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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • The Grillhouse

      The premium steakhouse
      Some claim that The Grillhouse serves up the best steaks in Johannesburg. The restaurant is popular with both locals and tourists, and caters to a carnivore's every need. The bar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink while waiting for a table, whetting ones appetite for the juicy steak ahead.
      Shop 1, The Firs / Hyatt Centre
      Oxford Road & Biermann Avenue
      Rosebank, Johannesburg
      thegrillhouse.co.za
    • Signature

      Exquisite with a capital E!
      The Signature is the perfect restaurant for a celebration with family, friends or work colleagues. Whether a birthday celebration, corporate dining or romantic dinner, this is a perfect place for toasting life’s great moments while enjoying a cuisine of the highest level. The interior décor is sophisticated and the view of Johannesburg unbeatable – well worth the slightly higher prices.
      Morningside Shopping Centre
      Outspan Road, Morningside
      Johannesburg
      +27 87 940 3880
      signature.co.za
    • Café del Sol Botanico & the Landmark

      Beats nonna's cooking
      This restaurant serves up the very finest Italian cuisine. The Café del Sol serves up a whole range of unbeatably delicious dishes. It comes as no surprise that it has often been voted one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg. Favourite Italian dishes are served here with a fresh new twist. Reservations recommended.
      Bryanston Shopping Centre
      William Nicol & Ballyclare Drive
      Bryanston, 2021
      +27 11 463 0207
      cafedelsol.co.za
    • Il Giardino

      Italian cuisine
      Italian cuisine is also an integral part of Africa's culinary scene. Il Giardino degli Ulvio serves up first-class Italian dishes in a Mediterranean setting. As the name suggests, diners can relax on the garden patio and enjoy the dolce vita in Africa beneath genuine olive trees. This restaurant is located at 44 Stanley Avenue. This former industrial complex, which is home to a range of cafés, restaurants and antique shops, is always well worth a visit.
      44 Stanley Avenue
      Milpark, Johannesburg
      +27 11 482 4978
      ilgiardino.co.za
    • The Local Grill

      For carnivores
      The Local Grill is a paradise for meat-lovers. Only the best free-range meat finds its way onto the plates. The focus is clearly on the ingredients, but that’s not to say that the impeccable service and elegant interior have been forgotten. No wonder, then, that the restaurant is flourishing. And for those who don’t like meat: the fish is also excellent, for instance the grilled squid in a sweet chilli jam with lemon butter – a mouth-watering delight.
      Corner 3rd and 7th Avenue
      Parktown North 2193
      +27 11 880 1946
      localgrill.co.za
    • Lucky Bean

      Lovely terrace
      Sitting on the terrace and soaking up Melville’s lively 7th Street is all part of the Lucky Bean’s attractive atmosphere. The interior is cool and urban, with attentive staff waiting on the interesting people who frequent the restaurant. Owner Conway Falconer describes his cuisine as «simple, honest food that is prepared with passion from fresh, top quality ingredients».
      16 7th Street, Melville
      Johannesburg 2109
      +27 11 482 5572
      luckybeantree.za
    • Koi

      Gourmet oriental
      The Koi serves up modern, oriental cuisine. The freshly prepared sushi, dim sums and curries incorporate first-class ingredients and are made with great attention to detail. The restaurant's plain yet elegant interior rounds off the dining experience beautifully.
      The Firs / Hyatt Centre
      Bierman Avenue & Cradock Avenue
      Rosebank, Johannesburg
      +27 11 447 2440
      koi.co.za
    • Eatery jhb

      Industrial gem
      The Eatery jhb is located in a former industrial building, hidden away in the suburb of Sandton. The spiral steel staircase and the open kitchen bring a touch of modernity to industrial heritage and lend the restaurant its unique charm. The menu may be somewhat restrained, but dishes are exquisite. All wines are products of South Africa.
      44 Stanley Avenue
      Milpark, Johannesburg
      +27 11 482 4978
      eateryjhb.co.za
    • OneNineOne

      Fabulous cuisine
      Outstanding dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. OneNineOne is a place where food becomes poetry. The interior features red brick walls and an open kitchen, where diners can watch celebrity chefs create their meals. Dishes are seasonal with oriental and Arabian influences.
      Hyatt Regency
      191 Oxford Road,
      Johannesburg, 2132
      +27 11 280 1234
      onenineone.com
    • Tasha's

      Delicious breakfast buffet
      An ultra-stylish interior, hip organic food and a premium cup of coffee on the side – welcome to Tasha's. This sophisticated coffee house chain can be found throughout Johannesburg and is renowned for its fantastic breakfast buffet.
      Shop Nr. G28, The Zone
      Oxford Road
      Rosebank, Johannesburg
      +27 11 447 7972
      tashas.com
    • Bean There

      Own coffee roaster
      Pride of place in this lovely café goes to its very own coffee roaster, which roasts the best Fair Trade beans from five African countries. The monthly coffee tastings are immensely popular and quickly booked out. However, the café is also busy on other days, with some customers pouring their creative ideas into their laptops, while others chat over an Ethiopian espresso. The stylishly designed packets of coffee also make nice little gifts.
      44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark
      Johannesburg 2092
      +27 86 123 2636
      beanthere.co.za
    • Life Grand Café

      Charming café
      Although this café, like many others in Johannesburg, is located inside a shopping mall, the Life has lost none of its charm – on the contrary! The pretty wooden tables and chunky leather sofas are not just a stylish statement – they also make this café unbelievably cosy. The food and drinks served here are just as fantastic.
      Hyde Park Corner, William Nicol &, Jan Smuts Avenue
      Johannesburg, Hyde Park, 2198
      +27 11 325 4350
      lifegrandcafe.com
    • Churchills

      The 'in' bar
      This bar, furnished in vintage style, is the absolute 'in' bar in Johannesburg. Churchills is so popular that it can even charge for entrance at weekends. The bar menu features sophisticated drinks such as Cognac, whisky, vodka and cocktails. Cigar-lovers can also treat themselves to a premium cigar while sinking into one of the heavy leather armchairs.
      Melrose Arch Piazza
      Melrose Boulevard
      Johannesburg
      +27 11 684 1040
      churchills.co.za
    • Circle Bar, The Rosebank Hotel

      Popular meeting place
      The Circle Bar is as futuristically funky as the rest of the Rosebank Hotel in all its refurbished glory, which makes the bar as popular with locals as it is with hotel guests. The first-class cocktails include a number of new creations. With pleasant lighting, good service and elegant guests, the Circle Bar is an ideal spot for business people to round off an evening or for couples to enjoy some quality time in private.
      Corner Tyrwhitt and Sturdee Avenues
      Rosebank
      Johannesburg 2196
      +27 11 448 3600
      therosebank.co.za