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Turn 'n Tender

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$$ - $$$
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Thrupss Illovo Centre | 204 Oxford Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 268 2107
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 23:30 - 00:00
Mon 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

My uncle from England is was in SA and we went out to The Turn 'n Tender for a dinner birthday party. Had the full ribs. Delicious, but very messy. One complaint, the ribs should not be served already cut up into riblets on top of each other. I assumed that they would be served as a 'proper rack' especially... More 

Thank Fienberg
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015 via mobile

We went for dinner with the family, originally booked for 9 however when 3 additional cousins arrived, it was no issue for them to add extra tables and chairs. My wife and I shared the peri peri chicken livers which were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing. I had the beef ribs ½ portion with a blue cheese salad and... More 

Thank B K
Johannesburg, South Africa
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174 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

A nice restaurant for a family outing and for anyone wanting to eat a good South African steak. Stick to what they are good at, like steak and chips, but don't try to be adventurous. My starter was Biltong Carpaccio which sounded interesting, - it turned out to be some sort of fairly thinly sliced cooked beef, maybe silverside or... More 

Thank Beryl R
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

If you like your meat this is the place! Service is good. Food is good. Location is great. Same centre as Thrupps Emporium which has underground parking access from Rudd Rd. Warm plates always makes the meal more pleasurable1

Thank topsafaris
Porto, Portugal
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159 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

I went with some friends for a good steak and we were not disappointed, as the meat was very good and properly grilled

Thank NoloCordeiro
Beira, Mozambique
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

it was a great experience, It was full on a friday evening, and the service was amazing. Very good food.

1 Thank LuisLeonor
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

You'll find this place in the Thrupps Centre, Illovo and its definately worth a visit. We did not book but they immediately assisted with table for two and made us feel right at home. The service was good and waiters friendly. We ordered steak and chicken breasts and it was perfect. Although the restaurant was very busy they still managed... More 

Thank Melanie665
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2015 via mobile

Steak was below average and their service is bad. Four of us went for dinner and when the food was ready it never came together. Each person waited about 3 mins for theirs to arrive.

Thank alices530
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015 via mobile

We booked a table for dinner and had to wait, together with many other guests, for over half an hour to be seated. Restaurant was busy but that is no excuse. The steak ordered by our son was delicious and cooked to perfection. The Calamari was tough and inedible. Thank goodness my chicken breast was also delicious and a generous... More 

Thank Sandy M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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101 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

Best meal I had in South Africa, great food & steaks, exceptional wine (go for the Meerlust 2009 Rubicon). Service was attentive but not invasive, the atmosphere was fun, and its clearly a popular location for young and glamorous professionals, birthday parties, and a few business dinners. we had a nice view of the valley (overlooking a car park first)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 22:00
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 22:00
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 22:00
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 22:00
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 22:00
23:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Thrupss Illovo Centre | 204 Oxford Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 268 2107

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