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Café del Sol Classico

Café del Sol Classico
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  • Phone Number 011 704 6493
  • Location Olivedale Corner, Corner Olive and President Fouche Roads, Olivedale, Randburg, Johannesburg
  • email bookings@cafedelsol.co.za
  • Website URL www.cafedelsol.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bistro fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food
This family-run restaurant is a real hidden gem inside a mall you’d never ordinarily find yourself in, but the food will have you returning regularly and leave you beaming from ear to ear from starter to dessert. It’s a true taste of authentic Italian food that’s close enough for those who can’t make it to Italy, thanks to mother Luciana Traccini, daughter Chiara Viljoen and son Ryan Viljoen.

The fresh, wholesome, simple and slow-cooked menu can be slightly daunting with the many options, so ask your waitron (or Chiara) for recommendations based on what you feel like. Restaurant favourites include Italian primavera rolls, deep-fried rice pastry with imported Parma ham, rocket and smoked mozzarella (they taste like fancy spring rolls) served with a white sauce; a creamy, moreish tomato soup topped with gorgonzola and chives; and battered prawns served on a bed of lemon-infused mashed avocado, cherry tomatoes and chilli sauce. Back on the starter menu, by popular demand, are tender, crumbed squid heads served with a homemade roasted garlic mayonnaise.

You’d be wise to follow Chiara’s advice on her favourite dishes for your main course: porcini chicken, two crispy-skinned roasted breasts on the bone covered with porcini mushroom sauce and served on a bed of porcini mushroom, pea and truffle oil risotto – definitely a risotto to convert the unconverted – and seasonal vegetables. She also recommends the gorgonzola fillet, pan-fried in a homemade balsamic and port reduction, served with spring onion mash and a rustic rocket, rosa tomato and parmesan salad; the stuffed calamari filled with red pepper, olives, capers, ricotta, parmesan and chilli, and lastly, the al salmone vodka gnocchi served in a creamy napoletana sauce. The options are gloriously endless and portions are generous.

Mama’s pavlova is an uncontested favourite for dessert – sticky meringue, vanilla cream and fresh berries.

Drink
There's a wide wine list with a few local favourites such as Sophie Te’Blanche, Warwick First Lady and Haute Cabrière. There's also an interesting variety of red, white and rosé ‘Proudly South African Italian wines’ – Italian cultivars, grown and made into wine in South Africa.

Service
Flawless, with enthusiastic and friendly staff even when the restaurant is full, which it almost always is.

Ambience
Candlelit dinner adds a soft romance to the predominantly red and white décor. Inspirational dining, quite literally, is highlighted by thoughtful, philosophical quotes on the menu and all over the walls.

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Book in advance – getting a table as a walk-in is unlikely.

(September 2016)

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  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    Nonna’s menu never disappoints and one can see this from the smiles beaming off every face in this hidden gem of a restaurant in Olivedale. Despite the fact that Café del Sol is to be found in a somewhat semi-deserted shopping center, it is always full and the food never ceases to tantalise the palate. Every item on the menu is inspired from classical Italian roots and is cooked from first principles, using only the freshest ingredients. Nonna, the founder Italian founder and patron of this fine establishment, can often be seen keeping a watchful eye on her kitchen hands, when she is not walking the floor and taking orders from her clients, or sharing the daily specials. These include tender pasta pockets of ravioli stuffed with roasted butternut and served with crispy sage and beurre noisette, hand rolled gnocchi and classical Napolitano sauce, crispy squid heads with aioli and seared salmon served with hand cut pasta or veal saltimbocca. The a la carte menu is extensive. The perfectly prepared risottos are a testimony to the exceptional skills of the establishment and the delicate porcini risotto should not be missed. For the health conscious, the seared salmon, crusted in black sesame and served with avocado mash and grapefruit is just mouthwatering. Oh, and do not forget the puds and cakes – all made in-house and totally delicious. Rich, moreish and over the top. What a joy it is to dine at such a wonderful, easygoing establishment where the food is so comforting. It is not a cheap night out, but is well worth it.

    Drinks
    The wine list is of a reasonable size, with a suitable selection of both red and white wines within most budgets. There’s also a good selection of beers and spirits to choose from.

    Service
    The service is excellent but since Alex, the former host, has moved to the Botanica branch, it does feel as though the restaurant has lost one thumb. Over time it is sure to grow back but for now they are regaining balance, even though it has been six months. The staff on the floor are always kind and friendly and helpful, but be warned they are not always as friendly when you try and phone to book, perhaps because they are terribly busy. Booking via e-mail (and well in advance to avoid disappointment) is sometimes easier.

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    The ambience is fabulous: feel good quotes from floor to ceiling all over Café del Sol inspire conversation, and the patrons are always bubbly and lively. The hum of the busy kitchen filters into the atmosphere and creates a high-energy buzz, vibrant and fun. At night, candlelight and low lighting create a soft ambience; over lunch time the feel is more street style café.

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    This is also a great spot to pop in for coffee and cake during the day.

    (August 2015)

  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    The 2015 Best Everyday Eateries are voted for by Eat Out readers. To find the winners, we calculated the restaurants with the highest average ratings on eatout.co.za from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 – that’s a full year of reviews and star ratings. Café del Sol in Randburg won the award for the best Italian eatery in Gauteng.

    Eat Out critic Jodi-Ann Pearton paid them a visit, to find out why Joburg residents keep coming back for more.

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    Despite the fact that Café del Sol is to be found in a somewhat semi-deserted Olivedale Corner Centre, it is always full and the food never ceases to tantalise the palate. Every item on the menu is inspired from Italian roots and is cooked from first principles, using only the freshest ingredients.

    Luciana Traccani, the Italian founder and patron of this fine establishment, can often be seen keeping a watchful eye on her kitchen hands, when she is not walking the floor and taking orders from her clients or sharing the daily specials.

    These include tender pasta pockets of ravioli stuffed with roasted butternut and served with crispy sage and beurre noisette, hand-rolled gnocchi and Napolitana sauce, crisp squid heads with aioli, and seared salmon served with hand-cut pasta.

    The à la carte menu is extensive. The perfectly prepared risottos are a testimony to the exceptional skills of the establishment, and the delicate porcini risotto should not be missed. For the health-conscious, the seared salmon, crusted in black sesame and served with avocado mash and grapefruit, is just mouth-watering.

    Oh, and do not forget the puds and cakes – all made in-house and totally rich, moreish and over the top.

    What a joy it is to dine at such a wonderful, easygoing establishment where the food is so comforting. It is not a cheap night out, but it’s well worth it.

    Drinks
    The wine list is of a reasonable size, with a suitable selection of both red and white wines within most budgets. There’s a good selection of beers and spirits to choose from.

    Service
    The service is excellent, but since former host Alex has moved to the Botanico branch in Bryanston it does feel as though the restaurant has lost one thumb. Over time it is sure to grow back, but for now they are regaining balance, even though it has been six months.

    The staff on the floor are always kind and friendly and helpful, but be warned they are not always as friendly when you try to book by phone, perhaps because they are terribly busy. Booking via email (and well in advance to avoid disappointment) is sometimes easier.

    Ambience
    The ambience is fabulous: Feel-good quotes from floor to ceiling inspire conversation, and the patrons are always bubbly and lively. The hum of the busy kitchen filters into the atmosphere and creates a high-energy buzz. At night, candlelight and low lighting create a soft ambience; over lunch time the feel is more street style café.

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    This is also a great spot to pop in for coffee and cake during the day.

  • 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.

    Food
    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).

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

    Service
    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.

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    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.

