8 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Johannesburg, South Africa

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With a booming restaurant scene, Johannesburg is a mash-up of eclectic flavours among traditional South African fare. Now, there’s always something to try wherever you turn as new restaurants keep popping up to meet the relishing hunger of would-be patrons. Food lovers will be bombarded with succulent meals and the vibrant atmosphere these restaurants offer to their guests. When you’re feeling full, you can tag along for a tour of one of the many landmarks and monuments that showcase South Africa’s rich history before going back to your hotel or Airbnb vacation rental. Constitution Hill and Hillbrow Tower are two of the more popular places to visit while you take a break from your restaurant hopping. Once you’re ready to jump back in the food game, be sure to visit at least one of these fabulous rooftop restaurants. Check out these eight best rooftop restaurants in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1. The Rooftop Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

This exquisite rooftop paradise delivers sumptuous delights to arouse the tastebuds. A true fine-dining and halal restaurant, it specializes in seafood, steak, and other light meals. Start off your meal with jalapeno peppers coated in a delicious mixture and move on to some lamb cutlets served with sauteed vegetables and ratatouille. The atmosphere here is elegant and inviting, offering a chance for couples to have a romantic date in the moonlight and sip champagne while overlooking the skyline. The staff is rather welcoming and friendly, so you’ll feel right at home when you visit. Give the Rooftop Restaurant a try since this is where fine-dining is done at its best.

The Rooftop Restaurant

Address: 99 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2132, South Africa

Website: The Rooftop Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 8am - 4pm; Wed - Sat: 8am - 10:30pm

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2. Rooftop BBQ

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The menu here is an assortment of meat, seafood, sushi and barbeque platters all put together for that authentic dining experience you can expect in South Africa. Wings, sausages, lamb, and steak can be ordered alone, or as a mash-up, so you can try the various flavours they have to offer. Vegetarian sushi options are available on request while California, rainbow and bean curd sushi rolls are provided in four pieces. A nice touch to Rooftop BBQ is the awesome views of the ocean, which make room for spectacular pictures that will last you a lifetime. One thing is for sure — you’ll never get tired of the unique offerings from Rooftop BBQ.

Rooftop BBQ

Address: 246 Main St, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa

Website: Rooftop BBQ

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 12am - 12pm (closed on Mon - Thu)

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3. View Restaurant

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Just as the name implies, View Restaurant in Johannesburg has breathtaking views of the city below it. The opulent design inside is a marker of fine-dining experience you will embark upon entering this restaurant. European, contemporary and fusion dishes are the hallmark of this restaurant. Meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan menus are available for all patrons who want to taste the delectable offerings by this restaurant. Beetroot tartare, and morogo and samp risotto are tasty yet healthy choices for those who want to try something different. The View Restaurant is for those who want to try a twist on European cuisine. With every visit here, you surely won’t be disappointed.

View Restaurant

Address: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg 2001 South Africa

Website: View Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun - Sat: 7am -11pm; Tue - Sat: 6pm - 10pm

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4. Flames Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Flames Restaurant on Thursday, February 5, 2015

One of the best restaurants with a view is the Flames Restaurant. Overlooking the skyline, this place stands tall over the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The restaurant transcends modernity with a mix of urban vibe and food that is cooked to perfection. Snacks and drinks are also offered that can be comfortably eaten on the rustic-themed balcony. The restaurant is open to patrons all day with breakfast, lunch, and dinner as the main provisions. The restaurant does add an element of surprise by making specials at random points during the day. Reservations can be made or you can take a chance for a walk-in.

Flames Restaurant

Address: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg 2001 South Africa

Website: Flames Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 3pm, 6pm -10pm

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My name is Thabang Molefe, Director/ Owner of Tsalanang Travel & Tours. I’m a qualified National Tourist Guide in South Africa, born and breast fed in Johannesburg. I have worked in the sports & events industry where I discovered my passion for traveling, and later worked with some of the TOP destination management/operators in South Africa. I love meeting people, and exchanging knowledge, I’m an outgoing person who loves discovering and learning about history, culture and nature. As part of my value standard, I always try to change the way “the world” perceive certain parts of South Africa and Africa as a hole. I have traveled the southern African region extensively and speak various South African languages. Looking forward to meet you on one of my tours.

