Must-Try Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton

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There’s a host of popular, award-winning restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square that continue to position Johannesburg as one of the culinary capitals of South Africa. Expect to find the very best of fine cuisine, premium steaks, seafood and everything in between. We list some of the best picks to try.

Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square

TANG Sandton

If you’re after decadent and carefully crafted Pan Asian cuisine, head to the award-winning TANG Sandton overlooking the piazza at Nelson Mandela Square. Executive Chef Vixa Kalenga’s depth of kitchen creativity extends to an inspiring choice of wok dishes, prime cuts from the robata grill and a menu of classic and modern sushi plates. 

‘From the beginning, TANG was created as a pan-Asian restaurant. We’re not fusion,’ says Kalenga. ‘Each dish stays true to the country of origin, and in the kitchen, we work incredibly hard to honour and respect those time-honoured culinary traditions.’

Their summer 2023/2024 menu honours this concept with a sea of flavours. There’s the newly added signature dish, the Imperial Seafood Platter, where succulent lobster is the highlight with sweet, tender meat, and a few other hit dishes. READ MORE HERE

When: Daily, from 12pm to 11pm
Where: Shop No 120, Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr Rivonia Road and Central Sandton, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: jhb.tanghospitality.com | Email: reservations@tanghospitality.com | Tel & Whatsapp: 071 379 2161

The Raj Restaurant

The Raj has been satisfying the Indian cravings right here in Joburg since their very first launch in 1996 by Dr Arun Jairath. Today you’ll find their venues in Sun City, Pretoria, and Cape Town, but the Nelson Mandela Square outposts continue to court residents and visitors alike with their North Indian dishes. 

The Raj prides itself on its tandoor-grilled kebabs, prawns, chicken and naan as well as an expansive menu boasting a healthy selection of vegetarian and meat dishes. Some favourites to look out for are the Springbok Tikka cooked in the tandoori oven, and then simmered in a creamy onion and tomato gravy, flavoured ., the Goanese crab curry cooked in a tomato-based sauce, and the spicy chicken Vinadaloo. This Indian restaurant in Johannesburg is here to stay if its past ten years of service is anything to go by. 

When: Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 10pm. Sunday, from 12pm to 9pm
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: therajindianrestaurant.co.za | Email: sandton@theraj.co.za | Tel: 011 783 1521

Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square

Trumps Grillhouse & Butchery

Trumps Grillhouse & Butchery has been regarded as one of the top steakhouses in Johannesburg since their launch in 1994. Owners and brothers Dennis and Allen command a loyal group of regulars. Expect a casual dining area with a timeless sophisticated feel that overlooks the iconic Nelson Mandela Square fountain, two separate dining rooms, a wine cellar, and a concept butchery. 

The cellar at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square fountain is centred around a curated line of Proudly South African wines to complement any meal and occasion. READ MORE

When: Daily, from 11am to 10pm
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St &, Rivonia Rd, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: trumpsgrill.co.za | Email: bookings@trumps-grill.com | Tel: 011 784 2366

Cilantros

Cilantros serves a sophisticated selection of seafood tapas, pasta, tapas, and grills prepared with only the best and freshest ingredients. Leafing through their menu you’ll find fresh langoustines, sole, Mozambican prawns and lots more.

This restaurant in Sandton is a popular haunt for power lunches and weekend date meetups thanks to the bar area, indoor seating, and patio spots giving ground-level views over Nelson Mandela Square’s piazza. Their recipes and preparation techniques have been passed down from the famous Vilamoura Restaurant. 

When: Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 10pm. Friday & Saturday, 11am to 10:30pm
Where: L25, Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: cilantros.co.za | Email: sandton@cilantros.co.za | Tel: 011 784 2510

Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square

Just Teddy

This fine boutique pâtisserie and boulangerie in Johannesburg offers diners a luxury cafe experience for breakfast and lunch as well as a selection of confectionery creations. The venue at Nelson Mandela Square expands the brand’s signature Parisian delights fused with Middle Eastern flair to include a dinner menu, a champagne bar and a semifreddo station.

