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Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Greek, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Owners description

Sandton’s longest running café blends family heritage and history with contemporary design making for a cosy, artsy and hip space. Walnut Grove has been run as a family business in Sandton for over 30 years. When Yianni Drakopoulos handed the restaurant over to his son and daughter this January, they decided to refurbish the space. “We wanted to excite and entice our customers to visit the new Walnut Grove without losing site of the traditions, history and handiwork of our parents,” explains Elle Ruschioni, who runs the restaurant in partnership with brother Fotis Drakopoulos and their partners, Alessandra and Marco.“For Greeks and Italians eating is a social experience, a very special event that just happens to occur every day – three times a day!”, she adds. Meals here are about family, friends and sharing, a value carried through in several different dining areas, and in the platters designed for sharing.“Our food is rustic, simple, fresh, authentic and inspired by our travels to our villages in Greece and Italy,” says Elle. Salads and mezze platters are designed to share. Feeling virtous? Try one of the vibrant salads like the Casablanca salad – a green leaf salad with rocket, cous-cous, roast butternut, roast peppers, grilled halloumi, sunflower seeds, almonds, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cucumber ribbons in a pomegranate, extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinaigrette dressing, served with avocado fans and homemade-flatbread chips. Alternatively, succumb to the decadent display of cakes (our editor, Abigail, admits to indulging here). Muffins come baked in terracotta pots in every flavour from white chocolate and macadamia, to nougat and goji berry seeded bran. Natural wooden finishes contrast beautifully with translucent perspex Louis Ghost chairs in the main dining area, where a towering tree is hung with over 20 000 crystals, sourced from charity shops and antique dealers around the world.

User reviews

  • We used to be regulars at Walnut Grove, but with their literally bad food and don't-care attitude regarding customer complaints, we will NEVER eat there again and we will be sure to tell everyone we know to stay away.

    We were a party of 4 and waited over 40 minutes for our food to arrive even though it was a quiet evening. When the food finally arrived, we thought the rice that came with 3 of the dishes smelt a little off but thought perhaps that was how it was seasoned to taste and ate our meals.

    That evening those of us who had rice got food poisoning so there is nothing else to conclude except that the rice was really off like we had suspected.

    We were passing by the restaurant two days later and went to complain about the incident but they did not take responsibility. THEY JUST DON'T CARE!
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  • Delicious food and beautiful restaurant - always an unforgettable experience!

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  • Extremely busy on Saturday but it is just too 'wow'! Loved the macaroons! All the food was spectacular and service was fabulous. Will be there soon to try the burger.

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  • Cold and tasteless food. A total disappointment and waste of money.

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  • Beautiful decor, relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and out of this world presentation! At the Walnut, you can feel the "passion" in everything you eat, drink or see! Well done!

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  • From the time you set eyes on the scenario, the place invites you in. The waitrons are friendly, supportive and very knowledgable about both the menus and what's the best places to go around Joburg. I was served by Lawrence and within 20 minutes I had talked with the owner who makes it his business to come around to the tables to find out how the food and the service is. I felt accepted as a part of the restaurant and the food was fantastically presented and also very tasty, the meat seemed fresh - not possibly stored and frozen and you could see by how many people came to eat there it really is Johannesburg's meeting place. "Bon chance and baie gelukkige."

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  • Hi, I just tried out the new Walnut Grove in Sandton City and all I can say is wow! Great looking shop with the most amazing cakes! You have to give them a try!

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  • Dreadul dent in my day, no longer the elegant high standard restaurant it used to be. Food is badly made and service is slow. I could have cooked myself a better meal with left overs in my fridge while having my eyes closed. Owners sat during lunch for a business meeting and ordered take out from Anat - I guess that says it all....

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  • Walnut Grove . They say in South Africa Lekker ,friendly Lawrence Wisdom and Newton plus you get to meet the owner Yanni who is a typical Greek Restauranteur , asks you how things are and what the service is like and of course the meal . I wish more Restaurants were like this . Phone +27-11-783-6111
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  • My partner and I went to Walnut Grove cafe and restaurant. The waitrons were always hovering and they were professional. The menu was vast but attractive, and great service and follow up from floor managers, along with very comfy seating. Cost effective prices on the menu. Cant ask for much better, plus various tvs, all with different channels - it was like 5 cafes in one. Amazing.
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  • unsatisfactory service at Walnut Grove sandton left us dissatisfied and never to return. After ordering our meal mine came with crisps or a salad. I wanted the crisps, to me chips and crisps are the same thing. to my dismay when the bill arrived I was charged for the chips. When i told the waiter the meal came with the option and i need not pay for the chips, he said crisps are different to chips therefore I must pay. But then he did not explain himself properly and then I still was not offered the crisps or salad. After explaining this to the manager,he( the manager was very impolite towards us and made us feel like we were wrong. Not to mention the granadilla juice tasted fermented. I did not complain about that. This type of treatment sends patrons packing, never to return.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Functions
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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