As restaurant prices continue to soar, finding a spot that offers a good lunch or dinner minus an exorbitant price tag becomes tough - we get it. And if the inexpensive food is not only delicious but also interesting, and perhaps even outside of your previous dining experience, all the better! Here’s a little collection of some trendy, budget-friendly restaurants of every kind that we've stumbled upon in Joburg. So, happy feasting! Oh, and you’re welcome!

Budget-Friendly Restaurants

The Schwarma Co.

The Schwarma Co. in Norwood’s bustling Grant Avenue serves the best of Mediterranean cuisine. The starter menu includes a variety of dips and spreads accompanied by falafel (get seven balls for only R40) and other delicacies. The lamb schwarma, at only R85 and filled with all the extras you desire, is a must-have.

Where: 71 Grant Ave, Norwood, Johannesburg, 2117

Budget-Friendly Restaurants

Jintara Thai Sushi Dim Sum

Looking for budget-friendly restaurants without skimping on quality? We've got you! If Thai food coupled with casual elegance is your thing, then this is your place! Erawan offers top-notch Thai dishes that present flavours and textures that are sure to please your taste buds. While the sushi is a bit on the pricy side, everything else is very much pocket-friendly. What’s more, is that they aren’t yet licensed to serve alcohol, so feel free to take your own bottle of vino to sip on without being charged a corkage fee (for now).

Where: Riverside Shopping Centre, corner of Bryanston Drive & The River Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Dylan’s Restaurant

This upscale restaurant is a hidden gem of note in our opinion. Every dish we've had here has been of superior quality, and the more-than-reasonable price tags have made us a regular! Everything is prepared with the freshest, finest ingredients, which shine through in the dishes. The ambiance is comfortable and laidback but at the same time trendy, which is awesome. It’s great for any meal of the day, or even just for cake and coffee. Oh, and they have speedy Wi-Fi, so it’s a fab spot to work from, too!

Where: Shop 7, Parkmore Mews Centre, Corner of 12th & Olympia Avenue, Parkmore, Johannesburg.

Budget-Friendly Restaurants

Gema Trattoria

None of the pasta al forno dishes (lasagne, chicken lasagne, cannelloni or the parmigiana) exceeds R60, and they are all worth the 20 minutes preparation time, because this is classic Italian fare at its best. One could try the Napoletana, Arrabbiata or the beautifully simple Carbonara pasta for under R60 too. Only a few pizzas, such as the Mario with prosciutto crudo and the Mediterranean with bacon and spinach and feta exceed R60 – the rest are all around the R58 mark and are authentic and worth making the trip to Kensington

Where: 143 Queen St, Kensington, Johannesburg, 2094

Super Sconto

Super Sconto is a family-run restaurant and supermarket where you can pick up all kinds of goodies. The upstairs deli section is where you can find what’s arguably the best sandwich in town: pick a freshly baked panini (small or large) and choose your toppings from the deli counter. Super Sconto also has daily pasta specials, so be on the lookout for those. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch, so just keep this in mind the next time you’re thinking of heading over.

Where: 169 to 171 Louis Botha Avenue, Corner Fifth Street, Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

Robby's Place

Robby's Place is a Restaurant and Tavern in Pimville Soweto, located opposite the Soweto Country Club and en-route to the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, The place where the famous Freedom Charter was signed and soon to become one of Soweto's tourism hotspots. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner can be enjoyed in a relaxed and friendly environment, inside in the dining areas or outside in the courtyard. Pre-booking at least the day before is essential at Robby's.

Where: 5634 Mokoka St, Pimville Zone 5, Johannesburg, 1809

The Eatalian

Looking for Budget-Friendly Restaurants around town? At this upmarket, open-plan eatery, you can tuck into handmade, freshly-prepared Italian dishes that will leave your tummy feeling full and your wallet at ease. The menu is extensive, offering everything from traditional pizzas and pasta to meat dishes as well as seafood. While some dishes may be a tad pricy, there are many that are super-affordable. When you consider the portion sizes, you’ll understand why we say that this place is such a fantastic value for money.

Where: 126 11th Street, Parkmore, Johannesburg.

