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Chez Alina

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3373 Masemola Street | Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
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Benicia, California
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216 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank maryf55
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Pascal F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Shannon R
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Brssjunk
Seattle, Washington
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank marklloyd87
White Plains,NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank LADWhitePlains
Kerava, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank Yusa17
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank HansjeSprings
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Diane E
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2015

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

Thank Nathan N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, French, Barbecue
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?