Top Greek Restaurants In Joburg

While I’m not Greek, sometimes I’m mistakenly assumed to be. Okay, it happened once, but I’ll take it because I just love Greek food and Greek Restaurants. That and the thought of lazing about on one of the stunning Greek Islands is what gets me through most working days. Anyway, in light of my deep love for this type of Mediterranean cooking, take a look at my top picks when it comes to eating Greek food in Joburg.



Try rock up at Parea on a Saturday night without a booking. I dare you. It’s not gonna happen – but there’s a reason they’re so popular. This authentic Greek restaurant has been around for as long as I can remember. It’s an Illovo landmark (right by Wolves, if you’re not sure) that makes some of the best Greek food in town. I do not say this lightly. Take a seat in the courtyard section during summer and indulge in an array of tasty tapas, perfectly-fried chips and what could very well be my favourite calamari dish … ever.

Top picks: If you’re popping in for a light lunch, the chicken and halloumi in a pita, served with tzatziki, tomatoes and onions will sort you out. If you’re starving, go for the grilled calamari mains and be sure to order a side of chips. Divine!

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Mezepoli is a meze and wine bar that serves up good quality Greek cuisine and, I know it sounds a bit strange, but you can also have delicious sushi here. Whether you have a variety of mezes or go straight to the yiros, you can’t go wrong.

Top picks: A couple of things: souvlaki chicken, spanakopita, taramasalata, tzatziki and, if you still have room, dolmades and deep fried halloumi.

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There are two Plakas Restaurants in Joburg – both of which make a mean Greek dish. Whether you go for mezes, mains or a bit of both, whatever you do, just leave room for the baklava (with ice cream, thank you very much).

Top pick: The baby chicken with a serving of roast potatoes on the side.

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The Greek Sizzler

If you visit the Greek Sizzler Restaurant in summer, be sure to sit outside – their open-air courtyard is wonderful! If you go in winter, they’ve got a fireplace inside to keep you cozy. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date or a casual Sunday lunch with friends.

Top pick: The kleftiko – served with roast potatoes and vegetables of the day. Talk about a hearty meal!

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By Nikki Samakosky.

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