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“An old classic...or just old?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Schwabinger Stuben

Schwabinger Stuben
387 Main Avenue | Ferndale, Randburg, South Africa
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Ranked #19 of 57 Restaurants in Randburg
Cuisines: German
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Tel +27 11 787-2550
Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“An old classic...or just old?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

As a first timer it is unclear where to go once you have "crossed the threshold" as the layout is confusing and the stale cigarette smoke in one section is decidedly off-putting to say the least. Some area's are a little tired and tatty - although some would say full of character.
So after the initial not-so-lekker impression I was greeted by very friendly and helpful staff and we had a WONDERFUL waitress (Mona Lisa).
We ordered the Eisbein and the Chicken Schnitzel which were nicely complemented by the impressive selection of German draft beers. I can highly recommend the Bromhof which is not too heavy and quite fruity.
The food was good (althought the Eisbein would've been nicer with a tasty gravy) and the portions are very generous.
The Apfel Strudel looked divine and by all accounts was delicious.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Good authentic German food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Schwabing had grown an considerable amount over the years but it still remains as the only decent German restaurant in Jo'burg. For the real authentic food and German ambience go downstairs in the original small restaurant, not on the wooden decks outside which serve Pizza. My favourite is always a good old Schnitzel and an apple tart for dessert!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rustenburg, South Africa
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186 reviews 186 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 81 cities Reviews in 81 cities
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
“Good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The Schwabinger Stuben offers a good variety of German dishes and imported beers. There are numerous locations within the greater restaurant complex that offer a variety of seating / dining options. The food is possibly not the BEST German food I have eaten, but is certainly acceptable. A lot of it is clearly 'bought in' rather than made on the premises, but the overall quality and quantity is acceptable. There is a good choice on the menu.
The beer selection is quite extensive, and should satisfy anyone wanting a real German beer experience.
Parking is secure and ample.
My only complaint is that Schwabinger Stuben appears to be a bit of a student hangout, so be prepared for some irritating youthful exuberance. This can add atmosphere, or be plain irritating - you decide!
Overall, I would certainly go back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic German food in Johannesburg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I recently dined at the Schwabinger Stuben Restaurant in Randburg, Johannesburg. It was a great experience. The food was genuine homely German-style cooking, portions were more than generous and the prices extremely reasonable. The ambience was friendly and unpretentious. Our party enjoyed the evening immensely and will be going back very soon.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rustenburg, South Africa
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28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great German Food and Beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Recently had 2 wonderful meals at Schwabinger. Service is good, food even better and the beer was the best. Keep the German atmosphere which makes you special!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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