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Fishmonger (Illovo)

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  • Phone Number 0112680068
  • Location Thrupps Centre, 204 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays and Sundays 12noon to 3.30pm then 6pm to 9.30pm; Tuesdays 12noon to 2.30pm then 6pm to 10pm; Wednesday to Saturday 12noon to 3.30pm then 6pm to 10pm

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Cost
R75-R90
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Seafood, Sushi
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
This is a sophisticated seafood restaurant, which serves everything from lobster bisque to line fish baked in the oven with tomatoes and onions. Have some of the best prawns in town, like the succulent queens, cooked Portuguese-style in beer and peri peri. The calamari may be more pricy than your average seafood franchise, but then you can taste the superior quality and preparation of the produce. Good oysters and highly-recommended sushi.

Wine
The selection varies from middle-of-the-range to top-quality premium brands, with a good selection by the glass.

Service
It’s friendly and the staff clearly know their regular customers.

Ambience
It’s normally packed at the gills, but it has a welcoming vibe. It’s given a luxe feel by the use of white linen tablecloths and good glassware.

And...
They serve the fresh-water fish, pangasius, on its own or in a selection of their popular combos. (JW, October 2011)
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User reviews

  • Super fish restaurant Ambience is nice, but the service is top and the fish is the best in Johannesburg. Pedro made a unique Fishmonger Price little high, but it deserves it.
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  • My husband and I visited recently and had an amazing evening. The host, Chris welcomed us, and set us up on a lovely corner table. Our waitress was very attentive. The creamy mussels starters were to die for. My steak was awesome. My husband opted for the panga, which was grilled to perfection. The froyo was a perfect end to a delightful meal.
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  • my favorite restaurant....always my 1st choice...sublime langoustines, and their kingklip on the bone is too wonderful.
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  • I visited the Fishmonger in Illovo with a picky pescatarian last night.

    The staff were friendly, the service excellent and the food sublime. The meal was cheaper than I expected, and my visit confirmed this to be the best seafood restaurant in Joburg. The pescatarian was pleased.

    Thanks guys!

    Ted
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  • The service at Fishmonger Illovo is BRILLIANT! The manager and all the staff are very friendly and highly attentive. We had sushi which was brilliant! The desert and coffee was also top notch! We'll definitely go back!
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  • **This review is for Fishmonger Rosebank.**

    Lovely food and venue but I was particular impressed with the service. Knowledgeable and attentive waiters who mastered the subtlety of always being present, without us feeling as though they were hovering over us.

    We will definitely be back soon!

    Thanks for a lovely evening.
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  • Top marks for Fishmonger in Illovo. Although I don't dine there that often, the few times that I have been there with friends, the food, service and ambience have been a cut above most restaurants of a similar class. It is easy to see that this restaurant is well managed. That makes all the difference between average and extraordinary.
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  • I've always quite enjoyed Fishmonger, even though I found their prices leaning towards the expensive side. After my visit on Tues 25 March I won't be returning anytime soon. The calamari served to us were the tiny tubes one finds at a pub, the haloumi was rubbery, the tuna sashimi was cut far too thick. I can't see how a restaurant can charge R250 for a plain grilled piece of sea bass (cultivated from Mauritius). Other restaurants in Johannesburg charge half this amount. The same can be said for the prawn curry which carries an equally exorbitant price tag. If the food was amazing I might be able to justify it, but the most enjoyable part of the meal were the veg sides which we all agreed was better than any of the seafood we ordered. Sadly, we won't be returning, as we all left feeling rather hard done by.
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  • Dinner on wed night for 3 was average at best. Service was great - attentive and sharp. However, the seafood at those prices, was not. Line fish for R170.00 was over cooked and so was battered fish.The Baked Kingklip was better. At average prices this average meal may have been worth it. Probably won't give this a try again.
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  • I was incredibly disappointed with the shocking cutomer service... and the fact that we were served raw prawns!

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  • Great seafood, excellent service. Those crispy rolls are the best! The snails - always recommended! Lovely wine by the glass.

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  • The receptionist would benefit from being friendlier, and there is no need to point out we were late for our reservation, especially considering it was a week night and the traffic in Joburg, otherwise the food is always excellent.

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  • Best seafood in town. Have been there a few times and have always been pleasantly surprised - the food is fresh and the service is excellent.

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  • Tried the new Fishmonger in Rosebank, and it did not disappoint. The food and service is of the same high quality. The ambience may even be slightly better than its Illovo counterpart, with its spacious and sunny open deck!

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  • Excellent service and well cooked food!
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  • Very nice service and food. However, the environment is extremely noisy, despite efforts to cover some naked walls with absorbing material.
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  • What an amazing time. I have eaten at restaurants all around the country and have never experience such excellent service as the Illovo branch. It was amazing! And the food was great too.
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  • Fishmonger is a down to earth, non- pretentious restaurant. We ate there on Saturday evening and were very happy with the experience. The quality of the line-fish was outstanding and the service was particularly noteworthy. I would recommend this restaurant if you are after excellent seafood and fantastic service and dont mind spending the evening in a family restaurant.
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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