Get a taste of Africa at these amazing restaurants in Johannesburg

Sep 13, 2017

Johannesburg is famed for its world-class restaurants across the city, serving a wide array of African and international cuisine. South Africans are big red meat eaters, however, if you aren’t a fan there are always other delicious options on the menu. If you’re planning a trip, make sure these restaurants are on your to-do list.

Level Four Restaurant and Champagne Bar

level four restaurant johannesburg

Located inside the swanky 54 on Bath hotel in Rosebank, the Level Four Restaurant and Champagne Bar is a great place to go to if you want to indulge. You can sit inside and have dinner in an intimate setting, or outside on the terrace and be surrounded by immaculate gardens. This is the perfect spot, whether for high tea or for sundowners and some tapas.

Gemelli Cucina Bar

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A South African man raised in Italy, Alessandro Khojane, is the founder of this hit restaurant in Bryanston, an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg. Gemelli is definitively Italian but simultaneously very contemporary in its design and ambience, with a large mural lining the main wall fronted by a long marble-topped bar. The grilled meats on offer are impressive but the real standout on the menu are the pasta dishes – especially the signature dish, the penne Allesandro (named after the owner of course) – a wonderful combination of prawns, smoked chicken, peppers and grain-mustard cream.

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Flames Restaurant

the westcliff johannesburg

This impressive restaurant is in the impeccable Four Seasons Hotels The Westcliffe. It was recently refurbished and boasts unbeatable views of Johannesburg’s skyline. The menu varies from casual afternoon snacks to fine dining in the evening. It’s also a very popular spot for sundowners, with many customers flocking here to take in the view while having a cocktail. If you’re a meat lover, we’d suggest the Karoo lamb chops.

Bay Leaf Restaurant

bayleaf restaurant johannesburg

Situated in Fordsburg, this casual eatery is known to serve the best Indian cuisine in Johannesburg. You don’t need to make a reservation and can simply arrive and enjoy authentic and affordable dishes including lamb korma and butter chicken. The garlic naan is to die for – a great take-out idea for lunch the next day.