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The Ant Cafe

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11 7th Street, Melville 2092, South Africa
+27 76 476 5671
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon 13:00 - 00:00
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 00:00
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK where do I begin? I popped in here last week when I was in Joburg, as it look cosy and comfortable. It's bigger than it looks from the outside. Nice décor, very casual and a pleasant back garden. Having said that it was pretty dark, very dimly lit, so it might look less so in the full light of... More 

Thank Steve C
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ambiance... romance... drama eclectic incredible. Excellent service. Warm inviting atmosphere... slightly bohemian and beyond welcoming. Food is inventive, imaginative and a delight. Closes early and prone to being fully booked❤

Thank 252dobby
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Decor with nostalgic iconography from the last 50 years of popular and beat culture imaginatively included in every nook and cranny; darks corners, candles and lots of atmosphere and the best pizza in Joburg by a mile.

Thank BrianDebnam
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90 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Very friendly bar/restaurant, superb thin crust pizzas, all leftovers can be donated to car guards/homeless If you don't want to take home. Quirky decor, and very pleasant outside area out the back. Friendly quick service, strongly recommended.

Thank AndySmal
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We were blown away by the amazing decor of this place but were a bit disappointed by the pizza. The base was chewy and the toppings were a bit haphazard with some charcoal thrown in for extra flavour. But we had a great night anyway and the service was excellent. Music was brilliant. The bill was hefty. You're welcome to... More 

Thank rollacorolla
Hogsback, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Fantastic place. Authentic. Cool. Great vibe. Friendly waitress. Thin based pizza. Great music. Wow.

Thank lyndadelport53
Johannesburg, South Africa
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Oh man! I really love this place never mind that their service is slow. The young beautiful waiters are so charmingly haughty, the decor so quirky; the other customers so interesting looking. So last night, we find ourselves here (after walking out of another place where there was just NO service, charming or otherwise!). Pizzas are a real indulgence for... More 

Thank Jill M
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81 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The trendy Melville area reminds one a little of Brooklyn or Shoreditch. Ant Cafe would fit right in in either place. The decorations and vibe really make the place stand out. The small space, dim lighting and carefully designed ambiance make the place feel unique and homey. We had thin crust pizza which, despite some fun names and a few... More 

Thank Chris F
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Try the meat platter- you will not regret it! Great atmosphere - arty farty. Best cappachino's ever!

Thank Hans B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

You won't find better pizza in Johannesburg! Love the atmosphere and the outside garden in summer. A hidden gem!

Thank Jaco N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 7th Street, Melville 2092, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Melville
  • Phone Number: +27 76 476 5671

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?