Eating out in Joburg: special occasions

All these top class restaurants are close to Liz at Lancaster (within a 8km range)

DW 11 ThirteenDW 11-13 in the Dunkeld West shopping centre is one of only 3 Gauteng restaurants to make it into the top 20 restaurants nationwide Eating Out awards. We have regular foodie guests who come all the way from Pretoria to have a a meal at DW 11-13. Dunkeld West Shopping Centre Cnr Jan Smuts Ave and Bompas Rd  +27 11 325 2843  Open daily lunch and dinner daily except Sunday evening and Mondays

Bompas Rd is a 5 star boutique hotel which has an apparently superb restaurant   WineHouse which gets its name from a painting of pop singer Amy Winehouse and is also named for an extensive wine collection. Check their changing menu on They also host a monthly jazz lunch.  Booking recommended  011 325 2442

Stunning views from Marble
Stunning views from Marble

Marble at KeyesArtMile Cnr Jellicoe Ave   Famed David Higgs has opened Marble in the Trumpet building.  Meals are prepared over a wood-fired grill. Fab views and very glam ambience. Open Monday – Sunday 12 -22.00 Booking essential on: 010 594 5550 Check the menue on



Original bar of the Cosmopolitan Hotel
Original bar of the Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Cube Tasting Kitchen  (which used to be in Parktown North has now moved to Maboneng to the fabulous old Cosmpolitan hotel building (24 Albrecht St cnr Commissioner. Offers a twelve course menu so you need to set aside three hours for this gastronomic experience . Tuesday to Saturday evenings only; rates vary according to seasonal offerings but around R800 per person if you BYO (no corkage fee is charged) and R1300 with their wine paring. Check the menu on  Advance booking is essential.  082 422 8158  or


Luke Dale Roberts at the Saxon Hotel offers a regular changing menu. Quite a user-unfriendly website with no menu currently loaded.  Booking  essential. 011 292 6000  36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst

Bistro Michel Bistro Michel opened its doors in January 2015. It is owned by Michel Morand, former owner of Auberge Michel restaurant, which was the first restaurant in South Africa to be awarded the Five Star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Great food and wine. A favourite with BEE millionaires, politicians and the rich and famous who can afford its steep prices. Blubird Shopping Centre Cn Atholl-Oaklands Rd & Fort St Birnam +27 11 440 0769 Open daily for all 3 meals except Sunday lunch only.

Fabulous views from the Deck at Four Seasons Westcliff
Fabulous views from Flames at Four Seasons Westcliff Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

The Four Seasons Hotel/The Westcliff.  Very  upmarket with various different restaurants all with decks and stunning vistas. The view is magnificent over ‘the Parks’ area of Joburg with a purple canopy of jacarandas in October/November. Recently opened  is The Deli which advertises ‘gourmet food on the go’. For an informal sit-down meal try Flames grill restaurant and for a really fine dining experience the View is the place to eat 011 481 6190. 67 Jan Smuts Ave Bookings essential

WangThai,  Sandton has been the recipient of numerous awards including “top 100 restaurants” and “Diners Club wine list”. The food is beautifully presented and tastes as good as it looks. The Thai chefs were apparently specially recruited from some of Bangkok’s finest 5-star hotels. The food is out of this world.  Mandela Square 011 784 8484

Roots – Out in the Cradle of Humankind 10 course meal with wine pairing. A real treat 011 668 7000

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