Restaurante Parreirinha

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Portuguese, Pub fare, Seafood, Steak
Phone Number 0114353809 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 12pm to 10pm

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Menu - Restaurante Parreirinha - Menu - Updated June 2018


R130 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Portuguese, Pub fare, Seafood, Steak
R130 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Paddi Clay

Don’t be put off by the narrow, unprepossessing exterior in a suburb that’s seen better days. Inside is a warm, lively and expansive Portuguese family restaurant that’s been famous for good times and good-value food for over 40 years.


All the basic Portuguese favourites are here – moist, grilled prawns in all sizes, served with chips and rice, garlic butter sauce or lemon sauce, soft Portuguese rolls and a legendary chicken peri-peri. Start off with fried prawn cakes or steaming kale-and-potato caldo verde soup with thick slices of chouriço.

Follow up with a chunky rump espetada or a traditional sirloin steak topped with fried egg. On the fish side, try bacalhau, the quintessential Portuguese dish of braaied codfish, grilled sardines or line fish. Vegetarians may struggle here but there are a few simple fresh salads – and mounds of moreish chips to keep hunger at bay.

Finish your feast with the lightest barril de natas – custard tartlets –served with a sinful dollop of cream or one of ‘Mama’s home-made favourites’, such as crème caramel, chocolate mousse or crêpes suzette.


Plenty of beer, including minis of Super Bock, and of course many bottles of Vinho Verde, rosé and tinto. There’s also a selection of popular local wines ranging from moderate to expensive. Shooters and Dom Pedros are favourites and for the smokers there are even imported cigars.


Dishes zip out of the kitchen at a pace, and a slew of practised waiters weave expertly through the crowded tables to get everything to your table piping hot and to keep you hydrated.


Atmosphere in spades. The restaurant, which was once a jail, consists of non-smoking rooms, some still with bars on the windows, surrounding a covered central courtyard. The courtyard is the popular heart of the venue, festooned with hundreds of ties donated by patrons over the decades. Tables with plastic coverings and cruet sets pack every available space.

Best for…

Casual, value-for-money meals for working men and groups of friends with lots to talk about over an extended lunch, lively nights with family and friends, and office celebrations. Watch out for special promotions, particularly during their birthday month in July.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    8 Queen prawns - dried out, overcooked for R312! For that money you could go to a proper restaurant. When asked the waiter why he did not inform us when we ordered that it was so expensive, he said management does not want to put the price. So we're not the first to complain, it's a common problem, and they're purposely tricking the customers. Waiter could not care less, so terrible service on top of it. Will never go there again.
    Loved dining here! Ordered all their specialties: starter platter, prawn cakes, seafood kebab, chocolate mousse. Everything was superb. Admittedly, their prawn cake is the star of the show, whilst everything else great, I still salivate thinking of those prawn cakes. And you can order them frozen to enjoy at home! The restaurant was packed, had a great atmosphere, and a rustic, offbeat charm. Wait staff were efficient, although not the friendliest. The area is totes dodge, but this added to the experience. A definite must if you enjoy Portuguese cuisine.
    Simply the best you can get. Prawns the best I've ever tasted
    Have been going here for 20 years, and will keep on going. Mother Da Cunha is in the kitchen, and everything she makes is magic. You feel like part of the family in this restaurant. Just awesome! :)
    Love ur chicken n prawns

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