We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Regular Visitor”
Review of Papachinos

Papachinos
Ranked #227 of 1,216 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: very child friendly, superb service, excellent location, amazing staff. for parents with 2 year olds who are very busy it is a minefield finding an establishment that looks after the needs of the children, parents and other diners, the children's pizza kitchen is fantastic, truly a first class venue.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Regular Visitor”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We have been regulars at Papachino's for some time. Originally in Midrand, for an occasional treat and now as there is one on Christiaan De Wet Road for more regular occasions.

Firstly, I would like to say that they have the most beautiful, clean, well designed and decorated bathrooms with a separate and large baby room. It is so difficult to find these specific amenities at most places.

I would also recommend that because of the popularity of the play area with great child minders, weekday visits are easier than weekends. Sometimes the crowds are not conducive to a peaceful play for little one's under the age of 2 years. This can make a visit stressful for me as a Mom for 3 under the age of 4. However there have been many times that the carers and even the waiters and maître'd have watched-out for little ones in distress. My mind is generally at ease but never off guard. Parking is secure and generally plentiful other than on weekends and peak play hours.

The food has always been consistent and fairly good value for money, but is not groundbreaking on the tastebuds but that is not the reason we go. And I assume, that is not their reason for being there either. Kids participate in making their own pizzas which is great and it is not too cramped. Outdoors is really where it all happens and I think most children's play facilitates have taken a feather out of Papachino's cap, who have raised the bar in terms of children's facilities.

Papachino's provides a "secure", well stocked and child-friendly restaurant experience for the entire family. Congratulations! I believe they have done this successfully and included the right partners to do this i.e. a hair salon for kids, beauty salon for mom and even a retail store for the shopaholic!

  • Visited September 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Angela H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

106 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    33
    47
    15
    5
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
689 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
“Perfect birthday venue”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Child friendly, spacious, excellent food and service, and very accommodating. I had the most special birthday celebrations here.

Helpful?
Thank Kardoesie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“GREAT FOOD KIDS HAVE FUN”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Nice menu - kids have fun - lots of space - great service
They could pay a little more attention to the front gate - always worried that the kids can escape.

Visited June 2012
Helpful?
Thank Lulenka
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best place to take kids”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

Excellent and safe supervised play venue for kids, and great food for adults too. Absolutely essential to book ahead for visits over weekends though or you'll not get in.

Visited May 2012
Helpful?
Thank zimpsych
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Johannesburg
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“have kids will travel”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Safe for kids , food is fine, kids have a ball = mum is happy

Visited June 2012
Helpful?
Thank Faye J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Papachinos also viewed

Roodepoort, Greater Johannesburg
Midrand, Greater Johannesburg
 
Midrand, Greater Johannesburg
 
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
Midrand, Greater Johannesburg
 

Been to Papachinos? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing