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Lucky Bean

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16 7th Street, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 +11 482 5572
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious Food + Wifi = Happy

Definitely worthy of all the accolades. Great vegetarian choices plus exotic (to me) game. The service was friendly, the wine excellent (well, that's not news in South Africa), and the neighborhood a safe little walk.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Fred B
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Joshua Tree, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Joshua Tree, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Definitely worthy of all the accolades. Great vegetarian choices plus exotic (to me) game. The service was friendly, the wine excellent (well, that's not news in South Africa), and the neighborhood a safe little walk.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Lucky Bean is a fantastic experience start to finish. The start entails complimentary warm bread that's somewhere between a rustic loaf and cornbread...chewy, slightly sweet, and simply delicious! The menu is extensive without being overwhelming and friendly to both vegetarians and carnivores. The starters and meals are as tasty as they are beautiful -- the chef clearly takes his art... More 

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Lusaka, Zambia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We arrived late at the restaurant but the staff were really friendly. The cocktails were great - I would definitely recommend the Old Fashioned. We had heard good things about the Ostrich Steak and it didn't disappoint - this is served medium rare which I love but if you don't like your steak slightly bloody I wouldn't recommend it. The... More 

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Munich
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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Firstly I think the place has a nice atmosphere, they often have live music, the settings is nice but not "too much" in the way of decoration. The service was friendly. We had good wine, awesome ostrich filet and ostrich burger. Also tried the kudu and several other main courses, all good.The cook did a good job and the price... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I dined with three friends and we had an all-around bad experience. The only reason I have a 3 and not 2 is because the wine was great as was the stuffed pepper. The rest of the food was mediocre at best. My friend ordered a medium-well steak and it came back rare. Another friend ordered medium-rare and it came... More 

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ConwayFalconer, Owner at Lucky Bean, responded to this review

Hello Firstly, I am sorry that the meal never lived up to our standard, it clearly wasn't up to scratch. If you contact us on 011 482 5572, we will make it up to you with pleasure. That's the easy bit. Secondly, to assume that you were the victim of racial bias and to proclaim it with such a header,... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Authentic South African food and good pairings . The ambience and setting is also great . The Melville vibe is best enjoyed in the evenings , however parking can be a mission so make sure you plan ahead for this . The menu offers item that cannot be found elsewhere and offers options for vegetarians and non vegetarians . The... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

They have a variety of cocktails and the food was amazing. Service was a little slow when we were there, altough that might be due to the large party.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I was looking for something different so headed to Melville for the first time.. The vibe in the restaurant is cool and definitely unique.. The wine variety was nice and menu wasn't too pricey. The Ostrich burger we had was AWESOME and definitely worth an order. The other meal we had was very average and the service wasn't on top... More 

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89 reviews 89 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I ate here when staying at Arun Place a few streets away. Though quiet when we arrived the place had a nice atmosphere. The menu had a good choice, the daily specials were good, and with a decent wine list too. The food was delicious, the wine was good, and the waitress was friendly and helpful. I'd... More 

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Paris, France
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I'm not a vegan, I just wanted not to eat meat for a change (if you love meat it's hard not to have steak in South Africa....), this was my first vegan burger and it made me want to taste many more, their recipe is so so tasty, it's delicious. And the place itself is very nice as well, in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 7th Street, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 +11 482 5572

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 14
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?