Cafe Rio

Looking for Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Melrose Arch? Think Walnut Grove fare in a beautiful, breezy Brazilian setting - that’s Cafe Rio! This newly-opened spot serves up meals that are oh-so-satisfying. Their menu of salads, sandwiches and main meals is guaranteed to have something for everyone to enjoy (and then you get people like us, who just love everything!). They even have an awesome variety of sharing boards and plates for when you and your mealtime companions are feeling a little indecisive.

Where: 10A High Street, Melrose Arch, Melrose, Johannesburg.

Galata Bakery

Quaint and warm, with the titillating scent of fresh-baked goods to whet your appetite, this is a welcoming Turkish eatery experience in the middle of Joburg. It’s a coffee shop with a deli that has foods like börek, simit, croissants, cupcakes and pies. A lip-smackingly delicious and generously portioned meal is the Tantuni Turkish bread filled with beef, tomato, red onion, parsley and red peppers. It’s moreish yet filling for just R60. You can also opt to have the same fillings in a lavash (a flatbread) or you could order the Tantuni Turkish bread ­with a side of chips for an extra R10. This is real value for money.

Where: 87 juta street Braamfontein Gauteng

The Dosa Hut

The suburb of Fordsburg is the Indian capital of Johannesburg and the home of budget-friendly Dosa Hut. The restaurant has an extensive menu and it includes a few non-Indian dishes. The prices are extremely reasonable and patrons can pick up a delicious dosa (from masala to lamb) for as little as R35.

Where:Cnr Leslie &, Witkoppen Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg

Are you looking for game meat restaurants in and around the city of Johannesburg? You're in luck! We've eaten our way through the good, the bad and the ugly to bring you the best of the best. Without further ado, let's introduce you to our favourites.

Carnivore — Muldersdrift 

Carnivore in Muldersdrift is a meat lover’s paradise! They offer a wide variety to choose from (depending on availability) with everything from traditional meats like pork, beef, and chicken to game meats like crocodile, zebra, and giraffe. If you’re taking some herbivores along then you will be thrilled to hear that there is something for everyone as vegetarian dishes are also available. Fun fact: Carnivore is Arnold Schwarzenegger's favourite game meat restaurants in South Africa.

For more info, click here.

Tribes African Grill Steak House — Emperors Palace 

The Out of Africa section of Tribes African Grill Steak House menu offers a seasonal variety of African game. From their ostrich burger (filled with a 180g ostrich patty, lettuce, and tomato) and their kudu and impala steaks and ostrich medallions to the Game Platter served with a selection of game that is basted and grilled to perfection, there is a great selection for you to choose from if you are looking to try something new. Visit them at Emperors Palace.

For more info, click here.

The Butcher Shop and Grill — Sandton 

The Butcher Shop and Grill in Sandton is known for their wide selection of meats. They offer succulent steaks, oxtail, wagyu, Karoo lamb, and pork. Their options when it comes to the tastes of Africa aren’t extensive, but they do offer ostrich fillet pan-fried and served with a pepper or cranberry sauce and a Game of the Day option. Just inquire as to what game they have on offer.

For more info, click here.

Moyo — Melrose Arch and Zoo Lake 

A family favourite when it comes to game meat restaurants in Johannesburg, I have always loved Moyo for their African vibe and welcoming atmosphere. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Zoo Lake restaurant on a number of occasions and have always had a great experience! Along with African singing, dancing, music and face painting, they also offer African dishes that include kudu, springbok and ostrich.

For more info, click here.

Wombles — Bryanston 

Wombles offer tasty meaty dishes to satisfy your carnivorous craving, from beef, pork, duck and chicken to succulent lamb. But, for something different, try their springbok shank – oven-roasted springbok shanks in a savoury green peppercorn sauce served with stewed fruit on the side. Sounds rather delicious, doesn't it?

For more info, click here.

The Local Grill — Parktown North 

The Local Grill is a popular meat spot in Parktown North if you are looking to grab a juicy steak. They offer everything from grain-fed to free-range, grass-fed beef, Karoo Persian lamb sausage and venison wors, to an indulgent pork belly roll and lamb cutlets. Not only do they serve the usual tasty meats, but they also offer venison steak rubbed and grilled to perfection served with a cranberry and port jus, and ostrich medallions. So far, which of these game meat restaurants is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

For more info, click here.

