Top 8 Outdoor Restaurants in Joburg

Lads and ladies, we did an extensive search for the best outdoor eating spots in Joburg. Out of these we urge you to have your say and vote for your favourite al fresco dining spot in the great city of Johannesburg.

1. The Bull Run

Right across the road from the JSE, the Bull Run is home to one of South Africa’s most famed steakhouses. Its comfortable outdoor seating is hit amongst tourists and local businesspersons alike. There is ample shade under old oak trees, and the spots that the trees miss, are covered with umbrellas. It’s a great place to have a drink, relax and do some good old fashioned people watching. The Bull Run serves great food, awesome drinks and strong coffee. Do yourself a favour and go check them out.

For more information, visit their website.

2. Il Giardino Degli Ulivi

Homemade pastas, seasonal vegetables and good meat, fish and chicken dishes are what Il Giardino is all about. Named the ‘garden of olives’, owing to its olive trees, enjoy a cocktail or two and a delicious lunch outside in the courtyard under the olive grove. And, for your entertainment, live music ranging from Gypsy jazz, country rock to bluegrass will be available on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday during lunch. Booking is essential.

For more information, visit their website.

3. Roots at Forum Homini

Looking for five-star service, wine, beautiful scenery and good food? Then pay Forum Homini’s restaurant, Roots, a visit. This is the place to enjoy dishes inspired by Asian, French and African cuisine. Dine out with family and friends and enjoy their popular five-course Saturday brunch or six-course Sunday lunch, with or without wine teasers. To avoid disappointment, booking is essential.

For more information, visit their website.

4. The Secret Garden (Fourways)

Looking for a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city to relax and enjoy a good meal? Then give The Secret Garden a try. Whether you’re looking for a place to have a delicious breakfast with family, or afternoon high tea with the ladies, this is the place to enjoy the lovely warm weather. Let the children play in the play park, while you relax on the terrace.

5. Al Fiume

On the banks of the Hennops River, relax and sip on a glass of wine on Al Fiume’s shady wooden deck surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the soothing sounds of the flowing river. A good place to enjoy a day out with family, friends, or for a romantic date with that special someone. With family fun days the last Sunday of every month (three-course meal – adults, at R295pp, and two-course meal and soda for the kids at R125/child), and romantic dinner packages at R895 per couple, Al Fiume is ideal for any occasion.

For more information, visit their website.

6. Doppio Zero (Greenside)

If you’re out in the city, and looking for a good place to have a meal in the open, try Doppio Zero in Greenside. With freshly baked croissants, muffins, ciabattas and other breads, and delicious pizzas and pastas, you won’t be stuck with what to order. Enjoy summer in the city under shaded tables with a cocktail or a delicious glass of wine.

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Sundays and Mondays – 07:00 to 21:00; Tuesdays to Thursdays – 07:00 to 22:00; Fridays and Saturdays – 07:00 to 22:30 | Corner Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 646 8740, Fax: (011) 646 4081

7. Salvation cafe

For any occasion, be it a breakfast, birthday celebration, anniversary parties or wedding, pay Salvationcafe a visit. On those hot summer days, sit outside on the patio under the olive trees for shade, and enjoy something delicious from theirdaily specials board. For breakfast, try something from their selection of sweet, savoury and healthy breakfasts or choose a one of their salads or sandwiches for lunch.

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday – 08:00 to 16:00 (for breakfast and lunch) | 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 482 7795

8. Moyo (Various Branches)

Experience African culture at Moyo with their selection of African fusion cuisine, enjoy a glass of wine from their great selection, and bask in the African sun in their outside areas. Everything about Moyo is African, from their décor andstaff’s uniforms, to the face painting and live entertainment. From personal experience, this place captures the true essence of South African culture and great cuisine.

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Sunday – 11:00 to 23:00 | Shop no. 5, The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 684 1477

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