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Thomas Maxwell

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French, International
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140 11th Street, | Parkmore, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
011 784 1575
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
11 years and still going strong

What a treat with still fabulous food and wine. Service is attentive but not overwhelming. Very conveniently located to Sandton business district. Will recommend to anyone for business or pleasure.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Francois R
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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188 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a real gem, hidden behind Benmore Gardens shopping center. The interior is very cool, with a bit of Manhattan vibe. The wine list is awesome, including some great French bottles. They definitely have the best mussels in town, and the rest of the menu is also very tasty. I can recommend both the rabbit risotto and the prawn... More 

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Thank PHR67
Ottershaw, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cheeky work lunch with the team. Everyone's food seemed excellent. I had the tartare which was very special... egg yolk and Brady shot included! Decent sized prawns for mains. Rustic decor, but clean enough.

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Thank BobMorry
Johannesburg
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Regular visitors to Thomas Maxwell. Never fails to impress. Muscles are to die for. Usually order two starters as I think starters are always more interesting. Pricey but worth it. Great wine selection. Decor is eclectic. Service attentive.

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Thank KAS1978
Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

What a treat with still fabulous food and wine. Service is attentive but not overwhelming. Very conveniently located to Sandton business district. Will recommend to anyone for business or pleasure.

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Thank Francois R
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The food is good, I like the fact that the management make such an effort to mingle with the guests. I found it abit disappointing that there are so few vegetarian options.

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Thank LeahN07
UAE
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This has to be my favourite restaurant in johannesburg - whether for business or casual dining with friends it is always spectacular. The mussels are probably better than in Belgium and I could have them for starter and main. Wasabi steak and the fillet , sea bass and rabbit risotto all excel...and I can't forget desert .. literally can't forget... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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106 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Thomas Maxwell's Bistro in Parkmore has ambiance and lots of it: Romantic, cosy lighting with lots of interesting nooks - check. Attention to detail and key decor items - check. Great atmosphere - check. Attentive staff - check. French touch to all its meals - check. FOOD: I selected their Seafood Bisque (roasted salmon bone stock prepared over three days)... More 

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Thank laurasw0rld
Stellenbosch
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We had a very nice dinner at this bistro. The food was superb, especially the Duck Liver starter (which was a special of the day) and Rabbit Risotto. An extremely good selection of wines with a good price range. Nice atmosphere with excellent service!

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Thank Wilco U
Javea, Spain
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

For overseas visitors Sandton is the Johannesburg equivalent of Canary Wharf being its modern financial centre and therefore has a number of good quality restaurants. Thomas Maxwell Bistro is similarly very popular across all age groups and a favourite of our ZA resident Son who although not having pre-booked chose to take us there after we had all enjoyed an... More 

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Thank XabiaGold
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

The setting is stylish but the rest was disappointingly average. The evening started off with the head waitress reading all the specials off a printed page which was a little disconcerting. We ordered mussels as a starter which was absolutely superb although we never did receive the requested spoon to eat them with. My main course fish cake was starchy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 140 11th Street, | Parkmore, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: 011 784 1575

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, International

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