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Xai-Xai Lounge

7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
+27 11 482 6990
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good55%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“prawns” (3 reviews)
“trinchado” (2 reviews)
“melville” (8 reviews)
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Portuguese, Bar, European, Pub
7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

Small, unassuming place in heart of Melville. The food is good - great burgers that taste as good as they look. Decent selection of beers. Don't be put off by slightly shabby looks. Nice street vibe, a bit smoky in sit-down part of the inside...More

Thank seanw090
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...More

Thank NishkaJohannesburg
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
Reviewed 28 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
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...More

Thank PaulinaPurska
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank st3veB
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
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank Lungi05
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank AntosStella
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...More

Thank Dries d
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Portuguese, Bar, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
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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