The Godfather Restaurant

6 Reviews
Burgers, Steak, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0126631859 Opening Hours

Monday 5.30pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 10pm, Sunday 12noon to 10pm.

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Menu - Godfather Menu   - Updated November 2019 Godfather Winelist - Updated November 2019


R196 avg main meal
Burgers, Steak, Vegetarian
R70 for first bottle, R100 thereafter
R196 avg main meal
Business meetings, Groups, Kids
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Child friendly, Cocktails, Functions, Licensed, Parking, Takeaways, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jaqueline Cochrane

The formula behind this family-run business has been fine-tuned over close to four decades. Before relocating to Midstream in 2018, The Godfather was something of a landmark in Centurion, where it had opened in 1984. Diners are made to feel welcome from the get-go, and the atmosphere is both relaxed and refined.

The starters selection includes steakhouse classics like beef carpaccio, garlic snails and chicken livers, as well as two prawn options. You won’t find Steve’s chicken wings on the menu, but it’s worth asking for. The wings are tender, slightly sticky and eating them by hand is pretty much mandatory. Vegetarian-friendly starters include jalapeño rissoles and fried haloumi. The Mozambican-style calamari starter is just the right amount of spicy and exceptionally well-cooked.

The calamari can also be ordered as a main, and other seafood options include kingklip (rated orange or ‘think twice’ on the SASSI list) and prawns. Of course, most Godfather fans come here for the succulent cuts of meat. The beef is grain-fed and matured for at least 21 days. The rump is ever so slightly chewy, but you can’t go wrong with the fillet, which is perfectly tender but doesn’t compromise on flavour. Another firm favourite is the oxtail: a hearty and nostalgic dish. Other meat options include ribs, lamb shank and Karoo lamb chops. Poultry options are limited to chicken schnitzels. This is not (and nor does it pretend to be) a vegetarian or vegan-friendly eatery.

The dessert menu is not particularly vast, but with some seriously tempting options like a peanut-butter mud pie, malva pudding and créme brûlée, you may still have a tough time making up your mind. Thankfully the criminally indecisive are well catered for and may opt for the trio of mini portions. The tiramisu is hair-raisingly sweet, and is best reserved for those who take four spoons of sugar in their coffee. The gelato with salted caramel sauce, on the other hand, is simple, delicious and a thing of beauty.

The wine list is a compilation of familiar stalwarts and offers no surprises, other than the price tag, which seems slightly too high. The selection of aperitifs, spirits and cocktails is more than decent, and on the whole the drinks offering is a tad more imaginative than the food menu.

Expect to be shown to your table with efficiency and aplomb. The wait staff are eager, friendly and loyal, and when prompted, offer a helpful and comprehensive list of recommendations.

For a speakeasy-styled eatery, it’s all a bit too sparkly and echoey, and first-timers may feel like they’ve stumbled upon someone else’s theme party. Yet there’s a lot of heart under all the costume-shop mafioso hats.

Best for…
Succulent cuts of meat in a speakeasy-themed milieu.

(October 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The Godfather is definitely my favorite steal house. The food is always the best quality and the owners & staff make you feel right at home. What I love most is that the owners would pop by your table and just have a conversation. Making you feel like you’re their most valuable client. Thank you for the great service, food and “friendship” that you bring to our community.
    Probably my favourite steakhouse of all time. Great food. FANTASTIC service. And the hosts are the friendliest bunch you'll meet. Fantastic!
    The best steak in town, friendly staff, good service, they go out of their way to make you feel welcome & special. Consistant for tha last 20 years, remarkable achievement
    Def my favourite place to go. Best steaks any where and they do it right. Good wine selection to go with it. Best for a romantic night out
    Every time I go there, I remind myself why this restaurant remains the best steakhouse around. The best service, the best food, never disappointed. And always a plus when the owner comes and great you in person.

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