pageview

Venues

Parea Taverna

Parea Taverna
Write a Review

Is this your venue?

Claim it now!

Please or signup in order for you to claim this venue.

Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Burgers, Deli fare, Greek, Mediterranean, Modern, Tapas, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40 white wine, R50 red wine.

Critic's review

Steve Steinfeld

Parea is a Greek term that roughly translates to “ a group of people who derive pleasure simply by being together”, so it’s fitting then that the restaurant, for close on 30 years, has been one of Joburg’s most popular meeting spots for great Greek cuisine – bringing people together around tables brimming with plenty a plate of meze, pita and more.

Food
A Joburg stalwart, Parea continues to serve up no fuss, good and tasty traditional cuisine from its quintessentially Greek taverna. Begin with a selection of their dips – think hummus, taramasalta and tzatziki to be generously dolloped on warm pita breads - and a selection of their meze (best ordered to be shared by the table). These small plate, meze offerings includes an extensive vegetarian options with the likes of htipiti, a grilled feta cheese with fresh tomatoes, pepper and spices, and classic dolmathes stuffed with herbed rice. Those looking for meatier meze should opt for the chicken livers, more-ishly spicy in their peri peri sauce, or calamari, the Parea way – grilled with plenty of onion and garlic. Moving onto mains look towards the “in pita” option with various souvlaki, yiro, haloumi and falafels available in the classic Mediterranean flatbread together with onion, tomato and tzatziki or go for the Souvlakia of tender lamb cubes beautifully seasoned and cooked on skewers. End the meal with a traditional Rizogala rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon and served hot or cold based on preference.

Drinks
The wine list features the usual suspects in terms of mid to upper-middle of the range South African wines. While it’s not going to be the place you discover something new or exciting, there’s sure to be something to satisfy most palettes. A nice touch is the small selection of Greek wines, which adds a unique and authentic touch to the offering.

Service
Parea gets busy and it gets busy quickly with waitresses at times somewhat floundering between tables. Service becomes slow and on more than one occasion numerous attempts needed to be made to get the attention of a staff member before receiving service.

Ambience
The restaurant is exactly what comes to mind when thinking of a traditional, casual Greek eatery with its blue and white décor throughout and murals of the island towns along the walls. On Friday and Saturday nights the party atmosphere ramps up with Greek dancing and belly dancers adding to the authentic Greek experience.

Best for...
Dinner with friends, family celebrations, date nights.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food
  • Steve Steinfeld

    Food
    A Joburg stalwart, Parea continues to serve up no-fuss, good and tasty traditional cuisine from its quintessentially Greek taverna. Begin with a selection of their dips – think hummus, taramasalata and tzatziki to be generously dolloped on warm pita breads – and a selection of their meze (best ordered to be shared by the table). These small-plate offerings include extensive vegetarian options, with the likes of htipiti (a dip made with grilled feta cheese with fresh tomatoes, peppers and spices) and classic dolmathes stuffed with herbed rice.

    Those looking for meatier meze should opt for the chicken livers, which is moreishly spicy, or the calamari done the Parea way – grilled with plenty of onions and garlic. Moving onto mains, look towards the ‘in pita’ option with various souvlaki, yiro, haloumi and falafels available in the classic Mediterranean flatbread, together with onion, tomato and tzatziki. Ogo for the souvlakia of tender lamb cubes beautifully seasoned and cooked on skewers.

    End the meal with a traditional rizogala rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon and served hot or cold, based on preference.

    Drinks
    The wine list features the usual suspects in terms of mid to upper-middle of the range of South African wines. While it’s not going to be the place you discover something new or exciting, there’s sure to be something to satisfy most palates. A nice touch is the small selection of Greek wines, which adds a unique and authentic touch to the offering.

    Service
    Parea gets busy and it gets busy quickly, with waitresses at times somewhat floundering between tables. Service becomes slow and on more than one occasion numerous attempts need to be made to get the attention of a staff member.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is exactly what comes to mind when thinking of a traditional, casual Greek eatery with its blue and white décor throughout and murals of the island towns along the walls. On Friday and Saturday nights the party atmosphere ramps up, with Greek dancing and belly dancers adding to the authentic Greek experience.

    Best for…
    Dinner with friends, family celebrations and date nights.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food

User reviews

  • I'd been wanting to try out Parea for ages because I had heard such great things about it from my friends. It did not disappoint! By far the best beef gyro in town, service is admirable, and the ambience is inviting and cozy. Definitely worth booking in advance, whenever I go the restaurant is packed!
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Write a review

Nearby Restaurants

Promoted restaurants

Eatout