Here is a roundup of some popular private dining rooms in Joburg, and how you can book them.
* Note that capacity is subject to change depending on the latest Covid regulations. Prices are as at May 2021 and have been listed for the purpose of guidance. For the latest price options contact the restaurant directly.
The Bull Run at Protea Hotel Balalaika, Sandton Central
Succulent steaks cut by the in-house Italian butcher, top-rate service from a close-knit team who have served the restaurant for years, excellent salads, a superb wine list selected by the restaurant's sommelier Oscar, and knockout interiors designed by award-winning Tristan du Plessis (Studio A) make The Bull Run a Sandton institution. Their exclusive private dining room is a plush and discreet space ideal for an intimate exclusive function.
Capacity: The private dining room seats up to 10 guests.
Cost: The private dining room costs R1000 to book with an option of a la carte or set menus.
Adjoining outdoor area: The room has doors that can open on to the restaurant terrace.
Clico Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, Rosebank
Nestled inside an upmarket boutique hotel by the same name, Clico restaurant’s setting is a chic and intimate triple-volume glass structure that looks out onto a lush garden. Special occasions always require time to linger and enjoy the company of your guests and Clico offers use of its function room (also very well suited to business lunches) for more private affairs or alternatively you book the entire restaurant.
Capacity: There is a small exclusive private function room accommodating up to 26 guests or you can book the entire 36-seater restaurant.
Cost: The private function room costs from R2,459 to rent for four hours with an option of a la carte or set menus.
Adjoining outdoor area: The restaurant dining room opens onto a courtyard terrace and the private function room opens out onto the Clico Boutique Hotel gardens.
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Westcliff
If it was a competition to choose the best luxury hotel location in Joburg, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff wouldn't need to enter. Its position on a Westcliff hilltop, offering panoramic views of Joburg's exceptional tree-scape is unparalleled. The hotel now has one main restaurant Flames, while one floor above what was once the fine dining restaurant View is now available as two ultra-luxurious private dining venues, the Cellar Door venue and View.
Capacity: The Cellar Door can seat 15 people and View can seat 40-50 people.
Cost: Venue hire for the private dining rooms are based on a minimum spend (all costs go towards your bill), R25,000 for the Cellar Door or R35,000 for View. There are four set menu options to choose from.
Adjoining outdoor area: Both venues open onto a beautiful balcony terrace.
Gemelli Cucina Bar, BryanstonAt this elegant New York Loft-inspired space in Bryanston you can hide away and delight in an exclusive dining experience especially reserved for you that mixes up the things that everyone loves about this buzzing Italian restaurant - great food, a vibrant atmosphere and a truly urbane crowd. Expect recognisably classic Italian dishes given some contemporary flare, generously served up and comforting and rich in flavour. Popular with minor celebrities and media personalities, you'll probably want to book well in advance.
Capacity: The private dining room can seat up to 25 people.
Cost: There is a minimum spend of R10,000 to book the room (it all goes towards your bill) with an option of a la carte or set menus.
Adjoining outdoor area: The room opens onto a balcony terrace (seating is inside).
The Local Grill, Parktown NorthFriendly and efficient service, wooden floors and streamlined decor, the Local Grill is a perfect setting for red meat and wine lovers with a chic private dining space tucked away in the back inside the wine room. A shrine to red meat and the finest beef, diners also have the chance to enter the meat locker to choose their lazy dry or wet-aged meat, ribs, or ground beef burgers. There's an emphasis on field-to-fork eating, grain-fed and grass-fed beef cows.
Capacity: The private dining room seats up to 12 people.
Cost: R600 gets you a booking into the private dining room. Food is ordered a la carte or for groups of ten or more a set menu is available.
Adjoining outdoor area: No
Capacity: There are two private dining rooms seating 12 people and 16 people.
Cost: There is no cost to hire a private dining room, although on weekends credit card details are needed to hold a booking. Cancellation within 48hours will result in a cancellation fee of R250 per person. A la carte and set menu options are available.
Adjoining outdoor area: No
Moeng, RosebankThe name of this restaurant in the new Oxford Parks precinct neighbouring Rosebank means ‘visitor’ or ‘guest in Tswana and the venue celebrates the spirit of hospitality in the Tswana culture. At first glance the traditional South African menu with its very limited descriptions may seem very simple, but you'll be very impressed with the clever plating, delicate flavours and elegant presentation of the traditional dishes served.
Capacity: The restaurant's private dining area on a mezzanine inside above the bar seats up to 22 people.
Cost: Costs of booking the space range from R1,500 to R2,500 and are based on the number of guests with custom menus offered for groups.
Adjoining outdoor area: No
Protea Hotel Wanderers, Illovo
The Protea Hotel Wanderers in Illovo had an extensive makeover in late 2020 and has emerged looking better than ever with newly designed private dining and function space options. For smaller events there's a multi-functional private room that can be used for formal dining or more casual drinks, or for large events you can also rent out a private deck area that has its own bar adjoining the hotel's main restaurant.
Capacity: The private function room accommodates upt 30 guests cocktail style (currently 15 under 50% capacity Covid regulations). The private deck area is suitable for groups of up to 110 cocktail style (55 under Covid regulations).
Cost: The private function room costs R10,000 to hire for a full day or R5,000 for a half day, the deck costs from R14,000 to hire for the day, or R7,000 for half a day. For groups of 10 or less an a la carte menu is served, for 10 or more set menus are available.
Adjoining outdoor area: The private function room is indoors. The deck area is all open-air.
Thunder Walker, Gandhi SquareThe beautiful heritage building Thunder Walker (formerly Somerset House) on Gandhi Square, is a multi-functional space run by local tour company JoburgPlaces that takes advantage of the historic building’s many period features. The building hosts a totally unique underground bar Zwipi where you can eat amid Edwardian-era bank vaults, the Thunder Walker arcade in the early 20th Century tiled arcade and a banqueting hall on the first floor. Thunderwalker offers 'One Table Dinners' where you can book to have one of the venue's five dining areas in three distinctive spaces to yourself.
Capacity: There are five private dining areas, the smallest seats 8, private rooms in the bank vault seat 14 and the largest (the banqueting hall) seats 30 on one long table or 60 over two tables.
Cost: The One Table Dinner is based on a per person cost of R650 which includes one of three three-course set menus (excluding drinks).
Adjoining outdoor area: No
This restaurant at the award-winning boutique hotel Ten Bompas is perfectly suited for that graduation party or another extended gathering that requires space to let off steam and celebrate with friends and family with a spacious private area that seats up to 18. Fans of fine food will enjoy the chic and unfussy atmosphere, welcoming and polished service and not having to gasp at the food prices. The decor is chic French bistro with dark parquet flooring, vintage globe lights and intimate corner banquettes and among Winehouse's many virtues is that the personalised and warm setting, service and food fail to remind you that you are in a hotel.
Capacity: The private dining room can accommodate up to 18 people.
Cost: Venue hire rate is calculated based on the spend per person. Excluding drinks a two-course meal (main and dessert) is R350 per person and a three-course meal R450 per person.
Adjoining outdoor area: Winehouse also has an outdoor dining option called the Wine Cellar Terrace seating a similar number to the formal private dining room.