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10 restaurants with great views in Joburg

From idyllic glimpses of rolling hills to breath-taking cityscapes, Joburg restaurants wouldn’t be the same without their epic views. Here are 10 of some of the best restaurants in Jozi from which to enjoy a sumptuous meal while enjoying the surrounding scenery.

A Streetbar Named Desire (Parkwood)

This newly opened tapas bar from the inventive brains behind Perron and The Griffin has more than a tasty and on-trend menu to offer. Enjoy gorgeous street views from the balcony of this Parkwood Mansions eatery while enjoying live music and nibbling on Middle Eastern-inspired bar snacks, such as smoked baba ghanoush, flatbread, deep-fried olives and hummus with an edible veggie patch. Besides having a lip-smacking variety of seafood and meat tapas, you can also expect a vast array of vegetarian tapas. Cheekily named (think Epic Fornications, Pearls of Wisdom and Coarse Behaviour) cocktails go down well.

 

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Douglas + Hale (Parktown North)

This new wine bar has already set the local dining scene ablaze with its carefully curated wine list of over 60 by-the-glass options and a simple yet mouth-watering menu. Douglas + Hale has replaced James Diack’s The National and meets the high standard of his other popular eateries, Il Contadino and Coobs. The rustic plush and cosy interior is warm and welcoming on cooler days, while the street-side seating makes for a cheery vantage point. Be sure to try the starter of tuna carpaccio with lemon zest, olive oil, capers and chilli flakes and, for mains, the spicy fried chicken with wasabi peas, sprouts and micro salad.

 

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EB Social Kitchen (Hyde Park)

Jaw-dropping views of Hyde Park – especially at night – aside, EB Social Kitchen is one of the cosiest and most elegant restaurants this side of the city. Enclosed inside Exclusive Books behind endless shelves of books is a gorgeous modern loft-style restaurant built to showcase the 40-metre wide glass façade that invites the cityscape in. Exquisite mains – such as organic lamb rump or slow-roasted duck with turnips, sautéed potato, fennel seed and cognac jus – are well worth the price.

The interior and view at EB Social Kitchen & Bar

The interior and view at EB Social Kitchen & Bar. Photo supplied.

Island Bar (Hyde Park)

Southern Sun’s Island Bar is the perfect spot to socialise with friends on long summer days. Situated on the hotel’s pool deck, Island Bar offers sunbathing, cocktails and awesome views of the city. When the munchies hit, order some sushi or sharing platters comprising jalapeño poppers, chorizo sausages and pork ribs.

Island Bar

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JB’s Corner (Melrose Arch)

The original JB’s Corner is still arguably the after-work drinks gem of Melrose Arch, with its street-café charm and gorgeous glass façade that offers guests beautiful views. From nourishing breakfast dishes – such as scrambled eggs on toast and smoothies – to burgers, pizzas and grills, this is a spot to dine comfortably with family, friends and colleagues alike. For sundowners, patrons are spoilt for choice, with an exhaustive list of choices on the drinks menu that will satisfy even the fussiest of drinkers.

 

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Living Room (Maboneng)

A perennial rooftop favourite, Living Room has some of the best views of the inner city, plus conscious yet lip-smacking dishes that make each visit special. The compact drinks menu is well-thought through, with options to suit every pocket and palate. The cocktails steal the limelight, as do the gourmet tapas and salad bowls. For something light, try the pork belly skewer, chicken wings combo, or four choices of dim sum. To fill a bigger hole in your stomach, go for ramen or seared tuna. Tapas boards are also available.

The view from Living Room

The view from Living Room. Photo supplied.

Marble (Rosebank)

The wood-fired grill is the focal point here – which is no surprise, given the wood-fired food philosophy of this David Higgs restaurant. But the five-star quality, sustainably sourced fare cooked over coals isn’t the only thing that makes this establishment special. With an elegant interior offering stunning vistas of Rosebank and magnificent sunsets, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy the view with sumptuous local produce and perfectly cooked, finest quality meats and seafood – from quail and game to oysters and crayfish.

The iconic Marble view

The iconic Marble view. Photo supplied.

Saint (Sandton)

At this Italian restaurant, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to seating – there’s a main dining area, a bar and balcony seating that affords exquisite views of Rivonia Road. Wine and gourmet pizza are always a winning combination, so make sure you work your way through the outstanding pizzas on this menu. Because not everyone loves the tanginess of tomatoes, Saint’s Bianca pizzas are an absolute treat. From toppings of lamb shoulder, confit garlic and coriander-and-sumac yoghurt to mushrooms, truffles, preserved lemon, gorgonzola and asparagus, there’s something for everyone.

 

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San Deck Bar & Restaurant (Sandton)

Located in the continent’s wealthiest suburb, this is one of Johannesburg’s most exclusive rooftop bars. Whether you go during the day or at night, the view of the city is always magnificent. The fire pits keep any chills at bay, meaning you’ll feel perfectly comfortable at any time of the year. Expect more sharing plates and sustainable South African-inspired dishes, as well as the sumptuous auction wines for which the San Deck is so well-known. Resident DJs send a night out into the stratosphere.

outside at San Deck Bar & Restaurant

Sunset on the deck at San Deck Bar & Restaurant. Photo supplied.

View Restaurant at Four Seasons (Westcliff)

The iconic View restaurant is for those special occasions when nothing but the best will do. That is, the best view of Johannesburg – from the most exclusive vantage point – and the most impressive fine-dining menu. Signature dishes include trout mi-cut (salmon trout served with furikaki, fish crackling, liquorice teriyaki, kohlrabi, dill and yuzu espuma); king oyster mushrooms served with braised asparagus, roasted chestnuts, onion purée and thyme foam; and the picturesque hen’s egg, a colourful and scrumptious combination of sweet potato, shiitake mushrooms, chilli, ginger, baby kale and deep-fried spinach that looks almost too beautiful to eat.

View Restaurant

View Restaurant. Photo supplied.

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