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9 Grafton Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Esher, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

Always be prepared for this restaurant and bar to be busy, for it is extremely popular. On this occasion we were there just for drinks on a Friday night. Very good wine list and the bolting is good.

Thank watchman2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2017

If you are in Johannesburg on business or just pleasure or even if you live in the area the best pub in town is Giles. It is about as close as you will get in South Africa to a good old English pub. The staff are all from Zimbabwe and are friendly and keen to serve. There is a wide... More 

Thank 303gilesr
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

It is so hard to find a place for a good drink and social in Johannesburg. Here it is like a retirement home outing on Friday nite. Very poor show....one drink and moved on

Thank Lisa B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2016

This pub is hidden in a quiet suburb and is popular among the locals. It's not hard to see why, the service is great and the food is good.

Thank Looking4gr8ness
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

What a place, supposed to be a family restaurant and bar. Covered by car guards all round and they stand by while the cars are broken into. Advice to any patron is STAY AWAY unless you can park right outside.

Thank Richard H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 20, 2016

Giles was an icon is Johannesburg but lack of management and bad service has reduced it to a SAB funded pick up joint for old women and horny old men. No longer a local after work drinking spot or a fun place to hang out.

Thank Parktownian
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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165 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2016

What many neighbourhoods lack these days, especially when people increasingly withdraw behind walls, is your good 'local', that pub or bistro where you can walk to, see your neighbours, and generally makes you feel you are part of a community. Giles is one of these. The service is super friendly, we came with two noisy children and no-one ever even... More 

Thank Volker H
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 14, 2015

Grab a cold beer after a long hard day of honest labour. This is both a resturant and local watering hole. They host quiz evenings and sports games, a great place to go after work or on the weekends.

Thank 368christyw
Johannesburg, South Africa
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114 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2015

Many predicted that Giles would collapse after its owner, Ian 'Giles' Gillies, was attacked and killed by a kitchen helper. Giles was Ian's pride & joy, and I am happy to see it keep going and defy the odds through his children, Kiarin and her brothers! 'Giles', (a word play on his surname) was a fantastic sketch artist and had... More 

Thank LaurasWorldza
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2015

This pub / restaurant is local to me and I eat there periodically. If you find yourself in the area, then it's a good place to come for lunch or an unpretentious dinner. The main restaurant area is quite large. There are quite a few wall mounted TV sets, showing sports, which you can ignore as there no volume in... More 

Thank Justin_JNB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Grafton Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?