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    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)
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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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    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 had an amazing aniversary dinner at Café del Sol. The food was exceptional and beautifully presented, the service was excellent, the waiting staff are all professional and very well trained and the atmosphere was relaxing and joyful. A true hidden gem!!
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  • This was our first visit to this restaurant but it won't be the last. It really is excellent in every way. For a restaurant rated so highly it is good value for money as well.
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  • We had dinner at Café del Sol in Olivedale for my boyfriend's 45th birthday, and as always the food was just out of this world!! I have been going there since 2011, and hardly miss an opportunity to rave to our friends & family about the divine setting and glorious dishes. I’ll certainly not forget getting slightly reprimanded by Mamma Luciana on one occasion, when I spilled red wine and attempted to use their white napkins for cleaning up  The vibe is crisp, buzzing and welcoming, yet also calm and relaxed so we felt completely on our own while talking and enjoying each other’s company. We were surrounded by other diners who all seemed to be having the time of their lives too, and I have never seen or heard a customer complain there. I enquired about the bubbly they stocked when I made the booking via email, and upon our arrival I saw they had taken the initiative to already set our table with Champagne glasses. Lindani our waiter flawlessly resisted the specials - as usual we just gaped with our mouths slightly open, trying to memorize all that’s on offer. The service he gave us was superb, and I sent an email to management to validate him for taking such good care of us, without coming to our table unnecessarily. All the staff were well presented and friendly. As far as the food goes, I seriously wish I had an Italian vocabulary! Let me just say that I doubt there is anything on that menu, from starters to dessert, that will disappoint. We had calamari starters, steak and risotto as mains, and unfortunately could not get anywhere close to fitting in the cheesecake that stared at me when I walked in. Overall just a delightful experience. This is absolutely my favourite restaurant, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a GREAT dinner and evening out in Joburg.
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  • Pamela was an awesome host, the food was amazing and the company was great. Need a restaurant like this in Port Elizabeth. Gavin and Anni
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  • My fiancé and I were treated to dinner here one night. I have been wanting to come to Café Del Sol for years and have always waited for a special occasion, but then I call and they’re fully booked. This time around we got lucky. I called and we got our table for two for Saturday night. We were greeted by the hostess who showed us to our table that was nice and close to the open plan kitchen. We took our time to order drinks because we wanted to make sure we ordered the right wine for the food we were about to order. Our waiter was patient with us but kept coming to check if we were ready which was great. We ordered some white wine and our starters – we shared the primavera rolls and the squid heads… now, the primavera rolls look like dainty desserts before you bite into the cheesy, parma ham goodness… really tasty. The squid heads were by far my favourite starter, they were seasoned beautifully, they were crunchy without being too covered in batter and with a squeeze of lemon you could taste the calamari properly and the texture was spot on… and the aoli that came with was great for dipping. For mains, we both chose the seafood risotto (I had read many reviews prior to booking for dinner and there were some raving reviews about this dish)… It did NOT disappoint. The risotto rice was cooked perfectly, there was an incredible amount of flavour, and a very generous portion of seafood… I had a bite of seafood in every bite of my meal – the freshness of the baby tomatoes in the dish help balance out the richness and creaminess of the risotto. We could not have chosen a better main – I was blown away, as was my fiancé. We then took a 20 minute break and enjoyed out wine before ordering dessert, so that we could make sure we had plenty of room to enjoy them. I had the pavlova (I’m a sucker for meringue and berries) and he has the chocolate tart… both were absolutely delicious and full of flavour. The service throughout our entire stay was absolutely fantastic, we were well looked after, our glasses were never empty and the waiting staff were always smiling. Honestly can not wait to go back and try other items from the menu as I can imagine they must be just as outstanding as the ones we had. What a fantastic experience. The décor is lovely, it’s nice to see the interaction in the kitchen and overall it’s just a great vibe – it can get a little noisy, but that didn’t bother us at all. I’ll definitely be back for more!
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  • On the 17th September my wife SPOILT me by taking me out to dinner at Cafe Del Sol. Well I, no we, were truly spoilt by the magnificent service and meal at Cafe del Sol. We arrived at the restaurant only to be seated at our table which was covered in red rose petals. That just started was was to become a very memorable dining experience. The service from the staff was fantastic and the meals we ordered were incredibly well presented and cooked to perfection. To the staff and management of Cafe Del Sol, many many thanks for making our wedding anniversary so special.
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  • This is definitely one of a kind! Nothing else can be compared to Cafe Del Sol, as they really do have something so special it is almost impossible to put into words. The food is always absolutely top quality, and the panna cotta dessert is to die for!!! I don't mind the expense, because it really is so true that you get what you pay for - and you get an incredible, unique, excellent and totally worthwhile experience of awesome food, service and total happiness!!! A firm favourite always!!!
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  • The best of the best. What else can be said about Cafe Del Sol...My Fiance and I are frequent visitors to Cafe Del Sol and we are always treated to amazing food. This restaurant is by my favorite in the whole of Johannesburg. They are known for their amazing pastas and lamb dishes by the small things like the Primevera Rolls are fantastic. I have tried numerous dishes and they are all absolutely amazing.The wine selection is absolutely amazing. and The service is outstanding and they make the quest feel welcome all the time. Myself and Fiance are proud to call Cafe Del Sol our favorite restaurant. I would recommend this fantastic place to everyone!
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  • 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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  • My favourite restaurant went up even more in my rating. I screwed up my booking for Friday 21 November for 11 people and arrived with an entourage of 11. I had booked for Saturday 22nd! The superb staff, Alex, Jacques and Joubert sorted out a table on the pavement. What a great bunch - could easily have kicked me to touch. Had the superb starters suggested by Alex. Then chicken porcini which I find hard to resist followed by the Amaretto Semifreddo which is brilliant. 11 very happy people on what could have been a disaster! And really great coffee. A class act all round and in an area that you would not expect to find such an excellent establishment.
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  • From the outside, you would not think that there lies a gem in such a quiet area, however, as soon as you enter, you are almost "transformed" into a VIP at a 5 star hotel! The ambience is excellent, staff extremely friendly and helpful, and as for the food... what can I say... it is super duper out-of-this-world delish! The presentation is awesome and service is first class. Loved every second spent there with my friends. Awesome place. Can't wait to get a booking soon.
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  • It may not be a typical review.. but I prefer to start with the Dessert review - BEST EVER CHEESECAKE!! my husband and I actually crave the cheesecake and don't mind the over 40 minute drive to get it.

