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Wandies Place

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618 Makhalemele Street | Dube Village, Soweto 1801, South Africa
+27 11 982 2796
09:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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131 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had the chance to visit this restaurant with our tour guide (who lives in Soweto) and met the husband and the nephew of the original cook and owner. This is not a new, steel and concrete restaurant located by the Tutu and Mandala homes. We had a very pleasant lunch outside and learned more about the location, the locals'... More 

Thank MikeHSFO
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Our entire tour group was completely ripped off here. Lunch buffet was quoted as R150 and wine and beer was quoted as R40 extra. Some people in our group ordered drinks but most just drank water. When we got our bill, instead of calculating how much each person actually owed we were just charged R250 each. When we complained that... More 

3 Thank Markos2013
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122 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is restaurant gives you a taste of the local cuisine. There were many local dishes on the buffet. This was followed by a choice of 3 desserts.

Thank Deborah S
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

This place is frequented by people from all over the world who come for a taste if Soweto. The walks are covered in leave messages and pictures guests leave which is a precious sight of people coming together. I do feel that the initial aim to give people a truelly African experience, has been watered down to commercialization. A mucisian... More 

2 Thank Aston W
Elk Grove, California
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126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Stop by for a beer or lunch and really feel the Soweto experience in a neighborhood famous spot. We only had beers but the local food looked great. Well worth a stop.

2 Thank walthess
Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

I was at Wandies for lunch on 28th December 2015, with 5 other people, at 13h00. Despite the fact that the entire "tourist route" in Soweto was extremely busy, we were the only customers in the entire restaurant, and no one else arrived during our stay. The restaurants in Vilakazi Street were 'humming". There was no atmosphere, compared to what... More 

1 Thank Gavin S
Ghent, Belgium
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

Our driver on the Soweto tour took us here. They offer a buffet with local dishes that look genuine. There were some dishes I really liked, others I like less. When the bill came they asked if we'd pay for the driver as well and then they made sure we did not forget to tip. This practice gave us an... More 

4 Thank Carl V
Bangkok, Thailand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Wandie’s place in Soweto is a wonderful Restaurant to try the local food, African cuisine, and to experience the vibe of Soweto and Africa.

Thank Martin L
Kirkland, Washington
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

We were taking a tour of the Soweto area and wanted to take our guide to lunch. There were restaurants close to Nelson Mandela's and Desmond Tutu's homes; however we asked our tour guide to take us to his favorite place. We went here and we're so glad we did! The food was tasty - warmed on big pots on... More 

1 Thank Teresa P
Bucharest, Romania
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73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Wandles feels very authentic because it is. Authentic Soweto food is served here by very friendly staff (one told me that it provided him an opportunity to earn some money not from a salary but from tips). In spite of that I felt that the food was not that great but it may be just a matter of preference.

Thank Pelerin2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 618 Makhalemele Street | Dube Village, Soweto 1801, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Soweto
  • Phone Number: +27 11 982 2796

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?