Explore Joburg’s Tapas and Mezze Scene


Embark on a gastronomic journey as we delve into the vibrant tapestry of culinary delights in Johannesburg. From the sizzling allure of tapas to the artful presentation of mezze boards, this article invites you to explore the city’s diverse and delectable food scene.

La Pergola

La Pergola is a haven for the celebration of Northern Italian cuisine, where they take pride in crafting delectable antipasti and uncomplicated dishes using the freshest ingredients. Situated at 44 Stanley, their culinary offerings are an exquisite blend of simplicity and elegance. Indulge in their Antipasto Platter, featuring a selection of cured Italian meats, salami, pickled vegetables, cheeses, and delicacies, perfect for sharing among two or four. Additionally, their Vegan Platter, accompanied by toasted ciabatta, olive tapenade, beetroot hummus, sundried tomato pesto, and basil pesto, offers a delightful plant-based option. View their menu here.


Discover a passport-free taste of the Mediterranean at Bedford Square. The sister restaurant to George’s Grill House opened their doors to the public in September 2023. The décor exudes a subdued yet elegant charm with its warm, earthy tones. Ideal for summer, this spot promises delightful Mediterranean flavour without leaving town. One of the restaurant’s highlights is their delectable tapas platters, offering a choice between antipasto, seafood, meat, and vegetarian options.

Old Town Italy

Embracing authentic Italian flavors while remaining adaptable to the latest health trends and food movements, their menu is a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Prioritising Italian products, we also seek out local ingredients that resonate with their culinary philosophy. While their Melrose Arch location is closed, you can still savour their offerings at their Menlyn Maine venue. Indulge in their Antipasto Platter, featuring a delightful selection of cured meats, cheeses, charred artichokes, caponata, basil pesto-marinated boconcini, all served alongside crusty sourdough bread.


Experience Meze Monday at Mythos and enjoy R100 off your favourite sharing platter, whether you’re a meat, seafood, or veggie lover. Immerse yourself in the ambience and carefully curated details that bring you the closest thing to an authentic Greek meal. Choose from enticing options like the Veg Meze Platter with grilled halloumi and more, the Mythos Mixed Meze Platter featuring a variety of delicacies, or the Seafood and Meat Meze Platters, each thoughtfully prepared for a delightful dining experience.


Indulge in a regal Tapas feast at Cilantros, located at Nelson Mandela Square! Pair your experience with a refreshing gin cocktail and savor the delightful Vegetarian Meze Board. Gather your friends and family to enjoy an array of tapas, including enticing options like wood-fired flatbread and a delectable plant-based board.

Olives and Plates

Celebrate the summer season with delectable tapas at Olives and Plates located around Johannesburg. Enjoy the Meze Platter, a delightful ensemble featuring marinated artichokes, grilled halloumi, olives, tzatziki, hummus, and whipped chili feta dip. Additionally, relish the Tempura Zucchini served with warm toasted pita and crisp bread sticks. Perfect for sharing, this vibrant spread is designed to enhance the joy of good food, good wine, and good company.

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