    The first time we went to Cafe Del Sol, we were slightly apprehensive as the surrounding area is ultra quiet, especially at night.
    Upon entering the restaurant, however, we were met with the friendliest hosts and yes I say hosts as it is a family restaurant and they really make you feel like you have entered their home.

    The décor, while being warm and cosy,is still classy.

    While being limited to vegetarian and seafood options, we tried the vegetarian bruschetta for starters and the raviolli for mains. The food was served timeously, well presented and best of all the taste was out of this world.

    We will def be returning!!

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  • The warm chocolate cake with cream is just divine!!! It's my all-time favorite
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  • Wonderful meal as always, the pannacotta was borderline life changing!!!! One of the few places in Gauteng where a great meal is guaranteed, can't wait for my next meal here!!!!
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  • Best starter, amazing main course and simply out of this world cheesecake!
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  • Great food, awesome service. Well done team!!
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  • The food is just extraordinary !!
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  • We had the most perfect evening! Dinner was spectacular. Service was world class and the overall atmosphere was amazing! We will definietly be back soon!
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  • Wonderful!
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  • The Food Was Delicious This is a TOP RESTAURANT and We Will Definitely be coming Again
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  • Absolutely amazing experience. Been here three times and never had a bad experience. Food of top quality, staff friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back.

    Thanks,
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  • Excellent food and outstanding service. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance with a flair for the romantics.
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  • Excellent
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  • This is one of our favourite restaurants. And we frequented often. However after being away for a while we were shocked to see prices increasing by almost 100% in the past 6 months. Our favourite Gorgonzola gnocchi has gone from R85 to R140. We will still eat there but far less often. I can understand though the owners cashing in on a great restaurant.
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  • Lovely dining experience, delicious Italian and Italian fusion dishes. The host Alex took control and we were not disappointed. Ask for seating inside as outside seating is on a parking lot and inside is white light, airy and delightful. Definitely highly recommended !
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  • Little noisy all the rest great! We'll done Blitz.
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  • Cafe Del Sol is the best Restaurant in town!! The food is absolutely too die for! My friends and I are over the moon and will be back very soon!! Our waiter 'Blitz' was a star! Grazie
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  • The best of the best in the world. Just love all the house specialties and cannot wait for the move in September.
    Congratulations Luciano, chefs and family.

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  • It was a beautiful evening for my husband's birthday; the service was on point, the food delicious, I could not have picked a better place for the dinner. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates authentic Italian, delicious dishes!
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  • The best we have had in a long time.
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  • Brilliant service with even better food! Great atmosphere, we'll definitely be back.
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  • Great Vibe, even better food
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  • The food at Cafe del sol is always exceptional. I can strongly recommend the risotto and the cheesecake-it is to die for! this is our favourite restaurant and we have been eating here for over 4 years! We will definitely be back soon!
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  • Great ambiance, excellent food, amazing service!
    The lamb rack and pea risotto are a must, as well as marina pasta. They also have coconut ice cream, a bonus!
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  • This our favourite restaurant in Gauteng. The staff are warm, friendly and accommodating. Despite the fact that one has to wait a week or more for a booking, they alway do what they can to try and fit you in. The place is a little gem hidden away from the mainstream stress of Jhb. The best food in Gauteng and such a treat to eat there. No wonder it was voted best Italian restaurant in Jhb. Thanks to Alessandro and all the staff for always making it such a pleasure to spend a meal there.
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  • What a vibe. Great food, great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is keen to have a great time.
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  • Had a lovely evening out. Good service and fantastic food.
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  • Coming to Cafe Del Sol for the first time is like finally realizing what you have been missing all the years at other Italian restaurants. The service is only surpassed by the amazing food.

