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3373 Masemola Street | Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Chez Alina is in the heart of Soweto, and offers ethnic foods along with delightful entertainers. The food is wonderful and entirely home made. Food is served on a buffet so you are free to sample many different dishes. The staff was very pleasant. The two performers, singers, did a wonderful show throughout most of our lunch and they truly... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

We had a small group go to lunch at Chez Alina, and overall we had a really good experience. The host was very kind, and the food was fantastic. The only downside is that there were giant motor coaches filled with tourists also there at the same time which gave the restaurant a tourist trap kind of feel. Due to... More 

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White Plains,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

You do not expect to find home-made everything in a comfortable setting in Soweto but that is exactly what you will find. The lunch we had was buffet style and it was obvious Alina takes great pride in her food and surroundings. The choices were home style-nothing over the top: chicken, beef stew,salads,vegetables,fresh cake, ice cream and banana sliced for... More 

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Kerava, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Our group was very warmly welcomed to Chez Alina. You feel that every customer is important for them. The restaurant has its own character. The food is made in tasty homemade cooking style. Everything in the interior is clean and cosy. Warmly recommended!

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Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

From the first hallo to the final goodbye wave - a lovely experience. Great tasty food, friendly staff in an ordinary Soweto street. I highly recommend Alina's restaurant.

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Thank HansjeSprings
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

For delicious local home cooking and wonderful service, head to Alina's neighborhood restaurant in Soweto. Food is served buffet style, with choices such as vegetable and meat stews, butternut squash, homemade bread, greens, hominy, and more. If this restaurant wasn't across the world from my home, I'd be back regularly. Thanks to Alina for create this homey haven in Soweto.

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Thank Diane E
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great professional services. The staff was very friendly. Food is just excellent. A true world class African restaurant.

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Thank Nathan N
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

chez alina serves authentic regional dishes in family-style atmosphere; food is yummy and staff goes out of their way to accommodate any desires... wonderful, fun experience!!

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Thank AngelaAlaska
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I did not know what to expect. Great local food. Try everything. Staff was very helpful and friendly..nothing fancy but clean...food tasty...I love maize and was happy to have this. I enjoyed the performance by the Zulu dancers. This is what travelling is all about. Visit thelocals, support thelocals

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Gorey, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This small house has been renovated by the owner Alina, for visitors to be served a typical African meal. Alina has given much of her time helping out the local children and anyone who visits is treated to courtesy, friendliness and the dancing of the locals after the meal is wonderful! If you can, do offer a tip, as these... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
African, French, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3373 Masemola Street | Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Soweto

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