Restaurante Parreirinha: A Legacy of Authentic Portuguese Cuisine


For nearly five decades, Restaurante Parreirinha has been synonymous with authentic Portuguese cuisine and warm hospitality in the heart of Johannesburg. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey that celebrates tradition, community, and the art of Portuguese cooking at its finest.

The Origin of Parreirinha

The name “Parreirinha” is derived from the Portuguese term for “little grapevine” a nod to the restaurant’s humble beginnings and its connection to the rich cultural heritage of Portugal. Originally established in July 1975 by two brothers-in-law, Parreirinha quickly became a beloved fixture in the La Rochelle community. It was also affectionately known as the “Sixth Street Police Station.”

From La Rochelle to Melrose Arch

Restaurante Parreirinha, renowned as the best Portuguese restaurant in the southern region of Johannesburg, has recently made a significant move from its original location in La Rochelle to the vibrant precinct of Melrose Arch. Despite the change in scenery, Restaurante Parreirinha remains faithful to its roots. They bring with them decades of culinary excellence and a warm, familial atmosphere to its new home.

A familial trademark that has become synonymous with Restaurante Parreirinha is their collection of ties. This quirky trait of the restaurant, adds a touch of personal charm to the décor.

A Home Away from Home: The Heart of Parreirinha

Parreirinha has always been more than just a restaurant; it is a sanctuary where strangers gather, bonds are formed, and lifelong friendships are forged. The warm and inviting ambiance, coupled with the authentic flavours of Portuguese cuisine, creates an experience that transcends mere dining. As Parreirinha transitions to its new location, it carries with it the heartfelt gratitude of its customers and supporters who have made the past 48 years in La Rochelle truly unforgettable.

Exploring the Menu

At Restaurante Parreirinha, the menu is a celebration of authentic Portuguese flavours. The dishes showcase a diverse array of dishes that pay homage to tradition while embracing modern culinary trends. From succulent steak options to fresh seafood and shellfish delicacies, each dish is meticulously crafted to deliver a symphony of flavours that tantalise the taste buds.

The menu even has dishes reccommended by the family. Some of their recommended starters include; the irresistible Rissois de Camarão (Prawn Cakes) and the signature Parreirinha Platter, a delectable assortment of appetisers that set the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.

Guests can also savour the robust flavours of Portuguese cuisine with their selection of meat dishes. Which are expertly prepared and served with chips and rice. Whether you prefer tender steak options or crave something a bit lighter, theirmenu offers something to satisfy every palate.

For More Information


For more information about memberships, you can contact them by calling 
011 435 3809 or emailing

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook for the latest news, information, new dishes, and more.

Address: Corner High & Old House Lane, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg,

As Restaurante Parreirinha embarks on this new chapter at Melrose Arch, we invite you to join us on a journey of culinary discovery, where tradition meets innovation and every meal is an occasion to celebrate the rich tapestry of Portuguese gastronomy.

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