inside at LBV


R300 avg main meal
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
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Owners description

LBV, which opened in December 2013, has become a Bryanston neighbourhood institution.

Since Chef's Darren O'Donovan & Lisa De Beer became partners in the business they have adopted the culture of the upmarket restaurant while incorporating their own fine dining experience to bring a truly unique offering to the JHB market… A la carte fine dining!

The South African born duo broadened their horizons after 5 years at the helm of Cube Tasting Kitchen with a worldwide culinary journey in which they discovered new techniques, trends and flavour combinations that you will find on the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

User reviews

  • Hands down my favorite restaurant in Joburg and fast becoming one of the most popular restaurants in the area. The food, service and ambiance is always world class. Most nights, Chef Jacques is there personally to greet customers, explain the menu and cook the food. We've been countless times and never once had a bad experience... Its the little things that make the restaurant great though, like being able to customize the items on the menu, chopping and changing to suit your taste preferences. The menu also changes every so often, meaning there's always something new to try... And it's usually impossible to choose a favorite, although the Pork Belly is probably the best thing you'll ever eat in your life. No jokes. The wine list is also something special... It's filled with unique and interesting wines that we're not used to seeing at any other restaurant in Joburg, ranging from everyday drinking wines, to really exclusive wines that you'll want to save for special occasions. Overall it's really something spectacular... guarantee if you go once, you'll definitely be back for more!
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  • WOW! Appalled! I have been dying to try your restaurant for a while and now that my mother is visiting from the Western Cape we decided we will go some place nice and so we finally made reservations. I booked on Monday, on the website (which allows one to select the preferred seating area) , and have received two confirmation emails that our booking in the main dining area has been confirmed. Just to be called on Tuesday evening to ask if we have a problem if we are moved from inside to the covered area. Bear in mind (1) The past two days in Johannesburg have been the coldest ones we have had this winter (2) You give an option to select a seating area when you make the reservation (3) You have sent two emails to confirm the booking has been made (4) From other reviews I have read, this is not an isolated incident (5) My mother is not a youngster anymore... she cannot sit outside is this weather (6) The booking has been made for a Wednesday evening before a public holiday, where will we find a good restaurant with availability now. I was asked if I wanted to move my reservation to another evening... NO, IF I WANTED TO GO OUT ON ANOTHER EVENING I WOULD HAVE BOOKED FOR ANOTHER EVENING TO BEGIN WITH! With all the competition out there, one would not expect such service before even visiting the restaurant
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  • Amazing service, with a quirky menu. Great afternoon with good wine, craft beers and good food. Will definitely be back.
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  • My new favorite restaurant in JHB

    I am not a fan of massive restaurants catering for hordes of people, where it gets so loud, I can’t tell if my meat is alive or it's the group having an angina next to me.
    I prefer smaller, more intimate spaces that offer interesting menus, a great wine selection that doesn’t break the bank, but also doesn’t wallow in the cheap. A restaurant that delivers sumptuous food within good time, decent ambiance with enough free-flowing air, and most importantly, a sense of pride in the establishment.
    I am ecstatic to say that I have found one such a place recently!
    A small restaurant, tucked away in the rush of Bryanston, so subtly hidden it's almost missed. LBV Bistro and Wine Bar (La Bella Vitto), fits beautifully into my classic notion for a date-night!

    This quaint restaurant is an absolute gem – with such a charismatic owner/chef/whateveryouneedhimtobe you are assured a wonderful evening.

    My partner and I ordered the Purple Mulbec red wine (yes that went down like a home-sick mole and no, we regret nothing!) and to tame our talking tummies, we ordered the “Fig and Camembert spring rolls” for a starter from their seasonal menu….just think about that combination of tastes for a second..! I managed to capture the visual temptation before our hunger took over.

    But by the time our mains came along, (mine was the “Sirloin Steak” and his was the “Sliced pan-seared butter fillet”) – they were munched down before my brain thought to take a photo. The steak was fantastic and done exactly how I asked. That was worth every cent.

    We couldn’t help but make some space for the desserts – we ordered the “home made chocolate lava cake with a Lindt ball Centre served under vanilla ice cream scoop” – yes I know, drool! We also ordered the “Vanilla ice cream served with a single espresso & Grappa” – needless to say, they were worth it!

    The food was fantastic, the service was brilliant and the actual restaurant was not too full or too empty - We had one of the rarest occasions where I can officially say that, that is a fantastic restaurant.

    I highly recommend it to anyone who takes pleasure in any of what I’ve mentioned above. or Like their page here
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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