Are you searching the web to find a lekker Family-friendly restaurants in Bedfordview to take the fam to? Guess what? We've got you sorted! From good old steakhouses to fish and chips hangouts, we've got them all! But before the kids start screaming for chicken nuggets, let's get started, shall we?
John Dory's at Bedford Centre provides the ultimate family-friendly dining experience. With a separate play area for the kids and yummy family platters on sushi, seafood and grills, there is no better place to enjoy dinner out with the family. The restaurant also boasts quite an impressive view so you and your partner can enjoy a spot of romance while the kiddies play.
Details: (Tel) 011 615 3846 | [email protected] | Shop M13, Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith Road & Van Der Linde, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Who hasn't enjoyed family dinner at Spur? This beloved family-friendly restaurant chain has two branches located in Bedfordview. Treat the kids to a night out and come and enjoy premium cut steaks, burgers and ribs at Spur. Little ones are kept out of trouble by Spur's colouring activities, play centres and tales of chiefs of a bygone era. For those nights you simply can't juggle being parent and chef, Spur is the perfect dining option.
Spur Bedford Centre: (Tel) 011 616 1353 | [email protected] | Shop U45, Bedford Centre, Smith Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Spur Eastgate: (Tel) 011 615 5002 | [email protected] | Shop U63/66, Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Saturday morning breakfast with the kids can be a nightmare. Everyone wants something different to eat and no one can agree on what to watch on television. Round up your brood and bring them to Wimpy at Bedford Centre instead! Here each one can pick and choose their own delicious brekkie and have a jolly good time. Whether you are a waffles in the morning type or eggs and bacon addict, Wimpy is the ideal family-friendly breakfast destination.
Details: (Tel) 011 615 7149 | Shop U56, Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith Road & Van Der Linde, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Now for something a little bit different. Chevy Lane is a quirky 1950s inspired American diner located at Bedford Centre. Their menu features an array of indulgent waffles, burgers, pizzas and hotdogs, as well as the best milkshakes in Bedfordview. Bring the kids to Chevy Lane after a jump session at Gravity or a movie at NuMetro Cinemas. It's the perfect spot for birthdays and celebrations. P.S: There is a separate cigar lounge and whisky bar for parents to enjoy.
Details: (Tel) 074 919 2739 / 011 615 2450 | Shop M7, Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith Road & Van Der Linde, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Does your bambino love Mexican-inspired cuisine? Pop by Mochachos at Key West Centre to pick up a family fiesta. The menu here features both family-style meals and separate kiddies' meals. Our top pick is the Family Fiesta meal - a full chicken, served with chips or wedges, coleslaw or a garden salad and four rolls. Mochachos also serves a variety of desserts, so you can enjoy a full family dinner without the added fuss of cooking and clearing up.
Details: (Tel) 011 450 3356 / 011 450 3638 | Shop 8, Key West Shopping Centre, 43 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.
How about a taste of Afro-Porto fusion and oodles of family-fun? Visit Mozambik Restaurant on the piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre to experience the flavours of Mozambique. Let the kids play on the outdoor jungle gyms while you soak up the beachside atmosphere and sip on a cheeky cocktail (or two). The Tipo Tinto and Sparletta Sparberry mix cocktail jug is said to be heavenly. Don't be surprised if this becomes you and the kid's top weekend hangout.
Details: (Tel) 011 615 0304 | [email protected] | Eastgate Shopping Centre, Shop R14, 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Another one of Eastgate Shopping Centre's top child-friendly restaurants, Piatto offers an extensive kiddies' menu. From breakfast to supper, Piatto caters to little tummies. Serving up wholesome meals packed with flavours the kids will love, Piatto is our number one spot for Sunday lunch with the family. Sip leisurely on a glass of red or white while the kids play on the piazza. You'll surely feel relaxed and ready for the manic week ahead after dining here. Piatto is the is one of the best when it comes to Family-friendly restaurants in Bedfordview.
Details: (Tel) 011 622 3009 | Store R12, Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Adega is one of Bedfordview's many popular Portuguese restaurants. Known for its delicious seafood platters, grilled chicken and spicy rich dishes, Adega is also a great place to take the kids out for a bite to eat. Above and beyond the sumptuous food offerings there is a play area just outside the restaurant to keep them entertained. Adega offers specials throughout the week and on weekends, so you're always sure to get a good deal fit to feed the whole family. The monk knows best! That's why they're on the list when it comes to Family-friendly restaurants in Bedfordview.
Details: (Tel) 011 450 4646 | [email protected] | 1 Park Street, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Sometimes the very last thing you want is to cart the kids off to a restaurant cramped inside a mall shopping centre. If your little ones could use a good dose of the outdoors, bring them to Kiddilicious - an outdoor kid's play centre, party venue and restaurant. Parents are welcome to sit on the deck to enjoy a breakfast platter or mid-morning mocktails while the children play to their heart's content in the gardens. Their kid's menu is also known to appease even the fussiest of eaters, so be sure to visit as soon as you can.
