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6980 Vilakazi St. | Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa
+27 11 536 1379
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Durban, South Africa
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a born and bred South African it was good to visit Vilikasi Street. I had heard a lot about this famous street and the all the restaurants situated in it. It was good traditional South African food, as expected, served in the the traditional buffet way. The restaurant has tried to keep the decor and furniture as simple as... More 

Thank Shaunrivalland
Heidelberg, Germany
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is average but service absolutely atrocious. Sitting for an hour after finishing a drink and no waitress, no plates to fetch food and not a single friendly word. Unacceptable especially for a business dinner.

Thank Katrin F
Port Chester, New York
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171 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The unlimited buffet of South African food was very good and reasonably priced. The staff were warm and welcoming, and it was nice to sit outside at be entertained by various groups of singers and dancers working for tips and sometimes very good.

Thank dabbler45
Antananarivo, Madagascar
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has been so far to me the best restaurant I ever went in Johannesburg. The place is in Soweto. If you want to eat real food, talk to real people, then go to the Sakhumzi restaurant. It is by the way in the same neighborhood as the Mandela house, so if ever you’d go there for a visit, I... More 

Thank Tiana A
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

It has good vibes and good food. I certainly enjoyed my stay there. Though the service could be much better.

Thank Tebogo M
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

They serve good traditional South African cuisine. Was here for lunch and it was buffet style. I loved the seating outside facing the soweto street.

Thank Miano D
Mableton, Georgia
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Sitting outdoors on picnic benches, we ate our buffet of beef stew over rice with tomato onion sauce, roasted veggies, several different kinds a of pap, beets, steamed bread. They had a nice wine selection. The picnic tables and benches are under a cover, so we weren't too hot. We were entertained by Zulu dancers and other dancers doing the... More 

Thank Barbara K
Pretoria, South Africa
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant after a tour of Soweto so we were hungry and ready for good food. They have a buffet with all the traditional food regulars and dessert. They had yummy tripe and Ting(South African brown maize meal) it as delicious. They serve loads of different salads and their ice cream? Yum Staff is friendly and always ready... More 

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SakhumziMaqubela, Owner at Sakhumzi Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for those kind words. More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

not my kind of place but good for tourists who want to take a picture with the street artists performing in front of it and for tasting some typical local dishes. Average quality of food and drinks. However, lovely atmosphere and friendly service.

Thank TaniaTiberia
Hønefoss, Norway
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Had lunch there with another couple. Chose the buffet which was a selection of different South African hot and cold dishes. Tried almost all of them as you could serve yourself several times. Most of the dishes were very tasty although some of the meat could have been trimmed better. I also tried Tripe which I managed to eat but... More 

Thank Per W
SakhumziMaqubela, Owner at Sakhumzi Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the meat suggestion. We'll look into it :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $18
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6980 Vilakazi St. | Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Soweto
  • Phone Number: +27 11 536 1379
Sakhumzi Restaurant is located in Soweto - the largest black township in South Africa. Vilakazi Street, the tourist Mecca of Soweto, is where Sakhumzi opens its doors to anyone and everyone - from locals, to tourists and even corporate groups. Sakhumzi is a restaurant with true 'kasi' flavour. Kasi, meaning township - a vibrant community welcoming everyone in for lively local tunes and authentic home cooked Soweto food!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?