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The Countess

$$ - $$$American, ,
El Manguito, Chis., Mexico | Melville, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
+27 83 469 3032
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (6 reviews)
“burger” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Grill, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
El Manguito, Chis., Mexico | Melville, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place on an explore of Melville, and loved everything about it. Their food is a gourmet take on everything you’ve seen before, but with a little wow factor that makes it worth coming back for.

Thank Adam_Rabinowitz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch with our kids (12,11). We had a platter - choose 5 starters. There was something for all to enjoy. I liked the salted caramel and popcorn milkshake. I must say that it is very sweet, but good! 🍿

Thank elmien2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spend a lovely evening at The Countess. Selection of Craft Beer and you absolutely have to try the brisket or a burger. Top notch.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 5 May 2018

From great service to excellent food, we enjoyed the decor and feel of the restaurant. The waiter was helpful with food selections. Rib Eye steak done to perfection

Thank Colleen N
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Had a very nice meal here, starting with a plate of beer battered fish before moving on to the prime rib and finishing with a chocolat pot de creme (dark chocolate mousse(ish) served next to a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream). Everything tasted delightful,...More

Thank RummyNixon
Reviewed 5 March 2018

27 Boxes in Melville is an eclectic mix of unusual shops and dining venues all housed in what used to be shipping containers, and The Countess is without doubt one of the best choices for excellent food with a difference. We haven’t tried their breakfast...More

Thank MatthewJHB
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Service was fast, fish and chips was great, very nice long table outside, the kids park close by is very nice and 24 boxes is a must do. Thanks for taking care of us !

Thank Davidparis42
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

What a beautifull restaurant! Had the kopperberg Raspberry craft to drink and had the hotdog for lunch! It was beyond amazing.

Thank Larissa R
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our first visit to The Countess so much we returned less than a week later for a birthday dinner. It has a short-ish menu but everything is good and there was enough variety to satisfy my vegan sister and Banting son. They're proud...More

Thank aparsonsfr
Reviewed 21 December 2017

We have been here a few times in the past and always have a great time. This place has interesting décor and The food is good, even for Vegetarians. With unique drinks and good service. There is always a vibe. Worth it.

Thank Mollas2017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
American, Bar, Grill, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: El Manguito, Chis., Mexico | Melville, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 83 469 3032
  • E-mail
The Countess is an authentic American diner smokehouse combination. The steampunk interior is fun and cozy. We source the best ingredients and make everything ourselves, even the ketchup. We have a quirky and relaxed atmosphere and pride ourselves on friendly and welcoming service. Large selection of local craft beers on tap and always something interesting on the winelist. Our brisket, burgers, handcut chips and pot de creme dessert are infamous. Safe basement parking in a shopping center made from shipping containers.
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