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Chef and the Fatman

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Plot 4 Witkoppen Road | Northriding, North Riding, South Africa
+27 11 029 4820
08:00 - 22:30
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Roodepoort, South Africa
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130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Went there on a family outing. Impressed with the layout and the pleasant atmosphere. The food was good, but a little pricey. Enjoyed the evening.

Thank Y99AH
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Food was cold and service was one of the worst we have experienced. It will really take a lot for me to return. Very dissapointing.

Thank D2913NImarkr
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2015 via mobile

We came for breakfast with my parents and what a disappointing experience, the service is slow, they brought us the menu's which were sticky and filthy, we order the farmhouse breakfast which includes sausages and 10minutes after we ordered we were told they don't have sausages. I was an avid fan of Fatman but no more, this is the last... More 

Thank Mark L
Pretoria, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Went with a Groupn vocher. were promised a spectacular menu then told this was a mistake and that that menu belong to another Restaurant , Checking on the internet the menu really belong to them and that some shady deal was being offered.

1 Thank Bernard283
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

Once upon a time this restuarant lived in The Buzz centre and was excellent. Alas no longer. It moved and everything went wrong. Service almost non existant, food mwdiocre and attention by management to solving anything not what it used to be . I'm afraid you only get one chance and you blew it. Never again!

1 Thank John H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015 via mobile

We were greeted at the entrance by a waitress who seated us. She brought us our drinks quickly. Their espresso is a sorry excuse for coffee. Service levels went completely down hill as the place for busier. Battered fish and chips were average with no one checking on us or offering us more drinks. We had to go into the... More 

1 Thank terencetobin
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2015 via mobile

We went to Chef and the Fatman for Mothersday lunch and after 15 minutes wait we received our drinks. We realized that the service is incredibly slow and decided to order immediately. We were 7 people and after taking our order, the waitress's came back to inform us that they only have pizzas left. No chicken, no fish, no prawn... More 

1 Thank Drixziets
Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

I'm not a big meat eater, but I must say the steaks from Chef & the Fatman are sublime! Apart from the steaks, the service has dropped drastically since they were at the Buzz. New place is nice - lots of outdoor space and a kids play area, but everything else is out the door. I set up a breakfast... More 

Thank radlegend
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2015

We eat here when we were visiting family in Johannesburg. There was over 20 off us and we had a great time. The food all came together. The kids played on the park. I particularly liked the jalapeños stuffed with cheese in batter. Lovely.

Thank stevenrobinso
Johannesburg, South Africa
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137 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2014

Nice place, but was constantly bothered by an inebriated guy asking how things were (realised it was the owner eventually). Steaks are good and there is lots of room for kiddies to run around during the day. Average in general

Thank Julie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Healthy
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plot 4 Witkoppen Road | Northriding, North Riding, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  North Riding
  • Phone Number: +27 11 029 4820

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