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“Excellent selection of local beer” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Griffin - Gastropub

The Griffin - Gastropub
Oxford Corner | Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ranked #147 of 816 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Excellent selection of local beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

My objective was to sample some local (South African) beer, and I don't mean the mass marketed Castle or its like. To that end the selection in the Griffin was very good, especially the beer from the Mitchells brewery.
My only disappointment was that the barman knew little about the beer he was selling. He recommended a particular one, which was fine to drink, but on inspecting the bottle I found it had been brewed in Bavaria! So much for local beer. My advice is to stick to the handpumps (which are on the upstairs bar).
Generally a young and lively crowd, and if you want to eat you'd best book ahead.
Definitely worth searching out tho.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Great food (although you do pay for it) and a great atmosphere. Trendy yet pretty laid back. But service has been hit or miss though.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Hip and friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is a mix between an upmarket restaurant and a London-style pub. The interior is modern and unassuming. I had a gourmet chicken sandwich for lunch and loved it. My companions had burgers, both said it was very good. The beer menu is huge and the boys loved their beers. Choc pudding with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.
Best of all - the waitress. She was hospitable, friendly and extremely professional. Loved it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Hottest new venue in Joburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Great selection of craft beers! Martin Jakoby who opened The Loft, The Office and The Attic, now brings a gastropub to the market in the form of The Griffin. The usual great menu from "pub grub" to sophisticated dishes and a good wine selection to compliment the craft beer menu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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