We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Walnut Grove - Two Thumbs Up!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove
Sandton | Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa
0117836111
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #63 of 816 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Bakeries
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: An exciting new eating concept in the heart of Sandton City. Come and dine under the shade of our family tree and one of Africa's largest chandeliers.
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Walnut Grove - Two Thumbs Up!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Had lunch there this past weekend, and must say that we were really surprised by Walnut Grove... and in a good way! Friends recommended the restaurant to us and we decided to give it a try. The design of the restaurant is fresh and interesting, the menu is well laid out and the food is great with cool presentation! I really enjoyed the plunger coffee and their burgers are really tasty... :)

Prices aren't too bad either. Our waitress gave us excellent service and the staff in general were friendly and helpful. Will definitely go again!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Hi and thanks so much for joining us at the new and improved Walnut grove. We are so glad you had a positive experience and we hope to see you again soon.

All the best,
Elle, Fotis & Alessandra
(new Walnut Grove Owners)
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

114 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    45
    47
    11
    6
    5
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“So lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Just had lunch at the newly revamped Walnut Grove. Food was modern and served in a truly funky way. Service was friendly and prompt. And I just love the look and feel. Will go back for Girl's Breakfast for sure! Reasonable priced meals and drinks with an extensive menue ranging from pizzas to grilled to something light and quick. Highly recommend it.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
Thanks so much for a really wonderful review. We are trying hard to change the way people eat in Sandton City and hope to keep it up. We hope to see you soon. Thanks! Fotis, Elle & Alessandra (the new owners of Walnut Grove)
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great experience at Walnut Grove”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Just had a lunch at the new and improved Walnut Grove in Sandton City. This Place had good food and great service. We ordered pizza and a burger which was reasonably priced and good quality for money. The decor and atmosphere of this place has changed so much with this revamp! I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. They also had some really unusual gourmet milkshakes that tasted amazing!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thanks so much for your wonderful review of our restaurant. We hope to be able to impress you even more in the future.

Kind Regards
Team Walnut Grove
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Downward spiral of tragic dissapointment.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The walnut groves' (WG) waning reputation is best described in correlation with its move to the sub standards of the food court. In fact, you are more likely to get better service, tastier food and value for money at any other fast food joint. The service was inexperienced and clumsy, waitors spent more time socializing downstairs at the entrance than taking orders. A simple order of a club sandwich and spaghetti meatballs took over 1hour to make. Both items looked and tasted like something throw out of a lunchbox and onto a plate. Save yourself the dissapointment by not expecting a dignified eating experience. WG no longer resembles a upmarket restuarant/cafe, it can now be better characterized as a street stall dinning experience crudely charging ridiculous prices for bland and badly made on-the-go food.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, July 21, 2012
I am so sorry that you have found your past experience at the Walnut Grove to be a disappointment. We have just renovated the store with exciting decor and a fresh new menu. We would love for you to visit us again.

Thanks
Elle Ruschioni
Owner
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Average Fare”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

We have visited this restaurant many times during our shopping expeditions to Sandton. It is average in terms of look, decor and quality of furnishings - but is a good stopover for a power lunch.

Visited December 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Walnut Grove also viewed

Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
 
Sandton, Greater Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
 

Been to Walnut Grove? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Walnut Grove, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.