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“Great Evening Out!”
Review of La Mama Restaurant

La Mama Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 126 Restaurants in Randburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $12
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: La Mama Restaurant started in 1977 and is 4 decades strong With a solid Authentic Italian Cuisine and great Pizza's La Mama is rated at one of the top 50 restaurants in Johannesburg to eat. A classic cozy Italian decor and warm friendly veteran waiters and enthusiastic nothing is too much trouble owners. Our guests are regulars and we have some 3 generations of families still eating at La Mama. A classic menu and 1980's size portions, fresh on the day philosophy makes La Mama an exceptional destination dining experience. Take a look at our reviews and don't miss out on authentic Italian right on your doorstep.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Evening Out!”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

We had a great welcome. Sat outside on a beautiful evening. Fresh oysters were fresh and delicious. La Mama's Salad superb. Meals fabulous and flavours perfect. Chris a flawless host! We will be back!

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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
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“Very longstanding customers”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Our favourite italian restaurant!! Wonderful food, fantastic service and the best trout in town.
We have had just so many wonderful and memorable dinners at la mama and we look forward all week to our Thursday dinner. Keep up the good work!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank penny m
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful and Surprising!”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

What a wonderful and surprising little restaurant in the middle of Randburg. Attentive and friendly service, yummy, traditional Italian food and a relaxed atmosphere all make for a lovely evening out. The complimentary pizza bread which is brought to the table upon your arrival is piping hot and deliciously garlicky! The melanzane and zabaglione are real winners!

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank BlackSheep1985
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Johannesburg
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Love Love it!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We saw a chalk board advertising La Mama is open for Lunch one day, so we stopped in and had the most surprising lunch there! This charming little old school Italian restaurant is such a hidden gem in Randburg and something that we will definitely be going back to. We had seasonal asparagus which is cooked in the wood burning oven for starters… divine! Then for mains we had the Lamb shank, Sole and pasta all cooked perfectly and I was pleased to hear that the pasta is made in house!

For dessert Chris the owner persuaded us to have some Italian kisses and homemade tiramisu … I would go back just for the tiramisu!

Over all this restaurant surprised us and is perfect for a romantic dinner for two out on the patio with candles or like us a quick stop in lunch for some ladies!

Thank you for your hospitality we will see you soon!

  • Visited October 2013
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London
2 reviews
“A slice of Italy in Randburg”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

While we were in South Africa, we had the opportunity of dining out at La Mama. We were greeted and seated by the owner himself. We ordered Sangria, which friends of ours recommended and it was delish. For dinner we had pizza and the battered calamari both of which were cooked to perfection and very flavorsome. The service was top notch and the food arrived in good time. After dinner we had coffee and enjoyed the warm ambiance of this lovely Italian restaurant. We definitely recommend this place and will be returning to dine there on our next visit to South Africa.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank LondonMichaela
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