    This is definitely a place to add to our favourite lists. We will undoubtably be coming back here and will be brining friends!
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  • Knowledgeable staff. Pleasant and helpful without being pushy. Excellent wine list with fair price range. Food selection wide and varied. The courses sampled were delicious and will certainly ensure a return visit.
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  • Fantastic restaurant. Food was utterly amazing. Best pesto ever. Staff lovely, accommodating and wonderfully understanding. Recommend highly
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  • Food is excellent as always! The service is outstanding and Alessandro is legend! We will be back again and again ... and again.
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  • The food was delicious, the ambiance, the service was great.
    We alway enjoy ourselves.

    Keep it up!
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  • Wow - what an amazing evening! Thank you for a wonderful experience filled with good food, good wine and good company! The best butternut risotto ever!!!!
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  • I should have ordered a double portion of the lemon meringue!!! stunning food all round.
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  • Excellent service and atmosphere... Food is delicious!
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  • Food was excellent. Definitely coming back.
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  • A stunning setting, amazing service and most importantly delicious food.we will certainly be back :)
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  • We have been coming here almost from the start of this family restaurant and it has been a privilege to see Luciana and her children grow into the position that this restaurant commands today. It is heart-warming to see them achieve the awards they have achieved so far ... We await many more!

    We have always been so impressed with the staff, the service, the food, the wine list and this is the reason that we keep on coming back time and again ...

    Nona, well done! Your excellence is outstanding and awe inspiring. As a business owner, I bring my team here for inspiration. As is bringing clients here, it's pure pleasure.
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  • Best restaurant in Jozi. We always feel special - wonder why? Maybe it's Alessandro? We brought friends from Australia and they we're made to feel so so welcome! Thank you again for an awesome evening keep on keeping on! We will travel wherever you move!
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  • Love the food, ambiance, service, but not impressed with having to write a review here and now! A blind for the glare off the car windows would be good!
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  • I have been going to Café Del Sol since they opened their doors over six years ago. It has become a firm favourite amongst myself, my friends & my family. The food is always delicious, the service always fantastic and their gnocchi is the best you will find in the country! If you are looking for the perfect Italian food mixed with all things awesome then I highly recommend this restaurant.
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  • Absolutely delish food, great romantic vibe, excellent service
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  • The most amazing experience. From greeting, service, food..
    as of today this restaurant is No.1 on my list.
    well done guys
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  • Cafe Del Sol is without a doubt my favourite restaurant in Johannesburg. I've never had a bad experience there. The food is unbelievable and the staff are amazing.
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  • All the reviews are true! It's amazing! Lovely " wine by the glass" selection. Beautiful pasta, great starters, good service. Book in advance......
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  • Been meaning to try Cafe Del Sol for years - it's been perfect timing and a perfect evening! Will be back soon! Amazing all round - exquisite cuisine, wonderful company and a relaxed, tangible ambience!
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  • Awesome and excellent food and fantastic ambience..every time is a fantastic experience ...
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  • Quite simply the best meal I have ever had in any Joburg restaurant.
    Can't wait to go back.
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  • The waiters and staff were all friendly and helpful, we made special requests that were all obliged. One of our favorite restaurants in Jhb.

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  • Food was phenominal, service even better and we have had the best time because of the amazing vibe. Alessandro has the best body ever

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  • Fabulous food, great ambience!

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  • Fantastic meal - excellently prepared with an incredible selection of wines to go along with it. The rack of lamb is a definite must-try. But please don't kid yourself and please book! Be sure to ask for Alessandro to take care of you.

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  • Had the porcini ravioli, the filling was delicious, but I would have liked more filling and less pasta. The pavolva afterwards was good, but nothing exceptional.

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  • Not a single thing on the menu or the night's specials, that wasn't incredible. We all ordered starters, main and desserts and all had some of everyone else's.
    Food was just spectacular. The taste and the presentation.
    The host and the staff were just top notch as well.
    Such a weird place for it be, but you feel so good when you leave.

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  • So hard to believe that it has been a year since I discovered this gem of a restaurant in Olivedale. Fabulous food - everything from their innovative starters, mouth watering mains and exceptional desserts make it very easy to go back for more. In addition to the food, the service can not be faulted, exceptional staff all round!

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  • The most amazing food!
    Great vibe, love this place definitely will be back!

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  • Amazing food! Amazing service! 10/10! Best Italian food ever!

