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We are an Italian Café in the beautiful suburb of Craighall Park, Johannesburg. We serve a full Breakfast and Lunch menu, with a homemade pastry section of Italian and South African favourites. We also design bespoke cakes and cupcakes to order for all occasions.
PRICE RANGE
US$1 - US$3
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 18 October 2021 via mobile

My first time as this restaurant, I found it very over priced, and the food was terrible. Both myself and my husband had ravioli, probably the worst we have ever had, and the portions were really unimpressive. The ice cream and chocolate sauce had barely...any chocolate sauce at all. Not a great first experienceMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 5 July 2021 via mobile

A delicious meal was enjoy day both me ad a friend one relaxing wintery Sunday. Sitting outdoors we relished the sunshine and every mouthful of your meals. I loved the Melenzana parmigiana and the sea food pescadezupa , and my friend thoroughly enjoyed a traditional...mussel starter followed by a hearty streak. We ended of the meal with the most delicious Tiramisu had in ages. I so look forward to many more meals at Dolci Cafe*More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 22 April 2021 via mobile

I think this has become my favourite restaurant in Johannesburg. Went last night - had steak tartare which is not something I would order in any restaurant followed by spaghetti vongole. Both were delicious. My wife had Calamari as a main also great. Had a...lovely red Cab Sav. The service was outstanding with the waiters spot on terms of not removing plates till everyone is finished and topping the wine up perfectly. Of course the owners and Nonna were there!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 16 December 2020

Superb food. Melanzane alla parmigiana: the flavour of aubergine came through with no overload of cheese or sauce. The veal ravioli was superbly flavoured with sage and butter. The gnocchi was soft in a flavoursome Napoli sauce. And my seafood soup was a generous portion...and again beautifully seasoned; The house dessert with a hint of amaretto and with caramelised nuts was the perfect ending to the meal. Am certainly going back to run through their menu!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

This is a large restaurant slightly off the beaten track but with excellent Italian and European style food. It is a very popular restaurant due to the well known chef who is a vegetarian so an always good vegetarian options. I often go to Dolci...- portions are very generous and my friend and I shared a mixed seafood platter ( fritto misto) - it was delicious. I enjoy the chicken livers, someone had ix tail which was delicious and the pastas are all great. There is a great choice of delicious desserts. It’s a casual and very delicious restaurant ti treat yourself to. The prices are not over the top so it’s busy all month through!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 19 February 2020

A family run Italian restaurant with a great new pizza bar section. We wound up going back a second time the next day cause there was so much to chose from on the menu. Everything we ate was super fresh and tasty, I had a...salami pizza the first day the tagliolini carretiera a homemade thin pasta with fresh tomatoes, chili and olive oil.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

This family owned business serves delicious Italian food in one of the best restaurant settings in Johannesburg. The kitchen is run by an old Italian lady who makes great Italian dishes.I had their pasta and prawn tails which was delicious! If you like big portions,...then this is not the place to go, the portions are just right, leaving enough space for dessert. They also serve breakfast. The parking is not readily available, so one might need to take an Uber. They are not cheap, but in line with their great quality of food.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 29 November 2019 via mobile

Had a brilliant night out at this hidden gem. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked and they have some signature dishes you can't miss. The new pizza oven truly delivers. Happy customers!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 13 October 2019

I am sorry to report that after visiting this restaurant a number of times in the recent past (and reviewing it here with 5 stares), I did so today (13/10/2019) and found that the quality and taste of the food was certainly not up to...scratch. I ordered the deep-fried calamari as a starter (one which I have had often before and thought was brilliant) but today it was simply tasteless. I do not know what was missing from the batter or the calamari itself - it was entirely dull and average. The mussels I ordered, I was told afterwards, were not available, and so I opted for the steak tartare, which I have also had several times before and was always excellent. Today it was stringy and flavourless - the quality of the meat (which practically determines the success of such a dish) was definitely not acceptable. No excuses here. One of my friends had the stuffed artichokes which I also tasted, and, I am afraid, were well below anything that should come out of a restaurant kitchen of this level. The artichokes themselves were tasteless and textureless, covered with a mess of gluey white cheese that added nothing to the ensemble. (I got the distinct impression that they had been microwaved.) The stuffing tasted of a sweetish cake flour - almost like carrot cake. A decidedy peculair comobination. The veal ravioli with butter and sage, ordered by another member of our party, looked very good but I was not offered any to try. All in all, I am afraid, a failure. I am very sorry to have to remove this restaurant from my list of favourites, very few and far beween as they are, at least in this mining camp called Johannesburg. Service was good as always. But, as they say, not enough to save the day.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 28 September 2019 via mobile

This place came highly recommended. There is no chef in the kitchen. As a result everything is heavily over salted. The service was very good but they need to work on the food,especially anything with meat in it. The owners were on the floor and...left early on a Sat night. They or whoever the chef is should be in the kitchen overseeing the food prep. They should reduce the menu and focus on what they are good at.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Jackie R, Owner at Dolci Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2019

You are quite right in saying there is not 1 chefs in the kitchen in fact there are 4 qualified chefs ! I am the owner I work every night and I’m always the last to leave as I lock up so not sure who...More

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Dolci Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5