Cafe del Sol (Randburg)

Cafe del Sol (Randburg)
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  • Location 011 704 6493
  • Phone Number Olivedale Corner, Corner Olive and President Fouche Roads, Olivedale, Randburg, Johannesburg
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  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon to 3pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

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R140 avg main meal
Classic elegance
Bistro fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
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Critic's review

Leila Saffarian

Dining out in Johannesburg often means enjoying lunch or dinner in yet another shopping complex. The situation is what it is, but what makes the above more tolerable, in fact even pleasurable, is enjoying Italian cuisine at its best, in a restaurant that not only puts Nonna’s cooking to shame but also received the title of Best Italian Restaurant in 2012 from Eat Out. Clearly with good reason; there’s a load of good chatter happening about Café del Sol.

A large menu means there is something for every taste. Naturally, you'll find pasta, as with any good Italian eatery. The handmade ravioli and gnocchi in particular are very tempting. When it comes to the ravioli of the day – hand-made pasta pockets with a seasonal filling – only ten portions are made daily, so hold thumbs they’ve still got some left for you. The same principle goes for the gnocchi, which comes served with browned butter and sage, a Napoletana sauce, or fresh basil pesto.

As for the risottos, the porcini version won’t disappoint. Porcini mushrooms, fresh peas and a hint of truffle oil add extra flavour to this dish of perfectly cooked rice (R105). If carne is your thing, the tender rolled pork fillet will have you relishing every bite. It’s a delicious dish of rolled pork fillet, stuffed with parma ham, fontina and smoked mozzarella, and served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and a sage sauce. The flavours complement each other beautifully and the sage really enhances the flavour of the pork (R120).

Stuffed calamari is one of their best-sellers: delve into Falklands calamari tubes filled with red pepper, green olives, capers, ricotta cheese, Grana Padano and chilli. It's served with thin capellini pasta, seasonal stir-fried vegetables and a beurre blanc sauce (R115).

A good selection of wines present, along with local beers and spirits.

Service is excellent and the waiters very attentive. They show a thorough knowledge of the menu and are helpful when it comes to food and wine pairings.

The restaurant has a fresh, clean and modern feel. The walls and floors are adorned with foodie-inspired quotes. There is a buzz in the air as the restaurant fills up. Patrons seem to relax into the ease that flows from the kitchen to the tables.

If there is any space left for a touch of la dolce vita, give the dark chocolate tart a try. One portion is rich and decadent enough to share (R50).

(July 2014)

  • The 2012 winner of Best Italian Restaurant. Sensational food served in an unpretentious, modern setting has made this eatery a firm favourite. They make stuffed ravioli (try the artichoke), gnocchi and basil pesto every day. The relaxed atmosphere belies their absolute precision and passion. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
  • Food
    The menu offers a wide range of modern Italian dishes, and not-to-be-missed specials. The traditional Nonna’s light, fluffy gnocchi pillows in a subtle dolce di latte Gorgonzola and walnut sauce are sublime. The cheesecake is a must try, so save some room.

    The wine list offers an eclectic selection with a combination of classic, easy-drinking wines as well as contemporary brands.

    The service is top-notch and attentive without being disruptive. The maître d’ sets the tone with his enthusiasm and knowledge.

    Owners Ryan and Chiara have managed to create a cosy and whimsical space with an elegant yet relaxed feel. Décor is modern and minimalist white with splashes of red and black.

    Café del Sol is not your typical Nonna’s restaurant, but offers gourmet dining that embodies the essence of traditional Italian flavours and hospitality. (NM, October 2012)
  • Gwynne Conlyn

    It's a relaxed place, but the entire experience is executed with absolute precision and passion. The décor and open-plan kitchen are inspiring and inviting. Cafe del Sol stands out because of its consistency and the fact that everything works together to give a complete dining experience. A neighbourhood favourite for mid-week dinner. The gnocchi is always light, as it should be; also order the tender stuffed calamari.

User reviews

  • We celebrated our 17 wedding anniversary at Cafe de Sol Olivedale! What an amazing experience-treat! Our table had been sprinkled with rose petals - attention to detail! Menu was excellent. Everything sounded so yummy! The lemoncello calamari was mouth watering and the peppered fillet was excellent. We still made room for much raved about desserts, Chocolate Tart & Amaretto Semifreddo which is to die! Beautiful evening, delicious food, wonderful atmosphere! Thank you Joubert for your attentive service! Highly enjoyable & recommened as a must do dining experience!
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  • Simply the best. While the crepe suzette was a disappointment, everything else more than made up for it. I'll gladly go back and work my way through the whole menu. The lemoncello calamari was a treat. Hmm, I could go on. Highly recommended.
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  • How long in advance do you need to book at this restaurant to get a table inside? We booked 3 weeks in advance and had to sit on the patio! Had they told us this when we made the booking we might have been prepared or gone somewhere else but to be told that we were sitting outside when we arrived caught us unaware and it was a birthday celebration dinner. Whoop dee doo we had a heater but there is no security on the patio, you are open to the car park. So no security and in this day and age in Jozie. Not good. This area should only be used at lunchtime in summer. People who were lucky enough to eat inside got irritated with the door from the outside being opened all the time as they got blasted with cold air. Food was good but the wine is incredible expensive! Service was Ok, the waiter being very polite with not very happy customers. I found the owner and maître de incredibly arrogant to our plight of not wanting to siting outside. Would I go back... Well not in the near future there are many more great restaurants that deserve my patronage more than Cafe del Sol.
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  • After many attempts to book for dinner, always fully booked, weeks in advance, we managed to book a table last night. Well, all I can say is that Cafe Del Sol, is fine Italian dining at its' absolute best!!!! A gastronomic delight!!! Service by Mike was excellent! What a delightful waitron!!!
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  • Cafe de Sol has it all! Beautiful decor, outstanding service and excellent food. Try something new on the memu everytime you go. Just book in advance- this restaurant is very popular.
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  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
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  • Wheelchair
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