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“Great food!”

Cafe del Sol Classico
Ranked #1 of 1,210 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great food!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

we've dined here 4 times in the last year and absolutely love it!! Totally recommend it, bookings essential though..

  • Visited October 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Amazing restaurant and great menu”
Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Loved their rissotto , great ambience , amazing service and impressive variety of pasta dishes . Hidden gem in Jozi .

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Local italian”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Excellent fresh pasta and good ambiance run by a lovely Italian family this makes it a very nice local restaurant

Visited May 2012
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Randburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“noisy but nice”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

the food is really good. a little overpriced for the portion size but individuallly prepared so a trade off is expected.
the location has plenty parking. I found it noisy as the the roof and floor resonates the sound of other dinners.

Visited March 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“The best Italian food in Jo'burg!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We had to book this two weeks in advance, so it really is a very popular restaurant (definitely not by passing trade, as it is in quite a neglected little centre in Olivedale)

Asthetics - Cafe del Sol is small, open plan restaurant with a clear view into the kitchen from any table. The colours are beige, white and red, with quotes and interesting knicknacks in various places in the restaurant. It's a warm, welcoming and homely look.

Atmosphere - the restaurant is extremely noisy, as the tables and kitchen are in one open plan room. There's no music playing, but you still have to talk quite loudly to be heard over the kitchen noise, and usual dinner banter. Tables are quite close together. It's really not the best choice as a romantic dinner for two, it's a venue for a loud, fun gathering of friends and family, with conversation shouted over amazing meals and delicious wine (very Italian sounding, isn't it!?)

Service - The owner, or Italian manager, depending on the evening; come to your table to describe the specialities in great detail, including the ingredients and cooking process. The waiters are friendly, attentive and yet unobtrusive.

Wine List - is extensive even by the glass, and accurate suggestions are made by the manager / owner to compliment your dish of choice.

Prices - range from R90 for ravioli to R140 for the fillet special of the day. Wine is around R35 a house wine, per glass. Beer about R18 a bottle. Desserts are around R50.

The stuffed calamari and seafood risotto are said to be the specialities of the venue. Judging by the orders of the evening, the fillet is very popular as well. Both were absolutely delicious, by far the best Italian food I've had since I was in Venice - it's wonderful to find a place that makes proper Italian Seafood Risotto!

Try it, you definitely won't be disappointed by the food!

  • Visited August 2012
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