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Xai-Xai Lounge

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7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
+27 11 482 6990
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09:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 02:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Like a previous review said... DODGY (although you do get a street atmosphere) and the actual vibe of the place was nice and the food delicious!! We had prawns and a platter that was very tasty and big portions! Service was good. Great evening!!

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Thank Hester C
Munich, Bayern, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

What to day about the spot: pure Melville, thus a mix of everything great and dodgy that is the spirit of Jozi. But the visit is worth it just for the peri-peri prawns. Never went to LM in the glory days but imagine that it did not get much better than this. Every time we are there, a double plate... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

I live 2 streets from this restaurant so eat here regularly. Having been in business since the 90's this place is an institution. The mini breakfast is cheap and tasty. For snacks the grilled haloumi cheese or plateful of squid heads is super cheap, fresh and tasty. For dinner the T-Bone special is always a good deal, ask them for... More 

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Thank st3veB
Naples, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

Xai-Xai is a Mozambican restaurant (and cocktail bar) on the 07th street in Melville, Johannesburg. Food on-average.

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Thank FabioDiglio
Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

This was nothing like what I had imagined! My review is based on the fact that I went there at midday on 1 January and they were the only restaurant open - however that's still not an excuse! - Upon arrival the restaurant was packed outside, the only available seating was inside. Once tables cleared I requested to be moved... More 

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Thank Lungi05
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Xavi Xai is one of the best places to go in Johannesburg if you looking for good food, a great party and good value. Without being too biased (!) Heidi and Karla are the best hosts you could possibly ask for - ensuring the staff are attentive to both your food and drink needs and should you really want to... More 

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Thank AntosStella
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

Xai Xai was one of the first places I visited while on a trip to Johannesburg. It's very welcoming and the staff is very friendly, not the mention the charming owner Heidi. I'm really glad to have found this little spot where I can enjoy a drink and read a book after a long day at work. Thanks guys :)

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Thank Dries d
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Streetside bar/restaurant. Has the feel of a typical restaurant in Mozambique. The availability of 2M and Laurentina probably helps! Looks a little dingy from the outside but the atmosphere inside is great. Menu consists of simple Portuguese/Mozambique dishes that are always excellent. Wait staff could be a bit more attentive though.

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Thank DARead
Johannesburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

Xai-Xai is a Melville institution and a popular spot in the vibey street. Going there is bit like being home away from home as you are likely to find friends there, no matter what time of day (or night!) you go there. The menu offers classic favourites including pizza. My personal favourite is the beef or chicken trinchado. Xai-Xai's version... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

We walked past this place so many times and didn't eat there till lunch on our last day. How stupid of us! The food was delicious. Its Portuguese with a definite Mozambique influence. And we loved that chili! We shared prawn patties and grilled calamari which was served with some unique rice that was just so tasty. However, the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Portuguese, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 02:00
Monday
09:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 02:00
Thursday
09:00 - 02:00
Friday
09:00 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 482 6990

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