The best new Joburg restaurants and bars of 2017

11 Jan 2022
2017 was a great year for Joburg's dining scene. Here are just some of our favourite new hotspots that opened in Joburg last year.


The spectacular View restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff gained a new head chef, Farrel Hirsch, this year who now leads two restaurants in the same venue, Preview, a new bar and tapas hotspot and View for fine dining.

The quirky 1970s retro-styled cafe Breezeblock brings some old-school charm to the historic suburb of Brixton, serving unpretentious home-style meals that reflect its owner's love of international travel and comfort food. Read our review of Breezeblock here.

In early 2017 Parkview's Stelle Restaurant moved to Sandhurst in Sandton, serving the same delicious Italian cuisine and with a new restaurant space that flows out into a large and picturesque courtyard and garden - perfect for lazy afternoon meals. Read our review of the new Stelle here.

Momo Soko
Greenside's ever popular Momo Baohaus has been steadily expanding across the city in 2017. New branches include Momo Soko in Illovo Muse where delicious spicy Chinese barbecue skewers join Momo's famous baos on the menu. Read our review of Momo Soko here.

The Hawaiian-style poke bowl is the star of the show at Ono, a chic little eatery on Corlett Drive in Illovo. This is fresh and healthy food that will make you want to come back for more. 

At this casual street food inspired restaurant and cocktail bar in Melville there's not much in the way of cutlery but once you taste the contents of a 'box', crispy Thai-inspired chicken for four accompanied by a superb blend of sweet, salty and spicy pickles and sides and steamed buns, you'll be back for more. 


The Leopard+
After closing her popular restaurant The Leopard in Melville in early 2017 Andrea Burgener popped up a few months later in 44 Stanley with a new deli, The Leopard + Kitchen + Larder + Can Do, which specialises in delicious meals to take home plus a superb selection of other treats. Read our review here.

Mafiosi Italian Deli
Mafiosi Italian Deli is an authentic slice of the old country transplanted into a small corner of Birnam's Blubird shopping centre. Drop by for traditional pasta pesto or an excellent carbonara and shop for delicious Italian cured meats, cheeses and fresh pasta.

Galata Bakery
A charming bakery and café tucked into the corner of The Grove square in Braamfontein, Galata Bakery is a family-run business offering authentic Turkish cuisine at student friendly prices. Read more about Galata here.

Soul Souvlaki Craighall
The most authentic Greek street food cafe in town, Soul Souvlaki, opened a second branch (the original is in Maboneng) in the Shepherd Market courtyard on Jan Smuts Avenue in Craighall. A delightful pocket-sized spot that's perfect for a quick and easy lunch. Read our review of the new Soul Souvlaki here.

Baba G
Baba G is a small rotisserie chicken takeaway spot tucked into Illovo's Post Office Centre that specialises in Afro-Mediterranean flavours. Drop by for a tasty lunch of freshly roasted chicken, salads and piping hot druze-style 'pillow breads'.

The Butchery by Marble
This butchery and wine bar in Keyes Art Mile is run by chef David Higgs and his team from the exclusive Marble restaurant upstairs and elevates meat to the status of art. 


Yeoville Dinner Club
You couldn't wish for a better guide to the tastes of the African melting pot that is Yeoville than Sanza Sandile. Join Sanza at his pan-African pop up supper club on a rooftop above Yeoville's Rockey Street. Read our review of the Yeoville Dinner Club experience here.

Chez Fong
Chez Fong is a weekly bookings-only supper club in Houghton, overseen by the vivacious Su-Yen Thornhill. Expect a fun Wednesday night out with a multi-course Asian-influenced tasting menu of between eight and ten courses. Read our review of the Chez Fong experience here.


Upstairs at Mesh
Run by the same team from Mesh Club’s 4PM at Mesh cocktail bar, this slick pop up rooftop bar on Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank offers stunning views, some of the city’s best cocktails and an ever-changing gallery of edgy contemporary art courtesy of Gallery MOMO. 

Linden's nightlife options stepped up another notch in spring 2017 with the opening of Tonic, a cool little gin bar and bistro promising one of the best selections of craft gins in the city. 

The Marabi Club

In spring 2017 the sounds of jazz returned to New Doornfontein, the original home of Marabi in 1920s Joburg, in the form of the sexy new Marabi Club at Hallmark House. Read all about The Marabi Club here.

Al Lado
Sharing the same Maboneng warehouse corner as Che Argentine Grill, Al Lado is a theatrical late night cocktail and tapas bar serving inventive Latin American craft rum, gin and cachaça based cocktails.

Blind Tiger Cafe
The owner of Lenin's Bar in Maboneng livened up Parkview's sleepy main strip Tyrone Avenue with a cool new restaurant and bar. Inspired by the speakeasies of the 1920s and with literary drinks like the Mrs Parker and The Great Gatsby, Blind Tiger Cafe is a great after hours hangout. Read our review here.

Saigon Suzy
Launched in November 2017 Saigon Suzy is a hip Asian-inspired joint in Rosebank that attracts an energetic crowd, the luxurious karaoke rooms alone are reason to visit, the food is another; Asian fusion with plenty of tasty choices ranging from small plates to baos. Read our review of Saigon Suzy here.


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