Il Contadino

11 Reviews
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Mediterranean, Modern
Phone Number 0109001363 Opening Hours

Monday closed; Tuesday to Saturday 7am to 10pm; Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Menu - Il Contadino Menu - Updated April 2018


R145 avg main meal
Mediterranean, Modern
R100 (Wine) R150 (Bubbles)
R145 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

19 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 2193

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Zanele Kumalo

It would be silly not to start with what I feel is a core dish and popular starter. That if everything else were stripped and changed for a seasonal menu, they’d have to keep the bone marrow. A big chunky bone split in two serves a delicious, rich and buttery essence. Don’t skip it and share.

Lucky I’ve been enough times to know that the food isn’t always so but this visit, our favourite dish had been too generously doused with olive oil as was the beautifully cooked and tender pesto duck breast and mash with gremolata. Pleasing portions of pork belly, wild boar and other meats come from a sustainable and organic source.

The vegetarian though not vegan options are the most enticing I’ve seen from many restaurants – goats cheese souffle. pumpkin pancakes, spinach fritattas… For healthier indulgences the pastas and farm to table salads are still flavorful.

On a sweet note, ricotta stuffed chocolate and citrus beignets, home-made ice creams, tarts and sponges are a decadently worthwhile full stop to the meal.

A job well done to feel challenged but not intimidated by a wine list but sample the cocktails too – all the currently prolific negronis and old fashioneds are there and expertly made along with some welcome surprises.

The waiters are super friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive.

An inviting and relaxing space but it can get really noisy when it’s full. The street side bar is a cute escape out into some fresh air.

Best for ...
a festive occasion or date night.



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User reviews

11 Reviews
    Such an amazing little hidden Gem.
    The best butternut gnocchi in town!
    Really good evening. Excellent attentive sevice. We had a wide variety of the menu and no-one was dissappinted. Souffle was a close second to the wonderful Beignet for dessert. The vegetarians in the party were well catered and not an afterthought. Highly recommended
    I am a big fan of Il Contadino. It's really just ticks all the boxes for a Friday night dinner. The ambience is great and the staff are really incredible. And importantly, the food is great. The menu proves to keep everyone happy with a nice varied selection (covering your basics and catering for the more adventurous), as well as a daily menu included to keep things innovative and exciting. I'll be there on Friday night for sure!
    Yummiest steak I've had in a while!
    Had breakfast on Saturday morning. Waited which felt like forever, for a waiter to attend to us, eventually called someone that took our coffee order, half an hour later our designated waiter eventually arrived, and when we indicated that we had ordered coffee, he left and returned about another half an hour later just to inform us that he could not find the person that had taken our coffee order! We requested the full breakfast without tomatoes, needless to say the tomatoes were included. My order of french toast, tasted horrible. Perhaps I should rather have asked for two slices of bread brushed with egg, it had the smallest quantity of berry sauce (which tasted horrible), and I think it was meant to be a knob of mascarpone, but this was also just like a smear of cream on the bread. We were constantly looking for our waiter, I had to ask for a glass of water twice, and then i pushed my luck to order another cup of coffee, as this never arrived. The host came to ask if the food was good, and also did not even wait for us to reply, and was clearly not interested in a comment. I really don't know why this place "seems" to be so buy, we will not be back.

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