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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, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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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
Great food, wine, beer and cocktails

We were staying at the Lucky Bean guesthouse so popped here for a quick lunch and were so impressed we went back for dinner. Ostrich burger was unbelievably tasty and not at all dry. Snoek fish cake, ostrich spring rolls and springbok pie were good but Senegalese chicken stew was wonderful. All... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Penguin_penguin8
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were staying at the Lucky Bean guesthouse so popped here for a quick lunch and were so impressed we went back for dinner. Ostrich burger was unbelievably tasty and not at all dry. Snoek fish cake, ostrich spring rolls and springbok pie were good but Senegalese chicken stew was wonderful. All washed down with great drinks making for a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We ate at the Lucky Bean twice during our stay in Jo'burg and can recommend the food overall. The Moroccan chicken was excellent as was the calamari starter; and a special call-out for the ostrich steak. We found both the red and white wines by the glass very good. We appreciated the service and the quiet atmosphere - we could... More 

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Gersau, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We had dinner at Lucky Bean a while ago. I don't know what happened since I was there last, but it was not good. Service was weird - that's the best I can describe it as. We had the pork belly starter to share followed by the Asian & Lucky Bean burgers. Nothing special. We ordered wine by the glass... More 

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Drouin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

June 2015 We ate here 3 times while staying at the Lucky Bean Guesthouse nearby. Good was great. Service was excellent Prices were very reasonable The red wine was delicious if you are allowed to describe wine in such a manner. And it was quiet enough that we could have a conversation. Do yourself a favour and eat there. We... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We chose this restaurant for a special birthday lunch based on its Tripadvisor ratings and after having read many of the reviews. What a mistake it turned out to be! This is a classic example of pictures telling only half the story...The restaurant is grubby and jaded (certainly different to the pictures on the site). We made a reservation so,... More 

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ConwayFalconer, Owner at Lucky Bean, responded to this review

Firstly I have to say that I am sorry that you were disappointed. As a restaurateur, I am never happy to hear that. Secondly, we are in the process of replacing some of the chairs, and I'm sorry that you were not as comfortable as you could have been. You weren't "lucky' to get a table cloth on your table.... More 

Joshua Tree, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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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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Additional Information about Lucky Bean

Address: 16 7th Street, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 +11 482 5572
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
Average Prices: USD 4 - 14
Cuisine: International

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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: International

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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