Review: Kolonaki offers modern Greek dining experience in Joburg

The perfect spot for both big and small celebrations. All the classic dishes you’d expect at any Greek restaurant, but done sensationally well.

Fast facts

Restaurant name: Kolonaki 

Address: 18, 4th Avenue, corner 9th Street, Parkhurst 

Phone number: 010 900 3319 

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 to 23:00, Sunday 11:00 to 22:00 

Average price of a main course: R250 

Corkage fee: R100 2 bottles max, R200 for Champagne  

Parking situation: Street parking 

Food type: Modern Greek 

Best for: Dining experiences and celebrations for both big and small groups of friends and family 


While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, the food at this modern Greek restaurant is fantastic, and shows great skill and knowledge of preparation. Sensational dishes such as braised leeks with a rich, whipped feta make you want to try the entire vegetarian mezedes. Small plates seem reasonably priced and, with a bit of control, a meal for two can easily be enjoyed without breaking the bank. However, you will want to eat EVERYTHING, so go with some control! 


The wine list is vast and includes predominantly South African wines, with a handful of foreign wines, namely a few Champagnes and Prosecco. Nothing really seems to shout out at you, most of it seems standard and it’s probably best to make your choice based on variety and price point. It really is a shame as the food and ambience of this restaurant is let down by the ability to find a good glass of wine, which is crucial. 


Excellent, well-presented waiters float around effortlessly attending to your every need. Their crisp white and cream uniforms and trendy sneakers give you a feeling of being in Europe. Their grace and attention to detail make you feel comfortable and at ease, and that everything is taken care off. The team at Kolonaki has a good knowledge of the food and allow you to relax and enjoy a truly beautiful Greek restaurant in style. 


This beautiful modern restaurant has an amazing, buzzing ambience. The big warm fire and natural wood furnishings make it comfortable, warm and inviting. This is somewhere you want to be wearing your best outfit and to soak in the very elegant restaurant. The waiters are chic and professional as they effortlessly glide between the tables, delivering mouth-watering plates.  

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