High Tea is also available from Tuesdays to Sundays and incorporates Middle Eastern flavours. The kitchen is free from pork and pork by-products and all the gelatin used is Halaal. READ MORE

When: Monday to Saturday, from 7.30am to 6pm. Sunday, from 7.30am to 5pm
Where: Shop 20, Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: justteddy.co.za | Email: info@justteddy.co.za | Tel: 064 971 2210

Shazmin’s Luxe Patisserie

Shazmin’s Luxe Patisserie is elevating the brunch experience in Johannesburg with its elegant and cutesy pink interior in a range of shades. Commonly known as one of Joburg’s most Instagrammable spots, the cafe specialises in French-style pastries, confectionery, all-day breakfast, lunch and an extensive menu. Not sure where to start? Their high tea ties together some of the cafe’s best sweet and savoury treats on a gorgeous grazing stand – must be booked 3 days in advance.

When: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 12am. Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 1am. Sunday, 11am to 12am
Where: Shop 112, Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: shazmins.co.za | Email: info@shazmins.co.za | Tel: 064 511 2658

Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square

Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg

Hard Rock Cafe has long been the standard for easy American cuisine, music fans, and all the rock and roll feels. Located right on the cusp of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, the global franchise chose Johannesburg as its first South African outlet when it opened in 2014. 

The menu is made up of shared starter plates, grilled ribs and other fast food faves such as their popular Legendary® Burger with a steak patty, Applewood bacon, American cheddar cheese, and crispy onion ring. burger joint brings together the eclectic style of rock n roll with imported designer features and some amazing signed artefacts from the world of rock and pop. Marvel at the polished marble bar and a floating constellation of more than 7,000 drumsticks. 

When: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 12am. Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 1am. Sunday, 11am to 12am
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: hardrockcafe.com | Email: info@hrcjohannesburg.com | Tel: 011 784 3144

Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square

Tashas Café

Tashas Café is all about beautiful food, stunning environments and engaging delivery. This popular cafe in Johannesburg tempts guests with the easy-going elegance and warm hospitality that makes them feel at home with friends.

They serve uncomplicated comfort food bursting with flair and imagination. Only the very best, impeccably fresh ingredients will do, grown, raised and farmed by their handpicked suppliers and artisans. Also at the Nelson Mandela Square venue is Flamingo Room by Tashas, a chic, yet relaxed fine dining experience hosting for lunch into the evening for dinners and cocktails.

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30am to 8:30pm. Thursday to Saturday, 7:30am to 10pm. Sunday, 7:30am to 3pm
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: tashascafe.com | Email: info@tashasgroup.com | Tel: 076 586 8313

La Parada

La Parada at Nelson Mandela Square is renowned for their unique twist on innovative and mouth-watering dishes that are served with a dash of Spanish flavour. You can unwind in a stylishly decorated space, all while enjoying refreshing cocktails and scrumptious tapas.

When: Daily, from 11am to 11pm
Where: Shop 30B, Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: laparada.co.za | Email: sandton@laparada.co.za | Tel: 010 001 0793

Restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square

Pappas on the Square

If you’re looking for Greek restaurants in Johannesburg and don’t head to Pappas on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square, you’ve pretty much missed out on one of the city’s most popular Hellenic experiences. This family-owned eatery has been going for over 30 years and serves up a medley of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

From their sharing plate offering, try the grilled mushrooms with zucchini fritters, Greek meatballs, and grilled sardines served in lemon juice and olive oil. For sweets, be sure to check out some of the traditional Greek desserts and the homemade soft gelato.

When: Monday to Thursday, 8am to 10pm. Friday to Sunday, 8am to 10:30pm
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: pappasrestaurant.co.za | Email: eat@pappasrestaurant.co.za | Tel: 011 884 9991

The Butcher Shop & Grill

One of Joburg’s most respected steakhouses The Butcher Shop & Grill has seen a bit of a glow-up of late with their 2023 renovation. Although the restaurant tempts with modern accompaniments like creamy mussels, blackened salmon and espetada, their dry-aged and boutique butcher quality steaks have become a staple on the permanent menu. Each option can be paired with homemade sauces, and vegetable and starch sides. Match your meal with one of the finest local wines from their wine list.

When: Daily, from 112pm to 10:30pm
Where: Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square, 5th St, Sandton, Johannesburg

Website: thebutchershop.co.za | Email: reservations@thebutchershop.co.za | Tel: 011  784 8676

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  1. Went to Tasha’s in The Waterfront
    Ordered a chicken Mayonaise sandwich
    Worst meal ever had at Tasha’s
    Guests from America remarked how bland and badly presented sandwich

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