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Xai-Xai Lounge

$$ - $$$
Portuguese, Bar, European, Pub
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7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
+27 11 482 6990
09:00 - 02:00
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Showing 18: English reviews
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Take a tablet or laptop, even bring your dog: you'll be here all day saying hello to friends, drinking ice cold draughts, eating their amazing Portuguese food and enjoying free Wi-Fi... pretty much everything I've eaten here has been really tasty. The staff are super friendly and helpful - just try for a table outside (the interior is a bit... More 

Thank NishkaJohannesburg
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Vibey fun and friendly restaurant that is a firm favourite whenever we're in Joburg. Prawns are excellent - large, tasty and juicy, steak is fantastic and service is very good!

Thank AlisonEvans
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Like a previous review said... DODGY (although you do get a street atmosphere) and the actual vibe of the place was nice and the food delicious!! We had prawns and a platter that was very tasty and big portions! Service was good. Great evening!!

Thank Hester C
Munich, Bayern, Germany
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

What to day about the spot: pure Melville, thus a mix of everything great and dodgy that is the spirit of Jozi. But the visit is worth it just for the peri-peri prawns. Never went to LM in the glory days but imagine that it did not get much better than this. Every time we are there, a double plate... More 

Thank PaulinaPurska
Johannesburg, South Africa
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82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

I live 2 streets from this restaurant so eat here regularly. Having been in business since the 90's this place is an institution. The mini breakfast is cheap and tasty. For snacks the grilled haloumi cheese or plateful of squid heads is super cheap, fresh and tasty. For dinner the T-Bone special is always a good deal, ask them for... More 

Thank st3veB
Naples, Italy
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375 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Xai-Xai is a Mozambican restaurant (and cocktail bar) on the 07th street in Melville, Johannesburg. Food on-average.

Thank FabioDiglio
Johannesburg, South Africa
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76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

This was nothing like what I had imagined! My review is based on the fact that I went there at midday on 1 January and they were the only restaurant open - however that's still not an excuse! - Upon arrival the restaurant was packed outside, the only available seating was inside. Once tables cleared I requested to be moved... More 

Thank Lungi05
Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2015

Xavi Xai is one of the best places to go in Johannesburg if you looking for good food, a great party and good value. Without being too biased (!) Heidi and Karla are the best hosts you could possibly ask for - ensuring the staff are attentive to both your food and drink needs and should you really want to... More 

Thank AntosStella
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Xai Xai was one of the first places I visited while on a trip to Johannesburg. It's very welcoming and the staff is very friendly, not the mention the charming owner Heidi. I'm really glad to have found this little spot where I can enjoy a drink and read a book after a long day at work. Thanks guys :)

Thank Dries d
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

Streetside bar/restaurant. Has the feel of a typical restaurant in Mozambique. The availability of 2M and Laurentina probably helps! Looks a little dingy from the outside but the atmosphere inside is great. Menu consists of simple Portuguese/Mozambique dishes that are always excellent. Wait staff could be a bit more attentive though.

Thank DARead

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
Portuguese, Bar, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 482 6990

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?