Chaplin's Grill — Hurlingham 

I am always talking about Chaplin’s Grill, but that's because I absolutely LOVE this spot! They have the best steaks in Joburg and I have never passed up a chance to indulge in their crème brûlée or Red Velvet Cheesecake. In terms of game, you can either order the Chef’s Special Venison, grilled or pan-fried as medallions or the fan fillet ostrich in a Cumberland sauce.

For more info, click here.

The Bull Run — Sandton 

Are you looking for meat game restaurants in Sandton? We've got you! The Bull Run is a great spot if you are looking to indulge in some delicious meat dishes. And, if it is game meat that you seek, they offer springbok carpaccio, venison, and ostrich fillet. The game meat options are seasonal, so be sure to inquire as to whether they are available.

For more info, click here.

Trumps Grill — Nelson Mandela Square 

The only reason I head to Trumps Grill is because of their large portions of finger-licking-good sticky BBQ ribs! They have a big selection of meaty treats but have a very limited option of game meats. And, when I say limited, I mean it is literally limited to one dish. You can enjoy a 440g ostrich fillet served with a starch of your choice and vegetables (usually spinach and pumpkin).

For more info, click here.

By Kim Brown

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Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Are you looking for Restaurants With Fireplaces in Joburg? No sweat, let's introduce you to our top picks when it comes to wining and dining during winter.

Da Vincenzo

For some authentic Italian cuisine, beautiful views, a warm atmosphere and friendly service, what more could you want to make your night out on the town any better? There are several fireplaces to keep you warm and snug during those chilly nights while setting a romantic ambiance for an intimate dinner for two. Choose from a selection of pizzas and pasta or from the good selection of vegetarian dishes available. Sip on a glass of your favourite wine, sit back and relax near a fire and melt away winter’s chill.

For more information, click here.

Restaurants With Fireplaces

moyo

Known for their African cuisine, great ambiance and service, moyo is a great place to be. With a fun ambiance, live entertainment and a variety of unique and delicious dishes to choose from, moyo is the perfect place to chase away the winter blues with family and friends. Sip on some wine and keep warm in front of their cosy fireplace (Zoo Lake), or enjoy the warmth from their several fire bins in their outside eating area (Melrose Arch).

For more information, click here.

2Thai4

Make chilly nights a thing of the past and visit 2Thai4 for some Thai cuisine with family and friends. Grab a seat in a cosy spot, enjoy the warmth provided by the fireplace,and order some delicious curry to keep the winter night at bay. 2Thai4 is now a Wi-Fi spot, perfect for getting some last minute work done. Choose from their selection of Thai, seafood or vegetarian dishes and selection of interesting wines and alcoholic beverages to take the edge off and warm you up.

For more information, click here.

Beach Blanket Bohemia

With a sophisticated atmosphere with crystal chandeliers and a selection of delicious Mediterranean dishes to choose from along with great service, Beach Blanket Bohemia in Sunninghill is a great place for you to unwind. Cosy up to the fire and melt away the cold night chill or sit outside and soak up the warm sunlight on their terrace during the afternoon. Relax with a classic cocktail off their cocktail list while chilling in the social lounge taking in the sweet tunes from their live DJ and musicians.

For more information, click here.

Restaurants With Fireplaces

The Bull Run

Visit the Bull Run in Sandton to keep warm this winter along with delicious T-bones, ribs, steak and prawn combos among others! Enjoy the warmth from their roaring fire lit during the cold months as you feast away on one (or more) of the many meals on offer!

For more information, click here.

Higher Ground

Situated on the grounds of St Stithians College, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy some sundowners with friends after a long day at the office or for an intimate dinner. Take in the beautiful sights of our lovely city from their deck or terrace area during the warmer hours of the day or sit inside by one of their two fireplaces (one in the bar and the other in the restaurant) to keep the chills away as the night rolls in.

For more information, click here.

The Terrace Restaurant At Fairlawns Boutique Hotel And Spa

Relax indoors this winter at the Terrace Restaurant at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. With a cosy sandstone fireplace in the bar area and a great award-winning selection of wines, both local and international, you are sure to forget that it’s winter. Indulge in a long and lazy breakfast, light meals for lunch, and a romantic dinner for two.

For more information, click here.

The Baron (Fourways)

With great food, a cosy atmosphere and good service, the Baron will make you feel right at home. Sit back in their comfy black leather booths, warm up by their wood-burning fireplace while you watch the latest sport on their two large screens and sink your teeth into a juicy steak from their grill. There is no better way to spend your cold winter night!

