We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Lai Lai Garden

$$ - $$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Cnr William Nicol and Montecasino Boulevard, South Africa
+27 11 268 0219
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 32: English reviews
Foz do Iguacu, PR
Level Contributor
186 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I love Chinese food but this was my first visit to this restaurant. One of the attractions was that there were quite a few Chinese groups eating there, which to me is a good sign. Whilst the manager / waitress were polite, I would not say it was that welcoming. We were quickly settled on to a table and served... More 

Helpful?
Thank OneWayorReturnPlease
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Popped in to Lai Lai after an early show at Pieter Toerien theatre. Staff were friendly and helpful; service was quick, although the dishes didn't come out at the same time, my husband's food came out about 5-7 minutes after the first dishes (this appears the norm as the previous time we ate here the same happened). Food was piping... More 

Helpful?
Thank Judy-Ann_Croome
Edenvale
Level Contributor
38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

A most disappointing experience. Food was poorly prepared and the prawn dish very over priced. Prawn spring rolls too large and consisted mainly of vegetables with an undersized prawn. The only dish worthy of mention was the crispy beef.

Helpful?
Thank PaddyPensioner
Sandton, South Africa
Level Contributor
48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is my second attempt at this restaurant as I really like Chinese food. Unfortunately the experience was almost as disappointing as the first time. As least the service was good as our waiter a young man called Jeff who is from China was very entertaining as well as interesting to talk to. The food was better than I remembered... More 

Helpful?
Thank truditruz
Alberton, South Africa
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We went there after an early theater show. Had to wait 15 minutes for a table, which was expected at 8pm. Ordered a bottle of wine, and the waiter put the wine on the table and left (without opening the wine) - screw top bottle, - we managed. We ordered the food -Soup to start and Duck for my wife... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank glynith
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We arrived and sat down, the waitress gave us the menu and left, after a minute she came back if we were ready to order, l said we haven't look at the menu yet. She said the chef had to has his lunch. We said if it wont take more than 30minutes it would be fine. So after 10minutes we... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank monkeychi80
Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Level Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

We have had many meals here and make a point of eating here whenever our travels take us to this part of the country. The menu is extensive with some mouth watering dishes. Their Crispy Beef and their Peking Duck is tops, and there are many more........Their wine list is relatively small but adequate. You can sit inside or on... More 

Helpful?
Thank HappyChappie2010
Sandton, South Africa
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Awful service, my husband's meal arrived first and when he was finished my meal arrived - the most uninteresting dull chop suey I have ever had. My husband has been sick all day since his meal of sweet and sour pork. Will never go back or recommend the restaurant.

Helpful?
Thank janetwilson1959
Midrand, South Africa
Level Contributor
23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

This must be the worst restaurant that I ever visited!! From the plastic faced waitress to floors being swept around our table at 16:45 it was an experience I will never want to experience ever again. My wife is Chinese and 3 of the dishes she wanted to order, was not available because the chef was not there yet. Our... More 

Helpful?
Thank jacques45917
Level Contributor
67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

We have dined here multiple times, and everytime their food is fantastic! My all time favourite being the crispy beef....mmm. Looking forward to many more visits. The location is also fantastic!

Helpful?
Thank TravelFundi2010

Travellers who viewed Lai Lai Garden also viewed

Carletonville, Greater Johannesburg
Bryanston, Greater Johannesburg
 
Bedfordview, Greater Johannesburg
Bedfordview, Greater Johannesburg
 
Eikenhof, Greater Johannesburg
Krugersdorp, Greater Johannesburg
 

Been to Lai Lai Garden? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr William Nicol and Montecasino Boulevard, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 268 0219

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Lai Lai Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?