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The Service Station

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53 Rustenburg Road, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
011 726 1701
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun 08:30 - 15:30
Mon - Fri 07:30 - 17:00
Sat 08:00 - 17:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sandwiches were good, although a bit pricey, but my cappuccino was lukewarm and had to be sent back to be heated :(

Thank 130zeldaa
Pretoria, South Africa
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

I love going to the Service Station. Specially for lunch (buffet). It's just got such yummy, healthy food. Lemonade is yum. Coffee is good. You can go and browse in the bookshop next door, too (bonus!)

Thank SWelz
Johannesburg, South Africa
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126 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

I've done many lunches and breakfasts here. The place is cool. The people are interesting and it's a good place to have a confab with a colleague. There's a quiet area in the back with a huge table where you can spread out. Choose salads and quiche from the buffet or sandwiches and light meals from the blackboard. Good fresh... More 

Thank Jill M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

-Simple, understated setting -The best coffee -Brilliant, ever changing menu -Best spot to read the paper on a Saturday morning -Interesting stores around (check out the bookstore next door) -Excellent service always I would recommend this joint.

Thank Zaheer1209
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Comfy café setting. There is a chalkboard menu, but most patrons help themselves to salads and quiches from the buffet - charged by weight. Everything is fresh and tasty, and ideal for a quick work lunch, or a longer linger with coffee or your laptop.

Thank Kat W
Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I had my cousins over for the weekend...we were looking for a nice cosy comfy place to have breakfast and decided to try out the Service Station... what a pleasant experience.

Thank 798as1
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The most laid back bistro in this area. They serve buffet which are amazing. I had the most beautiful sweet potato 🍠 and 🍐 salad or roast. The service is a total let down. You need to literally drag the waitresses to your table from the moment you walk in, give them your order and then you can carry on.... More 

Thank Thembi S
Greater London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Out walking one day I came across this place. Very friendly staff, good coffee and eats and very reasonable too. A good place for late breakfast and to watch the world go by

Thank peterhO5171BQ
Johannesburg, South Africa
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Simple and tasty meals. Always nice and friendly. Food is always nice and easy with a simple but comfortable setting and atmosphere. Easy service and quick payments. Nice and easy for brunch or lunch.Also pop into the sharing-pop up stores next door for some extraordinary books and some home made classic boutique clothing.

Thank Jacques C
Johannesburg, South Africa
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279 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

What a great place for breakfast - big sunny busy main room or the quieter long table by the Kitchen. The coffee is fantastic, the service kind and attentive and the food very delicious. My daughter says the pancakes are the best in Johannesburg (after the Whippet)!

Thank Roddy P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Rustenburg Road, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: 011 726 1701

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