Top 10 Restaurants In South Joburg

If you’re looking for a place to grab a delicious meal, then you simply have to read this list of the Top 10 Restaurants in South Joburg!


Parreirinha – La Rochelle

The area might leave you feeling a little unsettled, but this restaurant is definitely worth the visit if you are in La Rochelle! I just had to mention this spot as I found it rather interesting and different compared to other Portuguese restaurants around the city. Parreirinha occupies an old police station, which means you will be dining in what used to be the holding cells! And one section of the restaurant is adorned with hundreds of ties hanging from the rafters, which adds an interesting element to the décor. The food is amazing, service is friendly (but slow) and the atmosphere is just warm and homely! Also, the prawn cakes are said to be absolutely amazing!

Details: 9 6th Street, La Rochelle, Joburg South | Tel: (011) 435 3809

Vera Vita  Oakdene

Firstly, don’t let the ‘dodgy’ area put you off visiting this Italian spot in Oakdene … as the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Vera Vita is popular, always bustling with customers and offers some of the best Italian cuisine in the south. The atmosphere is great, the staff are friendly and the food is delectable. Their variety of pasta dishes offers a large number of interesting combinations to choose from, the La Deliza has definitely caught my attention – paccheri pasta with onions, garlic, mushrooms, chicken, peas, marsala, cream and tomato! And best of all, you don’t need to bust the bank in order to be able to enjoy authentic Italian dishes!

Details: 225 Rifle Range Road, Oakdene | Tel: (011) 434 1019

A Churrasqueira  Brackenhurst

For the best Portuguese food in South Joburg, be sure to head to A Churrasqueira in Brackenhurst, Alberton! This spot offers quite a variety of dishes from their thrilling menu filled with traditional Portuguese dishes and also all the known favourites. It is the perfect place if you are looking to dine out as a family. There is a brand new kids’ menu available and also two new and fun jungle gyms that will keep the little ones entertained for hours! And, if you love your prawns, A Churrasqueira is known to have the best grilled prawns in Joburg.

Details: 37 Webb Street, Corner Hennie Alberts, Brackenhurst, Alberton | Tel: 087 550 4189

Galaxy Grill  Oakdene

Whenever my family and I headed out to the big city for one of our exciting visits to a decent shopping centre, the Glen Shopping Centre was always the ideal spot to shop! But I didn’t only love this spot for the fab shopping sprees, I also loved it because we would always visit Galaxy Grill for a bite to eat after spending hours in and out of all the shops in the centre! Galaxy Grill offers a number of delicious dishes straight from their grill – my ultimate favourite has always been their sticky pork spare ribs! I could never seem to get enough! And they also serve a great selection of specialty steaks along with onion rings and your choice of starch. The Peppadew, feta and jalapeno steak sounds absolutely delicious!

Crystal paid a visit to Galaxy Grill and absolutely loved it! Click here to check out her review on Joburg’s Darling.

Turn ‘n Tender – Bassonia

The first time I visited Turn ‘n Tender, I had no clue what to expect. Sure, I knew that the spot was well-known for its steaks, but that definition just barely scratches the surface! They have almost every type of meat imaginable, every cut of prime beef and an impressive wine list that will complement your meal perfectly. This steakhouse is the ideal spot if you are looking for the ultimate meat haven! What they do best at this spot is MEAT, and lots of it! Some of the dishes can be rather pricey, so pay them a visit if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion.

For more info, visit their website.

Daleah’s Eatery  Braamfontein

Daleah’s is definitely one of the reasons why you have to head down to Braamfontein! This small and quaint little café has incredible food, friendly service, and the décor and atmosphere is rustic, intimate and just downright homely. Not matter whether you are looking for a nice little spot for some breakfast, brunch, lunch or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Daleah’s has something for you! Every single one of my friends that have been there has raved about the Chocolate Peanut Butter cake – reason enough for a visit, I think!

For more info, visit their website.

Great Dane  Braamfontein

If you are looking for a great place to sit back, relax and sip on your favourite cocktail after a long week at the office, then be sure to head down to Great Dane in Braamfontein. This is the funkiest and freshest bar in the area, with interesting décor and a floor made of 5c coins! This spot offers lunch and dinner but, by night, it becomes a popular bar with a hipster bar/shebeen vibe to it. The menu is limited, and only offers some of the best gourmet hot dogs in the city!

For more info, visit their website.


Adega  Alberton

Adega has always been a favourite when it comes to my family. My father and sister love to tuck into their regular 1kg of king prawns smothered in garlic and lemon butter sauce. Sadly, with a shellfish allergy (curses!), I always have to find something that will be equally as tasty and indulgent as those ocean critters that I cannot lay my hands on! Luckily, the menu is filled with a number of Portuguese dishes that cater for every taste, whether you want something meaty, from the ocean, or combos because you want the best of both worlds. I’ve been to plenty of Adega branches, but Adega Alberton has definitely given me the best experience!

For more info, visit their website.

Little Italy  Glenanda

Craving some Italian cuisine? Then be sure to make your way down to the quaint and homely Little Italy in Glenanda. This spot is perfect if you are looking to sit back and relax or need a kid-friendly spot to keep the little ones fed and entertained. They have a rather extensive menu, but they are known for their delicious pizzas and pasta. And, also be sure to leave some room for their chocolate cake filled with oozing melted chocolate. I have been told that it definitely the perfect dessert if you are a chocoholic looking for something rich and decadent!

For more info, visit their website.

Back O’ The Moon – Gold Reef City, Ormonde

Back in the day when I lived in the middle of nowhere, we would always head to Gold Reef City for a fun night out in celebration of something special, usually for birthdays or my parents’ wedding anniversaries. For as long as I remember, I have always wondered about the Back O’ The Moon, until one day I paid the spot a visit as the curiosity finally took over. This Mediterranean restaurant offers a great selection of dishes and, best of all, everything is affordable! If you are looking for more bang for your buck, be sure to order one of their combos – I could never decide on whether I wanted surf or turf, so I would enjoy both with their Fillet and Calamari Combo!

For more info, visit their website.

By Kim Brown
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