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Back o' the Moon

Northern Pkwy | Inside Gold Reef City Casino, Johannesburg 2159, South Africa
+27 11 248 5222
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible12%
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African, Seafood, International, Contemporary
Northern Pkwy | Inside Gold Reef City Casino, Johannesburg 2159, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband booked us a night at the hotel, and paid for the 'Date Night' package. Dinner was at Back o' the Moon. We really weren't expecting anything fancy, given that it was a set menu for a prepaid package but it was a LOVELY...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MoniqueCarroll
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful restaurant with much potential... Lovely ambiance and fantastic service. We ordered a steak medium-well which was still rare on the inside, the calamari was stale & tasteless, & the mussels inedible. A pity, cause this once used to be the best...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Silver_JHB
Reviewed October 30, 2018

On 6th October, went to Back of the Moon at Gold Reef City for my brother’s 70th birthday celebration. Had private dining room but the live music being played through loudspeakers into the room spoilt the ambiance as we had to shout over the music...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Daydream62408959336
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We took a few of our colleagues to Back o’ the Moon for lunch. The restaurant itself is neat with an upmarket feel. The service was ok, but the waitress was not familiar with some of the items on the menu to the point that...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dirk_holl
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

I had ordered the mushroom ravioli. After waiting for more than an hour the plate put in front of me was penne with some pieces of mushroom scattered amongst the pasta. Upon questioning the waitress, the reason was something along the lines of the ravioli...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank MariaMiltiades
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Had a great experience last week.The place is very lovely if you want an intimate evening with great food and good company.Great place to unwind after a busy week.Our waiter was very attentive helped me to choose my food and i enjoyed it. We are...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mandyndimande7
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

My daughter ordered the beef rocket salad. The beef was so overdone that some tasted burnt and where was the rocket? Her desert... Was supposed to be berry flavored with macaroons and berries. Was granadella and no macaroons or berries and it was tiny. It...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Roam795452
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

The quality of food for dinner was excellent. The waitress was cognizant of our time constraints and ensured that we got our meals in time to enjoy without a rush. I will go back. The decor does need some attention since it is a busy...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank sarasm
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We had a meal at Back of the Moon at Gold Reef City this past Friday 27th April. The vibe and live band was great, however the length of time it took for our food to arrive was not acceptable. We booked a table for...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank JeemersanG
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful setup in the Gold Reef Casino premises. The food , service, ambience, entertainment, DJ and location was perfect. The Band was not bad. If you choose not to drive afterwards a hotel is located on the premises. Access to the Gold Reef Theme Park...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank H0lidaytrip
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
African, Seafood, International, Contemporary
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Northern Pkwy | Inside Gold Reef City Casino, Johannesburg 2159, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 248 5222
  • E-mail
The original Back o' the Moon was a famous shebeen in the historic Sophiatown of the 1950's. It was a special place where rich and poor, the elite and the ordinary folk alike would meet in their Sunday best and enjoy music and great food. Some of the early legends of the South African music scene plied their trade at the Back o' the Moon. Back o' the Moon was immortalised by Miriam Makeba in the late 50's stage play,King Kong in which she sang the song Back o' the Moon - a tribute to the rich history of Sophiatown of the late 50's. Today, our own Back o' the Moon is a feast for the senses. It is the complete dining experience, offering an exquisite menu, impeccable service and great entertainment in a lavish and contemporary environment. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
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