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82 Jan Smuts Avenue | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2122, South Africa
+27 114863361
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
New site, same great food. Pity about the slow service

Yes, service is slow but unless you are in a real rush gingko is worth a visit for some of the tastiest dishes you'll find in central johannesburg. Sitting in one of the courtyards, surrounded by trees and plants, makes this an even better choice on a rain-free day be it summer or winter. I'm a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
famwag
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surrey, england
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surrey, england
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Yes, service is slow but unless you are in a real rush gingko is worth a visit for some of the tastiest dishes you'll find in central johannesburg. Sitting in one of the courtyards, surrounded by trees and plants, makes this an even better choice on a rain-free day be it summer or winter. I'm a devoted carnivore, but never... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Terrible experience of delayed cold food that was brought out in batches, complete lack of management. Lousy service and general bad experience. What a pity as the food is very tasty. Dissapointed

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Hartbeespoort, South Africa
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I should have read the reviews before going to Gingko's but my experience confirmed what others said. Gingko's has just moved to new premises - finding that out I was prepared to cut them some slack, but still left very disappointed after lunch with colleagues. On a very hot day we were placed in a small courtyard with no breeze... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We went there because it is close to home and has a health menu. The menu is varied and offers nice choices. However, the excution is not great. But worst of all is terrible service. We were the only people in the restaurant, so maybe others have learnt their lesson already? Service was slow, uninformed and careless. When I wanted... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We used to go there a lot, especially because they do have a very good lunch buffet with phantastic vegetable-heavy dishes. Small playground, often long waiting time for service. BUT: one day my husband found a NAIL (!) in his food and they just took his plate away, removed the nail and brought the same plate back and even charged... More 

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Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

What an array of choices for breakfast. It was really a lovely morning enjoyed by all. The food was plentiful and the setting was pleasant. :)

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surrey, england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

what a pleasure to be in a country where the meat is so free of disease and contamination that one can be offered a medium-rare hamburger instead of the incinerated offerings that are forced on us in u.k.! the better of the two we had on this visit was undoubtedly at gingko, which specialises in organic foods and fresh juices... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

As a regular visitor I really want to be able to recommend Ginkgo even if only because it offers a wide and interesting selection of gluten- and dairy-free options in a convenient Parks location. Sadly, however the service is really abysmal. When the food is good it is great, but that is if it actually arrives.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I gave this place a second chance on the slim hope that my first experience was a once-off, but that wasn't the case. I need to stipulate that there were maybe 2 occupied tables when we arrived. The pros are that the food is quite good and there is a nice play area. The cons are that its quite expensive,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Service left a lot to be desired, often ignored by waitress. tables and chairs (outside) were dirty. Food was ok, portions are small and hidden ingredients that were not listed on the menu. Venue was noisy and felt a bit cramped with insects crawling on the tables.

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Additional Information about Gingko

Address: 82 Jan Smuts Avenue | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2122, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 114863361
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Healthy

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 82 Jan Smuts Avenue | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2122, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 114863361

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Healthy
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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