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  • What was supposed to be a quick lunch, turned into a food experience never to be forgotten. I tried the gnocci to compare it to others I've had and even with a "normal" (which I don't anything is here) alfredo sauce, the little dumplings were out of this world. The service was prompt and very friendly (Thank you, Blitz). Thanks to a conversation about gnocci with the owner just before we left, we had to buy Locatelli's "Made in Italy". Yet another restaurant that will definitely see us again.

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  • Consistent good food, good atmosphere, good prices - never disappoints.

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  • Stunning food, best hostess, Michelle, and waitress, Ali. Will come back, all the way from Cape Town. Thank you Mr Mugabe for chasing these lovely people to our counrty.

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  • Great restaurant, great food, great service. We will be back.

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  • Alexandro is the perfect introduction to the best restaurant in Jozi, starters were gastronomically superb. Mains were out of this world! Joubert was a fantastic waiter! Ambiance was wonderful.

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  • Warm service, incredible wine list at moderate prices (a full page of SA bubbles!), homemade pasta and an Amaretto Semifreddo to die for.
    Highly recommended!

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  • Outstanding food, service and atmosphere!

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  • Top class! Best Italian in Joburg...by far. 'Fidatevi di me.'

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  • Relaxed and gracious setting. Excellent hospitality and food to die for! Bravi!

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  • Thank you for a wonderful meal... The pavlova is sublime!

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  • Excellent food, great atmosphere, great service.

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  • Brava Luciana, Ryan e Chiara, we ate very well and will certainly see you soon.

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  • Fantastic, delicious and excellent service.

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  • Amazing night! Food was great, atmosphere warm and relaxing and the service brilliant! My taste buds danced through all 3 courses. Beautiful gourmet evening, not to be missed.

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  • Such an amazing dining experience!
    Reasons why you should come dine here,
    -great vibe
    -warm decor
    -fantastic food!
    -kick ass service!
    Will do it again for sure!

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  • Awesome!

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  • Fantastic food, great service and atmosphere.

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  • Excellent food with excellent service.

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  • Visited cafe del sol on a recommendation and wasn't let down. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. The best pavlova around! If I didn't live in London I would visit this place on numerous occasions.

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  • Thank you Luciana for your wonderful hospitality and divine food. It was perfection from starters till the end. Fantastic. Nicholas and Heidi

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  • Excellent restaurant! For our mains, my wife went with the Pesto (enjoyed this), my son got the Ragu (probably the best I have ever tasted) and I chose the beef Wellington (yes in an Italian restaurant, we can let the French, Irish and English fight over the origin of the dish, but I prefer the one I had here). As you can see, I tasted all their plates as it all looked so delicious. Loved all the mains I tasted on the day and can't wait to go back there.

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  • Cafe del sol is without a doubt one of the finest restaraunts in JHB. I had the beef fillet which was prepared to perfection. Thank you Alessandro for recommending the dish. Best steak ever. I will definitely be coming back with a crew. Deeven Pather

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  • A fabulous restaurant with outstanding food and possibly the best wine list in town. Attentive service but very noisy in the venue. Love this spot.

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  • Awesome vibe, amazing food and a fantastic service! A personal touch like no other restaurant, it truly was a great experience!

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  • This is our go-to restaurant in Joburg. The only restaurant that serves the food I love - where you absolutely get your money's worth. Divine, sublime food, consistently fab service and quality every time we go. My latest obsession is their homemade ice-cream - the liquorice, coffee and burnt caramel flavours are out of this world!

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  • Awesome service, one of the best dinners I have had in a long time. Oh! And the sorbet is delicious!

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  • Fantastic as always. Sure it was a home run. Did not manage to close the business deal though...next week though she will sign.

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  • What a fabulous evening! Food was divine! Service beyond excellent. See you again soon. PS - even closed a business deal.

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  • Went out to dinner with the girls. What an absolute pleasure. The service was fantastic and the staff very friendly. The food was superb, Nonna's Ragu really lived up to its name and the cheesecake was scrumptious. The wine was well priced. They will definitely be seeing us again. Book in advance, that's the advice.

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  • Our dinner date, in search of good Italian food, took us all the way to Olivedale and this beautiful restaurant in a small centre...the food was mind-blowing (home-made ravioli!), setting great and service topped it all! Very good wine list as well.
    No wonder it's the best Italian restaurant in SA! Well done, we will be back for more!

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  • Our first impression was a disaster as we had made a booking and they didn't have us on the list, almost walked out, but Alexander saved the day. The starters, mains and desserts were perfect and flawless. Definitely one of the best in Johannesburg.

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