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La Cucina di Ciro Restaurant

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43 Seventh Avenue | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2120, South Africa
+27 11 442 5187
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I ordered a rissoto which was average and a caparinha drink which was small and very overpriced. Beautiful setting inside but I was ushered outside which I didn't mind but every time a car would drive in a wave of dust from the gravel and stone in the parking lot would land on me and my beautifully presented dish. Very... More 

Thank shivanis595
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our good friend Cosmo always takes his good friends to Ciro's for special celebrations and we are never disappointed. Once you have negotiated the busy road and parking, the restaurant is a joy to the eye and the palate. Ciro is a fine host and is humorous and knowledgeable about the food and wine. The specials are always really "special"... More 

Thank PaulDJohannesburg
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The dishes are very expensive. You order veal and you have to pay extra for potatoes and for vegetables. My veal was not refined it was like a schnitzel swimming in melted butter .wines are overpriced not a nice experience. Owner not very friendly.

Thank Leilaleka
south africa
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I absolutely love his mix of interesting flavours and the setting is so lovely. but there was something missing for me in terms of service. You kind of feel like the "locals" who go often get extra special attention. Plus when you add up everything it was soooooo expensive and for me there are better options for the price.

Thank sirensash
La_Cucina_di_Ciro, Owner at La Cucina di Ciro, responded to this review

Hi SirenSash Thank you for your remarks, but just a question from my side, I feel your pain about the expense of food these days, but unfortunately that's what we all have to live with here in South Africa with the increase of food. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Salmon evening for me - carpaccio starter and pan fried... WOW! Thank you Ciro - personal and memorable - as always not worth trying anywhere else.

Thank Marc N
Johannesburg, South Africa
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48 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

We went to La Cucina di Ciro on Saturday night 21st January with friends (so it was 4 of us). Our starters were great. 3 of us had the Red pepper / tomato (i think) soup which was very tasty. Had a bit of a kick but I would recommend it. When it came to the main dishes - both... More 

Thank lnd_beale
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Our company headed out to this restaurant for our year end function 2016. What a gem!! We sat in our own area, rustic and airy and just delightful. The décor and ambience and the food completes this really good package! Ciro himself came to greet and assure himself that we were well looked after and I cannot find one thing... More 

Thank katlo46
Johannesburg, South Africa
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Unlike some places which are slick but you just know someone has hired a chef, thinking to make a packet, the eponymous Ciro has been in the business for years, knows what he's doing and does it with aplomb and passion. He goes around to each and every table to tell you his specials. The restaurant is beautifully appointed, the... More 

Thank Jill M
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The food is always excellent and always interesting. Chef-owner Ciro knows his stuff and frequently changes the menu (especially the 'specials') so that you're seldom bored for choice. His personal touch matters a lot though. When he is not there, the experience can be a little indifferent.

Thank flashflash99
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Sat outside under the trees in spite of the Jacarandas dropping wet fodder on us. You could easily forget that you're in the middle of a busy road. The Gnocchi was amazing - not doused in so much sauce that it was lost. The lamb and salmon were also declared to be very good. Rounded off by a Dom Pedro.... More 

Thank lorraine884

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3,5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Seventh Avenue | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2120, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 442 5187
In a society where everything is about the pace of modern living, sometimes we need to be reminded to take the time to enjoy one's food while sitting around a dinner table.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?