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5. Living Room Jozi

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If a relaxed, laid-back vibe is what you’re looking for, then Living Room Jozi is your spot. A cool, tranquil feel is what get as you walk into its space. The rustic decor gives the place a nice balance along with the urban atmosphere. This hang-out spot is ideal for a lazy afternoon with friends. Plus, romance is in the cards if you visit at night, as the stunning night views are just off-the-charts. This rooftop cafe does have palatable meals, and there’s so many to choose from. Gourmet tapas such as wontons and falafel balls act as starters. Bigger bites like beef burgers and fish-and-chips also make it to the menu list. Living Room Jozi is a true chill-out spot, and a great place to hang and relax whether with friends and family — especially if you’re looking for some lighter fare.

Living Room Jozi

Address: 20 Kruger Street, 5th Floor Main Change Building, Maboneng Precinct Johannesburg, South Africa 2094

Website: Living Room Jozi

Opening hours: Sun: 11am -7pm; Mon - Wed: 11am - 5pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 10pm

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6. San Deck, Bar & Restaurant

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Set in a spirited locale of Johannesburg, San Deck Bar & Restaurant sets palettes afire with its mix of authentic South African flavours and freshly prepared ingredients. Starters include sushi rolls and cheese boards with a wide selection inclusive of brie, blue and goat’s cheeses. Vegetable dumplings and potato wedges also make for tasty appetizers. Patrons with a heartier appetite can choose deck sliders like the halloumi chicken wrap or fish-cake burger. Their rooftop bar is also a splendid spot for watching the sunset go down or chilling with friends. Large gatherings such as wedding receptions are also welcomed here — and with finger foods and snacks, there will be plenty to go around.

San Deck, Bar & Restaurant

Address: Alice Ln, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2196, South Africa

Website: San Deck, Bar & Restaurant

Opening hours: 9am - 10:30pm (daily)

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7. Island Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Warm up for the weekend at our Southern Sun Hyde Park Island bar. If our heaters don't get you warmed up, our cocktails will!

Posted by Southern Sun on Friday, July 17, 2015

Island Bar, a poolside deck located at the Southern Star hotel, is the perfect place to unwind and relax at the end of the day. The gorgeous sunset is the star of the show here. Whether you choose to munch on snacks with your friends, or simply spend some quality time with your loved one, this effortlessly pristine palace is fit for kings and queens who just need some downtime. Take a dip in the infinity pool or just watch the sunset — it’s up to you on how you’ll spend your time here. Definitely, this is one spot you won’t soon forget.

Island Bar

Address: Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton, 1st Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, 2196, South Africa

Website: Island Bar

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

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8. The Roof

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Posted by The Roof on Tuesday, 3 December 2019

You must be thinking that such a simple name only comes with a simple dining experience. Think again. The Roof is a modern, eclectic and fine-style event space. The dark backdrop with brown wood accents further adds to its flair. Meal options consist of gourmet burgers and pasta that can all be specialized to suit patrons’ tastes. A breakfast offering of granola bowls, creamy oats, and toast with eggs also make it in. Options such as avocado toast with fresh lemon and green salads allow an easy selection for vegans. With a stunning view and cosy space, The Roof makes for a surprising chill spot in the busy streets of Johannesburg.

The Roof

Address: Infinity Business Park, 4 Pieter Wenning Road, Witkoppen, Sandton

Website: The Roof

Opening hours: Based on bookings

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Raise the roof with these rooftop restaurants in Johannesburg

8 best rooftop restaurants in Johannesburg, South Africa
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With style, elegance and glitzy atmosphere, these rooftop restaurants are all the rage. Fun never stops while you’re in Johannesburg, South Africa, and there’s no reason it should. With these eight rooftop restaurants, you can indulge in some of the best food the city has to offer and enjoy the great atmosphere while you’re at it. So get on up and give them a try — your taste buds will thank you for it! Once you’re done, do check out the other kosher restaurants and kid-friendly restaurants as well!

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