For more information, click here.

The Silver Birch

Join in at this amazing award-winning 450 seater restaurant situated in the heart of the iconic Lifestyle Garden Centre. Choose from their nostalgic inside seating or sit outside flanked by the smell of fresh roses, while relaxing in the shade of one of their largest trees. This place is for the whole family, they have a children's play area to keep the kids entertained. Enjoy all of this while staying warm and cosy beside the fire place. It's like a home away from home.

For more information, click here.

Bosheuvel's Cattleman's Kitchen

Do you want that farm look and feel while dining out? We are die-hard fans for such settings and are in love with this true city gem. Bosheuvel's Cattleman's Kitchen was conceived to reach out to city dwellers and provide a true "Farm to Fork" experience. They serve wholesome, delicious and innovative meals. And this winter, there's no need to worry about the chills because they have just the right fireplace. So, head over and enjoy this amazing place.

For more information, click here.

Bosheuvel's Cattleman's Kitchen

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Fireplace

Da Vincenzo

For some authentic Italian cuisine, beautiful views, a warm atmosphere and friendly service, what more could you want to make your night out on the town any better? There are several fireplaces to keep you warm and snug during those chilly nights while setting a romantic ambiance for an intimate dinner for two. Choose from a selection of pizzas and pasta from their menu, and there is a good selection of vegetarian dishes available. Sip on a glass of your favourite wine, sit back and relax near a fire and melt away winter’s chill.

For more information, visit here.

Moyo

Known for their African cuisine, great ambiance and service, Moyo is a great place to be. With a fun ambiance, live entertainment and a variety of unique and delicious dishes to choose from, Moyo is the perfect place to chase away the winter blues with family and friends. Sip on some wine and keep warm in front of their cosy fireplace (Zoo Lake), or enjoy the warmth from their several fire bins in their outside eating area (Melrose Arch).

For more information, visit here.

2Thai4

Make chilly nights a thing of the past and visit 2Thai4 for some Thai cuisine with family and friends. Grab a seat in a cosy spot, enjoy the warmth provided by the fireplace, and order some delicious curry to keep the winter night at bay. 2Thai4 is now a Wi-Fi spot, perfect for getting some last minute work done. Choose from their selection of Thai, seafood or vegetarian dishes and they have an interesting list of wines and alcoholic beverages to take the edge off and warm you up.

For more information, visit here.

Beach Blanket Bohemia

Sophisticated atmosphere with crystal chandeliers and a selection of delicious Mediterranean dishes to choose from along with great service, Beach Blanket Bohemia in Sunninghill is a great place for you to unwind. Cosy up to the fire and melt away the cold night chill, or sit outside and soak up the warm sunlight on their terrace during the afternoon. Relax with a classic cocktail off their cocktail list while chilling in the social lounge taking in the sweet tunes from their live DJ and live musicians.

For more information, visit here.

Higher Ground

Situated on the grounds of St Stithians College, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy some sundowners with friends after a long day at the office or for an intimate dinner. Take in the beautiful sights of our lovely city from their deck or terrace area during the warmer hours of the day, or sit inside by one of their two fireplaces (one in the bar and the other in the restaurant) to keep the chills away as the night rolls in.

For more information, visit here.

The Bull Run

Visit the Bull Run in Sandton to keep warm this winter and enjoy delicious T-bones, ribs, steak and prawn combos and more! Enjoy the warmth from their roaring fire lit during the cold months as you feast away on one (or more) of the many meals on offer!

For more information, visit here.

The Terrace Restaurant At Fairlawns Boutique Hotel And Spa

Relax indoors this winter at the Terrace Restaurant at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. With a cosy sandstone fireplace in the bar area and a great award-winning selection of wines, both local and international, you are sure to forget that it’s winter. Indulge in a long, lazy breakfast, light meals for lunch, and, if you wish, a romantic dinner for two.

For more information, visit here.

The Baron (Fourways)

With great food, a cosy atmosphere and good service, the Baron will make you feel right at home. Sit back in their comfy black leather booths; warm up by their wood burning fireplace while you watch the latest sport on their two large screens; or sink your teeth into a juicy steak from their grill. There is no better way to spend your cold winter night!

For more information, visit here.

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