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Il Giardino Degli Ulivi

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44 Stanley Avenue | Sunnyside, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
+27 11 482 4978
11:45 - 21:00
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Sun 11:45 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:45 - 21:00
Sat 23:45 - 21:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the venue with my family. We were seated in the courtyard which was really pleasant. The food was well presented and tasty. I had a delicious veg pizza. There was a live band which greatly enhanced the whole experience. Damage was R 1600 for the 8 of us and the service could have been faster or I could... More 

Thank Hunch123
Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I have been, I haven't been disappointed. The food is well prepared and you can have an easy afternoon or early supper with wine.

Thank ragingpoet
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Loved the variety of meals on the menu, and the pizza was simply delicious. Could have prioritized speed however but not too concerned about it. Generally great service.

Thank Monde N
Johannesburg, South Africa
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295 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We're in a big group and we got a terrible table with uncomfortable benches. Service was very slow and waitress was unfriendly. Ordered two dishes all all of them were finished (they should tell you before you start reading the menu). Ended up having the risotto porcini that was terrible: it looked like more a porridge full of rosemary than... More 

Thank edubimonte
Esher, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This restaurant swings because of the extremely good group. As opposed to background music this is loud and music for dancing. This restaurant is very full for Sunday lunch and I advise booking for a Sunday. Service is slow but with the music time passes. 4 hours for us but no one complained in our group. Music costs R35 per... More 

Thank watchman2015
Windsor, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I am visiting from the UK and after doing a three week road trip through the Cape experiencing and being enriched with the arts, I was greatly looking forward after arriving back in Johannesburg to some decent live music. And so I spent my last night at Il Giardino watching and living some excellent music. Now I can't fault the... More 

Thank Tracy K
Roodepoort, South Africa
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142 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Really feels like sitting under the olive trees in some Italian village in the countryside! Service friendly but somewhat laid back. Our choice of mains did not disappoint. The lamb cutlets and filet mignon were excellently prepared. Interesting menu and small winelist

Thank ljkilian777
Johannesburg, South Africa
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114 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Had a group lunch for 8 adults. The atmosphere is reasonably authentic for a venue a long way from Italy. Menu is interesting, albeit on the high side and the entertainment adds to the atmosphere. All dishes ordered seemed to pass the mark and earn a thumbs up. we ordered a selection of starters which we shared, followed by a... More 

Thank 271hiltont
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and geat vibe with live music. We have been several times abd it is consistently excellent.

South Africa
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Food was average. Pizza was dry and tasteless. Wine selection limited. Had to ask for ice for our wine 3 times. The rest gets 10 out of 10. The setting under the trees. The musicians played with so much passion. Bookings are essential, as the whole outside area was fully reserved. Cutest little gardens. Will be back because of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:45 - 21:00
11:45 - 21:00
11:45 - 21:00
11:45 - 21:00
11:45 - 21:00
23:45 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Stanley Avenue | Sunnyside, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 482 4978

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?