Johannesburg’s Sandton has it all: gorgeous properties, buzzing day and night life and of course, some pretty stellar eateries…
Given this, it’s one of the best places to visit in South Africa – and whether you’re a traveller, foodie or business person, you will certainly enjoy these mouthwatering restaurants listed below!
#1 Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery
Established in 1994, the newest version of Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery – brought to you by the Martin brothers – is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable, and uniquely special, meal.
Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery prides itself in offering a memorable dining experience, complemented by its quality meat products and bespoke butchery.
Stay a while and enjoy a mouthwatering steak in sublime settings overlooking Sandton – or take home some butchery goodies to cook for your loved ones…
The choice is yours – but either way, quality and happy tummies are a guarantee.
Contact: +27 (011) 784 2366
Address: Shop 11, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#2 Pigalle Sandton
With branches in Cape Town, Melrose Arch, Bedfordview and of course, Sandton, the popular restaurant chain, Pigalle, needs little introduction.
These restaurants are known and loved for their warm ambiance, good service… and even better food! This is, in every sense, urban-chic dining at its best, with an international menu (specialising in poultry, fish and meat dishes) to match!
If you’re looking for an elegant, delightful dining experience in oh-so-suave Sandton, then head to Pigalle!
Contact: +27 (011) 884 8899
Address: Shop UO9, 4th Floor, Michelangelo Towers, Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#3 The Grillhouse Sandton
A favourite among business folk and families alike, The Grillhouse Sandton effectively offers diners the best of both worlds.
Whether you want a professional place to hold a work function, or somewhere to go to let your hair down with loved ones – The Grillhouse has you covered.
They are especially famous for their ribs and steak, but happily cater to all kinds of eaters, as salads, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes are also on offer!
Join The Grillhouse Sandton for a lovely, arty (and faintly New York-style) grillhouse meal!
Contact: +27 (011) 783 6132
Address: Building 1, 11 Alice Lane, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#4 The Big Mouth
This contemporary take on a diner, located in Nelson Mandela Square, offers a truly global dining experience… In fact, it feels more like a place one might find in New York, London or even LA and yet, it still has an unmistakably South African feel.
The Big Mouth is uniquely decked out, with bold blue seating, brass accents and more to ensure, ensuring it has plenty of (decor) charm too!
Their menu offers something of everything good – including the freshest seafood, delicious sushi and gourmet burgers around!
Contact: +27 (011) 783 4097
Address: Shop No. 13 & 14, Nelson Mandela Square, Corner of Maude & 5th Streets, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
With an innovative menu – that incorporates bold flavours, which burst to life in your mouth – and an honest approach to its cuisine, Qunu is certainly among the best restaurants in SA.
Qunu is, in more than one way, elegant, Johannesburg-based eating at its finest… Its warm surroundings, hands-on sommeliers and gorgeous Fig Terrace all help to ensure guests enjoy beautiful meals, in equally lovely surroundings.
And given how it is named after the famous country home of late former President Nelson Mandela, you know it has strong South African roots too!
Contact: +27 (011) 292 6000
Address: Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#6 Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo
Piccolo Mondo, situated at the Michelangelo Hotel, is arguably one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg… and beyond.
Here, guests rave about the all-round amazing experience it provides, which is enhanced by its sumptuous restaurant interiors, gourmet food and professional, efficient staff. One thing is for sure: there is no compromise on quality or service.
Culinary quality, flair and adventure all come to life at Piccolo Mondo and while the restaurant draws inspiration from a distinctly Italian theme, it still offers a few memorable, uniquely creative culinary surprises… What’s not to love about a restaurant like that?
Contact: +27 (011) 282 7000
Address: 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#7 The Butchershop & Grill
Found in the heart of Sandton, in Nelson Mandela Square, The Butchershop & Grill is a true dining institution in South Africa.
For well over twenty years, this unrivalled steakhouse has been satisfying new and returning customers alike with its top class food and service.
The Butchershop & Grill is a family business, which has been handed down to three generations. Over the years, they have also expanded to Cape Town and the Middle East.
Its Sandton branch can seat up to 600 guests, meaning there is no shortage of space – or memorable, delicious food to be found at The Butchershop & Grill.
Contact: +27 (011) 784 8677
Address: Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square,Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Winehouse is synonymous with taste excellence and elegance… This glass-fronted wine cellar – which overlooks the lush Ten Bompas Hotel gardens and a lap pool – is where executive chef, Johannes de Bruijn and his capable team serve up culinary magic!
It lies in the business heart of Johannesburg, so it’s easily one of the more perfect spots in Joburg to enjoy top dining and engaging, over-the-table business talks.
Winehouse offers French-inspired food, filled with South African charm, and a beautiful, chic restaurant setting.
Contact: +27 (011) 325 2442
Address: Ten Bompas Hotel, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#9 Chaplin’s Grill
While the original Chaplin’s may have been located in Melville from 1980 onwards – Rainold Petersen moved the newly dubbed Chaplin’s Grill to Sandton in 2012.
Chaplin’s Grill pays homage to the former, equally great eatery, Chaplin’s, while still showcasing Rainold’s love for superior food, wine and beer.
The menu at Chaplin’s Grill is simple, yet creative. Specialties include the likes of calamari salad, brinjal Mille-feuille and vension, roast duck and prawn curry – though vegetarians are certainly not overlooked!
Contact: +27 (076) 564 5979
Address: 61 Woodlands Avenue off Republic Road, Corner of William Nicol Drive, Hurlingham, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
#10 Parc Ferme
Parc Ferme offers diners a chic and traditional experience, complemented by its fine cuisine, served up by Mauritian executive chef, Atmaram Mahadea.
With its contrasting decor (black and white tones), mixed fabrics and succulent food, guests will enjoy a luxurious experience eating out in Sandton. It’s also a great place to host special occasions, like bookings and birthday celebrations.
Contact: +27 (011) 245 4846
Address: 8 Maude Street, Sandton Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
These are the best, most stylish and popular restaurants you can enjoy in Sandton… Don’t miss them – because they are all winners!