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William Nicol & Jan Smuts Drive | Middle Mall Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 325 4350
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06:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 06:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 23:00
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181 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The restaurant has a nice ambiance with different tables to choose from. The waiter was friendly and fairly efficient but the food was the let down. The menu is limited; on the night the pizza oven was out of order so pizza was not on the menu. Settled for a burger and it came with fries (was charged extra with... More 

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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We had dinner with friends and we found the food to be good though the service was slow. We had the worst sitting spot, we were in the middle of the restaurant, in the waitrons way. The restaurant does not have bathrooms and we have to use public bathrooms. Though promising as an eatery, I found it to be average... More 

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Thank Nohlekwa
Johannesburg, South Africa
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We won't be back in a hurry ... we have been loyal clients of this restaurant for many years , until a few months ago when a clumsy waiter spilt hot chocolate over my arm . We vowed never to go back - but today friends were treating us to breakfast so they chose the venue. I could not believe... More 

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Thank daltonb
Cape Town
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154 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Whatever happened to the once chic and trendy 'Life Grand Cafe' in Hyde Park Corner, which now straggles its way, having seeming trebled in size along one of the levels in the otherwise attractive Hyde Park Corner. It lacks atmosphere, our service was very mediocre and the food a great disappointment. We will in future be returning to the excellent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Today I had lunch at Life Grand Cafe, I must say I was very surprised. As a Chef I dont like to eat out much due to massive amound of dissapointment i have experienced. To start of the service is great - no shortage of servers & they have runners to assist which is what every restaurant should have... I... More 

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Thank needydiner
Cannon Rocks, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Our family went for dinner at Life, and had mixed feelings about the good. The seared salmon was cold on the inside, and could really have been more 'seared', the linefish (yellow tail) was tough, although the salmon tartare and salmon fish cakes were tasty. Everyone loved their desserts, waffles and Eton mess, although there was disappointment that the creme... More 

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Johannesburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Attentive staff and good breakfast selection. Cappuccinos good arrive a bit quicker but i suspect the Sunday morning rush may make another machine necessary but when it arrives the temp is perfect. The egg is very good and well worth grabing a bite to eat when passing by

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Thank Sean M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

We went without a reservation on cold weekend recently with 6 people, and although it was busy we had a table very quickly, swiftly organised by the lady managing the arrivals and seating. Lunch was excellent, the chicken pie delicious, the line fish beautifully cooked, lovely wine and good service. The only thing that could have been done differently was... More 

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1 Thank Krista N
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Hodges has improved their service levels since my last visit, and I will certainly go back. Charming outdoor garden court, simple dishes well prepared and good service

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2 Thank sunrevel
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

I love the Life Grand Cafe, and we eat breakfast here often. Today was just as good. Lovely atmosphere, decor, great service and delicious food. I recommend the mushrooms on toast for breakfast.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European, Italian, Fusion
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 16:00
Monday
06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 23:00
Saturday
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: William Nicol & Jan Smuts Drive | Middle Mall Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 325 4350

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