entertainment in Johannesburg, and everyone has a list of favorite spots, which changes often.

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  • 1. Moyo

    $$$ | Melrose Arch | African

    From the food and decor to the music and live entertainment, Moyo is strongly African in theme. The focus of the rich and varied menu is pan...Read More

  • 2. Moyo

    $$$ | Parkview | African

    Of the two Moyo locations in Johannesburg, this Parkview branch, at Zoo Lake, is the nicest during the day, as you can dine with a view of the...Read More

  • 3. Wombles

    $$$$ | Parktown North | Steakhouse

    Wombles is an upmarket steakhouse with a warm, yet rather formal atmosphere. Steaks are their speciality, and portions are generous. If you...Read More

  • 4. Bellinis

    $$ | Illovo | Italian

    This small, friendly restaurant offers both memorable food and quick and professional service. Many people return again and again to this local...Read More

  • 5. Bistro Vine

    $$ | Parkhurst | French

    This is a small and intimate restuarant is Parkhurst's famous 4th Avenue, one of the best-known streets for restaurants in the country. With...Read More

  • 6. Doppio Zero

    $$ | Rosebank | Mediterranean

    This chain of restaurants is found across Johannesburg, but the Rosebank branch is well-located if you are peckish after a morning shopping...Read More

  • 7. Mike's Kitchen, Parktown

    $ | Parktown North | Steakhouse

    A good choice for a meal near Wits University and the city center is the Mike's Kitchen in Parktown, where you'll find hearty fare (the steaks...Read More

  • 8. Nambitha

    $ | Orlando West | African

    You can't actually see Nelson Mandela's old house from this popular restaurant, which means that you're less likely to run into a tour bus....Read More

  • 9. Nice

    $ | Parkhurst | Café

    This easygoing, unpretentious café serves only breakfast and lunch but is always busy, mostly because the food is so fresh and good. Breakfast...Read More

  • 10. Parea

    $$ | Illovo | Greek

    This Greek taverna, grill, and meze café is the best of its kind in the city. Greek music floats above the buzz of conversation, a souvlaki...Read More

  • 11. Sophiatown Bar and Lounge

    $ | Newtown | South African

    Although not in the same league as the more famous Nambitha and Wandie's traditional township restaurants in Soweto, the Sophiatown Bar and...Read More

  • 12. The Butcher Shop and Grill

    $$$$ | Sandton | Steakhouse

    This is a good place for hungry meat lovers. It specializes in prime South African meat aged to perfection by Alan Pick, the butcher-owner....Read More

  • 13. The Carnivore

    $$$$ | African

    Don't come expecting a quiet romantic dinner, as the huge space lends itself to a loud and sometimes frenetic scene. Game meat such as warthog...Read More

  • 14. The Cradle

    $$ | South African

    The Cradle is a great choice for a lunch or dinner if you're spending the day or more in the Cradle of Humankind area, which is about a 90-minute...Read More

  • 15. Trabella Pizzeria

    $ | Illovo | Italian

    This restaurant is on a busy street corner around the corner from Parea—an accessible but not attractive position. Trabella's strength is its...Read More

  • 16. Turn 'n' Tender

    $$ | Illovo | African

    This upmarket steakhouse chain was founded by four brothers in the 1970s, and the restaurants are still among Jo'burg’s most popular for easy...Read More

  • 17. Wandie's Place

    $$ | Dube | African

    Wandie's Place isn't the only good township restaurant, but it's the best known and one of the most popular spots in Jo'burg. The decor is eclectic...Read More

  • 18. Gramadoelas at the Market Theatre

    $$ | Newtown | African

    Crossing the threshold here is like stepping into a strange old museum: African artifacts and mirrors litter the huge room. Established in 1967...Read More

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