Details: (Tel) 076 358 6003 | [email protected] | 15 Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Moms and daughters, we are sure you could use a break from the boys every now and then. For when you've had enough of Dad's jokes and pestering big brothers, visit Happily Ever Laughter to enjoy a much needed break. Here you will find a delightful kiddies' play centre, party venue and restaurant. Put on your Sunday best and come and enjoy a picture perfect afternoon tea complete with mini quiches, fruit kebabs, chocolate brownies, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, mini cupcakes, mini lemon meringue, scones and tea or coffee. (Dads are allowed too, so long as they promise to behave themselves!) it's all in the name! Happily Ever Laughter is defs worth checking out when it comes to Family-friendly restaurants in Bedfordview.
Details: (Tel) 011 450 0711 | [email protected] | 24A Riley Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Vini's has been in the business of churning out happy, satisfied customers since 1992. An Italian meets continental dining experience awaits you at the restaurant's lush outdoor piazza. Bring the kids along to enjoy wood-fired pizza, authentic Italian pasta and delicious family-style spreads. Vini's serves a classic Sunday lunch roast with all the trimmings as well. Join them for a breezy lunch and live music in the summertime or a warming roast to feed the whole family in the colder months.
Details: (Tel) 011 455 1731 | [email protected] | 12 Kings Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Bedfordview boasts a number of Greek and Mediterranean restaurants. However, only one can truly call itself kid-friendly. The Fat Mermaid offers an attraction most restaurants simply cannot - a swimming pool! During the long summer school holidays this is the top spot in Bedfordview for fresh, filling meals and ample fun. Soak up the sun while sipping on a refreshing iced coffee and watch as the kids have a ball splashing about in the crystal clear water. It's a definite must-visit.
Details: (Tel) 011 450 0053 | 4 Jasmine Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Last but certainly not least on this list is Fiddelwoods Restaurant. Situated at Ryan's Nursery and Garden Centre, this quaint coffee shop and restaurant is geared towards family-friendly dining. Surrounded by the smell and sights of the plant nursery, the restaurant features a kiddies' play area and resident parrot. The menu spans a variety of cuisines, including Italian, Greek and Portuguese. Meet up with other moms, dads and tots here for Saturday brunch or afternoon tea. It's a great place to take a breather from the madness of parenting.
Details: (Tel) 082 865 2528 | Geldenhuis Estate Cnr. Kings Rd and, Skeen Blvd, Bedfordview, Germiston.
Bedfordview is fast becoming the go-to suburb for good Greek food in the city. With a number of restaurants featuring traditional Greek meze and desserts on their menus, it seems as though this pick and share way of eating is gaining popularity. Or, perhaps it has always been a part of the Bedfordview food ethos. We are simply starting to take notice because it's too good not to.
Recently, a friend and I discovered another hidden Greek gem tucked away down a side street in Bedfordview. Quaintly called The Fat Mermaid, this restaurant and party venue is the ideal spot for summer meals, drinks and a good time. Complete with a shining swimming pool, shaded outdoor seating and a 'shot bar', The Fat Mermaid is a suburban Greek paradise if ever there was one.
The decor consists of shades of deep blue and stark white, reminiscent of the villas perched upon Greek island mountainsides. If like me, you will be having a Joburg Christmas 'staycation', this is the perfect place to visit for a feeling of international escape. You are welcome to take a dip in the pool, for a charge of R25. Or, lounge in the sunshine on one of their recliners. Either way, it's the nearest thing to a Greek beach vacation without need for a passport. My friend and I took a seat under the shaded lapa which overlooks the pool. The venue isn't all that spacious, but there is enough room between the tables to be able to hold a good, long conversation. After all, that's what good Greek meals are about, besides the food of course.
Speaking of food, The Fat Mermaid has a generous menu, featuring meze, gourmet sandwiches, pastas and yiros. Their drinks menu is just as inviting, with both hot and cold options. We both chose to indulge in a coffee freezo. Not too bitter and not too sweet, it went down a treat.
Choosing a meal was difficult, thanks to all the yummy sounding options. However, I settled on a Chicken and Tzatziki Yiro, while my friend gave into her sweet tooth with a Nutella, Strawberry and Oreo Crumble Waffle. Our order did take awhile to reach the table, but we hardly noticed on accordance of the serene setting and our chilled drinks. Once our food did arrive, we were more than ready to tuck in. My yiro was slightly under seasoned and the potato chips could have been crispier. But all in all, it was a happy marriage of herby grilled chicken, fresh tomato and onion, tangy tzatziki and doughy pita bread.
It's hard to go wrong with buttery waffles, fresh strawberries, Oreo crumble and chocolate sauce. Needless to say, my friend was superbly impressed with her choice and we will definitely be back for more!
On our way out, I spotted a table laden with Greek biscuits and sweets. There is also a fridge filled with pre-made Greek snacks and meals, including falafels and keftedakia. Great for lunchboxes or as finger food at parties, your guests will never know that you didn't make them from scratch, so pick up a few. Alternatively, you can book out The Fat Mermaid for your next birthday or special function. There are two function rooms available, including the outdoor Mermaid Lounge and Bar, which seats up to 45 people.
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Details: 4 Jasmine Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 011 450 0053