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“Take a time out in this class coffee shop.”
Review of Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove
Ranked #29 of 1,208 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Cafe
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: An exciting new eating concept in the heart of Sandton City. Come and dine under the shade of our family tree and one of Africa's largest chandeliers.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
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“Take a time out in this class coffee shop.”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

As children of the 90's, my friends and I have always yearned for that one coffee shop that be the equivalent of our Central Perk. At long last we seem to have found this in Walnut Grove. The cosy yet classy set up provides you with an atmosphere in which you can relax with friends and family without feeling as if the waiters cannot wait for you to leave (as I have experienced in other resaurants and coffee shops). It is spacious so that you do not have to smell what your neighbour is having for lunch or hear a couple next to you crooning about how much they would catch a grenade for each other. As far as pricing goes, it is on the slightly more expensive side. The desserts and drinks are definitely value for money. I have personally not been too impressed with the value for money with the meals. With the exception of this downfall, this is an excellent set up and a place to chill out with your friends. It makes you so comfortable that you half expect Chandler or Joey to walk through the door.

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Thank singhnat22
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WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful words. We are huge fans of the TV Show Friends so this was an especially wonderful review for us, we thoroughly enjoyed reading it! We hope to maintain the ambience and atmosphere you have mentioned and enjoyed. We will definitely take all your comments on board and work towards the perfect place both with atmosphere and with value for money. We hope to host you and your 'friends' soon, especially with our new and exciting menu in 2013. All the best
Team Walnut Grove
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Top Class experience with a wealth of history!”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

What an amazing contrast between old and new! The new walnut Grove in Sandton city has definitely upped their game with a more than just a world class makeover. This restaurant is not only rich in family history but it is modern and contemporary and they offer a wide range of arguably the best cakes and fresh breads.
With one of the only places in Sandton City to offer uncapped Wi-Fi it is the perfect spot to have a business meeting, take someone on a date or enjoy drinks with family and friends. Their coffee is of the highest standard and they have something to suit every palette. So whether you want a gourmet homemade burger, a wrap or something light and healthy try out a delicious salad or tender grilled chicken breasts.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet and great the owners who are always around!
Keep up the great work!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Brendon U
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WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are striving to maintain a superior level of service and quality. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Regards Team Walnut Grove
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“cosy restaurant in heart of mall”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

excellent service and presentation of meals. variety to choose since i am vegeatarian and seafood eater. the waiter was polite and very friendly. definitely must return for different selection. delicious cakes to choose from . muffins dispayed in little potplant pots. bill is presented in treasure chest.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank H0lidaytrip
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WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thanks so much for the wonderful review of our new and improved Walnut Grove. These kind words mean so much to us and we really look forward to hosting you in the future. All the best, Team Walnut Grove.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Rebirth into a new gracious era”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Dear Traveller

When you arrive at Walnut Grove, what will catch your eye is the earthy organic tones and decor which is a great contrast from the the rest of the High Gloss of Sandton City. Menu is well done. Pesto pasta melts my heart everytime.
Thai salad is great, Crumbed chicken breast crisped to perfection.

It was an excellent revamp, decor and menu is well thought of. Service is good and it is a great experience, its more than just eating when you go to Walnut Grove. It went from 80's into the millenia and I walk away everytime feeling a little bit treated.

Go treat yourself!

Visited August 2012
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Thank Beefycarpet
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WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We are so excited about our transformation and reviews like this make us realise people are appreciating our hard work. Thanks so much and we look forward to having you visit us again.

All the best
Elle, Fotis & Alessandra
(New Walnut Grove owners)
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“Walnut Grove has to be the best restaurant I have experienced all year!”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I have been visiting the Walnut Grove in Sandton for more than 10 years now as I work in Sandton City offices. While I have always been a fan of this relaxed coffee shop, it must be said that the new re launch of this old favourite has really raised the bar for all coffee shops and retuarants in South Africa. You can't help but feel that this is the next tashas! The best cakes in the country! RED VELVET

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Thank SRsimonroberts
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WalnutGroveSA, Owner at Walnut Grove, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
We would like to thank you for such an incredible review. It is an absolute delight to get such wonderful feedback, it makes all the hard work so worthwhile. We look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best
Elle, Fotis & Alessandra
(The new Walnut Grove owners)
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