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Chez Alina

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3373 Masemola Street | Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
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State College, PA
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180 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Our group of 26 had lunch here as part of our tour of Soweto. We were able to negotiate the buffet efficiently despite the full dining room. The buffet consisted of tasty hot food (meats and starches), salad, and dessert. I would call it comfort food. Some items were unusual to us (pap- a local starch like dense grits); others... More 

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Ireland
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89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Had lunch in this restaurant with homemade local food and live music. It was still a weird feeling to sit in such poor area and eating like kings. The staff was super nice. We collected also tip for the singer and seen her later buying sweet’s for the kids.

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Thank WorldWiser1982
Markham, Canada
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104 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

I guess since we were told we were going to an authentic restaurant in Sowento that we would get something different then mashed potatoes and coleslaw with barbecued chicken It was good food and lots of it but a bit of a let down It's family run and in a residential area so it great to support the local economy.... More 

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Thank Ron A
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2016

We always send our clients to Chez Alina's Restaurant and include lunch there as part of our Soweto our package. Welcoming hosts, great atmosphere and good food.

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Thank Mary B
Benicia, California
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228 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2016

Our group stopped at Alina's for lunch after a full morning in Soweto. We were treated to a buffet that included salad, baked beans, hominy, grits, chicken, beef sausage, and lamb stew. It seemed like a family affair, as one of our servers was a friendly young boy. There was cake and ice cream for dessert, and we felt like... More 

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Thank maryf55
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Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Nice and freshly prepared food. For a great experience in Soweto! Buffet lunch. Friendly and welcoming host

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Thank Pascal F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We went on a tour of Joburg and our driver scheduled a lunch for us here. We were the only ones there (12 of us) at the time and the food was delicious! I get nervous about food and water in other countries but there were no issues. It's buffet style and there were so many options to choose from!... More 

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Thank Shannon R
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114 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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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Thank Brssjunk
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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Thank marklloyd87
White Plains,NY
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85 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
African, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3373 Masemola Street | Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Soweto

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