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“Wonderful Wandies” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wandies Place

Wandies Place
618 Makhalemele Street | Dube Village, Soweto, South Africa
+27 (0)11 982 2796 or 082 992 3888
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Ranked #3 of 27 Restaurants in Soweto
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Wandies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I have been visiting Wandies for years. The walls covered with business cards and messages from all it's guests make is a fun place to visit. It really is a international bar/restaurant. I would recommend everyone to visit. It is safe and the staff are extremely friendly. I love it.....Soweto girl!!

Visited February 2013
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Surf City USA
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357 reviews 357 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 140 cities Reviews in 140 cities
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
“Interesting but a little too adventurous for me”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

This might be okay for lunch. But it was scary for dinner, to drive through the area to get here after dark. Our rented minivan was attacked by wandering mobs when we left. We drove through blocks of garbage, broken glass & small fires set in the road. We were treated nicely once we arrived, even though we felt terribly out of place. Food was served in huge steaming buckets. Most of it was in recognizable fare. I wisely followed the lead of a vegetarian in our group & ate only salad. We were the only ones who didn't spend the next day in the bathroom. Kinda sorry I didn't buy the souvenir t-shirt that said "I Survived Wandies". Very apropos.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Pune
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“touristy, but sweet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

great traditional south african buffet. very touristy, with a local band singing tina turner and louis armstrong songs, and the typical hand made knick-knacks you see being sold all over the country. loved the hall covered with guest's visiting cards and home country currency.

Visited February 2013
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Saskatoon
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“Fun stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Didn't really know where we were gonna end up on this tour. This was more of a restaurant now. Was hoping for a more traditional shebeen feel with sourgum beer. Still looking for the beer.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Authentic African traditional food - a must for visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wandies is in the heart of Soweto. It was originally an illegal shebeen, where locals in Soweto could have a drink. When tourism opened up in Soweto after Apartheid, Wandie opened his restaurant to tourists. Since then,thousands of guests have delighted to the large buffet meal with traditional "gnush"(mashed beans) Pap and beef stew, Marog (african spinach cooked with potato) pumpkin, steamed fresh bread, fresh salads and desert. It is licenced and the guesst just love it. I took a lady from New York, and the wandering musicians played and sang "The Click Song" , "Meadowlands" and "The Lion sleeps tonight". Lovely african atmosphere. The locals pop in and out for a take away including the local constabulary! My German ladies just could not stop making "mmmm" noises and went back for a second plate!

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