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Life Grand Cafe

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William Nicol & Jan Smuts Drive | Middle Mall Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 325 4350
06:00 - 16:00
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Sun 06:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hyde park was not my ideal spot for a reunion with friends and birthday celebration, but because of our locations, it proved to be most practical. Well.. it was incredible!! Sipping our champers, we enjoyed tappas to start, followed by paella, seared salmon, a taco and fried hake. All really good sized tasty dishes. What made our dinner unforgettable was... More 

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Esher, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very difficult to get a cafe atmosphere in a Mall, but I think they have succeeded in this upmarket elegant Mall. We went for breakfast and we had eggs benedict one with extra ham on the spinach and asparagus. Both were very. good. The other dish the full breakfast also very tasty. Service was very good as was... More 

Thank watchman2015
Durban South Africa
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272 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to relax and have lunch. Lovely ambiance especially on a warm day. Service was good as was the food. The portions were huge and great value for money.

Thank Peter F
Durban, South Africa
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Being from Durban, my wife and I expected that we would have to re-mortgage our house when eating out in the upmarket suburb of Hyde Park, Johannesburg. We were certainly pleasantly surprised when we scanned the menu of Life Grand Café and noted that the prices were actually not that much more expensive than back home. We ordered tapas as... More 

Thank Clive_Stewart
Howick, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

We used to frequent this restaurant often a few years ago and returned on Thursday 2nd Feb to be very disappointed. Not sure if it is under new management but nowhere near as good as before. I ordered caprese on rye, more like a poor cheese on toast, minimal roast peppers and tapanade as offered, wilted rocket and most disappointing.... More 

Thank Glendalb0701
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Ordered the make it yourself salad which comes with a side order of Bruschetta with a topping of your choice. Was given a sad piece of Focacia and told this was it. I then spent the next half hour trying to explain what Bruschetta and tomato should look like. In the end the chef arrived with 2 paper thin slices... More 

Thank harryr267
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Looks great but if you want to order a fruit juice then rather go elsewhere. For a restaurant group that seems so clued up - I find it impossible to understand why they cannot accommodate a simple fruit juice at breakfast.

Thank Aelwen H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We had a quick cappuccino and coffees with croissants and cake before our morning movie. It was the worst croissant I ever had. I think it was stale, it just left a really bad taste in my mouth. The cake was also dry. I asked for cream on my cappuccino but it arrived with foam and had to wait for... More 

Thank Martie1S
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217 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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 

Thank Rya-Mari M
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Cafe, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 23:00
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?