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85, 4th Avenue | Melville, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
+27 11 482 2900
09:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This is probably the most comprehensive selection of toys , games and playground equipment that you will find inside a cafe! Children can enjoy playing in a safe and secure environment with lots to do for all ages up to 10. There are helpers that will look after children (work for tips) or parents can spend quality time with their... More 

Thank matkincc
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Bambanini specializes itself as a child-friendly venue and this is truly the case - excellent indoor and outdoor play areas for the children! With child minders present, parents can sit back and relax a bit while the children play. There are a lot of interesting items on the menu, but perhaps there are too many choices? Maybe focus on fewer... More 

Thank Cynthia S
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We had a lovely afternoon at Bambanani. Everybody in our party had pizzas from the pizza oven which was delicious. The service was really good, and the food arrived in a timely fashion. The big selling point of Bambanani is that it is not only child-friendly, but child-orientated. There is a big play-area with children, complete with child minders. The... More 

Thank Chandré B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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260 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Bambanani is all about kids. No adult would go there without kids. It would just be creepy. The entire restaurant is designed for family dining, particularly with small children. You can sit inside the restaurant or there is an outdoor patio and a lower outdoor seating area which abuts a massive multi-storey climbing jungle gym. There is also an artificial... More 

Thank TravelOften1968
Kimberley SA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

What a nice place. I read al the other reviews and my thought was thatyou have to make it nice for yourself. Your waiter might not be friendly but shes not why you are there.... the food was awesome!

Thank nadiabkimberley
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Good food and awesome play area for kids. The child minders were excellent and the on-site security gives parents peace of mind that the kids can run around safely. The service was a bit slow, but a good place for families with small children.

Thank Remy_Dee
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Only one entrance and exit where you have to sign out your child. Very secure A huge variety to keep kids busy. From sand art to huge play area, small set up shop where they can play. Ball play area, climbing area. Books and gaming area. For the smaller ones a separate area inside. Childminders everywhere Quality Food. Well prepared... More 

Thank elmarien2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

As a concerning parent and fanatic about child safety, I can state with confidence that Bambanani is one of the more safer venues in JHB for family meals. Only one entrance-exit exists which is guarded by a above average security guard. Children must be signed in and paper mist be produced on exit. While this is not fool proof and... More 

Thank SaprtanMBR
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

My kids thoroughly enjoy Bambabani and when they are happy I am generally free to relax a bit which is all I need robe happy too! The food is decent, (pizza, chicken prego and my wife raves about the Moroccan salad), good coffee and a reasonable wine selection too to amplify the R&R. It is on the pricey side but... More 

Thank Eric B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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129 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We've heard a lot about Bambanani. We were served by a trainee so that was perhaps the downfall. It was nice. But it could've been great. Our starter meal took ages to arrive. As did our drinks. And our mains. We were seated on the road side because there were no tables near the play area. We did move later... More 

Thank Brent B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85, 4th Avenue | Melville, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 482 2900

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